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Luxury Private Vicky Cristina Barcelona Tour
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Highlights of your unforgettable visit include:
Accommodations in a 5-star grand luxury hotel in Barcelona, favorite spot of Allen's and shown on the movie
Guided tour of the places the movie's main characters visited - Las Ramblas, the Gothic quarter, the Gaudi masterpieces, etc.
A market shopping experience in Spain's famous market, La Boqueria
Wining & dining at the restaurants and bars shown on the movie
Tasting of exquisite gourmet Spanish foods including the finest Iberian hams and the best local wines
Chauffeured Airport Transfer, Overnight in 5* Grand Luxury Hotel in Barcelona
Your luxurious Vicky Cristina Barcelona tour starts with airport collection and a private chauffeured transfer to check-in to your 5-star grand luxury hotel in the fashionable Eixample district of Barcelona. Architecture buffs will love its beautiful castle-like facade which was designed by renowned Barcelona-born architect Lluos Domenech i Montaner. It provides a world class combination of modern luxurious accommodations and old-world European charm, while boasting superb panoramic views of downtown Barcelona.
It is this amazing balance that enticed director Woody Allen. In the movie, Vicky has tea with her aunt at the hotel's Cafe Viennese, and in real life Allen himself has also been known to play the clarinet here with his band, whenever he is visiting Barcelona.
This afternoon you will meet our Gourmand Breaks representative for a welcome drink, who will hand to you the printed Personal Travel Journals for your private Spanish tour, with daily itinerary details and plenty of suggestions for restaurants and free time activities. All this information and more will also be available on your Online Personal Travel Webpage, which we prepare prior to commencement of your customized luxury food, wine and cultural tour.
We recommend dinner tonight in one of the hotel's restaurants, which have received rave reviews. The night provides the opportunity to get acquainted with your hotel and to venture out into the city, if you wish!
Private Guided Barcelona Gaudi Sites Tour, Overnight Barcelona
This morning after a delicious breakfast, your Officially Licensed Guide will be waiting for you and together you will visit Parc Guell, a Unesco World Heritage Site by Gaudi.
In the film, Vicky bumps into Juan Antonio here. Modeled after English parks, Parc Guell was meant to be a housing estate for the rich, but was commercially unsuccessful. The Guell family donated it to the city in 1922. A colorful mosaic lizard, which is a popular photo spot (obviously, also present in Allen's movie) leads to a hall with 100 palm-shaped pillars which was meant to be a market hall. We will head to the top of the park, marked by three crosses, for a panoramic view of the city.
You will then visit the incredible La Sagrada Familia, a work on a grand scale which was begun in 1882. At the end of 1883 Gaudi was commissioned to carry on the works, a task which he did not abandon until his death in 1926. Since then different architects have continued the work after his original idea. Gaudi is the city's most internationally renowned and emblematic architect.
For lunch you are booked at the same restaurant Vicky, Cristina and Juan Antonio chose for their terrace dinner. The romantic stone 17th century masia (Catalan farmhouse), is picturesque and a quiet enclave with an authentically rustic, yet still chic atmosphere.
After a siesta at your hotel, it is just the perfect time to finish your Gaudi route at La Pedrera. Be sure to climb to the roof terrace where there are several alien-like structures. Known as scare-witches, these are Gaudi-designed chimney stacks. With no straight lines in La Pedrera, its wavy facade appears as though Gaudi was sitting at the bottom of the sea when he designed it.
Just as Vicky and Cristina did in the movie, we welcome you to watch the sunset from the terrace and bring your camera! The evening is yours and we suggest popping into the glamorous boutiques on Passeig de Gracia, the Catalan "Rodeo Drive" that is featured quite a few times in the movie!
Private Guided Visit of Born & Ravel Areas, Overnight Barcelona
To start the day, your guide will collect you from your hotel and together you will visit Barcelona's Gothic Quarter, the principal location of the movie. You will start with La Rambla, the 1.2km tree-lined pedestrian walkway and most iconic street in Barcelona. And because of this, it is no surprise that Allen also filmed Johanssen taking in the sights along this walkway. Vicky and Dough also stop there; while he happily admires canaries at La Rambla dels Ocells, translating to Avenue of the Birds, she succumbs to temptation and agrees to meet with Juan Antonio.
