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|Itinerary at a Glance
|Madrid Optional Extension|
No tour escort; explore at your own pace
|Departs||Los Angeles (LAX), Washington Dulles (IAD), Chicago O'Hare (ORD), Atlanta (ATL), Logan (BOS), New York: JFK or EWR (NYC); other gateways on request|
|Highlights||Barcelona, Spain plus Hop-On Hop-Off pass|
|Included in the Price|
|What to Expect||This leisurely-paced, independent tour requires minimal walking and is suitable for most levels of physical fitness. This tour does not include a tour guide or escort.|
Put Europe back on your bucket list with this amazing tour package to beautiful Barcelona, Spain, where the weather is balmy, the people are friendly, and the sightseeing is fascinating and in abundance.
Unlike many of our other tour packages, our Breathtaking Barcelona is designed for travelers who want a lot of freedom and flexibility to explore at their own pace. Get your first orientation of Barcelona with the included one day Hop-On Hop-Off pass.
After that, you can continue to explore Barcelona freely from your centrally located hotel, or choose from several exciting optional guided excursions—the choice is yours! You can tour the masterworks of Barcelona’s most famous architect, Antoni Gaudí, enjoy a paella dinner and flamenco show, or head out on day trips to fascinating sites outside Barcelona, such as the Dalí Museum in Figures, the famous mountaintop monastery of Montserrat. But, your trip to Spain doesn’t have to end there; you can also extend your stay for three days in Madrid.
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All prices, fees and deposits are per person. Prices below are subject to availability and confirmation. After we receive your booking, we will confirm all prices and availability within 1–2 business days. Prices are subject to change at any time and not guaranteed until we receive your final payment. More about our prices.
|Departures & Prices*|
|Thu||Apr 17||2014||Tue||Apr 22||2014||$1799||Departed|
|Thu||May 1||2014||Tue||May 6||2014||$1799||Closed|
|Thu||May 15||2014||Tue||May 20||2014||$1799||Closed|
Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to extend your stay later than the scheduled dates, subject to availability. Contact us about dates, prices and restrictions.
|Single Room Supplement||+$299|
|Single Room Supplement||+$249|
1. Triple occupancy is on request basis only for the Madrid Exension.
|New York: JFK or EWR (NYC)||included|
|Chicago O'Hare (ORD)||+$250|
|Washington Dulles (IAD)||+$250|
|Los Angeles (LAX)||+$350|
Departure airport prices subject to availability and may cost more based on flight availability at the time of booking.
Coming from somewhere else? Before you book, ask us about availability and prices for flights from other cities. Additional charges for flights from other cities are due within 24 hours of your booking.
To make a reservation, we only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card. This non-refundable deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package. You can pay the balance due later by credit card, check or money order. Your final payment is due 75 days prior to departure, or within 72 hours of booking, whichever is later.
Ticketing: Airline tickets for this tour are usually issued within 24 hours of your booking, and once issued, cannot be changed, refunded or transferred.
Day 2: Barcelona. Upon arrival in Barcelona you'll be met and transferred to your centrally located hotel. Enjoy the balance of the day to relax and unwind and enjoy the facilities of the hotel. Or venture out for your first exploration of the city. Your hotel is conveniently located in the Eixample neighborhood, home to some of Gaudi’s famous works such as the Sagrada Familia, and also just a couple of blocks from the metro. Accomodations: Hotel U232 Barcelona.
Day 3, 4 & 5: Barcelona. Enjoy 3 days of leisure in exciting Barcelona. Choose which day to activate your one day Hop-On Hop-Off pass for a complete orientation of this fascinating city. Choose from one of 3 lines (blue, red or green). The buses run every 5-25 minutes from approximately 9:00am to 7:00pm. Each route from start to finish (without getting off the bus) takes approximately 2 hours. Breakfast provided.
We suggest a walk along the beautiful La Rambla (also knows as Las Ramblas), a wide, meandering, shaded boulevard which follows the contours of Barcelona's medieval city walls. La Rambla is filled with colorful shops, outdoor cafés, street performers, and lively activity, and Spanish poet Federico García Lorca once referred to it as "the only street in the world which I wish would never end." Just off the Rambla, discover the lovely Plaça Reial, a large palm-lined square which is the hub of Barcelona nightlife. Or explore the vibrant La Ribera neighborhood, once the home of medieval artisans and wealthy merchants, and now a haven for restaurants, wine bars and cocktail lounges, dance clubs, designer boutiques, art galleries and museums.
Or, venture outside of Barcelona to explore Girona and Dalí Museum in Figueres, two of the most famous attractions in northern Catalonia. Or travel to nearby Montserrat to visit the famous Santa Maria de Montserrat perched high on the mountain.
In the evenings, delight in a paella dinner and watch a Flamenco show. Or choose from a wide variety of restaurants serving tapas, or fresh seafood and many other regional and international specialties. Breakfast provided.
Day 6: Barcelona/USA. Your memorable Barcelona sojourn comes to an end as you make your way independently to the airport for your return flight. Arrive in the USA later today. Alternatively, take advantage of your already-included international airfare, and extend your exploration of Spain to Madrid. Breakfast provided.
Take advantage of your already-included international airfare and spend three more exciting days in Madrid, Spain. You will return to the USA 3 days later than the dates listed on the Dates & Prices tab.
Day 6: Barcelona/Madrid. Make your way independently to the train station for your high-speed journey to Madrid, capital city of Spain. Upon arrival, make your own way to your centrally located hotel, within walking distance of the train station. Accommodations: Hotel AC Carlton. Breakfast provided.
Day 7 & 8: Madrid. Enjoy 2 full days of leisure in the cosmopolitan city of Madrid. Activate your one day Hop-On Hop Off pass and see Madrid from a different vantage point. Choose from one of 2 lines (blue or green). The buses run every 8-15 minutes from approximately 10:00am to 6:00pm. Each route from start to finish (without getting off the bus) takes approximately 1.5 hrs.
At your leisure, explore the city. See Plaza de Espana, Puerta del Sol and other landmarks. Art lovers can take in the famous Prado Museum and then relax in nearby Retiro Park. Or choose an optional tour to the town of Toledo or Escorial.
Day 9: Madrid/USA Your journey comes to an end as you make your way independently to the airport for your return flight. Arrive in the USA later today. Breakfast provided.
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