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Barcelona, Costa Brava & the Countryside

Great Value Vacations
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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
8 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Enjoy the freedom of your own car to roam far and wide.
  • Stroll through the Museu Picasso in Barcelona and follow the footsteps of this iconic painter.
  • Take a ride on the Montserrat Aeri cable car. See amazing views while giving your legs a break.
  • When in Spain, tasting local culinary favorites is a must. Try Fideua, then indulge in the sweet dessert, Crema Catalana.
  • Experience overwhelming beauty at the Jardi Botanic Marimurtra in Costa Brava.

Short Description

See a little bit of everything on this once-in-a-lifetime vacation package. Begin your trip soaking up the vibrant culture of Barcelona, then take a scenic drive to mountainous Montserrat. Experience the lush countryside, hike up gorgeous peaks, then make your way to breathtaking Costa Brava. Relax on pristine beaches, stare out into the sparkling sea, and create unforgettable memories.

A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Trip Type Self-guided / Independent Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Barcelona
End City Barcelona

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare to Barcelona (BCN)
  • Private airport transfer upon arrival
  • Manual car rental for 5 nights - upgrade to automatic available
  • Accommodations in hotels listed, or similar:
  • 2 nights in Barcelona at the Hotel Tryp Apolo
  • 2 nights in Montserrat at the Hotel Abat Cisneros
  • 2 nights in Costa Brava at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Girona
  • 1 night in Barcelona at the Hotel Tryp Apolo
  • Breakfast daily

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Barcelona!

Accommodation: Hotel Tryp Apolo

Arrive in Barcelona and immediately become immersed in colorful culture and artistic flavor. Enjoy a private transfer to your first luxurious accommodation, settle in, then begin exploring this fascinating city!

Spend your first night strolling along La Rambla or walking through the historic Gothic Quarter. Watch authentic street performers dance the night away, browse through unique shops, and grab some tapas at a quaint cafe. Never too early to splurge on souvenirs! 

Transfer to Barcelona hotel

Day 2: Barcelona

Spend the day seeing all of Antoni Gaudi's famous masterpieces up-close! First, visit the overwhelmingly beautiful Sagrada Familia. If you're interested in touring the inside, be sure to get there early; lines can get quite long, but it's worth the wait!

Next, navigate your way through tons of bright sculptures in stunning Park Guell. From there, make your way to Casa Mila, Casa Batllo, and the amazing Palau Nacional in Montjuic Park. Sitting in front of the Palau Nacional is the Magic Fountain of Montjuic. Watch its jet streams dance as it becomes illuminated during a fantastic light show come nightfall!

Day 3: Barcelona - Montserrat

Accommodation: Abat Cisneros Hotel Montserrat

Enjoy a scenic drive to the gorgeous mountains of Montserrat today! Settle into your comfortable accommodation, then travel through time at the Montserrat Monastery.

Explore this historic landmark that's nestled right in the heart of the mountains. Gawk at its stunning architecture, learn about its history, and enjoy the view of this beautiful area.

Day 4: Montserrat

Enjoy an energizing breakfast, lace up your sneakers, and start your day with a hike up Sant Jeroni. Gaze out at majestic views and breathe in the fresh, mountain air.

When your legs get tired, take a ride on the Aeri Montserrat cable car. Record a video of the ride on your phone while you enjoy the amazing view in person.

Day 5: Montserrat - Costa Brava

Accommodation: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Girona

Make your way to the breathtaking shores of Costa Brava, where the bright blue-green ocean meets pristine white sand.

Spend the rest of the day strolling through the charming stone streets of Vila Vella, Costa Brava's old town, then take a walk along the magnificent Cami de Ronda.

Day 6: Costa Brava

Wake up, enjoy breakfast, then grab your camera and take a drive to Cap de Creus National Park. See postcard-worthy natural beauty as you walk along this stunning trail.

Head back towards your hotel and end the day watching the sunset from the iconic Castillo de Tossa de Mar.

Day 7: Costa Brava - Barcelona

Accommodation: Hotel Tryp Apolo

Say goodbye to Costa Brava and head back to where you came from: Barcelona. Along the drive, you may want to make a pit-stop at the gorgeous Montnegre i el Corredor nature preserve.

Spend the afternoon making sure you've seen everything you'd hoped to see. Treat yourself to a last-night meal of paella, indulge in some churros con chocolate, and reflect on all you've seen and done since you've last been in Barcelona.

