7 or 10 DAYS Best of Barcelona Spain Figueras Sitges Barcelona (5) Tarragona Palma de Mallorca (3) Number of overnight stays in parentheses. This tour may also be reversed. The mosaic whimsy of Gaudî’s Parque Guell is sure to put a smile on your face. Program Fee includes: Day 1 Flight Day 3 Barcelona ■ Round-trip airfare Overnight flight to Spain • Spend the night Guided sightseeing of Barcelona • Your ■ 5 overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms flying across the Atlantic. guided tour takes you past the controversial (8 with extension) and still-unfinished La Sagrada Familia (the ■ European breakfast and dinner daily ■ Full-time EF Tour Director Day 2 Barcelona Church of the Holy Family), where you will ■ 3 sightseeing tours led by licensed local guides: Arrival in Barcelona • Touch down in Bar- make a photo stop. This masterpiece of twist- Barcelona • Tarragona archaeological site celona, Spain’s second-largest city and the ing spires and colorful mosaics was designed Eixample district capital of Cataluña. Queen Isabella and King by Gaudí, who estimated it would take 200 ■ 1 sightseeing tour led by your tour director: Sitges Ferdinand V received Columbus in Barce- years to complete. You will also see some of ■ 1 walking tour: Barcelona lona upon his return from the Americas in Gaudí’s other works during our panoramic ■ 5 visits to special attractions: 1493. Barcelona played a prominent role in bus tour of Paseo de Gracia, one of Spain’s Parque Guell • Picasso Museum Tarragona archaeological site the overthrow of Spain’s monarchy in 1931, most cosmopolitan streets. Check out Plaza Casa Milà (La Pedrera) • Dalí Museum and was also the last city in Spain to surrender de Catalunya and Plaza España, a bustling ■ Experiential learning: Flamenco dance lessons and show to Franco in 1939. After clearing customs, you six-street intersection that boasts the Magic ■ Whisper headsets are greeted by your EF Tour Director, who Fountain of Montjuic, a fountain that puts on OPTIONAL: Montserrat will remain with you throughout your stay. a fabulous show of water, lights and music on WITH EXTENSION: All of the above PLUS: Walking tour of Barcelona • Barcelona, the weekends. Then enjoy a marvelous harbor ■ 1 sightseeing tour led by a licensed local guide: known as “La Gran Encisera” (the Great view from atop Montjuïc Hill, where much Palma de Mallorca ■ 1 sightseeing tour led by your tour director: Enchantress) has inspired countless artists— of the 1992 Olympics took place. Here, you Soller and Valldemossa Miró, Picasso and Dalí all lived or studied will see the former stadium and the Olympic ■ 2 visits to special attractions: here at the beginning of their careers. Experi- Rings. Continue to the Plaza de Colon, a Palma Cathedral • Castillo de Bellver ence the spirit and romance of Barcelona on square built in honor of Christopher Colum- our EF walking tour. Your tour director takes bus (“Columbus” is Colon in Spanish). Finish you down Las Ramblas, the tree-lined pedes- your tour in the 14th-century Barrio Gótico, trian boulevard that W. Somerset Maugham the oldest surviving part of the city, and home called “the most beautiful street in the world.” to the stunning Barcelona Cathedral, built in Wander among the newspaper kiosks, flower the Mediterranean Goth style. and bird stalls, and performers, from human Visit to Parque Guell • You’ll also visit the statues to street musicians to fortune tellers. Parque Guell, a World Heritage Site designed Restaurants, cafés and hotels abound, as do by Antoni Gaudí. The beautifully landscaped tourists and locals alike. park is decorated with playful Modernist mosaics. Visit the Room of a Hundred Columns, a covered market with 84 pillars, and see the Casa-Museu, where Gaudí lived from 1906 to 1926. Visit to the Picasso Museum • Pay tribute Barcelona. With nearly 300 sunny days each by the Catalán painter in 1984 to promote to Málaga’s native son, Pablo Picasso, who was year, its attraction is obvious. There is another the study and understanding of modern and born here in 1881. The Picasso Museo Mála- draw, however: Carnaval. The lively festivities, contemporary art. ga, which opened in 2003, boasts an extensive costumes and parties that abound the days Optional excursion to Montserrat • Opt to selection of works from the private collections leading up to Lent draw hundreds of thou- journey northwest to the picturesque town of of Christine Ruiz-Picasso, the widow of Pica- sands each year from all over Europe. Montserrat, which inspired composer Richard sso’s son Paul, and their son, Bernard. Both Wagner as he wrote Parsifal. Its rugged moun- the permanent collection and the temporary Day 5 Barcelona tain setting provides a dramatic backdrop for a exhibits highlight the artist’s role in shaping Walking tour of Modernist district • Discov- 9th-century monastery whose basilica houses 20th-century works. er the best of Barcelona’s Modernist buildings the Black Virgin Mary of Montserrat. Flamenco Evening • You will better under- as you explore the Eixample district, dominat- stand the soul of Spain after a flamenco dance ed by architects Gaudí, Domenech i Montaner Day 6 Barcelona lesson followed by a performance of this tradi- and Puig i Cadafalch. You will visit the Casa Excursion to Figueras • Join an exciting tional art form. Born of