Guided City Break to Barcelona

Spain

Code: BCLCL

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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • Culture
  • History
From £435.00 - 4 nights

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Holiday overview

A guided City Break with an HF Holidays’ leader is the ideal way to explore Barcelona with its abundance of art, parks and its attractive coastal location. Embrace the vibrant heart of Catalan culture in Spain’s second largest city. Discover all things Gaudí from the towering Sagrada Famílía to colourful Parc Güell. Sample the local flavours - fresh seafood, tapas and Catalan dishes - Barcelona has it all.                         

Holiday highlights:

  • Las Ramblas, probably the most famous of Mediterranean promenades
  • Sagrada Familia, the city's most distinct landmark, still unfinished after 100 years.
  • Montjuic,  the hill overlooking the city, and Barcelona's favourite park
  • Gothic Quarter, part of the old town which stretches west of the Ramblas

Great reasons to book with us:

  • Great value: all prices include ensuite bed & breakfast accommodation in the centrally located Hotel del Mar. 
  • Knowledgeable leader:  explore the city of Barcelona on foot and using local transport with our friendly leader
  • Sociability: we pride ourselves on the sociable atmosphere of our holidays, explore together, relax together, and if you want, dine together in the evenings.

Accommodation

The 3-star Hotel del Mar is centrally located in Barcelona, between the Gothic Quarter and the beaches of Barceloneta, just 15 minutes' stroll from the famous ‘La Rambla’.

Bedrooms

The hotel offers 72 comfortable en-suite rooms with a functional yet elegant decor. All rooms are equipped with heating/air conditioning, satellite flat-screen TV, WiFi, telephone, safe (small charge) and hairdryer. 

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Facilities

The Hotel del Mar has a lobby area, tastefully decorated in a maritime theme, free newspapers, 24-hour reception and a lift.  

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Food

Our holidays at the Hotel del Mar are on a bed and breakfast basis.

Breakfast: Hotel del Mar offers a continental buffet breakfast served in the breakfast room.

Lunch (payable locally): Lunches can be bought during the day in local cafés or shops - or you may prefer to make up a small packed lunch. You leader will advise you of the options each day.

Evening meal (payable locally): In the evenings enjoy group dining at carefully selected restaurants or dine independently if you prefer. Your leader will be happy to offer suggestions and advice. 

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Evening

Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer before a leisurely meal, taken either independently or with your fellow guests. Your leader will also be checking out for any local events. 

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Itinerary

Each day our experienced leader will lead you on a sightseeing walk of Barcelona, exploring the different areas of the city. Although you should expect to spend most of the day sightseeing by foot, Barcelona’s metro network will also be used during the programme.  

Highlights of the sightseeing programme include:

Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter): The city’s Gothic Quarter is an intriguing labyrinth of atmospheric, narrow streets that are a world away from the bustling La Rambla. Pass the Gothic cathedral and a wonderful array of medieval buildings.

La Boqueria: This public market just off La Rambla is an Aladdin’s cave of seafood, artisan products, charcuterie and other fresh produce.

Gaudí’s masterpieces: Highlights include Gaudí’s unfinished cathedral, La Sagrada Familía, the distinctive Casa Milà apartment block and Parc Güell with its colourful mosaics.

Museu Nacional Art de Catalunya: Housed in the Palau Nacional, the museum combines a collection of Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and modern art.            

     


Holiday information

Admission fees: Admission fees are not included in the cost of the holiday. As a general guide, you should allow around €100, although reductions on admission costs are often available for students and senior citizens. 

Local transport: During this City Break the sightseeing programme will involve the use of the metro. You can purchase a book of ten tickets, the T-10, which can be used on either the bus or metro and costs around €10. Your leader will provide further information on arrival in Barcelona. 

In the evenings: This holiday is sold on a Bed and Breakfast basis. However, your leader will make arrangements at local restaurants should members of the group wish to eat together. You will find that most guests enjoy dining together but the choice is yours. If you do choose to dine independently, your leader will be happy to offer suggestions and advice. The Festive City Break includes dinner on Christmas Day.

