- Her Dream Vacation
Barcelona & Beyond: Women & Wine-Sept 27-Oct 5, 2024
8 nights | 9 days | $5,995 | Limit 10 women | 4 women minimum
From the vineyard to your palate, and from your palate to your soul, this Barcelona dream vacation and women-only tour will begin and end in Barcelona, Spain. We will explore and visit some of the best wine regions of Northern Spain.
Your Dream Vacation will bring you an authentic and unconventional experience of women traveling together in Catalunya. We will meet with leading wine makers, dine in renowned Catalonian restaurants and share meals in family homes.
Join this Women and Wine Dream Vacation – a journey of wine, women and gourmet food for an unforgettable tour experience! This tour will be lead by an English-speaking sommelier who is passionate not only about wines, but also Spain! This is a gastronomic adventure, shared with women like you, who enjoy great wine, great food, and great company.
You’ll experience local culture, stay in fabulous accommodations and make new friends. Rediscover yourself through an experience that will sharpen your senses and expand the reflection of your inner self as you experience a beautiful country, a different lifestyle and other adventurous women like yourself. Women who want to travel but who want to do so within the safety and comfort of a small group receiving customized care.
Day 1 - Welcome to Barcelona!
Barcelona is a dynamic and very cosmopolitan city filled with great eateries, wonderful museums and intriguing neighborhoods. As we should try to arrive by noon, you will then be transported to your luxury boutique hotel by private transportation. Once you have settled in, the afternoon can be spent getting acquainted with Barcelona by exploring the Born district and the narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter.
We will be able to see the Church of Santa Maria del Mar, a place of worship of the shipwrights and merchants of Gothic Barcelona, which took 55 years to build!
You will be captivated by a neighborhood which is a wonderful combination of medieval charm and includes some of Barcelona's hippest bars, art galleries and restaurants.
We will have a quaint getting-to-know-you dinner of Tapas, Vermut (a local favorite) and Sangria to discuss the upcoming events of the week.
Day 2 - Let's Get Lost in the Gothic Quarter!
After a light breakfast, let's get lost in the Gothic Quarter!
We can stroll cobblestone streets and winding pathways before meeting our private guide for a Gourmet Walking Tour. This walking tour will allow you to savor your Barcelona vacation on a culinary trail through the old town, Ciutat Vella.
discovering the charms of the Boqueria Market
visiting some of Barcelona' oldest, landmark establishments
enjoying the famous chocolate houses on Carrer Petritxol
sampling the typical produce of Barcelona's culinary culture
Early afternoon, we will make our way to the fabulous Gaudi's Sagrada familia with our private guide. Be prepared to be in awe of this incredible structure designed by the brilliant architect, Antoni Gaudi. Gaudi worked on his beautiful temple for 43 years before his death in 1926. Construction continues today with a rumored completion date of 2026. One hundred years of construction to complete! Can you imagine? Learn about his life, his projects and his dreams.
Sicilian traditions are experienced first-hand by an infamous Sicilian Puppet Show, and a boat trip around the island of Ortigia (weather permitting). Dinner is on your own or with your new traveling friends.
Day 3 - Still Loving on Gaudi
This morning after breakfast, we will tour the Picasso Museum and later in the day, visit Park Guell, another Gaudi masterpiece. We will stroll along Las Ramblas--Barcelona's most famous boulevard--stopping at boutiques, cafes and fabulous design shops.
The late afternoon will be yours to explore on your own, or can be spent for more shopping, until we meet again for a wonderful Flamenco Show, showcasing the best of Spanish flamenco in Catalunya.
Day 4 - Women and Wine...Your Journey
Today we begin our journey of Women and Wine. In the morning, we will travel south from Barcelona, via a regional train into the beautiful views of the D.O. Priorat (Priorat viticulture area) – one of Spain’s most dynamic wine regions.
This region is known for its powerful red wines made predominantly from old-vine Grenache. We will step inside the first charter-house on the Iberian Peninsula, the Carthusian Monastery of Scala Dei (Latin for “Ladder of God”) to have our first toast from the first winery in Priorat. Scala Dei had a great influence on the local winemakers from centuries ago and we will meet the most famous of them today. After a lunch of local delicious food and wine, we will visit a woman-owned winery and have a tasting with the winemaker. This winery is a mother/daughter team carrying on centuries of family wine-making. We will taste their wines and learn about their harvest processes. Our day will end when we arrive in the picturesque village of Torroja del Priorat. There will be a hands on demonstration of our dinner preparation and gastronomic secrets shared. Our accommodations will be quaint and intimate. An evening for relaxing and basking in the best moments of your dream vacation.
*Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 - Meet Another Winemaker in the Prioriat Region
After a sumptuous breakfast, we will will drive to meet the most charming man and winemaker of the Priorat region
He and his son, the chief wine maker and vineyard manager, are recognized internationally for their wine-making in two different wine regions.
There will be a fascinating 4 x 4 tour up the mountainside.
We will discuss the herbs, the landscape and all of the attributes that go into making wines of this region. After the tour with this charming winemaker, we will have a private tasting of eight wines (red, white, Priorat and Montsant) at his Montsant estate. Even a non-wine drinker will love his day! Amazing views, great food and lovely company!
The varietal shades of the wines will leave a lasting impression of your visit to this beautiful region, the estate and the adorable winemaker!
Once we leave the wine estate, we will visit the village of Gratallops, where the first contemporary wines of the Priorat were introduced in the '80s. We will have a tasting of wine and local sausages before we visit Siurana for lunch in a beautiful village.
Siurana, the last Moorish stronghold in Catalonia has stunning views and an incredible sunset. Our guide will share a story about Queen Abdelazia, a beautiful princess who leapt to her death astride her white stallion in 1153. Would you like to see the hoof imprint over the cliffs? This day is certainly made for Queens and you will be treated like royalty!
Day 6 - Women, Wine, Olive Oil and Vermut
After breakfast we will begin the day by touring a local Olive Oil mill. This private tour will include a tasting of olive oils and tour of the mill with the mill owner.
We will visit the olive groves in a 4 x 4. This is a unique opportunity to visit the olive mill as they are beginning their harvest season. EVOO will never be the same!
After this visit, we will drive to the birthplace of Gaudi, Reus. We will tour an original Vermut factory and have lunch before allowing time for shopping amongst the locals.
Day 7 - Bubbles On a Cobblestone Path
As we make our way back to Barcelona, the day is dedicated to CAVA! We will have a custom cava tour and tasting at the infamous Recaredo Cava Producer. This is the most high-end of cavas and comparable to the best of Champagnes.
The Penedes region is the birthplace of the country’s prestigious sparkling wine region: CAVA. We will tour the mountains of the Penedés region in 4×4 vehicles, discovering the wide variety of different soils and micro-climates, as well as the different grape varieties, breathing deeply the Cava’s fragrances.
Day 8 - The Final Toast: Our Last Day in Barcelona
Our last day in Barcelona! Did you get enough of Gaudi? Do you want to visit another museum? Would you like to do more shopping? You will have time for that, but we will do a midday cooking class savoring all the best of northern Spain. This is your chance to pick up the recipes of your favorite tapas and Catalonian dishes.
This afternoon and evening are completely yours to do what you'd like. Did you walk down Ramblas and take in all of the attractions of tourists and non-tourists alike? Should we arrange another tour? These decisions will be customized based upon the group, your desires and serendipity!
The Final Toast. We will have more leisure time before meeting again for our farewell dinner and celebration of women, new found friends and ourselves.
*Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 - Adiós Barcelona
At your leisure, depart to the airport for your return home or continue your stay in lovely Barcelona.
8 nights private, single accommodations in boutique hotels, as per itinerary
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners
Air-conditioned luxury transportation
Licensed, English-speaking guides (licensed for tourism)
All site entrances, winery visits and activities
Cooking class and tours
Arrival pick-up and transfer to hotel
International flight or mandatory all-inclusive "cancel for any reason" travel insurance
Tips for guides, drivers, meals, drinks and personal spending or taxes (we will suggest appropriate tipping on your arrival)
Other Things To Know
Itinerary is subject to change based on weather and unknown events.
Final itinerary with listed hotel accommodations, contact information transfer schedule, etc., will be sent prior to departure.
Early reservations are advised and a non-refundable deposit of $800.00 is required
Guests will receive an invoice for the balance due
Full payment is required 120 days prior to commencement of trip
If you are making your reservation fewer than 90 days of departure, the entire amount of the trip must be paid in full at the time of reservation
Please note that this tour is limited to 10 women
Safety and sanitary precautions are implemented for your protection by all vendors
In the event that we do not meet the minimum capacity for travel, you will have the option to pay a supplemental fee for a private, customized tour. This decision will be made with your approval.
Please read our Terms & Conditions prior to booking
Your Total Cost
Includes private single rooms in boutique hotels, meals (where indicated), private transportation, entrance fees where applicable