Immerse yourself in Barcelona's lively ambiance and special Catalan culture and discover its many stunning artistic and architectural wonders during our one-week stay. 

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Barcelona

A One-Week Stay in Spain

9 days from $3,840

Immerse yourself in Barcelona's lively ambiance and special Catalan culture and discover its many stunning artistic and architectural wonders during our one-week stay. 

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

TOUR BROCHURE

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

We loved being in one city for a week, getting a real feel for it, being able to see a number of its sights, and having the opportunity to walk around in the evenings. We also liked that not all meals were included so we could have local cuisine at some of the local restaurants. 

- Ronald P.

JOURNEYS DISPATCHES

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Overview

FlexAir is designed to provide you with the flexibility and choice you need to personalize your air travel experience. Explore a wide range of flight options in consultation with our experienced travel professionals to select the flights, routing, class of service, and dates of travel that most fit your needs. Our partner tour operator has negotiated contracts with a wide variety of carriers that allow them to hold flight reservations and then issue your ticket close to departure without additional fees. This protects you from the need to purchase published-fare tickets, which must be ticketed within 24 hours of purchase. FlexAir reservations provide the flexibility to adjust reservations without penalty and to accommodate extensions and upgrades right up until ticketing time, usually around 45 days before departure. We look forward to providing you with more choice and the best possible itinerary for your air travel plans.

Program Includes:

  • Guaranteed transfers between the airport and your overseas accommodations upon arrival and departure (in most cases). We will provide you with all of the details you need to guarantee your transfer.
  • Air schedule change and delay assistance. Book FlexAir to ensure assistance should schedule changes or delays impact your air travel plans.
  • Flight insurance worth up to $250,000, subject to policy terms, is automatically included.
  • Confirmed airline seat assignments at the time of booking (in most cases).

We loved being in one city for a week, getting a real feel for it, being able to see a number of its sights, and having the opportunity to walk around in the evenings. We also liked that not all meals were included so we could have local cuisine at some of the local restaurants. 

- Ronald P.

Itinerary

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

Smithsonian Journeys travelers depart the U.S. on an overnight flight to Barcelona, Spain.

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. (R,D)

Day 3 — Barcelona

A full American-style buffet breakfast will be served at the hotel each morning. Join the Smithsonian Journeys Expert for an informative presentation. 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 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Next, stroll through Barcelona’s picturesque Barri Gothic to see the Placa de Sant Jaume, the Placa del Rei, the Cathedral and Roman Walls. This area is considered to be one of the best preserved historic quarters in Europe. Learn about Catalan cooking traditions during an interactive cooking class with a popular local chef. Later, get together with fellow travelers for lively conversation. (B,L)

Day 4 — Barcelona

After breakfast, a local speaker will offer a talk about Antoni Gaudi, the 19th-century architect whose work is one of the defining elements of Barcelona’s character. Engage with Gaudi’s Art Nouveau movement, and his architectural style characterized by whimsical ornamentation. Visit Parc Guell, a public park and green space with Mediterranean views that is a remarkable showcase of Gaudi’s vibrant imagination.

Continue to discover Gaudi’s most defining work, La Sagrada Familia, a modernist cathedral begun in 1882 and designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. After lunch, discover the Casa Batlló, another Gaudi architectural gem located on the fashionable Passeig de Gràcia. Visit this marvel of modernist design that’s also listed as a World Heritage Site. (B,L)

Day 5 — Girona / 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 narrow streets and alleyways provide glimpses into a bygone era. The Jewish Quarter known as the “Call” is a maze of alleyways, 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 Theater, destroyed at the end of the Spanish Civil War. Dalí imagined his museum rising, as a phoenix, from the ruins of the old theater. This fascinating museum was created to amaze! (B,L)

Day 6 — Barcelona

Explore the remarkable Picasso Museum today, that showcases the artist’s early work. The genius of the young artist 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.

Enjoy some free time, then attend an informative presentation by the Smithsonian Journeys Expert. Get together in the Smithsonian Journeys Traveler’s Corner for a lively exchange of ideas. Sit down to dinner with fellow travelers at a popular local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 7 — Barcelona

During 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 image of the Virgin of Montserrat the patron saint of Catalonia.

Continue to the Penedès Wine Region that is renowned for producing Cava, a delightful sparkling wine. The wineries also produce young, fruity white wines and full-bodied reds. Enjoy lunch and a sampling the local wines. (B,L)

Day 8 – Barcelona

Begin the day with a program by a local speaker on Contemporary Catalonia. The balance of the day is free of planned activities, so take-off and explore on your own. Later, the Smithsonian Journeys Expert will offer an engaging talk.

Tonight, gather with your Smithsonian Journeys friends and fellow travelers to reflect on your Spanish adventure during a farewell reception and dinner served at a local restaurant. (B,R,D)

Day 9 — Depart for the U.S.

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

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