Frequently Asked Questions, for Travelers

Find here all the frequently asked questions and its answers. Feel free to contact us for more details!

We are happy to know you are willing to book a trip with us! You have three available options to book:

Individual Bookings:

  • Online: Clicking in the «Book Now» button in the travel program you would like to sign in, and filling up the booking form.
  • Web Form: Contact-us
  • By Phone: Calling us at this number: +34 93 430 99 79.
  • By email: Write us an email at info@pathsofculture.com

Group Bookings:

Our groups are never bigger than 25 people or smaller than two, but on average our groups oscillate from 10 to 15 people

We welcome anyone in our group regardless the age, but we are an active travel agency which means that we insist in reminding about the importance of a good physical condition for our mild walks and diferent activities during the tours. If you are in good shape we will not make any distinction! Scroll down for the

Do you accept kids under 12?

 

Outdoor travelers will appreciate the cool of late spring and autumn. Even in midsummer, the Mediterranean and Pyrenees provide refreshing breezes, meaning it is not as insufferable as arid Andalucia. Catalonia is also a fantastic place for winter sun, without the bitter cold of central Spain or the rainclouds of the northwest. Autumn too is pleasant, without the summer heat or crowds. The constant winds at this time are ideal to cool off and rainfall can occur at any time, though, so do bring a waterproof.

  • January is one of the coldest months to visit the Pyrenees and inland areas of Catalonia but if you’re looking for winter sports you should be more than happy right through until mid-April.
  • Closer to the Catalonian coast temperatures aren’t too bad and as February and March progress, travelers will find crisp and clear conditions for getting out and about.
  • April and May are ideal for walking holiday makers and city sightseers with the added bonus of fewer crowds at the beach if you fancy an afternoon dip.
  • June is one of the best times to visit Catalonia if you’re looking for sunshine without the crowds however, as the summer holidays hit in
  • July and August the heat can be unbearable for walking tours, just wait until the milder climes of September.
  • October is without the crowds and also with a little less heat and a bit more wind and rain but don’t be put off.
  • A waterproof is advisable throughout the year in Catalonia, especially towards the end of the year as November and December signal the end of the autumn foliage and the start of the winter season.

You must be in good health and have a level of physical and mental fitness that would not impair other participants’ enjoyment by slowing them down or by absorbing disproportionate attention from the tour leaders.

Please endure the following test to know if you are eligible to participate:

Fitness tests

1. Chair stands. Sit in a dining chair, with arms folded and hands on opposite shoulders. Stand up and sit down at least eight times in thirty seconds.

2. Step test. Mark a wall at a height that is halfway between your knee and your hip bone. Raise each knee in turn to the mark at least sixty times in two minutes.

3. Agility test. Place an object 20 meters (3 yards)  from the edge of a chair, sit, and record the time it takes to stand up, walk to the object and sit back down.
You should be able to do this in under seven seconds.

An additional indication of the fitness required is that you should be able to walk unaided at a pace of 4 km/hour (2,5 miles per hour) for at least half an hour at a time, and to stand unsupported for at least 30 minutes.

 

Your luggage will always depend on the time of the year you are travelling, but here there are some tips not to forget anything when visiting Catalonia. Make sure that you check our section dedicated to ‘What is the best time to travel to Catalonia‘ to know about our weather in the different months of the year.

Don’t forget to bring the following essentials on your trip to Spain:

  • Theft-Proof Bag – While no bag can be entirely theft-proof, choosing bags that have strong straps and that cross over your body.
  • Weather-Appropriate Clothing – Be sure to check the weather for your vacation to make sure you have the right clothes for the climate. Keep warm in the winter, stay cool in the summer, and in the spring and autumn, be ready for any type of weather.
  • Comfortable Shoes – The best way to enjoy Spanish cities, like many European cities, is by walking. Be sure to have shoes with good support so you don’t tire out your feet.
  • Sunscreen – A bottle of sunscreen is essential to prevent painful sunburns, especially in summer.
  • Bug’s spray or Mosquito Spray – some areas in summer can get hot and humit which makes it a perfect environment for some insects to reproduce and live. No mosquitoes will be contagious of diseases in Spain, but they may bite you, so be protected specially if you are allergic or you think you could get a reaction.

