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Spanish Art: From the Golden Age to Gaudi and Beyond

Program Number: 3328RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/1/2014 - 10/17/2014; 3/18/2015 - 4/3/2015; 4/8/2015 - 4/24/2015; 5/6/2015 - 5/22/2015; 6/3/2015 - 6/19/2015; 9/16/2015 - 10/2/2015; 9/30/2015 - 10/16/2015; 10/21/2015 - 11/6/2015;
Duration: 16 nights
Location: Spain
Price starting at: $3,796.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Art History/Criticism
Meals: 38; 15 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 11 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

From creative giants such as Velázquez, El Greco and Goya in the “Golden Age” to the 20th-century masters Picasso, Miró, Dalí and, more recently, Tàpies and Barcelo -- the vitality and diversity of Spanish artists have influenced artistic expression the world over. Journey from the Prado in Madrid to the Guggenheim in Bilbao to experience the full spectrum and rich heritage of Spain’s master artists.




Highlights

• Connect the lives, works and schools of Velazquez, Goya and El Greco to modern masters Picasso, Miro and Dali.
• Expert-led visit to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao designed by world-famous architect Frank Gehry.
• Private performance and meeting with members of a Catalonian medieval folklore group in Barcelona.



Activity Particulars

Participants should be able to walk one mile at a time and stand for at least one hour. Cobblestones and other uneven ground. Some stairs without railings.




Date Specific Information

10-1-2014, 3-18-2015, 4-8-2015, 5-6-2015, 6-3-2015, 9-16-2015, 9-30-2015, 10-21-2015

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Madrid, 5 nights; Cuenca, 2 nights; Burgos, 1 night; Bilbao, 2 nights; Barcelona, 5 nights; departure.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Madrid
5 nights

Art historian Cecilia Ceriani details the lives, works and schools of great 17th-century Spanish masters Ribera, Zurbarán and Murillo and their influence on 20th-century artists such as Picasso, Miró, Dalí. View Goya frescoes, Picasso’s “Guernica” and much more in the famed “Golden Triangle of Art,” and examine El Greco’s work in Toledo. Share tapas and meet with Spanish university students about life in Spain today.



Coach to Cuenca
2 nights
Coach to Burgos
1 nights
Coach to Bilbao
2 night

In Cuenca, 1,000 feet above the Huecar River gorge, examine the works of the 1950-60s “Generacion Abstracta” at the private collection of the Museo de Arte Abstracto Español and the Antonio Pérez Foundation. Explore the old quarters of Burgos and its Gothic Cathedral. Marvel at the signature curves of Bilbao’s Guggenheim, described as “a voyage to the next century.” Stroll through Bilbao’s medieval town center and, at the Museum Chillida-Leku, see the monumental works of Basque sculptor Eduardo Chillida.



Coach to Barcelona
5 nights
Departure

In the capital of Catalonia, revel in the avant-garde work of Picasso, the powerful language of Miró and the surrealism of Dali. Art historian Silvia Rieira leads your inquiry through Barcelona’s museums and streets, including the Picasso Museum, medieval town center and Parc Güell -- Gaudí’s visionary 19th-century residential project. Explore the castle and museums of Dalí and join in Sardanas dancing in the Cathedral main square.




Spain

With the ascension of King Ferdinand II of Aragon and Queen Isabella I of Castile, the Kingdom of Spain took on a shape similar to today’s nation. Ruling a culture born of Roman, Visigoth and Moorish invasions, Spain’s Catholic monarchy threw open the door to the Age of Discovery at the turn of the 16th century, importing goods and ideas from around the world while exporting their cultural fusion throughout the first empire on which the sun never set.



Accommodations
Madrid: Four-star hotel on the Grand Via. Cuenca: Charming 17th-century hotel overlooking the Casas Colgadas Canyon. Burgos: Comfortable hotel near the river. Bilbao: Modern five-star hotel facing the Guggenheim Museum. Barcelona: Four-star historic hotel near Plaza Catalunya.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Cecilia Ceriani

Cecilia Ceriani has been an art teacher and critic for nearly three decades. She holds degrees in art history and English philology from the Complutense University of Madrid. Cecilia spent four years in South America as an art critic and book reviewer for newspapers in Montevideo and Buenos Aires before returning to her native Spain in 1986. Since then she has been lecturing on Road Scholar programs and at the U.S. Cultural Center in Madrid and writing for respected Spanish publications.
 
