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Escorted Rail Tours to Barcelona

The largest port in the Mediterranean

As Spain's most visited city, and the largest port on the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is one of Europe's premier destinations. Packed with cultural monuments, historic castles, beautiful parks, popular museums and galleries and brilliant beaches, it truly offers something for everyone. Having been settled by the Romans, Barcelona grew quickly, largely due to its advantageous position on a trade route and as a sea port. By the Middle Ages the city was the seat of the mighty Crown of Aragon, which had possessions stretching as far away as Athens. Barcelona has enjoyed a huge amount of wealth and prosperity for centuries, and much of this still shows in its myriad of attractions.

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Andalucian Explorer

Showcasing the rich cultural heritage of Andalucía, this tour takes us from Spain's bustling, fashionable capital city, through the iconic Moorish citadel of Granada's Alhambra, to the elegant city of Seville, via the whitewashed passages of Cordoba's Old Town.

Departs from April 2017 to September 2017.
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13 days from £2,895per personView tour details
Roses, Cadaques & The Catalan Coast

The beautiful, unspoilt town of Roses is our base for nine nights on the rugged Costa Brava. Our relaxed itinerary introduces the cultural highlights of the region, including the incredible Cap de Creus National Park, the picturesque fishing village of Cadaqués, Barcelona, Figueres and the Dalí Foundation.

Departs from April 2017 to September 2017.
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10 days from £1,595per personView tour details
Medieval Cities Of Spain

From the winding cobbled streets of Toledo to the imposing grandeur of the Alcazar of Segovia, travel back in time to discover the medieval splendour of Spain's illustrious history.

Departs from May 2017 to September 2017.
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12 days from £2,195per personView tour details
Premium Madeira, Canaries & Morocco Cruise

Fabulous sights and cities brimming with culture await as you cruise in splendour aboard the MV Aegean Odyssey. We inhale the charm and classy sophistication of evocative Seville, enjoy ancient Cadiz and bask in the sun drenched charm of the Canary Islands. We then take in the exotic beat of Tangier and Rabat on this fantastic cruise adventure.

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More about Barcelona

Below are just some of the things you can see during your stay in Barcelona:

Barri Gotic
The Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter) is the centre of the old city of Barcelona. Many of the buildings date from medieval times, though some are from as far back as the Roman settlement of Barcelona. Nowadays this area is predominantly a shopping enclave, stretching down to the seafront.

Port Vell
Literally the 'Old Harbour', Port Vell is Barcelona's historic port. This historic area was rather run down by the time it was restored for the 1992 Olympic Games, and is now a wonderful focal point of the city, with an attractive array of shops, bars restaurants and cinemas. Arguably the highlight of the port is Europe's largest aquarium, which is home to eleven sharks amongst its 8,000 water-dwelling creatures, all living in 1.5 million gallons of water.

Sagrada Familia
Although there are a few of Gaudí's architectural masterpieces dotted around Barcelona, the magnificent Sagrada Familia is probably the most famous. He devoted the final years of his life to its design, and the building was unfinished at the time of his death in 1926. Nevertheless, the incredible structure was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1984, and is a delight to discover today.

Picasso Museum
Housed in five adjoining medieval palaces in Barcelona's La Ribera, the Picasso museum was the first museum to be dedicated to the famous Spanish artist's work, and was the only one to be opened in his lifetime. The collection of Picasso's works is one of the world's largest, and highlights include two of his first major pieces, The First Communion (painted when he was just 15), and Science and Charity, which followed a year later.

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