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Barcelona Itinerary 2018


For people who travel to eat

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Barcelona Itinerary 2018


For people who travel to eat


DAY 1: Welcome to the Capital of catalonia

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Welcome to Barcelona—one of the most famous gastronomic destinations in the world. Get ready to experience Barcelona like a local.

A private driver will greet you at the airport and transport you to the four-star Hotel Granados 83, where you’ll have time to rest and freshen up before we start to explore this breathtaking city. We will start the tour with a welcome dinner at local gastrobar La Volàtil, where we will be introduced to Catalan cuisine with a modern twist. Enjoy the causal and modern atmosphere of La Volàtil and sample Catalan specialties paired with Spanish wine.

Meals included: Dinner (including wine)

 
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DAY 2: Authentic market tour and seasonal lunch

We think the best way to start the day in a new destination is to visit a local market, and the markets in Barcelona are spectacular. Who can resist the smell of grilled pork or the satisfying yell of a fishmonger as he wraps a beautiful fresh hake?

Your introduction to Catalan cuisine begins far from the better known Boqueria and Santa Caterina markets. Why? Because there are 37 other markets to be discovered. We will visit butchers, cheesemakers, cod sellers, bakers, chocolatiers and a variety of other vendors. We’ll talk to some of the vendors and taste samples along the way. During our market tour, we will learn about the Roman heritage of Catalonia, farming, seed banks, ancestral wineries, peasant cuisine, and the impact of the New World on local cuisine.

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Lunch will be at the traditional food house Artur. We’ll sample the local food while learning about specialties like fideuas (a seafood paella made with noodles instead of rice), embutidos (cured meats) and butifarra (uncured sausage). We will do as the Europeans do and drink spectacular wines with our meal.

The late afternoon and evening will be free for you to explore this beautiful city. You may want to take a tour of one of the many Gaudi homes that have become museums, stop by the Picasso Museum or climb to the rafters of the iconic Gaudi-designed Segrada Familia church, which has been under construction since 1882.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch (including wine)

 

DAY 3: Cooking class and AN Insider’s Food tour

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We will start the day by visiting a market to purchase ingredients for our Catalan cooking class, where we will be taught by a local chef who specializes in Catalan cuisine. There is no better way to learn about local cuisine than to cook it yourself. Restaurants in Spain, especially in and around Barcelona, catalyzed a Spanish food revolution around the world over the last 15 years. We will have the pleasure of learning both traditional Catalonian dishes and some very modern techniques from the world of Spanish molecular gastronomy. 

For lunch, we will eat what we cooked and drink more delicious Spanish wine!

In the evening, we will go on a special culinary tour focused on great local food. We’ll go beyond Spanish food clichés and dive into the history of Catalan cuisine by visiting an eclectic mix of bars, restaurants and wineries that showcase the city’s free spirit and diverse cuisine. Tapas are just one of many culinary concepts that make up Barcelona’s food scene. We might find ourselves sharing the bar with strangers, elbow to elbow, raising a toast in an infectiously lively atmosphere. After plates of shrimp, squid and potatoes, and glasses of vermouth, negronis and wine, we might even have made a few new friends!

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch (including wine), Dinner (including wine)

 

DAY 4: cheesemaking, Farm tour and LUNCH at A michelin starred RESTAURANT

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After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll spend the day in the Catalonian countryside, beginning with a tour of an artisan cheesemaker. Catalan cheeses are having a big moment right now, not only because of the huge range of new varieties available in the markets but also because they tell a compelling story of subsistence, rural landscapes, and bygone traditions. We’ll taste traditional cheeses that have been rediscovered and are likely as new to locals as to travelers. 

Many high-end restaurants around the world are developing direct relationships with farms. In this case, the Michelin starred Els Casals restaurant was actually created by the family that owns the Cal Rovira farm. The farm has been in the family for 800 years, and the youngest son is the chef of the restaurant. The farm supplies everything the restaurant needs. We will tour the farm and then have a multi-course tasting menu made up of the produce we just saw growing in the fields!

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch (including wine)

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DAY 5: olive oil making, truffle hunting, and a truffle lunch

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After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll travel outside of the city to an olive orchard. There, we’ll sample olive oil made from olives that you may never have heard of, like Corbella, Becaruda, Farga, Morruda, Vera, and Rojal, and of course, Arbequina.

Then it’s off to a truffle hunt: A professional truffle hunter and his dogs will reveal the secret of how the “black gold” of the forest is uncovered. Watching the dogs searching for truffles is a show in itself! We will then have an opportunity to sit, smell and shave the truffles onto our plates. Is there any greater pleasure? We will have an entire degustation menu filled with truffles at a traditional Catalan restaurant called Mare de la Font.

Back at the hotel you will have the evening to yourself. Perhaps you will explore the part of the city that dates back to medieval times, where the streets are so narrow that you can touch both sides at once!

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch (with wine)

 

Day 6: Lost grapes Wine tour, lunch, and A modern Catalonia Meal from El Bulli disciples

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Some Spanish wine is well known all over the world, and we will try most of these well-known grapes during our trip. However, the “lost grapes” wine tour will give us the chance to taste some of the varietals that are less well known but have survived the test of time. Some of these grapes even made it through the phylloxera plague! Have you heard of Trepat, Sumoll, Morenillo, Malvasia or Samsó? Soon you will be very familiar with them. We will also meet wine makers at two wineries in the Penedes wine region, where we will try wine, cava and ancestral sparkling wine, and we’ll be treated to a traditional harvest lunch of seasonal salads, cheese, charcuterie and Spanish omelettes.

After the wine tour, we’ll have a farewell dinner at an amazing restaurant run by chefs from Spain’s famous elBulli --the restaurant that not only introduced Spanish food to the world but popularized molecular gastronomy. Considered the best restaurant in the world from 2002 and 2009, elBulli has since closed and been transformed into a foundation. But three of the chefs who were the backbone of the restaurant have opened Michelin starred Disfrutar. The restaurant is a modern yet playful and relaxed ode to Catalonian food. It’s the perfect way to end our gastronomic tour of Catalonia!

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 7: DEPARTURE DAY

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy some free time until your departure. Private transportation to the airport will be provided.

Meals included: Breakfast


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Barcelona Tour Details 2018


Barcelona Tour Details 2018


$3,799 per person, double occupancy

$500 single supplement for solo travelers occupying a room alone 

$1000 deposit due at booking

Included in the cost: Hotels, most food and drinks (as indicated in the itinerary above), airport transfers, ground transportation, professional guides, entrance fees, all activities, and gratuities. 

Airfare to and from Barcelon is not included.

A minimum of 6 travelers must book the tour or it will be canceled, in which case customers will receive a full refund, including the deposit. 

If you have questions, email or call us at 1-888-884-5702.


All activities subject to change due to unforeseen events.
Alcohol included in meals as indicated above.