Centuries of history, and the dazzling promises of the future. Wide and bustling streets lined with dreamlike buildings and exclusive boutiques, and the inspiring beauty of a black Madonna. The smell of the sea, the sound of hymns, and the taste of freshly caught seafood. From the metropolis of Barcelona to marvelous Montserrat, this is the very best of enchanting Catalonia.
Touching Down in Northern Spain
You land this morning on the outskirts of Barcelona, the second largest city in Spain and one of the great metropolises of the world. Barcelona is home to an eclectic architectural scene and some of the best nightlife in Europe. A driver will be waiting at the airport to escort you to your charming and centrally-located hotel, where you can drop off your bags and recover from jet lag before hitting the streets of this majestic and cosmopolitan city.
Make your leisurely way down La Rambla, perhaps the most famous street in the city, taking you from deep in the heart of Barcelona all the way to the sandy shores that line the Mediterranean Sea. You’ll check out a number of mini-monuments of the city’s artistic heritage, including a colorful street mosaic executred by Joan Miro. Stroll by inspiring edifices like the Virreina Palace and the spell-binding Gran Teatre del Liceu before visiting the incomparable La Boqueria, an immense public market that is among the best and most famous of its kind in Europe. Here, you can find literally everything for sale, from fresh and succulent produce to delicious meat and seafood, to scrumptious candies, to handcrafts and artisanal goods.
This evening, enjoy tapas and traditional Catalan cuisine like paella and arros negre before enjoying the endless and enthusiastic celebration of the night, Barcelona style.
The Amazing Architecture of Brilliant Barcelona
Touring the Monastery and Its Environs
Day 4 - 5
Day at Your Leisure
Day 6 - 7
Leaving Captivating Catalonia
- See all the best art and architecture in breathtaking Barcelona, like Gaudi’s staggering Sagrada Familia
- Visit numerous museums that crown the ridge of towering Montjuic
- Venture out into the Catalonian countryside
- Climb the heights of Montserrat to find the beautiful Santa Maria de Montserrat, a Benedictine abbey known around the world for its Black Madonna, its extensive museum, and its talented choir
The northeast of Spain is a world apart from the rest of the country, differentiated by custom, cuisine and language. It's a region that is as varied and vibrant as the people that call it home. This five-day tour offers the perfect primer to the region’s greatest city and its greatest pilgrimage site, and an incomparable introduction to the glories and grandeur of captivating Catalonia. Whatever you wish for, whatever you’ve dreamed of, you’re sure to find it in Barcelona and Montserrat.
Spend your days exploring some of the world’s best architectural marvels, from the modern masterpieces of the Sagrada Familia to the venerable and venerated basilica of Santa Maria de Montserrat. Lose yourself in Barcelona’s incomparable night life, where morning always seems to come too soon and where new friends are made at every street corner. Marvel at the brilliance of L’Escolania – one of the oldest boy choirs in Europe. Immerse yourself in the reverence of this almost mystical place, from the Abbey’s famous black Madonna to its accompanying museum, filled to the brim with works from some of the greatest practitioners of modern art.
From the sandy beaches that fringe the Mediterranean Sea to the jagged protuberances of mythical Montserrat, this is Catalonia at its purest, its proudest, and its more unforgettable. This is a place where the past comes alive, and where the present sets your imagination ablaze.
If you'd like to explore more of Spain, visit the Spain tours section for additional itineraries.
$2,179 per person (excluding international flights)
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