Spain Tour

Catalonia - Spain Tour

Spain

We are excited about the variety of experiences we are offering in Catalonia / Barcelona! Our Villa and your home for the week has a fabulous kitchen and is located at the base of the Pyrenees mountains. Our daily tours travel between the neighboring valleys to taste a variety of  Local Beers, Wines, Cheeses, Cava, Yoghurt, and the famous sausages from the area.  We also go into Barcelona to enjoy several of the Gaudi Architectural masterpieces. Below you will find the full itinerary of the Spanish Catalonia tour and the daily four-course menus. For more information on the tours and to reserve a room, please email us at MaryJoBrink@me.com

Spain/Catalonia Availability - May 5-12, 2023

Bedroom NameRoom Type# of GuestsRate per PersonGuest NameBathroom AmenitiesBed Size
1Master2€3,900.00Nancy & Ray (2nd trip)Jacuzzi Tub & ShowerKing
2Deluxe2€3,500.00Kim & TimTub & ShowerKing
3Deluxe2€3,500.00Diane & John (2nd trip)Tub & ShowerEuro King
4Traditional2€3,300.00Kathy & DaveShowerKing or 2 Twin beds
5Deluxe2€3,500.00Peg & Paul (5th trip)Tub & ShowerKing
6Traditional2€3,300.00Heather & JimShowerKing or 2 Twin beds
7Traditional2€3,300.00Doreen & CindyShowerKing or 2 Twin beds
8Deluxe2€3,500.00Denyse & Andy (3rd trip)Tub & ShowerKing or 2 Twin Beds
9Deluxe2€3,750.00Janet & Michael (2nd trip)Tub & ShowerQueen

Spain/Catalonia Availability - May 12-19, 2023

Bedroom NameRoom Type# of GuestsRate per PersonGuest NameBathroom AmenitiesBed Size
1Master2€3,900.00Mary & Jim (4th trip)Jacuzzi Tub & ShowerKing
2Deluxe2€3,500.00Theresa & Dennis (4th trip)Tub & ShowerKing
3Deluxe2€3,500.00Susan & Emery (2nd trip)Tub & ShowerEuro King
4Traditional2€3,300.00Erica & ChipShowerKing or 2 Twin beds
5Deluxe2€3,500.00Elaine & Greg (3rd trip)Tub & ShowerKing
6Traditional2€3,300.00Carole & Jim (4th trip)ShowerKing or 2 Twin beds
7Traditional2€3,300.00Karen & Carl (4th trip)ShowerKing or 2 Twin beds
8Deluxe2€3,500.00Mary & BobTub & ShowerKing or 2 Twin Beds
9Deluxe2€3,750.00Gloria & Regan (4th trip)Tub & ShowerQueen

Spain Weekly Itinerary

DAY 1 

  • Meet at BCN airport at 10:00 am
  • Tour Boqueria Market and Old Town Barcelona
  • Quick Lunch on your own
  • Tour & Tasting, Artisinal Cheese Maker. Learn about production and sample varieties produced from: Sheep, Goat, Buffalo and Cows Milk.
  • Arrive mid-afternoon at Villa
  • Welcome Cocktail and Villa Tour
  • Settle In
  • Buffet Dinner:  Large Tapas Display
  • After Dinner Drinks and Itinerary Briefing

DAY 2 

  • Breakfast at the Villa
  • Visit historic town of Vic on “Market Day”
  • Optional Tour of the Vic Cathedral with Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque and Neoclassic styles.
  • Lunch own in Vic
  • Learn how to make the famous regional sausage Fuet, followed by tasting.
  • Cooking Class at the Villa with chef Michael. Assist Michael in preparing the four-course dinner menu of the evening.
  • Four Course Dinner at the Villa, see menu in chart below
  • After Dinner Drinks and Itinerary Briefing

DAY 3 

  • Breakfast at the Villa
  • Lunch on your own in the scenic village of Viladrau (located in the UNESCO Montseny Natural Park).  Viladrau has a reputation for the most prized chestnuts in Catalonia and an abundance of mushrooms.
  • Artesana Micro-brewery Tour & Tasting.
  • Cooking Class at the Villa with chef Michael. Assist Michael in preparing the four-course dinner menu of the evening.
  • Four Course Dinner at the Villa, see menu in chart below
  • After Dinner Drinks and Itinerary Briefing

