curated food tours & Group TRaVEL in SPAIN

SPAIN:
BARCELONA & COSTA BRAVA

JULY 9-15, 2018 || SEPTEMBER 16-22, 2018

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GROUP TRAVEL IN BARCELONA

Go All In On Spain

Join us for a week-long group travel experience in Catalonia, Spain. Our Spain itinerary is a mix of city and country as we start in Barcelona then head up the coast to the Costa Brava region. With a mix of tapas crawls, market visits, food tours, cooking classes, wine tastings, day trips, and boutique hotels, it'll be a food traveler's dream trip.

 Join Salt & Wind Travel in Spain for all the churros, chocolate, jamon, and vermouth you can handle. And did we mention we'll be making like the locals and doing a few days beachside in Costa Brava? Yup, it'll be culture, wine tastings, food tours, and art all with Team Salt & Wind.

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CUSTOM BARCELONA ITINERARIES

But Why Spain?

 

 

Whether you’re a newbie or almost a dual citizen, you’re probably pining to get to Spain and sip some Cava, walk the Port Vell, and tapear stat. 

We're not sure if it’s the Gaudí architecture, the Mediterranean breeze, or the vibrant art that gets travelers swooning over Barcelona’s colorful culture, but we’re not complaining. And what better way to get to know Barcelona than to travel the whole region with local experts, fellow food lovers, and with every last detail already handled. 

 
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CUSTOM SPAIN ITINERARIES

Your Trip Includes...

Here's what's included in a Salt & Wind group travel experience:

  • Boutique hotel accommodations with complimentary wifi

  • Meal at a Michelin star restaurant in Barcelona, Spain

  • All meals listed in the itinerary (including 1 alcoholic drink at each lunch and dinner)

  • Hands-on cooking class with host and chef, Aida Mollenkamp

  • Wine tastings at the region's best wineries

  • Vermouth tasting in Barcelona

  • Tapas crawl conducted by a regional food expert

  • Market tours and boutique shopping with local creatives

  • Complimentary yoga class

  • A group concierge to help with any extra events you may want to plan

  • A group photographer so you can enjoy the moment

  • At least 10 edited group photos daily

  • Group transportation to/from all events listed on the Spain itinerary

  • Tips for all meals, hotels, drivers, and activity guides

  • A few gifts from some of our favorite food & travel brands

  • A couple surprises! (You didn’t think we’d tell you every last detail, did you?)

What's not included in a Salt & Wind group travel experience:

  • Ground transportation from Barcelona, Spain airport to hotel

  • Any incidental expenses 

  • Tips for photographer and trip hosts

  • Required travel insurance

  • Any extra Spain excursions or events you plan with our concierge

  • Transportation from your home to/from Barcelona, Spain

  • Transportation from the airport to the hotel in Barcelona, Spain

  • Alcohol aside from for 1 alcoholic drink at both lunch and dinner

  • Anything from room service or the hotel minibar

 
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Sample Spain Itinerary

Each group travel experience is unique so we don't have a one-size-fits-all Spain itinerary. That said we work with the same partners to guarantee quality across all our trips. All our Spain itineraries include first-rate restaurants, street food tours, wine tasting, shopping, and a few surprises. 

Note: Our Spain trip kicks off in the evening on Day 1 so we suggest you fly in by midday.  If you want to arrive earlier, we can help book you a room in our hotel (not included in the listed rate) so you're well rested (see FAQs for more details). All activities listed are included unless otherwise noted with an asterisk.


Salt & Wind Travel: Barcelona, Spain

ArrivE IN SPAIN

Day 1: Barcelona

ALL DAY // ARRIVE IN BARCELONA

Land in Barcelona and transfer to the hotel

MIDDAY // SUNDAY BRUNCH (optional)

Join us for an easy brunch if you arrive early.

AFTERNOON // Free Time

Relax at the hotel. Walk the neighborhood. Or have our concierge arrange an excursion.

7:00 PM-8:00 PM // BARCELONA HAPPY HOUR

Meet fellow trip attendees and toast the start of the trip. 

8:00 PM-9:30PM // POBLE SEC DINNER

Dine down the street from our hotel. 

