Overnight Hotel Ciutat de Prat, Barcelona (B, L)
Brief morning drive to Barcelona. On entering town the bus will take us past a series of monuments designed by the famous Barcelona architect Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926) including Casa Milá (Pedrera), Casa Batlló and Parque Güell with a brief stop and tour of the famous Sagrada Familia church. All of these buildings represent the international Art Nouveau style, but are executed in a distinctively Spanish way, replete with traditional majolica tilework mosaics handled in a wildly unique manner (known as modernismo). Gaudí’s organic and fanciful style became influential in Latin America in the early 20th century.
After a group lunch, we will conclude the day with an afternoon visit to the National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC) to see the world’s finest collection of Romanesque wall murals, including ones removed from the Valles de Boi, Aran, and D’Aneu churches we will have just visited. After our tour of the Romanesque mural galleries, we will be free to visit other galleries of choice on our own to find paintings by Velasquez, Zurburán, Rubens and Tintoretto and Catalan impressionists. Afterwards we will check into our hotel for a free evening and dinner on your own.