7-Day Spanish Magic
The great period of “the Discoveries” accounted for phenomenal wealth brought back from India, Africa, and Brazil by the great Portuguese navigators. Gold, jewels, ivory, porcelain, and spices helped finance grand new buildings and impressive monuments in Lisbon, the country’s capital city.
7-Day Spanish Magic
SHIP Seabourn Ovation – This ship represents another welcome stage in the evolution of small ship cruising, which Seabourn pioneered and has consistently expanded and enriched for all of our small ship cruises.
DEPARTS: Lisbon, Portugal
ARRIVES: Barcelona, Spain
Visa Will Be Required for Some Ports
DATES PORT TIME
Sunday Lisbon, Portugal DEPARTS 05:00 PM
Monday Day At Sea
Tuesday Gibraltar 08:00 AM – 09:00 PM
Wednesday Tangier, Morocco 07:00 AM – 04:00 PM
Thursday Melilla, Spanish Morocco, Spain 07:00 AM – 03:00 PM
Friday Alicante, Spain 08:00 AM – 09:00 PM
Saturday Valencia, Spain 08:00 AM – 06:00 PM
Sunday Barcelona, Spain ARRIVES 07:00 AM
Day 1 – Lisbon, Portugal – The great period of “the Discoveries” accounted for phenomenal wealth brought back from India, Africa, and Brazil by the great Portuguese navigators. Gold, jewels, ivory, porcelain, and spices helped finance grand new buildings and impressive monuments in Lisbon, the country’s capital city. As you sail up the Tagus River, be on deck to admire Lisbon’s panorama and see some of the great monuments lining the river. Lisbon is one of Europe’s smallest capital cities but considered by many visitors to be one of the most likeable. Spread over a string of seven hills, the city offers a variety of faces, including a refreshing no-frills simplicity reflected in the people as they go unhurriedly through their day enjoying a hearty and delicious cuisine accompanied by the country’s excellent wines.
Day 2 – AT SEA
Day 3 – Gibraltar – With Spain to the north and Morocco to the south, Gibraltar is the famous promontory dominating the narrow entrance to the Mediterranean. In ancient times Gibraltar was regarded as one of the two Pillars of Hercules, which marked the western limits of the known world. Known commonly as “The Rock,” Gibraltar is full of natural caves and manmade tunnels. The Rock itself, composed of limestone and gray marble, is geographically part of the Iberian Peninsula. This tiny self-governing British Colony welcomes you to enjoy its historical sites, magnificent views, beautiful beaches, and duty-free shops.
GIBRALTAR HIGHLIGHTS – STARTING AT $79 – Board a small motor coach at the pier for this panoramic drive and follow the route to Winston Churchill Avenue and across the airstrip to the Spanish border. At the Trinity Lighthouse you will pass the city walls, the American War Memorial, and Trafalgar Cemetery. At Europa Point, savor the views across the Strait of Gibraltar to the North African mainland just 14 miles away.
CITY UNDER SIEGE – STARTING AT $99 – A cable car will whisk you to Gibraltar’s Top Station for fabulous views from the former site of an old gun emplacement, last used during World War II. Your guide will then accompany you back to the cable car for a short ride to the Middle Station and the sanctuary of Gibraltar’s oldest inhabitants — the Barbary apes. These tail-less monkeys (Macaca sylvanus) roam freely here, so keep your possessions close and do not feed or touch these wild animals. Wear comfortable walking shoes.
PRIVATE MINIVAN – HALF DAY – STARTING AT $899 / PRIVATE MINIVAN – FULL DAY – STARTING AT $1699 – Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, and English-speaking driver-guide at your service.
