Barcelona & N. Spain

    Day 1

    Day 1 – Tuesday, September 25, 2012 – Depart Denver, CO to Atlanta, Georgia

    Go Ahead Tours

    Barcelona & Northern Spain

    Laura Fernández

    Summer is such a beautiful season in Colorado but with the fire danger this year we stayed close to home. We had many critter visits and...

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    Day 02 - Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - Flight from Atlanta, Georgia to Barcelona, Spain; Pre-Trip Day in Barcelona

    Our over-night flight from Atlanta to Barcelona was very easy. Again, the Delta crew was professional and efficient as they carried us safely over the Atlantic and then over the twinkling...

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    Day 03 - Thursday, September 27, 2012 - Pre-Trip Day in Barcelona; Drive to Andorra la Vella, Andorra

    Feeling very brave and wanting to see the small Principality of Andorra, Vic had made arrangements with Costco to rent a car for the day.

    We had a lovely breakfast buffet at...

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    Day 04 - Friday, September 28, 2012 - Day on Our Own in Barcelona

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    Barcelona & Northern Spain

    Laura Fernández

    We were able to sleep in a bit this morning and after a light breakfast of fruit, we checked our mail. Gennie sorted her bag of coins...

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    Day 05 - Saturday, September 29, 2012 - Professional Tour of Barcelona; Visit La Sagrada Familia; Columbus Monument; Olympic Village; Parque Güell and Other Sights

    We woke up at 7:00 to dark gray skies but our Google weather showed only partly cloudy skies for the day. The temperature was...

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    Day 06 - Sunday, September 30, 2012 - Travel Day to Zaragoza; Visit to Montserrat; Tour of Zaragoza, a Pilgrimage Town; Visit the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar, and the Roman Forum

    We were up early and ready for breakfast at 6:45. The group from Japan had an...

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    Day 07 - Monday, October 1, 2012 - Travel Day to San Sebastian; Visit Pamplona with the Plaza del Castillo, the Old Town; View the Basque Countryside; Free Time in San Sebastian

    October 1, 2012 - Happy Birthday to our lovely Tour Director Laura and our good friend Dr. Dallas...

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    Day 08 - Monday, October 1, 2012 - Tour of San Sebastian with the Playa de la Concha and Old Town; 30 Minute Walk to Overlook of Monte Urgull with a View of San Sebastian, Trip to Biarritz, France

    The sea breezes are cooling San Sebastian. This morning it was...

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    Day 09 - Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - Drive to Santillana del Mar by Way of the Costa Verde; Visit Bilbao with the Guggenheim Museum of Contemporary Art and Walking Tour of Old Town; Altamira National Museum; Walking Tour of Santillana del Mar

    Our bags were out at 7:30 and...

    Day 10

    Day 10 - Thursday, October 4, 2012 - Travel Day to Oviedo; Visit the Seaside Town of Comillas; Visit Fishing Village of Tazones; Local Guided Tour of Oviedo

    Our room on the 3rd floor of the Hotel Altamira in Santillana del Mar was delightful; we loved the period furniture and...

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    Day 11 - Friday, October 5, 2012 - Optional Tour of Picos de Europa - Cangas de Onis, Sanctuary of Santa Cova, Picos de Europa National Park, Glacial Lakes of Covadonga, Lunch in Congas de Onis

    It was cool this morning; only 52° with 84% humidity which made it feel...

    Day 12

    Day 12 - Saturday, October 6, 2012 - Travel Day to Santiago de Compostela; Lugo Old Town; Optional Mariscada Dinner

    We woke to gray skies that would follow our bus the whole day. The temperature was 60° and the humidity was 81%. We certainly picked the right day to go...

    Day 13

    Day 13 - Sunday, October 7, 2012 - Walking Tour of Historic Santiago de Compostela; Pilgrimage Site; Praza do Obradoiro; Praza das Praterias; Optional Rías Baixas Cruise

    Our morning began with a plentiful breakfast in the hotel. We gathered in the lobby at 9:00 to take the bus for a...

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    Day 14 - Monday, October 8, 2012 - Morning Flight to Madrid; Sightseeing in Madrid on our Own; Farewell Dinner

    “The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain” said Eliza Doolittle, but she was wrong. We woke to another rainy day in Santiago but as we were flying to...

    Day 15

    Day 15 - Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - Flight from Madrid, Spain to Atlanta, Georgia and then to Denver

    The wake-up call came at 6:30 and after a brief stop for a little breakfast we were ready to leave. Our bags were loaded and we said good-bye to Laura at...

    Day 16

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    BARCELONA AND NORTHERN EUROPE

    Personal Evaluation of The Tour

    Before we begin a formal review of this Go Ahead Tour (GAT) we need to explain that we had not heard of nor explored the trips of GAT until Jim Magary (Jim.Magary@goaheadtours.com) contacted us on February 6, 2012...

    Day 17

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    BARCELONA AND NORTHERN EUROPE

    Tour Director Laura María José Fernández Nuñez

    Personal Evaluation

    As we arrived several days early, we first met Laura at the Welcome Meeting at the Hotel Catalonia La Pedrera. Go Ahead Tours (GAT) and Laura provided everyone with wine, water and juice.

    A...

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