Architecture Tour of Portugal, Spain & the Mediterranean with Malcolm Carver

18
Nights
2018
Jul 31
From
$9,790
Including accommodation, guided sightseeing,
tours, entries

Our European Architecture tours over the past fifteen years, have focused on the western and northern sides of Europe discovering, contemporary and modern architecture of the 20th and 21st century. This Grand Tour extends into the southern parts of Europe again following the same theme to discover and appreciate recent work of outstanding architects most of whom are Pritzker Prize winners. The Tour begins in Lisbon travelling to Porto and then Valencia and Barcelona. We then board a Mediterranean Cruise around the coastal ports of Gibraltar, France and Italy. The tour includes exciting, outstanding and mostly recent 21C buildings with a significant new direction in having 7 nights at sea with less time travelling between cities by bus and more time to rest and enjoy our world. Our itinerary provides a balance of time out during the tour but still as much to see as you could wish. We have also allowed adequate time for participants to visit fantastic new art galleries and theatres independently and share the pleasures these beautiful and vibrant cities have to offer. Not to be missed!

A professional development opportunity. Book early!

Visiting Lisbon, Porto, Valencia, Barcelona, Gibraltar, Provence, Genoa, Tuscany & Rome

Tour highlights

  • Sightseeing tour of Lisbon
  • Welcome drinks
  • Lisbon’s best contemporary architecture - Santiago Calatrava’s Estacio do Oriente (Oriente Train Station) then Renzo Piano’s Prata Housing Complex
  • Casa da Musica (2005 Rem Koolhas)
  • Leca Swimming Pool (Alvaro Siza Viera) - Porto
  • The Opera House (2005) in the City of Arts and Sciences Complex - Valencia
  • Santiago Calatrava’s impressive work
  • Can Lis (Jorn Utzon – subject to availability), Es Baluard Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art (several arcitects), Pilar and Joan Miro Foundation (Rafael Moneo), Pueblo
  • Espanol (Fernando Chueca Goitia) - Majorca
  • Casa Mila (Gaudi 1812), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Meier 1995), The Barcelona Pavilion (Mies van der Rohe 1929) and Sagrada Familia (Gaudi) - Barcelona
  • Walking tour of Barcelona
  • Presentation from Malcolm Carver on the regions cutting edge architects
  • Explore the historic town of Gibraltar with a trip to the top of the rock
  • Chateau la Coste art gallery (Renzo Piano 2017) before returning to Marseille to see the CMA CGM Headquarters (Hadid 2010), the FRAC Contemporary Art Museum (Kuma 2012), Les Docks de la Joleitte (5+1AA) and the View Port pavilion (Norman Foster) - Marseille
  • A guided tour of Lucca
  • Palazzo della Civilta Italiana (Giovanni Guerrini), Rome’s Convention Centre (Massimiliano Fuksas, Roma Eur Viale Europa 242 (Piano), Palazzo Della Sport (Pier Luigi Nervi), The Auditorium Parco Della Musica (Piano) and Ex Unione Militare Refurbishment (Massimiliano Fuksas) - Rome
  • Farewell dinner
Architecture Tour of Portugal, Spain & the Mediterranean with Malcolm Carver Map

Includes

  • Accommodation in carefully selected centrally located 4 & 5-star hotels with private facilities
  • Travel on Emerald Princess in the selected cabin category
  • Economy-class flights from Porto to Valencia/ Valencia to Majorca & Majorca to Barcelona
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • Travel in first-class chartered coaches
  • Continental breakfasts daily
  • Welcome drinks in Lisbon
  • Orientation tours of Lisbon and Barcelona
  • Sightseeing and general entrance fees as detailed in the tour itinerary
  • Farewell Dinner in Rome
  • Tour leadership by well-known architect Malcolm Carver
  • Fully escorted by Travelrite professional tour manager Jim Webber
Emerald Princess Deck plans

Emerald Princess

The sight of Emerald Princess simply takes your breath away. The instant you step aboard Emerald Princess everything is taken care of and there is an incredible array of on-board activities, from the ScholarShip@Sea enrichment series and the unique Lotus Spa to spectacular evening entertainment in multiple venues. There are four sparkling swimming pools, a Grand Casino, bars, virtual golf, an impressive library and one of the largest internet cafes at sea. Emerald Princess is fitted with over 700 balconies where passengers can step out and enjoy the refreshing ocean breeze. Settling into your own stateroom will be one of the most pleasurable moments and you will be amazed at the range of amenities at your fingertips. Sports lovers can make the most of the gym and fitness area, jogging track, paddle tennis, virtualgolf simulators, swim-against-the-current lap pool and the 9-hole mini-golf course. The Lotus Spa offers a tempting range of pampering possibilities and there is also a hair salon and duty-free shopping. Entertainment on board Emerald Princess is wide-ranging and simply world-class.