Travel

‘With Flight’ holidays

For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.

We offer flights from Heathrow to Barcelona.

If you book a ‘with flight’ holiday with us, we automatically include transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer takes 40 minutes.

Independent travellers

All our overseas holidays can also be booked without a flight. This is ideal if you are travelling from overseas, or prefer to make your own arrangements from your local airport. If you choose this option the transfer to the hotel is not included.

Some City Break itineraries can involve sightseeing on your arrival day, depending on flight times. If you travel independently and arrive after the HF Holidays' flight, you may miss some of the first day's activities (provisional HF Holidays’ flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or call 020 8732 1220). If your flight arrival time coincides with that of the HF Holidays' flight you can join our hotel transfer at a cost of £15.00 (single). Transfers must be pre-booked. Please call 020 8732 1220. Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet this transfer.

 

 

Leaders

Dave Stannard

Dave loves travelling around Europe, exploring the urban landscape and showing guests the 'real' city. He has a great love of architecture, and exploring a city's past. With his depth of experience in Berlin and Barcelona, guests are sure to enjoy their City Breaks with Dave as leader.

Stuart Boulton

Stuart has been leading HF Holidays since 2003, in the UK and overseas. 

He classifies himself as a frustrated histo-geographer who, in his youth, considered architecture as a career. He is fascinated by cities that maintain their historic heart, and will enjoy sharing our City Break with you.

 

Ian Winterbourn

Ian is a retired accountant living in Denham Village, Bucks. He has been leading Walking and Leisure Activity holidays in the UK and Europe for over five years. Ian was born in rural Herefordshire and has retained his love of the countryside. He has a particular interest in trees and country folklore and is currently writing a guide book on European trees.

He has also developed a love of European history and enjoys researching the places where he leads.

 

Dorothy Woodcock

Dorothy loves showing guests the hidden gems of cities as well as all the highlights. An important part of a City Break is sampling the local food and Dorothy enjoys introducing guests to memorable culinary experiences. Dorothy is a retired German teacher and speaks French, Spanish and Italian.  Her interests are many and varied and include hiking, cycling, bridge and gardening.

Reviews

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19 Oct 2016, 8:27 p.m.

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Generally good about making reservations, and overall plan of the trip. Hotel in good location.

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Good points: small enjoyable group; visits to Sagrada Familia, Barcelona museum, Picasso museum, Catalunya Art museum.
Lacking: Leader was very genial but lacked any Spanish background, language skills, or knowlege of local customs. Too many "coffee breaks." The choice of pure tourist restaurants, with so-so food. We felt he just winged it as a fill in for someone else, and we could have seen the major sites with a standard guidebook.
6 Jun 2016, 8:56 a.m.

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Good help before journey
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Well organised days good convivial atmosphere
Preparatory info could have arrived in entirety earlier
30 May 2016, 7:24 p.m.

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HF Holidays are always well organised and reliable. They have great leaders who try to make the holiday memorable and the best they can.

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Barcelona is a great place to visit, it is interesting. The climate is very good, great food.
30 May 2016, 4:59 p.m.

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In my experience HF holidays are always very well organised.
30 May 2016, 6:26 a.m.

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As someone who does not live in the UK, once again (I have said this many times over the years) HF must recognize that we may leave our homes early to enjoy visiting places in Europe or the UK before joining HF. We did get email info, but we missing the registration form and other documents other people received.

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The Guell Park should perhaps be an option. The bus ride was arduous and the park rather disappointing. I would recommend La Pedrera as a better alternative. Also would have appreciated a new resto on the last night rather than a repeat. Hotel was well-located. Loved the city.
25 Apr 2016, 2:36 p.m.

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Flight times were poor on this holiday so the 4 day itinerary became a three day one. Also I received information on a BA upgrade on a Saturday, but when I phoned to enquire the Saturday team could not help.
12 Apr 2016, 7:49 p.m.