Day 4 – Tangier, Morocco – IN PARTNERSHIP WITH AFAR – Situated just across the narrow Strait of Gibraltar from Europe, Tangier has long comprised a hybrid culture that is nearly as European as it is African. Standing atop Cap Spartel, one can gaze down on the place where the Atlantic meets the Mediterranean. It is small enough that visitors can explore it without risking becoming lost, making it a perfect choice as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sample Port Activities
TANGIER & TETOUAN: A UNESCO PARTNER TOUR – STARTING AT $159 – Medina of Tétouan (formerly known as Titawin) UNESCO World Heritage Site; was of particular importance from the 8th century onwards since it served as the main point of contact between Morocco and Andalusia. Lunch, served at a restaurant in the heart of Tetouan, is your chance to re-energize with a delicious meal of local cuisine. After a very interesting morning in Tetouan, you’ll return to Tangier. Visit the newly renovated Kasbah Museum of Tangier, which focuses on the history of the kasbah (fort) neighborhood. You’re sure to enjoy the traditional courtyard, the various displays, and the large mosaic works of art on display. After this fascinating day visiting two very impressive Moroccan cities, you will return to the ship. Wear comfortable walking shoes.
TANGIER, KASBAH & AZILAH – STARTING AT $189 – Begin your day with a transfer from the pier to Cape Spartel — a promontory located at the Strait of Gibraltar. From an elevation of 1,000 feet, you’ll have panoramic views out over the water and the lighthouse perched on the end of the cape. Lunch is next, served at a local restaurant, followed by a 1½-hour drive back to Tangier. Stop for refreshments of Moroccan mint tea and pastries en route back to the ship. Wear comfortable walking shoes.
TETOUAN: A UNESCO PARTNER TOUR – STARTING AT $169 – Medina of Tétouan (formerly known as Titawin) UNESCO World Heritage Site. A 1½-hour drive takes you through the scenic landscape of Northern Morocco to the base of the Rif Mountains. Here you will find Tetouan, originally founded in the 13th century by the Merinid Dynasty. Walk to a local restaurant for lunch. Heading back to Tangier, enjoy an introduction to this cosmopolitan city which has long been the crossroads of three great religions. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Closed on Saturdays.
DISCOVER TANGIER: KASBAH, MUSEUM & MARKET – STARTING AT $109 – Tangier is a fascinating Moroccan city to visit — it has a sense of exotic mystery, interesting history, beautiful vistas, unspoiled beaches and friendly people. The movie was actually based on life in the city of Tangier; not in Casablanca. The Tangier you will see today is still an interesting mix of North African, Spanish, and French cultures. The Kasbah was the traditional residence of the sultan and his harem and is now one of the most fashionable residential areas of Tangier — it is a quieter quarter than other parts of the city. The Kasbah Museum is newly renovated and focuses on the history of the neighborhood. The great market has traditionally been the cornerstone of life in Morocco and it remains a busy place — especially when Riffian peasants come to market. It forms the link between the medina and the new city. Before you return to the ship, a refreshment is served at a local hotel.
THE BLUE CITY OF CHEFCHAOUEN – STARTING AT $169 – Today you will embark on beautiful journey to the enchanting town of Chefchaouen. Forty miles south of Tetouan and just a few hours away from Tangier, it has a history of Spanish influence. It is located in the heart of the Rif Mountains, where surrounding trees, hills, springs, and wildflowers attract visitors looking for a calm getaway. The Old Town is a photographer’s delight — it is one of the few places in Morocco that has an octagonal minaret next to the Grand Mosque. You will have time for lunch at a local restaurant before you return to the port in Tangier. Wear comfortable walking shoes.