Silvia Riera

Silvia Riera was born and raised in Barcelona, where she developed her passion for arts and the Catalan culture. In addition to Spanish and her native tongue, Catalan, Silvia is fluent in French, Italian, English and Portuguese. Silvia has lectured about modernism and Gaudi since 1988. Beyond arts, Silvia is — like most Barcelonians — a big fan of FC Barcelona, the world-renowned soccer team.
 
Maevon Canter

Maevon Canter has been leading U.S. and European groups around the historical and cultural sites of Europe for the past 12 years. As an art historian, with qualifications in interactive teaching methods and visual communication, Maevon delights in sharing his wealth of knowledge of European culture, history and current affairs with Road Scholar participants. Fluent in Spanish, French and German, as well as his native English, Maevon provides a highly informative, insightful and humorous touch to each and every program that he leads.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Catalonia Gran Vía
  Madrid, Spain 5 nights
   Posada San Jose
  Cuenca, Spain 2 nights
   Hotel Silken Gran Teatro
  Burgos, Spain 1 night
   Hotel Silken Indautxu
  Bilbao, Spain 2 nights
   Hotel Catalonia Eixample 1864
  Barcelona, Spain 5 nights
 Hotel Catalonia Gran Vía
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Located on the Gran Via, just a short step from the Plaza Cibeles and the Puerta del Sol, in the heart of Madrid, the hotel was built in 1995, on the site of a late 19th century building, preserving the original neo-classical facade.
  Contact info: Gran Via, 9
Madrid,  28013 Spain
phone: +34 -91-531-2222
web: www.cataloniahoteles.com
  Room amenities: Air conditioned rooms, en-suite bathrooms,hairdryer, laundry, room service, direct dialling, cable tv. Wi fi internet access at supplemental cost.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, elevators, coffee shop, and breakfast rooms, meeting rooms.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBA Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for details.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Posada San Jose
Type: Inn
  Description: Posada San Jose is a charming Posada inside an extremely well located 17th century refurbished building, in the heart of Cuenca’s old quarters. Double rooms with private facilities. Meals are served in the restaurant and in the lounge overlooking the Casas Colgadas’ canyon .
  Contact info: C. Julian Romero, 4
Cuenca,  16001 Spain
phone: +34 -969-211-300
web: www.posadasanjose.com
  Facility amenities: Breakfast and restaurant room overlooking gorge of River Huecar.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Hotel Silken Gran Teatro
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Hotel Silken Gran Teatro enjoys a privileged location near the river and five minutes walk from the historic city centre and its splendid cathedral. Behind the modern façade of this former theatre, guests will be agreeably surprised to find a contemporary interior, with 117 comfortable rooms inspired by the Grand Theatre that gave it its name. There is also a restaurant, café, private garage and excellent public rooms.
  Contact info: Avenida del Arlanzón, 8 b
Burgos,   Spain
phone: +34 947 253900
web: /www.hoteles-silken.com/hotel-gran-teatro-burgos/en
  Room amenities: Bedrooms are comfortable and restful ; decorated in warm tones and with very functional furniture, they have either a queen sized double bed or twin beds. All rooms are equipped for comfort, with feather duvet and cotton pillows. Amenties include a safe (free of charge), a minibar and large desk, individually adjustable central heating and air conditioning, wireless Internet connection, 26" LCD flat screen TV with Digital Satelite channels & a range of international channels. Avant-garde full bathroom with adjustable shower head, hairdryer and full wash-kit amenities
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, café and large public areas
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Silken Indautxu
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Hotel takes its name from the traditional district of Indautxu in the heart of the city’s commercial and financial area and only ten minutes on foot from the Guggenheim Museum, the Fine Arts Museum and the old quarters of the city. The building that houses the Hotel Indautxu, with its fine exterior in the Bilbaino style and totally renovated interior, is just one example of the blending of the traditional with the modern that so well defines the spirit of this special city.
  Contact info: Plaza Bombero Etxaniz s/n,
Bilbao,  48010 Spain
phone: +34 944 211 198
web: www.hoteles-silken.com/hotel-indautxu-bilbao/en
  Room amenities: All rooms have 26" plasma TV, Wifi, individually controlled air conditioning and central heating, minibar, free safe, satellite channels, video service and room service. The marble bathrooms have a magnifying mirror, adjustable shower, professional hairdryer and complete bathroom amenities kit.
  Facility amenities: Bedrooms are bright and comfortable. All rooms have 26" plasma TV, Wifi, individually controlled air conditioning and central heating, minibar, free safe, satellite channels, video service and room service. The marble bathrooms have a magnifying mirror, adjustable shower, professional hairdryer and complete bathroom amenities kit. Additionally, the hotel has a restaurant, bar and cafeteria.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Catalonia Eixample 1864
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Located in a fully restored historical building, in a central position just two blocks from "La Pedrera" ( Gaudi - Casa Mila) and four blocks from Plaza Catalunya.
  Contact info: Roger de Lluria, 60
Barcelona,  08009 Spain
phone: +34 93 272 00 50
  Room amenities: Private facilities, hair dryer, in room a/c & heating, tel., Satellite TV, Minibar, Safe deposit box. Wi-fi
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, Lounge and a spacious Lobby, lift to all floors. Internet and wi-fi in public areas
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: TBD Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for details
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
This program begins with an orientation meeting at the hotel in Madrid. You will be staying at Hotel Catalonia Gran Vía that night.
  End of Program:
This program ends after breakfast at the program hotel in Barcelona. You will be staying at Hotel Catalonia Eixample 1864 the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Inter-City Trains and buses to/from Madrid and Barcelona available to/ from most Spanish and other European cities.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Madrid
  Nearest airport:  Madrid Barajas
  Transportation to site: Taxis are available outside the arrival area. Please follow airport signs to the taxi stand. A taxi ride will cost about 35-40 Euros to the hotel. If luggage assistance is offered a tip is appreciated. You can also pre-book your airport transfer through 24transfers at: http://www.24transfers.com/
  From End of Program
  Location:  Barcelona
  Nearest airport:  Barcelona Airport
  Transportation from site: Taxis can be taken from the hotel to the airport for 30-35 Euros. If luggage assistance is offered a tip is appreciated. You can also pre-book your airport transfer through 24transfers at: http://www.24transfers.com/
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: US Bound for Madrid
(Wednesday, October 1)
   
