Introduction
On a recent Barcelona tour, when we asked our guides how to describe Catalonia to you, they surprised us. "Tell them we are Tuscany, only better." We'll admit they have a point. Spain's easternmost province is a sensory revelation that easily equals the best of Italy. The olive groves, the cypress trees that pierce the horizon like leafy exclamation points, and the perched stone villages all shimmer in the region's incredible light. The aromas of the local markets and the fresh Mediterranean air along the Costa Brava remind you how rich the world really is. And stimulated by walks in rustic countryside or on the cosmopolitan avenues on a cultural tour of Barcelona, your sense of taste will be more than satisfied by the vivid flavors of Catalan cuisine. With all due respect to our guides, this tour offers so much that Tuscany can't—paths through a park full of extinct volcanoes…a dip in the sea at your private resort…and quirky Art Nouveau architecture that’s a unique trait of this proud region’s DNA.  If you have already enjoyed time in Southern Europe's other favorite regions but don't want to repeat yourself, make this your next destination. We promise you won't be disappointed!
Itinerary at a glance
DAY 1 - BARCELONA
We meet in Barcelona (1 night) where we take in the architectural treasures including Gaudi's still-incomplete cathedral, La Sagrada Familia, before a stroll through the Gothic Quarter and dinner at one of the city's most renowned paella restaurants.

DAYS 2-3 - VIC
You'll be forgiven if you think you've accidentally ended up in Tuscany, as a mid-day walk leads us through rolling hills to scenic Vic in northern Catalonia (2 nights). We’re fueled by a picnic lunch gathered at a covered market overflowing with local fruits and vegetables. Our parador hotel is a beautifully restored farmhouse with a tempting swimming pool and the casual vibe of country life. Our forays from here include a walk to Santa Pau, a fortified medieval village in Garrotxa Volcanic Park. We'll also visit with a local potter at his workshop and explore the Jewish baths dating to the 11th century.

DAYS 4-7 - GIRONA - BEGUR / BARCELONA
We've scouted a wonderful trail that takes us into the remote village of Girona, whose houses seem to tilt over the River Onyar. And in plenty of time for an afternoon swim, we settle into the luxurious seaside resort at Platja D'aro that is our home for the next three days.

We'll strike out from the nearby town of Pals for our guide's favorite walk past streams and olive groves en route to a village carved out of sheer rock. There's time for a visit to the outlandish Dali museum in Figueres as well. Our final full day is dedicated to the coastal trails of the Costa Brava—from Cap Roig's promontory and botanical garden, along white sand beaches, to the pastel-colored fishing village of Llafranc. Afternoon tea is in a lighthouse on Cap Sant Sebastia overlooking the vibrant blue Mediterranean. On our final morning, we return to Barcelona before parting company.
Picture yourself...
  • Following scenic footpaths to medieval villages
  • Learning time-honored techniques from a master potter
  • Walking craggy coves and beautiful beaches
Barcelona & the Costa Brava
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7 Days / 6 Nights
Starting Point: Barcelona—2:30 pm—hotel lobby

Ending Point: Barcelona—1:00 pm —downtown


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Tour Dates & Prices
Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.
TOUR DATES
TOUR PRICES
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
May 12-18, 2019$4795.00$695.00
June 16-22, 2019$5095.00$695.00
September 15-21, 2019$5095.00$695.00
October 6-12, 2019$5095.00$695.00


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What's Included
  • Accommodations for 7 days and 6 nights at our favorite luxury boutique hotels
  • Full time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip, handle behind-the-scenes logistics and are there to help with anything from haggling for a rug to buying a tube of toothpaste
  • Support vehicle(s)
  • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary.
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
  • Trip literature
  • All land transportation during the trip
• All breakfasts and 5 dinners
Above & Beyond Benefits
  • Invisible Check-In
    When your group arrives, we whisk you and your bags to your room immediately. No waiting – no tipping.
  • Wine on Us
    In many regions, we uncork wonderful local wines at every dinner, compliments of Classic Journeys.
  • Privileged Access Events
    One-of-a-kind access to remarkable people, places and activities arranged just for you.
Barcelona & the Costa Brava
Culture + Walking
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Barcelona and the Costa Brava have a warm, breezy coastal climate. The temperature is generally very temperate, with a daily highs from 68 to 78 degrees and evening temperatures around 60 degrees. As we’ll be spending much of our time along the coast, the warm sunshine is moderated by the winds that blow off the sea.


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Hotels
Yurbban Passage Hotel & Spa

This-4 star superior boutique hotel is located in the city center in area known for its resurgence as the new ‘Soho’ of Barcelona and features a relaxing spa and magnificent rooftop terrace and pool with views of the entire city.

Parador De Vic-sau

With the Guillerías mountains in the background and the Sau reservoir at its feet, this hotel has the traditional air of a Catalan farmhouse. It features spacious rooms with terraces, a well tended garden, and a magnificent pool with great views.

Salles Cala Del Pi

This upscale oceanfront hotel is set on Cala del Pi Bay, overlooking the Mediterranean. Elegant rooms and suites, decorated in traditional Catalan style, feature private balconies. Enjoy a spa treatment or a dip in the pool.

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