SOUK & BLUE DOOR CUISINE EXPERIENCE – STARTING AT $249 – Moroccan cuisine ranks among the most delicious cuisines in the world and it reflects a remarkable diversity of influences. In Moroccan dishes, it is easy to trace the country’s long history of the colonists and immigrants who have left their mark on the flavors that come out of the Moroccan kitchen. The cuisine of the first inhabitants — the Berbers — still exists today in tagine and couscous. The Arab invasion brought new spices, nuts and dried fruits, and sweet-and-sour combinations such as dates and lamb. The Moors introduced olives, olive oil and citrus, while the Jewish Moors left behind their sophisticated preserving techniques used for preserved lemons and pickles. The Ottoman Empire introduced barbecue (kebabs) to Moroccan cuisine. The relatively short-lived French era left behind a culture of cafés, pastries and wine. Over time, the chefs of the five royal cities (Fez, Marrakesh, Meknes, Tangier and Rabat) have developed and perfected the dishes that perfectly blend these distinctive tastes. Learn the secrets to preparing a variety of Moroccan specialties during this memorable cooking class and lunch at the Blue Door Hotel Cooking Classroom. From the markets where you shopped, enjoy the marvelously flavorful and aromatic dishes that you prepared from the markets where you shopped.
TAKING TEA & BAKING BREAD: A TASTE OF AUTHENTIC MOROCCO – STARTING AT $179 – It’s always tea o’clock in Morocco! Mint tea is the ubiquitous beverage here — deals are sealed, marriages are made, and fates are forged over it, but how to make it well remains a mystery to outsiders. Just add water? Certainly not! For Moroccans, mint tea is as important as Earl Grey is for the British. Today, you’ll learn the secrets of crafting perfect peppermint tea and enjoy it with bread fresh from the frans. Proceed to Blue Door Cuisine, where you’ll want to pay attention as you are taught to prepare an absolutely wonderful cup of Moroccan mint tea and how to bake traditional bread. A certified chef keeps the lesson lighthearted and involves each participant in the ‘chores’. This is where you roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty, following step-by-step instructions to prepare your own batch of Moroccan bread dough. This is the real deal and is a rather elaborate step-by-step preparation that pleases the eyes and the palate, so you will be happy to know that you are invited to savor both your own bread and the mint tea afterwards. Local condiments and handmade Moroccan cookies of the finest quality are also offered for tasting. Wear comfortable walking shoes.
PRIVATE TOUR – HALF DAY MINIVAN – STARTING AT $799 / PRIVATE TOUR – FULL DAY MINIVAN – STARTING AT $999 – Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, and English-speaking driver guide at your service.
PRIVATE TOUR – HALF DAY MINIBUS – STARTING AT $999 / PRIVATE TOUR- FULL DAY MINIBUS – STARTING AT $1299 – Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, and English-speaking driver guide at your service.
Day 5 – Melilla, Spanish Morocco, Spain – Melilla is one of Spain’s two enclaves on the Mediterranean coast of Morocco, a remnant of the colonial past. The town exists as a resort community and serves visitors well. Overlooking the harbor is Melilla La Vieja, a 15th century fortress converted to a holiday destination. Among its restored fortifications, the site hosts a number of museums, churches, memorials and a multi-storey complex of manmade caves that lead down to the beach. The town also holds the second largest trove of architecture in the modernist style, after only Barcelona, many by the prominent architect Enrique Nieto. It is a fascinating city much praised for its tradition of multiculturalism.
Sample Port Activities
CITADEL OF MELILLA & THE CONVENTICO CAVES – STARTING AT $199 – Enjoy a guided walk through Melilla’s fortified enclosure known as the Citadel or El Pueblo. This 15th-century fort is built on the same rock that served as a base for the old Phoenician and Roman settlements here. The four areas of the Citadel are separated by a moat. Visit each part to fully appreciate this magnificent example of Spanish architecture and civil engineering. Cap off your morning with a snack served at the Mezquita del Toreo bullring, as you enjoy a Berber show with traditional folk music and dance.
MODERNIST MELILLA & RELIGIOUS INTEGRATION – STARTING AT $189 – Enjoy a guided walk through the center of the most important Modernist city after Barcelona. Melilla’s urban development began at the beginning of the 20th century; nowadays, the city boasts an amazing variety of Modernist and Art Deco architecture. Many Modernist buildings are located in the area known as the Golden Triangle — a bustling and lively zone that is the shopping heart of the city. There is a remarkable religious influence. Cap off your morning with a snack served at the Mezquita del Toreo bullring, as you enjoy a Berber show with traditional folk music and dance.
