7149
Spain
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
Length
9 days
Starts at
1,499
Flights start at
675
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8 nights
10 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive Barcelona, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Barcelona
D
Hotel Catalonia Diagonal Centro

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

Afternoon: After check in, we’ll go on an orientation walk through the area with our Group Leader as we get our first taste of the city of Barcelona before returning to the hotel conference room. 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. This is a Road Scholar INDEPENDENT program. It is designed for participants who want high-level Road Scholar instruction, a few group activities, and who are capable and comfortable setting out on their own for a significant part of the day/night. There will be several hours each day of educational content, a number of meals on your own (excluded from the program cost) to enjoy what you like, and substantial free time for personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Most afternoons, there will be an activity with the Group Leader. As this is an Independent program, we also encourage you to explore independently to learn about and do what interests you most. Our Group Leader will provide everyone with two T10 travel passes which will include 20 metro or local bus journeys and can be used on any day of our stay in Barcelona. We will also be given full information and assistance on how to successfully use public transport during free time. Periods in the daily 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. 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 plated welcome dinner with a complimentary glass of wine, coffee, water; 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
Museo de Historia Catalunya, Barcelona Landmarks and Sights
Barcelona
B
Hotel Catalonia Diagonal Centro

Activity note: Walking approx. 2 miles throughout the day during group activities; periods of standing; mostly flat terrain, city streets and sidewalks. Use of public transportation; some stairs; elevators and escalators not always available.

Breakfast: At the hotel, the buffet features a variety of choices including hot and cold items, plus milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: Transferring by public bus to the auditorium at the Museu D'Història De Catalunya, we will attend a lecture focusing on the history of Catalonia given by a local expert. Afterwards, we’ll take some time to enjoy the museum independently.

Lunch: 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.

Afternoon: We’ll then set out on an orientation drive around the city that will introduce us to some of Antoni Gaudí’s most important works of architecture in the Eixample district of Barcelona and some of the iconic sights and landmarks of the city. Next, we’ll enjoy a visit to the Park Güell with our Group Leader where we will walk around the park admiring the work of Antoni Gaudi and listening to informative commentary. We’ll then return to the hotel for a social beverage in the lounge with the group and engage in a Q&A session with local professionals about life in Spain.

Dinner: On your own to explore the local fare.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
La Sagrada Familia, Modernism
Barcelona
B
Hotel Catalonia Diagonal Centro

Activity note: Walking approx. 2 miles throughout the day during group activities; periods of standing; mostly flat terrain, city streets and sidewalks. Use of public transportation; some stairs; elevators and escalators not always available.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will travel by public transportation to La Sagrada Familia where we will enjoy an expert-led field trip focusing on Gaudí's unfinished architectural masterpiece, the "Sagrada Family" Temple. With the first stone laid on March 19, 1882, this enormous and striking Roman Catholic house of worship has been under construction for over 135 years with 5 generations of project leaders. The projected goal is to have all of the architectural work completed by 2026.

Lunch: On your own to sample the local cuisine.

Afternoon: This afternoon’s activity with the Group Leader will be a walking exploration of the other Modernism buildings in the Eixample district – a perfect opportunity for detailed pictures. Alternatively, you may wish to continue your Gaudí experience with a visit on your own to Casa Mila, also known as La Pedrera, or the newly renovated Casa Lleo i Morera. We’ll then meet back at the hotel lounge with our Group Leader for a drink and some time to relax while sharing the experiences of the day.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Discover Las Ramblas: The Most Famous Street in Barcelona
Barcelona
B
Hotel Catalonia Diagonal Centro

Activity note: Walking approx. 2 miles throughout the day during group activities; periods of standing; mostly flat terrain, city streets and sidewalks. Use of public transportation; some stairs; elevators and escalators not always available.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: Setting out via public transport with our Group Leader, we’ll go for a narrated walk along Barcelona's most well-known street, Las Ramblas, going past the Placa Reial. Finish the morning with a discovery of la Boqueria Market.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like. You may wish to create a picnic from the specialties at the market or enjoy a meal at a nearby café.

Afternoon: Our Group Leader will then remain around Las Ramblas exploring some of the hidden treasures of Barcelona's most famous street. Alternatively, you may consider visiting either the MACBA (Contemporary Art Museum) or Palau de la Música on your own. Our Group Leader will provide information and assistance.

Dinner: On your own to explore the regional cuisine.

Evening: We will transfer via motorcoach 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.

DAY
6
Contemporary Artists from Spain, Pablo Picasso Museum
Barcelona
B,L
Hotel Catalonia Diagonal Centro

Activity note: Walking approx. 2 miles throughout the day during group activities; periods of standing; mostly flat terrain, city streets and sidewalks. Use of public transportation; some stairs; elevators and escalators not always available.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: A local art expert will join us at the hotel for a lecture on contemporary artists from Spain including Dali and Miró, who all contributed to the richness of Barcelona's history and culture.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we’ll enjoy a tasty meal of tapas, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We will transfer by public transport to the Picasso Museum where we will learn more about Picasso while having a first-hand look at of some of the artist's masterpieces during an expert-led visit. Afterwards, our Group Leader will lead a walking discovery of El Born Quarter - a lively area with its artists, cafes, and craft. Alternatively, you may choose to visit one of the city's many museums on your own. Our Group Leader will offer assistance. Regrouping in the hotel lounge, we’ll review the events of the day.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Explore the Hidden Treasures of Gothic Quarter
Barcelona
B
Hotel Catalonia Diagonal Centro

Activity note: Walking approx. 2 miles throughout the day during group activities; periods of standing; mostly flat terrain, city streets and sidewalks. Use of public transportation; some stairs; elevators and escalators not always available.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: After transferring via public transit, 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. As we make our way around the Gothic Quarter, our expert will point out some popular eateries with notable local specialties.

Lunch: On your own to explore the local fare.

Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon to enjoy Barcelona at your own pace. Our Group Leader will be available to provide information and assistance. We’ll then meet back at the hotel lounge for the day’s review and camaraderie.

Dinner: On your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Barcelona of the 21st Century, Farewell Dinner
Barcelona
B,D
Hotel Catalonia Diagonal Centro

Activity note: Walking approx. 2 miles throughout the day during group activities; periods of standing; mostly flat terrain, city streets and sidewalks. Use of public transportation; some stairs; elevators and escalators not always available.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: With a local expert, we’ll explore modern Barcelona and see some of the changes that have taken place in the city with emphasis on modern architecture and the characteristics of the Barcelona of the 21st century. While visiting the 22@ area, the innovation district in the former industrial area known as Poblenou, we’ll learn about the new architects working in the city.

Lunch: On your own to explore local cuisine.

Afternoon: Free time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. You may wish to continue discovering new places and sites in Barcelona on your own or take some time to prepare for departures tomorrow.

Dinner: At a local restaurant, we’ll enjoy a delicious plated farewell dinner with our fellow participants. A complimentary glass of wine, coffee, tea, water are included; other beverages available for purchase. Share some of your favorite experiences from the program with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: At leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out and departures in the morning.

DAY
9
Program Concludes
In Flight
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet. This concludes our program.

Morning: 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!






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