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Barcelona and Catalonia
8 days - by Air

Price from £699.00 per person*
Departs 5th Oct 2017

Single person supplement : £150.00 per person

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There's nowhere quite like Barcelona.

For a start it's got bridges but no river. It has a mountain, and some of the world's best beaches. It is at least four cities inside each other, like history enclosed in matryoshka dolls. It has enormous boulevards lined with trees that light up at night like rows of princesses in pearl tiaras. It has its own language, fiercely preserved from the Middle Ages. Most obviously, it is architecturally exuberant, wild, ancient, futuristic, experimental, even downright wacky.

Walk the heights of Montjuïc with its Olympic stadium and sweeping vistas over the city. Wander the old Gràcia district and explore Parc Güell, a magical, through–the–looking–glass park with buildings and structures designed by Antonio Gaudí. There are other famous Gaudís in the Gràcia area, and nearby the stupendous Sagrada Familia, still unfinished, a cathedral which in style lies somewhere between a Gothic basilica and an intergalactic starship. In the Plaça Catalunya, at the heart of the gridiron and hexagonal Eixample district, the famous Ramblas lead you to the Gothic quarter, a different world of serpentine passages, tiny streets and alleyways and a sublime medieval Cathedral.

We travel to the nearby Costa Brava resort of Pineda de Mar, from where we can set out to explore Barcelona on our included excursion. But that's not all, because we've also included excursions to see the Black Madonna at the monastery on Montserrat, we'll be saying 'hello Dalí' to the world's most eccentric surrealist museum at Figueres, plus taking in the volcanic gorges at La Garrotxa, the medieval history of Besalú and enjoying a spot of wine–tasting in the Penedès region. This terrific–value Omega tour includes flights and transfers, plus 4 star hotel with breakfast and dinner. Amazing – or, as the Catalans would say, Déu n'hi do!

This tour is organised and operated by Omega Holidays plc ABTA V4782 ATOL 6081

  • Return flight from your chosen airport to
  • Return transfers from the airport to the hotel
  • Seven nights stay in a room with balcony at the 4 star Aquahotel Promenade, Pineda de Mar with breakfast and dinner
  • Full day panoramic coach and walking tour of Barcelona
  • Full day excursion to Montserrat and the Cava winery visit with tasting
  • Full day excursion to Figueres and Besalú
  • Entrances to Parc Güell in Barcelona and the Dalí Museum in Figueres
  • One piece of hold luggage (an allowance of at least 15kgs per person, depending on airline, to be confirmed on receipt of itinerary)
  • Services of an English–speaking representative
  • All airport taxes and security charges and the Government charge on air travel (APD)
  • VAT at 20%

* Based on two people sharing a room. A room for single person occupancy is offered, subject to availability, at a supplement of £150pp for the break.

Flights ↔ Barcelona
Birmingham06:40 / 10:0010:50 / 12:20Monarch
Bristol18:40 / 21:45 22:20 / 23:40easyJet
Edinburgh14:20 / 18:0011:50 / 13:40Vueling
Gatwick07:25 / 10:4011:15 / 12:45easyJet
Glasgow07:35 / 11:2012:05 / 14:05Jet2
Leeds Bradford08:40 / 12:15 13:00 / 14:45Jet2
Luton07:00 / 10:1521:40 / 23:00easyJet
Manchester08:00 / 11:3012:30 / 14:05Jet2
Newcastle17:25 / 21:0021:35 / 23:20easyJet
These flight times are correct at the time of publishing but may not be available on all dates and are subject to change without notice

Thursday Check in at your chosen airport for the flight to Barcelona, where on arrival we will transfer you to the 4 star Aquahotel Promenade, Pineda de Mar for check in and free time before dinner and the first of seven nights' stay (note that dinner may be a cold platter for late arrivals).

Friday Today after breakfast we embark on the first of our included excursions. We travel to Barcelona for a panoramic coach tour, and an afternoon walking tour of the old town. Architecturally this city is all over the place, with styles ranging from Gothic through Venetian to the frankly bizarre. Some of this is due to Antonio Gaudí, a genius of such eccentricity that you have to admire the adventurous Catalans for letting him loose in their city. A visit to the Park Güell is a Gaudí highlight, and we'll also have a brief stop at his masterpiece the Sagrada Familia. The coach will then take us up the mountain of Montjuïc, where there are great views of the city and its harbour. After some free time for lunch in the city centre, we reconvene for a walk in the old town. We will take a stroll along Las Ramblas and then the tour will then take us through the Gothic quarter, while our guide points out the main points of interest. In the late afternoon we will return to the hotel in good time for dinner.

Saturday After breakfast we set out on our full–day excursion to Figueres and Besalú. Even if surrealist art isn't particularly your thing, the Dalí Theatre–Museum at Figueres is so weird you won't want to miss it. Built on the ruins of the old theatre where local boy Salvador Dalí had his first exhibition, this installation is reckoned to be the largest surrealist object in the world. Full of artful illusion, visual trickery and trompes l'oeil, both inside and out, the museum contains around 4,000 pieces, not only by Dalí but by some of his own favourite artists, including El Greco, Marià Fortuny, Ernest Meissonier and Marcel Duchamp. Oh and there's a room disguised as Mae West, of course.

From Figueres we will travel through the region known as La Garrotxa, featuring a formerly–volcanic landscape regarded as some of most beautiful in Catalonia. We will visit the well–preserved medieval town of Besalú, birthplace of troubadours and once ruled by a feudal Catalan lord by the name of Wilfred the Hairy (Guifré el Pilós).

Sunday Breakfast, and then the day is free to explore the area until it's time for dinner.

Monday Overlooking Barcelona, and today's excursion destination, is one of the strangest rock formations you'll ever see. Montserrat ('saw–tooth mountain') is a popular Catalan girl's name which honours this imposing and somehow unsettling natural formation. Its vertical stratification and bulbous pink and yellow towers of rock give it an almost animalistic power, like some multi–headed monster thrusting up from the earth. In the heights of Montserrat is the Benedictine abbey of Santa Maria, where we'll see 'La Moreneta' (The Black Madonna), learn about the famous choir – 'L'Escolania – attached to its school, and absorb the tranquil and spiritual atmosphere.

In the afternoon, we will drive down to the Penedès region, Catalonia's most famous wine area. A visit to a cava or wine bodega is included and, of course, there will be an opportunity to taste the local produce.

Tuesday Breakfast and then the day is at leisure to relax by the pool, or ask the tour manager about local excursions. If you're feeling adventurous, you could go to Girona, a lovely city with a genuine Eiffel bridge, and largely overlooked by the crowds. It involves a change of trains but your tour manager or the hotel might be able to assist you.

Wednesday Another free day to relax or do some souvenir hunting before dinner.

Thursday Breakfast and then transfer to the airport for your flight home

Please note that some excursions involve some walking and may not be suitable for people with limited mobility.

About Pineda De Mar

Pineda de Mar is a small town on the Barcelona coastline, located between Santa Susanna and Calella. It has a beautifully long, wide and sandy beach which has been earned Blue Flag status in recognition of its high quality. Pineda de Mar has very good sailing and other water sports facilities, and around the beach you can find a wide range of shops and green woodland spaces.

Here are some example hotels or similar ones that we use for this break, actual availability may change with the travel date you choose.

Some hotels have an additional supplement per person, as shown below. Supplements are stated for the break (not per night)

Aquahotel Promenade, Pineda de Mar
Lovely hotel, newly refurbished, and right on the beach...

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