Day 1 in Barcelona

Welcome to Barcelona! Upon arrival, you will go through customs and immigration. Should you opt to purchase a transfer to your hotel; a representative will be waiting for you as you exit immigration. Arrive at your hotel, check in and do not give in to jet lag! There is so much for you to see and do!

This afternoon, make your way to Plaça de Catalunya, the cultural center of Barcelona, to enjoy tapas (or just a coffee) in one of the many open-air cafes that are located here. Afterwards, we recommend that you get acquainted with the city by choosing the optional tour 'Barcelona Hop-on Hop-off Tour: North to South Route', where you can discover the main sights of the city along three routes.

Later, enjoy an evening stroll along La Rambla (a favorite activity for locals and visitors alike) to the Mirador de Colon before heading to Barceloneta, the city's stylishly renovated waterfront. The relaxed atmosphere of this area makes it a great spot to sip drinks and savor a delicious seafood dinner while planning the rest of your stay in this charismatic city.

Day 2 in Barcelona

This morning, we suggest you start with the optional tour 'Barcelona Gothic Quarter Morning Walking Tour' where you will have a chance to explore the streets, squares, hidden corners and charming architecture of the Barri Gòtic, including the Catedral and the Palau del Rei. Afterwards, take some free time to shop in the area and stop for lunch at Barcelona's oldest restaurant, Can Culleretes (established in 1786).

Following lunch, we recommend the optional tour 'Artistic Barcelona Including Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia and Skip-the-Line Entry to Park Guell', which showcases the moderniste masterpieces of Catalonian architect, Antoni Gaudi. You will visit the famous Sagrada Familia cathedral and Parc Güell, Gaudi's whimsical fairytale-like park that has been designated an Unesco World Heritage Site. From here, you will continue to Passeig de Gràcia and visit the Manzana de la Discordia with Gaudi's Casa Batlló (as well as Casa Amatller, Casa Lleo Morera) and another Gaudí gem, Casa Milà (popularly known as La Pedrera).

After a busy day of sightseeing, leisurely explore L'Eixample, the 19th century district that expanded the city beyond the congested Barri Gòtic and Ciutat Vella. Stroll (and shop) Barcelona's widest avenue, the Passeig de Gràcia, before indulging on Catalan cuisine at Casa Calvet, a Gaudí-designed restaurant.

Day 3 in Barcelona

Wake up early this morning and head to the Parc de la Ciutadella with its botanical gardens and zoo followed by a visit to La Ribera and the Museu Picasso, by far the most popular art museum in the city! Although the Picasso museum in Barcelona does not house the most famous Picasso paintings, the collection in Barcelona is unique, featuring early sketches and lesser known works, which show his development as an artist.

Now is a good time to stop and enjoy coffee and pastries at the Tèxtil Café, a delightful little spot tucked into the patio of the 14th century mansion containing the Museu Tèxtil. After a bit of refreshment, it's off to the Santa María del Mar. With its soaring vaults and colorful stained-glass windows, this cathedral is one of the best preserved Gothic monuments in the city.

Finally, make your way to Montjuic hill and Poble Espanyol de Barcelona, which was built for the 1929 World Fair held in Barcelona. You can spend the rest of the day here admiring the art at the Fundació de Joan Miró and the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC), which is housed in the grandiose national palace. You can also see the buildings of the Anella Olímpica from the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. At the summit you will find Montjuïc Castle and some of the best views of Barcelona. And for the grand finale - do not miss an evening show at the Magic Fountain. The spectacle of music, light and water is truly amazing and the perfect way to end your stay in beautiful Barcelona.

Additional Days in Barcelona

Should you be able to spend additional days in Barcelona, then you may want to catch the metro up to Pedralbes to visit the monastery and palace. Then continue by funicular up to Tibidabo for the best panoramic views of the city and coast stretching north toward the Costa Brava. Here, the Sagrat Cor (Holy Heart) church is built in a neo-Gothic style; and its silhouette can be seen from so far away that it has become one of the city's most familiar landmarks. This is one of the few places in the world where you'll find a church next to an amusement park. Afterwards, wander around the adjoining Collserola Park.

The most popular day trip from Barcelona is 'Montserrat Royal Basilica Half Day Trip from Barcelona'. This Benedictine monastery remains the religious center of Catalonia with thousands of pilgrims visiting annually. You may also enjoy the 'Girona, Figueres and Dali Museum Day Trip from Barcelona', where you will visit the amazing world of Salvador Dalí, the father of surrealism, at his landmark Teatro-Museo Dali. The 'Full Day Freixenet Cava Cellars, Sitges and Bacardi House Tour from Barcelona' includes a visit to the Freixenet cava cellars (where you can taste the different cavas of the Freixenet range) as well as a trip to Sitges, one of the most picturesque villages on the Catalan coast. Be sure to check our optional sightseeing tours for availability and prices.

Your Last Day in Barcelona

Depart your hotel for the airport for your return home. We recommend that you purchase a private transfer, if so a representative will meet you at the hotel, in time to take you to the airport for your flight out.