You have the day to explore the beautiful city of Barcelona. You have a 24-hour Hop On/Hop Off pass to use as you wish.
Barcelona is the Autonomous Community of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain. Founded as a Roman city, Barcelona today is an important cultural center and a major tourist destination with a rich cultural heritage. Particularly renowned architectural works include the iconic Barcelona Pavilion designed by Mies van der Rohe; the immense but still unfinished church of the Sagrada Família by Antoni Gaudí; and the work of Lluís Domènech i Montaner. The Barri Gòtic ("Gothic Quarter") is the center of the old city of Barcelona where many of the buildings date from medieval times, some from as far back as the Roman settlement of Barcelona. Barcelona is home to 68 municipal parks, with the 45 urban parks alone covering 10% of the city.
Relax for the evening in your hotel.
Again, the day is yours to spend as you wish. An optional day tour of Montserrat can be arranged for you.
Venture to the majestic mountain of Montserrat, where the Royal Basilica of Montserrat houses the Black Madonna - renowned for its healing powers. Take in the majesty of your surroundings in this beautiful landscape. Montserrat's peculiar landscape is thought to be carved by God himself, making it a powerful pilgrimage for many Catholics in Spain. The small village is home to the monastery, some local shops specializing in cheese and wines, and the Boy's Choir.
In the afternoon, you will board a high speed train to Madrid. Upon arrival, you are transferred to the hotel to spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Today, you can wander the streets of Madrid and explore the local culture. If you would like, we can arrange for an optional tour of Avila and Segovia. Tour the beautiful Cathedral in Avila and the famous Aqueduct in Segovia. Segovia is home to a gorgeous cathedral and one of the most spectacular castles in the country, Alcassar. View the Roman aqueduct, which runs 16 km long, with a long-standing history as a home of royals. In Avila, view the fortress built in the 11th century that surrounds the ancient city. The 2500 m wall and 90 fortified towers protect a large number of Romanesque churches, Gothic palaces and 7th century cathedral. Avila is the birthplace of Santa Teresa de Jesus, a mystic woman of the Catholic church. Both cities will leave you speechless with wonder.
What are the passport/visa requirements for travel to Spain?
Please ensure that your passport has at least three blank pages and that it is valid for at least six months beyond your departure date from Spain. Please check with your local embassy regarding visa requirements.
What type of clothing is recommended based on the local weather conditions?
As most of the tours are during the spring, when the weather is warm, leisure style clothing is recommended. Please bring along a jacket or coat for chilly evenings and windy days, and sun protection for warm afternoons. Comfortable walking shoes are a must.
Is the tour accessible to wheelchairs / physical challenges?
Please know that not all hotels/sights are wheelchair accessible; please check with us at the time of booking. Wheelchairs for sightseeing excursions can be made available upon request; kindly advise our office as soon as possible.
How much should I expect to tip?
Tipping is not mandatory, and is left to the sole discretion of the traveler. This is a decision that should be made based on your enjoyment of the journey and the service; however the customary gratuity is around 10%.
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