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|Itinerary at a Glance
Breathtaking Barcelona & Costa Brava
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Put Europe back on your bucket list with this amazing package to the gorgeous Costa Brava and Barcelona, Spain, where the weather is balmy, the people are friendly, and the sightseeing is fascinating and in abundance. From your lovely Calella coastal hotel, explore Barcelona, one of Europe's most splendid cities on an included day tour, then choose optional excursions to fascinating sites such as the Dali Museum in Figures, the mountaintop monastery of Montserrat, or, cross the border to France and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Carcassone, the most significant medevial fortified city in Europe. You can even visit nearby landlocked Andorra for some duty free shopping. So much to see and enjoy, and so little cost. How can you possibly resist? But don't wait long, because this deal is too good to last.
Day 2: Calella. Upon arrival in Barcelona you'll be met and transferred to your hotel in the coastal town of Calella. Enjoy the balance of the day to relax and unwind and enjoy the facilities of the hotel. Accommodations: Htop Amaika or similar on departures prior to Apr 16, 2012, Hotel Les Palmeres on all others. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 3: Barcelona. Today, return to Barcelona, the capital of Cataluña and Spain's most exciting, flamboyant and sophisticated city. A modern metropolis with a rich history, Barcelona offers something for everyone. Your included full-day excursion includes a panoramic drive through the city to view Barcelona's most famous monuments, including the lavishly extravagant Cathedral of Sagrada Familia and the beautifully landscaped Park Güell, both designed by the renowned Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, recognized worldwide as one of the most influential architects of his time. Your tour will also take you to other famous sites, such as the National Palace and Barcelona's 1992 Olympic installations. Next, you'll visit one of highest points in the city for amazing panoramic views and spectacular photo opportunities. Walk the beautiful Las Ramblas boulevard, which the Spanish poet Federico García Lorca once referred to as "the only street in the world which I wish would never end," and visit the beautiful palm-lined Plaça Real. Enjoy some free time for lunch, shopping, visiting the Picasso Museum, and any other sites you wish to see on your own, before returning to Calella. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Days 4 – 8: Calella & Costa Brava. Enjoy a full five days to discover the wonders of the famous Costa Brava. Spanning the Mediterranean coast from Barcelona to the French border, the Costa Brava is one of Europe's most popular vacation destinations.
Calella, one of the many seaside towns along the coast, offers a splendid look into Catalan culture. Starting from the Church of Santa Maria at the heart of the old city, you can explore Calella's most important sites, including the Dalmau Park, Municipal Market and lighthouse. Experience authentic Catalan cuisine at the countless seaside restaurants and terrace cafés, explore the many chic boutiques and shops on Calella's many pedestrian streets, or take a leisurely stroll along the seaside promenade.
By train, you can easily explore some of the nearby coastal villages, resort towns and cities, including Blanes, Mataro, Pineda del Mar, Canet del Mar, Girona & Figueres. Or take a short train ride back to Barcelona to further explore the seaside metropolis. You can also choose several exciting optional excursions (described below) to famous places like the mountain Monastery of Montserrat and the tiny landlocked country of Andorra. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 9: Barcelona/USA. Bid farewell to the Costa Brava as your journey comes to end. Transfer from Calella to Barcelona for your return flight. Arrive in USA later today. Breakfast provided.
To take full advantage of your visit to Costa Brava, we offer four popular optional excursions to enhance your trip. You can select and purchase these optional excursions with a local representative upon arrival in Spain.
Dali's World. Enjoy a full day optional excursion into the amazing world of Salvador Dali. First you'll visit the house of Gala Dali in Pubol. This medieval castle was the residence of the painter's wife, Gala, during the 1970's, and the painter's own residence in the 1980's. Today, it is a museum housing various paintings, drawings & sculptures. Next, you'll head to Figueres to see the theatre-museum of Salvador Dali. Inaugurated in 1974, it contains a wide range of works which describe the artistic genius of Dali. (€47 per person) This excursion will only operate with a minimum of 8 passengers.
Andorra. This full day optional tour will take you to one of the smallest countries in Europe, Andorra. The tiny landlocked country is nestled in the Pyrenees Mountains between Spain and France. Andorra was officially founded in 1278 as a result of a land dispute between the Bishop of Urgell and the Count of Foix, but legends point to Charlemagne as the country's earliest liberator. Today, Andorra has developed into prosperous nation thanks to its duty-free shopping and healthy tourism industry. The official language of Andorra is Catalan, but both Spanish and French are widely used. Your visit will offer you plenty of free time to explore the capital city of Andorra la Vella and take advantage of the duty-free shopping. (€51 per person) This excursion will only operate with a minimum of 8 passengers. You must bring your passport, as it will be required to enter Andorra and return to Spain.
Montserrat. This optional excursion will take you to the mountaintop monastery of Montserrat. You will take the track railway three miles (5 km) up the mountainside, enjoying fantastic views and scenery as you make your way to the monastery. Inside the church, guests can see the patroness of Cataluña, the statue of the Black Madonna. Around noon, one of the oldest and most esteemed children's choirs in Europe will sing. You can also visit the museum to see works of art by Picasso, Caravaggio, El Greco, and other Catalan artists. For the more daring there is a cable car which transports the guests even higher up the mountain where the views are breathtaking. (€41 per person) This excursion will only operate with a minimum of 8 passengers. Proper attire is required to enter the monastery.
Carcassonne. This optional full day excursion will take you to the medieval walled city of Carcassonne, France. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this fortified city has a rich history dating back to the first ramparts built by the Romans. Under the rule of the Visigoths, Carcassonne flourished during the Golden Age as a major economic center. The city is most recognized by its formidable crenulated walls and towers that were fully restored in 1853 by French architect Eugene Viollet-le-Duc. Carcassonne offers visitors spectacular examples of mediaeval architecture and picturesque panoramas of the surrounding countryside. You will be able to explore the city's winding cobblestone streets and admire its marvelous plazas. (€63 per person) This excursion will only operate with a minimum of 8 passengers. You must bring your passport, as it will be required to enter France and return to Spain.
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