Barcelona Break Gastronomy and Architecture

  • PRICE: from 639 €

  • WHEN: April to October 2015

  • DURATION: 4 days

  • NEAREST AIRPORT: Barcelona

  • Barcelona, one of the most visited cities in Europe. Pinned between the Mediterranean sea and the jagged Montserrat peaks, the city has been one of Spain's most important ports for centuries.
  • Discover its multicultural history fashioned by the Phoenicians, Romans, Visigoths, Moors, Jews and Christians who came, saw and conquered leaving behind a legacy of architectural, artistic and culinary wealth.
  • Las Ramblas, the genius of Gaudi's Casa Mila the Sagrada Familia church, the Gothic cathedral started in 1298 in the Old town and the Guell Park are some of the unique architectural sites.
  • Start your culinary adventure in Barcelona, get your fresh ingredients in the Boqueri­a, the local food market, and prepare your four-course dinner.
  • The cooking workshop consists in cooking a 4-course meal of the Catalan traditional cuisine where everybody gets to cook.
  • Enjoy this vibrant city, fantastic weather, with the excellent combination of varied and exquisite gastronomy and great architecture.

Tour Summary

Barcelona is so much more than a city, it is an inspiration.

It is interesting to speculate what made Barcelona a magnet for creativity before the likes of Picasso and Gaudi came along. Could it be its multicultural history fashioned by the Phoenicians, Romans, Visigoths, Moors, Jews and Christians who came, saw and conquered leaving behind a legacy of architectural, artistic and culinary wealth? It is for you to find the answer as you tour this kaleidoscopic city.

The perfect launch pad to the city's evocative delights is the Quadrat d'Or, The Golden Square, the heart of the Moderniste movement. The graceful Paseo de Gracia that runs through its centre, parallel to Las Ramblas, Europe's most exciting avenue of shops, cafes and street vendors. A few steps from your hotel could bring you face to face with the genius of Gaudi's Casa Mila; round the corner is the extraordinary Fundacio Ta pies with its wire 'cloud and chair' created in 1879. If you can tear yourself away, Gaudi's Sagrada Familia is a gentle stroll away. And, in the opposite direction, is the Gothic cathedral (begun 1298) in the Old Town. Amongst its many captivating places to visit are the Picasso Museum and The Palace of Music, a Moderniste masterpiece with its breathtaking stained glass dome.

It is a such rich cultural diet, you will appreciate a culinary interruption. You will be taken to the Boqueria food market as a prelude to a hands-on cooking class where you will prepare a four-course dinner. You will also taste some fine Catalan wines with a commentaries by wine experts.

There is a choice of hotels where the accent is on style, superior comfort and excellent facilities with easy access to the principal places of interest. The four-star Condes de Barcelona on the Paseo de Gracia includes a rooftop swimming pool.

Day One - Barcelona

Your gourmet vacation starts with a private transfer from Barcelona Airport to our selected hotel in the centre of Barcelona.

Our selection of hotels are ideal places to relax and enjoy a magical ambiance, and taste superb gourmet dishes. Check-in at our hotel and free time to settle. Evening free before starting your gourmet-architecture adventure.


Day Two - Barcelona

After breakfast you will meet your gourmet expert guide who will take you in the first gastronomy adventure visiting the famous Boqueria food market.

You will enjoy an incredible contrast between colours and activity, ideal to discover why Mediterranean cuisine is internationally known due to its ingredients. Your culinary expert will guide you to the best booths of fruit, vegetables, meats, seafood, bread and desserts.

After the market visit your guide will take you through the winding streets of The Gothic quarter enjoying the Cathedral, a few churches and squares, explaining the history of Barcelona with its Roman and medieval past. In this walking gourmet tour you will be stopping in speciality food shops for tastings of Catalan cheese, charcuterie, pastries, olives and chocolates.

For lunch you will be taken to some of the numerous tapas bars to sample some of the specialities of the Spanish cuisine accompanied by delicious local wines. In the afternoon you will have a guided walking tour of the Modernist district enjoying the famous buildings of world renowned Architect Gaudi, including Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera and Casa Batllo.


Day Three - Barcelona, Cooking Class

Following breakfast, you will head to our venue for your first hands-on cooking class.

This cooking workshop consists in cooking a 4-course meal of our traditional cuisine where everybody gets to cook and you see the whole process for all the recipes prepared, followed by the meal, accompanied by wine and water. This will be an example of a set menu: Tomato soup shot flavoured with Idiazabal cheese, Potato omelette with tomato bread, Seafood paella, Catalan cream.

