Spain·March 31 - April 6 2025

Bedazzling Barcelona & the Costa Brava

Barcelona promises Roman ruins, culinary delights, chic shopping, psychedelic architecture, and the stunning Mediterranean Sea.

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Overview

if you have never been there, Barcelona and the Costa Brava should be at the top of your travel bucket list. Catalonia is a distinct region in Spain with its own language and culture. Catalonia has established a distinctive Catalan way of doing things that is Spanish, and proudly so. You'll marvel at Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia. It's a unique Spanish city famously dotted with fantastical Antoni Gaudí creations, like the iconic Sagrada Familia and the whimsical Park Güell. Barcelona's ancient Roman roots and the Gothic Quarter's medieval alleys intertwine with this modernist style. We'll take every opportunity to delve into Barcelona's extraordinary food scene. From the city's tapas bars and open-air markets to modern restaurants, you'll be amazed at Catalan cuisine's quality and diversity. We'll also head northeast, up the Mediterranean coast to the Costa Brava. We'll make the ancient Girona environs our home base, staying in a recently converted palace, as we explore the region's historic and artistic treasures. This area was the playground, inspiring artists like Picasso, Salvador Dali, Miró, and the ancient Romans before them. As you contemplate the mix of art and history, enjoy fresh fish, cool sand, and sea breezes. Leave the details to us and prepare for a holiday of a lifetime in Barcelona and the Costa Brava.

Highlights

Experience Antoni Gaudí’s architecture, including the Sagrada Família Basilica and Park Güell

Experience Antoni Gaudí’s architecture, including the Sagrada Família Basilica and Park Güell

Taste local Catalan fare at some of the city's best restaurants

Taste local Catalan fare at some of the city's best restaurants

Visit Roman ruins in Barcelona and Girona

Visit Roman ruins in Barcelona and Girona

Explore Park Güell, the garden shaped by Gaudí's imagination

Explore Park Güell, the garden shaped by Gaudí's imagination

Glimpse the unexpected world of Dalí and his wife Gala

Glimpse the unexpected world of Dalí and his wife Gala

Savor tasty tapas in Barcelona and beyond

Savor tasty tapas in Barcelona and beyond

Be captivated by a live performance at El Palau de la Musica

Be captivated by a live performance at El Palau de la Musica

Discover the legend and history around the Virgin of Montserrat

Discover the legend and history around the Virgin of Montserrat

Sip and swirl as you taste sparkling wine at premier vineyards in Penedès and Empordà

Sip and swirl as you taste sparkling wine at premier vineyards in Penedès and Empordà

Itinerary

Here's a day-by-day itinerary of the trip.

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Day 1: Monday, March 31, 2025

Arrive at the Barcelona International Airport (El Prat). If you're flying overnight, you may want to consider arriving a day early to rest, relax and get acclimated to the local time zone. (See Add-ons section for the Arrive 1 Day Early option). Regardless of when you arrive, hop into a taxi after you collect your luggage - there are plenty of them curbside - and head to the 5-star Ohla Barcelona in the Gothic quarter. Your trip facilitator will meet you at the hotel.

Take time to settle in and freshen up. The day is yours to relax at the pool, nap, and luxuriate in this wonderful hotel.

In the evening, we'll set out, with our local guide, on a walking tour of central Barcelona followed by a welcome dinner at Plassohla.

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Dinner

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Day 2: Tuesday, April 1, 2025

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel restaurant and prepare for a morning of Barcelona exploration.

Today, we set out with a local guide to experience the whimsy and wonder that is Gaudí’s architecture. We’ll step inside the still unfinished (after 150 years) Sagrada Família Basilica, a stunner with dozens of animals cavorting on the façade.

Next, we'll head up the hillside to Park Güellan expansive area blooming with gardens and buildings by Gaudí. All of Barcelona and the Mediterranean Sea will be laid out before you from the many vista points inside the park.

From the park, our private transport will whisk us back to the hotel for a bit of downtime. It's your time to explore the city from our central base or shop at the many nearby boutiques. Lunch is on your own, either at the hotel or one of the many cafes and restaurants in the neighborhood.

In the evening, we’ll get together again for dinner at the modern gourmet restaurant Capet for a true Catalan culinary experience.

