Visit Barcelona, Villa franca del Penedes, Montserrat, Conca del Barbera, Tarragona, Priorat & Montsant and Valencia on this 7 night culinary & wine adventure
This private small group tour is based on 6 people traveling together however can be customized for any size group from 2 persons on up.
From $2265 per person, land only
Day 1: BARCELONA
Arrival in Barcelona and accommodations at your hotel (transfer not included). Unless your arrival is very late, your guide will meet you at your hotel for a walking tour of old Barcelona. Accommodations.
Day 2: BARCELONA
Breakfast. Walk to the Gothic Quarter to meet our chef of the day at our selected kitchen/workshop from which we will walk to the Boqueria Market, where we will pick up the necessary ingredients for our LUNCH. Return to the kitchen/workshop where we will participate with others in the preparation of the selected dish, a Paella. Upon completion, we will enjoy the delicious result right there in the kitchen/workshop. In the afternoon we will dedicate outselves to knowing some of the works of the architectural genius Antonio Gaudi, including his most colossal work, the Holy Family Basilica, but some other corners of the city, perhaps Casa Battllo. Accommodations.
Day 3: BARCELONA-PENEDES
Breakfast. We depart southwestward to the charming unspoiled beach village of Sitges, now something of an artist colony; then inland to the heart of the Penedes wine region to visit the small winery Jean Leon which combines tradition with the cutting edge of winemaking. We will sample some of their products. Continue to the heart of Villafranca del Penedes where we will observe up front how the culture of wine determines the rhythm of the region. Continue to our charming area hotel for the next two nights. Accommodations.
Day 4: PENEDES
Breakfast. This morning you may choose (in advance) to visit some local vineyards by bicycle or on foot. En route we will visit a traditional vineyard guided in depth by an expert local guide. In the afternoon we will pay a visit to the impressive Monastery of Montserrat, to which you may walk if you are feeling energetic. Later, return to the hotel.
Day 5: CONCA DEL BARBERA & TARRAGONA
Breakfast. A little more to the south we find the Denomination of Origen Conca del Barbera, where we follow the Cistercian Route where the landscape is marked by vineyards and olive groves. This route is marked by a series of monasteries like Santes Creus, Vallbona de les Monges and El Poblet. At the latter, surrounded by vineyards, we will visit the interior. While in the area, we will visit one of the local wineries and taste some of their products. Continue to Tarragona and our hotel. Accomodations.
Day 6: PRIORAT & MONTSANT
Breakfast. Today we will visit the noted wine growing region of Priorat, in the hilly interior, passing through quaint villages and stopping in some of its wineries. Lunch on your own. Later we will enjoy its natural beauty with a little walk. Return to the hotel. DINNER in a local restaurant. Accommodations.
Day 7: TARRAGONA-VALENCIA
Breakfast. Today we travel by train (approx. 3 hours, 30 minutes) along the Mediterranean coastline to Valencia. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel, followed by a tour of the City of Arts & Sciences, designed by the architect Calatrava and one of the city’s outstanding attractions. Return to the hotel. Accommodations.
Day 8: VALENCIA
Breakfast. End of tour. Transfer out not included.
Your tour Includes:
Private transportation with English speaking guide throughout
7 nights of accommodation at selected hotels
1 cooking class Barcelona
1 Dinner at local restaurant in Tarragona
Guided sightseeing in Barcelona, Tarragona and Valencia
Cycling or walking tour of Penedes
4 Winery visits with wine tasting in Penedes (2), Conca del Barbera and Priorat
Train tickets from Tarragona to Valencia