Barcelona & Catalonia Transition Year School Trips & Tours

A visit to this part of Spain offers a great opportunity to introduce your Transition Year pupils to Spanish life, culture and language. We’ll base your group on the coast in safe and secure accommodation that’s still within easy reach of Barcelona, and create an itinerary that suits the age of your pupils.

A Transition Year school trip to the Northern Catalonian coastline allows pupils to explore the small fishing ports, mountainous villages, seaside towns and larger commercial tourist resorts. All these differing communities offer alternative aspects of Spanish culture and a diverse range of educational visits whilst also providing a relaxed and budget-friendly base. 

Sample itinerary

Our sample itinerary provides you with an idea of the visits you can cover during your trip. We can tailor-make an itinerary to support your specific learning outcomes.

Morning Afternoon Evening
1 Flight from Ireland. Meet & greet with NST representative Guided tour of Barcelona taking in the key sights (Plaza Catalunya, the Gothic Quarter & Cathedral & Columbus Monument & more) Las Ramblas
2 Montjuic, the Olympic Stadium and Poble Espanyol Nou Camp Stadium Explore Port Vell
3 Full day at PortAventura Bowling
4 Sagrada Familia.  Parc Guell Return flight to Ireland
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Morning Flight from Ireland. Meet & greet with NST representative
Afternoon Guided tour of Barcelona taking in the key sights (Plaza Catalunya, the Gothic Quarter & Cathedral & Columbus Monument & more)
Evening Las Ramblas
Morning Montjuic, the Olympic Stadium and Poble Espanyol
Afternoon Nou Camp Stadium
Evening Explore Port Vell
Morning Full day at PortAventura
Afternoon Bowling
Evening
Morning Sagrada Familia.  Parc Guell
Afternoon Return flight to Ireland
Evening

On-tour support

On-tour support includes...

Additional on-tour support available...

  • Pre-booked meals at great group prices

Top visits

Figueres

This typically Catalan town is famous as the birthplace and resting place of the artist Salvador Dalí. It’s also home to a fascinating toy museum and numerous shops and cafés. 

Gerona

One of Catalonia’s most attractive towns. Its well-preserved old buildings and narrow stepped streets provide a delightful experience for pupils to explore its mix of Arabian and Jewish influences. Highlights include a visit to the Arabian baths, the Gothic Cathedral and the Jewish Quarter.

Barcelona

The magnificent city of Barcelona is a highlight for the majority of groups staying on the Northern Catalonian coast. As many of the resorts are within easy reach, then groups can include visits to La Sagrada Familia, Montjuïc, Nou Camp, Parc Güell, Las Ramblas …and many more

Montjuïc

This historic, hilly area provides the best views of Barcelona. Pupils can explore its wide range of attractions, including the Olympic Stadium and the famous Spanish Village, Poble Espanyol, as well as artisan workshops and tapas bars. The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc offers a spectacular display of colour, light, movement, water and music too!

La Sagrada Família

Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece remains a popular tourist attraction and a world renowned emblem of the city. Pupils will be amazed by its sheer size and its architectural complexity.

Based on Gaudí’s plans of 1954, this stunning building is still under construction and is due to be completed in 2026. During a visit here, pupils can walk up the spiral steps to see the openwork spires whilst at the same time stone snakes, lizards and frogs pop out from the architecture.

Las Ramblas

Pupils will enjoy wandering along this famous street with its variety of shops, cafés, market stalls and street entertainers.

Park Güell

Take a visit to the famous park which was designed by Antonio Gaudí. Beautiful examples of his extraordinary work can be seen here. The serpentine pathways take you on a journey past a magnificent fusion of architecture and natural forms, benches shaped like dragons, a gatehouse topped with fly agaric mushrooms and Casa Batlló’s melting façade, resembling skulls, masks and sharks teeth. The park’s high-point also provides fabulous views of the city.

A fascinating visit for all groups and a must for anyone studying 3D.

Tossa de Mar Town Trail

Exclusive to NST

Accompanied by a local guide, pupils will follow trail instructions and answer questions in Spanish in this informative and enjoyable way to explore the town. Our trails are an excellent method of getting pupils to read, repeat and understand Spanish signs, words and phrases. 

Tapas Tasting Evening

Pupils can taste a wide variety of traditional Spanish dishes at this fun and popular evening activity. Available within all resorts.

Flamenco Show

This fascinating show, based on the heart-stopping and passionate art of Flamenco dancing, is a must for groups and a true cultural experience from Spain’s musical heritage.

PortAventura

NST and PortAventura have been working closely together to bring you the very best value tickets. 

PortAventura has everything to make a school trip unforgettable! Both pupils and teachers will have a great time in the two amazing parks. PortAventura Park is an astonishing amusement park divided in six thematic areas with many rides and shows. Costa Caribe Aquatic Park is a water park packed with waves and slides. 

Together you can travel around the six themed areas of the park: Mediterrània, China, México, Polynesia, Far West and SésamoAventura. Take in several shows, from the dazzling wonders of Teatro Imperial in China to the exotic dances of Polynesia and then enjoy the thrills and spills of the many, many rides. 

Water World

The largest water park on the Costa Brava has numerous water rides and even a bungee-jump. 


Evening activites

  • Tapas Tasting
  • Flamenco Show
  • Bowling

Transport

We offer flights from a variety of departure airports and we’ll work with you to plan your route at the best value possible.

Flight


Giving you full support throughout

Before your tour

  • Your own dedicated NST contact
  • Bespoke tour itineraries
  • Unrivalled local knowledge & expertise
  • Curriculum linked visit programmes
  • Great value for money - no hidden costs
  • Free group leader inspection visits
  • Risk assessment guidance
  • Safety assured, transport, accommodation and visits

Whilst you're away

  • Free educational resources
  • Group-friendly accommodation
  • Exceptional standards of coaching
  • On-tour support from our reps on the ground
  • Support & assistance from our specialists guides throughout your tour
  • 24/7 support just a call away
  • Extensive group travel insurance

On your return

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