“The Ambassador’s Symphonic Band Concert Tour to Portugal and Spain was the best yet…..We have been to Europe two times before with Cultural Tours and always had a wonderful time performing at the Montreux , Vienne, and the Juan Les Pins Jazz Festivals….but this year’s tour was the best.! Oriol was even more amazing than we remembered…..Being from Spain, I think he had a personal investment in this tour…..which made it even more special. The venues were spectacular (Castles, Roman Ruins, A Mountain top Castle in Barcelona that overlooked the entire City). The audiences huge and very appreciative (at least 2 encores at each stop). Great Hotels, Great Restaurants, Amazing Experience…Thanks, again…..We will Be Back! ”– DAVID
If you have only one word with which to describe Spain, it would be “festivals.” From the smallest village to the largest city, the country abounds in colorful spectacles of music and culture. [Read More]
The tours listed below are just a few samples of the type of cultural journeys you can take in Spain – but the possibilities are limitless! We can create a tour around your group’s specific passion and ensure it is enriched by all the unique venues Spain has to offer!
Orchestra Performance Tour
If you’ve already traveled with CTC to Spain, you are undoubtedly familiar with Oriol, our “man on the ground” in Spain. Thanks to his insight, contacts, and persistence, CTC is able to offer incredible venues for orchestral groups to Spain. A recent tour included the major Youth Orchestra Festival in Segovia, the Colors de Musica Festival in Andorra, on the “terrace” of the Castle of Montjuic overlooking the city of Barcelona, and a performance in El Vendrell, birthplace of world renowned cellist Pablo Casals in cooperation with the Pable Casals Foundation. Audiences often numbered in the 1000s. When it was feared there would not be enough chairs at a performance in Barcelona, Oriol was seen transporting more on his motorcycle! With this kind of determination and dedication your tour is certain to be a success!
Art and Architecture Study Tour to Barcelona and Catalonia
Barcelona is a city of contrasts: steeped in history while boldly taking the lead toward the future. So much of the city’s art is proudly displayed in its streets. Barcelona is a vast outdoor museum with “annexes” to be found in the outlying towns and villages. An Art & Architecture Study Tour to the area can encompass works from as far back as the Roman Empire and as recent as the works of contemporary architect Santiago Calatrava. Not to be missed: the distinctive Romanesque architecture of the 11th-13th centuries (over 2000 examples in the region); Gothic structures dating from the time when Catalonia was at the height of its power; the garden of Modernisme that is the Eixample District of Barcelona; and, of course the legacy of Antoni Gaudí that includes the Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera, and Guell Park. The excellent art museums will complement your tour: the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya and the Picasso Museum which is the most visited site in Barcelona.
Spiritual Tour Following the Santiago de Compostela Pilgrimage Route
For several hundred years Santiago de Compostela, located near the northwestern Atlantic coast of Spain, was the third most popular pilgrimage route after Jerusalem and Rome. Today, tens of thousands of Christians and non-Christians each year follow one of the several official Camino routes through Spain. As one Camino pilgrim recently said: “You look at the landscape and the world in general through different eyes when walking along an ancient pilgrimage route.” There exists a network of pilgrimage hostels run by local parishes, councils, and pilgrim associations. Accommodations can be in a combination of hostels, monasteries, conventional hotels and the more luxurious Spanish paradors (government owned high-end hotels in historic buildings and former monasteries). A portion of the tour can be on foot, the length of which to be determined by you.