Travel With Ramapo Professors Spain: Treasures of Art & Architecture

Please join us on this journey to Spain, a European country with a unique history and culture, and where a variety of influences have converged to form its identity. We will explore how Spain's history has shaped its art and architecture. In our excursions we will explore the architectural styles that reflect the richness of Spain's history: from Toledo's medieval synagogues, churches and mosques to Barcelona's modernist architecture to the cutting-edge contemporary buildings of Madrid and Bilbao. In addition to guided tours, we will get a "behind the scenes" look at the conservation department at the Museo del Prado, and visit the studio of a contemporary artist in Barcelona.

Inclusions

includes

  • Eleven nights hotel accommodations at four and five star hotels
  • Daily breakfast with four dinners
  • Lectures and presentations by Professor Yolanda del Amo
  • Full-time tour manager
  • Tours: Madrid; Toledo; Bilbao; San Sebastian; Barcelona
  • Entrances: Prado Museum; Mosque Bib-Al-Mardum (Ermita del Cristo de la Luz); the Cathedral; Synagogue Shemuel ha-Levi; Sephardi Museum; Guggenheim Museum; Palau de la Musica; Picassa Museums; La Pedrera; Casa Batlio; Sagrada Famila; Parc Guell
  • Visit to Conservation Department at the Prado
  • Visit to artist's studio in Barcelona
  • Train from Madrid to Bilbao
  • Flight from Bilbao to Barcelona
  • Details

    Tour Operator
    Learning Journeys
    Offer
    Offer valid through 6/30/2017
    Duration
    12 Days
    Escorted
    Escorted - Yes
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1Depart USADeparture
    Departure from the U.S. for our overnight flight to Spain.
    Day 2MadridArrive in Madrid
    We arrive at Madrid-Barajas Airport and meet our local Tour Manager. On the way to our hotel we enjoy a morning tour of the city. We pass through the Puerta del Sol, the bustling heart of Madrid since the 17th century and continue to the Puerta del Sol square at the heart of the city. Our excursion next takes us past the Calle Arenal shopping district, the popular Chocolateria San Gines, and the Plaza Mayor, built during the reign of Phillip III (1598-1621) with its beautiful Arco de Cuchilleros.

    After lunch on our own we will embark on a walking tour of the architectural splendors of Madrid. We begin at the Henry N. Cobb Tower and continue to examine the Crystal Tower designed by Cesar Pelli, the PwC Tower designed by the team of Carlos Rubio Carajal and Enrique Alvarez-Sla Walther and Rubio & Alvarez-Sala, the Cajamadrid Tower by Norman Foster and the prestigious Torre Sacyr tower designed by the R & AS architecture studio of Carlos Rubio and Enrique Alvarez-Sala.. As we walk we will enjoy the commentary and insights of Professor Del Amo. At Plaza Castilla we will see the door of Europe and the KIO Towers designed by the team of Phillip Johnson and John Burgee. We will examine the front of the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and the Picasso Tower as well as the BBVA Saen building of Saenz de Oiza one the marvels in the history of Spanish architecture.

    Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Madrid at the Gran Versailles or similar hotel.

    Day 3MadridMuseum Tour
    After breakfast at our hotel Professor del Amo will provide us with an introductory lecture, Madrid: the Breakwater of Different Spains. We then spend the rest of the morning at the magnificent Prado Museum. The Prado, one of the world's great museums, features one of the finest collections of European art, dating from the 12th century to the early 19th century with famous paintings by Goya, Velazquez, El Greco, Titian, Rubens and Hieronymus Bosch. At the Prado we will have a private visit to its Conservation department.

    In the afternoon after a lunch on our own, we will walk past the Reina Sofia Museum enlarged by Jean Nouvel, the CaixaForm designed by Herzog & De Meuron, the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum remolded and expanded by Rafael Moneo, and the BOPBAA architectural studio. We will spend the rest of the afternoon walking around the Madrid Rio park. We view the Caja Magica of Dominique Perrault, the Peel- Bridge West 8 and the Matadero, now renovated and turned into a cultural center.