EVENING // OVERNIGHT IN BARCELONA


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FOOD Tour, Market Visit, and a Classic sPANISH Dinner

Day 2: Barcelona

7:30 - 10:00 AM // BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL RESTAURANT

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel restaurant at your leisure 

10:00 AM -12:00 pM // CITY CENTER MARKET TOUR 

Team Salt & Wind will lead you on an walking tour of the city center while shopping the best markets.

12:30 pM -2:00 PM // LUNCH

Head to one of the city's classic spots for lunch

2:30 -6:00 PM // Free Time

Relax at the hotel. Walk the neighborhood. Or have our concierge arrange an excursion.

6:00 PM-9:00 PM // CAVA TASTING & SPANISH COOKING CLASS

Cook classic Spanish dishes while trying the country's famous sparkling wine.

EVENING // OVERNIGHT IN BARCELONA


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BARCELONA CULTURAL TOUR & MICHELIN DINNER

Day 3: Barcelona

7:30 - 10:00 AM // BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL RESTAURANT

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel restaurant at your leisure 

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM  // NEIGHBORHOOD TOUR (optional)

Have coffee and shop one of the city's more local, indie neighborhoods.

1:00 -3:00 PM // CHIC LUNCH

Lunch at a private club in a chic corner of the city. 

4:00 - 7:00 PM // Free Time

Relax at the hotel. (Or have our concierge arrange an excursion.)

7:00 PM // COCKTAIL CLASS & HOTEL HAPPY HOUR (optional)

Learn cocktail secrets from the city's best mixologists.

9:00 PM // HIGH END DINNER

Dine at a Michelin restaurant in Barcelona

EVENING // OVERNIGHT IN BARCELONA


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FREE TIME & TAPAS CRAWL

Day 4: Barcelona

7:30 - 10:00 AM // BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL RESTAURANT

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel restaurant at your leisure 

8:00 AM -9:00 AM // MORNING YOga (optional)

Start your day with a vigorous flow. 

10:00 AM -6:00 PM // FREE TIME OR MUST-SEE BARCELONA TOUR OR ARCHITECTURE WALK OR FISH MARKET VISIT (OPTIONAL)

Spend the day going on a city tour, or an architecture walk, or visiting a fish market. 

4:00 - 7:00 PM // Free Time

Relax at the hotel. (Or have our concierge arrange an excursion.)

7:00 PM - 11:00 PM // TAPAS & VERMOUTH

Do a classic tapas crawl around the city while trying the best of the city's vermouth.

EVENING // OVERNIGHT IN BARCELONA


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DRIVE TO COSTA BRAVA

Day 5: Empúries, Costa Brava

7:00 - 10:00 AM // BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL RESTAURANT

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel restaurant at your leisure 

10:00 AM // CHECK OUT & DRIVE TO COSTA BRAVA

Leave Barcelona and head to Costa Brava.

12:00 pM - 3:00 PM // WINERY VISIT & CHEESE TASTING

Visit a winery, taste local cheese, and picnic alfresco. 

3:30 - 7:30 PM // CHECK IN TO COSTA BRAVA HOTEL & FREE TIME

Check in to the hotel in Costa Brava and relax

8:00 PM - 10:00PM // CASUAL Dinner

Have a rustic dinner at a local restaurant

EVENING // OVERNIGHT IN COSTA BRAVA


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DAY TRIP TO CADAQUES

Day 6: Cadaqués, Costa Brava

7:30 - 9:00 AM // BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL RESTAURANT

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel restaurant at your leisure 

9:00 AM -10:00 AM // DRIVE TO Cadaqués

Drive from the hotel to Cadaqués

10:30 - 11:30 AM // MUSEUM VISIT

Visit the Dali museum

12:00 - 2:00 PM // LOCAL LUNCH

Have a lunch of rice dishes at the town's best restaurant.

2:00 - 5:00 PM // Free Time

Relax at the beach. (Or have our concierge arrange an excursion.)

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM // SUNSET DRINKS & SMALL BITES

Have drinks with a view and a few small biets. 

8:00 PM -10:00 PM // DRIVE BACK TO HOTEL

Drive back to the hotel. 

EVENING // OVERNIGHT IN COSTA BRAVA


Salt & Wind Travel Spain Trip: Beach Day In Costa Brava

COSTA BRAVA BEACH DAY

Day 7: Empúries, Costa Brava

7:30 - 10:00 AM // BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL RESTAURANT

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel restaurant at your leisure 

ALL DAY // Morning YOGA*, Spa session*, Roman Ruins Visits* (optional)

Spend your last day enjoying the beach, take a yoga class, a spa session, or visit nearby Roman ruins. 

