Designed as a post-tour to Art Treasures of Madrid and Andalusia, this tour can be booked on its own.
This tour is part of the World Art Tours program organised by the Art Gallery Society of NSW in partnership with Renaissance Tours.
In the morning, transfer to Granada airport for the Vueling airline flight VY2011 departing Granada at 09.05 to Barcelona. (PLEASE NOTE: Flight VY2011 is not included in tour cost, please ensure this flight segment is included with your international airfare)
After lunch, start your exploration of Barcelona with a panoramic coach tour of the city, which will introduce you to many precincts, including the famous boulevard Las Ramblas, Vila Olímpica, Port Vell, the Monument to Colón (Columbus) and Eixample (the Art Nouveau quarter).
Visit the Fundació Joan Miró (1893-1983) situated on a hill overlooking the city, to view paintings, graphics and ceramic artworks by the internationally renowned abstract artist, who was born in Barcelona.
Join Brian for a talk about the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, Catalan artists Joan Miró and Salvador Dali, and Pablo Picasso, who in his youth lived in Barcelona.
A morning walking tour will take you into the heart of the Barri Gotic district, where much of the city’s historic architecture is contained within a few blocks, including the Cathedral, Palau de la Generalitat and Casa de la Ciutat.
Lunch is at a local restaurant.
Visit the celebrated Picasso Museum, dedicated to the towering genius of twentieth century art, Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). This modern museum is housed in five Catalan-Gothic palazzos dating from the 13th and 14th centuries, located in the Barri Gotic.
Tonight you may wish to attend a concert at the Palau del la Música, an exceptional Art Nouveau theatre (optional, not included in tour cost).
The focus today is Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926), Spain’s most celebrated architect and his masterworks. Begin the day with a coach trip to Park Guell to explore a fanciful park designed by Gaudi as an innovative garden suburb for the bourgeoisie.
Continue on to visit Gaudi’s greatest work, the massive unfinished Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, a Catholic church under construction since 1882.
In the afternoon visit Casa Milà, known locally as La Pedrera (Catalan for quarry).
Enjoy a full-day coach journey to the north east of Catalonia, to the province of Girona. Our destination is Figueres, the birthplace of the remarkable surrealist artist, Salvador Dalí (1904-1989). Visit the artist’s Teatre-Museu Gala Salvador Dalí, a museum designed by Dalí himself which houses aspects of his astonishing oeuvre, and in which the late artist and his wife Gala are buried.
Return via the provincial capital of Girona and enjoy a farewell lunch.
After lunch explore the city’s tight huddle of ancient arcades, grand churches, climbing cobbled streets, medieval baths and Catalonia’s most extensive and best preserved Call (medieval Jewish quarter), all enclosed by defensive walls.
Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast.
If returning to Australia today, make your way to Barcelona Airport for Emirates/Qantas flights to Australia via Dubai. Arrival in Australia on the evening of Thursday 11th (or morning of Friday 12th, depending on destination).
*Single travellers may request to share.
Please advise at time of booking.
Final payment due
21 July 2017
Please see terms & conditions for fitness level definitions.
Tour price includes
- Accommodation in centrally located four-star hotel with breakfast daily (B)
- Meals as per itinerary (L=Lunch, D=Dinner). Wines with meals
- Comprehensive sightseeing, including local guides and entrance fees as per itinerary
- Transportation in comfortable air-conditioned coach
- Lecture and talks with your tour leader throughout
- Gratuities for local guides and drivers
- Hotel porterage (one piece per person)
Tour price do not include
- International flights
- Flight VY2011 Granada – Barcelona flight (This flight should be included in your international air fare ex-Australia)
- Items of a personal nature (i.e. mini-bar, telephone, laundry etc.)
- Airport porterage
- Travel insurance (recommended)
- Transfer on departure
Please note the post-tour to Barcelona requires 10 persons to proceed.
Barcelona – Hotel Granados83 ****
NB. Hotel of a similar standard may be substituted.