Barcelona Short Vacation from Madrid # 4

3 nights/4 days

Spend an an exiting short holiday in Gaudi's Barcelona, Cataluna's bustling cosmopolitan capital with lively and elegant promenades, gothic town center and artistic treasures.

Barcelona short holiday

Day 1. MADRID - BARCELONA
Take the AVE high speed train from Mdarid to Barcelona and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day free for own activities or optional tours. Overnight in Barcelona.
  
Day 2. BARCELONA
After breakfast, pick up from your hotel. The first part is a wlaking tour of the Gothic Quarter (Las Ramblas, Cathedral Square & Jewish Quarter). Then we take the bus to see the elegant Paseo de Gracia, where you will see the most famous Gaudi houses, Casa Battlˇ and Casa Mila (La Pedrera), The Triump Arc, as well as other majestic buildings of the Modernism era. Continue on to the Olympic Village, the Olympic Port, the beach and the fisherman’s quarter, called Barceloneta, the Port Vell, Plaza (square) de Colon with its famous Columbus monument the starting point of Barcelona's most famous pedestrian street, the La Ramblas. We will continue the visit driving up Montju´c where you will enjoy a cable car ride with precious views of the city (closed in Jan-Mar for maintenance - Tapas instead). After the panoramic view we will drive the the cahrming Spanish Village where you can admire a collection of traditional buildings from all over Spain, and a demonstration of a selection of the handcrafts made in this country. During the drive back to the city center we will pass by the Venetian Towers, the Montju´c fountains, the MNAC and the CC, Las Arenas rebuilt over the ancient Plaza de Toros. We will arrive back at the Plaza de Catalunya. Afternoon is at leisure to enjoy this bustling cosmopolitan city on your own. Accommodation at the hotel.

Day 3. BARCELONA - MONSERRAT - BARCELONA
Breakfast at the hotel. Pick up from your hotel for a morning tour to Montserrat. The mountain of Montserrat which rises majestically to 4,051 feet (1,236 m). You will go up to Montserrat with Gog – Wheel Train. It is a 15-minute trip with a privileged and spectacular view of the mountain. The rocks of Montserrat formed by natural cement of sand during the centuries affected by the wind and rain who shaped the mountain with strange and varied forms. You will visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat, which holds the famous 12th century Romanesque carving of Virgen Moreneta, the Black Virgin. The Monastery dates back to 1025 and it Spain's second most important pilgrimage site after santiago de Compostella with its sheer rocks protecting the sites. You have a pass included to the audiovisual to show on the history and will have the opportunity to taste 4 Montserrat typical liquors. Afternoon free to continue exploring or relax. Accommodation at hotel.

Day 4. BARCELONA
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport or railway station

Includes:

  • Airport and Station transfers

  • Tours with transport and guide as per itinerary

  • High Speed AVE Rail Tickets - option to start in Barcelona

  • 3 Nights accomodatio with breakfast

  • US$ price varies depending on the exchange rate

  • Please ask for supplement during the following periods:
    Sep 6-11, Oct 18-23 & Dec 31

  • Black out dates: Jun 20-25

  • Barcelona Local City Tax is not included, to be paid directly to the hotel.

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