Independent Barcelona: People, Arts and Architecture
Explore Barcelona with plenty of time on your own. Learn about famed works by Picasso, traditional Catalan folklore dance and the surreal works of Gaudi.
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Program No. 7149RJ
9 days
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At a Glance

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.
Activity Level
Walking up to two miles per day; some uneven terrain and stairs without railings. Activity level is based on included program elements.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • 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.

General Notes

Included: Seven nights hotel accommodation, all breakfasts, four lectures by local experts, six escorted field trips, detailed outlines for self-directed excursions, one performance, five evening happy-hours to talk about and share the day's experiences. Not included: Airport transfers.
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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.
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