MODERN Splendors of Spain: part i

Art Muse Los Angeles Spain Madrid Barcelona Granada Malaga Travel Excursion

Barcelona & Biblao

November 1st - 8th , 2017

Spend an art-filled week in Barcelona and Bilbao exploring the modern and contemporary cultural splendors in each city. We'll stay in centrally located four-star hotels and enjoy delicious, regional cuisine in celebrated restaurants.  Private gallery and artist studio visits will be featured together with guided tours at major museums and other important cultural venues.

Daily Itinerary

Wednesday, November 1st:

Individual arrivals in Barcelona. Check-in to hotel, and gather for welcome cocktails and dinner.

Thursday, November 2nd: 

Spend the morning touring the Picasso Museum, where an extensive collection of the artist's masterworks is on display in five adjoining medieval palaces.  After a group lunch, visit MACBA, Barcelona's Museum of Contemporary Art, and enjoy a privately guided tour.  A "gallery hop" concludes the day. 

Friday, November 3rd:

In the morning, explore modernist architecture along Passeig de Garcia en route to La Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudi's unfinished masterpiece.  Lunch is independent.  Afternoon visit to the Tápies Foundation, created by the Catalan painter Antoni Tápies for the purpose of promoting the study and knowledge of contemporary art.  A visit to a private home with a stunning art collection precedes an evening at leisure. 

Saturday, November 4th:

Spend the morning at the Miró Foundation, created by Miró himself, where his work co-exists with cutting-edge contemporary art.  Following a group lunch, visit the Mies Foundation, best known for the now iconic Barcelona Pavilion designed by Mies van der Rohe for the 1929 International Exposition.  In late afternoon, stroll the winding, cobbled streets of the El Born district, a picturesque part of the city filled with art galleries, boutique shops and eateries.  Evening at leisure. 

Sunday, November 5th: 

Check out of hotel and transfer to airport for the short flight to Bilbao. Enjoy a group lunch before visiting the Guggenheim Museum. This 1997 architectural landmark designed by Frank Gehry provides a seductive backdrop for the modern and contemporary art housed within. Check-in to hotel and evening at leisure. 

Monday, November 6th: 

A daylong excursion to San Sebastian, including a group lunch, begins with a visit to the Chillida Foundation, dedicated to the memory of Spanish sculptor Eduardo Chillida. The museum showcases many of the sculptor's monumental works in a sculpture park.  Later, we'll see more Chillida sculptures, together with work by Jorge Oteia and others, during a walking tour through the city's Open Air Contemporary Museum.  Another stop will be at the Kursaal Center for Performing Arts, designed by Rafael Moneo.  The day concludes with a stroll along the promenade, stopping in at select galleries, including one thatfeatures contemporary Basque artists. Late afternoon return to Bilbao and evening at leisure.

Tuesday, November 7th: 

Enjoy a private tour at the Museum of Fine Arts Bilbao this morning.  Independent lunch. In the afternoon, an architecture and sculpture walk in the Arts District highlights the Rekalde Art Center and features studio and gallery visits. Farewell dinner at one of the Basque Country's best restaurants. 

Pricing & Details

Trip Cost 
$4,500 per person, based on double occupancy.  Single supplement, add $800.

Cost Includes:

  • Four-star hotel accommodations for seven nights
  • Breakfast daily
  • Four lunches with non-alcoholic beverages (Tue., Thu., Fri, and Sat.)
  • Welcome and farewell dinners with wine
  • Transportation throughout by luxury mini-coach with bilingual escort/guide
  • All sightseeing entrance fees and guided visits 
  • Economy flight from Barcelona to Bilbao with 1 piece of checked luggage/person
  • Art Muse LA hosts and coordination

Not Included:

  • Airfare to and from Spain
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Trip cancellation insurance