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Architecture and Art in the heart of Iberia

  • 03/16/2019 - 03/24/2019
  • 9 Days
  • Starting price $3,195

Discover Barcelona’s rich and storied culture and architecture. From the medieval charms of the Gothic Quarter to Antoni Gaudí’s majestic Modernist marvels, see the structures and sites that compose one of the world’s most vibrant and visited cities. Visit Gaudí’s iconic Sagrada Família, the Catholic church that has been under construction for over 130 years; explore the 22@ District, one of Europe’s biggest urban regeneration efforts; and walk through Mies van der Rohe’s famed Barcelona Pavilion. Arrive as a tourist and depart as a real aficionado after being immersed in the exquisite art and architecture of Barcelona.

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Fall 2019 departure also available: November 16-24, 2019

Max guests - 28

Architectural highlights

  • Take in the indescribable Sagrada Família, a still-unfinished Catholic church that has been under construction for over 130 years.
  • Absorb a panoramic view of Montjuic, including the old military fortress dating back from 1640.
  • Marvel at the spectacular cover of colorful mosaics before walking through the Santa Caterina Market.
  • Enjoy visiting the modernist, surreal Casa Vicens, a fascinating example of Gaudí’s earliest ideas.
  • Discover the 446-foot-high steel Communications Tower that resembles an athlete carrying the Olympic torch in Olympic Park.
  • Admire the modernist iron Mercat del Born Cultural Center, Europe’s largest covered square.
  • Explore the aims of modern Urbanism as displayed in Barcelona’s 22@ District.
     

More highlights

  • Visit the town of Girona, built by the Romans 2,000 years ago, known for its medieval architecture.
  • See the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, an imposing 14th-century church that is an incredible example of Catalán Gothic architecture.
  • Explore the El Born district, site of medieval jousting tournaments and trade guilds.
  • Enjoy Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter with its narrow medieval streets.
  • See the Citadel Park, a sprawling 70-acre green space that houses the city zoo and the Parliament of Catalonia.
  • Awe at the Casa de la Marina, a distinctive 1950s apartment building designed by Josep Antoni Coderch.
  • Learn to make Catalán cuisine and lunch on your appetizers and paella creations.
  • This trip qualifies for 15 AIA learning units (6 of which are HSW learning units).

 

Accommodation

Renaissance Barcelona Hotel - The first-class Renaissance Barcelona Hotel affords its guests cutting-edge, high-rise accommodations and easy access to the city’s architectural and cultural gems. Located in the heart of Barcelona, the hotel is just a block from Gaudí’s Casa Batlló and a mile from his unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Família. Las Ramblas, Barcelona’s popular, tree-lined pedestrian mall, is also just minutes away. Guests enjoy contemporary rooms, modern amenities and La Terrassa, the hotel’s rooftop bar, which offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city.

 

Also included

  • 7 nights at the Renaissance Barcelona Hotel
  • 12 meals: 7 breakfasts; 2 lunches, including a hands-on Catalan cooking class; and 3 dinners
  • An experienced Tour Director, in addition to the Architectural Adventures Educational Expert
  • Deluxe motor coach transportation during the land program
  • Welcome and Farewell receptions
  • Gratuities and service charges for local guides, bus drivers, porters, and restaurant staff for included meals.
  • Group transfers between Airport & Hotel for all participants who purchase group flights from AHI Travel’s FlexAir program

 

What to expect

  • Appropriate for people in good health with overall good mobility
  • Traveler should be comfortable participating in a full day of sightseeing
  • Activities range from light to moderate intensity at an easy pace, but with lengthy walks, sometimes on uneven terrain, and climbing on stairs

 

Price

  • $3,195 per person, based on double occupancy, plus VAT of $295 per person
  • $995 single supplement
  • A deposit of $600 per person, payable by credit card or check is required to reserve a space
  • Deposits are applied to payment of the total price and the final payment is due by December 16, 2018 (for the March 16, 2019 departure) or August 18, 2019 (for the November 16, 2019 departure)

 

Not included

International airfare and air departure taxes; passport/visa fees, entry/departure fees; excursions, wines, liquors, mineral waters, and meals not specified in the itinerary; personal items and expenses such as laundry and valet services, medications, telephone and cable charges; gratuities other than specified; travel and trip cancellation insurance; airport transfers (if AHI FlexAir is not purchased); and other items not specifically mentioned in the itinerary or as included.  

Prices, itinerary, accommodations and experts subject to change.

