Type Land Only
Departure Date Sunday, April 19th, 2020
Return Date Thursday, April 30th, 2020
Final Payment Date
Monday, February 10th, 2020
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Norwegian has a non stop flight from Newark to Barcelona.
Note that the airfare is not included in the tour price. Celestial Voyagers can help you get the best value and schedule to reach Barcelona International Airport (BCN).
Assistance on arrival and transfer to your hotel
Check-in at your hotel, 5-star NH Collection Gran Hotel Calderon for the next 4 nights.
Enjoy a city orientation tour in the afternoon to show you the main landmarks of the Capital of Catalonia, which is also the largest city on the Mediterranean coast. Today’s main characters bear the imprint of the 19th century Catalan Modernismo and famous Catalan artists and architects such as Gaudi, Picasso and Miro.
Get ready for your evening welcome dinner at a local restaurant and meet your traveling companions. Remember restaurants in Spain do not serve dinner before 8:00 PM or even 9:00 PM.
Get ready for a cooking class after visiting La Boqueria market with your chef instructor.
Work in teams and learn to cook typical Catalan recipes. Enjoy your own cooking for lunch as your learn about Catalan Cuisine. You will learn the most traditional recipes after selecting fresh products at the market. With various flavors, scents and wines you will unveil some Catalan culinary secrets and enjoy a traditional meal which you can recreate for your family and friends back at home.
Afternoon and evening at leisure
Morning guided tour focusing on Modernismo and Gaudi: First walk to the extraordinary Casa Batllo. Continue your Gaudi day and learn about “ Catalan Modernismo”: Visit Sagrada Familia, Parque Guell, el Palau de la Musica. With “skip the line tickets” you will avoid the long lines. Your guide will show you the places which are linked to Art Nouveau and other philosophical movements and cultural trends which transformed western society in the early 20th century. Lunch on your own followed by a delectable chocolate experience at Pasteleria Escriba
Free time in the late afternoon
Dinner at a local restaurant.
Today you will spend an art day with guided tour of the Picasso Museum and the Miro Foundation. After walking through the “Barrio Gotico” and its narrow medieval streets near the cathedral you will reach El Born and the Picasso Museum. Then, you will go to Montjuic to visit the Miro Foundation before returning to the seaside and meet the chef who has prepared your lunch.
Remainder of the afternoon at leisure.
In the evening enjoy a few Tapas at a local bar like the natives do, followed by the “Magic Fountains”, a spectacular Lights and Fountains show with music, on Plaza de Espana at the foot of Montjuic. End your evening with a spectacular Flamenco show.
Depart from Barcelona and drive to Manresa (40 miles, 1 hour drive)
You will have lunch at the Kursaal Restaurant for a taste of the Pilgrim’s Cuisine. The Kursaal Espai Gastronòmic’s menu is dynamic and constantly renewed with seasonal products and “market” innovations.
Enjoy 2-hours guided tour of Manresa, the town of Ignace de Loyola, founder of the Jesuit Order. Followed by some free time before starting an afternoon demo workshop and with dinner to follow.
Overnight at Mon Sant Benet. Check-in at Hotel Mon for 2 nights. (6 miles drive)
Leave to Vic in the morning for a visit to the famed Vic Saturday market (45 minute drive)
Culinary experience: demo on the making of salchichon and Fuet de Vic at Casa Riera Ordeix.
Walking guided tour of Vic and free time for lunch on your own.
Return to Mon St Benet to discover the Monastery and learn about the life of Catalan artist, Ramon Casas.
You will have a delightful dinner at Restaurant “L’O” a one star Michelin restaurant where Chef Jordi Llobet offers a cuisine that combines modernity and tradition, basing his creations on memory, creativity and product. His bold recipes incorporate the most innovative technique in service of the traditional flavors and ingredients of homemade cooking. This young chef has participated in many international championships and was awarded second prize for ‘Best Young Spanish Chef’ in 2008, as well as collaborating with some of the most prestigious chefs in the world, including Martín Berasategui and Juan Mari Arzak.
Morning drive to Girona (2 hours) and guided walking tour of Girona focusing on its extensive Jewish Heritage.