Malcolm Carver

Malcolm Carver

Malcolm Carver (RAIA RIBA AWI) is an architect and former principal of Scott Carver Architects, a highly successful Sydney-based practice, which has won numerous awards for its work, including the RAIA National Environment Award. Scott Carver have been working with Jorn Utzon’s son, Jan Utzon in the restoration and new works at the Sydney Opera House over the past 5 years. Over the past 40 years, Malcolm has travelled extensively in Europe, Asia and the Americas. His passion for architecture is matched by a keen interest in sketching and painting, and he has had solo exhibitions of his work. His sketches appear online at www.carverstudio.com

Read an Interview with Malcolm Carver

Jim Webber

Jim Webber was deputy secretary of Planning and Heritage in Victoria’s Department of Planning and Development, from 1993 to 1996. He then became a planning and transport consultant and was responsible for planning and urban design at Melbourne Docklands from 1997 to 1999. He was also involved in planning advisory committees for Melbourne’s 2006 Commonwealth Games. He has organised and managed 20 overseas tours for Travelrite, fourteen architecture tours and six tours for developers and town planners.

The following comments were from participants on our 2015 and 2016 Europe tours:

  • We saw so many treasures, and had such a good time- thanks to Jim and Malcolm. It always feels such a privilege to see these magical buildings.
  • We saw many wonderful things
  • The tour itinerary was brilliant, lots of provocative buildings and landscaping. I just feel so lucky to have seen such stimulating buildings.
  • Excellent tour manager- great research and planning.
  • The tour leaders were great (our 4th tour). We enjoy all aspects of the tour and we are able to feel comfortable on all of our trips. It’s a lot of fun as well as educational. I see and get so many benefits from this life experience.
  • Grateful for opportunity to see buildings not otherwise accessible.
  • Great itinerary.

DAY 1 Wednesday 31 July 2019 Lisbon
The tour begins this morning from our Lisbon hotel (pre tour accommodation options are available). The charm of Lisbon exists in its strong links to the past, with its palaces, magnificent churches and an impressive castle reflecting the city’s rich cultural heritage. Its eclectic blend of neighbourhoods, culture and architecture distinguish this capital city uniquely from the other European capitals and make it a truly fascinating and comprehensive city to visit. On our sightseeing tour this morning we will get a taste of the heritage of this great medieval city after which we will visit the historic town of Sintra. We will also visit the Royal Palace and see monuments dating back to the voyages of discovery. This evening join Malcolm and Jim for welcome drinks.

DAY 2 Thursday 1 August 2019 Lisbon
We will have an exciting day today seeing some of Lisbon’s best contemporary architecture. We begin with Santiago Calatrava’s Estacio do Oriente (Oriente Train Station) then Renzo Piano’s Prata Housing Complex. We have time for lunch before continuing on to the Champalimaud Foundation (Charles Correa Associates) and MAAT Museum of Art (Amanda Levete).

DAY 3 Friday 2 August 2019 Porto, Portugal
This morning we travel north to Porto, known locally as Oporto and famous for its fortified wine. Upon arrival we will have an orientation tour and see the imposing Casa da Musica (2005 Rem Koolhas). The Casa da Musica, the new home of the National Orchestra of Porto, stands on a new public square in the historic Rotunda da Boavista. It has a distinctive faceted form, made of white concrete. The Grand Auditorium has corrugated glass facades at either end that open the hall to the city and offer Porto itself as a dramatic backdrop for performances.

DAY 4 Saturday 3 August 2019 Porto
This morning we visit Leca Swimming Pool (Alvaro Siza Viera) and enjoy lunch at the Boa Nova Tea House, spectacularly located on the Atlantic coast. This afternoon is at leisure.

DAY 5 Sunday 4 August 2019 Valencia, Spain
We fly to Valencia via Madrid and arrive late afternoon. On arrival we visit the Opera House (2005) in the City of Arts and Sciences Complex. We settle into our hotel before dinner. Why not try some tapas in a local bar or restaurant?