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Photography credits: Torre Glòries (detail), Barcelona ©Andres Moreno

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Itinerary

Overview

Begin the journey

Depart from your preferred airport and fly to Barcelona.
Overview

Arrive in Barcelona

Arrive at Barcelona El-Prat Airport and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy a reception and dinner to meet fellow travelers, the tour director, and the Architectural Adventures expert.

Accommodations: Renaissance Barcelona Hotel
Meals: Reception, Dinner
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Barcino

See the spectacular cover of colorful mosaics before walking through the Santa Caterina Market, a hybrid of new and old architecture that accentuates usefulness and is contemporary. Admire the modernist iron Mercat del Born Cultural Center, Europe’s largest covered square and restored former market, with excavated city ruins from the 1700s on display. Explore the El Born district, site of medieval jousting tournaments and trade guilds, and see the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, an imposing 14th-century church that serves as an incredible example of pure Catalán Gothic architecture. Discover Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter with its narrow medieval streets. Then, roll up your sleeves and work up an appetite for lunch as you learn how to make Catalán cuisine, including traditional appetizers and mouthwatering paella.

Accommodations: Renaissance Barcelona Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overview

Gaudi’s Barcelona

Visit two of Gaudí’s most iconic structures, which are both UNESCO World Heritage sites. See world-famous Sagrada Família, a still-unfinished Catholic church that has been under construction for over 130 years, and is widely considered to be Gaudí’s greatest achievement. Gaudí based the design of the church on the traditions of Gothic and Byzantine cathedrals, and was inspired by nature, with light and color playing a central role. Step inside the surreal Casa Vicens, a fascinating example of Gaudí’s earliest modernist style incorporating flowing shapes, patterns, and colors. With some time at leisure, walk along Barcelona’s most stylish boulevard, Passeig de Gràcia, or head to the Montjuic district and view the outstanding museums.

Accommodations: Renaissance Barcelona Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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At leisure or elective to Girona

Spend the day at leisure in Barcelona or take an optional excursion to Girona.

Elective Excursion: Visit the town of Girona, built by the Romans 2,000 years ago, known for its medieval architecture, walled Old Quarter, and the remains of the Força Vella fortress. Enjoy a walking tour of the old city, including the fascinating Call, the medieval maze of narrow streets that was home to the town’s Jewish community. Follow your guide to more architectural gems found in this city, including the Jutjats Nous, or the courthouse, pastel-colored homes; Santa Maria de Girona; Banys Arabs, a former 10th-century Arab bath; and the medieval town wall on Passeig Fora Muralla. (Elective Excursion available at an additional cost.)

Accommodations: Renaissance Barcelona Hotel
Meals: Breakfast
Overview

Montjuic & Olympic Park

Before reaching Montjuic, first stop at the terrace of Jardins del Mirador de l’Alcalde for a panoramic view of Barcelona and its lively harbor. Continue to the Olympic Area, which was transformed for the 1992 Olympic Games and is actively home to numerous sports facilities, large parks and museums. The Montjuic hill area is known for its acclaimed museums, such as the Fundació Joan Miró, featuring Surrealist works by this influential Catalán painter and sculptor. After viewing the works of Miró, walk towards Plaza de España to the Barcelona Pavilion, rebuilt on the original design by Lilly Reich and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe as the German pavilion during the 1929 Barcelona International Exhibition.

Accommodations: Renaissance Barcelona Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overview

22@ District

Explore the aims of modern Urbanism as displayed in Barcelona’s 22@ District, also known as 22@Barcelona and Districte de la innovació, a central business zone situated in the former industrial area of Poblenou, known as “the Catalan Manchester.” Still in development, the 22@ District is aiming to transform old Poblenou into the city’s tech and innovation corridor, with room for modern leisure and residential spaces. Approved in 2000, this ongoing project is one of Europe’s biggest urban regeneration efforts.

Accommodations: Renaissance Barcelona Hotel
Meals: Breakfast
Overview

Olympic Harbor

Walk through Citadel Park, a sprawling 70-acre green space that houses the city zoo; the Parliament of Catalonia, with imposing architecture and a turbulent history dating back to the 18th century, when it was built as a military arsenal for the repressive citadel; and other museums and monuments. See the Casa de la Marina, a distinctive 1950s apartment building designed by Josep Antoni Coderch, one of Spain’s great modern architects. Stroll along Barcelona’s sea promenade, leading to Olympic Harbor, the marina that hosted the sailing events for the 1992 Summer Olympics.

Accommodations: Renaissance Barcelona Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overview

Depart Barcelona

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast
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