The Ohio State University Alumni Association

Barcelona Immersion

April 15 – April 23, 2017


Sophisticated Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is the jewel of Spain’s Mediterranean coast. The city’s unique creative spirit has propelled innovations in architecture, art, cuisine and more.

Settle in and begin to explore with a small group of fellow travelers. Discover the Barri Gòtic, the city’s medieval quarter, and marvel at the whimsical genius of architect Anton Gaudí at the Sagrada Familía basilica. Stroll along La Rambla, the charming pedestrian boulevard. Explore the monastery of Montserrat and sample the Penedès region’s renowned cava wine. Tour El Born district and revel in the colorful displays at one of the city’s lively food markets. View the impressive collection of artwork at the Picasso Museum. This innovative program includes a personal Metro Pass, fascinating excursions, educational programs and an extensive meal plan, plus wine with dinner. First-class accommodations are reserved, and there is plenty of free time to pursue your own interests.

Tour highlights and included features

  • Your exclusive Small-Group experience is limited to 28 travelers to maximize your travel experience.
  • Discover Barcelona’s artistic heritage during excursions that highlight the region’s most famous architects and artists, including Antoni Gaudí and Pablo Picasso.
  • A blend of planned excursions and free time allows you to surround yourself in the culture of Barcelona and its environs at your own pace.
  • Three educational lectures provide context and background for your adventures.
  • The Works of Antoni Gaudí, including La Sagrada Familía, are UNESCO World Heritage sites featured in this program.
  • Seven nights in Barcelona, Spain, at the first-class Renaissance Barcelona Hotel.
  • Informative educational programs, presented by local experts, will enhance your insight into the region.
  • All excursions as outlined in your program itinerary.
  • Personal VOX listening device to hear every word from your expert, English-speaking guides.
  • Attend a Welcome Reception and Dinner.
  • Gather for a Farewell Reception and Dinner.
  • Enjoy seven breakfasts, two lunches and three dinners; tea or coffee with all meals, plus wine with dinner.
  • Sample authentic regional specialties during select meals at featured local restaurants.
  • Consultation services of a dedicated Passenger Service Representative prior to departure.
  • Services of an experienced Travel Director throughout your stay.
  • Tipping of excursion guides and drivers.
  • Detailed travel and destination information to assist in planning.
  • Complimentary travel wallet.

Dates April 15 – April 23, 2017

Cost $2,695* (Airfare is not included. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and early booking deadlines. Dates, itineraries, and prices are subject to change.)

Type Land

Region Europe

Activity level


Contact Addie Natalie
800-852-TOUR (8687), ext. 3




Depart for Barcelona, Spain.

Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.

Educational Focus: The History of Catalonia and Barcelona. Discover the fascinating history of this alluring corner of Spain.

Tonight, attend a Welcome Reception and Dinner.

Excursion: The Barri Gòtic. Set out on a walking tour of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, where medieval Barcelona flourished. Stroll along La Rambla, the busy pedestrian boulevard. Visit Plaça St. Jaume, where civic leaders have run the city since Roman times.

Local Flavor: Learn how to make delicious Catalan cuisine during a hands-on cooking class.

Independent Exploration: The afternoon is at leisure.

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Educational Focus: Modernism and Antoni Gaudí. Discuss how the eccentric Catalán architect, Antoni Gaudí, shaped the city of Barcelona with his abstract structures and vibrantly colored tiles.

Excursion: Gaudí’s Barcelona. Visit the modernist, surreal Casa Batlló, a fascinating example of Gaudí’s art nouveau style, along Barcelona’s most stylish boulevard, Passeig de Gràcia. Then head to the La Sagrada Familía, the basilica designed by Gaudí.

Independent Exploration: The afternoon is at leisure.

Local Flavor: Try traditional cuisine tonight at a local restaurant.

Independent Exploration: Explore the city and pursue your own interests.

Excursion: Barcelona — Through the Eyes of Picasso. Follow in Pablo Picasso’s footsteps as you explore Barcelona, which greatly influenced the artist during his formative years. Tour El Born, site of medieval jousting tournaments and trade guilds. See the Santa Maria del Mar, a 14th-century church built in the Gothic style of Catalonia. Stop for a visit at the lively La Boqueria Market, one of the most impressive among the city’s network of 40 food markets. Conclude the walk at the Picasso Museum to see one of the largest collections of works by the influential painter. The museum is housed in five medieval townhouses.

Independent Exploration: The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Excursion: The Monastery of Montserrat and Penedès Wine Country. Visit Montserrat, a ninth-century Benedictine monastery built near dramatic sandstone mountains. Continue to the Penedès wine region, which is best known for producing cava, a sparkling wine.

Local Flavor: Enjoy lunch in a winery.

Educational Focus: Contemporary Catalonia. Learn about life in Catalonia today.

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Educational Focus: Contemporary Catalonia. Learn about life in Catalonia today.

Independent Exploration: Enjoy your final day at leisure in Barcelona. Explore on your own, shop for souvenirs or spend the day in museums and galleries.

Gather with your fellow travelers for a Farewell Reception and Dinner.

Transfer to the airport for the return flights to your gateway city.

*Itinerary subject to change due to local conditions.


Contact Addie Natalie at Ohio State Alumni Tours
Phone: 614-292-2372 or 800-852-TOUR (8687), ext. 3

Space is limited. Book your tour now!