joy boat: 2020 Barcelona Dragon Boat Festival

Barcelona, Spain | may 20-27, 2020

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Your trip to the Annual Barcelona Dragon Boat Festival will take you to the autonomous community of Catalonia, a wholly unique region distinct from the rest of Spain. Here you will find a wealth of medieval architecture and history, the natural beauty of the shores of the coast along the Mediterranean, and of course, the dreamlike splendor of Barcelona. This region inspired the exquisite work of masters such as Picasso and Dali, and the great Gaudí’s architecture reflects the provocative and truly artistic nature of this romantic area. Guided excursions, along with plenty of free time and lots of paddling, will be the perfect mix to take advantage of your time here.  

Registrations will be accepted in the order in which they are received.

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ITINERARY

WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2020

DEPARTURE | IN FLIGHT

  • Depart on an overnight flight to Barcelona, Spain.
  • Select meals, snacks, and refreshments will be served on board the flight.
  • Be sure to read through  the great tips and travel information in your American Expedition handbook!
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THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2020

ARRIVE IN BARCELONA | PRACTICE DAY

  • Welcome to Barcelona, the vibrant capital of the Spanish autonomous community of Catalonia.
  • Upon arrival, your American Expeditions tour manager will greet you at the airport. Transfer to your conveniently located hotel, and stow your luggage.
  • Join your tour manager on an orientation walk and take in the undeniably unique rich culture, character, and festivity that Barcelona has to offer! Make a stop for lunch or a snack before walking back to your hotel to check in, refresh, and get settled. 
  • This afternoon, transfer to Olimpic Park for Joy Boat Barcelona’s first practice together as a team on the Canal
    Olímpic in Castelldefels just south of Barcelona.
  • Following practice, return to the hotel for the evening. Your tour manager will make recommendations for dining
    options.
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FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2020

BARCELONA & OPENING CEREMONY | PRACTICE DAY

  • After breakfast in the hotel dining room, embark on a tour of Barcelona by bike! The tour will include a brief
    overview of the vibrant city of Barcelona while touching famous attractions. Non-bikers can optionally spend the morning on a hop-on-hop-off bus tour of the sights of Barcelona.
  • Following your bike tour, enjoy lunch individually, before heading back to the hotel and getting ready for this afternoon's practice and opening ceremony.  
  • Gather in the hotel lobby and transfer together to the festival race site for practice. Meet the other teams competing
    this weekend at the opening ceremony!
  • Tonight, a welcome party with tapas while members of the Joy Boat Team get to know each other! 
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SATURDAY, MAY 23, 2020

RACE DAY - COMPETITION

  • This morning, after breakfast, transfer to Castelldefels to partake in the first day of festival activities. Castelldefels
    is a small town, famous for its long beach and the ancient castle Fels, which gave this town its name.
  • The Canal Olympic de Catalunya was built for the 1992 Olympic Games and is one of the best sports venues in
    Europe for water sports!
  • Races for today include Premier & Senior competitions.
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SUNDAY, MAY 24, 2020

MONTSERRAT | *OPTIONAL FLAMENCO SHOW

  • Following breakfast, embark on a morning excursion to Montserrat. Although best known for its monastery and shrine, Montserrat also offers some of the most spectacular mountain views and unusual rock formations in all of Catalonia; it's natural beauty parallels it's religious importance. 
  • While in Montserrat, learn about the Holy Grotto, where visits by the Virgin Mary were reported. The site is now a holy place that is frequently visited by pilgrims from all over the world. Visit the Santa Maria Montserrat Abbey, where you can find the famous statue of the Virgin of Montserrat sitting at the top of the altar. 
  • Tonight, return to Barcelona, where optional activities will be offered. Choose dinner and a flamenco show at
    Poble Espanyol, one of Barcelona’s open-air museums. Optional pricing supplements will be available.
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MONDAY, MAY 25, 2020

GIRONA & BLANES

  • After breakfast at the hotel, embark on a full-day excursion to Girona and Blanes.
  • First, we make our way to Girona by motor coach, a picturesque city set at the confluence of four Spanish rivers.
  • Enjoy a guided walking tour of Girona. Walk along the walls of the Passeig de la Muralla and take in the
    incredible views of the historic city center. Discover Old Town and visit the Girona Cathedral at the top of many
    stairs. See Girona’s medieval Jewish Quarter, one of the best-preserved Jewish neighborhoods in the world.  Learn about the rich history of this charming town and how multiple regions and cultures once flourished here.
  • Following your tour, there will be free time for lunch in Girona before transferring to the seaside town of Blanes.
  • Blanes is a charming beach town that marks the beginning of the Costa Brava. Here you can find Spanish street
    markets, fiestas, and gorgeous beaches.
  • Stroll the beaches, rent a bicycle, or visit the Jardí Botànic Marimurtra, the Botanical Gardens. Perched on a
    mountain top, this colorful garden offers beautiful views over the Mediterranean sea and the pretty rocky coves
    below the garden.
  • Tonight, enjoy free time in Blanes for a fresh off the boat fish and seafood dinner! Later evening motor coach transfer
    back to the hotel in Barcelona.
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TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2020

