|Duration: 5 days, 4 nights||Start Place: BARCELONA AIRPORT||End Place: BARCELONA AIRPORT|
1st Day BARCELONA
Meet assistance at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Balance of the day at leisure. Accommodation.
2nd Day BARCELONA
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning Gaudi’s at his origins as:
Sagrada Familia, Vicens House and Güell Park. This tour around “Gaudí from his Origins” is the best way to learn about Antoni Gaudí and see his artistic evolution. We start with his first important project in Barcelona, Casa Vicens, and we end up with the most important work, the still unfinished Sagrada Familia, passing through Park Güell, one of his most emblematic works. Three works that can be classified into three different architectural types: domestic, urban and religious. We will see how Gaudí combined perfectly the functionality of this three different places with his personal style.
Casa Vicens: Casa Vicens opens its doors exclusively for us. Built between 1883 and 1888 this house is located in the heart of the Gràcia quarter, which at the time was an independent town from the city. During the second part of the XIX century and in the middle the industrial growing, Barcelona lived the demolition of the medieval walls. As a result the city began to grow up following a reticular shape named Enlargement (Eixample). That’s the reason why the old town of Barcelona was unite to other surrounding villages, as for example Gràcia. In the middle of this busy context Gaudí developed his first important project, Casa Vicens. During this early guided tour you will discover a different Gaudí style. In fact, this house has an unusual oriental and mudéjar aroma, but in some ways was ahead of the modernism style in Catalonia. This the eighth building in the city listed World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.
Park Güell: Located at the upper part of Barcelona with incredible views of the city, we find Park Güell, one of the most emblematic works of the architect Antoni Gaudí. The Park has been declared World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in the 1984. The original project was meant to be an urbanization, ordered by the catalan entrepreneur Eusebi Güell, it was finally inaugurated as a public park in 1926. In this work Gaudí displayed all his creative talent with a naturalistic and organic style with the aim to achieve a perfect integration of architecture and nature. We will admire how the architect handles one of his favorite techniques, the “trencadís”, omnipresent in all his creations. At the end of the guided tour you will have free time and the guide will tell you where to go to take the bus that will take you to the Sagrada Familia.
Sagrada Familia guided tour: The Basilica and Expiatory Temple of la Sagrada Familia is one of the most visited buildings in the world. Considered the Gaudi’s masterpiece, despite the construction of the church stared on the 1882 is still unfinished. We will visit its astonishing interior rich in symbolism, and with our guide you will discover how Gaudí got most of his inspiration from nature, considered by the architect the God’s masterpiece. As a result the building is a perfect fusion between architecture and spiritually.
At the end of the visit the guide will take you to the elevator entrance for climbing to one of the towers. From the top of the tower you will admire by yourself the spectacular panoramic views of Barcelona. In addition, you will be able to visit the museum,
Afternoon is at leisure to enjoy this wonderful city and surroundings. Accommodation at the hotel.
3th Day BARCELONA
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning tour to the most emblematic works made by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, with no queues!
We will visit Passeig de Gràcia Street, Casa Batlló and Casa Milà. Located in the area of Barcelona known as Eixample, which means enlargement. That is the name of the urban project made by the Catalan architect Idelfons Cerdà to enlarge the extension of the city outside the ancient city walls and in consequence get better healthy conditions. Passeig the Gracia Street is one of the most important avenues in Barcelona, where apart from prestigious brands shops we can find modernists buildings. At the beginning of the XIX century Passeig the Gracia became the main residential area for the bourgeoisie, who were main commitments of some important modernist architects such as: Gauí, Puig i Cadafalch, Domènech i Montaner or Sagnier. During the tour we will visit two great examples of domestic architecture from Antoni Gaudí. The explanations will be always put in context with the history of Barcelona and in parallel to other works from important modernist architects.
Afternoon free to continue exploring the wonders that this city has to offer. Accommodation at hotel.
4th Day BARCELONA
Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning tour PICASSO MUSEUM & GOTHIC TOUR WITH BREAKFAST AT PALAU DE LA MÚSICA CATALANA. The name of Barcelona comes from the Latin language, specifically from Barcino. This was the name the romans gave to their foundation. Some remains of this primitive settlement are still visible at the Gothic Quarter, where we will take you to discover more things about the history of the city through its medieval cobbled and tortuous streets. You will learn more things about some of the most important places in the city, like les Rambles and the Cathedral. The next part of the tour is the Born’s neighbourhood, where we will enjoy the fabulous view of Santa Maria del Mar church, built in a superb gothic stile. Between narrow streets we will find the Picasso Museum. This is the only museum that has been created whilst the painter was still alive, and it’s an interesting place to appreciate the beginning of his career. During the guided tour you will understand Picasso’s artistic evolution, always in parallel to his biography. We will continue our visit going to Palau de la Música Catalana, where we can take a local breakfast. Accommodation at hotel.
5th Day BARCELONA
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Barcelona’s airport. END OF OUR SERVICE.
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Sundays to Thursdays (1st April to 31st October 2020)
Tuesdays and Wednesdays (1st Nov 2020 to 31 December 2020)
Arrival and departure transfers from/to airport / Regular tours with transport and guide during tours shown in the itinerary / 4 night hotel accommodation & Daily Breakfast/ travel insurance.