    Dinner is on our own and overnight in Madrid at the Gran Versailles or similar hotel.

    Day 4MadridDepart to Toledo
    Today we depart to Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the city that inspired El Greco's View of Toledo, in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Toledo is famous as a city that illustrates the fusion of Medieval Christian, Jewish, and Muslim cultures, producing a dazzling array of some of the country's most important historical landmarks. During the day we will visit the Church of Santiago del Arrabal built between 1245 and 1248 C.E., the Moorish Mosque Bib-Al-Mardum built in 999 C.E., the historic Sun Gate (Puerta del Sol) with its medallion depicting the ordination of the Visigothic king Ildephonsus, Toledo's patron saint. We also explore the Cathedral, the Church of San Roman with the Museum of the Councils of Toledo and the Shemuel Ha-Levi synagogue famous for it rich Moorish style stucco decoration and the neighboring Sephardic Museum with exhibits illustrating the history of Jewish culture in Spain.

    At the end of the day we board our bus to return to Madrid. Dinner is on our own with overnight in Madrid at the Gran Versailles or similar hotel.

    Day 5BilbaoArrive in Bilbao
    After breakfast at our hotel we leave Madrid and transfer to the Madrid Railway Station to take a train to Bilbao, a city in the heart of the Basque country in northern Spain. After lunch we begin our walking tour to some of the icons of Bilbao including the Puente del Arenal and the Arriaga Theatre. We pass through the curved glass entrances to the Bilbao Subway often described as a giant shrimp, designed by the English architect, Norman Foster. Our tour also takes us to the Cultural Center designed by the French architect Philippe Starck, a building said to "revolutionize the human energy that moves this city."

    Dinner and overnight in Bilbao at the Silken Indautxu or similar hotel.

    Day 6BilbaoBilbao
    Prior to our morning tour, Professor del Amo will present a PowerPoint lecture, "Bilbao: Between Industry and Contemporary Art." She will then take us around the Ria, where the most emblematic buildings of Bilbao are located. We cross the Pasarela Zubizuri bridge designed by the neo futurist architect, Santiago Calatrava (architect of the new World Trade Center transit hub) and examine its white, slender arched structure that many describe as resembling a long sailboat, the Isozaki Towers by Arata Isozaki, the Sheraton by Legorreta and the Deusto University of Rafael Moneo. We proceed to the Euskalduna Conference Center and then to the Abandoibarra area. We end our morning tour with a ride on the Artxanda Funicular railway linking the downtown to the summit of the nearby Artxanda Mountain.

    We spend the afternoon at the fabulous Guggenheim Museum with its curvy, titanium clad exterior designed by Frank Gehry. The museum houses a wide range of modern works of art and sculpture including Richard Sierra's 340 ft. long snake, sculpture by Louise Borgoise and the iconic "Puppy" by Jeff Koons. In the evening after dinner, we stroll through Bilbao Art's District with its many open air galleries.

    Dinner is on our own with overnight in our hotel in Bilbao at the Silken Indautxu or similar hotel.

    Day 7BilbaoSan Sebastian
    In the morning after breakfast in Bilbao we depart via motor coach for San Sebastian, a resort town located on the stunning Bay of Biscay amidst the mountainous Basque country. We travel along its famed beaches and scalloped-shaped bay front promenades filled with world class restaurants. We continue to the City Hall, Constitution Square and the Victoria Eugenia Theater. At the Kursaal Congress Center we examine one of Rafael Moneo's most acclaimed buildings. Then at the Peine de los Vientos we marvel at the sculpture of Eduardo Chillida.

    We break for lunch on our own to explore the many pintxo bars, tapas restaurants and Michelin rated places to eat. In the afternoon we return to Bilbao. Dinner is on our own and overnight in Bilbao at the Silken Indautxu or similar hotel.

