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Spain Ultimate Food Tour

Overview

Experience what’s cooking in Spain on this once-in-a-lifetime culinary tour through Madrid, La Rioja, the Basque Country and Barcelona. The perfect trip for foodie travellers, joining a small group in Spain to cook with our chefs, eat your way through authentic tapas bars, drink fine wines, laugh and make new friends!

Recommended for:

Solo travellers, couples or friends, who like to join a small group of like-minded travellers to share the experience with. If you are looking for cooking classes and sights off the beaten track, and don’t want to worry about logistics – we take care of everything!

Highlights:

  • Savour the great food Spain is famous for, from Tapas and Paella to Basque Pintxos and avant-garde cuisine
  • Immerse yourself in the vibrant culinary and cultural scene of Madrid, San Sebastian and Barcelona
  • Visit the Boqueria food market with our local chef, and join him in a hands-on Mediterranean cooking class
  • Enjoy a truly unique cooking class at a members-only Gastronomic Society in San Sebastian
  • Taste and learn about extraordinary Rioja and Cava wines through private visits to small, family-run wineries
  • Discover the fascinating world of Ibérico ham and Sherry wines on a special themed meal
  • Experience the diverse cultures, landscapes and foods of Spain by the hand of our local culinary guide
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Location & Cuisine

Our food experts will share their knowledge, contacts and passion for their country, providing you with extraordinary culinary experiences, off the beaten track. Here is where they will be taking you to:

Madrid

Madrid, a city of elegant boulevards and expansive, manicured parks. Renowned for its rich repositories of European art, including the Prado Museum’s outstanding collections. The Heart of old Hapsburg Madrid is the portico-lined Plaza Mayor, and nearby is the baroque Royal Palace and Armory.

Here we bring together two of Spain’s finest delicacies for an unforgettable gourmet experience with our expert ham carver and sommelier.

Discover what makes Ibérico ham so special on this culinary tasting and pair it with Sherry, an ancient and traditional wine from Southern Spain.

In this interesting and fun tasting, you learn the depth of tradition and knowledge surrounding these two products. But there’s an even better way to enjoy this extraordinary product to the fullest: practicing the traditional art of carving Ibérico ham with knife!

Under the guidance of an English-speaking master carver, and while you enjoy a glass of Sherry wine, you will learn what makes Ibérico ham so unique, what distinguishes the different qualities (Bellota, Recebo and Cebo), how this very special ham needs to be preserved… practice, carve your own slices from a leg of top quality Jamón Ibérico de Bellota with the help of our expert. Of course, you’ll taste this delicious ham as you carve!

 

San Sebastian

Experience why the Basque Country is one of the most celebrated culinary regions in Europe.

A land of deep-rooted traditions, where the now famous Avant-Garde cuisine from Spain originated. Gastronomy has always been part of the culture, traditions and social life of this elegant seaside town. It’s not by chance that San Sebastian is the home town of world acclaimed chefs such as Arzak, Aduriz, Berasategui…

This contrast between tradition and modernity reflects as well in the distinctive personalities of the two towns that you’ll visit: San Sebastian, with its elegant 19th century flavor, and Bilbao, a reference in contemporary urban renovation.

Connect with the soul of the Basque Country through its food, and share in the locals’ “obsession” with food, savoring delicious Pintxos (Basque version of Tapas) and cooking at a members-only Basque Gastronomic Society.

 

La Rioja

South of the Basque Country lies La Rioja, a region with distinctive personality, associated with the Camino de Santiago (Way of Saint James) and its picturesque towns… but more so with wine.

With a long tradition, dating back to the 17th Century, Rioja was the first Spanish wine region to obtain Designation of Origin status. Rioja wines have evolved steadily, consolidating a deserved recognition for La Rioja as one of the most prestigious wine-producing regions in the world.

The elegant, original and full of character Rioja wine is coupled with excellent Riojan cuisine, delightfully combining savory local meats with premium quality regional vegetables.

Savor the wine, the food and the sights of the soul of La Rioja!

 

Barcelona & surroundings

Barcelona has it all: history, design, shopping, Mediterranean charm… and delicious food!

Simply exploring the historic centre of Barcelona is a true pleasure, with main sights at walking distance from your charming hotel, including the beautiful Gothic quarter and the Cathedral, the lively Rambla and Gaudi’s fascinating buildings.

Discover Barcelona through great local food and cuisine, enjoy delicious, traditional meals, and spend time with our local chefs, who will guide you through a private visit to the colorful Boqueria food market and a delightful hands-on cooking class.

Venture to Sitges, a coastal town south of Barcelona, considered one of the most beautiful towns in Catalonia. Backed by the Garraf massif, it’s known for its Mediterranean beaches and seafront promenade lined with grand mansions.   This region has a long tradition of refined cuisine, with a great variety of foods, wines and dishes linked to the Mediterranean Sea and to the farms, olive groves and vineyards of the interior. Learn all about Spain’s sparkling wine during our Cava tasting session in an old family-owned cava cellar.

Accommodation

Madrid – Vincci Soho

Located in the heart of the Las Letras district, the Vincci Soho**** stands out as one of the most exceptional hotels in the historical centre of Madrid. Originating in a complex of five historical, protected buildings between the streets Prado, Cervantes and León that have been exquisitely renovated, this is a modern hotel in the heart of Madrid, full or art and designed to offer its guests unique experiences.

