Barcelona, Seville, & Gibraltar October 24 - November 1, 2017

October 24

Washington, DC to Barcelona, Spain

Iberia, Flight 4652: Depart Dulles 06:00 PM

October 25

Iberia, Flight 4652: Arrive London Heathrow 06:20 AM

Iberia, Flight 7457: Depart London Heathrow 09:35 AM; Arrive Barcelona 12:45 PM

Welcome to Barcelona

Optional Transfer: Private transfer from the Barcelona El Prat Airport to your hotel via private vehicle. A representative will greet you in the Arrivals Hall once you have cleared customs. This is a one way transfer. ($35.50 per person)

Recommended Tour: City Sightseeing Barcelona Hop-On Hop-Off Tour. Discover the ancient, medieval and modern sights of Barcelona on this convenient City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off tour. With your 1-day or 2-day pass, travel by open-top, double-decker bus along three routes to visit major Barcelona attractions including La Sagrada Familia, the Gothic Quarter, Park Güell, the Picasso Museum and Parc de la Ciutadella. Customize your own itinerary and hop on and off as you please at more than 44 stops around the city.

Board the open-top, double-decker bus at any of the 44 stops around the city to begin your City Sightseeing tour of Barcelona. Enjoy 360-degree views and informative onboard commentary as you wind your way through Barcelona's fascinating medieval streets. Learn about the city's history, culture, architecture and ancient Roman heritage, and hop off at any time to explore more by foot.

Explore the enchanting Gothic Quarter, visit UNESCO World Heritage-listed landmarks and stand in awe of the works of famed architect Antoni Gaudi, who's best-known for his legendary unfinished church, La Sagrada Familia, which stands as the symbol of the city. Other sights you can see include Casa Batllo, Casa Mila, Park Güell, Calle Reina Christina, the Picasso Museum and Parc de la Ciutadella, Barcelona's most central park, which includes a zoo, a lake, a large fountain and several museums. For evening entertainment, perhaps catch a concert at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, L'Auditori or Palau de la Música Catalana.

Your City Sightseeing pass gives you unlimited travel on all three routes for your choice of 1 or 2 days. (1-Day Pass $31.60 per person; 2-Day Pass $42.50 per person)

Accommodations: H10 Universitat Hotel (Standard Room with Buffet Breakfast)

October 26 - Barcelona

Recommended Tour: Barcelona Medieval and Modernist Architecture Tour. Meet your guide in central Barcelona and set off to discover the city’s architecture. Hop inside an air-conditioned coach and head to your first stop: Pedralbes Monastery, a 14th-century building in palm-dotted gardens. Wander around its cloisters with your guide and learn how the building is a shining example of gothic Catalan architecture.

Next, travel to the well-heeled Sarrià-Sant Gervasi district where narrow streets are studded with aristocratic mansions and modernist buildings. Head inside the private Gaudí-designed residence of Torre Bellesguard for a tour, and then stroll around the gardens to admire the exterior. The building is known for its imaginative fusion of medieval, neo-gothic and art nouveau influences.

After free time at Torre Bellesguard to buy refreshments, continue with a walk around Sarrià-Sant Gervasi. Delve into the charming streets and walk along Avenida del Tibidabo, home to many of the city’s showpieces. See Torre Andreu, a rotunda commissioned by Dr Salvador Andreu in the early 1900s; and view El Pinar, a gothic-style stone house designed by architect Enric Sagnier.

Pose for photos at the Casa Roviralta and CosmoCaixa buildings, and take in the striking Valldonzella Monastery, whose towers and stained glass were designed by Bernardino Martorell I Puig.

As you walk, hear about the modernist principles that shaped the buildings, and learn how Barcelona’s elite embraced modernism with a passion, building grandiose mansions throughout the early 1900s and mid-20th century.

After around 4.5 hours, your tour then ends at the original start point. This tour is only offered on October 26. ($103.52 per person)

Recommended Tour: Barcelona Gourmet Tapas Walking Tour and Flamenco Show. After meeting your guide in central Barcelona, near Palau de la Musica, take a leisurely stroll to Eixample to discover a tapas gem, one of Barcelona’s Modernist-style bars. The bar serves up delicious small plates of Catalan favorites such as pa amb tomàquet (bread with olive oil and tomatoes) and patates braves (potatoes with oil, red pepper and chili, served with aioli). Watch the chef prepare the food, and then sit down to savor a plate and a drink while hearing tales about Catalan cuisine.