PANORAMIC MELILLA – STARTING AT $179 – This panoramic drive through the city of Melilla introduces you to this surprising and charming Spanish autonomous city on the coast of North Africa. You’ll see magnificent views the enjoy the iconic landmarks of Melilla. Cap off your morning with a snack served at the Mezquita del Toreo bullring, as you enjoy a Berber show with traditional folk music and dance.
Day 6 – Alicante, Spain – This gracious provincial capital lies at the heart of the popular Costa Blanca resort region. Alicante has been a fashionable winter retreat for many years, thanks to its mild climate, swaying palms, and beautiful beaches. Sun-seekers from throughout Europe, combine to create a truly cosmopolitan air. The Castillo Santa Barbara looms above, adding to the romantic ambience. Take a stroll on the broad Explanada de Espana, the inviting promenade along the harbor, or browse through the many shops.
Sample Port Activities
MEDIEVAL ALICANTE – STARTING AT $129 – Approximately 800-900 years ago Alicante marked the frontier giving rise to a chain of castles and forts. You will visit several castles along the way. Stop for a snack of tapas at a local bar. A delicious lunch awaits you at Casa Cecilia Winery, where healthy recipes with top-quality seasonal ingredients make for a memorable meal.
THE CANELOBRE CAVES & ALICANTE – STARTING AT $89 – In Alicante’s historical Old Quarter, follow your guide to the Cathedral of Saint Nicholas. Its sober exterior dominates the network of streets around it. Within, you will find the Chapel of Holy Communion — a beautiful example of Spanish Baroque architecture. A panoramic drive brings you to Busot and the magnificent Canelobre Caves. Stalactites and stalagmites take on mystical shapes beneath a vaulted ceiling around 210 feet high, lending the cave a cathedral-like feel. The main attraction is the stunning candelabra formation for which the caves are named. Sample a typical Alicante beverage — horchata — served at a local bar. This nut- or grain-based refreshment is served cold and is quite refreshing. Wear sturdy non-skid walking shoes.
GUADALEST – STARTING AT $99 – The inland town of Guadalest is a fascinating example how it looked when it was occupied by the Moors hundreds of years ago. The oldest part of town can be reached only on foot; you’ll access it through a tunnel cut into the rock. From the main square, climb a flight of 150 steps, which leads via quaint cobblestone streets up to the top of a rocky spire. The Guadalest Ethnological Museum was created to showcase the life and times of this remarkable town. It is built on the rock that constitutes the Old Town within the fortress of Arab origin. Don’t miss the ancient door of gargantuan proportions. There is free time to purchase lunch and stroll through the village.
THE ARCHAEOLOGY MUSEO MARQ & THE COLORFUL FOGUERES MUSEUM – STARTING AT $79 – A panoramic drive brings you to the MARQ Museum — the first bona fide archaeological museum of the 21st century, offering visitors an insight into the various tools and techniques associated with archaeology. These are explained in three galleries — Field Archaeology, Urban Archaeology and Underwater Archaeology. An expert docent interprets the splendid collection of classified and catalogued finds. In the Old Town, set out on a walking tour with a visit to the Fogueres Museum. This facility is dedicated to Alicante’s most popular festivals.
A WALK THROUGH ALICANTE & CULINARY TRADITIONS – STARTING AT $99 – Discover the very essence of the Mediterranean diet during a two-hour walking tour in the beautiful Spanish city of Alicante! You will have the opportunity to taste the typical culinary produce and wine while learning about the history and culture of Alicante. Your itinerary features stops at some of the most traditional food shops and market stalls in Alicante. Wear comfortable walking shoes.
HIKING IN THE AITANA MOUNTAINS: A MINDFUL LIVING TOUR – STARTING AT $99 – Travel from the direction of the Spanish city of Benidorm into the Sierra Aitana, a range of mountains and isolated valleys in the Costa Blanca. Hike into Aitana Mountain and have some free time for one tapa and a refreshment in the old village of Finestrat. Return to the ship via motor coach following your mountain adventure.