 Depart From: International flight to Madrid, Spain.
 In Transit:

Day 2: Arrivals, Panoramic Drive and Orientation in Madrid
(Thursday, October 2)

Note: Check in at the hotel is available from 2pm



   
 Arrive To: Arrive in Madrid and transfer to the program hotel.
 Afternoon: Enjoy an introductory walk with your Group Leader around the hotel area, followed by an orientation meeting at the hotel. Welcome meeting - We will gather in our private meeting room where the Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, cultural differences and answer any questions you may have.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Catalonia Gran Vía
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Introduction to Spanish Painting, the Prado Museum and a taste of Tapas.
(Friday, October 3)

Note: Walking up to 2 miles today in Madrid. Please bring comfortable footwear.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Enjoy a Lecture: "The Golden Age and Great Masters of Spanish Painting" by our expert professor at the hotel, followed by a guided sightseeing tour of the major sites of Madrid.
 Lunch: Lunch at or near the hotel in Madrid
 Afternoon: Enjoy an expert-led field trip to the Prado Museum. This world-famous collection was assembled by the Hapsburg and Bourbon Spanish monarchs from the 16th to early 19th centuries. It has since been enhanced by works received from churches and convents, and by nine new galleries since 1950, including the Casón del Buen Retiro exhibition of 19th century art.
 Dinner: Tapas Dinner with the group at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Catalonia Gran Vía
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Royal Academy of Madrid & El Escorial Monastery
(Saturday, October 4)

