Get a wine lover’s view of Barcelona. Taste some of the best wines produced in northeast Spain: sparkling cava, Priorat, and Penedes! And, at every turn, magnificent art, glorious architecture, and gothic neighborhoods will delight your senses!
Your Guide: Deborah Baldini, Spanish professor and associate dean at UMSL, has studied and lived in Spain for over 30 years. Dr. Baldini’s knowledge of Spanish art, architecture, culture, and history will set the stage for this travel tour of the fascinating port city of Barcelona and the Catalan countryside.
Your Instructor: Jason Main, certified sommelier and owner of The Wine Merchant, will co-lead this Spanish wine journey. Jason’s passion for the world of wine is contagious and he’s always a lot of fun. We’ll be counting on Jason to connect us with great wineries, guide our tasting adventures, and help us learn the most from this unforgettable experience.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Arrive Barcelona, Spain. Check into hotel. Enjoy a guided walking tour of “Calle de la Discordia”, where you will see three examples of Modernista architecture, including Casa Batllo (Gaudi), Casa Amatller (Puig i Cadafalch), and Casa Lleo-Morera (Domenech i Muntaner), followed by a walking tour of Las Ramblas, including the Miró mosaic, the Columbus monument, and the port of Barcelona. Evening free.
Monday, June 16, 2014
Breakfast at hotel. Travel by motorcoach to wineries. We'll begin the trip in the Penédes region to explore Cava country! Spain's sparkling wines are some of the best values in the world and we'll find out why. From production methods to the soil and climate we'll uncover the secrets of why these wines are so prized around the world! We'll have lunch at the Segura Viudas winery, and enjoy tasting with some small, boutique producers. Return to Barcelona.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Breakfast at hotel. Morning guided walking tour of El Born neighborhood, including Santa Maria del Mar and the Picasso Museum. Wine tasting at Vila Viniteca, the oldest wine merchant in Barcelona. Evening free.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Breakfast at hotel. Travel by motorcoach to spend a full day at wineries. This excursion will take us to the small region of Montsant, the home to one of Spain's greatest wine-making families, Juan Gil, where we will enjoy a tour of the vineyards, a private tasting of exquisite wines and a fabulous lunch. This is a rare chance to visit a family estate and witness the culmination of three generations committed to producing stunning wines! Return to Barcelona.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Breakfast at hotel. Panoramic half day tour of the Sagrada Familia, one of the masterpieces of Catalán architect Gaudí. The group will have time to explore the Sagrada Familia. Afternoon free.
Friday, June 20, 2014
Breakfast at hotel. Day trip by motorcoach to wineries. This day we'll visit one of the crown jewels of Spain's wine country...the Priorat! This tiny region is truly a marvel to behold, with steeply terraced vineyards that sit in the shadows of the Montsant mountains. The pure black slate soil and distinct micro climate allow winemakers to reach the pinnacle of their craft. We'll tour vineyards and sample some rare, hand-crafted wines, and then have lunch with local vintners. Return to Barcelona.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a guided walking tour down Las Ramblas to the Boqueria Market, known to food lovers everywhere. Then we will continue on to visit Palau Guell, the recently renovated home of the industrial tycoon Eusebi Guell, patron of Gaudi. Return to your hotel for overnight stay. Afternoon free. Farewell dinner.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
The Wine Lover’s Tour of Barcelona concludes.
Included in the fee: hotel accommodations based on double occupancy, breakfast buffet daily, entrance fees to Museums and Sagrada Familia, transportation to wineries, guided tours, wine tasting at Vila Viniteca, and farewell dinner.
Not included: airfare, insurance, optional excursions, passport fees (if needed), baggage fees, transfers to and from hotel, meals not included on itinerary, and tips to drivers, tour escorts, hotels and guides.
The University reserves the right to cancel any program. In the event of cancellation, you will be notified immediately, and all program fees will be refunded. If you must cancel a registration, written notice of cancellation must be made to Diana Rehagen.
We will staying at a four-star hotel in the heart of Barcelona's prestigious cultural, shopping and business center near the famous art nouveau Passeig de Gràcia and only five minutes from the Plaza de Catalunya and Las Ramblas. The hotel location provides guests easy access to many of the most important sights in the city.
UMSL recommends that participants purchase the UMSL Study Abroad Student Accident and Sickness Insurance administered by HTH Worldwide. The cost of the policy is $35.00 per month. For more information and enrollment instructions, visit http://www.umsl.edu/services/abroad/Accepted%20Students/predepart.html#insurance.
Optional tour insurance is also recommended by Classic Travel and Cruises. For details about what is covered and the cost of tour insurance, please contact Christy Althage at (636) 625-8747.
Every participant will need a valid passport. If you do not yet have a passport, you should apply for one immediately. Information and forms to obtain a passport are available at http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html.
For more information, contact: Dr. Deborah Baldini at (314) 516-5911.