If you are looking for a spring getaway, may I suggest a trip to Barcelona? This trip to Barcelona not only looks like a fabulous foodie tour, it’s with one of Edmonton’s most active food peeps, Liane Faulder, a popular food writer from the Edmonton Journal. Now while this is not a Journal trip at all, it still is a trip with their most fabulous food writer! She won’t say it but she’s a total Edmonton food rock star. (She’s also going to beat me for typing that….)
Oh, one day I am going to hop on one of these tours with Liane, I swear. However this spring brings us a trip to Paris (oops, did I let that slip?) so let’s be realistic here, this chickie has to slow down on the travel a little bit.
I am sure this tour is going to be full of fabulous food lovers, with dining beyond compare and in the most gorgeous country!
The full details are below and you can check out the tour on it’s Facebook page.
The package includes:
- 8 nights top-‐quality accommodation with daily breakfast
- Focus on food and wine industry in the territory, including visits to restaurants, wineries and other production facilities representing excellence in Spanish food and wine
- All transfers with private bus
- 5 dinners + 5 lunches
- A cooking class in an historic, private residence
- All cultural visits guided by English-‐speaking, local expert in Barcelona and Catalonia
- 24/7 assistance on site
Price: $4750 (+GST) per person (double occupancy)
$850 (+GST) supplement for single room occupancy
Airfare is not included in the package, giving travelers the opportunity to use travel miles.
NOTE: This tour involves lots of walking and is not suitable for people with mobility problems.
Flight booking service is also available through:
Toll free: +1-‐888-‐333-‐4554
For additional itinerary info and to reserve your spot, please contact:
Foreign Trade Development Agency
Welcome to Barcelona
Day 1 – Saturday, March 22nd
- 6 p.m. pick up by private bus at Barcelona Airport Transfer to Barcelona’s 4-star Hotel Cram
- Welcome dinner in one of Barcelona’s best tapas restaurants.
Day 2 – Sunday March 23rd
- Guided visits to three iconic Gaudi landmarks:
- Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera and Casa Batllo.
- Stroll around the shopping district of Passeig de Gracia
- Free time for lunch (suggestions will be provided), followed by free time at local shopping area.
- Dinner at historic and famous restaurant Cal Pinxo located in Barcelona’s Promenade.
Day 3 – Monday, March 24th
- Morning visit to the Port of Barcelona
- Lunch at the harbor
- Afternoon cooking class with Catalan chef at private, prestigious residence.
Day 4 – Tuesday, March 25th
- Tour of the famous Boqueria market to learn more about local food culture and products
- Walk through La Rambla and Barrio Gotico (Gothic Quarter).
- Visit to Santa Maria del Mar Cathedral.
- Lunch at Origens, a local eatery specializing in authentic Catalan dishes
- Visit to the El Born neighborhood, the heart of medieval Barcelona, including its gourmet stores and El Born Cultural Centre.
- Free time for dinner (restaurant suggestions available).
Day 5 – Wednesday, March 26 th
- Departure to the renowned wine district of Conca del Barbera in Catalonia.
- Visit to the Monastery Saint Mary of Poblet, a Unesco Heritage Site.
- Transfer to Milmanda Castle, part of the Torres winery, for a guided wine tasting followed by traditional “Calçotada” lunch.
- Visit to the Tarragona town of Espluga de Francoli, including a guided tour of Vida Rural (a museum of rural life) followed by dinner at La Fonda.
Day 6 – Thursday, March 27 th
- Travel to the countryside surrounding Espluga, to a wine museum, followed by a guided wine tasting at Vilosell winery.
- Transfer to the medieval village of Siurana for lunch at local restaurant.
- Free time in the evening.
The Jewels of Mediterranean
Day 7 – Friday, March 28 th
- Transfer to town of Vilafranca del Penedes, in the Cava wine region.
- Visit to one of the best wineries for lunch with cava tasting.
- After lunch, transfer to Emporda to experience local fishing villages and medieval towns.
- Traditional seafood and fish dinner at Playa de Aro.
- Transfer to Girona to check in at 4-‐star Hotel Melia.
Day 8 – Saturday, March 29 th
- Visit to Dali museum in town of Figueres.
- Tour of the Emporda Region with stop in Cadaques, the birthplace of Salvador Dali, for lunch at Compartir, opened in
- 2012 by pupils of the world-‐famous Spanish chef, Ferran Adria of the fabled El Bulli.
- Free time in Cadaques in the afternoon.
In the evening, transfer to Girona to visit Ell Call, the Jewish quarter
- Free time for dinner (suggestions
Day 9 – Sunday, March 30 th
- 8:30 a.m. transfer from Girona to Barcelona airport.