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

    A tour for architects and everybody who enjoys beautiful buildings


    31 July - 18 August 2019


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  • DAY 1 Wednesday 31 July 2019 Lisbon The tour begins this morning from our Lisbon hotel (pre tour accommodation options are available). Portugal’s capital is one of the most exciting destina- tions in Europe. Lisbon has an undeniable buzz — it’s a friendly, upbeat capital that reflects the cities rich cultural heritage. Our coach and walking tour will get a taste of the heritage of this great medieval city and feel the antiquity as you wander the higgledy-piggledy streets of traditional neighbourhoods, Combined with delightful heritage landmarks in context, we include contemporary works by Alvaro Siza Vieira and his peers. At night you can walk the riverfront promenades that have been the setting- off point for some of the world’s greatest expeditions. 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


    THE TOUR AT A GLANCE… 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!


    MAAT Museum of Art (Architect Amanda Levete)

  • maritime promenade. This afternoon we travel a short distance to see the 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 sketching workshop from Malcolm.

    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 make a video presentation on recent examples of contemporary Southern European architecture. DAY 15 Wednesday 14 August 2019 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 several projects by Renzo Piano Workshop.

    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. In the afternoon we will wander around the old part of Livorno

    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), 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 Tour concludes after breakfast.

    TOUR LEADER 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

    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, virtual- golf 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.

    TOUR DIRECTOR JIM WEBBER Jim Webber was deputy secretary of Planning and H