In the late afternoon at 18.00 you will assist to our location for a commented wine tasting, immersing you in a wine experience right in the centre of Barcelona. You'll learn about Spanish wines with four tastings accompanied by typical snacks in a unique wine shop. The wine tasting is led by an English and Spanish speaking wine expert, who will share the history of local wines and its different tastes.Optional. Flamenco show with dinner.


Day Four - Barcelona

Right after breakfast you will have free time before your private transfer to the airport in our exclusive car. Depending on your flight times we suggest to take an excursion to Montserrat and see the Montserrat Mountain, where you will visit the Royal Basilica, were the Moreneta Virgen is kept. You can also have a relaxing morning at the port visiting the aquarium, the Mare Magnum centre, strolling along the sea or have a nibble at the numerous bars and restaurants.
 
Or you can visit The Spanish Village, known as Pueblo Español, comprised of a wide range of houses, squares and streets from different villages of the seventeen autonomous regions in Spain. Visit another work of the Master Gaudi: Parc Guell, it is a garden complex with architectural elements situated on the hill. Built in the years 1900 to 1914, it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Works of Antoni Gaudi. We can help you to book the above excursions and many more like a visit to Montjuic, a Catamaran cruise, a bicycle and many more, we can book them privately for you or if you prefer you can join a group.

Scheduled Tour Prices

Price Per Person: 599 EUROS (*)

Minimum 2 people

Duration - 4 days / 3 nights

Departures for Scheduled Tour:

October 2019 - 1st Oct and 25th Oct.

May 2020 - 8th May and 22nd May.

September 2020 - 26th September.

Other days on request.


Private Tour Prices

Only you and your party.

Price Per Person: 699 EUROS (*)

Minimum 2 people

Duration - 4 days / 3 nights

Departures for Private Tour:

From April to October - Every Week

From November to March - On request


We can also organize a similar tour subject to your requirements of number of people and days, budget etc,
please e-mail us on [email protected].

BOOK NOW e-mail us at [email protected] with the departure date and number of people.


Hotel Supplements

140.00 EUROS

Single supplement

Upgrade of Accommodation on request.


Price Includes

Private transfers from/to Barcelona airport, in a Mercedes.

Personalised English/Spanish speaking local expert guides throughout the tour: Barcelona.

Three nights' Accommodation based on double occupancy with private bath.

Three full breakfasts.

A tutored wine tasting in Barcelona.

A hands-on cooking class including lunch.

A full day guided excursion with a gastronomic tour including Boqueria Market, Gothic quarter heritage and delicatessen shops and Gaudi architecture in the afternoon: Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera and Casa Batllo (one entrance included) Tapas lunch included.

Two lunches included.

All Taxes.


What is not Included

Travel insurance.

Flights to Barcelona.

Tips.

Meals not specified.

Personal expenses.

Optional visits.


Note: If any of the published accommodation, range of wineries or restaurants in the tour becomes unavailable,

others of similar category will be allocated.

Note: Upgrade of wineries and/or restaurants will have a supplement. Please request.

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EXAMPLE OF ACCOMMODATION USED IN BARCELONA (*)

Hotel Ciutat de Barcelona

(BARCELONA) 3 STAR SUPERIOR

   
Location:

This brand new comfortable, modern hotel is located in the heart of the Gothic Area, on the border between the Barrio Gotico and the Barrio del Borne and guests have extremely easy access on foot to the many attractions in the area, including the Picasso Museum (1 minute away), Barcelona Cathedral (2 minutes away), Las Ramblas (5 minutes away) and Plaza Cataluna (10 minutes from the hotel.)

The Rooms:
The rooms are all decorated in a modern style, with free ADSL Internet connection. Each comes with an en suite bathroom with hairdryer, as well as a direct dial telephone, a TV, a double bed, centrally regulated air conditioning, central heating and a safe.
General Facilities:

Built in 2006, this air-conditioned city hotel has 78 fully equipped rooms. The hotel offers to their guests an internet and photo-shop corner without additional charge. Water on the room floors with no charge. Facilities on offer here include an entrance hall with 24-hour reception, a hotel safe, lift access, and a restaurant, as well as a magnificent outdoor pool located in the top terrace.

(*)Accommodation will be in these hotels or in others of similar category. Will be confirmed when making the booking. Upgrade available on request.
 
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