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Independent Barcelona: People, Arts and Architecture

Program Number: 7149RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/28/2014 - 4/5/2014; 2/20/2015 - 2/28/2015; 4/10/2015 - 4/18/2015; 4/24/2015 - 5/2/2015; 5/22/2015 - 5/30/2015; 6/19/2015 - 6/27/2015; 9/18/2015 - 9/26/2015; 10/2/2015 - 10/10/2015; 10/9/2015 - 10/17/2015; 11/6/2015 - 11/14/2015; 11/27/2015 - 12/5/2015;
Duration: 8 nights
Location: Spain
Price starting at: $1,599.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Independent City Discoveries; Art History/Criticism
Meals: 10; 7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Metropolis on the Mediterranean. Capital of Catalonia, a history-soaked region with its own culture, language and cuisine. Sports-mad city that hosted the 1992 Olympics and is home to the legendary FC Barcelona soccer team. Three-dimensional canvas for the brilliant modernist architect Antoni Gaudi. Experience these and the many other identities of dynamic Barcelona on this program that combines expert-led field trips and abundant time to walk, eat and explore on your own.




Highlights

• A city excursion includes Gaudi’s famously unfinished Sagrada Familia church and more of the architect’s imaginative creations.
• Go behind the scenes to watch a dress rehearsal of the Esbart Sant Marti, an award-winning Catalan folkloric dance group.
• Discover some of Picasso’s rarely seen masterpieces on an expert-led visit to the beautiful Museu Picasso.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day; some uneven terrain and stairs without railings.



Included: Seven nights hotel accommodation, all breakfasts, six lectures by local experts, two escorted field trips, detailed outlines for four self-directed excursions, substantial free time. Not included: Airport transfers.




Date Specific Information

3-28-2014, 2-20-2015, 4-10-2015, 4-24-2015, 5-22-2015, 6-19-2015, 9-18-2015, 10-2-2015, 10-9-2015, 11-6-2015, 11-27-2015

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Itinerary Summary

Arrival Barcelona, 7 nights; departure.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Barcelona
7 nights
Departure

Barcelona, the picturesque seaside capital of Catalonia, is a feast for the senses. Expert-led field trips and independent time combine to make for an unforgettable, in-depth experience of this fascinating city and its unique culture. Learn about Catalan Modernism as you discover the wondrous architecture of Antoni Gaudi. Explore Europe’s best preserved Gothic Quarter. Marvel at the masterpieces of artists like Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro and Antoni Tapies at Barcelona’s outstanding museums. Enjoy tapas and other traditional Catalan dishes at local restaurants and enjoy lively conversations with Catalan people. Enjoy a performance by the award-winning Esbart Sant Marti folkloric dance group and an exclusive chance to go behind the scenes at one of their dress rehearsals.




Accommodations
Four-star boutique hotel decorated in elegant modernist style, close to Placa d’Espanya and the commercial district.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
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.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Catalonia Diagonal Centro
  Barcelona, Spain 7 nights
 Hotel Catalonia Diagonal Centro
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The hotel Catalonia Diagonal Centro is conveniently located in the heart of the city, one block from the Rambla de Catalunya and 2 blocks from the Paseo de Gracia, with its Gaudi architecture and buildings. The metro "Diagonal" is 200 meters away, and there is a bus stop beside the hotel. The hotel is a modern building, situated on one of Barcelona's main thoroughfares. There are 84 comfortable bedrooms, over several floors.
  Contact info: Balmes 142,
Barcelona,  08008 Spain
phone: +34 93 415 90 90
web: www.hoteles-catalonia.com/en/home.jsp
  Room amenities: All bedrooms include: Individual air-conditioning and heating Safe Fully equipped bathroom with hairdryer, telephone, focus mirror, marble finishes Minibar (for a charge) Room Service Direct dial telephone Satellite TV Free Wireless Internet connection Please note that room sizes in Spain tend to considerably smaller than in North America.
  Facility amenities: The Catalonia Diagonal Centro, has a snack-bar, lobby bar, small reception area, 5 meeting rooms,and a seasonal roof top swimming pool and terrace.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBD Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at 1800-241-1404 to inquire about rate and availability.
  Additional nights after: TBD Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at 1800-241-1404 to inquire about rate and availability.


