Barcelona: The City Experience

6 days / City Stays
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About This Experience

A sparkling city on the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is unrivaled for architectural diversity and cultural vibrancy. From the twisting corridors of the Barri Gòtic to the fanciful creations of Antoni Gaudí, Barcelona is packed with buildings that are beautiful to behold. Even if architecture is not your thing, this dynamic city will draw you in with its colorful street life and hip cafe scene.

Your Tour Includes

  • Round-trip airfare & hotel transfers

  • 4 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 1 three-course dinner with beer or wine

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Select entrance fees

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  • Barcelona, Spain
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Overnight Flight1 night

Day1

Count down to the City of Counts on your overnight flight

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Barcelona aboard an internationally recognized airline.

Barcelona4 nights - hotel info

Day2

Jump into Barcelona—cosmopolitan, cultured capital of Catalonia

Breakfast (in flight), Dinner

Welcome to Barcelona! A Go Ahead representative escorts you to your hotel. The afternoon is free to explore before an included welcome dinner.

Day3

Gaudí’s inspired creations will daze and delight

Optional Excursion - Park Güell & Pedrera

Breakfast

La Sagrada Família

A professional local guide leads a sightseeing tour of Barcelona, featuring a visit inside La Sagrada Família (Church of the Holy Family), Gaudí’s famous landmark. As you travel around the city, take in panoramic views of the Columbus Monument, the 14th-century Gothic Quarter and Montjuïc, where much of the 1992 summer Olympic Games took place. In the afternoon, consider joining an optional tour to another Gaudí creation, Park Güell, a garden village nestled in the heart of the city.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Park Güell & Pedrera $79* pp

On today’s excursion, discover the magnificent works of Antoni Gaudí, the famed Spanish architect known for his bold, distinct designs. Casa Milà is the first stop. Take a guided tour of this building, popularly known as La Pedrera, built by Gaudí between 1905 and 1910. Everything about the building is visually unique, from the wave-like stone structure and grandly designed roof to the apartment that reflects the style of the 20th century bourgeois. Next, you’ll head to Park Güell, also designed by Gaudí. Your guide will lead you through the park, which contains stunning buildings, intricate stonework and colorful mosaics. At the top of the park, marvel at the brilliant views of Barcelona.

Day4

Expand your artistic horizons in the hometown of Salvador Dalí

Optional Excursion - The Dalí Museum & Costa Brava

Optional Excursion - Flamenco Dinner Show

Breakfast

Today is free to explore Barcelona at leisure. Perhaps you'll interact with the street performers on La Rambla, or enjoy a picnic lunch atop Montjuïc. Consider joining this morning's optional excursion to the Dalí Museum in nearby Figueres, or this evening's optional Flamenco Dinner Show.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Optional Excursions

The Dalí Museum & Costa Brava $79* pp

Venture north of Barcelona for a visit to Figueres, the hometown of Salvador Dalí. Take a guided tour of the Dalí Theatre-Museum, a collection of the artist’s works housed in the town’s former municipal theatre. This is the largest single collection of Dalí’s works anywhere, and the artist himself is buried in a crypt beneath the museum. Afterward, stroll around the artist's hometown to learn more about where he was born and what his everyday life was like. Enjoy some free time here to grab lunch before departure. On the way back to Barcelona, stop in the village of Tossa del Mar along the Costa Brava to explore on your own. Please note: This excursion requires advanced reservation and must be booked by 20 days prior to departure.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Flamenco Dinner Show $109* pp

The clapping, the singing, the stamping—experience the dramatic art of flamenco dancing, one of Spain’s most celebrated traditions. Expressive and colorful, this Andalucian style of dance combines guitar playing (toque), song (cante) and rhythmic handclaps (palmas). Dinner will be served before the performance.