*As an extension of Spa & Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil, this Mindful Living tour is designed to deliver an experience that contributes to mind and body wellness. Visit the on-board spa to speak to the Mindful Living coach to learn more about Dr. Weil and Seabourn’s holistic wellness program.
ORGANIC WINE & OIL TASTING: A SMALL GROUP TOUR – STARTING AT $129 – Bodegas Francisco Gomez is a must-stop on the Alicante Wine Route, perfect for a group no larger than 15 guests. During the visit, they will explain how they apply organic and biodynamic farming methods in all their processes. You will have a guided tour of the winery and enjoy a sampling of wine and extra virgin olive oil. In the tasting room and shop, you will taste young wine, oak wine, high-end aged wine, sweet wine, extra virgin oils, and a selection of Iberian sausages made with the pigs raised on their organic farm. Bring local currency or credit cards.
PRIVATE TOUR – HALF DAY (CAR) – STARTING AT $699 / PRIVATE TOUR – FULL DAY (CAR) – STARTING AT $899
PRIVATE TOUR – HALF DAY (MINIVAN) – STARTING AT $899 / PRIVATE TOUR – FULL DAY (MINIVAN) – STARTING AT $1199
Day 6 – Valencia, Spain – Valencia is located in the middle of Europe’s most densely developed agricultural region. Originally a Greek settlement, the town turned into a retirement town for old soldiers. El Cid conquered Valencia for Spain in 1094, but it fell back into Moorish hands after his death. Incorporated into Spain in the 15th century, Valencia remains the nation’s breadbasket.
Sample Port Activities
VALENCIA PAST & PRESENT: A UNESCO PARTNER TOUR – STARTING AT $99 – La Lonja de la Seda de Valencia UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built between 1482 and 1533, this group of buildings was originally used for trading in silk (hence its name, the Silk Exchange) and it has always been a center for commerce. It is a masterpiece of late Gothic architecture. The grandiose Trading Hall illustrates the power and wealth of a major Mediterranean mercantile city. At the Central Square Market, you’ll disembark the coach and take a walking tour to admire the Gothic-style buildings. Don’t miss the Silk Exchange, part if the UNESCO World Heritage Site with its impressive façade constructed on spiral columns. Head to the City of Arts & Science Complex to admire from the outside this relatively new collection of iconic buildings designed by Valencia architect Santiago Calatrava. You’ll step inside the Prince Felipe Museum, whose building is magnificent in its proportions and organic shapes. Architecture, engineering, and art are seamlessly related to science and technology. Wear comfortable walking shoes.
CALATRAVA’S VALENCIA – STARTING AT $189 – The city of Valencia is known for its dense monumental heritage, but its greatest architectural landmark may well be the relatively new City of Arts & Sciences — an avant-garde and futuristic museum complex. World-renowned Valencia-born architect Santiago Calatrava produced the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències. On your tour you will feel and see Valencia through Calatrava’s eyes as your guide explains from outside the buildings the technical and architectural wonders of three of the most important masterpieces of Calatrava:
The Umbracle: This is the monumental access gateway to the City of Arts & Sciences and is a viewpoint parade made up of a succession of 55 fixed arches and 54 floating arches that are 60 feet tall.
The Hemispheric: – This spectacular building represents an enormous human eye — the eye of wisdom. It symbolizes the observation of the world that visitors discover by means of some quite surprising audiovisual presentations. A six-acre lake surrounds this structure to create a complex of extraordinary beauty.
The Prince Felipe Museum: – The exterior of this museum captivates the visitor in its own right. The building is magnificent in its proportions and organic shapes and houses a multitude of activities. It is unique in all the world for the geometry of the building, its structure, the materials used and the constant presence of nature.
