Barcelona's history is revealed during your exploration of the most popular landmarks from the architecture to the winding cobblestone streets of this lively city. Enjoy the sites from the comfort of your coach and on foot while your guide provides commentary.
-Passeig de Gràcia: Ride along the beautiful boulevard.
-Sagrada Familia: View the exterior with commentary.
-Gothic Quarter: View St Eulalia’s Cathedral from the exterior and remains of the Roman city alongside medieval buildings.
-Photo stop: Pause for panoramic views of Barcelona from the Mirador del Alcalde.
Experience the western Mediterranean city of Barcelona. One of the most important events that marked its cultural and economic history was its election to host the 1992 Olympic Games. As a result, Barcelona emerged as an international city known for its culture, art, business, events, sports, and cool night life. Its rich culture includes an impressive architectural and monumental heritage. The most splendid examples of Gothic and Modernist buildings present include creative genius Antonio Gaudí's Sagrada Familia. With its western Mediterranean location and an active cosmopolitan character, the city's progressive enrichment is ongoing.
Begin your journey with a scenic motorcoach ride from the pier through the streets of central Barcelona on a panoramic tour of the city. Proceed along the famous Passeig de Gràcia Boulevard, home to the Gaudi architectural landmarks of Casa Milà, known as “La Pedrera” (The Quarry), and Casa Batlló while your guide provides commentary.
Continue via Diagonal Avenue to the upper Eixample area where the Sagrada Familia Cathedral is located. Having begun in 1882, construction continues today following the plans laid down by its designer. Learn about its features from your guide's descriptive narration as you observe the ongoing construction of this magnificent structure. See the nativity facade with its flamboyant spires, stained glass windows and sculpted figures from the exteriors of the church. Discover why La Sagrada Familia is an evolving architectural masterpiece.
Continue on to the picturesque Gothic Quarter and follow your guide on a brief walk to the 13th century cathedral, founded by Jaume II in 1298. Admire the exteriors as your guide narrates. Proceed from the cathedral through the maze of cobbled streets. Experience the infinite varieties of history and art revealed as you turn every corner. Witness the historic center of the Plaça del Rei. Discover the remains of the Roman city alongside medieval buildings where the Catalan monarchy held its court for five hundred years.
At the conclusion of your time in the Gothic Quarter, proceed to Montjuic Hill, site of the 1929 International Exposition. At that time, the mountain was developed with exhibition halls and sports arenas and cultivated with parks and gardens. It is Barcelona's most important recreational area today. Admire the 1992 Olympic Stadium. At the summit of Montjuic Hill, pause at Mirador del Alcalde to photograph the panoramic vista of Barcelona and its surroundings. Continue for return transfer to the port.
What to Bring:
-You should always take your SeaPass card (provided onboard the ship) and photo identification when in port.
-Camera and Euros for shopping.
-Sun protection and sunglasses
What to Wear:
-Light clothing and comfortable walking shoes.
-Guests must be able to walk approximately 0.5 mile over even and cobblestone surfaces with 20 steps.
-The cathedral is closed to tour groups every Saturday afternoon, Sundays and during mass services.
-Tour sequence may be altered to avoid congestion.
-This tour will be offered for the Liberty of the Seas - Sailing Date 10/20/2012 for guests sailing on Back-to-Back sailings only.