Indian, Moorish, Ara- Milà, an apartment complex with two stra- excursion to Figueras, a fascinating Catalan bian and gypsy influences, flamenco dance is tegically positioned courtyards, allowing for city on the exquisite Costa Brava. You’ll visit a passionate display of intricate heelwork and light in every room. The rock-like structure, a one-of-a-kind theater museum dedicated clapping, accompanied by songs and guitar. which features no straight lines, causes people to the surrealist world of renowned Spanish Your lesson will introduce you to the different to frequently refer to it as “La Pedrera,” or painter Salvador Dalí. The Museu Dalí is the movements and give you a chance to practice rock quarry, and its unique balconies resemble most visited museum in Spain after the Prado them yourself! moving waves. The unique building was cre- and a true delight for everyone who appreci- ated by Gaudí after being commissioned by ates absurdity, fantasy and participation. Con- Day 4 Tarragona • Sitges • Barcelona businessman Pedro Milà i Camps, who was verted from an old theater in 1974, Salvador Guided sightseeing in Tarragona • A local inspired by another of Gaudí’s work, the Bat- Dalí created the museum as a repository for guide introduces you to Spain’s most impor- tló, which you will also see. The Casa Battló is some of his most famous works, including Soft tant Roman town, Tarragona. Explore the now a musuem, but even the interior of this Self-Portrait with Fried Bacon, Port Alguer and ancient streets inside its 2nd- and 3rd-century 1905 building is much as it was when cre- The Girl from Figueres. Don’t miss the living Roman Wall, including Las Ramblas, which ated. Marvel at the bold colors that shimmer room designed as “The Face of Mae West,” offers excellent views of the lower part of the from the delicate tiles covering the outside. with the famous red sofa as her lips. city. As you peruse Tarragona, discover the Continue past the triangular Casa Terrades, many reasons UNESCO declared it a World which was built in just two years, from 1903 Day 7 Barcelona • Home Heritage Site, including its circus (A.D. 81- to 1905. See the Baro Palace, which Puig i Return home • Your tour director assists with 96) and praetorium, or governor’s residence. Cadafalch’s designed with two totally different the transfer to the airport, where you’ll check Tour director-led sightseeing of Sitges • façades because the building sits in a narrow in for your return flight home. Your tour director shows you around the love- space that faces two different streets. You will ly village of Sitges, about 20 minutes south of also see the Fundació Antoni Tàpies, created EXTENSION Day 7 Barcelona • Mallorca Transfer to Mallorca • Today, board a ferry and cruise across the Mediterranean Sea to Casa Batlló was designed by Gaudí for a wealthy aristocrat in Barcelona; today, the building functions as a museum. Mallorca, largest of the sun-soaked Balearic Islands. Arrival on Mallorca • Arrive on the island of Mallorca, home to the world-famous resort of Palma. Named for its many palm trees, Palma was for centuries a favorite vacationing spot of Spanish royalty. Day 8 Mallorca Guided sightseeing of Palma • An expert guide introduces you to the local highlights. Stroll through the narrow streets of the seaside Old Quarter and visit the town’s cathedral, scenically overlooking the Bahía de Palma. One of the largest Gothic cathedrals in the ing back to before the 14th century. Visit the world, its construction spanned four centuries. main square, Plaça de la Constitució, and the (Inside lie the tombs of Mallorca’s last two adjacent 16th-century Església Parroquial de kings.) Your sightseeing tour also includes a San Bartolomé, its Modernist façade belying a visit to the Castillo de Bellver, a 13th-century beautiful Gothic interior. Then take a trolley fortress that once served as a summer residence down to the picturesque coastal town of Port for royalty. de Sóller. Later, travel by bus to Valldemossa, known mostly for the Cartuja de Valldemossa, Day 9 Mallorca the former monastery where Frédéric Chopin Optional excursion to Sóller and Vall-dem- and his lover, George Sand, spent their fa- ossa • Head to Sóller, where you’ll spend mous “winter of discontent” (1938-39). Sand time exploring this charming town. Situated later recounted their four-month stay in her about two miles inland from its port, Port de book Winter in Mallorca, which is available Sóller, the tranquil town lies in a large, fertile in local stores in almost every language. Later, valley, famous for its orange groves and ter- return to your hotel. races of ancient olive trees. The valley and sur- rounding Tramuntana Mountains have long Day 10 Home been a favorite destination for people who Return home • Your tour director assists with enjoy walking, nature, eco-tourism and swim- the transfer to the airport, where you’ll check ming, or people simply seeking a peaceful in for your return flight home. getaway from the hustle and bustle of Palma de Mallorca. Getting to know the town can be a fascinating experience, with houses dat- For complete financial and registration de- tails, please refer to the Booking Conditions. Discover the Global Classroom Cert no. SW-COC-002508 ITN1108BAC/D 2010/Spring Itinerary subject to change.
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