|from $3,100* per person||5 Days||Year-round
Exertion level: 3
|Operator: The International Kitchen
12 people max
About the location: This wonderful gourmet food and wine tour takes you to the Costa Brava, a land of outstanding beauty, filled with charming fishing villages and well preserved medieval towns in Spain’s northeastern region of Catalonia by the Mediterranean Sea. You will be based in the L’Empordá region where the enchanting landscape, filled with rolling hills and picturesque stone-built villages is a pleasure to explore as well as the beautiful beaches and cliffs of the amazing Costa Brava. This lovely countryside is home to the stylish and intimate four-star hotel, situated right on the sea with beautiful gardens and pool and spa. From here you will visit the nearby medieval villages of Pals, Ullastret, Peratallada and more of Dali’s route. You will discover the route of Dali’s amazing and surreal art, gorgeous villas and castles, lovely beaches and wonderful wineries, along with the discovery of a cuisine that is unique, imaginative and varied.
About the lessons: You will be presented with the discovery of the Catalan cuisine that is unique, imaginative and varied. Cooking classes will be held at the prestigious cooking school of L’Empordá , where you will be introduced to the most traditional recipes of Catalonia as well as a few avante-garde recipes called “Cocina de Autor.“ The staff of instructors are all professional chefs, speak English, and are delighted to pass on their secrets of this cuisine.
Other unique culinary activities will be some visits to artisan food producers, the local fish port or Palamós, and a professionally guided wine tasting
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Reviewer: Thomas & Christine L.
I'd like to start by saying, this was the best vacation of our lives. The Relais Oasi Olimpia is a five star hotel with a four star rating. Every member of the staff was warm hearted and friendly, and totally dedicated to our needs and well being. The rooms were large and comfortable, especially compared to the so-called four star hotel we stayed at in Rome. Carmen Mazzola the general manager was extremely competent, resourceful, and accommodating. Whenever we made a request, or a scheduling change was necessary due to weather or some other reason, she handled all with speed and good nature, always exclaiming, "It's nothing!" when we thanked her. The cooking lessons with Marco the Chef were just what we had hoped them to be. Nothing too intense, (after all we were on vacation) but informative and easy to execute. I'm happy to say, Christine and I are quite competent now in producing a variety of delectable dishes we would be proud to serve anyone. Our boat tour to Positano was wonderful, our host Antonio piloted the boat to the picturesue little town, and later stopped at a cove where we swam in the Mediterranean and had an expertly prepared lunch. Our favorite tour was of the Mozzarella Factory, I won't say anymore as I don't want to spoil it for anyone. Suffice to say, don't miss it. Being Italian-American, this vacation awakened feelings in me long hidden. Personality traits that I have are prevalent in Southern Italy. I felt like I was among my own kind at last. I want to go back.
Reviewer: Katie P
I just wanted to let you know that Chris and I had a wonderful time at Chateau de Berne last week. Mayung took very good care of us as ourhostess, and Jean-Louis is great! And of course the location is absolutely beautiful, as you know. We were made to feel very welcome the whole time we were there. I'm a few months pregnant, and Mayung did a great job of juggling our schedule so that I got some rest when I needed it but we also managed to fit in a lot of activities (including a visit to the market, a winery tour and wine tasting and a visit to a local abbey as well as some shopping on our own).And the cooking lessons were very well done. Chris and I were the only students (and in truth, Chris was the only one really cooking with Jean-Louis -- my job was to take notes and pictures!), so it felt like a one-on-one tutorial. Jean-Louis is a patient teacher and he did a good job of explaining everything he was doing. As the week progressed, Chris took a more and more active role in the food preparation, and the hands-on approach was very educational too. Everyone at Chateau de Berne was warm and friendly, and they really did make us feel very welcome there. This program was Chris's birthday present (his 40th) and I'm very pleased with how well it worked out!
- This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.
Transfer from Barcelona airport to the Empordá region to a beautiful and charming four-star Hotel Silken, Sant Jordi, well known for its unique design and beautiful surroundings. This is an ideal place to relax and enjoy a magical ambiance, and taste superb Mediterranean dishes.
Your guide will give you a briefing of your fantastic culinary tour.
Enjoy some free time, perhaps a stroll on the beach.
Following breakfast, your guide will take you to your first hands-on cooking lesson at the Cooking School of L’Empordá (for small groups, the lesson will take place at Concha’s place with a local chef).The class begins with a visit to a local market, followed by preparation of typical dishes of the region.
Lunch to follow based on your culinary efforts with excellent wines!
Afternoon and dinner on your own this evening.
Delicious full breakfast followed by your second hands-on cooking class with lunch to follow. This lesson will be at the spacious and prestigious cooking school at The Fishing Museum, where you will learn the best specialties of Mediterranean cuisine.
In the afternoon, a visit to the fishing village of LLafranc, where you will enjoy a lovely seaside walk along a beautiful pine grove. At the top of the hill you can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the Mediterranean sea.
Following the tour of Llafranc, visit a 200 year old cellar where the owner will guide you through a fascinating tasting of different Spanish wines.
Dinner on your own this evening.
Following breakfast, you will embark on a full day excursion along Dali’s route. First you’ll visit Figures, a bustling country town and home to the Dali Museum.
Lunch on your own.
After lunch you will visit the ancient city of Girona, with its narrow medieval streets, Jewish quarter, Arab baths, and 15th century Gothic cathedral.
If you are on the 3-night program, transfer back to Barcelona airport or hotel.
If you are on the 6-night program, late in the afternoon return to the hotel for dinner.
After a full breakfast, your third cooking class at the Cooking School of L’Empordá or Concha’s place. There you will continue learning how to prepare recipes based on the healthiest Mediterranean ingredients.
Lunch to follow, based on your efforts, complete with Empordá‘s wine.
Afternoon visit to an olive oil mill and learn about the “gold liquid” and sample the olive oil they produce.
Following the olive oil tour you will then visit a huge kitchen store where you can find anything you could imagine for cooking or your kitchen!
Return to the hotel where you will have free time to shop and explore nearby towns.
Dinner on your own this evening.
Following a full breakfast, you will visit the open market of Begur and its lovely town by the sea.
Excursion to nearby medieval villages as Pals, Peratallada and Ullastret. Your guide will take you through the town’s cobblestone streets and amazing walled villages
There will be some free time to shop, wander around, and have lunch on you own at any of the surrounding restaurants.
In the afternoon, you will visit a jam and preserves factory/museum. The visit includes an introduction to the museum as well as a demonstration in the workshop of the different methods for producing jams and preserves. Participants contribute to the final production of a preserve, potting it and creating a sticker for the jar, which you can then take home as a gift. The visit ends with a tasting of different jams and preservers and a glass of sparkling wine.
Finally, visit the fishing port of Palamós. Depending on the time and season you may have the chance to welcome the boats coming back from the deep sea with their fish catches of the day before they sell them by auction at “La Lonja,” or fish market. Very curious and interesting to learn about Mediterranean seafood!
Back to the hotel where you will have free time to rest or have a inspiring walk around the hotels beautiful gardens.
Savour your last Mediterranean breakfast.
Transfer to airport or hotel in Barcelona.
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