9 Days Bilbao to Barcelona.
Highlights Include: Guggenheim Museum, Prado Museum, Sagrada Familia, and Dali Theatre Museum.
A must for art-lovers, this tour includes many of the important sites associated with the vibrant world of Spanish art. Your specialist guide is an expert and enthusiast and will lead you on an inspiring journey from Bilbao to San Sebastián and on to Madrid and Barcelona as you witness some remarkable works of art and architecture, learning about the history and aspirations of famous Spanish artists such as Picasso, El Greco, Goya, Gaudi, Miró and Dali, to name a few.
Spanish Art Tour
DAY 1 ARRIVE IN BILBAO, SPAIN: Your tour begins with a welcome dinner at your hotel featuring delicious Basque specialties. Overnight in Bilbao.
Hotel Name: Lopez de Haro. (D)
DAY 2 BILBAO: Discover the Guggenheim Museum with your guide this morning, a shining titanium masterpiece created by Frank Gehry. This afternoon visit the superb Museo de Bellas Artes. Exploring the charming Old Quarter you will also have the opportunity to visit the city’s vibrant indoor food market, El Mercado de la Ribera. Overnight in Bilbao.
Hotel Name: Lopez de Haro. (B)
DAY 3 BILBAO / SAN SEBASTIÁN: Head east to San Sebastián today and stroll through the fascinating Old Town accompanied by your guide, full of winding alleys tucked away between the delightful bay and the Rio Urumea. Also enjoy panoramic views of the coast from the top of Monte Urgull. The Chillida Leku Museum, a short ride outside the city, is a work of the internationally renowned sculptor, Eduardo Chillida, who designed this beautiful wooded park to display his art in the very landscape that inspired him; a private visit has been arranged for us. Overnight in San Sebastián.
Hotel Name: Hotel de Londres y de Angleterre. (B/L)
DAY 4 SAN SEBASTIÁN / BURGOS / MADRID: Based on the former Spanish Royal Collection, the Prado features one of the world’s finest collections of European Art from the 12th century to the early 19th century. During your guided visit view works by Spain’s three great masters: Goya, Velázquez and El Greco. This afternoon browse the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and its collection of nearly 1,000 paintings donated by a Swiss industrial magnate and his widow. The collection charts the development of Western art from the 13th to the 20th century and two halls are devoted to the Impressionists and the Post-Impressionists.
Hotel Name: NH Paseo del Prado. (B)
DAY 6 MADRID / BARCELONA: This morning travel by high-speed train to Barcelona. Drive up to the Montjuic for lunch whilst enjoying superb views over the city. Later visit the Joan Miró Foundation, an impressive collection set in the extraordinary building designed by Miró’s friend, Josep Lluis Sert. Afterwards, trace the history of Catalan art from the Romanesque period to the mid-20th century during your visit to the Catalonian National Museum of Art. Overnight in Barcelona.
Hotel Name: Renaissance Barcelona Hotel. (B/L)
DAY 7 BARCELONA: Today’s guided tour will focus on the eccentric ‘moderniste’ genius Antoni Gaudí. In the Passeig de Gracia the remarkable, mosaic covered Casa Batlló really stands out and, across the street the undulating façade of Casa Milà (La Pedrera) fronts another inspirational building. Later, stroll through Güell Park where Gaudi himself lived for many years. Only one of the planned villas was ever built but the trees of stone, the mythical mosaic dragon and the hall of columns are sure to delight and amaze. Continue to the vast basilica of the Sagrada Familia which was Gaudi’s most cherished and ambitious project. Construction continues and it is possible to walk through the nave still filled with scaffolding and see how this mighty church is taking shape. There will be time to visit the Picasso Museum this evening before dining at the hotel.
Hotel Name: Renaissance Barcelona Hotel. (B/D)
DAY 8 BARCELONA / FIGUERES / CADAQUÉS / BARCELONA: Journey north to Figueres today to visit the Dali Theatre Museum designed by the artist himself to contain his wealth of surrealist masterpieces. Later, drive to the quaint fishing town of Cadaqués for lunch independently before visiting the House Museum of Salvador Dalí at Port Lligat. Return to the hotel at the end of the day for your farewell dinner.
Hotel Name: Renaissance Barcelona Hotel. (B/D)
DAY 9 BARCELONA / USA: Transfer to the Barcelona airport to board your home-bound flight. (B)
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