The Riviera - Spain & France
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
Sightseeing: Barcelona, Sagrada Familia, Montserrat
Overnights: Barcelona (3), Provence region (1), French Riviera (3)
Entrances: Park Güell
Camp Nou Football Stadium
Picasso Museum Montserrat
Pont du Gard
Avignon Papal Palace
Perfume factory, Eze
National Sport Museum
Allianz Stadium tour
Day 1: Fly to Barcelona
Meet your Tour Director at the airport.
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 9: Depart for home
Your Tour Director assists with your transfer to the airport, where you’ll check in for your return flight home.