THE SILK EXCHANGE: A UNESCO PARTNER TOUR – STARTING AT $119 – La Lonja de la Seda de Valencia UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is an in-depth tour of the Silk Exchange (see above). Finally, you will visit the Silk Exchange building — the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in the city and a masterpiece of Mediterranean civil Gothic architecture. It attracted merchants from all over Europe and, today, it charms and awes you. Wear comfortable walking shoes.
XATIVA & THE BORGIA DYNASTY – STARTING AT $169 – Take a journey through time to the beautiful town of Xátiva — the birthplace of two popes and land of the Borgias. Hear some amazing stories as you make your way up to the old fortress that has seen empires rise and fall and your guide will reveal some of its many secrets. Heading back to town, take a peek into the Seu Cathedral and the old granary, and perhaps spot the legendary upside-down portrait of a not-so-popular king. Wear comfortable walking shoes.
VALENCIA & OCEANOGRAPHIC MUSEUM – STARTING AT $89 – Drive along the banks of the Turia River, through Valencia’s downtown core. You’ll pass the gardens and the Gulliver — a lovely children’s playground. See the Music Palace and its beautiful fountain before entering Valencia’s Art Nouveau Quarter. Admire the famous Columbus Market, the shopping district, and the huge, ancient trees in the Parterre and Glorieta gardens. Keep an eye out for one of Valencia’s nicest streets. You’ll soon find yourself surrounded by the cathedral, the Miguelete Tower and the Church of Saint Catherine. Notice the Town Hall, Post Office, bull ring and the beautiful railway station. Take photos at the City of Arts & Science — one of the city’s most iconic building complexes. At L’Oceanographic, discover an authentic marine park with a volume of nine million gallons of water. This is the largest oceanographic park in Europe. Wear comfortable shoes.
A WALK THROUGH VALENCIA – STARTING AT $79 – Discover the Old Town of Valencia on a pleasant guided walk, focusing on the main highlights of this cosmopolitan city. A panoramic drive along the Turia River finishes in the Old Town, where you can admire the National Ceramics Museum. Visit the Silk Market. Stop at a well-known café that serves frosty horchata. Taste this sweet, non-alcoholic drink that is made from tiger nuts, water, and sugar, and is served ice-cold. Walk past the Old Borgia Palace that today hosts the city’s parliament. Meet up at the Serranos Towers — the old northern gate in Valencia’s medieval walls. Wear comfortable walking shoes
ART OF PAELLA & WINE TASTING: A SMALL GROUP TOUR – STARTING AT $199 – Indulge your senses with the exquisite flavors of Valencia. Paella and wine are probably the two main attributes of Spain – this is an opportunity to learn how to combine the two by having a specialist in the rice sector and a sommelier explain their details and importance. Depart from the pier for a scenic 25-minute drive to a typical Valencian restaurant, a converted traditional Valencian house over 100 years old. On arrival, you will be greeted by your chef who will be preparing your paella, and your sommelier, who will assist in pairing wines to accompany your paella. During the cooking demonstration, learn about the type of rice grown for paella and important tips for preparing this popular Spanish dish. See how the rice is prepared and the proper method for cooking la paella Valencia style! You will dine on three different types of paella that you have participated in preparing. A sommelier will conduct a wine tasting on the best wines to accompany these paellas.
VALENCIA & LA ALBUFERA NATIONAL PARK: A SMALL GROUP TOUR – STARTING AT $199 – On this tour, you will discover the modern part of Valencia as well as La Albufera, a Natural Park located in the South of Valencia. You will leave the port for a panoramic drive through the city. Crossing the river continue to the Gran Vía and Calle Játiva where you can admire the external Bull Ring and the Central train station. Once in town, see the late Gothic style houses and the main and central market of the city. Visit the Silk Exchange. Continue to the Plaza Redonda, to the Valencia Cathedral for a photo stop. La Albufera is a Natural Park in an area located in the South of Valencia. It contains an incredible lagoon, one of the biggest animal and plant natural reserves and a rice plantation. For centuries, Valencians have been living here and using the lagoon for many activities. Today you will have the chance for a nice boat ride before reaching the restaurant where a typical lunch will be served. After lunch, return to the ship. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes.
