PRE - Culinary Creations:TASTES OF BARCELONA
Savor the distinctive cuisine and signature beverages of Catalonia by taking a hands-on cooking class, sampling the area’s wines and cavas, and visiting a farm that has been operating since the 16th-century.
After flying into the Barcelona airport, you will transfer to your hotel. During check-in, you will be given tickets for the “Hop On Hop Off” tour bus. The tickets are valid only for one day to use on whichever day you wish.
As guests will be arriving at different times, the remainder of this day is at your leisure, and dinner is on your own.
NOTE: the closest Hop on Hop Off station to your hotel is approximately a 15 minute walk.
After meeting the group in the hotel reception area, you will enjoy a short but panoramic drive to another part of Barcelona. Here, you will walk along the famed, shop-lined Las Ramblas Boulevard and through the vibrant La Boqueria food market. As you meander about the stalls and shops, you will see a seemingly endless array of fresh fish, meats, cheeses, and fruits and vegetables.
Continuing on with your guide, you will then meet a local expert on gastronomy at the Santa Caterina Market, the largest such market in Barcelona where he/she will purchase all the necessary ingredients to prepare a traditional Spanish meal. Expect the ingredients to be fresh, flavorful and representative of Spanish cuisine.
Then, it’s off to a nearby venue, where you will participate in a hands-on cooking workshop and prepare an authentic Spanish meal that includes paella. Once the dishes are ready, you will enjoy them for lunch before returning to the hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to do whatever you please.
Today, you will have the opportunity to assist (optional) in the preparation of a human tower called a “castell,” which is usually built by local citizens for annual festivities. The towers are often six to ten people high with the participants standing on each other’s shoulders.
You may form part of the bottom level, as being in the higher levels takes more practice and skills. In fact, the tower-building methods are usually so involved that they are handed down from generation to generation. Castells are so emblematic of the Catalan culture that UNESCO has recognized them on its Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list.
Please note: if Day 3 falls on a Sunday, you will assist in building the human tower in the morning (the venue may be crowded), and lunch will be included before returning to Barcelona. If Day 3 falls on a weekday, you will assist at a training session of a human tower display in a local association in the evening, and dinner will be included.
The day’s activities begin by driving to Montserrat, where you will visit a 12th-century monastery built into the mountain. Besides learning all sorts of interesting facts about the monastery, you will see the statue of La Moreneta, the Black Madonna, which has supposedly performed numerous miracles. Consequently, pilgrims have been coming for centuries to see the wooden Black Madonna.
While at the monastery, you may also meander about the grounds and visit the Royal Basilica and Museum of Montserrat, whose collection holds works by Picasso, Dalí and Monet.
Later, you will enjoy a 3 course traditional Catalan lunch of locally grown products at a 10th-century farm - Oller del Mas, which formerly belonged to the Oller family, many knights, nobles and also craftsmen. Afterwards, you will have the chance to tour the farm, the castle, the vineyard and wine cellar where you will discover the many stages of wine production, from the first pressing of the grapes to fermentation in the cellars. Afterwards, you will sample some of the products including local cheese and then drive to Barcelona to embark on the ship.
Land Program Step by Step: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The times are approximate, given here only for general reference and are subject to change. Markets in Spain are closed on Sundays, so if Day 2 falls on a Sunday then the days will be reversed to accommodate all aspects of the tour.
Extra Nights: If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met per the flight details provided and privately transferred to your hotel. Check in is 3:00pm. Be sure that the cruise line has your up-to-date flight details so transfers can be arranged accordingly. Activities and meals other than breakfast are on your own during extra nights.
After arriving at the Barcelona Airport (BCN), you will be met in the arrivals area outside Customs and transferred to the hotel. Check in is 3:00pm. Although every effort will be made to have rooms available sooner, this cannot be guaranteed. The afternoon and the evening are at your leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
If you arrive early, this is the perfect day to use the Hop On Hop Off Bus tickets that will be issued (tickets are only valid on one day)
AM Breakfast at the hotel
8:30am Meet in the hotel reception area
9:00am Brief panoramic tour of Barcelona
10:00am Walk the Ramblas and the Boqueria Market
11:00am Meet the local gastronomy expert at St. Caterina Market
12:00pm Cooking class with lunch
2:30pm Return to your hotel
Afternoon and dinner at your leisure. Perhaps use the Hop On Hop Off bus tickets this afternoon to explore the city of Barcelona. Tickets are only valid on one day
Overnight at your hotel in Barcelona
DAY 3 (WEEKDAYS)
AM Breakfast at the hotel and lunch on own
Perhaps use the Hop on Hop off bus tickets to enjoy the city of Barcelona at your leisure (tickets are only valid on one day)
6:00pm Depart from the hotel
6:30pm Brief visit of the city of Vilafranca del Penedes (or the city of Mataró), including tapas-style dinner in restaurant or bar
8:00pm Visit Human Tower Association Centre for a displays/practice session
10:30pm Return to the hotel in Barcelona for the evening
DAY 3 (SUNDAYS)
AM Breakfast at the hotel
10:00am Depart from Barcelona
11:00am Human Towers and local festivities (location differs)
1:30pm Tapas-style lunch
3:30pm Return to the hotel in Barcelona
PM Evening and dinner on your own
Overnight at your hotel in Barcelona
AM Breakfast at the hotel
8:30am Leave for Monsterrat
9:45am Visit Monastery of Monsterrat
12:00pm Drive to Oller del Mas
12:30pm Lunch in Oller del Mas
2:00pm Walk to the winery, visit wine cellar and tasting
4:30pm Return to Barcelona
Embark the ship
Average Temperatures in Barcelona:
April: 12º C / 53º F
May: 15º C / 59º F
June: 20º C / 68º F
September: 22º C / 71º F
October: 15º C / 59º F
November: 10º C / 50º F
What to Bring: Weather-appropriate clothing, good walking shoes, sun protection, umbrella, light jacket and camera.
Electricity: 220-volt. Bring a converter.
Documents and Visa Requirements: Valid passport is required.
MELIA BARCELONA SARRIA
Av. Sarria, 50, 08029 Barcelona
Phone: +34 934 106 060
Accommodation (standard double room) as mentioned in above
Meals per the itinerary including bottled water and wine (2 glasses per guest) with lunch or dinner
Touring and cooking class per the itinerary and entrance fees per the itinerary
Hop on Hop Off tickets
Porterage on Day 4
Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current arrival information so a transfer can be arranged. If you book additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.
Gratuities to drivers and guides
Meals and beverages not specified in the program
Hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service
Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation.
All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.
Hotel and Land Program pricing is not combinable with FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package. If applicable, please contact Regent Seven Seas Cruises or your travel agent for multi-night pre-cruise hotel pricing information. Land program promotions are subject to terms.