Introduction
Instead of taking your family to “the beach,” we recommend THE beach. That’s the Costa Brava on Spain’s gorgeous Mediterranean coast just north of Barcelona. We start in the city with its great Gothic Quarter and off-the-charts Gaudi architecture. There’s time, as well, in countryside that looks more than a little like Tuscany. The walking is great. The villages are soooo old. And our parador is a great family retreat with terrific views and an even more terrific pool. Then we arrive at the main event: Our luxury hotel overlooking the sea and with every amenity your family could hope for. We’ll hit the beaches for sure. But we’ve planned a ton of other pastimes from biking, to exploring Roman ruins, to sea kayaking on some of the clearest, bluest water you’ve ever seen. In the company of our local guide, you’ll all get a great feel for the Catalonian culture—and a mix of excellent eating, energy-burning activities and memorable sightseeing that will make this a way-better-than-the-beach vacation!
The kids will love...
  • Sea kayaking past craggy coves and beautiful beaches
  • Walking scenic footpaths to medieval villages
  • Throwing pots with a master artisan
Itinerary at a glance
DAY 1 - BARCELONA
We meet in Barcelona (1 night), one of the best family cities in Europe. We’ll walk in the mazelike Gothic Quarter, tour the unusual basilica of La Sagrada Familia, and stroll to dinner on La Rambla with its lively mix of street performers.

DAYS 2-3 - VIC
A brief drive out into the Catalonian countryside puts us in the midst of stacked-up stone villages and on a trail to some amazing waterfalls. A scenic one-hour walk lands us in the ancient town of Vic and our 4-star boutique parador (2 nights). The views are great—out to the Pyrenees and overlooking a wide valley. From here we’ll take sojourns into Europe’s largest region of extinct volcanoes…throw pots with our potter friend in Santa Pau…and visit a 10th century monastery that looks more like castle.

DAYS 4-7 - GIRONA - BEGUR / BARCELONA
In Girona, you’ll wonder how the orange houses lean over the river without falling in. And a guided afternoon bike ride on pave trails winds through the hills to give us our first look at the Costa Brava and the bright blue Mediterranean. Our hotel (3 nights) has great views of the sea…and an excellent swimming pool on its grounds. It’s the perfect base to go exploring Empuries, where we get to walk among ancient Greek and Roman ruins. We’ll also visit the out-there Dali Museum. And a cool, morning sea-kayak paddle takes us along the coast, with time to hang out on the beach and get into a spectacular cave. Our time together ends back in Barcelona.
Barcelona & the Costa Brava
Family Journey
7 Days / 6 Nights
Starting Point: Barcelona—2:30 pm—hotel lobby

Ending Point: Barcelona—1:00 pm – hotel lobby

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Guest Reviews
“We loved Ricardo. He made our experience interesting, comfortable and meaningful. He related to all 4 of us. Our daughters enjoyed talking to Ricardo in English and Spanish. He is articulate, knowledgeable, arranged for great guides and tours and is easy to be with.”
Vicki D., Denver, CO

“We loved that we didn't have to plan anything and our days were filled with fun activities, opportunities for learning and quality time spent together everyday.”
Leslie N.

“Classic Journeys excels in providing exceptional guides familiar with the local area.”
Bert and Jo Ann E.

“Traveling with Classic Journeys is the ideal way to see and immerse oneself in the local atmosphere.”
Nancy R.

“Having traveled several times with other tour companies, the amazing thing about Classic Journeys was that for the first time we felt not like tourists, but like we were visiting family everywhere we went.”
Peter B. and Judith O.

Barcelona & the Costa Brava
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Logistics made easy
On our Barclona vacation, we eliminate your logistical concerns. We take care of all the details from sea kayaks to bicycle guides so you can focus on the fascinating culture and the days full of fun activities.
Our small groups offer more options
Fewer guests give us more flexibility on our Barcelona tours and everywhere in Spain we vacation. We always offer alternate walks, time off for relaxing, and other options at no extra cost.
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
July 10-16, 2016$4595.00$695.00
August 7-13, 2016$4595.00$695.00
July 9-15, 2017$4695.00$695.00
August 6-12, 2017$4695.00$695.00
  • 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
Barcelona & the Costa Brava
Family Journey
7 Days / 6 Nights
Barcelona and the Costa Brava have a warm, breezy coastal climate. We’ll be spending much of our time along the coast where the warm sunshine is moderated by the winds that blow off the sea.

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when sharing a room with two full-paying guests
Kids ages 11-16 receive a $500 discount; ages 7-10 receive a $750 discount; ages 3-6 receive a $1250 discount; ages 2 and younger receive a $1750 discount. When sharing a room with one full-paying guest, kids receive a $250 discount.
Hotels
Ohla Hotel

This 5-star boutique hotel's avant-garde interior design is a lively contrast to its historic neoclassic façade. Right in the heart of Barcelona, you're just steps from landmarks and shopping. Check out the skyline from the rooftop infinity pool.

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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Logistics made easy
On our Barclona vacation, we eliminate your logistical concerns. We take care of all the details from sea kayaks to bicycle guides so you can focus on the fascinating culture and the days full of fun activities.
Our small groups offer more options
Fewer guests give us more flexibility on our Barcelona tours and everywhere in Spain we vacation. We always offer alternate walks, time off for relaxing, and other options at no extra cost.
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