Ancient Catalonia | Iberians & Romans in North-East Spain

Medieval city of Tivissa
Medieval city of Tivissa
Girona Cathedral
Girona Cathedral
Triumphal arch of Bara
Triumphal arch of Bara
Aerial view of Altafulla
Aerial view of Altafulla
Ruins of the roman baths of the Villa of Centcelles
Ruins of the roman baths of the Villa of Centcelles
Night landscape from the Besalu
Night landscape from the Besalu
The ancient roman amphitheatre of Tarragona
The ancient roman amphitheatre of Tarragona
Catalonia Square
Catalonia Square

Prehistoric cave paintings depicting human groups show the emergence of a complex society early in the region’s history and an advanced Iberian culture developed here. There were Greek settlements along the coast before it was conquered by the Romans. Catalonia was one of the first areas of Spain to free itself from the Moors and, as a result, there evolved a very distinct regional culture. Medieval Barcelona was at the heart of the Mediterranean Empire which stretched to Italy and Greece.

  • See the 2,500-year-old village of Callafel
  • Discover prehistoric art in the caves of Ulldecona
  • Explore the medieval monasteries' hillside towns
  • View the magnificent Les Ferreres Aqueduct, built by the Romans to supply water to Tarragona

Themes

  • Romans
  • Medieval
  • Great Cities

Itinerary 2020

Day 1

Arrive in Bareclona and drive along the coast to visit the partially reconstructed Iberian village of Calafell. We then continue to our hotel in Tarragona.

Hotels: Overnight in Tarragona
Meals: Dinner included

Day 2

We spend the day exploring Roman Tarraco (Tarragona), following part of the circuit of the town walls round the site of the forum to the archaeological museum. After lunch we continue visiting the Circus (one of the best preserved in the entire Empire) and the amphitheatre.

Hotels: Overnight in Tarragona
Meals: All meals included

Day 3

This morning we visit the Roman quarry of El Mèdol and then it's on to Altafulla. After lunch, we drive to the aqueduct el Pont de les Ferreres and the Roman villa at Centcelles.

Hotels: Overnight in Tarragona
Meals: All meals included

Day 4

This morning we head south to Ulldecona where the discovery of prehistoric rock art has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Paintings are reached by a stony track on a steep hillside. We then continue to Tivissa, one of the most important Iberian sites known in Spain. On our return to Tarragona, we visit the early Christian cemetery.

Hotels: Overnight in Tarragona
Meals: All meals included

Day 5

Driving northwards along the coast we view the Arco de Bera on our way to Barcelona. We explore the city, visiting the underground excavations as well as the Archaeological Museum. In the afternoon, we continue driving north to our hotel in Girona.

Hotels: Overnight in Tarragona
Meals: All meals included

Day 6

We take a walk around Girona's town walls and the Arabic baths before visiting the Archaeological Museum, housed in an 11th century Romanesque monastery. In the afternoon we drive to the Church of Santa Maria de Porqueres and then Besalu, a small town of considerable importance in the Middle Ages with a 12th century fortified bridge.

Hotels: Overnight in Girona
Meals: Breakfast & dinner included

Day 7

We start our day at the trading site of Emporion, colonised by Iberian, Greek and Roman settlers. It became a Roman town after the second Punic war. This afternoon, we pay a visit to the Iron Age settlement of Ullastret, an early town developed by the local Iberian tribe, Indiketes, influenced by Greek settlers on the coast.

Hotels: Overnight in Girona
Meals: All meals included

Day 8

A visit to Girona Cathedral awaits this morning before we drive to Barcelona airport for our individual flights home.

Meals: Breakfast included

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - Most meals included with wine at dinner
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in program; tips included
  6. Field Notes
  7. Hotels

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2020 Tour Details

Mon 1st Jun - Mon 8th Jun

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$3,085

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CAT20A

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without flights

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