Eat your way through Spain on this personalized culinary tour! Beginning in Barcelona, learn the art of traditional Spanish cooking from an expert chef and then set off on the wine trail of Penedes for some delicious Cava. In Seville, learn of the city’s 2000-year old history while you sample tapas and more, hopping from handpicked abacerías to century-old restaurants with a local foodie expert. Afterward, set out for the picturesque Andalucian countryside to sample the finest Iberian ham and wine, followed by a leisurely hike in the Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche Natural Park.
In Madrid, spend an evening sampling the delightful small plates of the city, tapas and pintxos. Nearby, discover the magnificent Toledo – famously known as the city of ‘three cultures’ – and sample delicious marzipan and wine. Continue on San Sebastian by the Bay of Biscay and discover culinary favorites from the Basque Country such as pintxos, steaks, and fresh seafood, paired with cider. Afterward, visit the Marqués de Riscal Winery and the Baigorri Winery with a private guide to discover age old wine production techniques and sample Spain’s famous Rioja wine.
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Barcelona is the global traveler’s dream come true. Expect to encounter a flamboyant cosmopolitan city with a history encompassing Roman catacombs and magnificent medieval cathedrals to modernist architecture and street art.
Paella Cooking Class with Market Visit Master the art of cooking traditional Spanish paella on this enjoyable activity. Accompany your expert chef to the Boqueria market, one of the oldest in the country. Watch as your chef shows you how to choose the freshest of ingredients for your culinary adventure. Soak in the vibrant ambiance of the bustling market with its colorful displays of produce, seafood, and meat. Afterward, make your way to the cooking school where you will learn the secret techniques of making authentic paella. Listen to the history and origins of this traditional rice dish as you familiarize yourself with the process of cooking it. Pick up the nuances of concocting a delicious four-course meal featuring popular Mediterranean delicacies. Taste the flavorful creations before you leave with a copy of the recipes in English. (Duration: 5 hrs; Lunch Included; Shared Activity, Transfer included one way; Fitness Level: Easy.)
Taste Your Way Through the Penedes Wine Region Set off on an intriguing wine trail to discover the origins of Cava sparkling wine in the Penedes wine region beginning at Codorniu. One of the major producers of Cava, the winery you will visit is an example of art nouveau brilliance designed by architect Josep Puig I Cadafalch and has been declared an artistic monument in 1976. Spend time exploring the atmospheric underground cellar after which you can indulge in some Cava wine from the prestigious Anna range. Next, head out to another Cava wine estate in the heart of the countryside where you get to enjoy a picnic lunch, wine tour and tasting. (Private Activity & Transfer; Duration: 8 hours; Fitness Level: Easy; In case of unavailability of the selected winery, other similar options will be provided.)
Seville is a city of flamenco music and dance, of medieval Moorish history and architecture, wild parties, grand parades and fiestas.
Discover the Tastes of Seville Discover the fascinating flavors of Seville through the eyes of a local guide. Passing by the city’s landmark sights in historical neighborhoods including the atmospheric old Jewish quarter, see remnants of Moorish architecture, and understand the 2000-year-old story of Seville. Visit several handpicked abacerías from among thousands of bars across Seville and get a glimpse of its rich culinary culture. Listening to live commentary, learn about the origins, inspirations, ingredients, and etiquette of tapas over a glass of vermouth. Hop between century-old family establishments brimming with locals, and feature walls adorned with statues of Christ and posters of Semana Santa, along with blue tiles and suspended hams. Savor myriad Andalusian tapas paired with regional sherry. Expect to taste Iberian ham, cheeses, pringá, garbanzos, chorizos, fried fish, and local miniature sandwiches called montaditos among others. (Duration: 3 hrs; Private Activity, No Transfer; Tapas and drinks included; Fitness level: Easy)
Explore Traditional Spanish: Jamon & Wine Tasting Set out through the picturesque Andalusian countryside on the Jabugo Route to the land of the prized Jamon Iberico! Following your expert guide, get an insight into the unique Dehesa fields where acorn-fed Iberian pigs roam about freely and are raised with extreme care. Visiting the cellars and drying houses, see rows of pigs’ legs suspended to age in natural conditions. Learn about the traditional curing methods and Jabugo’s microclimate that aid in preparing the finest Iberian ham. Sit down and savor different varieties of Iberian ham paired with regional wines. If you wish, buy yourself lunch at a local eatery. Later, follow your guide on centuries-old wilderness trails within the picturesque Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche Natural Park. Enjoy your hike through wooded valleys dotted with chestnut forests, wildflowers, and Andalusian villages, before returning to Seville. (Duration: 9 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Ham and wines included; Fitness level: Moderate; Please note that the factory is closed on Sundays)
The beautiful city of Madrid serves the global traveler an amalgamation of Spain’s glorious history and modern culture on a platter.
