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3 Day The Empordà Wine Tour in Girona, Catalonia

Girona, Province of Girona, Catalonia, Spain

Great Wine Tour Spain

This Empordà Escape Wine tours is multi-day experiences for great wine tasting, food, and cultural highlights that spans from the vineyards of the lower, east Pyrenees on the Spanish-French border to the sunny Costa Brava, toasting and tasting the best of the Girona province viticulture. Thanks to Catalonia’s privileged geographical location and 2000-year-old winemaking tradition that started with the Romans, you will start this viticulture experience with a hearty brunch with extensive tasting in the lower Pyrenees mountains, your glasses raised throughout the quaint plazas of the Roman-Medieval old quarter (El Barri Vell) of Girona city and wind-down overlooking the clear waters and pristine beaches of the Mediterranean sea! This is the wine holiday that you've been dreaming of!

Highlights

  • Private visits and tastings in four wineries
  • Tastings in five Girona wine bistro / tapas bars
  • Entrance to the Salvador Dalí museum in Figueres (optional stop)
  • Knowledgeable and personable, English-speaking wine and cultural guide
  • 3 great lunches, 2 dinners in restaurants and wineries, 2 breakfasts
  • Free transport in a modern touring van
  • 2 nights' accommodation

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3 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
09:00
Check-out Time:
18:00

During the tour, you will be accommodated in charming accommodation in one of the boutique Girona hotels with breakfast included. On the first night, you will be accommodated in a cozy room in the Roman / Medieval city of Girona. On the second night, you will be accommodated in a room in the old quarter of Girona, close to museums, shops, and interesting exhibits.

Program

Day 1

Leaving from Barcelona or Girona, the first stop is an austere, small family owned and operated vineyard and bodega just a few miles from the French border in the Alt Empordà. This late morning, early lunch is an impressive ‘degustacion’ of the best of the provincial cheeses, pates, olives, cured meats, and barbequed meats paired with carefully crafted cava (Spanish champagne), elegant whites and full-bodied reds under the same sun and landscape that inspired local greats like Salvador Dalí.

The second stop of the day is in a neighboring vineyard that ironically has an incredibly different and wonderfully creative

cultivation, elaboration, and product line that has defied all odds, according to the local farmers, in that the land was literally left for dead a century ago. The tasting is followed by either visiting the Dalí Casa-Museu in Figueres or moving directly on to Girona city to cozy into your accommodation and start exploring the Roman / Medieval city before dinner and local nightlife.

Day 2

The day starts at your pace after breakfast for a walking tour of the old quarter which gradually and conveniently turns in to a gastronomic wine and food tour with stops for food and wine pairing throughout Girona’s old quarter. You will stop by at least four of the quaint, local venues for select tapas and other hot dishes of Catalan and Spanish specialties with pairings of great local wines while seeing the main plazas, bridges, back alleys, gothic churches and the roman / medieval walls.

The late afternoon is yours for relaxing, shopping, and strolling along the old quarter’s narrow streets. There are many interesting art exhibits, museums, and shops around Girona and all are within easy walking distance to your accommodation in the old quarter. A walk along the river trails in the cooler late afternoon before dinner at one of the favorite hidden gem restaurants with wine pairing is highly recommended.

Day 3

After breakfast in Girona, you’ll move toward the sunny Costa Brava beaches, stopping at one or two of the medieval villages along the way. The first tasting of the day will take place before lunch at one the premier wineries in the Baix Empordà county.  A short field tour with the resident wine maker gives a great contrast to the Alt Empordà wines you enjoyed on day one and an instant appreciation for the arduous cultivation process that the first Romans endured on these same soils 2000 years ago.

Lunch with wine is served beachfront in one of the quaint fishing villages of the central Costa Brava. You’ll have time after lunch to enjoy the beach or talk a walk to the next town along the pristine coves. You’ll make a nice last stop at a small family-run winery on the way back to Barcelona for a taste of very different styled wines. You’ll be back in Barcelona with enough time to relax from your day and get ready for dinner, which Spanish Trails is more than happy to organize for you, or you can carry on the festivities on one of the Spanish Trails food and wine tours such as Spanish Trails' very popular Tasting Barcelona or Gourmet Barcelona.

