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Spain

Spanish Art: From the Golden Age to Gaudi and Beyond

Program No. 3328RJ
Revel in traditions of art as you enjoy lectures on the Spanish Masters and Gaudi, visit iconic museums and set out on expert-led walks to the cathedrals and monuments of Spain today.
Length
17 days
Rating (5)
Activity Level
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4,999
Flights start at
850

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Mar 15 - Mar 31, 2023
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At a Glance

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.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Participants should be able to walk approximately two miles a day and stand for at least one hour at a time. Cobblestones, steep slopes and other uneven ground. Some stairs without railings.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Connect the lives, works and schools of Velazquez, Goya and El Greco to modern masters Picasso, Miró and Dalí.
  • Visit the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao designed by world-famous architect Frank Gehry.
  • Enjoy a private performance with members of a Catalonian medieval folklore group in Barcelona.
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Ulises Diaz-Ropero
Ulises Diaz-Ropero is originally from Toledo and is fluent in Spanish, English, and an intermediate level of French. He is an avid traveler and has visited many countries on four different continents. Ulises completed a Master’s degree in ethnomusicology at the School of Oriental Studies in London before becoming a world music artist in the thriving music scene in London. For the last five years, Ulises has been pursuing a career in education, leading educational travels as well as teaching Spanish to adults.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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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.
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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.
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Ulises Diaz-Ropero View biography
Ulises Diaz-Ropero is originally from Toledo and is fluent in Spanish, English, and an intermediate level of French. He is an avid traveler and has visited many countries on four different continents. Ulises completed a Master’s degree in ethnomusicology at the School of Oriental Studies in London before becoming a world music artist in the thriving music scene in London. For the last five years, Ulises has been pursuing a career in education, leading educational travels as well as teaching Spanish to adults.
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Mayra Noguerales View biography
Mayra Noguerales was born on the Canary Islands and moved to mainland Spain as a teenager. At 16, she moved to the US, and after four years in several states, headed to the UK to finish her university degree. Returning home, she moved to beautiful, historic El Escorial and became an educational Group Leader. Mayra enjoys time in her workshop creating all types of arts and crafts. Her passion and most rewarding experiences come from meeting people and sharing her knowledge of Spain and Portugal.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Goya
by Enriquetta Harris
A brief, illustrated introduction to the work of Francisco Goya that includes a lengthy essay as well as 48 full-page color plates and 30 black-and-white reproductions. Perfect for museum-goers.
Basque, Delicious Recipes from Spain's Stunning Northern Coast
by Jose Pizarro
Designed to demystify the cuisine of northern Spain, this mouth-watering cookbook features 80 recipes from the Basque region (which has more Michelin-starred restaurants per capita than any other area in the world). Dishes are accompanied by evocative full-color photos.
A Traveller's History of Spain
by Juan Lalaguna
This survey of Spanish history features a useful chronology, historical gazetteer and a long section on contemporary life. It covers early settlements through the Romans, Goths and Moors to the present.
Surrealism
by Fiona Bradley
The history of the Surrealist movement featuring Magritte, Ernst, Dali and others. Includes many color illustrations.
Dali
by Robert Radford
A nice overview of Dali's life and important works, this Phaidon art book explains how Dali infused his work with the surreal. Includes plenty of color photographs.
Antonio Gaudi, Master Architect
by Juan Bassegoda Nonell
This pocket-sized collection of Gaudi's work captures the evolution, imagination and exuberance of one of the most influential architects of the 20th century.
Barcelona
by Robert Hughes
This big, thoroughly enjoyable cultural history of the city touches on architecture, art, religion and literature from Roman outpost to today.
DK Eyewitness Top Ten Barcelona
by Eyewitness Guides
This superb guide to Barcelona features color photography, a pullout map and top attractions.
Adventures in Spain
by Catherine Petit
From Madrid north to Santiago and south to Granada, join Catherine Petit as she shares her journeys through the countryside, hills, mountains and quaint cities and towns of the breathtaking country of Spain. Catherine serves as your personal guide through cathedrals, museums, parks, gardens, and architectural delights as she treks her way through the enchanting landscape. The photographs will bring the experience of Spain right to your door. The friends she made, the people she met, and the cultural extravagance she witnessed will ensure you make Spain your next destination.
Homage to Catalonia
by George Orwell
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.
Spain & Portugal Adventure Map
by National Geographic
A double-sided full color map of Spain and Portugal at a scale of 1:1,000,000 with good shaded relief, topographic detail, roads and waterways.
Goya
by Robert Hughes
A biography of the great Spanish painter, by historian and art critic Robert Hughes (Barcelona).
The Basque History of the World
by Mark Kurlansky
Kurlansky's engaging portrait of the seven provinces of Basque lands takes in everything from language to culinary heritage, role in the Spanish Civil War and seafaring traditions.
Culture Smart! Spain
by Marian Meaney
This concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture provides a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice.
Ghosts of Spain
by Giles Tremlett
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 interviews, anecdotes and observation.
Spain, The Root and the Flower
by John A. Crow
Take this book with you to Spain: it's an absorbing, well-written account of Spanish cultural history from prehistory to the Romans, Jews, Moors, Golden Age and on to Franco and his legacy in Spain.
Old Man Goya
by Julia Blackburn
Taking 1792--the year that Goya went deaf--as her starting point, Blackburn chronicles the painter's fruitful last 35 years in captivating, imaginative detail.
Painting in Spain 1500-1700
by Jonathan Brown
Velazquez and El Greco are but a few of the Spanish artists discussed in this in-depth study of the art produced during Spain's golden age.
Eyewitness Guide Spain
by Eyewitness Guides
This superb, colorful guide covering all of Spain features bright photography, dozens of maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions.
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17 days
16 nights
35 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive Madrid, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Madrid
D
Hotel Catalonia Gran Via

