5 Incredible New Travel Experiences in Europe
Ode to Joy is a luxury travel company based in Barcelona reinventing experiential travel by offering unprecedented access to Europe’s finest and most exclusive travel experiences. Introducing 5 of the most incredible experiences in our portfolio, ideal for seekers of true exclusivity, privacy and cultural insight.
1. Casa Milà Exclusive
You and up to five guests will be given unprecedented private access to Casa Milà on an exclusive tour of the house. Afterwards, a private table awaits on the rooftop, flanked by the recognizable 'chimney soldiers' on which the history of the building will be projected. Under the watchful eye of one of Barcelona's top chefs, a fabulous dinner with paired Catalan wines will be served. Should you enjoy a bit of music during dinner, a smooth Jazz, fiery Flamenco or lyrical violin performance can be added to the experience.
Casa Mila Exclusive
From EUR 20,000 per group
2. Secret Cave Cuisine
Vestmannaeyjar, better known as Westman Islands, is a rugged archipelago off the south coast of Iceland and home to puffins, whales, seals and dazzling variety of flora. Inhabited by about 4200 islanders, the locals are avid fishermen and hunters.
Inside a spectacular and secret cave accessible only by boat, a truly authentic culinary experience awaits. Westman Island's star chef will select fresh ingredients from local farms and fishermen in the area to prepare a five star feast in a glorious setting.
View Experience on Ode to Joy's website - Secret Cave Cuisine
Price by request
Westman Islands, Iceland
Mid May to late September
3. Sicily Submarines
Imagine an experience beyond words, as you embark on a deep sea expedition exploring 2000 year old ancient Roman shipwrecks. This inner space adventure will encourage participants intrigued with the allure of undersea exploration to become part of an archaeological team. By joining this project you can assist as a research team member in the exploration of Roman shipwrecks laden with ancient cargo that have been lost for over 2000 years. Some artifacts will be recovered to be curated and displayed in regional exhibits.
View Experience on Ode to Joy's website - Submarine Experiences Sicily
Price by request
Sicilian Coast, Italy
August 8-16th 2016
4. Loire Truffle Hunter
In the bucolic Loire Valley, a proud "Baron de la Truffe" landowner welcomes you for an immersion into the world of truffles, supplemented with a refined dining experience, accompanied by stellar Chinon wines. The Baron de la Truffe and his trained dogs will take you around the truffières in search of this incredible mushroom. You will then be invited for a traditional dinner with truffles and in-season vegetables at the neighboring medieval chateau!
View Experience on Ode to Joy's website - Loire Valley Truffle Hunter
From EUR 700 per person
Loire Valley, France
January to March
5. Dolomites Ski Safari
Explore the fascinating culture and history of these mountains from one valley to the next on skis, and dine on incredible cuisine, paired with fine regional wines. The Dolomites offer a premier ski experience in the north of Italy. This expansive mountain terrain has become famous the world over as a beloved winter sports paradise. With twelve ski areas featuring 1,200 kilometers (750 miles) of pistes on a single ski pass, the Dolomites is a sprawling winter sports playground made for families, beginners, and champions alike.
View Experience on Ode to Joy's website - Dolomites Ski Safari
From EUR 3500 per person
Dolomites Mountains, Northern Italy
December to April
About Ode to Joy
Ode to Joy designs, curates and operates Europe's most sought after travel & life experiences. We work only with smaller scale local experts, facilitators and true masters of the craft. We open doors to unexpected, delightful and inspirational stories of Europe's culture. Reinventing how exclusive travel experiences in Europe are found and operated. A company named after Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, also Europe's official anthem. Welcome to Ode to Joy.
About The Founder - Marc Mekki ([email protected])
Marc Mekki previously founded Mandarin Journeys, a luxury travel company based in Asia. He is a frequent guest at major invitation-only trade shows like ILTM, Pure, Connections and the Private Leisure Forum. In May 2016 Marc was a guest speaker at the Amadeus Airlines Leaders symposium in Dubai. He is also an advisor to the Barcelona Premium Tourism Office.
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