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Hiking and sightseeing - Barcelona Adventure

  • Mar 28, 2014 · 7:00 AM

Arty, magical and enchanting with the Gaudi's creations, Magic Fountain and La Rambla full of street performers, Barcelona has long been an excellent weekend break destination. 

In a Curious Kat's style, we will not only cover the usual tourist attractions, but also taste the best of the local food and discover a natural beauty area of Parc Natural Muntanya de Montserrat. 

What will we do? 

We will be hiking in Montserrat, segwaying in Barcelona, visiting magical Gaudi's Park, following the guides around the town on a walking tour, hanging out in La Rambla... 

VIII Concurs de fotografia del Parc Natural de la Muntanya de Montserrat (2013)

Recommended flights:

London Gatwick to Barcelona (easy jet)

Dep Fri, 28 March[masked]:25 Arr Fri, 28 March[masked]:30Flight 85731 Adult1 x £53.49

Barcelona to London Gatwick (easy jet)

Dep Sun, 30 March[masked]:40Arr Sun, 30 March[masked]:00Flight 85781 Adult1 x £67.49

Subtotal flights and options for all passengers: £120.98

Update: as these flights have now gone up in prices, please also feel free to book: 

London Gatwick to Barcelona Dep Fri, 28 March[masked]:55 Arr Fri, 28 March 2014 10:00 Flight 85711 Adult1 x £76.49 Barcelona to London Gatwic kDep Sun, 30 March[masked]:55Arr Sun, 30 March[masked]:10Flight 85801 Adult1 x £62.49

Subtotal flights and options for all passengers: £138.98 

Flying back on Monday: 

As the flight prices go up quickly, some people decided to fly back on Monday. The flight departing at 15:10 is only £51.49. You will need to reserve a room with hostal fernando for an extra night, please contact me if you would like their contact details. I will be happy to take you back to the airport on Monday and we will find something else interesting to do for the rest of your stay. 

VIII Concurs de fotografia del Parc Natural de la Muntanya de Montserrat (2013)

Price: Early bird price of £210 applies if you pay in full by the end of January. In February you can still get a slight discount and pay the total of £230. From 1 March the full price of £260 will apply.

Deposit: of £100 (+paypal fees) needs to be paid on RSVP to secure your place. Please note, until the deposit is paid your place is not confirmed. 

The final payments have to be in my account two weeks before the trip the latest. Please put this date in your diary now as no reminders will be sent and if you have not paid by then you will be removed from the trip and your deposit will not be refunded. Bank account details to pay the balance can be found here: http://www.meetup.com/Curious-Kat-Adventure-Club/pages/Bank_account/. Please make sure you account for the paypal fees in your calculations (so the £3.70 on top of £100 deposit should not be deducted from the reminder of the payment).

What's included: 2 nights' accommodation, 2 x breakfast, city tour, segway tour, airport transfers, train tickets to Montserrat, hike in Montserrat and funiculars, packed lunch on Saturday, Gaudi Park 's entry fee

Plan of the trip

Friday 28 March 2014

10:25 - 13:30 Flight

13:30 -14:30 going through security

14:30 - 15:30 transfer to the hostel

15:30 - 16:00 refreshing and showering

16:00 - 17:30 Pinxos in Bilbao Berria (not included) - a very typical tapas place

18:00 - 19:30 Segway tour of Barcelona (included)

19:30 - 20:00 transfer to Park Guel

20:00 - 21:30 Park Guel visit

22:00  late dinner (as the Spanish do) :) 

Saturday 29 March 2014

Hiking in Montserrat - all day trip.

Lunch (sandwich) included.

All day hiking

Dinner

Sunday 30 March 2014

10:45 meeting to walk over to Jaume I (5 minutes' walk). If you are not downstairs we will leave without you.

11am - 14:00 walking tour of Barcelona (included*)

14:00 - 15:30 free time in Barcelona

15:30 meeting at the hostel to pick up bags and travel to the airport

15:45 - 17:45 transfer to the airport

Flight back at 18:40

Accommodation: hostel style. A limited amount of upgrades to twin or single rooms available at a premium. Please let me know after booking if you are interested, they will be at first come first served basis.  


IMPORTANT: By signing up to this trip you have agreed to the following disclaimer: 

'While safety is our top priority and although we never take unnecessary risks, we do recognise that any outdoor activity/trip involves a danger of personal injury or death. Remember that you should be aware of and accept these risks as you are responsible for your own safety and you should not undertake anything beyond your abilities. It is also your responsibility to be correctly equipped for the weather and activity you have chosen to participate in.' The organiser only facilitates the group, and doesn't take responsibility for your safety during the trip.