Note: Walking around 2 miles today. Note that the Escorial Monastery and town have areas with many steps, cobblestones and uneven surfaces, without hand rails.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: This morning participate in a lecture on "The Lives, Works and Styles of Great 17th Century Spanish Masters: Velázquez, Goya, El Greco, Zurbarán and Murillo", later join your Lecturer for a guided visit to the Royal Academy of Fine Art.
 Lunch: Lunch at local restaurant
 Afternoon: This afternoon travel to the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site of El Escorial, the historical residence and burial place of Spanish monarchs. The church has a Greek-cross base and the chapel holds the funeral monuments of Charles V of Spain and Philip II. The library deserves special mention, with around 45,000 books dating back to the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner on your own this evening
   
Accommodations: Hotel Catalonia Gran Vía
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Goya's Sistine Chapel, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Royal Palace
(Sunday, October 5)

Note: Walking around 2 miles today in Madrid



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: This morning explore the Royal Palace - The official residence of the Spanish Royal Family (though now used only for State functions). It is the largest palace in Europe by floor area. The interior of the palace is notable for its wealth of art and the use of many types of fine materials in the construction and the decoration of its rooms. These include paintings by artists such as Caravaggio, Velázquez and Francisco de Goya and frescoes by Corrado Giaquinto, Juan de Flandes, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo and Anton Raphael Mengs. Other collections of great historical and artistic importance preserved in the building include the Royal Armoury, Porcelain, Watches, Furniture, Silverware and the world's only complete Stradivarius string quintet. Following this you will stop to marvel at Real Ermita de San Antonio de La Florida, Goya's final resting place. Often referred to as Madrid's Sistine Chapel, this church is covered in magnificent frescoes painted by Goya himself.
 Lunch: A light lunch at one of the oldest and most popular restaurants in Madrid
 Afternoon: This afternoon examine the priceless Thyssen-Bornemisza collection, which was donated to the Spanish government and is housed in the beautifully restored 18th century Villahermosa Palace in Madrid.
 Evening: Dinner at or near your hotel in Madrid.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Catalonia Gran Vía
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: 20th Century Art and the Reina Sofía Museum
(Monday, October 6)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: This morning's expert lecture is "An Introduction to 20th Century Spanish Art". Later, accompany your local expert on a visit to the Reina Sofia Museum - Madrid's contemporary Art Centre. The Reina Sofía is an amazing glass building with external transparent elevators. Its most famous piece is “Guernica”, a large painting by Picasso which depicts the widespread suffering during the Spanish Civil War.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own
 Afternoon: Spend this afternoon enjoying Madrid on your own. (Your Group Leader will provide you with information and assistance, if required)
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel this evening.
 Evening: This evening's lecture explores "The Abstract Generation: Spanish Art in the 1950s and 1960s" - learn about this powerful artistic movement and the works of Tapies, Chillida, Oteiza and Serrano, to name a few.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Catalonia Gran Vía
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: El Greco in Toledo/ Arrival in Cuenca
(Tuesday, October 7)

Note: Be prepared for many cobblestone streets, some steep slopes and uneven surfaces without handrails in Toledo. On arrival in Cuenca, the motor coach is unable to reach the hotel in the historic old town. Luggage will be transferred to your hotel by van, and you will be required to walk around 1/3 mile to reach the accommodations. There is no elevator in the Posada, and rooms in the historic building are of many different shapes and sizes.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: After breakfast, check out of the Madrid hotel and depart for Toledo. As you approach this historic World Heritage city you will be treated to breathtaking panoramic views. On arrival a local expert will lead a walk through the old walled city and discuss the melding of Christian, Jewish and Moorish cultures in this former capital of the Spanish Empire. El Greco spent the latter half of his life in this city, and you will have the chance to view some of the artist's most well-known works at the cathedral, the Santo Tomé sacristy, El Greco's Museum, and the former "Sinagoga del Tránsito" now a Museum.
 Lunch: Late lunch at a restaurant in Toledo
 Afternoon: Following lunch you will board the coach and continue on to Cuenca; your Group Leader will introduce you to this walled city during a panoramic drive overlooking the spectacular river gorges of the Júcar and Huecar rivers and the famous 15th century "casas colgadas" or hanging houses. You will then check in to your hotel and take some time to settle in to your room before dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner at or near your hotel in Cuenca
   