DAY 4 

  • Breakfast at the Villa.
  • Excursion to Barcelona to tour the “Sagrada Familia”, Gaudi’s amazing Basillica
  • Lunch and free time to shop in Barcelona
  • Afternoon in Park Guell, walk the paths, enjoy the view and the fascinating Gaudi architecture
  • Cooking Class at the Villa with chef Michael. Assist Michael in preparing the four-course dinner menu of the evening.
  • Four Course Dinner at the Villa, see menu in chart below
  • After Dinner Drinks and Itinerary Briefing

DAY 5 

  • Breakfast at the Villa
  • Funicular ride over the river and up the mountain to Montserrat. Enjoy the afternoon performance of the renown boys choir, tour the Monastery and Museum or spend some time hiking the scenic trails.
  • Lunch on your own at Montserrat.
  • Cooking Class at the Villa with chef Michael. Assist Michael in preparing the four-course dinner menu of the evening.
  • Four Course Dinner at the Villa, see menu in chart below
  • After Dinner Drinks and Itinerary Briefing

DAY 6 

  • Breakfast at the Villa
  • Excursion to Mon Sant Benet – A day in the life of Ramon Casas – renown Catalonian Artist.
  • Visit “Alicia” and experience “The Sense of the Senses”. Tour the Kitchen Garden
  • Light Lunch on your own in Navarclues
  • Wine Tour and tasting: 13th Century Vineyard; Award Winning – Bodega Heretat Oller del Mas,
  • Cooking Class at the Villa with chef Michael. Assist Michael in preparing the four-course dinner menu of the evening.
  • Four Course Dinner at the Villa, see menu in chart below
  • After Dinner Drinks and Itinerary Briefing

DAY 7  

  • Breakfast at the Villa
  • Chocolate demonstration & tasting at “Chocolates SimOn Coll Chocolatier”
  • Lunch on your own in the village of Sant Sadurni (market day)
  • Visit Bodega Frexinet Cellars – National Historic Monument and exceptional Cava producers since 1659. Tour the caves, the factory and finish with a tasting of Cava.
  • Cooking Class at the Villa with chef Michael. Assist Michael in preparing the four-course dinner menu of the evening.
  • Four Course Dinner at the Villa, see menu in chart below
  • After Dinner Drinks and Itinerary Briefing

DAY 8  

  • Breakfast
  • Depart Villa at 8:00 a.m. to Barcelona Airport.

Spain Weekly Dinner Menu and Cooking Classes

DAY 1 – 

  • Welcome Buffet Dinner – Large Tapas assortment including: local Cheese Board, Sliced Cured Meats, Olives, Marinated Vegetables, various Spanish Tortillas, Patas Bravas, Boquerones en Vinagre, Stuffed Mussels, Breads, Salads, Desserts

DAY 2 – 

  • Spanish Meatballs in Almond Sauce
  • Escalivada – Catalan Grilled Vegetable Salad
  • Garlic-Grilled Lamb Chops with Roasted Potatoes
  • Spanish Flan

DAY 3 – 

  • Hors d’Oeuvres – Green Olive Paste Canapes, Chorizo & Spanish Empanadas, Manchego and Serrano Puffs, Bandarillas
  • Mixed Paella
  • Panallets (almond Paste Cookies studded with Pine Nuts) with Caramel Ice Cream

DAY 4 –

  • Beets in Romesco Sauce
  • Catalan Salad with Pickled Cucumbers, Seasonal Vegetables and a Sherry-Vinaigrette
  • Seared Cod Fillet with White Beans, Prawns and a Chorizo Broth
  • Bunuelos de Crema

DAY 5 – 

  • Shrimp Skewers with Spicy Lemon Alioli
  • Spanish Gazpacho with a Paprika Sour Cream
  • Wood-Grilled Pork Loin and Vegetables
  • Apricot and Cherry Rice Pudding

DAY 6 – 

  • Sherried Mushrooms with Manchego Cheese and Jambon
  • Escudella Soup – Meat Broth with Parsley-Meatballs and Vegetables
  • Dorada “Samfaina” in Terra Cotta
  • Torta de Santiago – Almond Pie

DAY 7 – 

  • Jambon with Broad Beans and Salsa Brava
  • Bulgur Salad with Curly Endive, Xato (Nut and Pepper Dressing), Anchovy, Tuna and Baccala
  • Smoked Paprika Seared Beef with Roasted Peppers and Sweet Onions
  • Churros with Hot Melted Dark Chocolate

For more information on the tours and to reserve a room, please email us at MaryJoBrink@me.com

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