Personalized Tour: A Night of Tapas Discover Madrid’s vibrant culinary scene, accompanied by a local expert guide, after dusk. Take a walk through stylish neighborhoods dotted with centenary bars and cozy taverns tucked away in lively cobbled streets. Getting introduced to Spanish cuisine while listening to live commentary, learn about the origins, inspirations, and ingredients of tapas. Interacting with madrileños over vermouth – Madrid’s national drink – join in on the city’s aperitif ritual. Test your Spanish skills by ordering tapas plates from the daily chalkboard menus. Savor an assortment of traditional and modern gourmet tapas paired with an array of regional drinks. Expect to try Iberian ham, salted cod croquettes, cheeses, olive oils, eggplants with honey, Spanish omelets, and chickpea stew among others. Round this off with a plate of typical Spanish desserts, and knowledge of Madrid’s hidden gems before dispersing. (Duration: 3 hrs; Private Activity & Taxi Transfers; Tapas and drinks included; Fitness level: Easy)
Personalized Tour: Toledo Discovery and Wine Tasting Explore the UNESCO World Heritage city of Toledo! Drive out from Madrid to Toledo with your English speaking chauffeur, where you will meet your local guide for the day. Replete with its two millennia-old rich history of the Visigoths, the Emirate of Cordoba, Moors and Christians, there’s much to discover around the city. Visit the Toledo Cathedral, the Synagogue El Tránsito or Santa María, and the Santo Tomé Church. You can choose to buy yourself a sumptuous lunch at any of the tapas bars or traditional restaurants around town. Post lunch, drive over to a lovely local winery where you will learn all about the winemaking process at the estate and enjoy a wine tasting session, before driving back to Madrid. (Duration: 8 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Wine tasting & appetizers included; Fitness level: Easy; Toledo Cathedral closed on Sunday mornings & Synagogue El Tránsito closed on Mondays; Please wear comfortable walking shoes).
San Sebastian, a stylish seaside town, enjoys a vibrant cultural scene throughout the year and is arguably the best destination for food connoisseurs!
Personalized Tour of Rioja Wine Region Get a taste of the lovely wine country of Spain’s La Rioja region on this enjoyable day trip. Drive down from San Sebastian to La Rioja’s local Baigorri Winery in the company of your private English speaking guide as you enjoy the beautiful countryside along the drive. Once at the winery, watch the intricate ‘vertical’ wine production technique of the estate. Stroll through the pretty little vineyard, verdant with grapevines, to reach the tasting room tucked at the end of the winery. Enjoy a delicious wine tasting lunch where delectable local dishes are paired with the estate’s best wines, as you sit back and enjoy fabulous views of the surrounding vineyard. After lunch, drive over to the Marqués de Riscal Winery for a tour of the vineyard, followed by another delicious wine tasting session. (Duration: 10 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Lunch & wine tasting included; Fitness level: Easy; Please inform ahead of food allergies, if any).
Group Tour: Pintxos Perfect in San Sebastian Experience a heady gastronomical experience on this Pintxos (Tapas of the Basque region) tour in San Sebastian Old Town, lined with delightful Pintxos bars. Pintxos are small snacks, popular in bars in northern Spain, with the main ingredients being sliced bread and toppings held together with a toothpick! Sample everything from the fresh catch of the day such as prawn and baby squid to deliciously cooked steak. Wash your meal down with perfectly paired cider or wine. Proceed from one eatery to another, comprising traditional outlets and modern bars as you learn about the intricacies of the local cuisine. (Shared Activity; Duration: 2.5 hours; Fitness Level: Easy; Lunch is included).
Your Spanish-speaking chauffeur will meet you at your hotel and accompany you to the Madrid airport in a private vehicle
Price & Inclusions
Option 1 From $ 10,190 /person
Option 2 From $ 12,290 /person
Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.
Accommodation in one double room for 12 days / 11 nights.
Meals as indicated
Economy flights for all sectors :
Barcelona – Seville
The following train journeys in the highest class available :
Seville – Madrid
Madrid – San Sebastian
All activities as listed :
Barcelona: Paella Cooking Class with Market Visit
Barcelona: Taste Your Way Through the Penedes Wine Region
Seville: Discover the Tastes of Seville
Seville: Explore Traditional Spanish: Jamon & Wine Tasting
Madrid: Personalized Tour: A Night of Tapas
Madrid: Personalized Tour: Toledo Discovery and Wine Tasting
San Sebastian: Personalized Tour of Rioja Wine Region
San Sebastian: Group Tour: Pintxos Perfect in San Sebastian
A Mercedes car for all your transfers and drives within Spain
All activities specified in the itinerary including transfers and entrance fees unless otherwise specified
Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
On request: A printed set of your travel documents by post
All airport and hotel transfers as indicated above
Barcelona: Visitor’s tax of 2.50 to 5.00 EUR per person (18 years and above) per night, payable directly at the hotel
Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
Entrance fees, unless otherwise stated in the activity descriptions
Travel, health and cancellation insurance
International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return)