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SEAS TO MOUNTAINS TO SEAS

MAY 6-20, 2022

Let us introduce you to The Riches of Northeastern Spain: Catalonia, Southwestern France, The High Pyrénées and The French and Spanish Basque Country.  Experience the vibrant people, the history of these regions, focusing on The Spanish Civil War, the rich cultural heritage of art, music, dance, wine, cheese, and cuisine. 

The tour is to be accompanied by 2 directors from Educational Travel Service: 

Tim Kahn, 35-year veteran of the French classroom and executive producer of the documentary film, The Last Link, about the French Basque and Béarnais shepherding culture of the Pyrénées. Tim’s dad, Albert E. Kahn wrote Joys and Sorrows with world renowned cellist Pablo Casals and took over 2,000 photographs of Casals. Tim helped his dad inventory the Casals archive which now comprises much of the collection at the Casals museum, at the Casals home in El Vendrell.

Lee Hoehn has lived in the south of France for extended periods of time and has developed trips for students and adults throughout France and Spain for over 30 years.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Air to and from Europe

  • Airport transfers

  • Alcoholic beverages with meals 

  • Meals, other than those listed (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)

  • Trip cancellation insurance

** ETS reserves the right to make changes to the itinerary as circumstances dictate.

INCLUDED:

  • 14 Nights in superior class hotels with breakfast

    • Barcelona – Hotel Iberostar Paseo de Gracia - 5 nights

    • Carcassonne – Hotel Hilton Carcassone - 1 night

    • Pau – Hotel La Villa Navarre - 4 nights

    • St. Etienne de Baigorry –  Hotel Arcé - 2 nights

    • Bilbao – Hotel Miro - 2 nights

  • 7 dinners* & 3 lunches 

  • Escort throughout the trip

  • Private coach and vans for excursions 

  • Sites as mentioned* on the itinerary

  • Special events:

  • Wine tasting (Jurancon)

  • Traditional Music and Dance

  • Cheese making demonstration & tasting

  • Cooking class 

ITINERARY

DAY 1 - FRIDAY, MAY 6

Arrive Barcelona, check in to our hotel and join a ‘meet and greet’, with cocktails. Overnight Barcelona - Hotel Iberostar Paseo de Gracia

DAY 2 - SATURDAY, MAY 7

Meet in the hotel lobby for a visit of the The Picasso Museum*.  Then enjoy a walking tour of some of Barcelona’s
“Old Town – Gothic Quarter”: Las Ramblas, and the Plaza Real. Lunch on your own at the Boqueria market. Afternoon guided tour of the “World Heritage Site”, Parc Guell*, designed and built by Antonio Gaudi* from 1900 to 1914. The park is the beginning of Gaudi’s organic style period; do not miss the many mosaic creations; main terrace or salamander, that he was known for. Consider Tapas for dinner, on your own, before the evening Flamenco show


Overnight Barcelona - Hotel Iberostar Paseo de Gracia

* The structures created by Gaudi are influenced by his passions; architecture, nature & religion, many of his works are in a very individualized, one-of-a-kind style. He is known for his use of many different materials in the same construction and discovered new techniques of working with the materials – “Trencadis” - which was the use of waste ceramic materials. His organic period would culminate in the construction of the Sagrada Familia 

Meals: BREAKFAST 

DAY 3 - SUNDAY, MAY 8

Day excursion – Departure for El Vendrell and the Pablo Casals’ Home and Museum*, just south of Barcelona. Have a guided tour of the museum followed by lunch at the Museum’s Café. After lunch, a cello recital featuring some of Casal’s favorite pieces, and time to walk on the beach. Enjoy some relaxed free time in Barcelona before dinner on your own.  Overnight Barcelona - Hotel Iberostar Paseo de Gracia

Meals: BREAKFAST | LUNCH

DAY 4 - MONDAY, MAY 9

Morning visit of the Parc Monjuic, Poble Espanyol and a choice between the Joan Miro Foundation or the National Art Museum of Catalonia.


This afternoon a visit of Guadi’s Casa Batlo*. Then to the beautiful Modernista style “Palace of the Catalan Music”, Palau de la Musica*  before dinner, on your own. Overnight Barcelona - Hotel Iberostar Paseo de Gracia

Meals: BREAKFAST 

DAY 5 - TUESDAY, MAY 10

This morning visit of the Shelter 307* and “Tunnels” used during the Spanish civil war. During lunch we will have a discussion of the Spanish Civil War with the writer Nick Lloyd*.  
Guided tour of the impressive La Sagrada Familia*. 


Overnight Barcelona - Hotel Iberostar Paseo de Gracia

*Nick Lloyd has lived in Barcelona since 1991 and first became interested in the working class history of his neighborhood of Poble Sec which eventually drew him back to Orwell and the war. Nick is the author of the book “Forgotten Places: Barcelona and the Spanish Civil War”. 

Meals: BREAKFAST | LUNCH | DINNER

DAY 6 -  WEDNESDAY, MAY 11

After breakfast depart Barcelona for the town of Figueres and visit the Dali Museum and Theater*. Salvador Dali who is buried beneath the stage, created the museum as a living experience – “The people who come to see it will leave with the sensation of having had a theatrical dream.” Continue on to Carcassonne, the most complete walled city in the world, for dinner and the evening. Overnight in Carcassonne - Hotel Doubletree

Meals: BREAKFAST | DINNER

DAY 7 -  THURSDAY, MAY 12

Walking tour of La Cité Médiévale de Carcassonne. With its 3 km of walls and 52 towers, from the Gallo-Romain and Medieval periods, make “la Cité” the largest fortified city in Europe.
 

