Great Trips... Made Better With Beer!

Barcelona! Tapas, History & Craft Beer in Catalonia

Trip Deposit (per person)

$400.00

Number of person:

November 10 - 20, 2022

 

Escape gray November for a beery exploration of Catalonia, featuring great hotels, historic cities, fantastic food, craft brewers, cava, tapas, Gaudi's architecture, Dali's art, scenic visits, and vibrant Catalonian culture.

 

Catalonian culture is just plain cool. From its varied and rich topography, to its extremely long history (pre-dating the Romans) to the vibrant vibes, incredible architecture and typical tapas bars in Barcelona, Catalonia offers itself unselfishly as a world-class destination. Add a burgeoning craft brewing scene to the mix and you have a Great Trip... Made Better with Beer! We will meet a full range of passion-filled brewers: barrel agers, homebrew suppliers gone brew-crazy, innovative brewpub founders, bar owners, and gypsy brewers. We'll cross Catalonia, with stays in bustling Barcelona, a small town restoredMasia, a Pardore in Cardona, and unspoiled Girona,. Explore the works of Dali and Gaudi, eat like kings, see Flamenco and enjoy the many scenes of Catalonia. 

 

November in Catalonia averages 65° / 54° with 5 days of rain. A great time to escape gray November.

 

 Trip Price (Land-only, Based on double occupancy)

$3499 per person | Single Room add extra $785

 

 Beer Highlights, Brewery Visits, Tours and Tastings

Barcelona Beer Crawl, Ales Agullons, Freixenet Cellars with Cava and Cheese tasting, Ca Areyns, La Micro Cerveceria, Figueres Tasting, Girona Tasting

 

 Overnight Stays

3 nights in Barcelona, 1 night in San Lorenzo de Hortóns, 1 night in Cardona, 3 nights in Girona, Final night in Barcelona

 

 Included Tours

Welcome Beer Walk, Barcelona City Tour with private driver/guide, Barcelona Beer and Tapas Tour, Freixenet Cellar Tour with Cava and Cheese Tasting, Walking tour of Girona

 

 Include Meals

9 Breakfasts | 2 Lunches | 5 Dinners | Tapas and Beer Tour

 

 Arrival & Departure

Trip Begins & Ends Barcelona, Spain

Daily Itinerary*

 

Thursday, November 10

Travel Day

 

 

Friday - November 11

Locally guided beer and tapas walk, Welcome Beer Dinner - Barcelona style

Barecelona is old, beautiful, and bustling with energy and passion for the good life. As we walk around the cool squares and ecclectic neighborhoods, you can't help but feel the vibe of the Catalonian capital. We will toast the start of the tour with an all Catalan Beer Tasting as we explore the neighborhood around our hotel. Our welcome dinner tonight, on Catalonian time, will feature the flavors of the city, and a good beer list, 

 

Overnight in Barcelona

 

Saturday - November 12

Big City Tour, Boqueria Market, El Poble Espanyol museum, Flamenco Dinner

Barcelona is big, and spread out Guided City tour in private vehicle, including entrance (skip the line) to Parc Guell and Sagrada de la Familia. Refreshments as necessary... Boqueria Market Lunch? Siesta... Swimming Pool? This evening we'll travel to Tablao de Carmen for Tapas, drinks, and Flamenco. The tickets include free admission to El Poble Espanyol open air museum, which contain re-creations of some of Spain's most interesting examples of regional architecture from all over Spain. A cool place to photograph and explore. After dinner and the show, it is a short walk to the Fuente Mágica (Magic Fountain) in Montjuic for a sound and light show with tourists and locals on full display. 

 

Overnight in Barcelona

 

Sunday - November 13

Sunday in Barcelona! 

After a big day yesterday, today is open to enjoy and explore Barcelona. Visit the ham musuem. Dig in to the local beer scene at a more than a handful of great beer bars

 

Overnight in Barcelona

 

Monday - November 14

Beer Bus to Ales Agullons for tour, tasting, and lunch! 

This morning we depart Barcelona for a day dedicated to what is possibly Catalonia's best beer - Ales Agullons, located in an old wine estate in the middle of nowhere, We will taste their delicious beers, take a tour the brewery in their home, and have a great regional beer lunch. After lunch and a thankfull farewell, we travel down the road a bit to our hotel in the small town of San Lorenzo de Hortóns! Dinner and overnight at our lovely restored Masia / farmhouse hotel. 

 

Overnight is San Lorenzo de Hortóns

 

Tuesday - November 15

Freixenet Visit, Cava and Cheese Tasting, Montserrat, Dinner and Overnight in a Castle

After a great breakfast in our hotel, we will head the short distance for Cava CellarTour at Freixinet, followed by a cava and cheese tasting. Afterward we will make formal visit to Montserrat for lunch, before continuing to Cardona for our night in the castle. Along the way we will stop at a brewery for good measure. Dinner and overnight at Parador de Cardona.

 

Overnight in Cardona

 

Wednesday - November 16

La Micro Cerveceria Lunch, Walking Tour of Girona

This morning after a breakfast suited for royalty, and some time to explore the castle grounds, we head to La Micro Cerveceria in Sabadell for a visit, tasting, and local lunch; we will meet the brewer/owners as well! Next we head to the historic and beautiful city of Girona - where many episodes of Gome of Thrones were filmed. We will meet a local guide for a walk around the city, for history, stories, and a beer stop or two. The evening is free to eat and explore.

 

Overnight in Girona

 

Thursday - November 17

Figueres, Dali Museums, Costa Brava... w/Beer!

Get ready for a day of spectacular scenery and crazy cool art from the perhaps warped brain of Salvador Dali. We start by making the scenic drive to the Costa Brava and Cadaques to visit the Dali museum on the coast. Enjoy lunch on your own in the inspirational seaside village of Cadaques. After lunch and a look around, we head to Dalis home town, Figures, to visit his residence/theater museum. Figueres is also home to some good craft beer. Return to Girona tonight. The evening is free.

 

Overnight in Girona

 

Friday - November 18

Friday in Girona, Afternoon Beer Bars, Evening Free

Today is our chance to discover this, cool, compact, jewel of Catalonia that is Girona. Plenty of culture, history, food, and beer to explore, along with museums and religious architecture. A pre-dinner beer tasting this evening takes to some creative bars. Dinner is unplanned, but there are plenty of diversions on a Friday night in Girona.

 

Overnight in Girona

 

Saturday - November 19

Morning in Girona, Train to Barcelona, Farewell Dinner

--After breakfast, we bid farwell to Girona on a train to Barcelona. Arrive, check in, and enjoy a final day to Barcalona. Plenty of things to do on a Saturday, including more Gaudi or craft beer locales. Tonight we celebrate with a farewell dinner, and perhaps a nightcap at the hotel!

 

Overnight in Barcelona

 

Sunday - November 20

--Alas, the trip is over

Breakfast this morning is the final event of a great trip. Safe travels home or farther afield!

 

Overnight at your house or beyond

 

 

 

Please Note:

The overall style of the trip is best suited for somewhat adventurous, beer-loving travelers who want the camaraderie and structure of a tour, as well as the opportunity to explore independently. Planned events and excursions will, for the most part, be informal. Guided touring is generally the exception, though travelers can always rely on the support and assistance of the trip leader.

 

This itinerary is subject to change based on brewery or hotel availability, force majeur, acts of dieties, common sense or bad weather, etc. Smaller breweries, as well as the Trappists, are often unable to commit to hosting groups until a couple of weeks before we arrive. Substitutions, when necessary, will be as good or better than what we replaced. And, don't worry, the beer is always good!