This in-depth tour concentrates on
the history, technical innovations
and influence of the movement of
Catalan modernism and its figurehead
Antoni Gaudí. Travel across the vibrant
city of Barcelona with experts Dr
Anne Anderson and Monica Bohm-
Duchen, seeing how Gaudí and his
contemporaries shaped its landscape,
noticing in particular their extraordinary
contrast in styles. Gaudí rarely drew
detailed plans for his works, preferring
to create them as three-dimensional
scale models, which he modified as he
went along. This extraordinary approach
resulted in works that anticipated and
influenced modern construction methods
and uniquely captured the artistic and
cultural sentiments of his time.
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Fly from London (regional connections
available) to Barcelona with British Airways and
transfer to Hotel Barcelona Center (or similar)
for 4 nights. Afternoon at leisure followed by a
welcome dinner. (D)
Travel to Montjuïc and visit the National
Museum of Catalan Art, notable for an
outstanding collection of modernist paintings,
furniture, glass and ceramics. Continue to Palau
de la Música, Barcelona’s opera house, where
intelligent interplays of open space and natural
light combine with astonishingly detailed
traditional Catalan mosaics, stained glass and
sculpture. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Visit the hillside garden complex of Park Güell,
designed by Gaudí. Continue to the Hospital
de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, designed by
Domènech i Montaner, with floral decoration
and abundant use of sculpture. Afternoon
walking tour of the Eixample district of
Barcelona, concentrating on the Passeig de
Gracia, famous for its contrasting modernist
buildings. Visit La Pedrera and Casa Batlló.(B)
Stroll through Las Ramblas district, an important
centre of modernist architecture with bustling
streets. Visit the Gaudí-designed Güell Palace, followed by a stop at the Plaza Real and La
Boqueria market. Continue to the Monastery of
Pedralbes, one of the finest examples of Catalan
gothic in Barcelona. Spend the afternoon at
Sagrada Familia church, Gaudí’s magnum
opus, which remains unfinished to this day.
See the unique mix of gothic and art nouveau
styles, and explore the crypt containing Gaudí’s
remains, as well as the transept and central nave
with its giant, tree-like pillars and spectacular
vaulting. It is also possible to ascend one of
the church’s many towers for panoramic views
over the city. Evening farewell dinner at a local
restaurant. (B, D)
Day at leisure for independent exploration of
Barcelona. Airport transfer for a return flight to
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is fully escorted
throughout by a lecturer who has specialist
knowledge of the destination and its culture, as
well as an experienced local guide.
Based in 3- and 4-star
This tour involves some long walks
and therefore requires a good level of fitness.
The order of the itinerary may
change due to opening times.
The 4-star Barcelona Center is situated in the heart of Eixample District in Barcelona, a 10-minute walk from Plaza Catalunya. The 132 en suite rooms all feature a satellite television, wifi, desk, minibar, air-conditioning and safety deposit box. Guests have free access to the sauna, small gym and rooftop hot tub. The hotel has a traditional Spanish restaurant,and a terrace restaurant and...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
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