Journey through Catalonia, Spain
June 9 – 14 or 16, 2015

June 9
We begin our journey by leaving Carcassonne and heading up the Aude valley toward the Pyrenees.  We will visit the awe-inspiring, mountain top castle of Peyrepertuse and, if time allows, Queribus, one of the longest strongholds of the Cathars. We will spend the night in France in the Aude valley.

June 10
After a night in the mountains, we travel to Cadaquès, a beautiful village located on a crystal clear bay on the Mediterranean, and a place much beloved by artists such as Salvador Dali for its light and color. Here we will visit the Casa Salvador Dali Museum. We will spend the night on the Costa Brava.

June 11
We next turn to Girona, one of the great medieval centers of Kabbalah. We will explore its emblematic Jewish Quarter and Jewish Museum before continuing on to Besalú, where we will visit an ancient miquve (Jewish ritual bath). We also will have an opportunity to visit the lush, verdant landscape and volcanic hills of Garrotxa National Park. Our evening will be spent in the heart of the wildly beautiful Catalan countryside between Besalú and Rupit, an area known for its Romanesque churches and bridges.

June 12
Our morning begins with a visit to the medieval village of Rupit before we travel to the legendary sacred mountain, Monserrate, with its Black Madonna and spectacular views. A funicular ride up the mountain will allow us the powerful sense of being high above the mundane world.  Our afternoon will be spent visiting a winery in Penedès, a region known for its production of sparkling Cava wines. We will have dinner and spend the night in the beauty of this wine country.

June 13
We next drive into the southern region of Catalonia to visit the charming village of Miravet on the Ebro River, the poignant site of the last Templar castle in Spain. We will enjoy a lunch in the coastal town of Sitges, and if time allows we will visit to Corbrera d’Ebre, a village that has been preserved as a monument to the Spanish Civil War. Finally, we will arrive in Barcelona for a panoramic tour of the city, group dinner, and overnight stay.

June 14
Our trip concludes in Barcelona for those of us on our five-night program.  Those of us on our seven-night journey will enjoy a half-day guided tour of Antoni Gaudi’s famous Park Güell, a wonder-world of mosaic-tiled sculpture, twisting stone columns, and fantastic architecture, and one of the most beautiful icons of the city.  The top of the park features a terraced area providing incredible views of both Güell and the grand expanse of Barcelona. The remainder of our day will be open, an opportunity for self-guided visits to museums, shopping, and exploring the magic of an evening in Barcelona.

June 15
After a free morning, we will gather together for a Tapas walking tour through the Ciutat Vella, or Old City.  We will explore its Barri Gótic, Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, visiting the stunning Gothic cathedral and the Roman foundations of the city. We’ll also wander through the vibrant Raval and funky Ribera districts, stopping along the way to enjoy delicious tapas, the traditional small plates of savory, hot or cold, Spanish appetizers. Our evening will be spent at a farewell banquet and flamenco performance, a beautiful and celebratory end to our Barcelona adventure.

June 16, 2015
Our tour concludes after breakfast.  Participants will be able to access taxis or  convenient public transportation to Barcelona’s El Prat Airport for departures after 12pm.