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.