Follow the Michelin Starred restaurants across Western Europe for an unforgettable journey through Spain and Portugal. Restaurateurs gain inspiration from the local tastes and culinary traditions to create meals comparable to works of art and shape unimaginable flavor profiles. The radiant culture of Barcelona brings a different aesthetic than the modernist lifestyle of Madrid, while the historical desire for discovery has influenced the now traditional spices of Lisbon and promises of port structure...
Barcelona – Arrive in Fabulous Barcelona for a Flavorful Introduction
Barcelona is a city of architecture and art, excellent cuisine, and an enticing mix of joy and relaxation. The sea breeze rustles against the palm trees that shade the promenade as beachgoers bask in the sunlight on the hot golden sand. Shadows sweep across the narrow lanes of the Gothic Quarter cast by the tall walls of medieval homes and cathedral towers. The aromas of decadent chocolate fade beneath the captivating scent of simple, flavorful ingredients, such as lemon and fresh prawns. Your flight will land at Barcelona El-Prat Airport, and your private transfer will greet you upon your arrival. In the afternoon, locals and visitors alike enjoy conversation, wine, and small plates inside the city’s celebrated tapas bars.
After settling into the comforts of your centrally located hotel, you can traverse the walkways of Las Ramblas for a perfect introduction to the lifestyle and flavors of Barcelona. The boulevard travels for nearly one mile between Port Vell and Plaça Catalunya, and oak trees shade the paths and cafés that offer strong coffee and buttery pastries. The colorful entrance to La Boqueria Market frames the plaza on which the marketplace has stood since the 13th century, and produce vendors provide arrays of color in the form of oranges, tomatoes, and cherries. Individual food stalls prepare diverse cuisine that has been shaped by the customary flavors of Catalonia, culminating in the Mediterranean cuisine of the Universal Kiosk.
Barcelona – Enjoy a Full Day Tour of Barcelona and a Michelin Star Dinner
Madrid – Venture to Madrid for a Remarkable Exploration of Spain’s Capital
Madrid – Visit Toledo, the Prado Museum, and Enjoy a Michelin Star Meal
Lisbon – Enjoy a Bonus Salamanca Michelin Star Lunch en route to Lisbon
Lisbon – Relish a Private Cultural Tour of Lisbon and Michelin Star Dinner
Lisbon – Delight in Fairytale Architecture in Sintra and a Michelin Star Meal
Porto – Discover History in Tomar and Charm in Coimbra en route to Porto
Porto – Revel in the Stunning History and Michelin Star Cuisine of Porto
Porto – Depart for Home
- Discover the distinctive flavors and unique inspirations of the diverse menus crafted by Michelin Star chefs across Spain and Portugal
- Sample the traditional flavors of Barcelona during a visit to La Boqueria Market connected to the pedestrian avenue of Las Ramblas
- Wander along the preserved grounds of a fortress-monastery built by the Knights Templar in the 12th century in Tomar, Portugal
- Listen to students of the Salamanca University perform 16th-century music in the city’s main square while wearing period costumes
- Relish a unique view of the Changing of the Guard at Spain’s Royal Palace while touring the opulent grounds that encompass nearly 3,000 rooms
- Wander through the halls and salons of the Prado Museum in Madrid for a private tour of Spanish Masters between the 12th and 19th centuries
- Explore the fairytale palaces and historical castles that decorate the countryside outside the town of Sintra in Portugal
- Allow your dinner table to become a canvas for the artistic dishes crafted in DriverXO in Madrid
Your 10-day Michelin Star tour of Spain and Portugal will layer the flavor found in culture, history, luxury, and cuisine for a delicious adventure across the Iberian Peninsula. Your journey will begin with your arrival in Barcelona, Spain. Your private transfer will greet you at the airport and escort you to your gorgeous hotel in the heart of the distinctive city. The remainder of the day will be yours to enjoy the lifestyle found along Las Ramblas as the aromas fill the marketplace of iconic La Boqueria. The next day, you will have a private tour of Barcelona’s monuments in the Gothic Quarter to the architecture of Antonin Gaudi. In the evening, you will savor your first of a variety of Michelin Star restaurants across Spain and Portugal with dinner at Lasarte.
Wake the next morning, and your private transfer will take you to the train station to board your first-class car on the high-speed train bound for Madrid. Once in the Spanish capital, your guide will lead you on an engaging tour of the Royal Palace to see the Changing of the Guard, and then to wander along the bustling street of the Grand Via. Discover the medieval charms of the city of Toledo the next day, and you can add a bonus Michelin Star restaurant for lunch in Toledo before returning to Madrid to visit the Prado Museum. In the evening, you will discover the intersection of art and gastronomy at DriverXO.
Your private transfer will greet you in your hotel lobby the following day and escort you to Lisbon, Portugal. On your way, stop in the city of Salamanca, Spain to enjoy the historical architecture, unique ambiance, and lunch at Michelin Starred Restaurante Victor Gutierrez. The next day, you can traverse the undulating cobbled lanes of Lisbon to experience the culture of Portugal’s capital city with its gorgeous architecture and bustling cafes. Dine in the Michelin Star restaurant of Belcanto for insight into the evolution of traditional flavor, and then travel to Sintra the next day for time spent amongst the storybook palaces and castles. Relish the unique atmosphere, and then enjoy a fantastical meal at LAB.
The following day, you will travel with your private transfer to the town of Tomar to view the fortress-monastery built by the Knights Templar. Continue to the captivating streets of Coimbra to enjoy the streets that overflow with history before reaching Porto. The next morning, your guide will lead you on an in-depth tour of Porto that will include the riverside promenades, the elegant museums, and the charismatic culture. Your day will conclude with your final Michelin Starred meal in the Iberian Peninsula with dinner at The Yeatman, and then conclude the next day as your private transfer will escort you to the Porto airport for your flight home.
$2,855 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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