Gourmet lunch with a Chef who will present specialty menu of products from the region. Free time in the afternoon to enjoy Girona on your own before continuing to Palamos, (25 miles – 1 hour drive), a charming fishing village and a lovely beach resort on the famous Costa Brava.
Check-in at Hotel Trias for 4 nights. Evening at leisure. Your hotel faces the Mediterranean and the village is a few steps away.
Morning at leisure in Palamos until it is time to go and visit the “Museu de la Pesca” with your guide. The town has organized a cooking demo followed by lunch which will be a unique experience. Looking over the fishing harbor, the chef, who is also a local fisherman, will demonstrate how to use local products: rice, fresh-caught fish, shrimp, sausage, mussels, and squid. Another fisherman will prepare a four-course meal in front of your eyes. All questions are welcome! This is an unusual cooking demo taking place in a very friendly atmosphere.
Return to the fish harbor around 4:00 PM as the fishermen return and be present for “la subhasta,” or fish auction, before touring the fish market.
Evening at leisure.
Full day dedicated to Dali, as we follow Dali’s life which starts in Figueres where you will see the house where he was born in 1904, the church where he was baptized, Cafe Emporium where in a single afternoon he wrote the script of “An Andalusian Dog” with Luis Bunuel and of course the famous Theatre-Museum where he is buried.
Lunch in Cadaques, where Dali lived for several years, at Restaurant “COMPARTIR” where owners Oriol, Mateu and Eduard met almost 20 years ago working together in the internationally renowned El Bulli restaurant’s kitchen. In 2012, they decided to band together to create their own restaurant and in April of that year, the Compartir restaurant was born. Located in the heart of the Mediterranean in an idyllic setting, full of magic and charm, the restaurant bases its gastronomic offerings on dishes to be shared at the center of the table from a modern kitchen sprinkled with traditional preparations.
After lunch proceed to the village of Pubol, where in 1969, Dali bought an 11th century castle that he gave to his Muse and wife, Gala. Dali decorated it and made it his final workshop between 1982 and 1984. Gala is buried in the Castle.
Evening at leisure.
In the morning, leave for Torrent, a small residential village of the Emporda region of Catalonia. Visit the Museu de la Confitura where you will have a presentation about jellies, marmalade and jams made from ripe local fruit. Proceed for a visit of the town of Pals known for its rice production. Wine tasting at Mas Oller. Continue to Peratallada, a quaint medieval hamlet where you will wander around the cobblestone streets, the castle, a few shops and cafes. In the back of a little store, you will sample some unique ice cream. Free time for lunch on your own.
Return to Palamos.
Farewell Gala dinner in Calella de Palafrugell (12 kms, 15 minutes drive). (or similar)
Enjoy your last tapas in Barcelona on a food tour with experts and multiple tastings at 6 various stops, before departing for the airport.
Transfer to Barcelona airport: 75 miles / 1h ½ drive
Norwegian Airlines leaves Barcelona for Newark around 5:00 PM (subject to change)
Itinerary is subject to possible changes or adjustments due to weather and traffic conditions or other unpredictable events.
NH COLLECTION GRAN HOTEL CALDERON 5*
The five star NH Collection Barcelona Gran Hotel Calderón, formerly known as NH Barcelona Calderon has been completely renovated in 2016. It is located within the “Quadrat d’Or”, a few minutes’ walk of the city center’s major landmarks, such as Casa Batlló, Casa Milà, La Sagrada Familia, and shopping districts, on the site of the original Teatro Calderón. Both the theater and the hotel were designed by the same architect: Josep Rodriguez Lloveras, a subject of Puig i Cadafalch (a father of Catalan Modernism design). Plaza Catalunya, Passeig de Gracia Barrio Gotico and the Ramblas are all within 10 minutes walk.
Each of the bright, cozy rooms are stylish and spacious. You can start each day with an exceptional buffet breakfast offering local and international dishes, from fresh pastries and fruit to Spanish delicacies. For lunch or dinner gastrobar Tablafina allows you to savor local specialties and original flavors created with outstanding produce. From the rooftop pool and terrace, located 75 meters from the ground, you can see the whole city spread out at your feet. Unwind and savor a cocktail while watching the sun go down at the Eleven BCN World Class bar.
