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The Riviera - Spain & France

Fall 2022


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Consider the Mediterranean Sea's influence on the history, modern culture, and Sports. In Barcelona, gaze at Gaudí and Picasso’s colorful and creative works. You will also visit the La Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s masterpiece cathedral that is over 130 years in the making. Visit Carcassone on your way to Provence France.  Along the French Riviera, let the natural beauty and relaxed atmosphere inspire you.  In Monaco you’ll visit a perfume factory while soaking up the white washed villas and emerald waters of the Mediterranean.  Finish your trip along the French Riviera by visiting the National Sport Museum and Allianz Stadium, home of Nice’s Football (soccer) team.

Students interested in the Spanish and French Riviera trip can register for the class (IS200 with Dr. Orejan) any time after registration begins in March 2022.  Students are advised to register early as popular trips fill up quickly.

Group Leader:  Dr. Jaime Orejan

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Sightseeing: Barcelona, Sagrada Familia, Montserrat

Overnights: Barcelona (3), Provence region (1), French Riviera (3)

Entrances:  Park Güell
                     Sagrada Familia
                     Camp Nou Football Stadium
                     Picasso Museum Montserrat
                     Pont du Gard
                     Avignon Papal Palace
                     Perfume factory, Eze
                     National Sport Museum
                     Allianz Stadium tour


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Your Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Barcelona

Meet your Tour Director at the airport.




















Day 2: Barcelona

Walking tour of Las Ramblas

Meet your Tour Director at the airport.

Take a walking tour of Las Ramblas, a pedestrian mall where you’ll find endless entertainment, restaurants, markets, monuments, and shopping.


Enjoy dinner in Barcelona with your group.


Day 3: Barcelona

Visit Park Güell

Visit Park Güell, a vast public park designed by Antoni Gaudí that features colorful mosaics and remarkable architecture.

Take a guided tour of Barcelona

With your expert local guide you will see: o La Sagrada Família, Gaudí’s masterpiece cathedral that is over 130 years in the making

  • From the top of Montjuïc, enjoy panoramic views of the harbor below
  • Gothic Quarter, a memory of the Roman Empire, now lined with shops and restaurants
  • Barcelona Cathedral, a Gothic Revival church known for its gargoyles and other mythical animals

Visit and Tour Camp Nou











































Day 4: Barcelona

Visit the Picasso Museum

With 4,251 works exhibited by the painter, the museum has one of the most complete permanent collections of works by the 20th-century Spanish artist Pablo Picasso.


Take an excursion to Montserrat, a mountainside monastery

Montserrat is nicknamed "The Emerald Isle of the Caribbean" both for its resemblance to coastal Ireland and for the Irish ancestry of many of its inhabitants.


Day 5: Barcelona - Carcassonne - Provence

Guided sightseeing of Comuna 13 

  • Travel via Carcassonne on your way to Provence
  • Take a tour of Carcassonne, home to Europe’s most complete medieval fortress, and relive medieval times as you pass age-old ramparts
  • See the Pont du Gard

Day 6: Provence - French Riviera

Take a walking tour of Avignon

Take a walking tour of Avignon, at the heart of the Provence region Visit the Papal Palace.

Enjoy dinner in the French Riviera





















Day 7: French Riviera

Take a day trip to Monaco

Take a day trip to Monaco, a tiny principality that packs wealth, royalty and the Casino Monte-Carlo into 0.8 square miles, and Èze, a hilly seaside town.

Tour a perfume factory and watch olfactory experts concoct new fragrances.

Take a walking tour of Nice

Take a walking tour of Nice and soak up the white- washed villas and the emerald waters that lap its endless beaches.

Enjoy dinner in the French Riviera.




















Day 8: French Riviera

Enjoy a walking tour of Nice

Enjoy a walking tour of Nice with your Tour Director Visit the National Sport Museum followed by a tour of Allianz Stadium, home to Nice’s beloved football team

Enjoy dinner in the French Riviera

Day 9: Depart for home

Your Tour Director assists with your transfer to the airport, where you’ll check in for your return flight home.