Day5

Take a pilgrimage to Montserrat and celebrate with cava

Optional Excursion - Montserrat & Cava Cellars

Breakfast

Enjoy another day at leisure. You might enjoy our optional excursion to the world-renowned monastery at Montserrat, followed by a wine tasting.

Optional Excursions

Montserrat & Cava Cellars $69* pp

Step outside Barcelona this morning on a journey to the Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, located about an hour north of the city. After a guided tour, you’ll be free to explore this mountainous enclave on your own. Choose to visit la Moreneta, the Black Madonna for which the abbey is famous. Or, ride the St. Joan cable car to the heights of Montserrat, where you’ll find sweeping views of Catalonia. If you're lucky, you may be able to hear a performance of L’Escolania, the boys’ choir that practices daily at the abbey. Later, drive to cava wine country where you'll descend into a wine cellar to learn about the production of cava and taste the sparkling white wine for which Spain is famous.

Day6

Order your last sangria and drink a toast to all things Catalan

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your return flight home.

Extend Your Stay

Add Barcelona $299*

From the twisting Gothic quarter to the whimsical creations of Antoni Gaudí and the visionary beauty of Eixample, Barcelona's architectural eye candy has no equal. And its music, theater, art, gastronomy and fashion set the pace for European style. (Plus, its nightlife will have you dancing until dawn.)

Barcelona2 nights - hotel info

Day6

Explore the medieval streets and churches of the Gothic Quarter

Optional Excursion - Picasso & Gothic Barcelona

Breakfast

Today is free to discover the capital of Catalonia however you please. Consider our optional Picasso & Gothic Barcelona excursion.

Optional Excursions

Picasso & Gothic Barcelona $65* pp

On today’s excursion, visit Barcelona's Picasso Museum. You’ll also venture to the Barri Gòtic, home to the city's massive cathedral. Commonly referred to as La Seu, the Cathedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia (named after the city’s patron saint), the cathedral opens its doors to you on a guided tour.

Day7

Wander the vibrant city squares or venture off to Colonia Güell

Optional Excursion - Colonia Guell: Gaudis Hidden Gems

Breakfast

Spend your final day in Barcelona however you'd like. You may also enjoy an optional excursion to Colonia Güell, home of Gaudi’s hidden gems.

Optional Excursions

Colonia Guell: Gaudis Hidden Gems $89* pp

Head to the outskirts of Barcelona to Colonia Güell, a former industrial village filled with modernist architecture, mostly designed by Antoni Gaudí. Take a sightseeing tour of the village, including Gaudí’s Crypt, an unfinished church with a maze of naves, leaning pillars and interesting textures. This architecture laid the groundwork for much of Gaudí’s signature techniques used on the Sagrada Família.

Day8

Say adios to beautiful, bustling Barcelona

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A  Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your return flight home.

Passport & Visa Requirements

In order to enter Spain, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, please contact the Spanish consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Be advised that most domestic airlines impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage, and that you are responsible for any such costs. Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing

Light, loose-fitting clothing that provides comfort when exploring the sights is essential for your tour. A sun hat, sunglasses and a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers are recommended for sightseeing. It’s a good idea to be prepared for any eventuality—a lightweight jacket and emergency rainwear are advised. If you plan to visit an especially elegant restaurant or attend the theater, you will probably feel more comfortable wearing more formal clothing. Also, remember that it is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).

Currency

The euro is the currency you will be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in Spain, although it is worth ordering some euros from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We advise that you take credit cards/debit cards, as needed. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges. Please note: If you are venturing outside Barcelona to more rural locations on your stay, credit/debit cards may not be accepted.

Cuisine

Catalonian cuisine is markedly different from food in other parts of Spain. Nearly every restaurant will offer pa amb tomàquet—toasted bread with tomato and olive oil—as an appetizer. Hearty stews such as escudella and ollada are paired with local vegetable dishes such as escalivada and calçots con romesco. Crema Catalan is the best-known local dessert, but you won’t have to look far to indulge your sweet tooth.

