How many times do you visit to Europe? Three or ten times?
Let’s find something unprecedented and exclusive to make Europe more exciting. Here are 5 of the most incredible experiences, regarding Ode to Joy, 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.
How Much? From EUR 20,000 per group
Where? Barcelona, Spain
When? Year Round
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.
How Much? Price by request
Where? Westman Islands, Iceland
When? 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.
How Much? Price by request
Where? Sicilian Coast, Italy
When? 8-16 August 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!
How Much? From EUR 700 per person
Where? Loire Valley, France
When? 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.
How Much? From EUR 3500 per person
Where? Dolomites Mountains, Northern Italy
When? December to April
Special thanks for information and photos to Ode to Joy.