Spain is the home to intricate architecture and a very unique culture, and there is nowhere in Spain that showcases these two components quite like Barcelona. In addition to the detailed buildings and heritage, the culinary scene in Spain is one that can match any other city in the world. The foodie in you will be enthralled because this tasty, 7-day adventure will introduce you to the most prestigious culinary scenes and traditions that Barcelona has to offer. Indulge in cooking classes that...
Barcelona – Touchdown and Refreshing Suquet de Peix
As your plane coasts down along Barcelona's shimmering shorelines, a light breeze will welcome you. The wind carries scents of the city's intoxicating saffron-induced flavors and rich seafood variety, and you may catch a whiff as you step off the plane. In no time, you will be sampling Barcelona's most revered cuisine as you immerse yourself in the city's heritage and culture. You will pass through customs and collect your bags before your private driver transfers you to your hotel.
Your private driver will have you whizzing down vibrant avenues that are buzzing with pedestrian traffic and daring cyclists who are weaving through cars. You will wind around some of the city's most acclaimed public squares as locals and tourists gather around ornate central fountains. Soon, you will arrive at your luxurious accommodation, which will be just minutes from the acclaimed Las Ramblas pedestrian boulevard. After settling into your hotel room, you can explore the city. Along Las Ramblas, you can check out local artists' masterpieces and marvel at intricate jewelry designs. You can then stroll into the neighborhoods of Eixample and the Gothic Quarter, which is where the city's historical intrigue lies. Here, cathedral spires will pierce the sunny sky, and ornate palaces will pop out from behind cobbled alleyways. Shop owners will also line the streets with freshly cut flowers and an array of books, bags, and souvenirs.
In the evening, once you have worked up an appetite, you will make your way to Barcelona's waterfront for an enchanting dinner along La Barceloneta. You may indulge in your first bites of Spain's delectable cuisine when you sample suquet de peix. This famous Catalan delight mixes potatoes and seafood into a mouthwatering stew. The dish is topped with a refreshing hint of saffron and lemon to seduce your senses. You can also pair your meal with a lovely glass of sangria as you conclude your first night in Spain.
What's Included: airport transfer, accommodation, tour, breakfast, dinner
Barcelona – Mercado de La Boqueria and Local Tapas Sampling
Barcelona – Visit to Local Vineyard
Sitges – Fresh Seafood Sampler and Tour of Downtown
Figueres – Sant Ferran Castle and Charming Street Cafes
Valencia – Authentic Paella Cooking Class and Visit to Central Market
Barcelona – International Flight Departure
- Coast along the tarmac of Barcelona's shimmering shoreline and sample the delicious suquet de peix or fish stew at ocean's edge
- Venture inside the renowned Sant Ferran Castle in Figueres and stroll along the charming streets of the city's downtown area
- Peruse the produce of Mercado de La Boqueria as you barter with vendors and embark on a tapas tour of the city's best snacks
- Marvel at the exquisite architecture of Antoni Gaudi and break away from metropolitan life at one of Catalunya's illustrious vineyards
- Amble along Sitges' sandy shore and sink your teeth into the region's delightfully fresh seafood
- Roll up your sleeves and partake in an authentic paella cooking class and revel in a visit to Valencia's Central Market
- Delight in a visit to the internationally acclaimed Sagrada Familia cathedral, which is a World Heritage UNESCO site, and enjoy lunch at an outdoor cafe
Some of the most famed gastronomy in the world can be found in Spain's illustrious region of Catalonia. From the capital city of Barcelona to the idyllic coastal towns of Figueres and Sitges and the bustling metropolitan city of Valencia, each location boasts an eclectic array of local bites that will impress your senses. Whether you are looking for salty seafood or sweet red wine, spicy paella or savory tapas, you can find it all on your adventure to Barcelona. All the while, you will follow your expert guide to the region's key cultural and historical points of interest.
You will begin your culinary tour in Barcelona, where the palm trees sway and the ocean water sparkles. Lively chatter will be interrupted only by the hum of motorcycle engines and hurried taxis. On your first night, you will enjoy a lovely seaside dinner of suquet de peix at La Barceloneta port. Then, in the morning, you will venture down Las Ramblas boulevard before arriving at the vibrant Mercado de La Boqueria. Here, you will be able to bite into deliciously sweet fruits and converse with locals as you practice key phrases in the region's native tongue. The same afternoon, you will participate in a tapas crawl that will have you visiting the most renowned tapas bars and restaurants in the city. The following day, you will be led by your expert guide as you marvel at the fairytale-like architecture of Antoni Gaudi. Most notably, you will visit La Sagrada Familia, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and Park Guell. Later, you will visit a picturesque vineyard on the outskirts of the city, where you will sample among Catalonia’s most delectable vintages.
During the second half of your Spanish adventure, you will travel beyond the limits of the major metropolis to explore Catalonia's beautiful coastal regions. First, in Sitges, you will tour the downtown area before wandering along the scenic beaches and digging your toes in the soft-sand beaches. You can enjoy a peaceful afternoon before indulging in the town's deliciously fresh seafood. Afterward, you will be led to Figueres, which is filled with charming street cafes and a sunny shoreline. Here, you can climb to the top of the Sant Ferran Castle for amazing seaside views. Lastly, you will visit the artistic city of Valencia, which is the third-largest metropolitan area in the country. Here, you can catch a glimpse of the local harvest when you visit the Central Market before rounding off your Spanish extravaganza with a traditional paella cooking class under the guidance of a world-renowned chef.
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$2,179 per person (excluding international flights)
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