Spain is not seen but felt. It is felt in the allure of an open doorway to a shaded courtyard on a hot summer day, in the cries of the folk singer who contributes to the captivating tunes of a Flamenco performance, and in the swaggering conclusion of a night traveling from tavern to tavern, sampling tapas. Barcelona, the craggy peaks of Montserrat, Madrid, and Seville each offer unique feelings, and this 9-day tour will furnish countless examples of what is best about each region from the...
Barcelona – Arrival in Barcelona & Private Tour of Picasso Museum
Situated at the juncture of ocean, land, mountain, beach, France, and Spain, Catalonia possesses a unique blend of multiple cultures, and there is no better figurehead of this blend than the region’s capital of Barcelona. Arrivals to Barcelona International Airport are greeted by the distinct figure of Montserrat in the distance and a private transfer that will whisk you away to your plush accommodation in the heart of the Gothic district. There is always something to see on the streets of Barcelona, and your debut to this magnificent city gives you the option to immediately answer the call of unexplored alleys and shops or to surrender yourself to the five-star service of your luxurious hotel. After all, the excitement and thrill of this district has not changed since its 1st century, Roman origins and will be ready whenever you are.
Once you are settled, your private guide will help you get your bearings by offering a map and suggestions for navigating the pedestrian-friendly area along with an expert tour of the neighborhood. You will begin with the Picasso Museum, which is only a short stroll away and where the accomplishments of the famous Spanish painter are comprehensively exhibited through over 4,000 works that chronicle his Spanish origins and later French inspiration. Housed in a Gothic palace from the 14th century, the building containing Picasso’s art is just as impressive as the art that it displays. You will be surrounded by creative and colorful works the second your guide leads you into the cobbled-interior courtyard.
With your mind freshly imbued with the artistic life of one man, you will be left to fill the canvas that is your relaxing afternoon in Barcelona’s Gothic District. The entire area is best navigated on foot, giving you the ability to meander into countless cafés and eateries, discover traces of Roman ruins that peak through the well-renovated streets, and marvel at the cathedrals and basilicas that are sprinkled throughout the neighborhood. A stroll down La Rambla or pedestrian boulevard is a must see for those who desire a charming and distinct feature of Spanish city planning. The waterfront area is awash with delicious restaurants, featuring that day’s catch as well as pristine beaches where local and visitor alike are able to soak up some rays. These are just a sample of the highlights that exist within a short walk of your lavish accommodations.
Barcelona – Enjoy Gaudi’s Park Güell and a Barcelona City Sunset From Tibidabo Mountain
Barcelona – Travel to Monserrat Mountains and Experience a Tour of Cliffside Benedictine Monastery
Barcelona – Take in a Half Day Tour of Barcelona’s Famous Sagrada Familia
Madrid – Sample Authentic Spanish Cuisine on a Half-Day Tapas Tour
Madrid – Explore Spanish Royal History Through a Half Day, Private Tour of the Palacio Real
Seville – Wander through the Ages at Seville’s Alcázar
Seville –Tour an Operating Bull Ring and Enjoy the Melodies of a Flamenco Show