Mediterranean cruises often launch from Barcelona, but if your only experience of this fantastical Catalonian city is the view during your complimentary airport to ship transfer, then you’ve missed out—big time. You’ve got native son Antoni Gaudí’s landmarks to explore (Sagrada Familia, Park Güell); food markets and tapas bars to sample; grand boulevards and the Gothic Quarter for wandering; and palm-fringed beaches, where you can soak up the sun and embrace that vacation mindset. Conveniently, Regent Seven Seas Cruises offers the option to book pre-trip stays in Barcelona so that you can do the destination justice before taking off on the 10-night Barcelona to Rome cruise.
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