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
This program begins in the early evening with orientation at your program hotel in Barcelona. You will be staying at Hotel Catalonia Diagonal Centro that night.
  End of Program:
This program ends after breakfast at your program hotel in Barcelona. You will be staying at Hotel Catalonia Diagonal Centro the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
N/A
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Inter-City Trains and buses to/from Barcelona are available to/from most Spanish and other European cities.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Barcelona
  Nearest airport:  Barcelona City Airport
  Transportation to site: Transfers are not included in your program. A taxi to the city center from the airport costs about 25 euros and takes 20 to 30 minutes. You could also pre-book a private Aerocity aiport transfer at http://www.aerocity.com/en/
  From End of Program
  Location: Barcelona
  Transportation from site: Transfers are not included in your program. A taxi to the airport from the city center costs about 25 euros and takes 20 to 30 minutes. You could also pre-book a private Aerocity aiport transfer at http://www.aerocity.com/en/
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
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: Depart USA
(Friday, March 28)
   
 Depart From: Overnight flights to Barcelona, Spain.

Day 2: Arrival in Barcelona / Welcome and Information meeting
(Saturday, March 29)
   
 Arrive To: Upon arrival at the Barcelona airport please make your own way to the site Hotel. Your Group leader will be waiting to welcome you and help with check-in to your room. Please note that as a general rule, rooms are normally available beginning at 2:00PM.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: This afternoon, meet with your Group Leader for a welcome and orientation session at the hotel.
 Dinner: Join all participants for a welcome dinner and the opportunity to socialize and get to know your fellow participants.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Catalonia Diagonal Centro
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: "Museo de Historia de Catalunya" / Barcelona Orientation drive: Landmarks and sights
(Sunday, March 30)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: Transfer to the auditorium at the Museum of History of Catalunya for this morning's lecture: "Modernism: A large-scale artistic movement aimed at updating architectural typologies and decorative elements in line with new techniques, industrial materials and contemporary artistic feelings."
 Lunch: Leisure time to enjoy lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: An orientation drive around the city introduces some of Antoni Gaudi’s most important works of architecture in the Eixample (the extension area of Barcelona) and the most important sights and landmarks of Barcelona.
 Dinner: Meet your group leader and fellow participants at the Hotel lounge for a drink and an opportunity to have a Q&A session with local professionals about life in Spain, before going for dinner on your own.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Catalonia Diagonal Centro
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4: Casa Mila "La Pedrera" & La Sagrada Familia.
(Monday, March 31)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: This morning transfer to La Sagrada Familia and enjoy an expert-led lecture while visiting Gaudi's architectural masterpiece.
 Lunch: Leisure time to enjoy lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: Join your Group Leader for a discovery of the other Modernism building in the Eixample district, a perfect opportunity for detailed pictures or decide to continue your Gaudi experience with a visit on your own of La Pedrera/Casa Mila.
 Dinner: Meet your Group Leader and fellow participants at the Hotel lounge for a drink. It will be an opportunity to relax while sharing your day's experiences and exchanging ideas and tips for the following day, as well as getting ideas for your dinner this evening.
 Evening: Evening Folk Dancing Performance Esbart San Marti: after dinner transfer to a local community center for an exclusive viewing of Esbart San Marti's dress rehearsal featuring traditional Catalan folk song and dances, and a chance to meet the performers afterwards."
   
