Barcelona Fundacio Miro

Barcelona for Music and Catalan Culture

I trust my wonderful sister will excuse my retelling of a story from 2014 when, intent on learning Spanish, she rented a room in a Barcelona household. Her Catalan hosts assisted as much as they could, but her knowledge of Spanish was not greatly improved.

That encapsulates Barcelona: if you think you’ve been to Barcelona because you caroused on the beaches of the Costa Blanca or visited the Prado in Madrid, well think again. Barcelona is unashamedly Catalan; indeed, it has twice voted strongly in favour of secession. If prides itself on its spirit, its humour, its entertainment and of course, a reasonable football team.

As Barcelona is different from Spain, so our tour is different from a standard City break:

  • Your guide, Thomas Randall, lives in Spain and guides in Barcelona regularly;
  • Our programme includes a concert in the Palau de la Música Catalana, a modernist masterpiece built between 1905 and 1908;
  • We take you the opera with Madama Butterfly at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, situated on La Rambla and the oldest theatre in Barcelona still in use;
  • We visit the Miró foundation and marvel at the development of this iconic Catalan artist; and
  • Kudus eat with the locals and walk the quiet areas of this thrilling metropolis.

So, come taste the Catalan – and the Kudu – difference.

D included
After meeting at Barcelona airport mid-afternoon, we have a private transfer to our centrally situated 4-star hotel. Our relaxed introductory walking tour takes us through the narrow mediaeval streets of El Born area to a Gothic gem, the 14th century Santa Maria del Mar Basilica.

DAY 2 
B, L, D included
We continue our exploration of the city on foot. In the Gothic Quarter, we take in one of the oldest Synagogues in Europe, the richly decorated Cathedral, remains of a Roman temple and a charming hidden square with lamp posts designed by Gaudi. Across Barcelona’s famous pedestrian, plane-tree lined La Rambla, we visit Gaudi’s early work, Palau Güell, a neo-Gothic mansion built for a wealthy patron in the late 1880s.  

Free time in the afternoon precedes an early tapas dinner and our first musical experience. We attend a concert of music by Bach and Handel performed by Le Concert d’Astrée conducted by Emmanuelle Haïm in the remarkable Palau de la Música Catalana.

B, L, D included
Private transport takes us to Montjuïc, the hillside area of Barcelona, where the Fundació Joan Miró houses an illuminating collection by one of Catalonia’s greatest 20th century artists. A mile walk through a series of public gardens and parks takes us to the Barcelona Pavilion, a reconstruction of the 1929 ground-breaking modernist building by Mies van de Rohe.

The afternoon is free for individual pursuits or you may join your tour guide on a seafront walk in La Barceloneta, an area popular with locals and visitors alike.

B, L, D included
This morning, we turn our attention to the Eixample district, built in the 19th and 20th centuries and characterized by long avenues and a regular grid pattern. Amongst many Modernista buildings, Gaudi’s extraordinary unfinished cathedral, La Sagrada Familia, stands out. On a guided tour of the interior, we discover the rich symbolism and the controversy surrounding the continuation of the project.

Tonight, we attend Puccini’s Madame Butterfly in the Gran Teatre del Liceu, a noted venue for great opera since 1837.

B included
Our visit to Barcelona concludes with an airport transfer for early afternoon flights home.

Trip Price, per person sharing:
£2,555.50 until 9th June 2024
£2,622.75 until 9th September 2024
£2,690 after 9th September 2024
£600 deposit per person
£560 double for single room supplement

Please note that the double for single use room supplement is imposed by the hotel and not by Kudu Travel. If you are willing to share but no other suitable guest books on the trip, we regret that the supplement will be payable.

Price includes

  • accommodation for Days 1 to 5 on a twin shared basis
  • meals (with wine and beer at lunch and dinner) as listed in the daily notation

  • land transportation in a private vehicle, as described, except during free periods
  • entrance and sightseeing fees, except during free periods
  • top category tickets for the concert and opera, as described in the itinerary

  • gratuities for hotel and restaurant staff (appreciation for your Kudu tour guide is entirely at your discretion)
Price does not include

  • flights to and from Barcelona airport
  • trip cancellation, medical or other insurance
  • immunisations, prescriptions or other medical requirements
  • passport, visa and health documentation
  • personal expenses (laundry, alcohol other than wine with group lunches and dinners, free time activities, etc.)
  • transport and transfer of excess baggage
  • Spanish departure tax, if any

On Kudu trips you will only need money for postcards, presents to take home, the odd G & T or an irresistible ice cream. Festival and opera tickets, museum and gallery entrances, National Park fees, all meals (with a very few exceptions specified in individual itineraries), wine with lunch and dinner, access to specialist books carried by the guides, gratuities for porters and hotel and restaurant staff, boat rides, train trips, internal flights, wine tastings, 4WDs with drivers, the services of skilled local guides and trackers etc are ALL INCLUDED in the cost of your holiday.

We are confident that, like previous very satisfied guests, you will discover that our tours give you excellent value for money.

  • 4 nights in a centrally located 4 star hotel in Barcelona

Visa and Health Requirements
Visitors from the UK, EU, US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand require a valid passport, but not a visa, for entry to Spain. If you are a national of any other country, please check visa regulations with your nearest Embassy of Spain.

Normally, there are no specific and compulsory health requirements for entry to Spain. British visitors can claim emergency medical treatment in Spain by presenting their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or the new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC).

You may also wish to check the advice given to travellers by the Department of Health and the FCO.

It is essential and a condition of booking, that you protect yourself with a suitable travel insurance policy as soon as you book a trip. We can arrange comprehensive cover for UK residents. Follow this link for a quote for a policy available to UK residents. 

If you are already insured or a non-UK resident, please inform us of your policy at the time of booking.

Size of party 
This trip will run with a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 14 guests.