Enjoy the green cypress landscape of the Parc del Laberint d'Horta of Barcelona, Spain

One-Week Spain Vacation: Insight to Barcelona's History & Culture

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Countries Visited


Places Visited

Barcelona, Tarragona, Montserrat, Horta de Sant Joan

Suggested Duration

7 Days

Iridescent shorelines and charming boulevards protect Barcelona's most prized jewels. Deep within the cobbled streets, beyond narrow alleyways, and beneath wrought-iron balconies, the city's most breathtaking relics unfold. As you travel through Barcelona on this luxurious, 7-day expedition, you will marvel at the stoic cathedrals and unwavering military fortresses. As you learn about Gothic architecture and the fantastical designs of Antoni Gaudi, you will breathe in the sweet scent of the city's...

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Trip Highlights

  • Behold the wondrous architecture of downtown Barcelona from the bustling Plaza de Catalunya and sip on authentic sangria
  • Immerse yourself among the whimsy of the Gothic Quarter and stroll along the shady Las Ramblas boulevard
  • Marvel at the ancient Colosseum of Tarragona and relax along the city's pristine beaches
  • Summit to the mystic Monastery of Montserrat that towers over the city and enjoy a scenic train ride through the illustrious countryside
  • Witness the intricate architecture of Antoni Gaudi and climb to Park Guell for impressive panoramic views
  • Enjoy the adrenaline rush of outdoor adventures at Horta de Sant Joan and partake in a scenic countryside hike
  • Ruminate on the flavors of Spain's traditional paella and relax along Barcelona's sparkling shoreline

Detailed Description

Spain's beautiful architecture, delectable cuisine, and charismatic locals leave much to be explored and beloved. Beauty radiates down every charming alleyway and around each narrow bend in the cobbled road. Still, much of the country's intrigue also hides within grand churches, beneath expertly constructed bridges, and in the midst of sunny park plazas. On your historically-based, 7-day expedition through Barcelona, you will uncover not only the surface beauty but the illustrious history and culture of centuries past. As you follow alongside your expert guide, you will be provided with folklore insights and revelations.

You will begin in Barcelona's bustling downtown, and as you settle into your hotel, you will grow accustomed to the spirited conversations and buzzing mopeds that speed around tight corners of Barcelona’s city streets. In the morning, you will tour the grand Plaza de Catalunya before venturing into the labyrinthine-like neighborhoods of the Gothic Quarter and the Eixample district. Here, you will explore relics from before and after the Spanish Civil War. You will then travel to the enchanting city of Tarragona, where you will travel farther back in time to the era of ancient Roman rule. Together with your guide, you will step inside an ancient Roman amphitheater and visit an ancient chariot track before strolling along the pristine beaches of the Platja Savinosa.

As your Spanish adventure continues, the pace will quicken, and the activities will become more spirited. You will first board a luxurious train that will be bound for the Montserrat mountain range. This is where you will partake in a scenic hike toward the secluded monastery that is located at the top of the mountain. Next, you will return to Barcelona for a brief respite and guided tour through the city's most fascinating architectural novelties. Fantastical designs will pop from each building's facade as you amble down bustling boulevards. On your last full day in Barcelona, you will take a trip to Horta de Sant Joan for an unforgettable and exhilarating adventure that will have you indulging in a "canyoning" expedition through the region's most beautiful cliff sides and lagoons.

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Starting Price

$2,179 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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