Then discover, with your private guide, the Raval and Born districts, where not all that long ago Raval, named after the Arabic word meaning "that which is on the outside", was a haven for heroin dealers and prostitutes, much like the ones Cristina photographs on her strolls here with Juan Antonio. Barcelona bohos flock here for meals or discover the joy of El Raval where things change from one street to the next, even one doorway to the next. But edge is also giving way to gentrification, to a gallery district whose nexus is Barcelona's contemporary art museum, as well as scrappy spaces that share rent with hair salons, record stores and fashion designers.
For lunch today you are booked at the best wine tasting venue and delicatessen shop in Barcelona. Our expert will tell you the secrets of the best Iberian ham and the finest Riojas and Priorats, among others. Bardem himself, on breaks from shooting sultry sex scenes with his leading ladies, hung out in El Born, where he rented an apartment during the six weeks of filming Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
Surely after this morning of activity you will welcome the Spanish siesta time and relish a free evening on your own. We suggest you go to Tibidabo Amusement Park. The girls headed here for an afternoon of fun, and it may be a little out of the way from the city center, but it is more than 100 years old, and is one of Europe's most well-known amusement parks, offering stunning views of Barcelona. How about tasting some candy floss, like Juan Antonio's girlfriends!
Free Day, Overnight Barcelona
Today is a free day for you to do as you wish - maybe visit La Boqueria Market, a haven of wonderful fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and fish - Spain's most important, and world-famous, marketplace. It offers the absolute freshest and most diverse selection of produce. At the market, you could take the opportunity to visit the famous bar frequented by in-the-know celebrities of Barcelona. Here you could try the best aperitifs, perhaps a reserve cava (Spanish champagne) and sample some of the finest products of the marketplace!
The Gothic area is full of historic places of interest, including the amazing gothic Santa Maria Church and the Barcelona Cathedral.
Wander along the Ramblas and do a little last minute shopping or sit and people watch with a glass of cava, the choice is yours!
OPTIONALLY we could arrange a Private Guided Gourmet Tour of Barcelona Gothic Quarter with Food & Wine Tastings.
For your farewell night, we suggest another of the movie's favorite venues, the restaurant Els Quatre Gats. A Barcelona legend since 1897, Els Quatre Gats ("The Four Cats" Catalan slang for "just a few people") was a favorite of Picasso who hung his work here and also designed a menu. On a narrow cobblestone street in the Barri Gotic, this fin de sicle cafe has been the setting for poetry readings, piano concerts and painting expositions. In fact, Picasso's very first exposition was held there! It was a base for members of the modernista movement and figured in the city's intellectual and bohemian life. After dinner, follow the steps of Christina and Juan Antonio in joining the local revelers at Bar Marsella in the tail-end of Barcelona's red-light district. For five generations, it has been the home of the "green fairy" absinthe. Made with nutmeg, juniper, fennel and anise, and blended with a touch of wormwood, it is an incredibly strong brew that tastes a bit like licorice or ouzo.
Chauffered Airport transfer
Your tour concludes with a lovely breakfast at your Grand Luxury hotel, followed by a private chauffeured transfer to Barcelona Airport for your departure.
We hope you will join us for this unforgettable Barcelona experience!
Your Luxury Private Vicky Cristina Barcelona Tour includes:top
- English speaking expert cultural and culinary guide
- Chauffeured transfer to and from Airport; taxi transfers within Barcelona
- Accommodations in a 5-star grand luxury hotel in the heart of downtown Barcelona
- 4 full buffet breakfasts
- Wining & dining at the restaurants and bars shown on the movie
- Private guided tours of La Sagrada Familia, El Parque Guell, EL Raval, El Born
- Tasting lunch of gourmet Spanish foods including finest Iberian hams and the best local wines
- Online Personal Travel Webpage including daily itinerary, general local information, details of places of interest, suggestions for restaurant reservations, and your free time, etc.
- Customized Travel Journal, including the information from your Personal Travel Webpage, which you can take with you to use as a reference throughout your tour
- 24/7 Back Office Assistance
Your Luxury Private Vicky Cristina Barcelona Tour does not include:
- Meals and Drinks not specified
- Personal expenses such as Telephone, Minibar, etc
- Tips and Gratuities (Restaurants,etc)
- Basic Travel Insurance may be included in your quotation on request. We strongly advise you take out separate Cancellation insurance
Luxury Private Vicky Cristina Barcelona Tour dates:
Available upon request all year round.
Luxury Private Vicky Cristina Barcelona Tour Prices:
Please note our tours are available for PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY and are not scheduled tours for mixed groups.