1:00 -2:30 PM // HOTEL LUNCH

Lunch at the hotel at your leisure.

3:00 - 8:00 PM // Free Time

Relax at the hotel. (Or have our concierge arrange an excursion.)

8:00 PM // FAREWELL PARTY

Say goodbye to Spain with our closing party. 

EVENING // OVERNIGHT IN COSTA BRAVA


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Day 7: Head Back Home

7:00 - 10:00 AM // BREAKFAST AT THE HOTEL RESTAURANT (OPTIONAL)

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel restaurant at your leisure 

9:00AM // CHECK OUT + DRIVE TO BARCELONA

Guests heading to Barcelona airport will depart at this time. The drive takes 2 1/2 hours FYI.

11:00AM // CHECK OUT + DRIVE TO BARCELONA

Guests heading back to Barcelona will depart at this time. The drive takes 2 hours FYI.

 

I HAVE A FEW QUESTIONS...

Spain Group Travel FAQs

So, you have a few questions? Well, we've got answers!


WHY CATALONIA?

Why did you travel to Barcelona and Costa Brava?

We're not sure if it’s the Gaudí architecture, the Mediterranean beaches that border the city, or the tapas that gets travelers swooning over Barcelona’s colorful culture, but we’re not complaining. And what better way to get to know Barcelona than to have a group travel experience the whole region. That's why we'll head out to Costa Brava to show you the farms, wineries, and food climate - through food tours, wine tours, and cooking classes -  that has made this corner of Spain such a culinary powerhouse.

SPAIN TRIP ATTENDEES

What sort of traveler would enjoy the Spain group travel experience?

Our Spain group trip is curated for the easy going food lover who enjoys the cross-section of elegant and laidback tourism. We’ll be mixing the two often to create an authentically Spanish experience for our travelers, meaning one day will be lunching in the streets of Barcelona and the next will be doing dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant. The days are packed with oodles of activities, and some surprises are in store, so high energy, get-up-and-go attitudes are encouraged. An open-minded traveler who is sympathetic to the changing environment of a foreign country will have the best time.

How many guests are there total? Who else is going on this trip?

We cap these trips at 12 guests and then 3 to 5 staff with us at any given time (including drivers, the photographer, the concierge, tour guides, and our founder/host, Aida Mollenkamp). This makes for a big enough group to keep it lively but small enough you don't feel like its group travel. 

We encourage you to bring a friend, significant other, or family member, because our trips are priced for double occupancy rooms and we think it's always more fun to have a roomie you know. Of course, solo travelers are more than welcome too!

TRIP DETAILS

How much travel is involved?

We'll be exploring the happening city of Barcelona and the laidback countryside of Costa Brava so it'll be busy but with plenty of time to chill. The entire itinerary takes place within about 100 mile radius so there’s not too much car time. And, we do our best to break it up so you never have to be in the car for more than 2 hours at one time. Of course, unforeseen circumstances or traffic could cause delays but we’ll do our best! 

How much walking is involved?

To us, the best way to get to know a city is by walking it. That said, while we're in the city, we'll plan on walking anywhere from 1 to 4 miles daily, weather permitting. We go at a leisurely pace and it's all flat so it's never too overwhelming. When we're in wine country, the best way to get around is by car so you'll only be walking to get around wineries or around the town where we're staying. 

Can I bring a friend or significant other with me?

Please do! Rooms are priced for double occupancy to make it super simple. Just indicate when you book that you would like to room together so we can arrange it for you!

Are food and drinks covered?

For the most part, yes! All wine tastings and meals listed in the itinerary are included (including 1 alcoholic drink at each lunch and dinner). Our seated meals will be served either family-style, as a fixed menu, or as tasting menus, which allows our restaurant partners to service our large group in a consistent manner. Please inform us in advance of any food allergies or dietary restrictions.

Will I need extra spending money? Should it be Euros?

If you would like to shop for yourself, there will be a few opportunities to do so. Anything you shop for is to be paid by you, separately. We will make various ATM stops so you can pull out some euros. Oh, and be sure to your bank know your leaving the country.

I don’t speak Spanish or Catalan, is this a problem?

