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Destination: Catalonia

Flavors of CataloniaGuest Feedback

What Guests Are Saying...

Flavors of Catalonia was exactly what I was looking for: an overview of the Catalonia countryside with its history, culture, quaint villages, and Romanesque architecture with wonderful food and wine as an added bonus. Housing us in a beautiful 17th-century farmhouse-turned-boutique hotel was an especially inspired choice. It had a 17th-century look and feel—but with all the modern luxury amenities. The bells on the village church tolled every 15 minutes and if you closed your eyes it was briefly possible to imagine yourself in ages past.

–Susan N., Plymouth, MI

The food, and choice of restaurants, was the best of any alumni program I have participated in over the last 19 years. Kudos to Orbridge! The ambiance was great--the wine flowed, and a Michelin-starred restaurant was the highlight of the trip.

–Rosalind R., Arlington, VA

Very good balance of planned and free time.

Excursions were fun and informative. Local guides augmented the experience and were great.

Food and wine were wonderful — interesting, well prepared, plentiful and representative of Catalonia.

Our guide was the BEST: always available, informative, inviting quandary fun.

–Harriet B., Moorestown, NJ

All was a new adventure for me so did not know what to expect and was very pleasantly surprised. I am likely to consider Orbridge again. Our Travel Director was a highlight indeed! Thank you, Orbridge!!

–Sherry H., Pensacola, FL

We loved the area.

Our Travel Director was absolutely marvelous! We can only say very, very positive things about her. We have traveled extensively around the world, and she is at the top of our list. She combined extensive knowledge and high energy with a wonderful friendly personality and sense of humor. Every member of our group thought she was fantastic.

–Roger & JoAnn G., New York, NY

Part of the joy of this trip was our main Travel Director. She made everything run smoothly and was so knowledgeable.

I will probably never eat such good food again or drink such good wines.

All excursions were spectacular!

Your group seems to have it all under control. I will be saving my pennies so I can enjoy another trip under your care.

–Betsy K., New York, NY

The local guide for Girona and Gala's castle was really really good. All things experiential are a plus for me: flamenco lessons, cooking demonstrations, etc.

Our Travel Director was a star! She exhibited a broad and deep knowledge of the culture, history, and interesting facts. Her attention to the comfort and well-being of each passenger was easy to see. Her joy and enthusiasm for her work was contagious.

Thank you, Orbridge!

–Sandra F., Evanston, IL

Our Travel Director was without question the finest person in her role that we have ever encountered. Her enthusiasm, love of her subjects, and knowledge were so rewarding to us as she inspired the group to learn more.

La Sagrada Familia is the main reason we took this trip. I do not have the correct combination to encompass my thoughts about La Sagrada Familia. Beautiful, awesome, inspirational, amazing, inspiring, religious, and more are words I would use.

Orbridge is in a class of its own. Everyone involved was exceptional and clearly devoted to providing exceptional customer service. We are so pleased we used Orbridge.

–Jim & Saundra F., Oklahoma City, OK

We loved Catalonia and hope you keep doing a trip there for others to enjoy the way we did. We loved seeing and experiencing the variety of landscapes, history, foods and wines of the region. We were able to see so many different places, and enjoy so many good meals, wineries, museums, pottery factory, and cooking classes. A wonderful experience.

All the excursions were terrific, and such a good variety of places and experiences. Loved Girona. Loved seeing Gala's Castle, Dali Museum, and Cadaques. Loved seeing the coastal towns especially. The fish museum, auction and cooking class were great. The winery visits and dinners were especially enjoyable.

Our Travel Director was outstanding and one of the best guides we have had. She was so patient, accommodating, helpful and effective with our group. We can't say enough good things about her.

Thank you for a great trip!

–Joan & Bob L., Belmont, MA

We loved the setting of the property.

All excursions were excellent. The additional guides at each location added a lot to the experience.

Our Travel Director was a wonderful young woman! She was always courteous, relaxed, pleasant, but also very observant and careful. She was amazing to watch on the long walks because she would lead us to a turn and then be at the back of the line like a shepherd seeing to it that we all made it. Then she would appear at the front of the line to direct us again. I cannot imagine how there could be anyone better than her for what she does. Everyone seemed to love her. I was truly sorry to say good-bye to her.

–Anne & Jim C., Atlanta, GA

Charming boutique hotel and grounds. Can't say enough good things about the owner and his staff.

Our Travel Director was the perfect guide! Knowledgeable, personable, patient...she's a treasure!

Perfect itinerary. The combination of food and culture and the exploration of smaller cities/towns is extremely appealing.

–Marta L., Miami, FL

This is the best tour company we have ever traveled with. We can't say enough about the accommodations. The location was great, the room was excellent, and our host was the most gracious host. Wonderful food and the daily breakfast offered more items than expected and everything was very well prepared and loved the local food item choices. The chef did a great job on the evening meals and everything was better than expected.

Our tour guide was a perfect guide. A great mix of knowledge of the area and the perfect personality for a guide. She was always available and eager to help or answer any questions and was the best guide we have ever had on any trip.

We sincerely hope to travel with Orbridge again in the future.

–Jamie & Wayne G., Edisto Island, SC

Catalonia and the Costa Brava were surprisingly beautiful. There is an amazing variety of things to see in a small area. Our host at El Raco was amazingly friendly and helpful. The hotel is beautiful and extremely well maintained. The fish auction was very interesting also and the cooking class in Palamos was a lot of fun. The farewell flamenco show provided a wonderful ending to this great trip.

–Kathy & Ron T., Ogden, UT