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 2:00 p.m.

Afternoon: After checking in at the hotel, we’ll take some time to unpack and settle in before setting out for an introductory walk around the hotel with our Group Leader as we get our first taste of Spain's capital. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Dinners in Spain generally take place much later than in North America, meaning that there is little or no leisure time in the evenings. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we’ll enjoy a welcome dinner with wine, coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
3
Spanish Painting, San Antonio’s Chapel, Prado Museum, Tapas
Madrid
B,L,D
Hotel Catalonia Gran Via

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles in Madrid throughout the day; about 1.5 hours total; periods of standing during field trips. Getting on/off motorcoach; driving approximately 3 miles throughout the day; about 2 hours total around the city, with breaks.

Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast buffet includes a variety of hot and cold items to choose from, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We will begin with a lecture at the hotel given by a local expert speaker who will focus on the Spanish Golden Age of painting, from the early 16th century through the late 17th century, and the great masters. Afterward, we will board a motorcoach and go on a drive through Madrid with expert commentary. We will also include a field trip to the Real Ermita de San Antonio de La Florida – Francisco Goya's final resting place. A hidden gem within the city, this church contains magnificent frescoes painted by Goya himself.

Lunch: At the hotel, we’ll have a plated lunch with wine, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Next, we will make our way to the Prado Museum where we will enjoy an expert-led field trip. During our visit, we’ll engage with the museum’s world-famous collection, which 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.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we’ll enjoy a traditional tapas meal with wine, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: We’ll then return to the hotel for the remainder of the evening at leisure.

DAY
4
The Royal Academy of Fine Art & El Escorial Monastery
Madrid
B,L
Hotel Catalonia Gran Via

Activity note: Walking approximately 2 miles total throughout the day, periods of standing at sites; note that El Escorial Monastery and the town have areas with many steps, cobblestones, and uneven surfaces, including some without handrails. Getting on/off motorcoach; driving approximately 40 miles; 1 hour each way to EL Escorial.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Joining our expert lecturer in our meeting place at the hotel, we will begin with a lecture that will feature the lives, works, and styles of the great 17th century Spanish masters including Velázquez, Goya, El Greco, Zurbarán, and Murillo. Afterwards, we will join our lecturer for a walk to visit the Royal Academy of Fine Arts where we will see various works made by the artists we just discussed, and learn more about them through the exhibits.

Lunch: At the hotel, we’ll have plated meals with wine, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Next, we will set out by motorcoach to the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site of El Escorial, the historical residence and burial place of Spanish monarchs, which we will explore with a local expert. 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: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Royal Palace, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
Madrid
B,D
Hotel Catalonia Gran Via

Activity note: Walking approximately 3 miles total throughout the day including about 1.5 miles to the Royal Palace; old Madrid streets with cobblestones, uneven surfaces, some stairs and periods of standing in palace and museum. The Royal Palace is occasionally subject to closure and may be substituted for an alternative site.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: To begin, we will walk to the Royal Palace for a visit of the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family led by a local expert. Construction first began in 1738 under the direction of Philip V and the initial building commission, designed by Juan Bautista Sachetti, was completed about 17 years later. Over the years, additions have been added to the palace and decorations have been adjusted by residents to accommodate their needs. By floor area, the Royal Palace is the largest in Europe and it is filled with an immense collection of historical art including paintings, metalwork, porcelain, furniture, instruments, and the contents of the Royal Armoury, which features weapons and armor that were used by the Spanish royal family. Notable artists present through their work include Caravaggio, Velázquez, Goya, Corrado Giaquinto, Juan de Flandes, Tiepolo, and Mengs.