Absolutely not! All of our partners speak Spanish and/or Catalan and our staff is a highly proficient at Spanish.

There’s a lot here — how busy will I be?

We want you to really get to know the areas we’re traveling; however,  we know that you’re on vacation and will want some downtime too! That said most days will have a few hours of activities, but, to keep it doable, we don’t usually start until around 10AM and we try to pepper in a fair amount of free time in the afternoon as well as optional activities.

What is the weather like? What should I pack?

Barcelona's weather is similar to Portland in that it's never too cold but it can get hot. We head there in the Spring and Fall when the temperatures ranges from the low 50s at night to the mid 70s during the day and it does rain every so often. We recommend packing lots of layers, some rain gear, and a few scarves and hats.

ACCOMMODATIONS

We have partnered with hotels that meet the Salt & Wind standards of service. 

Room Options

Double Occupancy

Double occupancy pricing is the price for (1) person to stay in a shared (i.e. double) room. In other words, each person staying in that room will pay the posted double occupancy rate. If you're a couple or friends traveling together, please know that you'll each pay the double occupancy rate. Please indicate if you want two separate beds or one bed so we can plan accordingly.

Single Occupancy

Need some alone time? We hear you. That's why we offer single occupancy rooms. The single occupancy rate is what you will pay to have the room all to yourself. 

Roommates

If you do not have a travel partner, you can purchase single occupancy and have the room all to yourself. Please contact us at travel@saltandwind.com to discuss further. 

How many Americans will I run into? 

The fact it’s an under-appreciated tourism destination? That means it’s not (yet) as touristy as better known regions. While you’ll get to experience it before it becomes overrun, it also means service can vary. An open-minded traveler who is sympathetic to the changing environment of a foreign country will have the best time.

LOGISTICS

So, do I have to get to and from the airport by myself?

Upon arrival in Spain, you are responsible to get FROM the airport to the hotel in Barcelona; however, included in your trip fee is car service back to the airport or to Barcelona on the last day. Contact us at travel@saltandwind.com once you have your flights and we can help arrange car service on the front end of the trip if you so desire.

 

I don’t live close by. Can you book my flight?

The trip price does not cover airfare from your hometown to Barcelona, Spain but we can help! Just ask and we'll connect you with our travel agent who can assist you with flight and other travel details.

I need more time off! Can I add additional days on to the trip?

Great! We plan to add on day trips or trip extensions to the trips in the near future. For now, you can use our concierge (for an additional fee) to arrange additional tours, restaurants, or hotel nights. And, if you want to stay longer in Spain or Europe, we can help you get preferred rates with our hotel partners.

SAFETY & PRECAUTIONS

I gotta ask...is it safe?

Our team members have all spent an extensive amount of time traveling, drinking, eating, shopping and hanging out in all of the locations we will visit.  We would not be running trips there if we didn’t think it was safe, but we urge you to check the U.S. State Department website to make your own determinations. You can also enroll in the STEP program for travel warnings and updates. As with any unfamiliar location, we urge you to take precautions against pickpockets and to minimize traveling with unnecessary valuable goods, like high-end jewelry. All of the hotels we partner with have their own security and safes.

Not to be a downer but what happens in case of a medical emergency?

This area of Spain has a long history of U.S. tourists so the quality of care is excellent. You can also look into buying a MedeVac such as AirMed if you want to be taken somewhere else for medical care.

Do you recommend trip insurance?

Yes, we actually require travel insurance for each and every traveler. There are a variety of services for providing trip insurance and note that many credit cards (such as Chase Sapphire and American Express) include the service as part of a trip purchase. Please check with your credit card to confirm. 

Does Global Entry help with expediting customs?

If you travel a lot, you'll want to look into the CBP Global Entry program, which allow you to have expedited customs experience. Global Entry is used anytime travelers return to the U.S. from an international trip and it help expedite customs and border patrol, so you'll be able to use it above and beyond the Salt & Wind trip too! Also, FYI, Global Entry enrollment includes TSA Pre Check so you'll get both when you apply.

PRICING & PAYMENT

For a specific trip's pricing please visit the "Reserve" section of the site.

For more specifics on payment, head to our general FAQs and be sure to take a look at our Booking Terms and Conditions for the fine print.

FURTHER QUESTIONS?

Have additional questions? Contact us at travel@saltandwind.com