Music Holidays + Performances in Barcelona (Sample Itinerary)
DAY 1: Arrival in Barcelona
We will be met at the airport by our tour manager and immediately transferred to the hotel, which is located in the heart of Barcelona. Depending upon our arrival time, we will enjoy dinner at the hotel, and have the rest of the day to relax.
DAY 2: Excursion to Girona and Figueres - First Concert
Our day begins with breakfast at the hotel and then we board our private coach for a full day of sighting beginning with Girona. Close to Barcelona and halfway between the sea and the mountains,Girona enjoys a privileged position and preserves some of the most valuable heritage sites in Catalonia. We will explore the old fortifications, which include the largest piece of wall in the western world that dates back to the time of Charlemagne.
We will walk the old Jewish Quarters and get a taste of thetreasured antiquity of the area. Finally, we will visit the Cathedral, which is the widest Gothic aprons in the world, with its 23 meters of free space. We will also have some time to view the Gothic and Romanesque buildings and some of the smaller museums. In the afternoon, we will visit the Dali Theater Museum in Figueres. As you may already know, there are three important museums related to Salvador Dali, and this one is considered the most representative and spectacular. The museum was inaugurated in 1974, built upon the remains of the former Figueres Theater. It contains the broadest range of works spanning the artistic career of Dalí. We will have some free time to wander and explore Figueres before heading back to our hotel for dinner and a relaxing evening.
First concert performance.
DAY 3: Half-day Tour to Montserrat
After having a late concert performance the night before, we will have a free morning to relax or visit the city on your own. In the afternoon, we will visit the famous Basilica at Monserrat. There has been a church here since the 11th century, but the present church was built in the 1850's. The basilica itself is ringed with interesting chapels, but the focus is on the Black Virgin (La Moreneta) sitting high above the main altar. You will have the opportunity to join the lines of pilgrims who wait to touch the royal orb with one hand and raise their other hand as a sign of acceptance and commitment to Christ. We will have time to walk the grounds and visit the various devotional chapels. Dinner will be at the hotel, and the evening is free for you to relax and enjoy.
DAY 4: Afternoon in Arenys de Mar - Second concert
This morning is yours to explore Barcelona. Take full advantage of your metro pass, and explore the impressive Old City (Gothic) at your own pace. Visit the main Cathedral or the Picasso Museum. Shoppers will love Las Ramblas and the Boqueria market. This afternoon we will visit Arenys de Mar with time to explore the local city. Dinner will be at a special restaurant and our concert will be in the late evening.
Second concert performance.
DAY 5: Cava's Tour
Given the late night concert performance, the morning is yours to relax and enjoy the beauty of Barcelona.Also optional excursions are available if you'd like to have a guided visit of interesting points of the area. In the afternoon we will enjoy a special Cavas Tour at the Codorniu Cellars. The Codorniu family goes back to the middle of the sixteenth century and has been in wine making for over 500 years. In 1659 the Codorniu family was united with the Raventos, another wine-making family, through marriage. It was not until 1872 that Jose Raventos made the first bottle of sparkling wine in Spain using the traditional method, and the tradition continues to the present day. You will learn the process used for making Champaign and have the opportunity to taste some of their amazing products. Dinner will be on your own, and the evening is yours to enjoy some of the nightlife of Barcelona.
DAY 6: Barcelona - Third Concert
This morning we get an early start as we visit Gaudí's Barcelona. Our tour begins with a visit to one of the most popular and fascinating buildings of this artist. Our discovery begins at Par Guelland then continues on to the Sagrada Familia, the unfinished church that consumed the better part of Gaudi's life until his death. Included in our visit La Pedrera and La Casa Batllo both of which are situated in Paseo de Gracia, another Gaudi creation. In the afternoon, we will head to the Jesuit Church for our final rehearsal and concert performance. We will meet for dinner prior to the concert.
Third and final concert performance.
DAY 7: Barcelona - Free Day
Today is yours to enjoy. You may want to attend Sunday Mass at the Cathedral and participate in the Sardanas Dances held around the Cathedral in the afternoon. Maybe you want to enjoy a Tapas Crawl, and taste a variety of local cuisines. We can organize for you a Spanish Cuisine Workshop, visit to Torres Wine Cellar, or any other activity that you wish to do in the area. This evening we will have dinner and enjoy thepageantry and power of the Flamenco. This music-and-dance art form has its roots in the Roma (Gypsy) and Moorish cultures. Like jazz, flamenco thrives on improvisation, and good flamenco is much more than just technical proficiency. The soul and passion of the dancer and musician entice the crowd, and the sparks do fly. What a wonderful way to enjoy our last night together.
Transfer from Hotel to Barcelona Airport. Check in at the airline desk and end of our services.