Arrival & Transportation Information

Round-trip flights arrive in and depart from Barcelona. When you first arrive in Barcelona, a Go Ahead representative will meet you after clearing customs. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it is customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

Beautiful City with Best tour Guide

To see a beautiful Catalona Spainish city one must see Barcelona! Our tour guide Rafi was born near Barcelona and knows it inside out. Walk down Las Ramblas for an enjoyable stroll at any time of the day or night which we did often. A must see is La Sagrada Familia Cathedral - We have seen many European cathedrals but this church moved me to tears! Unbelievable! Antoni Gaudi's creative palatte, Barcelona offers so many opportunities for art and architectural masterpieces! A side trip to Montserrat was a beautiful addition to experience the Catalonian countryside. We went in November when the weather was perfect and less crowds. Rafi can answer all your questions and tell you the best sights to see in Barcelona.

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5 / 5

Traveled On: 11/9/2013

Number of Past Tours: 12

From: CO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

WONDERFUL BARCELONA

HOTEL WAS GREAT LOCATION AND HELPFUL STAFF, TOUR DIRECTOR, RIFA, WAS EXCEPTIONAL, AND LOVED BARCELONA.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 11/9/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: WI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Exceptional Tour Director

If it wasn't for Rafi the tour would have gotten one or two less stars. She is delightful, knowledgeable, energetic, extremely helpful Director. From the moment she spotted us at the unbelievably clean airport in Barcelona to the day she accompanied us back she made our experience special. We became a close knit group at the arrival day evening meeting which included cava, a sparkling wine popular in Barcelona. Dinner at Balthazaar, a close walk from our hotel, was excellent. The half a day tour the following day set the tone for our trip. Rafi's handouts included ideas of what to do in your free time, a list of restaurants near the hotel, translations of words on a tapas menu and other necessary Catalan words plus a map showing the location of our hotel. We had all this plus Rafi every morning at breakfast (included) to ask how to get somewhere, places to eat on Las Ramblas, make a phone call for us for further information, etc. In addition, Rafi told us about the flags suspended from balconies, the education system, the process to go though to get a license. All very different and fascinating to us. The location of the hotel could not have been better. It was in an upscale part of Barcelona a short walk to Gaudi buildings, a convenience store across the street, a few steps to the underground, a few blocks from the famous Passeg de Gracie. However, our room was a disappointment. The couch was torn with the insides coming out, the bathroom sink was cracked, there was no walk in shower, no way to make a cup of coffee in the morning. There was however a much needed and used locked safe in the room and a small refrigerator that leaked. We tried to upgrade to a superior room but unfortunately they were booked. The guided tours to Dali Museum, Costa Brava, Montserrst and the Codorniu Cellers were the best. Unfortunately it was very crowded in October which made navigating a museum with a very informative guide difficult. We especially liked the combination of having an excellent tour director to get us to and from the airport, handling our luggage, and giving us ideas along with the great amount of free time to do whatever interested us. It is the combination of included half day tour, with optional tours and a lot of free time that would make us try a city tour in the future.

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4 / 5

Traveled On: 9/28/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Super Tour Director

Lourdes was charming, knowledgeable, resourceful and entertaining. She kept us all very well informed about Barcelona and its environs!

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/25/2013

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: WA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

I love Barcelona

This tour was very good, tour director was very nice, helpful, thoughtful.

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/29/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

poor for Airport, not ready for handicaped

After having a great time in Spain, I had a very bad experience at the airport for returning home. I had requested a wheel chair prior to my trip. When I got to the airport, I was told to stand in a long line for a boarding pass. I was just so, so tired. When I got my boarding pass, I was told to stand in another line, still no wheel chair after making my request known. After I checked my bag, I was instructed to sit and wait for a wheel chair , it did not show after 20 min. I ended up walking, against Dr's orders not to walk on my feet. I will not go to that airport again. Thank you

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/29/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

GoAhead hits another homerun thanks to Lourdes!

