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One of Europe’s most exhilarating cities, Barcelona offers a blend of modern architecture, art, delicious cuisine and vibrant nightlife. With its relaxed pace, this colourful Catalonian capital is a truly charming destination for a Christmas market city break.

A group of Tiós de Nadal (Christmas Logs) with painted faces and typical Catalan hats for sale in one of the many stands of…

 Why go?

  • Learn about Spanish Christmas traditions
  • Stroll down the famous boulevard of La Rambla
  • Visit the main attractions of the Gothic Quarter
  • Shop the Christmas Market stalls for authentic gifts
  • Warm up with chocolate and churros
  • Our hotel is situated next to Barcelona's Plaza Catalunya, and the famous La Rambla is just a minute's walk away!

Itinerary

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After arriving at Barcelona Airport, we’ll proceed through immigration and collect our luggage before heading to our hotel in Barcelona. In the evening we will gather for a welcome drink and dinner at a local restaurant.

  • Accommodation 3 * Hotel Lleo
  • MEALS Dinner included

Today we will go on a guided walking tour to explore Barcelona’s city centre, Rambla and the Gothic Quarter.

The long and lively promenade of La Rambla is Spain’s most famous boulevard, cutting through the heart of Barcelona. This wide boulevard connects the Plaça de Catalunya, known for its fountains and statues. Restaurants, cafés, market stalls and old-style shops line the boulevard along the way, plus you may find yourself being entertained by live music, dance performances and bewitching human statue art.

Then we will continue our tour to a Christmas Market where we learn about the the Christmas celebrations in Spain. Look out for Tio de Nadal - a small log with a smiley face, wearing the traditional red Catalan hat - the Barretina. According to Catalan mythology, this Christmas Log brings small presents on Christmas.

On our tour we will also learn about belenes (nativity scenes) which are the special exhibition of art objects representing the birth of Jesus and is one of the most antique Spanish Christmas traditions around.

We will finish off our tour with churros and chocolate.

  • Accommodation 3 * Hotel Lleo
  • MEALS Breakfast included

Today is free for you to spend however you wish. Relax at the hotel, or explore Barcelona’s historical sights and museums.

The city is famous for its art and architecture, most notably due to the works of Gaudi and Picasso. Colourful buildings and mosaics are everywhere. Gaudi’s famous Sagrada Familia Church has been under construction since 1882 with completion only expected in 2026. Another impressive sight is Parc Güell, another work by Antoni Gaudi with its wonderful views of the city whilst enjoying a stroll among modernist art works.

  • Accommodation 3 * Hotel Lleo
  • MEALS Breakfast included

After breakfast we’ll have some free time to explore Barcelona a little bit more and buy some souvenirs. In the afternoon, we’ll transfer to the airport for our return flight home.

  • Accommodation 3 * Hotel Lleo
  • MEALS Breakfast included

Time to explore

As with all our city breaks, this whistle-stop tour of Spain’s second city gives you plenty of time to explore. After a fact-filled guided tour of the city centre, you’re free to discover the art, architecture and galleries here independently. Take a stroll by the magnificent Sagrada Família cathedral, which has been under construction since 1882, or visit the colourful and iconic Park Güell . You could even take a walk to Barcelona’s coastline, of which Barceloneta beach is the best known.

Hotel Lleo ★★★

Our hotel is situated next to Barcelona's Plaza Catalunya, and the famous La Rambla is just a minute's walk away. The nearest Metro Station is 100 yards from the hotel and connects to sights such as Gaudí’s Casa Batlló and the Sagrada Familia within 10 minutes.

Facilities Include

Our hotel’s restaurant serves a daily breakfast and a range of Mediterranean cuisine. It also has a lounge area and snack bar. The hotel has an unheated roof top pool (closed if it’s raining).

Rooms Include

All the rooms come with a mini fridge, flat-screen satellite TV, safe, air-conditioning, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi.

TEMPERATURE

Average Daily Maximum:
Dec 17°C, Jan 16°C, Feb 17°C, Mar 19°C, Apr 21°C, May 24°C, Jun 27°C, Jul & Aug 30°C, Sep 28°C, Oct 24°C, Nov 20°C

APPROX. FLIGHT TIME

2 hours

TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT + 1 hours

Whats included:

  • Scheduled return flights from London/Barcelona & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Twin/double room for single use
  • Welcome drink
  • Welcome dinner (3 courses, 1 drink and coffee) in the local restaurant
  • Breakfast daily
  • 3.5 hour walking guided city centre tour
  • 2.5 hour walking guided Christmas Market tour including belenes
  • Churros and chocolate
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Barcelona City Tax

What’s extra:

  • All non-inclusive meals
  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Insurance

Useful Information

Transfer Time
The transfer time from Barcelona Airport to your hotel in Barcelona is approximately 30-40 minutes, depending on the traffic.

Gratuities
We suggest a Group Collection to cover guides, transfer drivers, and hotel staff of minimum £15.00 per person. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, or taxi fares, your Tour Leader can advise of an appropriate % to add on.

Included Programme
A 3.5 hour guided visit of the centre of Barcelona and 2.5 hour walking guided Christmas Market tour (inc. belenes) is included in your touring package.

Dress Code
A warm jacket, sweater and scarf will keep you nice and toasty, whilst a small hand umbrella for emergencies never hurts (you can always buy one a store though if it does rain). You shouldn’t need any specialist footwear, beyond good walking shoes. Don’t forget your sunglasses because the winter sun can be quite low and bright, and a little harsh on the eyes.

Please note

  • A reasonable level of fitness/mobility is required
  • The order of the itinerary and events may be subject to change

Passports and visas
A full 10-year passport is required valid for at least the duration of your stay. Holders of passports with the inscription “British Citizen” or “European Union” do not require a visa. 
It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct visa, a valid passport and any other travel documents for your holiday. All information provided relates to British citizens who hold or are entitled to apply for a British passport. For the most up-to-date visa information please visit; Spain Foreign Advice

If you are not a British citizen and do not hold a British passport, you must make your own enquiries as to the applicable requirements. Alternatively, you can apply for your Visa with our preferred partner the Travel Visa company by selecting the following link; Travel Visa Company.

Depart Return Nights Age Group Price From regional flights available COMMENTS  
10 Dec 2020 13 Dec 2020 3 All Ages £735 BOOK

Whats included:

  • Scheduled return flights from London/Barcelona & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Twin/double room for single use
  • Welcome drink
  • Welcome dinner (3 courses, 1 drink and coffee) in the local restaurant
  • Breakfast daily
  • 3.5 hour walking guided city centre tour
  • 2.5 hour walking guided Christmas Market tour including belenes
  • Churros and chocolate
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Barcelona City Tax

What’s extra:

  • All non-inclusive meals
  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Insurance

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