Lunch: On your own to sample more of the local fare.

Afternoon: We will then rendezvous at a predetermined time and place to board our motorcoach for transfer to the Thyssen Museum for a field trip with a local expert.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we’ll have plated meals with wine, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
20th Century Art, Reina Sofía Museum
Madrid
B,D
Hotel Catalonia Gran Via

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving about 3 miles roundtrip; about 1/2 hour roundtrip. Walking approximately 2 miles during group activities; standing up to 1 hour at the museum. Some opportunity for more activities dependent on personal interest.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Joined by our lecturer at the hotel again this morning, we will begin with a lecture featuring an introduction to 20th century Spanish painting with a focus on Picasso’s “Guernica.” We will then transfer via motorcoach for a visit to the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid's contemporary art center, which houses over 21,000 works of modern and avant-garde art. Founded in 1990 after originally being created as an art center, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía is one of the key symbols of the Spanish transition to democracy and modernity following the Franco regime. Pablo Picasso's Guernica, which depicts the widespread suffering during the Spanish Civil War, is the museum's most renowned masterpiece.

Lunch: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Afternoon: After lunch, we’ll take some time in the early afternoon to explore Madrid independently. Gathering late this afternoon at the hotel, we’ll enjoy another lecture focusing on the Abstract Generation, a powerful artistic movement of the 1950s-1960s. During the discussion, we will review works by Tapies, Torner, Zobel, Chillida, Chirino, Oteiza, and Serrano.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we’ll have plated meals with wine, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
7
El Greco in Toledo, Arrive Cuenca
Cuenca
B,L,D
Posada San Jose

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving approximately 170 miles; about 3.5 hours with stops. Walking up to 3 miles throughout the day; cobblestone streets, many steep slopes, uneven surfaces without handrails in Toledo and Cuenca. Motorcoach cannot reach the hotel in Cuenca; we will walk short distance to accommodation and luggage transferred to hotel. No elevator in the Cuenca hotel.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: After checking out of the Madrid hotel, we will begin our transfer to Toledo. As we approach this historic World Heritage city, we will be treated to breathtaking panoramic views. Upon arrival, a local expert will lead us on 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 throughout our walk, we will have the chance to view some of the artist's most well-known works at the cathedral, the Santo Tomé, and the former "Sinagoga del Tránsito," which is now a museum.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we’ll have a plated 3-course meal with a glass of wine and water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Continuing, we will board our motorcoach and resume our journey to Cuenca. Upon arrival, our Group Leader will introduce us to this walled city during a panoramic drive overlooking the spectacular river gorges of the Júcar and Huecar rivers, as well as the famous 15th century "casas colgadas," or hanging houses. We will then check into the hotel and have some time to settle in before dinner.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll enjoy a simple plated meal with a glass of wine, coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
The History of Cuenca, Museo Antonio Pérez, Abstract Art
Cuenca
B,L,D
Posada San Jose

Activity note: Walking approximately 3 miles; about 4 hours, with breaks; cobblestone streets, very steep slopes, and uneven surfaces without hand rails.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Starting from the hotel, we will set out on an expert-led walk around Cuenca's beautiful cobblestoned old town. Our walk will include an expert-led field trip to the cathedral and the Museo de Arte Abstracto. While here, we will examine one of the most extensive collections of abstract art in Spain, which is housed in one of the city's "casas colgadas," or hanging houses. At the museum with a local expert, we will discuss the Generación Abstracta movement and study works by artists such as Millares, Tàpies, Sempere, Torner, Rueda, Zóbel and Saura.

Lunch: At the hotel, we will have a plated meal with a glass of wine, coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Next, we will join our Group Leader and walk to the Museo Antonio Pérez, located in the old Convent of the Carmelitas Descalzas (the Barefoot Carmelites). In addition to seeing the paintings, prints, and sculptures that Antonio Pérez collected, today the museum also contains works by many contemporary artists.

Dinner: Hotel plated meal.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and an early transfer in the morning.