Walk off your snack with a stroll to Born, listening to your guide talking about Barcelona’s history, food and culture as you go. Your destination is the neighborhood's locally loved ham shop, where huge legs of serrano ham hang in the windows. Head inside and sample some of the best meats, made from acorn-fed pigs, and sample popular cheeses such as Manchego.

Continuing your stroll through Born, pass Barcelona Cathedral (Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia) and the old Roman city walls, and then wind your way to the heart of the Gothic Quarter to Plaça Reial, a bustling nighttime square near La Rambla, where the highlight of your evening awaits -- a flamenco performance inside one of the oldest flamenco bars in Barcelona!

Sip a welcome glass of cava while soaking up the authentic atmosphere. Then, grab your seat and enjoy the show, which includes all the traditional elements of a flamenco performance, including dancing, singing and Spanish guitar songs. Sip on sangria and dine on plates of gourmet tapas as dancers perform their fiery Spanish flamenco moves right in front of you.

Your evening experience finishes after the show, but you're welcome to head to the roof terrace or visit the stylish bar for drinks at your own expense, if you wish. ($86.08 per person)

Accommodations: H10 Universitat Hotel (Standard Room with Buffet Breakfast)

October 27 - Barcelona

Recommended Tour: Priority Access: Barcelona Sagrada Familia Tour Including Tower Entry. Choose a start time to suit your schedule, and then meet your guide in central Barcelona. Walk straight past any long entrance lines, which are often in excess of two hours long, to Gaudi’s Gothic masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia. Then, set off to explore Barcelona’s attention-grabbing cathedral on a walking tour.

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, La Sagrada Familia was proclaimed a minor basilica by Pope Benedict XVI. Learn all about its fascinating history from your guide, and hear how Gaudi designed the church’s interior as a Latin cross complete with five aisles. Gaze in admiration at the opulent ornamentation and walk underneath vaults that measure a dizzying 230 feet high.

Before leaving the church, visit La Sagrada Familia museum to see drawings, plaster models and pictures about the development of the cathedral. La Sagrada Familia remains famously unfinished, and the museum also documents information about the construction that is currently underway. The anticipated completion date of the building is 2026, the centennial of Gaudi’s death.

Your guided tour concludes inside the museum. Bid your guide and group a fond farewell, and then make for one of the cathedral’s towers. With your skip-the-line ticket, bypass the queues and travel up an elevator and some stairs. At the top of the tower, absorb the incredible panoramas of the city and — on a clear day — many of the Catalan capital’s top sights. Tour departs at 09:30 AM. ($55.57 per person)

Suggested Tour: Barcelona Torre Bellesguard Entrance Ticket Including Audio Guide and Glass of Cava. Gain entry to the Torre Bellesguard, one of beloved Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi’s most-off-the-radar works. The castle-like building only opened to the public in 2013, making it the most recent Gaudi masterpiece to be seen fans of this unique architect.

Designed and built between 1900 and 1909, this castle-like museum and private residence stands on the site of a former hillside medieval fortress built by a Catalan king, Martí I the Humane, the last king of the House of Barcelona.

Receive the equipment for the audio tour and explore the intricate interior, including the Hall of the Bricks, the Smoking room and the terrace, which offers a stunning view over the rooftops of Barcelona. Learn about the history of the site, which goes back to Roman times.

After, wander out to the verdant gardens, enjoying the various flora and occasional works about Gaudi that pop up here and there.

When the tour is over, enjoy a complimentary glass of cava, the sparkling white wine made in Catalonia. ($14.17 per person)

Suggested Tour: Small-Group Barcelona Cooking Class. Discover the aroma and flavors of Spanish cuisine as you learn how to prepare traditional Spanish dishes from a local chef. Whether you’re a cooking enthusiast or culinary novice, you’ll enjoy the hands-on experience of this small-group Spanish cooking class in Barcelona. At the end, enjoy the meal you’ve just prepared with a glass of wine!