Cruise and lunch on the Canal du Midi. Continue on to beautiful Pau “the Royal City of Henri IV”.


Dinner on your own. Overnight: Pau - Hotel La Villa Navarre 

"Due to weather conditions in the High Pyrénées, the program outlined for the following days Oct 10,11 and 13 may change and the order of certain activities may have to be switched."

Meals: BREAKFAST |  LUNCH

DAY 8 -  FRIDAY, MAY 13

For those who wish, an early morning visit of a local “boulangerie” to learn about the process used to make French bread and pastries.

 

Today, after picking up lunch supplies, we journey south of Pau into the High Pyrénées, exploring the well know Vallée d’Ossau, known for two mountain passes summited during the Tour de France. Once arrived on the valley floor, we savor the small streets of the picturesque towns of Bilhères and Béost. In the afternoon we meet Ossau shepherd, Régis Carrèra, and visit his small farm to learn about his family’s heritage in cheese making and how he produces of one of the finest “fromage des Pyrénées.” Dinner will be nearby in Laruns, with an evening of shepherds singing traditional music of the magnificent Valley d’Ossau and “Le Béarn.” Overnight: Pau - Hotel La Villa Navarre 

Meals: BREAKFAST | DINNER

DAY 9 -  SATURDAY, MAY 14

A morning visit of Pau’s colorful and lively central market, “Les Halles de Pau”.  Depart Pau, with market picnic in hand, for the spectacular, world renowned “Vallée d’Aspe,” and the alpine village of Lescun. Picnic and stretch your legs on a walk at the base of the towering peaks of the “Massif de Lescun”.
Return to Pau for dinner on your own.

 

Overnight: Pau - Hotel La Villa Navarre 

Meals: BREAKFAST 

DAY 10 -  SUNDAY, MAY 15

A day to explore Pau or relax if you so choose at our hotel, the Villa Navarre, known for it’s beautiful setting.
Pau is a stroller’s paradise with its’ many parks and flowering gardens and the famous Boulevard des Pyrénées with its 30 mile view of lofty snow capped peaks.  Perhaps visit the Saturday local antique flea market, the Musée des Beaux-Arts which features; Degas, El Greco, Boudin, and sketches by Rubens, and the well known Maison Francis Miot, reputed to produce the best jam and candy in France, for tea and sweets. 
In the mid afternoon we will leave Pau for a lovely manor house with spectacular views overlooking the Jurançon wine vineyards and the Pyrénées. We will be cooking our evening meal with time to relax as well as the possibilities of walking through the vineyards and a visit of the Domain de la Souche “biological” Jurançon winery. 

Overnight: Pau - Hotel La Villa Navarre 

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https://www.clos-mirabel.com/journal/stages-de-peinture-clos-mirabel

Meals: BREAKFAST | DINNER

DAY 11 -  MONDAY, MAY 16

Full day touring the Basque Country. We will make our way to the town of St Palais to visit the pilgrimage museum. Then to St Jean Pied de Port for lunch, on your own.  Relaxing afternoon in St-Jean, with a short walking tour and then on to the hotel, check in and relax by the trout stream in 13th century St. Etienne de Baigorry. Dinner will be in the Hotel Arcé, sampling the wines of the Basque Country and the cuisine prepared by well known chef, Pascal Arcé, whose family has owned the hotel for generations. 


Overnight: St. Etienne de Baigorry - Hotel Arcé

Meals: BREAKFAST | DINNER

DAY 12 -  TUESDAY, MAY 17

Today we will have time to relax at the hotel, and explore the charming town of St Etienne de Baigorry. For those who wish, there will be the opportunity to walk along a section of the Camino. Dinner near St. Jean with a presentation of Basque Music.

Overnight: St. Etienne de Baigorry - Hotel Arcé

Meals: BREAKFAST | DINNER

DAY 13 -  WEDNESDAY, MAY 18

Depart St. Étienne de Baigorry for the Atlantic Coast and a visit of the quaint fishing village of St Jean de Luz, the birth place of Ravel, on the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy a seaside lunch on your own.
Continuing on to Bilbao, we will stop in the city of Guernica, where we will learn of the aerial bombing by the German and Italian Air Forces, April 26, 1937, in support of Franco’s effort to destroy the Basque Nation. Picasso made this attack famous by the painting Guernica. We will stop to see the ceramic replica of the painting.
On arrival in Bilbao, check-in to the hotel. Dinner on your own.


Overnight: Bilbao - Hotel Miro

Meals: BREAKFAST 

DAY 14 -  THURSDAY, MAY 19

Morning guided tour of the Guggenheim Museum* designed by the innovative architect, Frank Gehry. The building made of; glass, stone and titanium is surrounded by works such as; Jeff Koons - “Puppy dressed with flowers” and the “Spider” by Louise Bourgeois. Lunch on your own and afternoon free to relax and explore the city of Bilbao.
Farewell dinner

Overnight: Bilbao - Hotel Miro

Meals: BREAKFAST | DINNER

DAY 15 -  FRIDAY, MAY 20

Departure from Bilbao

Meals: BREAKFAST

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