Spain: Culinary Arts



10 days






Madrid, Valencia & Barcelona

In this 10 day program, students travel to Madrid, Valencia, and Barcelona to learn the history of the Spanish cuisine, one of the most popular and historically complex cuisines in the world.

Spanish cuisine is known for having a complex history and varied gastronomy. Due to its geographic location, Spain has been a highly contested and fought over region throughout history. Because of this, Spanish cuisine has been shaped by many different cultures, and even has distinct regional variations from when the country was divided before the Roman Empire.

As part of the program, students will learn in-depth about the Spanish cuisine and what makes up its unique flavors, including learning how to cook the best-known Spanish dish, paella.

As part of the program, students take part in two cooking classes, visit local markets, sample a wide variety of Spanish cuisine in each city, visit the kitchen of the Royal Palace in Madrid, and tour an organic farm to participate in the production of goods to create a meal with their local ingredients.

Additionally, there will be extensive walking tours in each city, and we will visit many of their most famous landmarks, such as Sagrada Familia and Park Güell in Barcelona.

Program includes

  • 9 Nights of Accommodation
  • Roundtrip Airfare
  • Daily Continental Breakfast
  • Welcome & Farewell Dinners
  • Traditional Catalan Calçotada Lunch
  • All Ground Transportation
  • Full-Time Guide & Assistance
  • Historical & Cultural Walking Tours
  • Circulo de Bellas Artes
  • Royal Palace (& Royal Kitchen)
  • Madrid Cooking Class
  • Albufera Day Trip with Cooking Class
  • Valencia Organic Farm
  • Sagrada Familia
  • Park Güell


DAY 01– Departure

  • Depart for Madrid, Spain

DAY 02– Madrid

  • Arrive in Madrid
  • Airport Transfer to Accommodations
  • Check In, Relax, & Refresh
  • Lunch
  • Program Orientation
  • Madrid Historical & Cultural Walking Tour: Puerta del Sol, San Miguel’s Market, Plaza Mayor, Almudena Cathedral, Templo do Debod
  • Sunset at Bellas Artes Rooftop Bar
  • Welcome Dinner

DAY 03– Madrid

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Royal Palace & Royal Kitchen
  • Lunch
  • Cooking Class: Tortillas & Sangria
  • Free Time & Cultural Immersion

DAY 04– Madrid

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Tapas Tour
  • Afternoon Traditional Snack of Hot Chocolate with Churros at XIXth Café San Ginés
  • Free Time & Cultural Immersion

DAY 05– Valencia

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Transfer to Valencia
  • Check In, Relax, & Refresh
  • Lunch
  • Cultural & Historical Walking Tour
  • Central Market & La Lonja
  • Free Time & Cultural Immersion

DAY 06– Valencia

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Day trip to Albufera – Birthplace of Paella
  • Paella Cooking Class in Orchard
  • Lunch
  • Park of Albufera
  • Valencian Tapas Appetizer
  • Free Time & Cultural Immersion

DAY 07– Valencia/Barcelona

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Organic Farm Tour: Participate in production of local products– orchata, oranges, & olive oil
  • Lunch at the Farm using Local Ingredients
  • Transfer to Barcelona
  • La Boquería Market
  • Free Time & Cultural Immersion

DAY 08– Barcelona

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Cultural & Historical Walking Tour in Barrio Gótico
  • Lunch: Traditional Catalan Calçotada and butifarra barbecue in secret garden at the center of Barcelona
  • Free Time & Cultural Immersion

DAY 09– Barcelona

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Basilica of Sagrada Familia
  • Lunch
  • Park Güell
  • Free Time & Cultural Immersion
  • Farewell Dinner & Program Closing

DAY 10– Departure

  • Breakfast & Day Briefing
  • Airport Transfer
  • Depart Barcelona for Home

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