A visa is not required for stays under 90 days. While the Spanish government requires passports have at least 3 months validity beyond departure from Spain, 6 months is recommended and at least one page for stamps. We recommend you check whether you require a visa for the countries you are visiting AND flying through (in-transit).

US, Canadian, Hong Kongese, Singaporean, Australian and New Zealand are among those who may enter Spain as tourists without a visa and stay up to 90 days. EU passport holders can come and go as they please. Those traveling with passports from Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia will require a visa and should contact their closest Spanish Embassy or Consulate.

Spain is part of the European Union. Entry and exit requirements may change based on EU policy.

A useful website for checking whether you require a visa is visahq.com however we strongly advise you consult the details with the relevant embassies which will be able to give you the exact detail, and that you do this at least two months prior to your trip.

You must have a passport to visit Spain but we don’t recommend you to travel with it in your pocked in case it gets lost or subtracted. You are asked to be identified while in the country with an official card with a picture, in that case, a photocopy of your passport or a picture of it in your walled or device will be good enough. Keep the passport in your accomodation in a safety and carry only the essentials out.

While the Spanish government requires passports have at least 3 months validity beyond departure from Spain, 6 months is recommended and at least one page for stamps. We recommend you check whether you require a visa for the countries you are visiting AND flying through (in-transit).

US, Canadian, Hong Kongese, Singaporean, Australian and New Zealand are among those who may enter Spain as tourists without a visa and stay up to 90 days. EU passport holders can come and go as they please.

Spain is part of the European Union. Entry and exit requirements may change based on EU policy.

Do we need to get any vaccine before traveling to Spain?

All travelers

You should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel.

Measles
  • Infants (6 through 11 months old): 1 dose of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine before travel. This dose does not count as the first dose in the routine childhood vaccination series.
  • People 12 months old or older, with no evidence of immunity or no written documentation of any doses: 2 doses of MMR vaccine before travel. The 2 doses must be given 28 days apart.
  • People 12 months old or older who have written documentation of 1 dose and no other evidence of immunity: 1 additional dose before travel, at least 28 days after the previous dose.
Routine vaccines
  • Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.

Some travelers

Ask your doctor what vaccines and medicines you need based on where you are going, how long you are staying, what you will be doing, and if you are traveling from a country other than the US.

Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis A outbreaks occur throughout the world and sometimes in countries with a low risk for hepatitis A (including the US). You can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Spain, so talk to your doctor to see if the hepatitis A vaccine is right for you.
Hepatitis B
  • You can get hepatitis B through sexual contact, contaminated needles, and blood products, so CDC recommends this vaccine if you might have sex with a new partner, get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.
Rabies  

Rabies is present in bats in Spain. However, it is not a major risk to most travelers. CDC recommends rabies vaccine for only these groups:

  • Travelers involved in outdoor and other activities in remote areas that put them at risk for bat bites (such as adventure travel and caving).
  • People who will be working with or around bats (such as wildlife professionals and researchers).

 

Pickpockets warning:

Spain is a relatively safe country. But, travelers should always exercise caution when visiting unfamiliar countries.

Pickpocketing and other types of petty theft are common, especially in tourist areas like in the center of Barcelona or around the monumental areas. Keep track of all your belongings and be wary of pickpockets working in groups. We recommend you not to travel with many valuables, leave the passport in the accomodation, bring only the needed cash and dress accordingly intending not to be targeted.

While violent crimes are uncommon.

Check the specific page for the Booking Conditions

Find the cancellation and refund policy in this link below, section 5. Tour cancellation policy:

Booking Conditions.

Yes, a basic health insurance is included since you sign up in any Paths of Culture Trip. Find all the details in the link below, section 6. Travel Insurance:

Booking Conditions.

Please don’t! If the date you want is not available in the calendar, click on the contact bottom and fill up the request form and let us know your preferred date. We will check our agenda and write you back in 24h-48h! If we have guides we would be happy to open a new date for you or your group.