Day 8: Depart Spain

Squeeze all your souvenirs into your luggage, make your way to the airport, drop off your rental car and board your plane. Spend the flight home scrolling through priceless photos and dreaming about your next adventure.

Fly home!

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When I booked with Great Value I was nervous because it seemed too good to be true. Nope, just a really great deal. I was able to take my dream trip to Ireland and Scotland and it was within my budget. Everything was covered, my lodging, flights, and rental car. There was no hidden fees, or fine print that would nickel and dime me later on, as "good deals" usually have. I also had to change the date of my trip and the customer service was excellent and this change was simple. Thank you Great Value, I'll be using you every time I travel from now on
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Everything on the trip was excellent. The only concern with any services from GVV was initial communications ahead of the trip regarding when and how we'd receive all our travel vouchers, as some were available online, and some were to be picked up in country upon arrival. It took no less than 5 phone calls to learn some vouchers would be picked up in country. The trip was outstanding, exhausting, but gloriously beautiful. It was exhausting from the perspective of moving around the country and only a few places were 2 nights. But, we knew that going in, and we wanted to see ALL of Switzerland and this certainly checked those boxes. We saw majestic mountains, we saw countless waterfalls and glaciers. The trains in Switzerland were all clean and we felt safe. The hotels were good with delicious breakfasts each morning. Overall, I would recommend GVV to a friend or family member and I would personally book another vacation with GVV.
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Our trip was amazing!

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This was my first time planning a trip out of the country. I read previous reviews who had a good experience with Great Value Vacation. Our trip was amazing! The booking and reservations were easy to use with the vouchers provided. The staff was helpful. The only downside was I upgraded to have an automatic vehicle and they gave me a stick shift. It took a while to get sorted out but other than that I loved my trip! I will definitely use great value vacations again when I book my next trip. I opted for the additional wine tasting package and I did not regret it! I recommend adding those additional tours to get a more complete experience.
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My wife and I recently booked our vacation through Great Value Vacations. We were a bit nervous to travel to Europe for the first time, but we are glad we did. Great Value Vacations took care of us. Great customer service. Seamless transactions. They booked the hotels and flights for us. All we had to worry about were the daily activities! I would highly recommended them. The hotels offered through the package were as advertised: nice and in great locations. The flights times were also convenient. The best part was the price. I am thankful for the experiences Great Value Vacation was able to provide for us!
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Really enjoyed both of my trips

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Really enjoyed both of my trips through Great Value Vacations. I went on one family trip to Ireland (Adare villa, rental car with trips out to Dublin, Cliffs of Moher and more) . The villa was very comfortable with a kitchen, three bedrooms, and proximity to the local shops /restaurants. We were able to upgrade to an automatic car and had fun navigating to each location on our itinerary. The trip as planned by the agency still leaves time for exploring on your own and since we picked a trip with our own transportation, we had flexibility on which tours we wanted to do and when.

My second trip was a solo trip to Scotland. I like to go on vacation by myself sometimes, but it can be hard to find ones where you aren’t penalized for being on your own. This train trip to Edinburgh, Inverness, and Glasgow worked out really well for me. The hotels were all near the train stations and in safe areas (good lighting, plenty of people, etc.). I got a good mix of options for sightseeing in each city. The hop-on, hop-off bus circuit was especially useful for getting around Edinburgh. I also added an extra tour on in Glasgow to see nearby castles and a distillery and was very glad to have done so as the views of the countryside were amazing!

Summary: Have enjoyed my previous experiences and would definitely use again
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Just got back from our trip to Italy booked through Great Value Vacations & was our dream come true! We could not have gone if it were not for their unbelievable rates. Each 4 Star Villa we stayed at was above and beyond our expectations...I cried after leaving each part of our journey. I am so glad I took a leap of faith and would HIGHLY RECOMMEND booking with them. Besides the Villas being beautiful, great locations, clean, and great staff; each place we arrived at actually said, "They said to give you a very nice room." (with a rate of just under $1,900 a piece for 9 nights not counting travel days at 4 stars Villas in Rome, Tuscany, & Venice including airfare and rent a car... a few friends told us to expect the worst rooms at the places we were staying ~ NOT the case! Our rooms had the best views...I could go on and on. Every step of the way was smooth with no worries whatsoever. Thanks again GVV! LOVED IT!
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