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BARCELONA Shore Excursions & Tours SPAIN

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 Barcelona Shore Excursion 1: Barcelona Panorama
 Barcelona Shore Excursion 2:
A Day in Montserrat
 Barcelona Shore Excursion 3:
Highlights of Barcelona

  Barcelona Shore Excursion 4: Historic & Architectural Highlights
  Barcelona Shore Excursion 5:
Picasso & Miro Museums

                                               Shore Excursion in Barcelona - Panoramic Tour                                          
Duration: Approximately 3 hours

This easy drive through Barcelona is a wonderful introduction to one of Spain's most beautiful cities. Begin with a panoramic drive up Montjuic, a hill that rises above the harbor and is named after the Jewish community that once lived on its slopes. Today it is the site of the Olympic Stadium and Spanish Village, as well as several important museums, including the Miro Foundation. The downhill drive takes you to Plaza d'EspaƱa and the old bullring that is used today for political rallies and theater performances. The street is lined with the city's most elegant shops, and some of Antoni Gaudi's most eye-catching buildings. On Barcelona's main thoroughfare, Avenida Diagonal, you get your first glimpse of the city's most eccentric landmark - Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia, left unfinished after his death in 1926. Pause for a photograph of the church or buy a postcard of this strikingly surreal structure. Your tour concludes with a view of the Olympic Village and the new marina.

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                                                               Shore Excursion in Montserrat                                                      
Duration: Approximately 8 hours

Drive north about 35 miles through picturesque countryside to the sacred Mountain of Montserrat, one of Spain's natural wonders. The highest peak of this jagged mountain range reaches 4,072 feet. At one time, the mountain's many caves were inhabited by religious hermits. Approximately halfway up the mountain stands the famous Montserrat Monastery, built by Philip II between 1563 and 1592. Apart from its incredible setting, it is world famous for its shrine of the Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Montserrat, the patroness of Catalonia affectionately called "La Moreneta." The shrine was dedicated to the image of the Virgin and has been considered for many years one of Spain's most significant places of pilgrimage. You will visit the 16th-century basilica, which was built in the Renaissance style with some Gothic features, the cloister and the Black Virgin. Afterwards, listen to the famous Escolania choir from the monastery's School of Music. The school was founded in the 15th century and is one of the oldest in Europe. Following the performance, lunch will be served in a nearby restaurant. After returning to Barcelona, enjoy a brief tour of the city before returning to the ship.

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                                                 Shore Excursion Highlights of Barcelona                                              
Duration: Approximately 4 hours

Take a short ride to the Gothic Quarter, Barcelona's oldest section, where its medieval heritage is concentrated in a maze of narrow cobblestone streets. Your walking tour begins with a visit to the magnificent Gothic cathedral, with beautiful stained glass windows and small chapels that date back to 1298. Then drive to Montjuic, a hill on whose slopes a Jewish community once lived. From this vantage point, you will have a fine view of the city and the sea beyond. From here, you can also see the exterior of the Olympic Stadium. Next, you will see one of Spain's unique sights, La Sagrada Familia. Designed by Antoni Gaudi in 1881 but never completed, this church is a fine example of his creative genius. Other highlights include Barcelona's finest promenade, Las Ramblas, and Catalunya Square.

Note: Comfortable walking shoes are recommended for touring the Gothic Quarter.

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                                            Shore Excursion Historic & Architectural Highlights                             
Duration: Approximately 4 hours

Begin your tour with a short drive to Barcelona's Gothic Quarter, where you will follow your guide on a walking tour through the narrow alleyways of the city's oldest section, unrivaled for its medieval atmosphere and wealth of historic buildings. Visit the magnificent Gothic Cathedral, built from 1298 to 1450, with its exquisite stained glass windows and beautifully carved choir stalls. Continue through the busy city center, along Barcelona's famous Las Ramblas, and past Plaza de Catalunya, the main square, north to the Passeig de Gracia with its modern architecture. See Spain's extraordinary La Sagrada Familia (Church of the Holy Family). Designed by Antoni Gaudi in 1881 and never completed, it is a shining example of the artist's genious. Continue north to Parc Guell. Originally intended as a hillside garden suburb, it instead became an Art Nouveau extravaganza with a mosaic pagoda, undulating benches, and large multicolored lizards guarding a grotto. It also contains the house where Gaudi lived from 1906 to 1926. After a guided stroll through this most unusual park, you'll return to the ship.
Note: Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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                                                 Shore Excursion Picasso & Miro Museums                                            
Duration: Approximately 4 hours

Your tour begins with a visit to the medieval Ribera Quarter, which houses the beautiful Santa Maria del Mar Gothic church. Next you'll visit the Picasso Museum in the Carrer de Montacada. It includes a broad collection of items donated by the artist to the city before the civil war, and demonstrates Picasso's intimate connection to Barcelona. This is where the great artist completed his apprenticeship and produced his early works. Following your visit to the museum, drive to Montjuic, where you'll enjoy impressive views of Barcelona and its harbors from on high. Then continue to the Miro Foundation, a complex of concrete and glass buildings opened in 1975 that are a tribute to the great Catalan artist, Joan Miro. The Miro Foundation is one of Barcelona's most exciting contemporary art galleries.

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