INSURANCE:

You also confirm that you will be responsible for your own insurance and make sure that it is at an appropriate level for this trip and activities you will be participating in (if in doubt, check with your insurance provider). 

BAD WEATHER: 

There is always a small risk that the weather could make it dangerous to do the activities planned - in which case alternatives will be provided. 

Cancellations:

Please note that unless the trip is cancelled the payments are non-refundable as the costs need to be paid in advance. However you may be able to sell your place to your friends or other group members if you follow this procedure;http://www.meetup.com/Curious-Kat-Adventure-Club/pages/What_to_do_if_you_can_no_longer_attend_an_event/.

*you may be asked for donations as the tour is run by volunteers




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  • Tosin

    The memories of this trip will remain with me for the rest of my life! I enjoyed it and it was nice meeting everyone, thanks for your support and thanks to Kat for organizing. Still can't believe I made it to the top of Montserrat.Hope to see you all soon.

    3 · April 2, 2014

  • Helen S.

    Thank you Kat for a fantastic weekend, looking forward to Snowdonia and Carcassonne (hint) already.

    April 1, 2014

  • Ross R.

    Another excellent adventure with Kat! Great activities combined with great organisation in a great location - a very katisfying trip!

    2 · March 31, 2014

    • Kat

      hahaha, loving your katty remarks. :)

      1 · March 31, 2014

    • Ross R.

      It would be a katastrophe otherwise ;-)

      March 31, 2014

  • AMIT

    The Segway tour - One of the highlights of the meetup
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xkuz7-3x4Q&feature=youtu.be (2)

    2 · March 31, 2014

  • AMIT

    Fascinating city, very scenic hike and segway tour, good adventure with a good group

    1 · March 31, 2014

  • Helen S.

    Hi Kat, was just wondering about the level of the walking in Montserrat. Whether we need full walking boots, poles if very hilly etc, just deciding if I can fit everything in cabin luggage or need a larger suitcase and put it in the hold

    March 26, 2014

  • Kat

    The hostel serves breakfast daily between 08:00am till 10:00am.
    The breakfast continental buffet includes marmalade, croissants, yogurt, toasted, café, cereals, meal, chees, juice, cupcake etc..)

    2 · March 26, 2014

  • Melanie

    Hi, please note that I am unable to attend this trip. If anyone is interested in going, my spot is available and up for sale. Please get in touch. Thanks.

    March 7, 2014

    • Ally

      Hi Melanie,
      As discussed, I'd like to take your slot. Please let me know how to finalize this.
      Thanks,
      Ally

      March 19, 2014

    • Melanie

      Hi Ally, thanks for taking my spot.

      March 19, 2014

  • Kat

    Hi guys, tehre is one more single room upgrade available, is anyone interested?
    So far Tosin is the only one who booked one.

    March 17, 2014

    • Ross R.

      I will take a single please Kat :)

      March 17, 2014

  • Ally

    Hi Kat! Is it too late to join this trip? Are there many people flying back on Monday instead (as I would have to)?....thanks.

    March 6, 2014

    • Melanie

      Hi Kat,

      March 7, 2014

    • Melanie

      Will follow the procedures as mentioned

      March 7, 2014

  • Jenn

    Hi Kat! Just curious...what places would we see with the segway and city tours? There are so many places I want to see in Barcelona, and curious as to which would be covered... Thanks!

    February 22, 2014

    • Jenn

      Thanks so much for this, Kat! Will try to decide if I can make it ASAP

      February 25, 2014

    • Jenn

      SO coincidental, but my bf is actually taking me as a belated bday gift on that SAME weekend. He didn't even know I was considering this trip, ha! Hope you all have an amazing time, and maybe I'll bump into in town!

      March 6, 2014

  • kate

    Dear Kat
    Looks like an amazing trip but can't maket the dates :-(
    will you be doing this trip again later in the year ?
    thanks Kate

    February 14, 2014

    • Kat

      Hi Kate, not this year - there are so many exciting things planned, 52 weekends is just not enough! But maybe next year. :)

      February 14, 2014

  • Helen S.

    Hi Kat
    I am looking at the flights, please could you confirm that we are flying out on Friday as the recommended flight above says Thursday. Also the Friday flight is fully booked but I could catch the earlier one and meet you at Barcelona airport. Please could you let me know asap as there are only 2 spaces left on the flight and I would like to book them before I RSVP on meetup. Many thanks Helen

    January 17, 2014

    • Kat

      So just to clarify, the trip is Friday - Sunday as per itinerary.

      January 20, 2014

    • Tosin

      Hi Kat, would it be possible for me to upgrade to a single room?

      January 25, 2014

  • Helen S.

    Thank you, I have managed to book the flights you suggested so can now travel with the group. See you then.☺

    January 20, 2014

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