DAY
9
To Burgos, Burgos’s Gothic Cathedral & Old Quarter
Burgos
B,L
Hotel Silken Gran Teatro

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving approximately 250 miles; about 5 hours, with stops. Walking approximately 2 miles in Burgos; about 2.5 hours; mainly flat ground, some cobblestones, steps without handrails.

Breakfast: Due to the early departure, we will have boxed breakfasts to take with us.

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we will board the motorcoach and travel north to Burgos, the former capital of the unified kingdom of Castile and Leon, and home to the impressive UNESCO World Heritage recognized Gothic cathedral. Upon arrival, we will check into the hotel and settle in.

Lunch: At the hotel in Burgos, we will have a 2-course plated meal with water included.

Afternoon: Setting out on foot, we will enjoy an expert-led sightseeing walk of the old quarters of Burgos and the Gothic cathedral, which was built over a period of 400 years and is considered one of Spain’s finest examples of Gothic architecture. During our visit through the interior, we’ll see its features including unique stained glass and sculptures, as well as the tomb of “El Cid,” the renowned Castilian knight, and his wife, Doña Jimena.

Dinner: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
10
Transfer to Bilbao, Guggenheim Museum
Bilbao
B,D
Hotel Silken Indautxu

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving approximately 100 miles; about 2 hours to Bilbao. Walking approximately 2 miles; about 4 hours with breaks; periods of standing at the museum; mostly flat ground, some cobblestones and steps.

Breakfast: At the hotel, the buffet breakfast will feature a variety of hot and cold items, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: Once checked out of the hotel, we will board the motorcoach for the transfer from Burgos to Bilbao.

Lunch: On your own to explore local cuisine in Bilbao upon arrival. Your Group Leader will be able to provide suggestions.

Afternoon: We will join a local expert on a walking field trip through Bilbao's historic old town, during which we will learn about the area’s 700-year-old history and the architectural importance of the city’s Old Quarter. Later, we’ll head to the Guggenheim to enjoy a field trip of Bilbao's spectacular museum, designed by renowned contemporary architect, Frank Gehry. While here viewing the eclectic works of modernist art within the museum, we will also discover the unique architectural style of the Guggenheim building and Jeff Koons’ avant-garde “puppy” flower sculpture, which overlooks the main entrance. Afterwards, we will complete our transfer to the hotel and check in.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have plated meals with wine, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
Fine Arts Museum Bilbao, Free Time
Bilbao
B,L
Hotel Silken Indautxu

Activity note: Walking approximately 2 miles throughout group activities; periods of standing; mostly flat terrain, some cobblestones and uneven ground. Additional activity dependent on personal interest.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Arriving on foot led by a local expert, we will visit the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum of 1908 and the Museum of Modern Art, which opened in 1924. Both are brought together under the umbrella of the Museum of Fine Arts, a combined center that chronologically exhibits over 6,000 works spanning from the 12th century all the way to the present. The impressive exhibitions display many works – from paintings to sculptures, engravings, drawings, etc. – by famous classical, contemporary, and regional Basque artists. After our group exploration, take some time independently to look around the museum a bit more.

Lunch: At a local restaurant featuring a Basque tasting menu, we’ll share small plates and one glass of wine with water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Free time. This period of time has been set aside for your personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most in Bilbao. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
12
Barcelona via La Rioja Region
Barcelona
B,L,D
Abba Balmoral

Activity note: Minimal walking throughout the day during field trip. Getting on/off motorcoach; driving approximately 400 miles; about 8.5 hours throughout the day, with stops for field trips and lunch.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Once checked out, we’ll leave the hotel via motorcoach and head to La Rioja region where we will enjoy a visit to a winery, or “bodega,” and sample some of the world-famous wines. Winery staff will teach us about the winery and the winemaking process. Afterward, we will continue the short distance to El Ciego for lunch.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we’ll enjoy a tapas lunch with one glass of wine and water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We’ll then continue our journey to Barcelona and, upon arrival, check in at the hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel, we’ll have a light plated meal with coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
13
Barcelona, Modernism, La Pedrera, La Sagrada Familia
Barcelona
B,L,D
Abba Balmoral

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving approximately 5 miles throughout the city; about 6 hours including breaks for visits. Walking approximately 2-3 miles; periods of standing at monuments; many steps, uneven surfaces, and pedestrian-only areas. La Sagrada Familia entrance times are strictly regulated and subject to change or substitution for another Modernist site.

