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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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4,999
May 3 - May 19, 2023
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Sep 6 - Sep 22, 2023
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Sep 27 - Oct 13, 2023
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Mar 6 - Mar 22, 2024
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Apr 10 - Apr 26, 2024
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May 8 - May 24, 2024
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Sep 4 - Sep 20, 2024
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Sep 25 - Oct 11, 2024
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DATES & starting prices
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Mar 15 - Mar 31, 2023
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6,029
May 3 - May 19, 2023
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6,029
Sep 6 - Sep 22, 2023
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6,029
Sep 27 - Oct 13, 2023
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6,029
Mar 6 - Mar 22, 2024
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6,049
Apr 10 - Apr 26, 2024
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6,049
May 8 - May 24, 2024
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6,049
Sep 4 - Sep 20, 2024
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6,049
Sep 25 - Oct 11, 2024
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6,049

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.
Featured Expert
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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 View biography
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 View biography
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Surrealism
by Fiona Bradley
The history of the Surrealist movement featuring Magritte, Ernst, Dali and others. Includes many color illustrations.
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.
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(5) Review left 11/01/2022

For those who love art and want to learn more, this is a perfect program. The lectures were fabulous and following them with a visit to an appropriate museum was wonderful. And the Spanish wine!

(5) Review left 10/03/2022

This program was outstanding. Wonderful restaurants, expert speakers, rich and varied experiences, and an excellent group leader. If you attend this program you will come away with a great appreciation for the major artists of Spain and a deep desire to return.

(5) Review left 4/25/2022

This is a comprehensive overview of Spanish art. It is packed with visits to important sites in the history of art in Spain. Accommodations and food are good. Be prepared to see and experience a great deal.

(5) Review left 4/19/2022

It is difficult to view using an iPhone. Some are overlapping

(5) Review left 11/12/2021

I wholeheartedly recommend this trip as a super-charged learning experience in the worlds of Spanish art, architecture and culture. Each and every day was a superbly curated blend of expert lectures and guided visits to a wealth of museums, cathedrals, palaces and public spaces. At the same time, I felt supremely cared for with good food, comfortable hotels, at-the-elbow transportation and our attentive, professional & entertaining group guide, Sandra Velasquez. Sandra was endlessly patient in answering our endless questions, created a warm & inclusive family atmosphere among our diverse group and tackled each and every unexpected challenge (missing luggage, a passport left in a hotel safe, a nasty fall experienced by one of our group members). I came away profoundly grateful for seeing and learning about so many beautiful works of art and architecture across centuries of Spanish history; with deeper appreciation for artists I knew about prior to the trip, such as Picasso, Miro, El Greco & Velasquez; delight in encountering new artists, notably Abstract artists highlighted in the Perez museum in Cuenca; and motivated to read and learn more about Spanish history.

(5) Review left 11/10/2021

My brother and sister-in-law had taken this tour and highly recommended it. I enjoyed the tour tremendously--the cities, the museums, the hotels, the food, the lectures, and the local guides. Our Group Leader, Sandra, sets the standard--she has an effervescent personality, is positive, caring and conscientious. We were a group of ten and it was composed of interesting people from all over the U.S. and Canada. It was a congenial group that I'll remember with pleasure.

(5) Review left 10/20/2021

This was a great overview of Spanish art from the Golden Age to the present. In addition to many wonderful general museums, we went to specialized museums for Picasso, Miro, Dali and El Greco's works. I was surprised how much modern/abstract art was included and relatively unknown in the US. Our group leader Ulises was excellent, as were all the experts and all but one of the local guides. This is a great trip for anyone who loves art and architecture - RS has been running this tour for 32 years. Best of all, museums and other venues weren't as crowded as pre-Covid, so it was easier to see the art, and it felt safer to be in Spain than in the US, since mask-wearing inside is universal.

(5) Review left 10/11/2021

This was an excellent program--a great opportunity to learn about Spain and its great artistic tradition

(5) Review left 10/02/2021

If you are interested in Spanish art from the Golden Age to now, this is the trip for you! We visited the top art museums in Spain and several cathedrals with stunning art collections. The lectures provided was with context to view the art. It was a wonderful trip!

(5) Review left 10/23/2019

This program is like taking a graduate course in Spanish art and culture, terrific!

(5) Review left 6/17/2019

The Spanish Art & Architecture tour is wonderful. Not only do you get to see wonderful things, but you also get to learn about, & fall in love with, a fascinating country.

(5) Review left 5/27/2019

Road Scholar is a wonderful opportunity to travel and learn about almost any subject in the world! It is well organized, affordable, and fun!






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