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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The trip to Barcelona was excellent. The Road Scholar program is well designed to provide education and fun. For the best experience on this trip you should ask when Maevon will next be the group leader. Jonathan Harrison

William Davis

This program combined history, art, food, culture while visiting sites and areas which helped to bring all the complicated elements together in a very positive way. Barcelona is an amazing city. This was our first tour of any kind. I can't recommend it too highly.


This was a wonderful way to be introduced to Barcelona! Our guide(s) were entertaining and helpful - the walking tours and lectures not only gave us valuable information but also whetted our interest in learning and exploring more. There were some meals included, which were really delicious and a great way to bond with the rest of the group. We thoroughly enjoyed both the group activities and the adventures we created for ourselves - I highly recommend this experience. It was our first Road Scholar tour, and it exceeded expectations!


Wonderful program for those comfortable with being on their own in a city. It is a nice mix of tours, lectures, museums and a few group meals in good restaurants, but also with lots of time on your own to explore your interests and dining. The gathering at days' end for a glass of wine or cava provides a way to learn what others have done and how to do it and to find companions for evening meals and activities.


This trip was both educational and fun--also fueled by good food, chocolate, and wine. Barcelona is a beautiful city and when you know more about its history, art, architecture, and culture, it is even more brilliant. This trip also pairs well with Independent Prague Art & Architecture and I would encourage participants to do both, if possible.


This was a phenomenal trip. For starters, this group of Road Scholars was my favorite of all my trips (this was #4). Our guide, Maevon, was fun, knowlegeable, and available. The local guides, Silvia, Maite, and Andrea, were superb. Silvia is a font of knowledge and of good humor! Barcelona is probably my new favorite city and while we had a good introduction, I surely hope to return on my own to savor the architecture, the language, the tapas, and, if lucky, the beach . The hotel was just fine, with good service and comfortable beds. The breakfast was delightful every day. I felt completely safe despite the recent Rambla massacre, and was at ease in the Metro. I highly recommend this trip.


I am already thinking of what Road Scholar program I want to do next!


The Independent Barcelona Tour was an incredible learning experience. The tour leader and group was fun and welcoming. Just the right amount of learning and free time. Hotel and meals were great.


If you value art, history, excellent wine and food, enjoy meeting like-minded people and are up for an interesting and compelling adventure in Barcelona, please take this trip!

Rita Kay

I thought I knew where I was going but was wrong. I did not realize that the region of Catalonia was a distinct region with its own language as well as culture. I love the time to explore on your own time. I would consider taking this program again. There is so much to learn!


Excellent trip with top quality leader and education presenters. Hotel was ideally located, making bus, metro and walking easy. Barcelona may even put Paris in second place for favorite cities to visit!


The Barcelona Art and Architecture tour was my first Road Scholar experience and I was very happy with the program, the leaders and the other participants. Just the right balance of scheduled and free time in an exciting location.


The itinerary afforded an excellent overview of Barcelona’s art and architecture and ample opportunity to explore this delightful city independently. The group leader, Eve Charlier, was excellent in every respect. She was flawlessly organized, amiable, and knowledgeable. She struck the right balance between offering suggestions and facilitating choices without impinging on participants’ decisions about the use of free time. The local guides, Sylvia and Andrea, were likewise excellent – knowledgeable and companionable. The hotel was well-located and comfortable. Highly recommended.


The Barcelona Art and Architecture trip was fantastic. The guides were delightful, well-informed, flexible and so helpful. This trip maintains a great balance between structure and independence. Barcelona is a very accessible and easily navigated city. The food and wine are fabulous and the people are so friendly. I would highly recommend this trip to others.

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Wonderful trip! What memories! Top notch guide and lectures! Barcelona has great culture, history, art, architecture, food, the sea and to top it off the people are nice. Another well done Road Scholar trip.


I loved the Independent Barcelona trip. I am an independent traveler who does not usually travel by tour, but I chose this one because I don't speak any Spanish. It was great, getting me to attractions I wanted to visit but also allowing me free time to visit other attractions on my own.


Include a comment box for multi-cultural individuals: I could have crossed-off several of the options.


Terrific educational adventure in Barcelona. Excellent mix of structured activities and time on my own to explore Barcelona's amazing art and architecture. Easy navigation of the city whether using the metro or walking. Strolling Barcelona is such a delight. Sadly I forgot my Fitbit! Tapas, seafood, great coffee and wine...Hard to get on that plane to come home!


I highly recommend this Independent Barcelona tour. The tour leader and tour guide were knowledgeable, friendly, and excellent ambassadors for Spain. The trip made me want to return to Spain soon. The actively level is accurate though I found myself taking advantage of the free time and walking the beautiful boulevards and neighborhoods of Barcelona, ending up walking miles a day (the public transportation is good and easy to use so I did use it occasionally).

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The program offers a perfect balance of organized activities and time to explore independently. I fell in love with Barcelona!


The scholars were very helpful during the times I needed information. However, you are sending the same material within a short period of time.


value wise- you could not put together a tour like this on your own, and the educational part they provide is a bonus.


A thrilling and in-depth exploration of the best of Barcelona!


This was our first trip to Spain and we were captivated by Barcelona


Barcelona was a feast for all the senses and a great choice for my first solo voyage abroad after my husband's death. I relished the combination of planned and independent activities and found our leader Lucy to be knowledgeable, witty, and kind. Our lecturer Sylvie was likewise a gem. The other members of the group welcomed me as a third (or fifth, or seventh) wheel, and I had fun exploring restaurants and other adventures in their company. By the end of the week, I'd accumulated enough confidence (and good advice) to assay my own day trip to Montserrat, whose serrated mountain peaks inspired Gaudi and whose cable car ride and gorgeous views thrilled me.


Barcelona is a beautiful, vibrant city. Many of the architectural sites I was able to visit are breathtaking in originality. My fellow participants were very interesting and quite welcoming to me as a solo traveler. Lucy, our tour leader, is charming and was very helpful in helping me navigate the city's transportation system. I walked more than six miles per day, so despite eating quite well I managed to avoid gaining weight on this vacation.


The cultural specialness of Barcelona is highlighted in this program. Be prepared to walk more than the daily "two miles" to fully explore this wonderful city.


An excellent glimpse of a fascinating city. The tour leader and instructor could not have been better, the balance between structured and free time was just right, and we met a number of interesting people.


It is a great way to learn about a huge variety of extremely interestIng subject all over the world.

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