Accommodations: Posada San Jose
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: The History of Cuenca, the Museo Antonio Pérez and a study of Abstract Art
(Wednesday, October 8)

Note: Be prepared for many cobblestone streets, steep slopes and uneven surfaces without handrails all around the town of Cuenca during the walking visit.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: This morning, at the "Museo de Arte Abstracto" you will examine one of the most extensive collections of abstract art in Spain, housed in one of the city's "casas colgadas", discuss the "Generacion Abstracta" movement and study works by artists such as Millares, Tàpies, Sempere, Torner, Rueda, Zóbel and Saura.
 Lunch: Lunch at or near your hotel in Cuenca
 Afternoon: Enjoy a walk with your group leader around Cuenca's beautiful cobblestoned old town, followed by a visit to the Museo Antonio Pérez, located in the old Convent of the Carmelitas Descalzas (the Barefoot Carmelites). In addition to the paintings, prints, and sculptures that Antonio Pérez collected, today the museum also contains works by contemporary artists such as Millares, Gordillo, Torner, Antonio Saura, Equipo Crónica, Bonifacio, Andy Warhol, Chillida, Zóbel, Rueda and Canogar.
 Dinner: Dinner at or near your hotel in Cuenca
   
Accommodations: Posada San Jose
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Burgos
(Thursday, October 9)

Note: Walking around 2 miles today in Burgos



   
 Breakfast: For this morning’s early departure you will be provided with a boxed breakfast.
 Morning: This morning we travel north to Burgos, former captial of the unified kingdom of Castille & Leon, and home to the impressive World Heritage-classed Gothic Cathedral.
 Lunch: Lunch at or near the hotel in Burgos
 Afternoon: This afternoon join us on an expert-led sightseeing walk of the old quarters of Burgos and the Gothic Cathedral
 Dinner: Time at leisure to explore the local restaurants on your own
   
Accommodations: Hotel Silken Gran Teatro
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: Coach Transfer to Bilbao / Guggenheim Museum
(Friday, October 10)

Note: Walking around 2 miles today in Bilbao



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel
 Morning: Board the coach for your short transfer from Burgos to Bilbao.
 Lunch: Take this opportunity to enjoy lunch on your own at one of the many restaurants or tapas bars in Bilbao.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a field trip to Bilbao's spectacular Guggenheim Museum, designed by world-famous architect Frank Gehry. After exploring the museum's collections you will join your local expert guide for a walk around Bilbao's historic old town.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in Bilbao
   
Accommodations: Hotel Silken Indautxu
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: Chillida Museum & San Sebastian
(Saturday, October 11)

Note: Walking around 1-2 miles today in San Sebastian



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Today we travel to the Chillida-Lantoki, a unique museum which celebrates the fusion of art and industry. The museum focuses on the relation between the Basque modernist sculptor Eduardo Chillida and the industrial environment. This former paperworks in Legazpi is the space that houses this museum and here we can take a trip round Chillida’s creative universe through photos, video, projections and interactive resources.
 Lunch: Basque tasting menu.
 Afternoon: After lunch, enjoy a walking exploration of the elegant coastal town of San Sebastian. Enjoy a visit to the old quarters before the coach returns to Bilbao through the Basque countryside.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel in Bilbao
   
Accommodations: Hotel Silken Indautxu
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Transfer by coach to Barcelona, via La Rioja region
(Sunday, October 12)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Depart your hotel in Bilbao this morning and head to the La Rioja wine region. Enjoy a morning visit to a winery (bodega), and sample some of the world-famous wines.
 Lunch: Lunch at a traditional village in La Rioja wine region.
 Afternoon: Continue your exploration of La Rioja wine region and transfer to Barcelona later in the afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner at your hotel in Barcelona
   
Accommodations: Hotel Catalonia Eixample 1864
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: La Sagrada Familia and Gaudi's Parc Guell and a Private Catalan Dance Performance
(Monday, October 13)

Note: Be prepared for steps and uneven surfaces in Parc Guell and at the Sagrada Familia Church



