Art & Design in the Heart of Catalonia

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Journey to the heart of Catalan Modernism and Surrealism in this unique exploration of Catalonia’s greatest artistic and architectural visionaries, from Gaudi and Puig to Dali and Domenech i Montaner. Your immersion into the region’s rich design traditions will begin in Barcelona where you will admire the architectural masterpieces that adorn the city before traveling north to the Costa Brava to uncover the region that would inspire Dali’s dreamscapes.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive at Barcelona El-Prat airport where you will be welcomed by your private chauffeur. Depart for the heart of Barcelona for check-in to your luxurious, five-star design hotel located on Barcelona’s famed La Rambla. Enjoy free time to get acquainted with the city before savoring a welcome dinner of regional flavors at a historic taverna located in the Barri Gotic.

Day 2

Set-off on a privately guided tour of Antoni Gaudi’s Barcelona led by an expert architect. Begin with a visit to Gaudi’s most revered architectural masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia, where you will enjoy an inside look at the basilica’s whimsical, swirling blend of Spanish Late Gothic, Catalan Modernism and Art Nouveau architecture, and its extraordinary spiral towers with breath-taking views of the entire city. During your guided exploration of the city you will also visit such important architectural gems as the Passeig de Gracia and Casa Batllo. Along the way, stop for an elegant lunch at a historic eatery housed within a Gaudi-designed building. After lunch, continue your day of touring with a visit to two of Gaudi’s architectural triumphs: the Cripta Colonia Gaudi and Parc Guell.

Day 3

Today you will discover Modernist Barcelona with the help of your resident architect. Begin with an insider’s visit to the Joan Miro museum to admire the artist’s vivid modernist and surrealist works, before enjoying a lunch of typical Catalan specialties. Following lunch, your local expert will take you on an insightful tour of the Jardi Botanic de Barcelona located on Montjuic mountain overlooking the entire city. Next, you will study the unique architecture of the Palau Nacional with its enchanting Magic Fountain, before returning to your hotel for a free evening.

Day 4

In the afternoon, depart with your local expert on an in-depth look at the prolific works of architects Domenech i Montaner and Puig, who would forever change the face of Barcelona. When your private walking tour has concluded, you will return to your hotel to spend the rest of the day at your leisure. In the evening, delight in a dinner of contemporary Catalan flavors inspired by regional ingredients, at a sophisticated restaurant.

Day 5

Depart Barcelona by chauffeur for the illustrious Costa Brava where you will arrive in the enchanting hilltop village of Begur. Check-in to your charming boutique hotel before enjoying free time to explore Begur’s medieval streets lined with artisanal boutiques, gourmet shops and quaint eateries, while admiring its majestic castle perched high above the town. In the evening savor a delightful meal of fresh, seasonal offerings at your hotel’s gourmet restaurant.

Day 6

Today you will discover the land of Dali’s surrealist vision with the help of your local expert. Learn about the artist’s beginnings with an intimate look at his Port Lligat home and studio, before visiting the nearby town of Cadaques where you will enjoy lunch at a sophisticated restaurant celebrated for its dedication to traditional Catalan flavors offered with a fresh, modern point of view. Following lunch you’ll depart by chauffeur for the town of Figueres to visit the Dali Theater Museum where you’ll experience first hand some of the artist’s most intriguing works. After your tour of the museum, you will return by chauffeur to your hotel in Begur for a free evening.

Day 7

Set off by chauffeur for the captivating medieval town of Pals where you will enjoy free time to explore its incredibly preserved historic center featuring original structures from the 11th century. Enjoy lunch in town before returning to Begur by chauffeur to spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 8

Depart the Costa Brava for Barcelona El Prat Airport for your return flight home or the next leg of your trip.

Experiences We Recommend

  • Architect-led private tour of Gaudi's masterpieces including the Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo and Parc Guell
  • Exclusive visit to Domenech i Montaner Modernisme masterpieces includin the Hospital de Sant Pau and Palau de la Música Catalana
  • Puig focused architecture exploration of his most renowned private and civic projects
  • Guided overview of the Joan Miro museum and Pablo Picasso Museum
  • Visit to the Dali Theater Museum in Figueres
  • Guided tour of the Portlligat Museum-House of Salvador Dali

Pricing

The recommended tour length for this sample itinerary is 8 days/7 nights with pricing options beginning at:

  • $6,600 / person* based on double occupancy and a travel party of two
  • $5,100 / person* based on double occupancy and a travel party of four
Please note that the “Share Bred With Friends” preferred pricing program is applied to travel parties of four or more.

*The final price of your custom tour will be determined by your travel party size, departure dates, trip length, amount of meals included, percentage of guided time requested, cities chosen in your itinerary and signature CountryBred excursions selected. This sample itinerary can also be crafted for solo travelers.


Encounters Include

  • Stays at five & four-star boutique luxury hotels
  • Chauffeured transport for touring & transfers
  • Private touring with professional local guides
  • Engaging activities led by cultural experts
  • Signature experiences with insider access
  • Regionally authentic dining
  • Traveler Welcome Package
  • Taxes & base gratuities

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