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We really enjoyed the group element of the holidays.

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Very good and varied programme where we were able to visit a diverse range of sites and attractions in easy commuting distance.
12 Apr 2016, 10:58 a.m.

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This was a very interesting trip.
12 Apr 2016, 9:31 a.m.

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This is the first one I've been on, but it was excellent.

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Have not been on an HF holiday before but really enjoyed it.
12 Apr 2016, 8:38 a.m.

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They are always good.

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It was a very enjoyable holiday and everything went smoothly.

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
26 Mar 2017 BCLCL - Barcelona City Break
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 26 Mar 2017, 9:15 a.m.
  • Arrive: 26 Mar 2017, 12:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Barcelona

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 30 Mar 2017, 1:10 p.m.
  • Arrive: 30 Mar 2017, 2:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Barcelona
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
4 £645.00 Book Now
26 Mar 2017 BCLCL - Barcelona City Break
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

Jet 2

  • Depart: 26 Mar 2017, 8 a.m.
  • Arrive: 26 Mar 2017, 11:30 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Barcelona

Flight - Return

Jet 2

  • Depart: 30 Mar 2017, 12:30 p.m.
  • Arrive: 30 Mar 2017, 2:10 p.m.
  • Depart from: Barcelona
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
4 £705.00 Book Now
21 May 2017 BCLCL - Barcelona City Break - Without Flights 4 £435.00 Book Now
21 May 2017 BCLCL - Barcelona City Break
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 21 May 2017, 9:15 a.m.
  • Arrive: 21 May 2017, 12:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Barcelona

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 25 May 2017, 1:10 p.m.
  • Arrive: 25 May 2017, 2:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Barcelona
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
4 £655.00 Book Now
21 May 2017 BCLCL - Barcelona City Break
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 21 May 2017, 8 a.m.
  • Arrive: 21 May 2017, 11:30 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Barcelona

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 25 May 2017, 12:30 p.m.
  • Arrive: 25 May 2017, 2:10 p.m.
  • Depart from: Barcelona
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
4 £715.00 Book Now
9 Jul 2017 BCLCL - Barcelona City Break - Without Flights 4 £445.00 Book Now
9 Jul 2017 BCLCL - Barcelona City Break
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 9 Jul 2017, 9:15 a.m.
  • Arrive: 9 Jul 2017, 12:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Barcelona

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 13 Jul 2017, 3:05 p.m.
  • Arrive: 13 Jul 2017, 4:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: Barcelona
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
4 £715.00 Book Now
9 Jul 2017 BCLCL - Barcelona City Break
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 9 Jul 2017, 8 a.m.
  • Arrive: 9 Jul 2017, 11:30 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Barcelona

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 13 Jul 2017, 12:30 p.m.
  • Arrive: 13 Jun 2017, 2:10 p.m.
  • Depart from: Barcelona
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
4 £775.00 Book Now
15 Oct 2017 BCLCL - Barcelona City Break
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 15 Oct 2017, 9:15 a.m.
  • Arrive: 15 Oct 2017, 12:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Barcelona

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 19 Oct 2017, 1:10 p.m.
  • Arrive: 19 Sep 2017, 2:30 p.m.
  • Depart from: Barcelona
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
4 £645.00 Book Now
15 Oct 2017 BCLCL - Barcelona City Break
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

Jet 2

  • Depart: 15 Oct 2017, 8 a.m.
  • Arrive: 15 Oct 2017, 11:30 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Barcelona

Flight - Return

Jet 2

  • Depart: 19 Oct 2017, 12:30 p.m.
  • Arrive: 19 Oct 2017, 2:10 p.m.
  • Depart from: Barcelona
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
4 £705.00 Book Now
15 Oct 2017 BCLCL - Barcelona City Break - Without Flights 4 £435.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Double room for sole occupancy: £25 per night (2016), £27 per night (2017)
  • Extra night: £35 (2016), £38 (2017)
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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