20216
Spain/France
The Artistic Spirit of Paris and Barcelona
See the world’s greatest masterpieces up close as you discover famed museums, grand architecture, renowned sculptures and inspiring gardens in Paris and Barcelona.
Program No. 20216RJ
Length
12 days
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3,325
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11 nights
23 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrival in Paris & Program Orientation
Paris
D
Best Western Premier Opera Faubourg

Afternoon: Program Orientation at the hotel at 5 PM. We will gather in our private meeting room in the early evening 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, and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel.

DAY
3
Gothic Paris, Ile de la Cite, Notre Dame & Sainte Chapelle
Paris
B,L,D
Best Western Premier Opera Faubourg

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Morning lecture: "An Introduction to Paris from Gothic to Modernist: Architecture." Learn about the evolution of Paris from a Gothic city to a modern capital through her art and architecture. Transfer to Ile de la Cite by metro or public bus Field Trip: No visit to Paris is complete without seeing the cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris. The Jewel of Gothic Architecture, Notre Dame is the heart and life of Paris.

Lunch: At a local restaurant near Notre Dame featuring French crepes.

Afternoon: Field Trip Ile de la Cite: After lunch we explore the Ile de La Cite on foot and see some of the lesser visited streets known as the Ancien Cloître Quartier. Field Trip: The Sainte Chapelle is the finest royal chapel to be built in France and features a truly exceptional collection of stained glass windows. It was built in the mid 13th century by Louis IX, at the heart of the royal residence, the Palais de la Cité. It was built to house the relics of the Passion of Christ. Adorned with a unique collection of fifteen glass panels and a large rose window forming a veritable wall of light, the Sainte Chapelle is a gem of French Gothic architecture.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: Paris City Lights Tour by coach takes you by some of the best known monuments of Paris, depending on the time of year you may enjoy the view with the lights illuminating the monuments or it may still be light out.

DAY
4
Paris Royalty & Belle Epoque, Versailles, Opera Garnier
Paris
B,L,D
Best Western Premier Opera Faubourg

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip: This morning enjoy an expert-led discovery of the Palace of Versailles, the French royal chateau from 1682 until 1789 after the beginning of the French Revolution. The beautiful gardens of Versailles are an excellent example of French garden planning and are not to be missed.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Field Trip: Opéra de Paris or Opéra Garnier, is a 1,600-seat opera house on the Place de l'Opéra in Paris. It was the primary home of the Paris Opera from 1875 until 1989 when the Opera Bastille was opened. A grand building designed by Charles Garnier in the Neo-Baroque (or "Baroque Revival") style, it is regarded as one of the architectural masterpieces of its time.

Dinner: At a local restaurant near performance location.

Evening: Classical Musical Performance at the Sainte Chapelle: Each evening the Sainte Chapelle hosts various classical musical performances.This evening we join Parisians in an evening musical presentation at one of the most beautiful sites in Paris. NOTE: Due to scheduling of events this presentation may be at another similar venue.

DAY
5
Paris Art & Hist., The Louvre, Tuileries Gardens & Orangerie
Paris
B,D
Best Western Premier Opera Faubourg

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Morning lecture: "An Introduction to Paris from Gothic to Modernist: Art." Learn about the evolution of Paris from a Gothic city to a modern capital through her art and architecture. Field Trip: Independent exploration of the Louvre: Your expert guide will introduce you to the museum and take you to some of the highlights, but you will have time to explore the museum on your own.

Lunch: On your own at the Louvre. You can take your time to see the museum and eat at one of many food venues in the Carousel, at the Louvre restaurant, or upscale Café Marly. Set your own agenda.

Afternoon: Field Trip: Walk through Jardins des Tuileries, the gardens that once served as the backyard for the Kings of France and today are a place of relaxation for busy Parisians and make for a pleasant walk from the Louvre to the Orangerie. Field Trip: Discovering the Orangerie: Featuring Monet's large water lily paintings, the Orangerie is a must-see museum in Paris.

Dinner: Near the hotel at a local brasserie.

DAY
6
Impressionist Art in Paris, Orsay & Rodin Museums
Paris
B,L
Best Western Premier Opera Faubourg

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Morning lecture: "An Introduction to Paris From Gothic to Modernist: The Impressionist Era." Learn about the evolution of Paris from a Gothic city to a modern capital through her art and architecture. Field Trip: Discover the Musée d'Orsay with its rich and varied collections covering the prolific period from 1848 to 1914 and housing some of the best impressionist paintings in the world.

Lunch: At Musee d'Orsay in the museum restaurant.