DAY 6 Monday 5 August 2019 Valencia
Today we have a full day viewing some of Santiago Calatrava’s impressive work. We see the wonderful Ciuddad de las Artes Y De La Ciencias (2009) and Serreria Bridge (2008).

DAY 7 Tuesday 6 August 2019 Majorca, Spain
We take a short flight to Majorca, on arrival we will see Can Lis (Jorn Utzon – subject to availability), Es Baluard Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art (several arcitects), Pilar and Joan Miro Foundation (Rafael Moneo), Pueblo Espanol (Fernando Chueca Goitia). We then transfer to our hotel where the remainder of the day is at leisure.

DAY 8 Wednesday 7 August 2019 Barcelona, Spain
We have a free morning before flying to Barcelona this afternoon. After transferring to our hotel in Barcelona the remainder of the day will be at leisure.

DAY 9 Thursday 8 August 2019 Barcelona
We will see some spectacular buildings today including Casa Mila (Gaudi 1812), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Meier 1995), The Barcelona Pavilion (Mies van der Rohe 1929) and Sagrada Familia (Gaudi).

DAY 10 Friday 9 August 2019 Barcelona
This morning we will walk down La Rambla to Port Vell – the old harbour – for a walking tour that includes the Colom Promenade and the Barceloneta Montjuic Communications Tower and the Funeral Home (Batlle I Roig 2011).

DAY 11 Saturday 10 August 2019 Embarkation
Free time for sightseeing and shopping. We will board the Emerald Princess later this afternoon. Be up on deck as we sail out of Barcelona.

DAY 12 Sunday 11 August 201 At sea
A day at sea is the perfect opportunity to explore the fabulous facilities of this magnificent ship. Perhaps visit the Lotus Spa for a relaxing massage. This afternoon join us for an engaging presentation from Malcolm on the regions cutting edge architects.

DAY 13 Monday 12 August 2019 Gibraltar, UK
This morning we arrive into the British enclave of Gibraltar. Ceded to Britain in 1713, and now claimed by Spain the territory is known for its famous Rock and important strategic location. We will have the day to explore the historic town with a trip to the top of the rock. We will also see Gibraltar University (Ayaltointegral, 2015).

DAY 14 Tuesday 13 August 2019 At sea
A day at sea to further explore and enjoy the facilities of this magnificent ship. This afternoon Malcolm will present on some of the famous architects of the last 100 years.

DAY 15 Wednesday 14 August 201 Marseille, France
There is a wealth of sights to see today on the French Riviera and Provence. We first visit Aix-en-Provence to see Chateau la Coste art gallery (Renzo Piano 2017) before returning to Marseille to see the CMA CGM Headquarters (Hadid 2010), the FRAC Contemporary Art Museum (Kuma 2012), Les Docks de la Joleitte (5+1AA) and the View Port pavilion (Norman Foster).

DAY 16 Thursday 15 August 2019 Genoa, Italy
A treat today as we dock in Genoa the home of Renzo Piano. We will visit the Renzo Piano Workshop. Afterwards we will tour the redevelopment of the old Harbour.

DAY 17 Friday 16 August 2019 Lucca, Italy
Today we visit the historic town of Lucca, in Tuscany, famous for its grid plan of the original roman centre, with surrounding battlement walls. After a guided tour around key sites, there will be some free time for individual activity before returning to the ship.

DAY 18 Saturday 17 August 2019 Rome, Italy
Today we arrive at Civitavecchia, the port of the eternal city of Rome. After disembarking we visit Palazzo della Civilta Italiana (Giovanni Guerrini), Rome’s Convention Centre (Massimiliano Fuksas, Roma Eur Viale Europa 242 (Piano), Palazzo Della Sport (Pier Luigi Nervi), The Auditorium Parco Della Musica (Piano) and Ex Unione Militare Refurbishment (Massimiliano Fuksas). We enjoy a farewell dinner this evening.

DAY 19 Sunday 18 August 2019 Rome
We are transferred to Rome Airport for flights to Australia and New Zealand.

