GASTRO & WINE TOUR
Our comprehensive 2-week tour is a food-lover’s dream. From cooking classes to wine tastings to tapas and beyond, we’ll show you why Spain’s reputation as a gastronomic powerhouse is so well-deserved.
DAY 1: Arrival and introduction to Barcelona (1st night in Barcelona).
DAY 2: Barcelona. We start with a cooking and wine/food pairing class with a focus on traditional Spanish cuisine followed by a guided visit to Sagrada Familia & Barrio Gótico (2nd night in Barcelona).
DAY 3: Catalonia. touring some of Catalonia’s most picturesque towns (Besalú and Cadaqués) and nearby prestigious Empordà wine producing estates along with old caves. An introduction to traditional Catalan cuisine, including Catalan-style cod and Escudella, a traditional soup/stew (1 night in Besalú).
DAY 4: On our way towards the eastern part of Spain, we discover the taste of queso de cabra “Cedrat” (a type of goat cheese) that is produced in the Valley of the Segre River. Once in Aragón we tour the medieval town of Ainsa, where we will be able to try the excellent “ternasco” roasted in a wood oven (1 night in Ainsa).
DAY 5: On our journey north to the Basque Country, we visit the spectacular Castillo de Loarre, used as a background in the recent movie “Kingdom of Heaven” (by Ridley Scott), followed by a complete lunch typical to this area of Aragon along with the impressive Peñas de Riglos rock formations. In the evening, we continue on our way towards the culinary capital of San Sebastián. (1 night in San Sebastián).
DAY 6: Basque Country, San Sebastian. We’ll sample Spain’s best pintxos (small canapes with creative toppings ranging from cod to morcilla, a type of blood sausage), and enjoy some free time to stroll along the Bahia de Concha beach (arguably the most beautiful beach in mainland Spain) and take in the spectacular views from one of the numerous miradores (viewing points). In the evening, we continue towards Laguardia, Álava (1 night in Laguardia).
DAY 7: In the morning, we tour one of Spain’s most acclaimed wineries, Frank Gehry’s Bodega Marqués de Riscal in Laguardia. After lunch we continue on to Burgos to have a guided overnight tour, followed by dinner consisting of the famous Morcilla con Huevos Rotos (blood sausage with fried eggs) & the emblematic wine from Ribera del Duero (1 night in Burgos).
DAY 8: In the morning, we leave for Segovia. We’ll go on a guided tour of Segovia which includes a famous Roman aqueduct and a stunning Castillo (castle), rumored to have inspired the castle in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. We’ll have a lunch with a traditional Cochinillo (suckling pig) & Judiones de la Granja (country-style beans) lunch at the town’s oldest restaurant. After lunch, we’ll continue to the El Escorial Monastery for a visit followed by a late-evening arrival to Toledo for dinner and a 2-night stay (1st night in Toledo).
DAY 9: We’ll start with an early morning guided hot-air balloon ride over Toledo. After an hour in the air, we’ll touch down to enjoy a delicious Spanish brunch with a glass of cava (Spanish champagne). After brunch, we’ll go on a private guided tour of this World-Heritage listed town which will introduce you to one of Spain’s greatest national monuments for art (including some of El Greco’s masterpieces), history and spirituality. The town’s architectural gems are showcased along with a visit to a nearby winery (wine/food pairing session included). In the evening, we’ll enjoy a traditional local meal with Pisto (vegetable stew with egg), Queso Manchego (a type of sheep’s milk cheese), Cordero Asado (roast lamb) for dinner at one of the town’s most renowned restaurants (2nd night in Toledo).
DAY 10: After breakfast, we’ll drive towards Granada. You’ll have free time upon arrival in the city for lunch followed by a guided tour of the historic centre, including the Cathedral, Royal Chapel & old Moorish quarter of Albayzin where we will enjoy a typical dinner at a famous gypsy cave with an unforgettable Flamenco show and tasting of Jamon de Trevelez and Tortilla de Patatas along with Tinto de Verano or Sangria (1 night in Granada).
DAY 11: An early morning guided visit of the Alhambra Palace and the sprawling Generalife gardens. You’ll get free time for lunch at a place of your choice. Depart for Cordoba with a stop in Montilla renowned for its sherry-like sweet wines that we will taste at one of the town’s typical bodegas (wineries). Then we’ll continue towards Cordoba for dinner including Salmorejo (a type of cold tomato soup thickened with bread) and spend the night there (1 night in Cordoba).
DAY 12: Guided tour of the Mezquita and then continue for lunch in a typical Andalusian Pueblo Blanco (white village) of Osuna. In the afternoon, we’ll continue to Seville where we will visit the Cathedral and dine at one of the relaxing green patios typical of the Jewish quarter, tasting regional specialties Jamon & Pescadito Frito (1 night in Seville).
DAY 13: Conclusion of Experience Spain tour.
* Price tag: given that this itinerary includes a number of remote destinations and combination of destinations that are not accessible via public transportation, it requires the rental of a private coach with a driver for a majority of the trip. As a result, the approximate cost is in the range of $5,000-$6,000 Euros, depending on the price of fuel at the time of booking, the price of train tickets for the few legs of the trip that can be done with a fast-speed train, as well as the accommodation preferences that are communicated to us by the group. See few examples of some of the Accommodation options that we offer to our customers (more would be provided at the time of booking).