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Breakfast-Dinner

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Lunch

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Day 3: Wednesday, April 2, 2025

Enjoy a light breakfast because we're headed to the famous, sprawling Boqueria Market. Wander between stalls. Vendors have sold their wares here since the 13th century.

We'll stop at a few select spots to buy ingredients for our private cooking class. Then, it’s over to the kitchen so the chef can show us the ropes. This is a hands-on experience, so get ready to tie on an apron and slice and dice. The payoff is a three-course meal with wine enjoyed with the rest of your Girls' Guide travelers.

Enjoy some “you time” after lunch. Hit the hotel for a siesta or stroll the Gothic Quarter to sightsee and shop.

Tonight, we'll be wowed by a live performance or at El Palau de la Musica, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most important concert venue in the city. The Palau de la Música Catalana was built between 1905 and 1908 by the modernist architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. After the show, we'll stop in for some light tapas.

Sleep tight. Tomorrow we are off to the Costa Brava.

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All Meals

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Day 4: Thursday, April 3, 2025

Today, we'll depart Barcelona to motor north to Girona. Perched on the Onyar River, the walled city of Girona is our first stop in the Costa Brava. The city is a compact cluster of history and culture with roots in Roman times.

We’ll start with a walking tour of Girona, using local Catalan guides. Visit the cathedral and Jewish Quarter, and enjoy free time in the old part of the city, browsing the charming boutiques.

Today, our lunch is at Carlos, an old inn with stone walls and arches, a former meeting for the merchants of yesteryear. 

After lunch, we’ll make our way to our home in Girona, the Palau Fugit. Located in the heart of Girona’s Barri Vell, Palau Fugit was originally an ancient baroque palace from the 18th-century. In 2022, the palace was completely renovated and converted to a hotel and a space open to art, artisans and nature - lucky us!

Later in the evening, we will have dinner at a local Girona restaurant.

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All Meals

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Day 5: Friday, April 4, 2025

Today is all about wine, history, and art – three things we love about Catalonia!

We’ll head to Púbol to explore Gala’s Castle. Gala was Salvador Dalí’s wife. The artist gave her the castle as a gift. It is a weird and wonderful place, and we’ll learn much more about the castle, the couple, and their interesting visitation arrangement.

We'll lunch together in the beach town of Begur.

After lunch, we'll head to Peratallada, a stone village erected in the Middle Ages. Peratallada means “carved stone.” You’ll understand the name as you tour this charming hamlet. If we have time, we'll also stop at Pals, another Medieval village that will captivate you with its cobblestone pathways, bursting flower boxes, and snug plazas.

Later, we will head back to our fabulous hotel. Enjoy some downtime, sip some cava, and marvel at how lucky we are to be in this remarkable place.

Dinner is on your own today. Order room service or try one of the many cafes and restaurants in Girona. (Recommendations will be provided)

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Breakfast-Lunch

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Day 6: Saturday, April 5, 2025

We'll check out of our hotel and begin the journey back to Barcelona. On the way, we'll stop in Figueres to get up close and personal with Salvador Dalí’s artwork at the Teatre-Museu Dalí. We’ll learn more about the artist’s fascinating life and see how his work evolved over the years. Dali’s museum is like no other you've ever seen. In fact, everything in it was conceived and designed by the artist himself. We’ll have a guided museum tour, followed by free time to look around the grounds or shop and wander Figueres. Even if you're not a Dali fan, after learning more about the man and the importance of his work, you’ll walk away changed.

Back in Barcelona, we'll check in to the Ohla Eixample. The rest of the afternoon is yours to catch up on anything you missed during the first few days of the trip. Maybe you want more Gaudí or feel like scoping out a few of Barcelona’s art museums, like the Joan Miró Foundation, the Picasso Museum, or the MACBA. Or just explore the Eixample neighborhood.

We’ll conclude our adventure with a farewell dinner at La Pepita, a hyper-local Tapas bar in the heart of Barcelona.

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All Meals

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Day 7: Sunday, April 6, 2025

For those of you not joining the optional trip extension, it’s time to say our goodbyes. It’s “fins després” to all your Girls' Guide amigas before hopping into a taxi to the Barcelona International Airport for your return flight home.