PRIVATE CAR – HALF DAY – STARTING AT $799 / PRIVATE CAR – FULL DAY – STARTING AT $1099 /
PRIVATE MINIVAN – HALF DAY – STARTING AT $999
Day 7 – Barcelona, Spain – Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is said to have been founded by the Phoenicians, and was once the rival of the powerful states of Venice and Genoa for control of the Mediterranean trade. Today, it is Spain’s second largest city and has long rivaled, even surpassed Madrid in industry and commerce. The medieval atmosphere and the elegant boulevards combine to make the city one of Europe’s most beautiful. Barcelona’s active heritage brought forth the architect Antonio Gaudi, the painter Joan Miro, and Pablo Picasso. Other famous native artists include cellist Pau Casals and surrealist Salvador Dali. Barcelona hosted the 1992 Olympics. This prompted massive building and created a focal point of the world’s attention.
Sample Port Activities
BARCELONA HIGHLIGHTS WITH AIRPORT TRANSFER – STARTING AT $79 – Enjoy a drive through fascinating Barcelona. Your guide will point out many highlights, beginning with the 13th-century cathedral located in the Gothic Quarter, where you’ll step inside to admire the interior. The drive showcases many of the city’s Modernist buildings — some designed by architect Antoni Gaudí. Pass the site of the 1992 Olympic Games. Visit a Spanish village before transferring toBarcelona Airport. This tour is available only to guests whose cruise ends in Barcelona and with flights departing after 3pm.
GAUDI IN DEPTH: A UNESCO PARTNER TOUR – STARTING AT $169 – Works of Antoni Gaudí UNESCO World Heritage Site. Seven properties built by the architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926) in or near Barcelona testify to Gaudí’s exceptional creative contribution to the development of architecture and building technology. These monuments represent an eclectic, as well as a very personal, style. There are seven different buildings to admire. A delightful local restaurant will present you with fideua for lunch — a Catalan-style take on the delicious specialty often called paella, served here with small noodles instead of rice. Wear comfortable walking shoes.
MONTSERRAT – STARTING AT $79 – Enjoy a panoramic drive through Barcelona — a light introduction to this marvelous city — before you ride to the Montserrat Mountain Ridge. The irregular peaks of Catalonia’s most famous mountain — Montserrat — are visible from miles around. Montserrat is also home to a Benedictine Monastery founded in the 11th century. Modest attire is required for visiting churches or cathedrals.
GAUDI’S JEWELS WITH CITY CENTER DROP-OFF OR AIRPORT TRANSFER – STARTING AT $199 – Begin with a panoramic drive along one of Europe’s most famous boulevards — the Passeig de Gràcia. Your guide will point out the best examples of Modernism. Visit the Sagrada Familia Cathedral — perhaps Gaudí’s most famous work. It has been under construction since 1888 and is one of the most cherished monuments in Spain. Your tour ends with a drop-off in the city center (Plaza España) or at the airport.
PRIVATE CAR – HALF DAY – STARTING AT $599 / PRIVATE CAR – FULL DAY – STARTING AT $999
PRIVATE MINIVAN – HALF DAY – STARTING AT $899 / PRIVATE MINIVAN – FULL DAY – STARTING AT $1299
PRIVATE MINIBUS – HALF DAY – STARTING AT $1399 / PRIVATE MINIBUS – FULL DAY – STARTING AT $1699
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FROM: $4,999 – all-inclusive including Port Charges, taxes and fees
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All Suites feature:
Dining table for two
A full-length window
Comfortable living area
Glass door to private veranda
Queen-size bed or two twin beds
Fully stocked bar and refrigerator
Spacious bathroom with shower.
Flat-screen television w/music and movie