Afternoon: Field Trip: The Musée Rodin contains most of Rodin's significant creations, including The Thinker, The Kiss and The Gates of Hell. Many of his sculptures are displayed in the museum's extensive garden. The museum is one of the most accessible museums in Paris.

Dinner: On your own. This is your opportunity to explore your own culinary selection in Paris.

DAY
7
TGV Train Figueres to Barcelona, Dalí Museum in Figueres
Barcelona
B,L,D
Abba Balmoral Barcelona

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: Free time during morning .

Lunch: On Train.

Afternoon: Field Trip: Discovering Dalí in Figueres The Dalí Theatre-Museum, the largest surrealistic object in the world, occupies the building of the former Municipal Theatre, a 19th century construction which was destroyed at the end of the Spanish Civil War. On its ruins, Dalí decided to create his museum. After the museum visit, board a coach to Barcelona.

Dinner: At the hotel.

DAY
8
History of Catalonia, Barcelona Orientation Sagrada Familia
Barcelona
B,L
Abba Balmoral Barcelona

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Morning Lecture: An Introduction to Barcelona Art and Architecture from Gothic to Gaudi. Excursion: Enjoy a coffee break before having some free time to visit Museu d'Historia de Catalunya.

Lunch: In the Old Port featuring Spanish paella.

Afternoon: Field trip: Sagrada Familia: Enjoy a guided visit of the basilica designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi followed by a driving visit of Barcelona's city highlights ending at our hotel. (Due to very restricted admissions at the Sagrada Familia Church, entry time for this visit will be in the evening).

Dinner: On your own. This is your opportunity to explore your own culinary selection in Barcelona.

DAY
9
Barcelona People, Music & Modernist Architecture
Barcelona
B,D
Abba Balmoral Barcelona

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Field trip: Morning in the Ramblas: Join a local expert for a walking tour exploring the Boqueria market to try some local specialties and mingle with local Barcelonians as they do their market shopping. Field trip: Liceu Opera House: The opera house, built according to the plans of the architect Miquel Garriga i Roca, was inaugurated on April 4, 1847. It was the largest opera house in Europe holding 4,000 seats.

Lunch: On your own in Barcelona.

Afternoon: Free time to explore the city. Barcelona has so much to offer and much of it is within walking distance. Suggestions will be made.

Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Evening: Concert at local venue to be confirmed by Group Leader on arrival

DAY
10
El Penedes, Cava Wines, Sitges & the Mediterranean Coast
Barcelona
B,L
Abba Balmoral Barcelona

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Field trip: El Penedes Wine Region and Cava Wines: As we drive through the vineyards, learn about the local specialty sparkling wine, its production, and explore a local cellar before you enjoy a tasting. Later on transfer to Sitges to visit Museum of Cau Ferrat: Santiago Rusiñol's residence and studio and the temple of his philosophy of Total Art is home to an important collection of painting by Rusiñol and the artists who, like him, preached a modern form of art. It also presents Rusiñol's collection of wrought iron, which the museum was named after, collections of ceramics, glass, furniture and woodcarvings, and unusual objects that the author collected all through his life.

Lunch: Enjoy your meal while overlooking the Mediterranean.

Afternoon: Continue your exploration of Sitges. You will have some free time to explore on your own before heading back to Barcelona.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: Meet with Local Professionals in Barcelona and learn all about life, work and family, as well as the current political challenges.

DAY
11
Gothic Quarter, the Cathedral & the Picasso Museum
Barcelona
B,D
Abba Balmoral Barcelona

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Field trip: Gothic Barcelona: With our local expert explore the famed Gothic Quarter, learn about the history and the architecture of this spectacular city. Enjoy some time to wander on your own through the medieval streets and stop at the Sardanas Dancing performance in the Main Square.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: Field trip: La Seu Cathedral: In the heart of the Barri Gotic, this soaring Gothic cathedral is named after Barcelona's patron Saint Eulalia who, according to Catholic tradition, suffered martyrdom during the Roman Empire. Her body is entombed in the cathedral's crypt. Field trip: Picasso Museum: The Picasso Museum, housed in five adjoining medieval palaces, has one of the most extensive collections of artworks by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. There are more than 3,500 works in the permanent collection of the museum. Picasso first arrived in Barcelona in 1894 when his father found work teaching at the city art school. The Museu Picasso reveals the artist's relationship with the city of Barcelona from youth until his death in 1973.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at or near the hotel.

DAY
12
Departure from Barcelona, Program Concludes
Barcelona
B

Breakfast: At the hotel. This concludes our program.

Morning: Group transfer to the airport from the hotel. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoyed your Road Scholar learning adventure and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!