HOTEL MON 4*
Mon Sant Benet is located in the middle of nature in a quiet and relaxing environment, next to the monastery of Sant Benet de Bages, in Sant Fruitós de Bages. They have a private terrace with views of the monastery or the Sant Llorenç del Munt i l’Obac Natural Park. The hotel has a private pool where you can relax, 4.000 m2 of peaceful gardens and a library. The property has 3 restaurants with a wide and varied gastronomic offers. Among them, L’O Restaurant, is awarded with a Michelin star.
HOTEL TRIAS 4*
Trias Hotel is a welcoming hotel on the Costa Brava, situated on the beach promenade and offering stunning views of the sea and Palamós Bay.
The hotel has maintained the essence and charm of the area’s seafaring past. Sea view rooms, a fantastic swimming pool and a designer restaurant make Trias Hotel a leading property on the Costa Brava.This hotel, which boasts age-old traditions, reopened its doors in 2005 after extensive renovations. The fact that figures from the world of art and culture, such as Ava Gardner and Truman Capote, have stayed here have led to the hotel being known as “the stars” hotel”.
Meal and food experience:
• Welcome dinner
• Dinner at Casa Leopoldo (or similar)
• Chocolat experience
• Cooking class after a tour of the Boqueria market, followed by lunch
• One fish lunch at a local restaurant: meet the chef
• Tapas bar experience
• Foodies tour before departure
Manresa, Vic & Girona
• Pilgrim lunch at Kursaal Restaurant
• Cooking workshop with dinner
• Vic Saturday market
• Demo on making salchichon and fluet de Vic
• Dinner at Restaurant l’O – 1* Michelin
• Gourmet lunch and meet the chef in Girona
• Cooking demo and fish lunch in Palamos
• Fish auction at the return of the fishermen: La “Subhasta”.
• Lunch in Cadaques at Restaurant “COMPARTIR”
• Museu de la Confitura with presentation jellies, jams and marmalades
• Wine tasting at Mas Soller
• Farewell dinner in Calella de Palafrugell
Cultural visits & entrance fees
• Barcelona guided tour: Gaudi and Modernismo
• Skip the line entrance to Casa Batlo, Parque Guell, Sagrada Familia and Palau de la Musica
• Barcelona guided Art tour: Picasso Museum and Miro Foundation
• Flamenco show
• City tours in Manresa, Vic and Girona with local licensed guides
• Visit Museu de la Pesca in Palamos
• Full day excursion.about Dali: Visit Figueres, Cadaques and Pujol
• Day excursion in Emporda: Pals and Peratallada
Included General Services
• 10 nights hotel accommodation, sharing a double room
• Full breakfast daily
• Deluxe motor coach or minibus
• Lunch or dinner daily as mentioned in day by day itinerary
• Chef Aliza Green to accompany the tour
• English speaking tour guide
• International flight in and out Barcelona
• Single supplement + $815
• Private transfers between the airport and the hotel, or vice versa, in case of different time of arrival and departure from the group
• Other meals except the ones indicated as included
• Travel insurance and trip cancellation insurance
• Beverage with meals
• Other entrance fees
• Gratuities to guides and drivers
• Personal expenses
• Any other item not specified in the itinerary
• Passport and visa fees
Price $5995 per person, sharing a double room
Single supplement + $815
Early Bird special $5775 if deposit is
received before October 2, 2019
|This trip is a land only program. You should book your ticket by the end of March after consulting with Celestial Voyagers. Please contact Celestial Voyagers before booking your flights. We can advise you on the best schedule and fare you may want.
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Aliza Cultural & Culinary Tours and Celestial Voyagers Terms and Conditions relate to specific contracts with the service providers. The policies and regulations below must be strictly enforced. No extension to the early bird deadline can be considered as it depends entirely on the suppliers.
• $1000 Deposit at the time of reservation is transferable but nonrefundable
• $3000 2nd payment due by February 29, 2020
• Balance due July 3, 2020
• For cancellation received between March 1, 2020 and July 3, 2020 penalty is 30% of the trip value
• For cancellation received between July 4, 2020 and August 1, 2020, penalty is 50% of the trip value
• For cancellation received after August 1, 2020 and for no show penalty 100% of the trip value.
• For cancellation replaced with a new registration a $150 processing fee applies
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