 

San Sebastian – Astoria 7

Though San Sebastián may best be known for stars of the gastronomic variety, since the 1950s the seaside city has been home to the San Sebastián International Film Festival. A cinephile’s dream stay, the Astoria7 hotel**** in San Sebastián has dedicated each room to one of the modern film legends who pass through town every September.

 

Barcelona – H10 Montcada

The H10 Montcada is a Boutique Hotel**** housed in a neoclassical building which has been completely renovated with decor inspired by the voyages of yesteryear.

Benefit from a privileged location in the centre of Barcelona, just opposite the Gothic Cathedral, close to Las Ramblas and the fashionable area of El Borne with its beautiful church, little cafes and the Picasso museum. The hotel is located on Via Laietana which also runs straight down to the marina and beach.

Enjoy the roof terrace at the top of the hotel – a little slice of heaven with spectacular views over the city.

Dates 2017/ 2018

7 – 14 May 2017

15 – 22 October 2017

29 April – 6 May 2018

14 – 21 October 2018

Prices 2017/ 2018

Per person in Euro

from

Euro 2,960 per person for double sharing

Euro 490 single supplement   (2017)

Euro 560 single supplement   (2018)

Includes

Expert English-speaking local culinary guides throughout the itinerary

Deluxe private bus for all transfers and excursions

Domestic airfare Bilbao-Barcelona

7 nights’ accommodation in double room, at selected 4* hotels

Breakfast daily

Welcome drink with tapas

6 lunches – 2 of them following private cooking classes – all accompanied with fine Spanish wines

3 dinners, all accompanied with fine Spanish wines

Private culinary/cultural visits and activities as per the itinerary

Entry fees as per the itinerary

Gourmet Gift

All local taxes

Excludes

Travel to and from Spain, meals and optional excursions not listed

Getting There

Fly into Madrid and out of Barcelona airport. Your tour includes a domestic flight from Bilbao – Barcelona and we provide all transports throughout this programme.

Map

Day 1 - Madrid - Arrival and welcome

Arrival in Madrid

Check in at your boutique hotel, located in the heart of Madrid’s historic centre.

Enjoy a welcome drink with tapas while you meet our English-speaking local culinary guide

Night in Madrid

Day 2 – Madrid - Ibérico ham & Sherry – Andalusian dinner & Flamenco

Guided walking tour of Madrid

Ibérico ham & Sherry themed lunch: featuring products from famous Ibérico pig (ham, charcuterie and meats), paired with selected Sherry wines

Leisure time

Traditional Andalusian dinner followed by Flamenco show at Casa Patas, considered the Mecca of Flamenco singing and dancing in Madrid

Night in Madrid

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Day 3 – La Rioja vineyards & San Sebastian

Private transfer to La Rioja wine region, stopping on the way for a coffee/drink

Visit to a family-run winery to enjoy a private Rioja wine tasting, followed by a traditional “Riojan” lunch in the winery

Continue to San Sebastian – check into your hotel themed around San Sebastian’s famous International Film Festival Night in San Sebastian

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Day 4 – San Sebastian – cooking class – Pixtos tour

Private Basque cooking class at a Gastronomic Society with lunch included. A perfect way to experience these traditional members-only cooking clubs, unique to the Basque Country

Leisure time

Guided walking tour of San Sebastian, followed by tasting of famous “Pintxos”, the Basque version of Tapas

Night in San Sebastian

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Day 5 - Guggenheim Bilbao - Barcelona

Private bus transfer to Bilbao Guided visit to the Guggenheim museum

Lunch with a modern twist at a neo-taberna by the river

Transfer to Bilbao airport for your flight to Barcelona

Check into your charming hotel, at walking distance from Barcelona’s vibrant Rambla Guided walking tour of Barcelona’s historic centre Night in Barcelona

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Day 6 - Barcelona - Boqueria market visit – Hands on cooking class

Visit to the colorful Boqueria food market with our local chef, the perfect warm up for a private hands-on Mediterranean cooking class and lunch with a special focus on Olive oils – different varieties and culinary uses

Leisure time

Night in Barcelona

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Day 7 - Cava excursion to Sitges - Barcelona - Farewell dinner

Visit the beautiful coastal town of Sitges, an then learn everything about Cava – the famous sparkling wine from Spain. Visit a very nice winery to enjoy a private tutored Cava tasting and traditional lunch

Return to Barcelona to explore and sightsee at your own leisure.

Farewell dinner in Barcelona Night in Barcelona

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Day 8 - Departure

Breakfast and morning at leisure before departure

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Happy guests…

“A wonderful way to experience Spain in all its glory”

Naomi, Sydney, Australia

We cooked, we ate, drank wine and made merry, what more could one ask?”

Daphne, NY, US

“Fabulous trip, if you are even considering it, go!”

Paul, OH, US

 

 

 

What happy guests said about this tour…

  • “A wonderful way to experience Spain in all its glory”

    Naomi, Sydney
  • "We cooked, we ate, drank wine and made merry, what more could one ask?”

    Daphne, NYC
  • “Fabulous trip, if you are even considering it, go!”

    Paul, OH, US