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Barcelona: The City Experience

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Take in stunning seascapes and cosmopolitan flair in the Catalan capital.

A sparkling city on the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is unrivaled for architectural diversity and cultural vibrancy. From the twisting corridors of the Gothic Quarter to the fanciful creations of Antoni Gaudí, Barcelona is packed with unique elements that are beautiful to behold. This dynamic city will draw you in with its alluring architecture, colorful street life, and hip cafe scene.

Your tour package includes
  • 4 nights in a well-located hotel
  • 4 breakfasts
  • 2 dinners with beer or wine, including a farewell cooking class and dinner
  • Sightseeing tour with a local guide
  • Expert Tour Director
Included highlights
  • Gaudí’s "House of Bones"
  • La Sagrada Família
  • Montjuïc
  • Passeig de Gràcia
  • Mirador de l’Alcalde Park
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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Barcelona today.

Barcelona4 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Barcelona
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to Spain! Transfer to your hotel and enjoy a free afternoon at your leisure before gathering with your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Barcelona
Included meal: Breakfast

Discover why the Catalan capital is touted for its unparalleled architectural landmarks, many of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites.

• Step inside La Sagrada Família, Gaudí’s famous masterwork-in-progress

• Drive along Passeig de Gràcia, past Gaudí’s “House of Bones”

• Stop at Montjuïc, site of the 1992 Olympic Games, and take in the panoramic views at Mirador de l’Alcalde Park

• Pass Plaça d’Espanya, one of the city’s most important squares, and stroll past the soaring Columbus Monument, dedicated to the legendary explorer

Then, take the afternoon to explore the city on your own or add an excursion.

Barcelona Flamenco Show & Tapas
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 4: Free day in Barcelona
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in the city or add an excursion.

Montserrat & Cava Cellars
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 5: Cooking class & farewell dinner
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy another free day in the city or add an excursion this morning.

This evening, head to a local cooking school in the Gothic Quarter to prepare regional dishes alongside a professional chef. Then, enjoy drinking local wine and eating the foods you prepared at a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers.

Park Güell & Hospital de Sant Pau
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 6: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay in Barcelona.

Extension to Barcelona

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
Day 6: Free day in Barcelona
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Barcelona at your leisure or add an excursion.

Picasso & Gothic Barcelona
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 7: Free day in Barcelona
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend another free day in the city or add an excursion this evening.

Tonight, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Barcelona Home-Hosted Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 8: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Dates & prices
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12 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights, and based on two travelers per hotel room.
Mar 7–Mar 12, 2020
Apr 25–Apr 30, 2020
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Jun 20–Jun 25, 2020
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Aug 8–Aug 13, 2020
Sep 12–Sep 17, 2020
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Oct 3–Oct 8, 2020
Nov 7–Nov 12, 2020
Apr 17–Apr 22, 2021
Jun 12–Jun 17, 2021
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Aug 7–Aug 12, 2021
Sep 18–Sep 23, 2021
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Oct 2–Oct 7, 2021
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Lovely Barcelona
by 3rd time traveler 

The tour to Barcelona was super-someone was waiting for us at the airport and we were quickly transported to our hotel. Fabiola is SO nice, friendly and helpful! The hotel is excellent, close to some lovely streets with beautiful architecture, closely to some of Gaudi's architecture. The tour of the...

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by 2nd time traveler 

I thoroughly enjoyed the Barcelona Experience, participating in additional optional tours as well. And I can only sing praises with regard to the Tour Director Fabiola. She invariably went well beyond what a Tour Director is ordinarily responsible for. At the very end of my stay I had a medical e...

Go Ahead Tours replied on 07/11/2019

Dear Helene, Thank you so much for sharing your ex...

Barcelona: The City Experience
by 2nd time traveler 

This is the 2nd tour I have taken with Go Ahead and again they did not disappoint. The itinerary was fabulous and our director and guides were the best! The hotel in my opinion was only average, the location was a bit off the beaten path, they were less than friendly or helpful and the beds were ...

Awesome trip
by 3rd time traveler 

This was absolutely a fabulous trip. I traveled alone, however this trip was great for escorted excursions also great for on your own days. The city is easy to navigate by foot or metro. I felt empowered to venture out and experience the city on my own or sign up for the escorted excursions. The...

Go Ahead Tours replied on 10/23/2018

Dear Shonitra, Thank you for taking the time to wr...

Most Enjoyable
by 3rd time traveler 

I am impressed by the well-organized and cheerfully and knowledgeably led Barcelona tour. Our Tour Director was indefatigably cheerful and unflappable. She was always armed with great stories and facts about the sights and experiences. Our Guide also was highly knowledgeable about the churches, mu...

Go Ahead Tours replied on 09/21/2018

Dear Deborah, Barcelona has so much to offer in te...

Hotels, flights & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.


We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.

Catalonia Eixample 1864

This contemporary hotel is located in the Eixample district. Guests enjoy air conditioning, a swimming pool, and terrace. Nearby, you'll find Montjuïc...

Hotel Catalonia La Pedrera

This contemporary hotel is located in the Gràcia neighborhood. Guests enjoy a pool, Jacuzzi, and WI-Fi. Nearby, you'll find La Pedrera, La Sagrada Fam...


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Barcelona, Spain
Weather averages
High 82°F Low 78°F
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Passport & visa requirements
  • In order to enter Spain, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact your destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
Tour pace
  • You will walk for about 1 hour daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in and depart from Barcelona. A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. 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.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
  • For your convenience, a 3-day Barcelona Metro Pass is also included in the price of your tour.
Baggage allowance
  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that our travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
Clothing & packing tips
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Spain.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at [](
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
  • Catalan cuisine, which can be found in Barcelona, 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. Fresh seafood, hearty meat dishes, cheeses, and locally grown vegetables, such as mushrooms, are culinary mainstays.
Electricity & air conditioning
  • Spain operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and uses Types C, E, or F plugs with two small, round pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones
  • Spain is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.
  • You will use the euro in Spain.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director andthe equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommendthe equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
Purchasing excursions on tour
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information. International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.