Barcelona and Catalonia
Cultural Tour

Highlights

Cultural tour for foodies: discover Barcelona and its surroundings and experience the city through the eyes of a local. A perfectly varied tour for both foodies and culture lovers, you will enjoy the irresistible charm of the modernist genius Gaudi’s architectural projects, as well as Picasso’s and Dali’s creativity. Your days and evenings will be spent in selected restaurants where you will enjoy local food and drink, plus you will be surprised by our special events. We guarantee that you will have a full and authentic Catalan experience!

 

Location: Catalonia (Spain) – Main places to visit: Barcelona, Gerona, Cadaques and the Catalonian countryside
Duration: 7 days – 6 nights
Begins in: Barcelona, Sunday at 2:30 pm, Day 1
Ends in: Barcelona, Saturday morning, Day 7
Departures 2020: on Sunday, all over the year
Maximum group size: 14
Minimum group size: 4
Price 2020: starting from €2,950 per person and based on double occupancy; € 300 single supplement is applicable. Departures are guaranteed also for less than 4 people: €3,700 per person in case of 2 or 3 people only. Two guides will accompany departures of 9 or more people.

ITINERARY – fully customizable

DAY 1  (Sunday)

Arrival day – Discover Barcelona!
Arrive independently in Barcelona, the most cosmopolitan city in Southern Europe, which lies on the Mediterranean Sea. Meet your guide and other participants at the hotel at 2:30 pm for a briefing of the itinerary, and then begin your tour with a private guided walk of the historical city center. In the evening you will have a chance to better become acquainted with your fellow travelers and experience a welcome aperitif followed by a delicious dinner in a local restaurant.
Overnight in Barcelona
Guided tour, aperitif and dinner included

DAY 2  (Monday)

Market’s day and Sagrada Familia
This morning we will explore La Boquería market, one of the most famed food markets in the world: since 1836, more than 200 stands open the doors to offer their valued treasures. Lunch will be at the colored Santa Caterina Market: built in 1845 on the former site of the Santa Caterina Convent, today it’s a traditional market where will be tasting some delicious and outstanding quality foodstuffs. In the afternoon we will visit the Gaudi’s majestic masterpiece and iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site Sagrada Familia, the unfinished temple which construction began in 1882 and continues still to this day. Enjoy dinner at a selected local restaurant.

Overnight in Barcelona
Hotel, breakfast, tapas lunch, museum tickets and dinner included

DAY 3  (Tuesday)

Gaudi’s Houses and Park Güell
Discover the fantastic architectural structures designed by Antonio Gaudí: the modernist Casa Batlló which was redesigned in 1904 and the surrealistic Casa Milá, also known as La Pedrera (the stone quarry), two of the best samples of the Catalan Art Nouveau. In the afternoon enjoy a relaxing visit at the picturesque “Parc Güell” with private guide and followed by a delicious dinner in a lovely restaurant.

Overnight in Barcelona
Hotel, breakfast, taxi rides, museum tickets and dinner included

DAY 4  (Wednesday)

Girona and Cadaques (Dalì Museum) – Soak up the atmosphere
Today we transfer to Girona: in a private guided visit, discover this incredible medieval city, completely surrounded by high fortifications and with a remarkable Jewish quarter. After lunch in a lovely local restaurant, we will drive to Cadaques, the Pearl of the Costa Brava: it is a genuine fishing village that retains an air of authenticity. We will visit the Salvador Dalí’s Museum House followed by a stroll around the hamlet. Back to Barcelona and the rest of afternoon and evening will be free to be spent at your own pace.
Overnight in Barcelona
Hotel, breakfast, private transfer, museum and lunch included

DAY 5  (Thursday)

Montserrat mountain – Let’s walk!
Today we will stroll in the countryside and on the Montserrat Mountain: after visiting the Cathedral we will take the funicular for a nice walk in this enchanted area. Lunch will be a yummy picnic made of delicious delicacies. On the way back to Barcelona we will stop to visit a historical Cava cellar for a tasting of the famous Catalan champagne. Delightful dinner in a charming local restaurant.
Overnight in Barcelona
Hotel, breakfast, picnic lunch, cellar visit and all transportation included

DAY 6  (Friday)

Sant Cugat del Vallès and the Horta’s Labyrinth Park

Today we transfer to Sant Cugat del Vallès, a lovely city near Barcelona, where time stands still and where we start our hiking activity to return to Barcelona. After a picnic lunch, get lost in the Horta’s Labyrinth Park: reach its center and mind your heart, as the park could steal it! Alternatively, you could ask Eros how to get it back. At night, be surprised by a Special Event Gourmet Dinner at Premià del Mar.

Overnight in Barcelona
Hotel, breakfast, park entrance, picnic lunch, transfer and farewell dinner included

DAY 7  (Saturday)

Departure day
The tour officially ends today after breakfast at your hotel. A private transfer to the Barcelona Airport is included.
Hotel and breakfast included

 

Please note: the above itinerary may change at any time due to circumstances beyond our control

INFORMATION

Activity rating: Easy

 

Booking: please contact us at hello@theyummywalker.com to receive a booking contract.

 

Insurance: we strongly recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance which has to be adequate for your requirements. The insurance policy should ensure appropriate coverage to meet your needs, and the needs of your family and dependents, in case of personal injury, medical and repatriation costs, together with cover for any loss of property, personal liability, delay, cancellation, curtailment, missed departure and legal expenses.

