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All of Catalonia

DAY 1 PLACE OF ORIGIN – BARCELONA Departure from our point of origin on a regular flight bound for Barcelona. Arrival in Barcelona and meeting with the attendant. Transfer to the hotel. Orientation meeting and free time. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 2 BARCELONA Breakfast. We are going to take a panoramic tour beginning with the Old City, which is divided by its most famous avenue, Las Ramblas. There we can find many places of tourisic and Cultural interest, as much on the street itself as in its surroundings. Then we will enter the Gothic Quarter, where the famous Gothic Cathedral dating from the 14th century can be found. Free time. Return to the hotel. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 3 BARCELONA Breakfast. It is in the center of the Eixample, on the Passeig de Gràcia, where we find the most visited and best known houses of Antoni Gaudí. On one side, Casa Milà, the famous Pedrera with its ondulating shapes that are reminiscent of sea waves, and further down, Casa Batlló, metaphor of the legend of Saint George. Gaudí’s steps lead us to his key work, Sagrada Family, an unfinished architectural Bible that has become a symbol of Barcelona. But Gaudí does not end here. Park Güell is in essential piece to understand Gaudí’s game between nature and architecture. Free time. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 4 BARCELONA Breakfast. Departure to visit Montjüic. Used as a military outpost since antiquity, the mountain of Montjuïc is the only elevation of importance in Barcelona apart from Tibidabo. The works done for the 1929 International Exposition and the 1992 Olympic Games have made Montjuïc a very interesting area. Built on the occasion of the 1992 Olympic Games, the Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium, the Sant Jordi Palace, the Pernat Picornell Pools and the peculiar Telecomunications Tower by Calatrava form part of the striking Olympic Ring of the city. We continue our visit with the Poble Espanyol (“Spanish Town”), an outdoor museum made up of 117 full-scale buildings that reproduce the architecture of different corners of Spain. Amidst the diversity of its squares, streets, and houses, it is a veritable “town” situated on the mountain of Montjuïc. It was built for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition. We finish the day with a tour of the famous Camp Nou Stadium, to get to know the history and the values that make Barça “more than a club.’ Return to the hotel. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 5 BARCELONA – EXCURSION TO MONTSERRAT AND SANT SADURNI D’ANOIA Breakfast. In the morning we will visit the Shrine of Montserrat, set in a spectacular granite landscape where Our Lady of Montserrat, Patron Saint of Catalonia and known by the name of the Moreneta, is venerated. Then we will vist a winery and discover the ancient traditions that still live on in Sant Sadurní, a land famous for its vineyards and the production of cava. Tour of cava winery to taste this sparkling drink (Parxet or Juvé i Campas or Marquis of Monistrol, etc). Return to the hotel. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 6 BARCELONA –EXCURSION TO FIGUERAS AND GIRONA Breakfast and departure in order to take a full day excursion to Figueras and Gerona. We will arrive in Figueras, where the genius and painter Savior Dalí was born. In the afternoon we will visit the Dalí Museum, an old theater decorated by the master that contains the broadest range of works spanning the artist career of Dalí. We will continue the trip to Gerona where we will visit the Cathedral, with its treasury, cloister, museum and Charlemagne Tower, the Arabic baths (from the 12th century), etc. Return to Barcelona along the Costa Brava. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 7 BARCELONA – EXCURSION TO TARRAGONA, MONTBLANC AND POBLET Breakfast. Departure for Tarragona, a city with a long historic Cultural tradition. Its old town is surrounded by the Roman walls, popularly know as the “High Part.” We will see Saint Anthony’s Gate, a door in the wall. We will also point out the amphitheater, from the 1st century, in whose interior are preserved the remains of a Visigothic basilica and a Romanesque church. We will continue on to the Cathedral, a magnificent exponent of a Christian religious temple. Its architectural style if halfway between Romanesque and Gothic. We contiue on to Poblet to visit the marvelous Cistercian monastery from the 12th century. It is one of the most important examples of religious architecture in Catalonia. Situated at the foot of the Prades Mountains, the rise up impressive against cultivated fields. We will continue on to the lovely town of Montblanc declared a Monumental and Artistic Complex in the year 1847. The city wall of Montblanc was built in the 15th century, during the reign of Peter IV. Return to the hotel. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 8 BARCELONA Breakfast. Day free. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 9 BARCELONA – PLACE OF ORIGIN Breakfast. Transfer to the airport for your scheduled flight to our point of origin. End of services.