Location

The tour will start from Barcelona or Girona, Spain. During this wine tour, you will visit wineries in the Alt Empordà and Baix Empordà in Catalonia, Spain.

Catalonia

Catalonia proudly boasts the rugged Pyrenees Mountains, the pristine Mediterranean Sea, top Spanish wine regions of Penedes and Emporda, and charming medieval villages that can be found along the way to everywhere. The Catalonia region offers countless exploration and experiences to hikers, paddlers, cyclist, and wine and cuisine enthusiasts who have anywhere from one day to many weeks to tap the best of what this privileged region has to offer.

Barcelona and Girona, Catalan cities that need no introduction, find themselves conveniently situated within 1 hour of endless culture, adventure, wine, and gastronomy tour possibilities. The year-round, temperate Mediterranean climate makes Catalonia a very desirable corner of the world for active travellers of all ages. With the Empordà and Penedes wine regions close by, your Barcelona day trips and tours easily become a gastronomical experience even if you are hiking for the day.

Catalonia is a perfect holiday and event destination for all ages and interests. Independent travellers, families and company events will find this region to encompass all elements of what make up a truly well-rounded experience. With airports in both Barcelona and Girona, the culture and natural surroundings of Catalonia are more accessible and affordable than ever to short and long term travelers.

Food

You will be served 3 great lunches, 2 dinners in restaurants and wineries, 2 breakfasts in hotel accommodation. Enjoy the provincial cheeses, pates, olives, cured meats and barbequed meats paired with cava (Spanish champagne), elegant whites and full-bodied reds. Indulge in select tapas and other hot dishes of Catalan and Spanish specialties with pairings of great local wines.

The following meals are included:

  • Lunch

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Exploring the Medieval / Roman city of Girona
  • Museums visit
  • Relishing the quaint fishing villages, pristine coves and beautiful beaches of the sunny Costa Brava
  • Savouring the typical Catalan and Spanish dishes and the local night life
  • Walking through the old quarter of girona; see the plazas, bridges, back alleys, and gothic churches
  • Wine and cava tasting

What's included

  • Private visits and tastings in four country wineries and tastings in five Girona wine bistro / tapas bars
  • Entrance to the Salvador Dalí museum in Figueres (optional stop)
  • Knowledgeable and personable, English-speaking wine and cultural guide
  • 3 great lunches, 2 dinners in restaurants and wineries, 2 breakfasts in hotel accommodation
  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • Free transport in a modern touring van

What's not included

  • Guide's gratuity

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN). Upon arrival, there are several ways that you can get to the city centre, Placa Catalunya.

Arrival by bus

  • Aerobus: The blue Aerobuses are a fast shuttle service between the airport and Plaça de Catalunya. Buses depart every 5 or 10 minutes from 05:35 a.m. until 1 a.m. (terminal 1) or 6 a.m. until 1 a.m. (terminal 2). The fare is 5.90 EUR one-way or 10.20 EUR return. The journey takes approximately 35 minutes from Barcelona airport to the city centre and there is free Wi-Fi on board.
  • Regular bus: During the day (from 5 a.m. to 11:50 p.m.) bus number 46 runs from both airport terminals to Plaça d’Espanya. Unless you have already purchased a T10 or Hola BCN! ticket, the journey costs 2.20 EUR. This is a Little cheaper than the Aerobus but has the disadvantages of being slower, less frequent (2 per hour) and not having as much space for your luggage. For this tour, the bus will come pick you up at your airport in the morning and will drop you back there once the tour finishes.

Arrival by taxi

A taxi from Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) to central Barcelona takes about 30 minutes and costs around 30 EUR. All Barcelona taxis are metered, the exact price depends on a combination of distance and the time taken for the journey.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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