I had an amazing time on my recent trip to Barcelona. My tour director Lourdes was more than helpful in ensuring my time was well spent and that I made the most of such a great city. The Welcome Dinner was phenomenal, the tour guides were great, and the excursions were well worth the extra expense. I highly recommend the excursion Montserrat!! It has SO much to offer... touching the foot of the Madonna, breathtaking views, hikes(or funicular rides) to greater heights, and the list goes on. After hiking to a small chapel above the monastery I was awe struck by the beauty of the landscape. I cant find the words to justly describe it. My only suggestion to GoAhead would be to make this excursion longer. There were just so many great things to do and I wished I could have stayed longer. The flamenco show was another really great time had by all. The evening starting with authentic Spanish cuisine that was delicious and concluded with an amazing performance. You don't have to understand the language to appreciate the passion and energy involved. The trip ended perfectly with a drink on a beautiful terrace overlooking all of Barcelona. Again I must thank Lourdes for all her assistance, she really made this trip one to remember.

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5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/29/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Bravo Barcelona

This was a fabulous trip and our guide, Rafi was wonderful! I thought the optional excursion to Montserrat would have been better without the winery excursion tacked on at the beginning. I guess I didn't realise that I had signed up for two full day excursions,leaving me with only 3 full days in Barcelona. One more day would have been even better. I loved the Dali Museum and DID like very much the added trip to the Costa Brava and the coastal town of Cossa De Mar. The restaurant chosen for the weIcome dinner, Balthazar's, was wonderful, great food and great atomosphere. I also had an lovely dinner at La Flauta on my last night and that was wonderful as well. Enjoyed all of the Gaudi buildings and was particularly glad the I did go inside "The Dragon House", it was my most favorite thing-- I didn't want to leave. The music Palace of Catalomia was also very beautiful, stained glass and many terracotta or porcelain floral ornamentations and lots of light making it uncharacteristic of most concert halls,so the tour there was also worthwhile. Shopping was fun and I bought Espadrilles at the place that's been making them forever, I think they were invented here. The history tour of the Bari Gothic was interesting and it was worthwhile seeing the catherdral and environs where Christopher Columbus met with Ferdinand and Isabella. the location of the hotel was quite convenient and close to both Casa Mila, Casa Batllo and the sagrad Familia. Also shops and restaurants. My sense of direction failed me a bit - it seems i wasn't the only one who started walking the wrong way on Diagonal. It helped when I realized that in most places there is a slight slope toward the sea.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/13/2013

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Barcelona- The City Experience

Our holiday was awesome from the time our tour director, Rafaela, picked us up until the morning she escorted us to the airport for our return flight. The hotel was centrally located and close to a Metro station. The hotel was clean and the staff were extremely efficient and helpful when asked for guidance. Our tour director went out of her way to make sure everyone's needs were met and that we were all satisfied. She was extremely knowledgeable about her city and her personality was charming. The 1/2 day city tour of Barcelona was very good. Such beautiful sights. The optional tour to the Dali Museaum was wonderful as well and our local guide's knowledge of Salvador Dali was quite extensive. It was just a marvelous vacation. Thank you Go Ahead Tours!

4 / 5

Traveled On: 4/13/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Beautiful Barcelona

Barcelona is a beautiful city with much to do and interesting sites to see. Beware of thieves as statistics indicate that tourists are robber at the rate of 31 per hour (my husband was one of them). The robbery occurred on our last day which did not end our trip on a good note. This had nothing to do with Go Ahead or our tour director, Lourdes, who was extremely helpful and went out of her way to show us around her city. The only tour we were disappointed in was the Cava wine cellars as we personally would have preferred to stay in Monserret longer as there was much more that we wanted to see there but time did not permit. The best night was the flamingo dancers and dinner. Great food and wonderful entertainment.

4 / 5

Traveled On: 9/22/2012

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

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