Cabin Cabin Category Deck Twin Fare Single Fare
Interior ID 9,10,11,12 $9,790 $11,790
Interior IC 5,8,14,15 $9,890 $13,090
Interior IB 9,10,11,12,14 $9,990 $13,290
Oceanview OW 8 $10,190 $13,590
Oceanview OE 8,14 $10,390 $13,990
Oceanview OC 5 $10,590 $14,190
Balcony BD 10,11,12 $10,990 $14,890
Balcony BC 14,15 $11,190 $15,090
Balcony BB 11,12 $11,390 $15,290
Mini-Suite MD 9 $11,790 $15,990
Mini-Suite MB 9 $11,990 $16,190
Suite S6 8,9,10 $13,790 $19,690
Suite S4 14 $14,490 $21,090
Included port & handling charges $310 $485
Included ship gratuities $118 $118

INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE

    • Accommodation in carefully selected centrally located 4 & 5-star hotels with private facilities
    • Travel on Emerald Princess in the selected cabin category
    • Economy-class flights from Porto to Valencia/ Valencia to Majorca & Majorca to Barcelona
    • Hotel taxes and service charges
    • Travel in first-class chartered coaches
    • Continental breakfasts daily
    • Welcome drinks in Lisbon
    • Orientation tours of Lisbon and Barcelona
    • Sightseeing and general entrance fees as detailed in the tour itinerary
    • Farewell Dinner in Rome
    • Tour leadership by well-known architect Malcolm Carver
    • Fully escorted by Travelrite professional tour manager Jim Webber

    NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

    • Passport and visa fees
    • International flights, International airport, travel taxes and fuel surcharges
    • Travel insurance
    • Meals and drinks not specified in the itinerary
    • Sightseeing and general expenses not specified in the itinerary
    • Items of a personal nature
    • Additional travel arrangements not in the tour itinerary will be quoted for separately

    TERMS AND CONDITIONS

    Touring can involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing in the places visited and it is important that all tour participants have a level of physical fitness that allows them to take part in this tour without the need of assistance from others.

    TOUR OPERATOR:
    Travelrite International Pty Ltd. (ABN 64 005 817 078) (Travelrite) is the tour operator.

    TOUR COSTS:
    The tour prices are based on airfare, general transport, accommodation and other costs, at foreign exchange rates at 1 October 2018. Travelrite International reserves the right to alter the tour price or modify the tour if any of these factors change, giving any passenger that has booked the right to withdraw with a full refund of monies paid, if the price increase is greater than 10% of the original price. No alteration to the tour price will be made within 90 days of departure from Australia.

    DEPOSIT AND PAYMENT:
    A deposit for $1000 per person is required at the time of booking. Full payment will be required 90 days before departure. A credit card surcharge of 1.5% for Visa and Mastercard and 3% for American Express and Diners Club cards will be added to each payment made by credit card.

    CHANGES:
    After confirmation of travel arrangements, one change to travel arrangements will be provided free of charge. Subsequent changes to travel arrangements will incur a fee of $75 for each change.

    CANCELLATION CHARGES:

    Days prior to Departure Cancellation Fee
    Over 90 days $1000 per person
    90 days or less 100% of full fare
    Non appearance/no written notice 100% of full fare

    REFUNDS:
    The tour is based on arrangements that do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accommodation, meals, airfare or other services not utilised after the tour has commenced.

    TRAVEL DOCUMENTS:
    No visas are required for Australian passport holders. If you hold another passport please check with Travelrite.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE:
    Travel insurance is strongly recommended as soon as the deposit is paid, to cover the cost of cancellation fees that could result from a death in the family, illness, etc.

    BAGGAGE:
    All economy-class passengers qualify for 23 kg free baggage allowance.

    MINIMUM TOUR NUMBERS:
    The tour has been priced on the basis of a minimum of 15 passengers having booked 90 days prior to the date of departure. Travelrite International reserves the right to cancel the tour, giving a full refund of all monies paid, or offer arrangements to proceed with the tour at a modified price..

    TOUR PARTICIPATION:
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    RESPONSIBILITIES:
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    HOW TO BOOK:
    Bookings can be made by sending full names and addresses of intending tour members with a deposit of $1000 to:

    Travelrite International Pty Ltd
    423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103

    Further information or a booking form can be obtained by contacting Travelrite International on the following numbers:

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    Phone: (03) 8803 6868
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    ABOUT TRAVELRITE INTERNATIONAL:
    Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a well-established travel company which has been operating in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne for more than 28 years. It is has two fully accredited (ATAS 10538) IATA offices in Balwyn and Heathmont. As such, it directly represents the major airlines of the world and all major domestic and international tour and transport operators. It has been operating successful tours for over 30 years. Travelrite International is a full member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents – AFTA.

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