Of course! we will be pleased to accommodate you.

Just write us an email at info@pathsofculture.com or give us a phone call at +34 93 430 99 79 to know more about your plans!

All the chosen Hotels offer Half-pension regime, which means that we will include breakfast every morning.

For lunch, participants are given free time in small villages and towns, with different local bars and restaurants which use to offer the best value Day’s Menu (Menú del Dia). Food and drinks in Catalonia, and Spain, are a very accessible luxury, and are worth to discover by yourself!

I am vegetarian, gluten free or have diet restrictions, can I choose my meal?

Lunches in Spain work with “Menu del día”, which consists of a first and a second plate (sometimes with drinks and dessert included). You will be able to choose among the restaurant’s options for the daily menu.

It is appreciated to let the guide know in advance about your food allergies to avoid being intoxicated.

We recommend not to travel with more than the daily personal expenses in cash, if eventually you run out of cash credit cards will do it mostly at every place or you will be able to withdraw in the nearest ATM.

The official currency in Spain is the Euro (€). If you haven’t exchanged money back home or you aren’t pulling funds out of an ATM machine in Spain, exchanging money is more streamlined at the big banks in city centers. The exchange rates also tend to be better. However most banks close early in the afternoon. Private exchange bureaus are located in the city centers, and most stay open until midnight or later. This service is also available in most deluxe hotels.

The use of major credit cards is widespread among Spanish shops, although American Express may give you some trouble. You may be asked to show an ID with picture in order to pay with a credit card. ATMs are located in all cities and most small towns, usually in or outside banks. We strongly recommend you also have cash with you, in order to purchase small drinks and bites to eat in local places where credit card payments aren’t possible.

Please ensure you let your bank know that you will be travelling to avoid any block on your card while you’re abroad.

You are not obligated to tip your guide, of course, but if you feel that he or she has shown you an incredible day and offered you customer service that is worthy of notice, it would not be out of the ordinary to leave a tip of around 10%.

Please note that gratuities are not included in your trip. We advise the following although tipping is at your discretion and depends on the level of service you have received.

  • Taxis: Round up to the next figure
  • Restaurants: 10% of the total bill
  • Luggage: €2 per piece
  • Private transfers: €10 to the driver total
  • Private car & driver: €20 to the driver half day / €30 full day total
  • Guided tour: €25 to the guide half day / €40 full day total
  • Full time driver: €50 per day to the driver total
  • Hands on experience: €20 total

Every activity described in the tour guide lines is included. In our tours you will be able to enjoy free time during the day to discover its locations by yourself and to give you the possibility to organize your own visits if wanted and make your own adventure to get the most out of the journey.

If it is there a particular activity that you want to do at an specific location of our tours let us know in advance, we will make sure to help you if needed and to tell you what would be the best moment of the day to visit it according to our schedules and tour organization.

Make sure to book your visit in advance since the high season from June to September can sometimes leave the monuments sold out some weeks in advance.

The guide will be waiting for you at the specified departure point next to Paths of Culture’s office. He or she will be accredited and will have a list with your reservation name. Show your voucher in paper or your device to join in!

The meeting points for the different tours are described in each detailed program.

Our tours will usually start at 8’30h from the meeting point, but the meeting time is specified in each program too and needs to be checked there. In order to facilitate the check in to the guide and be able to depart on time we ask our guest to arrive 15 minutes in advance.

Meeting point:

  • Carrer de Muntaner 213 (between Avinguda Diagonal and Carrer de Londres

How do I get there?

Barcelona has an amazing public transportation service that covers every area of the city. It’s safe, comfortable and convenient. Specially in rush our it can save a lot of time moving to the busiest areas of the city, that is why we always recommend its use. However we know that moving around with big luggage it can be rough and overwhelming before you get familiarized with it, that is why Taxis are always the best solution in these cases and they will all accept credit card. Anyhow we list below some of the public transport services in the closest stops.

  • Metro L5 Hospital Clínic
  • Bus: 6, 7, 27, 33, 34, 59, 63, 67, 68, H8, V11, V13, D40

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