Showcasing many stunning artistic and architectural wonders, enjoy the lively ambiance of the cosmopolitan coastal city of Barcelona during a one-week stay. 

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 Vista from Gaudi's Parc Guell in Barcelona  The Gothic Quarter, Barcelona  Modernisme exterior of the Palau de la Musica, designed by Lluis Domenich i Montaner  Interior of Antoni Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia  Antoni Gaudi's La Sagrada Família in Barcelona  Gaudi's Casa Battlo, facade detail  Gaudi's Casa Mila  Rooftop of Gaudi's Casa Mila apartment house  Seafood paella, a Spanish specialty  Spanish tapas  The monastery in Monserrat  The Dali Museum in Figueres

Barcelona

A One-Week Stay in Spain

9 days from $3,690

Showcasing many stunning artistic and architectural wonders, enjoy the lively ambiance of the cosmopolitan coastal city of Barcelona during a one-week stay. 

or Call 855-330-1542

Overview

Special Air Rates & Services: As part of our special air program, FlexAir, available with this tour, you can choose from a wide variety of flight options. View Special Air Rates/Services to learn more.

Discover the essence of Barcelona, a Catalan jewel that showcases stunning artistic and architectural wonders. Settle into the centrally located Renaissance Barcelona Hotel, savor traditional Catalan cuisine, and enjoy the lively ambiance of this cosmopolitan coastal city.

Highlights Include

  • History, Art, and Culture: Explore one of the most complete Gothic Quarters in Europe; tour Palau de la Música Catalana, a Moderniste concert hall and World Heritage site; and visit the El Born district, site of medieval jousting and trade guilds.
  • Antoni Gaudí: Come to understand this architect’s unique vision of Modernisme during a day of visits to Casa Batlló, La Sagrada Familia, and Parc Guell (together designated a World Heritage site).
  • Early Picasso: Visit sites connected to Picasso’s early life and tour the Picasso Museum, a showcase for his formative art work.
  • Day Excursions: Explore medieval Girona, then continue to Figueres and the museum devoted to surrealist artist Salvador Dalí. Journey to the Benedictine monastery at Montserrat and sample famous sparkling cava in the Penedès wine region. 

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Itinerary

Day 1 – Depart the U.S. for Barcelona, Spain

Travel on an overnight transatlantic flight to Barcelona.

Day 2 — Barcelona

After arrival in Barcelona, transfer to the upscale, centrally located Barcelona Renaissance Hotel. Upon arrival at the hotel, you’ll receive a welcome kit complete with maps and general information about the city and the region of Catalonia. There’s time to unpack and relax before joining fellow travelers for a welcome reception at the hotel followed by dinner at a selected restaurant. (D)

Day 3 — Barcelona

A full American-style buffet breakfast will be served at the hotel each morning. Begin exploring with a visit to the Palau de la Música Catalana, a fascinating concert hall created by art nouveau architect Lluís Doménich i Montaner and designated a World Heritage site. Next, stroll through Barcelona’s quaint Barri Gothic, one of the best preserved historic city quarters in Europe. Learn about Catalan cooking traditions during a hands-on cooking class with a local chef. Get acquainted with fellow travelers this afternoon in the Smithsonian Journeys travelers' corner. (B,L) 

Day 4 — Barcelona

At a morning presentation, learn about Antoni Gaudí, the architect whose work is one of the defining elements of Barcelona’s character. Engage with Gaudí’s Art Nouveau movement, and his architectural style characterized by whimsical ornamentation. Visit Gaudí’s famous La Sagrada Familia Basilica, started in 1882 and still under construction today. Continue to see his fanciful Parc Guell an urban park with beautiful Mediterranean views. The works of Gaudí have been designated World Heritage sites. After lunch, continue to visit Casa Batllo and see the Passeig de Gracia a boulevard with remarkable examples of art nouveau architecture. The balance of the afternoon is at leisure. (B,L)

Day 5 — Barcelona, Girona, and Figueres

Explore the town of Girona, an important city in northern Catalonia. Remarkable old city walls surround this example of a medieval Spanish town. The fascinating narrow streets and alleyways provide glimpses into another era. The Jewish Quarter known as the “Call” is a maze of narrow streets and plazas that still maintain their medieval Jewish heritage. Lunch will be served in a popular local restaurant. Continue to Figueres, known for its relationship with the renowned surrealist artist Salvador Dalí. The Dalí Theater-Museum, the largest surrealistic “object” in the world and occupies the former Municipal Theatre, destroyed at the end of the Spanish Civil War. Dalí decided to create his museum amidst the ruins of the building. This fascinating museum is created to astonish! (B,L)

Day 6 — Barcelona

Visit the remarkable Picasso Museum to discover the artist's early work. The genius of Picasso is revealed through more than 3,800 works that make up the permanent collection. Spend time exploring an area of Barcelona where the young Picasso lived for ten years and where his brilliant imagination was nourished. This evening, gather in the Smithsonian Journeys travelers' corner for a lively exchange of ideas. Sit down to dinner with fellow travelers at a popular local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 7 — Barcelona, Montserrat, and the Penedes Wine Region

On a morning excursion explore the Monastery of Montserrat, a 9th-century Benedictine monastery built in the midst of dramatic sandstone mountains and home to the Black Madonna. Continue to the Penedès Wine Region, which is best known for producing cava, a delightful sparkling wine. The wineries also produce young, fruity white wines and full-bodied reds. Visit the Codorniu winery where you will see its lush vineyards and enjoy a “country-style” lunch while sampling the wines. (B,L)

Day 8 – Barcelona

Enjoy a day to explore on your own. Later, attend a talk on Contemporary Catalonia. Tonight, gather with your Smithsonian Journeys friends and fellow travelers to reflect on your Spanish adventure during a farewell dinner served at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 9 — Depart for the U.S.

After breakfast, transfer to the Barcelona–El Prat Airport for your transatlantic flight to the U.S. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)