Arguably the heart and soul of Mediterranean Spain, thriving Barcelona has so much to offer. From fascinating architecture and tranquil gardens to a lively bar scene and world-class shopping, Barcelona offers a unique encounter and a rich history that captivates everyone who visits.
Your journey begins at St Pancras International where you board the Eurostar for the first leg of your journey; arriving into Paris just a couple of hours later. You cross the city to Gare de Lyon station to join the direct service to Barcelona. On arrival into beautiful Barcelona, you will check into the Hotel Catalonia Diagonal for three nights. Your hotel is conveniently based in the centre and adjacent to a Metro station for quick and easy access to the sights.
Whether you choose to start your exploration of Barcelona with a guided tour or prefer just to stroll through the colourful streets, it's impossible to visit Barcelona and not fall under the spell of renowned architect Antoni Gaudí. His unique style is intrinsically linked with Barcelona and many of his masterpieces can be found in the heart of the city. Perhaps start with the spectacular Sagrada Familia. Unfinished at the time of Gaudí's death, this incredible building is still under construction today and when complete will have a staggering 18 towers. Other Gaudí buildings you won't want to miss include Casa Milà, and Casa Batlló and those in the beautiful garden complex Park Güell. Many of Barcelona's other top attractions are conveniently clustered together in the Ciutat Vella ('Old City').
Today head to Barcelona's famous Las Ramblas where you'll encounter a lively mix of tourists, street vendors and artists buying and selling a wide selection of goods. Or for a relaxing day away from the city streets, head to one of Barcelona's beaches or explore further afield with an excursion to the majestic mountains of Montserrat.
It is time to bid Barcelona farewell as you retrace your route north through France, arriving into Paris at the Gare de Lyon. You will cross back to the Gare du Nord, where you board the Eurostar back to St Pancras International in London.
The itinerary above is just a suggestion and you are free to make adjustments to suit your exact requirements. Please call 01904 734 358 to speak to one of our Tailor-Made Holiday Specialists about tailoring your holiday with GRJ independent.
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The high speed Eurostar trains link St Pancras International in London with Paris and Lille in France as well as Brussels in Belgium.
Eurostar's Standard Class coaches feature two seats on either side of the central aisle, most of which is arranged in an 'airline' seating configuration with drop down tray tables. There are two tables for four per carriage. Passengers travelling in Eurostar Standard Class coaches can take advantage of the Bar-Buffet which sells a range of snacks, meals, hot and cold drinks - including Champagne!
The highest class of Eurostar travel available for leisure customers is Standard Premier Class. In your dedicated Standard Premier carriage you'll find a less dense seat configuration, meaning the seats are larger and you have ample space to relax and stretch out. As part of the service you'll enjoy complimentary drinks and refreshments, served at your seat by friendly, helpful waiting staff.
For the class of travel used on your chosen tour, please refer to the 'What's Included' section of the tour page.
Ideally based in the heart of Barcelona, the 4-star Hotel Catalonia Diagonal Centro is just a few minutes' walk away from the nearest Metro station, rendering the many and varied attractions of Barcelona in easy reach. The hotel boasts a variety of leisure facilities, including a bar, restaurant, outdoor swimming pool and spa offering an array of wellness and beauty treatments. All rooms are well-appointed, and are equipped with typical en-suite facilities, air-conditioning, satellite television, telephone, hairdryer, safe, complimentary Wi-Fi and minibar.
This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.
We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!
Please call one of our Tour Advisors on 01904 734 358 to discuss upgrading your rail travel to First Class and/or upgrading your hotel to a 5-star option.