The Catalonia Experience
Barcelona, costa brava, paradores, catalan art and architecture
Day 1 – Arrival in Barcelona
Private transfer from Barcelona airport to your hotel. Free time to adjust to the timezone and relax. This proud and beautiful region of Spain benefits from the perfect location by the Mediterranean and offers incredibly rich culture, warm weather, a packed calendar of fiestas and a unique architecture.
Day 2 – Barcelona
Join your guide as you explore the beautiful city of Barcelona and get the in-depth perspective and interesting anecdotes that only these experts can provide. This 4 hour tour will take you to the beautiful sights of the city including Casa Batllò Park Guell, Passeig de Gracia, the Olympic Ring and much more.
Free time for the rest of the day.
Day 3 – Montserrat and Cava country
In the morning, your driver will pick you up and take you to the Monastery of Montserrat, perched on the side of the mountains with breathtaking views over the valley. At Monserrat you will visit the monastery, the basilica and the museum. Before returning to Barcelona you will stop in the Cava region to taste the famous bubbly wine, Catalonia’s national drink (the Catalan version of French Champagne).
Day 4 – Gaudi’s Barcelona and Flamenco
Half of Barcelona’s popularity is due to architect Antoni Gaudi, who in the early 20th century was already way ahead of his time designing extraordinary buildings. This tour is dedicated to one of Gaudi’s most popular buildings, Sagrada Familia. Sometimes defined as “organic style”, Sagrada Familia is a church like no other because of its unique shape and design. Your tour includes a visit to the interior.
In the evening, experience a session of Flamenco in a small venue in the Gothic Quarter. We ourselves prefer smaller intimate venues where locals go rather than the big expensive shows. This one is sure to make for a special evening, goosebumps included!
Day 5 – Sailing trip
In the morning, go on a sailing excursion. Meet your captain at the Olympic Marina. Board the yacht and sail along the coast admiring Port Vell, the Columbus Monument, Montjuic and other landmarks from the water.
Free time in the afternoon to explore other parts of the city, go to the beach, visit the Mirò Foundation, the Picasso Museum, or try some tapas and churros con chocolate.
Day 6 – Costa Brava
After checking out from the hotel, pick up your rental car and drive to along the scenic route of Costa Brava towards La Bisbal. We suggest that you stop in the charming towns of Tossa de Mar and S’Agarò. Arrive at Castell d’Emporda, a beautiful castle where you will spend the next two nights. Enjoy the evening by the pool or the hotel grounds overlooking the beautiful countryside.
Day 7 – Figueres, Dali Museum and the scenic coast
Explore the area on your own. We suggest a visit to Figueres to the Dali museum. The artist spent the last years of his life designing this place. If you are a true fan of Salvador Dali, you can also drive to the nearby seaside town of Cadaques to visit the artist’s house. Spend the rest of the day on the coast, between the sandy beaches of Roses and the charming town of Sant Feliu de Guixols.
Day 8 – Parador de Cardona
Drive to Parador de Cardona, an impressive medieval fortress north-west of Barcelona, converted into a beautiful hotel. On the way, we suggest a stop in Girona to explore the medieval town center. Check in to the parador, free time to relax.
Day 9 – Return home
Drive to Barcelona airport. Drop off the rental car and return home.
$2,310.00 PER PERSON IN 4* HOTELS
Based on double room occupancy. Price is subject to variations according to season. Activities may be in a different order depending on availability. Additional terms and conditions apply.
- Private transfer from BCN airport to hotel in Barcelona
- 5 nights in a centrally located hotel in Barcelona
- Half day, small group tour of Barcelona
- Full day guided tour of Montserrat and Cava country (max 8 people)
- Small group Gaudi tour, including skip the line access and entrance fees
- Flamenco show tickets
- 2 1/2 hour, small group sailing excursion from Barcelona
- 3-day car rental, compact size, manual transmission, no deductible insurance package
- 2 nights at Castell d’Emporda
- 1 night at Parador de Cardona
- Daily breakfasts
- Most taxes
- 24-hour emergency line
Package does not include:
- Personal expenses
- International airfare
- Car rental fees and extras (i.e. road fee, additional driver fee, train station/airport pick-up fee, GPS)
- Other meals aside from breakfast
- Travel insurance (highly recommended)
- Visa or passport processing
- Baggage handling
- Handicap or disability assistance
- Extended customer support
- International driver license (mandatory in Spain)