GETTING THERE

The Barcelona airport is the second largest in Spain: it mainly serves European destinations, but it is also linked to North America (both United States and Canada), South America, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. The airport is located at 14km (8,7 miles) from Barcelona city centre and can be easily reached by bus, metro, taxi or train.

 

By Air: direct flights operated from North and South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Should you land in Madrid, the Barcelona-Madrid air shuttle service (known as the “Puente aéreo”) runs several times a day. For further information, please check the Barcelona airport’s website.

 

By Train: should you land in Madrid, the high-speed AVE service will transport you to Barcelona in about 3 hours. For additional information, please check the RENFE website.

 

Departures at the end of the tour: the journey officially ends in Barcelona, after breakfast, on Saturday morning. A private transfer to the airport is included.

INCLUDED

Accommodation (6 nights): boutique hotels, 3/4 stars (charming hotels ideally located. Bedrooms are for double occupancy. Single use supplement is applicable)
Meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 dinners, 3 picnic lunch are included
All visits as noted in the itinerary
Guides: private local bilingual guides (when needed)
Tour leader: At least 1 bilingual tour leader for groups up tp 8 participants and two bilingual tour leader starting 9 participants (around-the-clock support during all your trip)
All internal transfers
Wine and Cava tastings
Museum entrances
Gratuities
All local taxes

NOT INCLUDED

 

Flights

Travel insurance

Personal purchases

Drinks

REVIEWS

Monica B., Los Angeles, California, USA

Yummy Walker Barcelona tour is absolutely stunning. They generally cater the trip to your interests, so you are bound to love it no matter what. Nonetheless, there are various staples that will always be included, like food (so much food) and famous Barcelona sites. The city is by far one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever been to, and there’s art everywhere. The Yummy Walker team does an excellent job of not just showing you the sites, but also helping you immerse yourself into the city, and the art and artists it has become so well known for. The hikes are lovely, but the real highlight was the two delightful guides, Luca and Marco. They are very friendly, easy going, and quite knowledgeable of the city. They took us to amazing restaurants, and constantly made sure everyone was happy and comfortable. They even picked up some pain relievers for me when I had a headache, so I wouldn’t have to miss the various sites tracking down medicine. While the days are super packed, it was easy to go off on your own and enjoy something separately and meet back up with the group later if you wanted to do something on your own, or go at your own pace.

I absolutely recommend taking this trip! Barcelona is one of the most fun and interesting cities I have visited in Europe, and I was so glad to have the Yummy Walker team to help me make the most of my time there.

 

 

Marina R., New York City, USA

I loved the 5 days I spent in Barcelona with The Yummy Walker. It was a trip filled with confections of architecture, art, history and cuisine. My guide Marco was incredible, a ceramics artist from Italy, he showed me a Barcelona unlike any tourist had ever seen. Yes, of course, we visited all the main attractions (Monserrat, Olímpic Stadium, Montjuic, Sagrada Familia, Batlló and Park Güell) but the way Marco presented this beautiful city was filled with so much passion and understanding that I felt like I was walking in the footprints of Antonio Gaudi himself. University-educated and fun-loving, Marco was extremely knowledgeable about the local culture, food, art, history, politics, and of course Catalunya. Our visit to the Picasso Museum and Joan Miro Foundation were especially memorable, since I was in the company of a real artist who gave me a richer, more in-depth look at these two legendary Spanish painters. The hotel where we were staying was in the center of Old City which made for easy day walks in the Ramblas and clubbing at night in Barcelonetta. Marco made reservations in some of the best restaurants in Barcelona – every dinner we had was incredible and not expensive (!!!). We dined at Casa Leopoldo, Canete, 9Reinas – out of the way places frequented by locals that offered authentic cuisine (tapas, oxtails, octopus) and the ambiance of a real Barcelona. I loved how Marco and The Yummy Walker worked hard to avoid all the tourist-trap experiences and instead presented me with an authentic, magical journey through this vibrant, sometimes overcrowded city. I felt like a traveler, NOT a tourist…and for me that was the most important thing!

 

 

Carolyn & Bill W., Texas – USA

What special memories my husband and I have of our tours with Marco Fromboli of The Yummy Walker! He was our private guide in Barcelona, we saw our share of normal tourist attractions, but so many of our experiences were off the beaten path.

Before we booked our week-long trip to Barcelona, I checked to see if The Yummy Walker would consider offering a personal guided tour.  The end-to-end care they provided was extraordinary from planning our itinerary to selecting our accommodations to booking and procuring our tickets to arranging public and private transportation.  In one week we visited the top attractions in Barcelona (Sagrada Familia, Casa Batlló, Park Güell, Palau de la Música, St. Josep la Boqueria, the marina district, the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya on Montjuic, Carmel Hill, Casa de les Punxes, and Passeig de Grácia); took excursions to Montserrat, Girona, Cadaqués, the Island of Portlligat, and Premiá de Mar; and experienced and gained insight into the mindset of Catalunya and its continuing struggle for independence.   We walked, hiked, and rode by bus, train, private car, and funicular. Two especially memorable experiences were the half-day hike on Montserrat with lunch in a small cave of cheese, bread, and meats purchased  in the small village and the gourmet dinner at L’Amistat in Premiá de Mar prepared for us by The Yummy Walker’s friend.

We made memories for a lifetime in Spain, thanks to The Yummy Walker and Marco Fromboli!