Barcelona & the Costa Brava
Family
7 Days / 6 Nights
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 historic districts, fun street life 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 hotel 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!
Itinerary at a glance
DAY 1 - BARCELONA
You meet in Barcelona (1 night), one of the best family cities in Europe. You’ll walk in the historic districts and take in the fun street life on Las Ramblas and tour the unusual basilica of La Sagrada Familia.

DAYS 2-3 - GIRONA
A brief drive out into the Catalonian countryside puts you in the midst of stacked-up stone villages and on a trail to take in the picturesque landscape. After exploring the medieval town of Besalu you'll check in to your 4-star hotel (2 nights). The views are great—out to the Pyrenees and overlooking a wide valley. From here you’ll visit the ancient walled city of Girona and wonder how the pastel-colored houses lean over the river without falling in... and meet a local artisan friend.

DAYS 4-7 - PLATJA D'ARO / BARCELONA
After a guided morning bike ride through the countryside, you'll get your first look at the Costa Brava and the bright blue Mediterranean. Your 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 Empúries, where you get to walk among ancient Greek and Roman ruins. You’ll also visit the out-there Dali Museum. And a cool, morning sea-kayak paddle takes you along the coast, with time to hang out on the beach and get into a spectacular cave. Your time together ends back in Barcelona.
Starting Point: Barcelona—2:30 pm—hotel lobby
Ending Point: Barcelona—1:00 pm – hotel lobby

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The kids will love...
  • Sea kayaking past craggy coves and beautiful beaches
  • Walking scenic footpaths to medieval villages
  • Watching a master artisan at work


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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.

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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
July 4-10, 2021$5095.00$695.00
August 1-7, 2021$5095.00$695.00


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What's Included
  • Accommodations for 7 days and 6 nights
  • Support vehicle(s)
  • Trip literature
• All breakfasts and 5 dinners
​​​​​​​• Full-time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip and handle behind-the-scenes logistics
• Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary
• Gratuities for hotels, meals, and baggage
• All land transportation during the trip
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
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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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Accommodations
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Duquesa de Cardona

Located near La Rambla and the Gothic Quarter, this historic 16th century building was once home to nobility. Restored in 1850 and converted into a luxury hotel in 2003, the hotel's decor blends the original style with Barcelona's distinctive flair.

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Casa Anamaria

In the heart of the Girona province, with the Pyrenees mountains in the background, this hotel is housed in a magnificent Patrician villa. It features charming rooms, a well-tended garden, and a salt water swimming pool with great views.

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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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