    Day 8BarcelonaDepart to Barcelona
    In the early morning we transfer to the Bilbao Airport for our flight to Barcelona. In the afternoon after lunch we walk to the center of Barcelona along the famous Ramblas, then on to the Plaza Sant Jaume, the Royal Plaza, and the Teatro del Liceu. At the Boqueria market we sample its amazing array of colorful fruit, vegetables, and fresh seafood. We end the day with a visit to the Cathedral and Gothic District.

    Dinner and overnight in Barcelona at the Granados 83 or similar hotel.

    Day 9BarcelonaBarcelona
    After breakfast Professor del Amo will lecture on "Barcelona: The Cradle of Modernisme." We will then proceed to the Santa Maria del Mar and the Palau de las Musica on our way to visit the Picasso Museum renovated by Jordi Garces. At the Museum we view one of the world's greatest collections of the master's many works from his early teenage paintings in the 1890s to his death in 1973. In the late morning we visit the cast iron covered Born Market. We complete our excursion with a visit to the Barceloneta beach area where we can enjoy a leisurely lunch at its many restaurants and bars.

    In the afternoon we stroll along the Raval: Rambia del Raval, a broad avenue, one of the city's favorite public spaces. Located near the Rambia are the MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art) by Richard Meir and the Center of Contemporary Culture by Albert Viaplana.

    Dinner is on our own with overnight in our Barcelona hotel, Granados 83 or similar hotel.

    Day 10BarcelonaArchitecture Tour
    Barcelona is famous for its many modernistic buildings including works by the late 19th and early 20th century Spanish Catalan, Antoni Gaudi. Gaudi's work is a highly individualistic mixing of neo-Gothic art with Orientalist motifs. In the morning we will survey some of his most daring modernist buildings, including La Pedrera and Casa Batllo. Nearby, is the Ametller House by Pulg i Cadafalch, a contemporary of Gaudi, which combines the neo-Gothic style with a distinctive ridged facade inspired by houses in the Netherlands.

    In the afternoon we travel to Park Guell, a landscaped park system designed by Gaudi composed of picturesque gardens and architectonic elements including his famous dragon fountain. We then take the subway to the Sagrada Familia Basilica, Gaudi's unfinished work known as the most visited monument in Spain. In the late afternoon we enjoy a special visit to the studio of one of Spain's premier modernist artists.

    Note: Early birds may wish to arise early to enjoy an early morning visit to the Barcelona flea market.

    Dinner is on our own at a tapas bar or at one of its internationally renowned Michelin starred restaurants. Overnight is in our Barcelona hotel, Granados 83 or similar hotel.

    Day 11BarcelonaBarcelona Botanical Gardens
    After breakfast we transfer by coach to Montjuic. An old military fortress, with roots dating back to 1640 and enjoy its commanding views over the Mediterranean. We will proceed to view the Miro Foundation building designed by Josep Liuis Sert and then to the Barcelona Botanical Gardens by Carlos Ferrater. In the area of the 1992 summer Olympics we view the Palau Sant Jordi by Arata Isozaki and the Telecommunications Tower by Calatrava. At the end of our morning tour we visit Mies-van der Rohe's Pavilion built for the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona and the Calxa Forum building with its entrance designed by Isozaki.

    In the afternoon following lunch we travel to the Mara and Villa Olimpica, where we will see the Tower Hotel Arts by SOM architects, the shining metal Fish sculpture by Frank Gehry, the Olympic Village by MBM architects and the Paseo Nova Icaria by Enrica Miralles. We conclude our stay with a return visit to the Barceloneta beach.

    In the evening we enjoy a farewell gala dinner and our last night in Spain, overnight at the Grand Versailles or similar hotel.

    Day 12Depart for HomeDepart for Home
    After breakfast we transfer to the Barcelona Airport to begin our journey back home.
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