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Escorted General-Interest Tours

There are many escorted-tour companies to choose from, each offering transportation to and within Barcelona, prearranged hotel space, and bilingual tour guides and lectures. Expensive and luxurious tours are run by Abercrombie & Kent International (www.abercrombiekent.com), including a deluxe 11-day "Highlights of Spain" tour that spends 4 days in Barcelona. Trafalgar Tours (www.trafalgartours.com) offers a number of tours of Spain, with Barcelona on several itineraries. Insight Vacations (www.insightvacations.com) has an 11-day "Highlights of Spain" tour that begins in Madrid and sweeps along the southern and eastern coasts, stopping in Barcelona. Tours from Petrabax Tours (www.petrabax.com) travel by bus and feature stays in paradores (high-standard, state-run hotels -- some modern, some in historic buildings).

Special-Interest Tours

The Barcelona Information Office (www.barcelonaturisme.com) provides several detailed walks covering different architectural and aesthetic aspects of the city (Gothic, modernisme, gourmet, and Picasso). They depart from the Plaça de Catalunya, last between 1 1/2 and 2 hours, and cost between 12€ and 15€ per adult.

More personal and expensive walking trips are arranged by My Favourite Things (www.myft.net). These cover more offbeat and idiosyncratic aspects of Barcelona and cost from 30€ per adult.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.