Breakfast: At the hotel, the breakfast buffet includes a variety of hot and cold items to choose from, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: In the meeting room at the hotel, our local Catalan expert will give a lecture featuring the Modernist Movement and the concept of “total art.” The German word “Gesamtkunstwerk” was popularized by Richard Wagner in 1894 when he was fixated on the idea of creating an opera that brought together elements of music, dance, drama, and set design. With the synthesis of art forms, the result would be the creation of a uniquely complete artistic experience for the audience. As we will see later in terms of architecture, many of Gaudí’s iconic works embody this ambition.

Lunch: At the hotel, we’ll share a light finger lunch with included beverages.

Afternoon: We will then transfer to visit two of Gaudí's most renowned sites – firstly his unfinished masterpiece, the gigantic basilica known as La Sagrada Familia (the Sacred Family). Construction began in 1882 and continues to this day. This enthralling and magnificent undertaking has become the symbol of the city, which we will explore inside and out with our local expert as we enjoy commentary. Note that Sagrada Familia tickets cannot be secured far in advance, so there is no guarantee of entrance. There is a specific time to enter the complex and the time inside the monument is restricted. Later, we’ll drive to Parc Guell Gaudí's outdoor residential project, which is now a municipal garden boasting a wealth of unique modernist architecture. In the hotel meeting room afterward, we’ll learn about life today in Spain through a question-and-answer session with local professionals.

Dinner: On your own to explore what you like.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
14
Pablo Picasso's Years in Barcelona,
Barcelona
B,D
Abba Balmoral

Activity note: Walking approximately 2-3 miles throughout the day; cobblestones and uneven surfaces. Use of the Metro public transportation system; many stations do not have elevators and participants will be required to climb some stairs.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Gathering with the group, we will enjoy a lecture given by a local expert, which will focus on the works of Picasso and his influences. Afterwards, we will travel by public transportation to the Picasso Museum for an expert-led field trip to admire his works.

Lunch: Lunch on your own to explore local cuisine.

Afternoon: Arriving via motorcoach, we’ll set out on a walking exploration of the Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter) with a local expert to discover some of the area’s hidden treasures such as the Plaza Felipe Neri, the Roman Columns, and Plaza del Pi. Afterwards, we will return to the hotel via public transportation.

Dinner: At the hotel, we will have plated meals with wine, coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: We will transfer via motorcoach to a local community center for a private performance that will introduce us to Catalan music and dances by locals from a folklore group dedicated to preserving regional traditions. We’ll then return to the hotel after the performance.

DAY
15
Dalí in Figueres & Púbol, Dalí Theatre-Museum, Gala's Castle
Barcelona
B,L
Abba Balmoral

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving approximately 200 miles roundtrip; about 4 hours total. Walking approximately 2-3 miles total throughout the day; periods of standing at sites; many steps without handrails and uneven surfaces around the Museums of Figueres and Púbol.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will set out from Barcelona via motorcoach with our local expert for a field trip to Figueres, the birthplace of Salvador Dalí. Upon arrival, we will explore the Dalí Theatre-Museum, the world's largest surrealist art object. Built upon the remains of the former Figueres theatre, the museum collection spans over the artist's entire career. Then we will transfer to Púbol.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we’ll have plated meals with wine and water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We will arrive at the Gala Dalí Castle Museum-House for a private exploration with our local expert. 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. We will return to Barcelona in the late afternoon.

Dinner: On your own to explore local cuisine in Barcelona.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
16
Catalonian Artists, Miro Foundation, Free Time
Barcelona
B,D
Abba Balmoral

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving approximately 5 miles around the city; about 6 hours including breaks for field trips. Walking approximately 2 miles throughout the day; cobblestones and uneven surfaces.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will enjoy our final expert-led lecture in the hotel meeting room, which will focus on the 20th century Catalonian artists, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí, and Antoni Gaudí. Afterward, we will board the motorcoach for 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 by Miró. Led by a local expert, we’ll explore the expansive collection.

Lunch: Lunch on your own to explore local cuisine.

Afternoon: Free time to explore Barcelona on your own. You may also wish to pack for the journey home.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we’ll enjoy a delicious plated farewell dinner with all beverages included.

Evening: At leisure. Share favorite experiences and say farewell to new Road Scholar friends. Prepare for check-out and departures in the morning.

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17
Program Concludes
Barcelona
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Activity note: Hotel check-out by 12:00 Noon. Airport transfers beginning at approximately 4:00 a.m. See your program’s “Transportation Information” regarding transfers.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet, flight times permitting. This concludes our program.

Morning: 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 enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on another rewarding program in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






Important registration tip:
If you want to attend the live lecture, please do not wait until the last minute to enroll.
If you enroll after a lecture is complete, we’ll send you a recording of the event.