We're happy to help you set up your taxi to the airport with the help of the hotel’s front desk. 

For those joining the trip extension, ¡Adelante!


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Breakfast

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Optional Trip Extension - Day 1 - April 6, 2025

After a lovely breakfast at the hotel, we’re off to the sandcastle spires of Montserrat, where an eponymous abbey sits snugly between the peaks. A Benedictine community has existed on Montserrat for almost 1,000 years and is still active today. Short hikes meander on paved pathways from the abbey. 

It’s a quick jump from Montserrat to Penedès, Spain’s premier cava region. (Cava is like champagne but made in Spain). We’ll have lunch in wine country at the Codorníu vineyard, including a tour and a bubbly wine tasting. The expert bilingual guides will explain the 450-year-old history of this brand and give you the scoop on how to best serve cava (spoiler: icy cold). 

In the afternoon, we’ll head back to Barcelona. 

Enjoy the evening alone or enjoy dinner with some of your new amigas.

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Not Included

Dinner

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Optional Trip Extension - Day 2 - April 7, 2025



What a trip! You'll have memories and friendships to last a lifetime.

After a leisurely morning (last minute shopping anyone?), we're happy to help you set up your taxi to the airport with the help of the hotel’s front desk. 






Included

Breakfast

You'll Be Staying Here

Hotel Palau Fugit

Hotel Palau Fugit

Located in the heart of Girona’s Barri Vell, Palau Fugit was an ancient baroque palace from the 18th-century that used to be called Casa Heras de Puig. In 2022, the palace was completely renovated and, for the first time, its doors have opened to travelers.

Ohla Eixample

Ohla Eixample

The Ohla Eixample is a stylish boutique hotel located 10 minutes’ walk from two of Gaudi’s major works, La Pedrera and Casa Batlló

Hosts

Regina Winkle-Bryan

Regina Winkle-Bryan

Regina is from the Pacific Northwest in the United States (she calls Seattle home). She lived in Barcelona for TEN years and speaks fluent Spanish AND some Catalan. Spain is one of her favorite places. Along with local guides, Regina will lead this trip and introduce you the best of Catalonia.

Barcelona is one of the best cities in the world

Barcelona

Barcelona is a buzzing and lively city on the Eastern coast of Spain. Barcelano is home to delights, like Gaudi architecture, a fantastic foodie scene, and even several beaches. It’s no surprise that the capital of Catalonia regularly tops lists of the best places to visit in Europe. 

Barcelona

What's Included

What's Included

Everything stated in itinerary above including meals (except otherwise noted) plus wine or beer with your evening meal

Lodging at unique hotels

An English-speaking facilitator accompanying you every step of the way

Local Catalan guides to show you the best of Catalonia

A planning and packing guide to get you ready for this adventure

All in-country transport

Roundtrip airfare to Spain (Barcelona)

Spa Treatments

Airport transfers

Additional wine, beer, or spirits beyond what is offered at meals.

All personal souvenir purchases

Travel and Medical Insurance (required)

FAQs

Fly into the Barcelona International Airport (El Prat) and hop into a taxi to the hotel. Your trip leader will meet you at the hotel.

The trip officially starts on March 31, 2025, but if you are traveling overnight to get to Spain, consider arriving a day early so you have time to relax and adjust to the local time zone. If you do decide to arrive early, you can purchase the Arrive 1 Day Early option in the Add-ons section, and we will book your room for you and make sure that you stay in the same room as when the trip starts.

We will have a zoom call about 6 weeks before the trip starts to discuss all that information and give you a packing list. Here is a great website that we love that will help you with packing and travel trips.

The average temperatures is generally around 65°F during the day, and 55°F at night. 

Regina Winkle-Bryan will be your trip leader.Regina is from the Pacific Northwest in the United States (she calls Seattle home). She lived in Barcelona for 10 years and speaks fluent Spanish and some Catalan. Spain is one of her favorite places. Along with local guides, Regina will lead this trip and introduce you the best of Catalonia. 

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Bedazzling Barcelona & the Costa Brava

Spain· March 31 - April 6 2025· 6 nights