Accommodations: Hotel Catalonia Diagonal Centro
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5: Discover Las Ramblas, the most famous street in barcelona.
(Tuesday, April 1)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: Transfer to Ramblas via Public Bus. Walk along Barcelona's most well-known street, Las Ramblas, past the Place Real. Finish the morning with a discovery of la Boqueria Market.
 Lunch: Create a picnic lunch from the specialities you've gathered at the market or enjoy a meal at a nearby café.
 Afternoon: Independent exploration: Discover Park de la Ciutadella where you can picnic your morning market discovery. Or decide to stay around the Ramblas and explore on your own the hidden treasures of Barcelona most famous street. Consider visiting the MACBA (Contemporary Art Museum) on your own.
 Dinner: Meet your group leader and fellow participants at the Hotel lounge for a drink to exchange ideas and tips before going for dinner on your own.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Catalonia Diagonal Centro
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6: Explore the artistic past of Barcelona.
(Wednesday, April 2)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: This morning you will have some free time to enjoy Barcelona at your own pace or join your GL for a morning visit to the quaint Gracia area of the city - a typical Barcelonian barrio with bustling squares (Plaça del Sol, Plaça de Rius i Taulet ), and traditional customs. Later on, attend a lecture by an art expert on contemporary artists from Spain: Picasso, Dali and Miro who contributed to the richness of Barcelona's history and culture.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant with the group.
 Afternoon: Learn more about Picasso as you take a firsthand look at of some of the artist's masterpieces during a guided visit to the Museum. Later, join your Group Leader for further discovery of El Born Quarter - a lively area with its Artists,cafes and craft. Alternatively, choose to visit one of the city´s many museums on your own. Your Group Leader will offer assistance.
 Dinner: Meet your group leader and fellow participants at the Hotel lounge for a drink to exchange ideas and tips before going for dinner on your own.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Catalonia Diagonal Centro
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Explore the hidden treasure of Gothic Quarter.
(Thursday, April 3)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: This morning explore the Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter) with a local expert and discover some hidden treasures, like the Plaza Felipe Neri, the Roman Columns and Plaza del Pi. As we discover the Gothic Quarter, our expert will be recommending some Cafes where you can try some local specialities for lunch on your own.
 Lunch: Leisure time to enjoy lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring Barcelona on your own. Alternatively join your Group Leader for a visit to the grandiose Plaza Espanya and the Montjuic area. Perhaps choose to visit the Miró foundation on your own.
 Dinner: Meet your group leader and fellow participants at the Hotel lounge for a drink to exchange ideas and tips before going for dinner on your own.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Catalonia Diagonal Centro
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8: Barcelona of the XXI century
(Friday, April 4)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: With a local expert explore modern Barcelona. Look at the new changes of the city, new Architecture and discover the Barcelona of the 21st century. Visiting the 22@ Area and Poblenou. Learn about the new Architects working in the city.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own at a restaurant of your choice.
 Afternoon: This afternoon will be on your own to discover new places and sites in Barcelona. This is also an opportunity for you to prepare for your trip back home the following day.
 Dinner: Enjoy a nice dinner with your fellow participants at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Catalonia Diagonal Centro
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Departure
(Saturday, April 5)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel dining room.
 Morning: Your Group Leader will be on hand to assist and advise you on the best way to get to your departure point.
   
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.

Suggested Reading List


Antonio Gaudi, Master Architect


Author: Juan Bassegoda Nonell


Description: This lavish little collection of Gaudi's work captures the evolution, imagination and exuberance of one of the most influential architects of the 20th century.



Barcelona


Author: Robert Hughes


Description: A Longitude favorite, this big, thoroughly enjoyable cultural history of the city touches on architecture, art, religion and literature from Roman outpost to the present.



Barcelona Map


Author: Borch Maps


Description: A detailed city map, laminated and folded for easy reference.



Cadogan Guide Barcelona & Catalonia


Author: Dana Facaros


Description: This savvy guide combines practical details and maps with illuminating background on history, culture and sightseeing.



Food and Wines of Spain


Author: Penelope Casas


Description: This classic collection of 400 recipes, interwoven with cultural commentary and culinary history, is a pleasure to read, but prepare to become hungry.



Gaudi, A Biography


Author: Gijs van Hensbergen


Description: A vivid account of the architect and his work.



Ghosts of Spain


Author: Giles Tremlett


Description: Tremlett captures the Spanish character, history and modern politics in this masterful portrait, interweaving the story of his love for the country (where he has lived for 20 years) with interview, anecdote and observation.



Homage to Catalonia


Author: George Orwell


Description: Orwell's portrait of the Barcelona uprising and the spirit of a city at war is a classic, an observant and heartfelt report from the streets.



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.



The Shadow of the Wind


Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon


Description: Set in the brooding atmosphere of post-WW II Barcelona, this gripping story-within-a-story has it all: murder, doomed love and a mysterious book which draws the young hero, Daniel Sempere, into the city’s dangerous underworld.





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