SAGRADA FAMILIA | CULINARY TOUR | *OPTIONAL TRIP

  • Enjoy breakfast in the hotel dining room before visiting the iconic Sagrada Familia Cathedral, enjoy a tour by an official guide accredited by the Government of Catalonia. 
  • In the afternoon, join an optional Culinary Tour of Barcelona (please see optional pricing supplement) and eat your way through Barcelona’s foodie neighborhoods. Explore local tastes at family-run restaurants and meet the chefs and owners.
    The tour will give you a taste of the regional specialties, as you discover the lesser known hidden corners of
    Barcelona!
  • Alternatively, stay in Barcelona, and perhaps explore Montjuïc, the majestic hill on the south side of the city,
    which features both cultural and recreational opportunities. Or, enjoy an incredible contrast between colors and
    activity while shopping at one of the local markets in Barcelona, such as Boqueria Market.
  • Tonight, a festive farewell dinner will be served to your group at a local restaurant. There will be ample opportunity
    to recount the many highlights of your tour!
WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2020

RETURN HOME | IN FLIGHT

  • After breakfast, this morning, check out of the hotel and depart for the Barcelona Airport and your return flight to North America. Select meals, snacks, and refreshments will be served on board the flight.
  • Welcome home!

 

TOUR DETAILS

ACCOMMODATIONS

6 nights in an upper-class hotel (4-star superior), central Barcelona, double occupancy, including all hotel service charges and taxes

TRANSPORTATION

  • Transportation as described in the itinerary in a modern climate-controlled motor coach with a professional driver
  • Gratuities for drivers are included.

FESTIVAL REGISTRATION FEE

  • The registration fee for the Barcelona Dragon Boat Festival including team tented area on race day.
  • Practices on Thursday and Friday
  • Boat Rentals

MEALS

  • Breakfast served daily in the hotel dining room
  • Two dinners served as follows-
    • Welcome Tapas Party                                                                                                                                                                      • Farewell dinner at a restaurant in Barcelona

TOUR MANAGER

  • A full-time American Expeditions tour manager to accompany your group from arrival to departure

LOCAL GUIDES & ACTIVITIES

  • Sightseeing tours with local English-speaking guides as described in the itinerary:
    • Guided sightseeing tour by bike in Barcelona (or alternatively a hop-on, hop-off tour for non-bikers)
    • Entrance and guided tour at Sagrada Familia Cathedral                                                                                                            • Excursion to Girona with a guided walking tour and afternoon in Blanes                                                                        • Morning visit to Montserrat
  • Local guide gratuities are included.

 ONLINE ACCOUNTING AND PAYMENT SYSTEM

  • Group leaders can opt that each traveler in the group makes individual trip payments online with credit cards or debit cards. Individuals receive electronic reminders, receipts, and statements.
  • Group leaders can track payments made by each traveler and receive automated reports with current balances and due dates. 

CUSTOM TRAVELER’S RESOURCE WEBSITE FOR YOUR GROUP FEATURING

  • Day to day itinerary
  • Things to Know Before You Go
  • Helpful links, including recommended reading and websites

 

PACKAGE PRICE

Price based on a minimum of 30 paying travelers is $2,300.00

*Please note the prices above are per person based on double occupancy in high-quality hotels.

Single Room Accommodations:

$577.00 per person supplement for a single room

Optional Packages:

• Dinner & entertainment at a flamenco show (Pricing TBD)
• Culinary Tour of Barcelona (Pricing TBD)

*Supplemental pricing will become available as tour dates near.

FLIGHTS:

Flights are not included in the tour package.  Reach out to American Expeditions to book your flight.

Want to fly with a preferred airline? Just let us know of any specific flight requests you have, and we'll work to find you the best possible itinerary.

Whether you'd like to arrive early at your destination, stay longer to explore more of even add another city to your trip, our team of travel experts will help you customize your flight itinerary to fit your travel preferences.

 

NOT INCLUDED IN THIS TOUR:

• Drinks with meals (except for breakfast) 
• Gratuities for the tour manager
• Team T-Shirts

• Travel Insurance*

*Travel insurance can be purchased per individual requests through your custom traveler resource website. 


IMPORTANT TOUR INFORMATION

MANAGER AND LOCAL GUIDES:

American Expeditions will send a professional, full-time manager to accompany your group during the entire program. The manager will handle all logistics for your group and provide general information about the regions to be visited. Local guides will conduct tours of specific cities and sites as indicated in your itinerary.

OPTIONAL SERVICES:

American Expeditions can make additional meal or excursion arrangements for the group, for example: lunches, museum tours, theater or performing arts tickets. Prices listed for optional activities are subject to reconfirmation at the time a reservation is made. Group discounts may be available.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Do you have more questions?  Click here to view Joy Boat FAQ's.

 

RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY

Registrations will be accepted in the order in which they are received. Contact us to register today.