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Today's lecture discusses "The Modernist Movement and the Concept of Total Art". Following the lecture, enjoy a guided visit to the renowned Sagrada Familia Church.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Your local expert will take you to Parc Güell, Antoni Gaudí's residential project based on the English Garden City Movement and completed in 1914. After exploring the gardens you will visit the small house, now a museum, where Gaudí lived while directing the construction of Parc Güell. Later, enjoy a panoramic tour of the city before returning to your hotel.
 Dinner: Enjoy an included dinner at or near your hotel
 Evening: Following dinner you will transfer to a local community center for a private performance of Catalonian music and dancing.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Catalonia Eixample 1864
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Joan Miró and the Gothic Quarter
(Tuesday, October 14)

Note: Walking around 1-2 miles today over cobblestones and uneven surfaces in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. This afternoon’s visit also includes use of the Metro system. Many metro stations do not have elevators and participants will be required to climb some stairs.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Enjoy an expert morning lecture on: "20th Century Catalonian Artists: Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí and Antoni Gaudí”
 Morning: Your local expert will lead a field trip to the Joan Miró Foundation, Centre for the Study of Contemporary Art, which displays over 14,000 works including a large collection of Miró's works.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: A local expert will present a walking exploration of Barcelona's Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter).
 Dinner: Dinner at or near the hotel in Barcelona
 Evening: Q and A session with Local professionals to learn about Life today in Spain.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Catalonia Eixample 1864
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Dalí in Figueres and Pubol: Dalí Theatre-Museum and Gala's Castle
(Wednesday, October 15)

Note: Be prepared for steps without handrails and uneven surfaces around the Museums of Figueres and Pubol.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Depart Barcelona for a full-day field trip to Figueres, the birthplace of Salvador Dalí. Upon arrival you will explore the Dalí Theatre-Museum, the world's largest surrealist art object. Built upon the remains of the former Figueres theatre, the museum collecction spans the artist's entire career, from his earliest art to the works of the last years of his life.
 Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in Púbol
 Afternoon: Arrive at the Gala Dalí Castle Museum-House for a private guided exploration. Dalí dedicated himself to furnishing and decorating this medieval castle as a retreat for his wife and muse, Gala. The castle collection includes paintings and drawings that Dalí gave as presents to Gala, as well as the elephant sculptures that adorn the garden, a collection of Gala's haute-couture dresses, and the furniture and many objects with which they decorated the house. Return to Barcelona in the early evening.
 Dinner: Enjoy some time on your own for dinner in Barcelona
   
Accommodations: Hotel Catalonia Eixample 1864
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 16: Pablo Picasso's Years in Barcelona
(Thursday, October 16)

Note: Walking around 1-2 miles this morning over cobblestones and uneven surfaces. This morning’s visit also includes use of the Metro system. Many metro stations do not have elevators and participants will be required to climb some stairs.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Our final lecture this morning focusses on the works of Picasso, later we head to the Picasso Museum for a guided visit of his work.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: You will have a free afternoon to explore Barcelona on your own and get ready for your return the day after.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at or near the hotel in Barcelona
   
Accommodations: Hotel Catalonia Eixample 1864
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Departure from Barcelona
(Friday, October 17)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel (if your flight time allows)
 Morning: Transfer to the airport for return flights to the U.S.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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Picasso, Master of the New Idea


Author: Paule du Bouchet, Marie-Laure Bernadac


Description: A colorful pocket-size reference on the development of Picasso and his art. Includes hundreds of color and archival photographs, a useful chronology and long section of writing by and about Picasso.



Spain & Portugal Adventure Map


Author: National Geographic


Description: A colorful, shaded relief map of Spain and Portugal at a scale of 1:1,000,000. Includes Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca, and the Canary Islands.



Spain, A Traveler's Literary Companion


Author: Peter R. Bush (Editor)


Description: These 30 short stories form a who's who of contemporary Spanish literature, including writers from Galicia, Leon, the Basque Country, Madrid and Barcelona.



The Arts in Spain, From Prehistory to Modernism


Author: John Moffit


Description: From the cave painting at Altimira through the Golden Age, to the works of Picasso and Miro, this book documents the course of art in Spain, with 150 illustrations.





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