Located in the heart of Barcelona, the cooking school is fully equipped to ensure you have a delicious experience. Begin by preparing two traditional starters, such as seasonal vegetables with traditional romesco sauce or red bell pepper soup flavored with saffron and cod. Continue uncovering the secrets of Spanish cooking as you make roasted veal with buttered potatoes or one of Spain’s most famous dishes, paella – rice with seafood or a selection of meats. Finish your class by preparing mouthwatering desserts like crema catalana (Catalan cream) or arroz con leche (rice pudding).

As you prepare your meal, learn interesting facts about Spanish gastronomy from your local chef. Then, it’s time to sit down and taste your creations with a well-deserved glass of wine! At the end of your class, receive a booklet of recipes to wow your family and friends with homemade Spanish cuisine! 05:00 PM Cooking Class; optional upgrade to include Boqueria Market. Tour (without market) approximately 5 hours. ($70.83 per person)

Accommodations: H10 Universitat Hotel (Standard Room with Buffet Breakfast)

October 28 - Barcelona to Seville

Vueling Airlines, Flight 5754: Depart Barcelona 07:40 AM; Arrive Seville 09:20 AM

Suggested Tour: Seville Gourmet Wine and Tapas Tour. Meet your guide near Giralda Tower and then stroll to your first tapas bar of the afternoon. As you walk, your guide will chat to you about Spanish gastronomy, and of the explosion of the ‘tapas scene’ on the international stage. While Spain’s best tapas city is frequently debated, Seville is one of the title’s definite contenders with its concentration of atmospheric bars, cooking up Andalusian specialties to sweet perfection.

Tapas bars here are typically crowded, but that’s all part of the fun! Jostle for space with locals and follow the tapas etiquette of your guide: sharing, finger-using and generally getting stuck in the food. The dishes served each afternoon will vary, but you can expect a selection of food ranging from niche regional specialties to all-time Spanish classics.

Wolf down dishes like sizzling gambas (prawns), succulent oxtail, locally cured hams and refreshing gazpacho – a chilled soup made from the ripest of tomatoes. Treat your taste buds with bacalao – a delicately dried and salted cod (tasting infinitely better than it sounds) – and devour Spanish favorites like paella. All dishes are complemented with local wine, sherry and crisp Spanish beer like Cruzcampo and San Miguel.

Complete your tapas circuit of Seville at two more bars, continuing your afternoon of camaraderie and fine food. Your tour finishes at the third bar, leaving you perfectly placed to carry on eating your way around Seville should you wish. 8:00 PM Tour ($63.20 per person)

Accommodations: Casas De La Juderia (Standard, Bed and Breakfast)

October 29 - Seville

Recommended Tour: Seville Guided Tour into Alcazar and Cathedral. Meet your guide in the city centre of Seville. Get acquainted with your group, then set off to explore three of Seville’s most impressive sites: Alcazar, Cathedral and Giralda, while learning about their history from your bilingual guide.

First, head to the Alcazar, the oldest active palace in Seville. This is the place of residence for the Spanish Royal Family when they visit. An impressive combination of architectural styles coupled with courtyards and gardens.

Next, see the Seville Cathedral, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. The transition from mosque to church, and continuous remodeling of the cathedral, make it truly unique for its kind. It is built on the site of a 12th century Almohad mosque, decorative parts of which still remain inside.

One special part of the mosque that remains is the tower standing next to it, known as the Giralda. Make your way to the top of the Bell Tower (only on the early or afternoon tours), an important point view of the city. Afterwards, say farewell to your guide and group to continue on your own. Departs 12:45 PM (32.69 per person; entrance fees excluded.)

Accommodations: Casas De La Juderia (Standard, Bed and Breakfast)

October 30 - Gibraltar

Rental Car: TBD

Free Day

Accommodations: The Rock Hotel (Seaview with Breakfast)

October 31 - Seville

Return to Seville

Free Day

Accommodations: Casas De La Juderia (Standard, Bed and Breakfast)

November 1 - Seville to Washington, DC

British Airways, Flight 7261, Depart Seville 10:30 AM; Arrive Madrid 11:35 AM

British Airways, Flight 7066, Depart Madrid 01:30 PM; Arrive London Heathrow 02:55 PM

British Airways, Flight 293, Depart London Heathrow 05:00 PM; Arrive Dulles 09:30 PM

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