Spain: Architecture

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Length

10 days

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Cities

Valencia & Barcelona

Program includes

  •  Roundtrip Airfare
  • 8 Nights of Accommodation
  • Daily Continental Breakfast
  • Welcome Dinner & Farewell Dinners
  • Valencian Paella Group Dinner
  • Historical & Cultural Walking Tours
  • All Ground Transportation
  • Travelers Insurance
  • Full Time Guide & Assistance

Program highlights

  • Sagrada Familia
  • Parc Guell
  • Gaudí and Modernisme Walking Tour
  • Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
  • Roman Amphitheatre
  • Institute of Modern Art
  • Architecture Tour City of Arts and Science
  • Art Nouveau and Modernism Walking Tour

Itinerary

Day 1 – Departure

  • Depart Home for Barcelona, Spain

Day 2 – Barcelona

  • Arrive in Barcelona, Spain
  • Airport Transfer
  • Check In, Relax & Refresh
  • Orientation Walking Tour –The group will become oriented with their neighborhood, the public transportation systems, nearby pharmacies, markets, ATMs, etc.
  • Welcome Dinner – The group will be taken for an authentic Spanish dinner with a variety of menu options to cater all diets.

Day 3 – Barcelona

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Gaudí and Modernisme Walking Tour – La Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera, Casa Batlló, and other Modernist masterpieces
  • Lunch Break
  • Barceloneta Walk by the Beach
  • Structured Free Time & Culture Immersion

Day 4 – Barcelona

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Parc Guell Tour – Park Guell is one of the masterpieces of the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, who projected it in 1900.
    Inaugurated as a public park in 1926, it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, recognizing its patrimonial and cultural value as a symbol of modern architecture, being one of the biggest exponents of Gaudi’s modernism.
  • Lunch Break
  • Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya – The Museu Nacional takes visitors on an uninterrupted journey through a thousand years of Catalan art, from the 10th to the 20th centuries, through its four permanent collections: Romanesque and Gothic art, Renaissance and Baroque art, Modern art, photography, drawings, prints and posters and the Catalan Numismatic Department.

Day 5 – Valencia

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Train to Valencia via Tarragona (approx. 1 hour)
  • Roman Amphitheatre Visit – As the Romans expanded across Europe, the Empire developed new techniques for urban design that we still use today. In ancient Tarraco, architects took a giant step into modernity when the city started using the area’s natural landscape to their advantage—and altering it where necessary. The result was a series of artificial terraces with the official buildings at the top and the residential areas stretching out to the sea and the port.
  • Travel to Valencia
  • Check-in, Relax & Refresh
  • Orientation Walking Tour

Day 6 – Valencia

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Institute of Modern Art – IVAM, inaugurated in 1989, was the first modern art museum to open in Spain. Designed by Valencian architects Emilio Giménez and Carlos Salvadores the museum was remodelled in 2000 by Emilio Giménez and Julián Esteban.
  • Structured Free Time
  • Valencian Paella Group Dinner

Day 7 – Valencia

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Valencia Cultural & Historical Walking Tour – Valencia has many attractions, all in one place: The city has a vibrant old centre, with a knot of little streets and splendid medieval buildings.
  • Lunch Time at Central Market
  • Architecture Tour City of Arts and Science – Located at the end of the old bed of Turia River, the City of Arts and Sciences, locally known as Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències, is Valencia’s top landmark and one of the best examples of modern architecture in Europe. Designed by the famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the futuristic complex comprises five elements: Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, L’Oceanografic, L’Hemisferic, El Museu de Ciencies Principe Felipe, and L’Umbracle.

Day 8 – Valencia

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Art Nouveau and Modernism Walking Tour – Valencia has a variety of different art movements when it comes to the architecture. One of them is modernism in Valencia.
  • Lunch Time
  • Free Afternoon in Valencia

Day 9 – Barcelona

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Travel to Barcelona (approx. 3.5 hours)
  • Structured Free Time
  • Farewell Dinner & Program Closing

Day 10 – Return

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Airport Transfer
  • Depart Barcelona, Spain for Home

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