The regional differences of the Iberian Peninsula are at the forefront as you explore the flavors of gastronomic heritage during your custom-tailored food tour of Spain. Discover how the cuisine and the culture of the grand cities and the secluded communities intertwine through history to shape the customs and the traditions from Barcelona to Madrid, San Sebastian to Santiago de Compostela. Bask in golden sunlight along the northern coastline, savor distinct flavors of a home-cooked meal on a...
Barcelona – Arrive in Vibrant Barcelona with a Culinary Exploration
The world-class dining scene of Barcelona celebrates the unique setting set along the Mediterranean waters and the rich Spanish countryside. The fabled architecture captures the spirit of the city with treasures spanning more than 2,000 years and ranging from Roman-era temple columns to Gothic church facades, surreal homes to Modernist sculptural masterpieces. Art embodies the essence of Barcelona through the mosaics that decorate the social center of Las Ramblas all the way to the colorful produce on display in La Boqueria market.
Your flight will arrive at El Prat Airport, where your private transfer will greet you at customs. You can quickly settle into the comforts of your luxury hotel before meeting your guide in the lobby eager for an introduction to the culinary culture of the spectacular city. You will then venture deep into the atmospheric marvels of the Gothic Quarter during a special tapas tour of the city listening to the sounds of Spanish guitar emanating from small, hidden plazas. You will find the soothing aromas of traditional tapas like Catalan sausage and fried cod drifting through the doors of one of the oldest tapas bars in the Barcelona, where your tour guides you through the captivating flavors of local cultural gastronomy. Zicasso works closely with the top Spain travel operators to ensure that you have a fully personalized trip of a lifetime, and it will begin on Day 1.
Penedés – Travel to a Farmhouse and Vineyard after Seeing Montserrat
Penedés – Enjoy a Market Visit, Wine Tour, and Cooking Lesson
Madrid – Wander Madrid on a History and Gastronomy Tour
Ribera del Duero – Stop in Segovia and Enjoy Two Ribera Wineries
Rioja – Relish a Food and Wine Pairing of the Delicious Rioja Valley
Bilbao – Traverse the Artistic Culture and Sample Traditional Cuisine
San Sebastian – Visit Hondarribia and Relish a Michelin Star Restaurant
San Sebastian – Delight in a Tour of San Sebastian and Local Pintxos
Cangas de Onis – Explore Ancient Heritage and Culinary History
Cangas de Onis – Discover the Asturian Gastronomy in Oviedo
Lugo – Explore Villages of Galicia for Empanadas and Cultural Foods
Santiago de Compostela – Stroll the Camino and Taste Local Cuisine
Santiago de Compostela – Depart for Home
- Experience the depth and complexity of flavors found in simple ingredients when dining at one of San Sebastian’s Michelin-starred restaurants
- Indulge in the unique properties and distinct tastes of Spain’s wines from the Ribera region during a private tasting paired with local cheeses
- Discover the surprising blend of historical culture in Galicia that shapes the cuisine in dishes like a Galician empanada
- Witness the customs of a traditional cider house where the bartenders pour cider into a glass from a far distance to enhance the natural flavor
- Embrace the flavors and traditional ingredients of the Penedés during a private cooking class focusing on the quality of local, seasonal produce
- View the sensational Roman history that remains in the heart of Segovia in the form of the towering aqueduct
- Wander the acclaimed galleries of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao for insight into how contemporary perspective can affect culinary tradition
- Enjoy the specific viewpoint of Asturian traditions separate from Spain in the quintessential villages along the coastline and mountainous terrain
- Visit the fascinating monastery of Montserrat set beneath the staggering jagged peaks of the eponymous mountain
- Uncover the oldest cave art in Europe when visiting the enchanting Cueva de Monte Castillo
The glory of Spain is rooted not just in the typical cities of Madrid and Barcelona, nor in the preserved Moorish and Christian charms of Andalusia, but instead emanates from the combination of distinct cultures across the various regions of the country. During your two-week food tour of Spain, you can experience the interconnection of culture and cuisine in Catalonia, Madrid, La Rioja, Basque, Castile and León, Asturias, and Galicia. You will feel it all through the enchanting landscapes, stunning towns, gorgeous vineyards, and welcoming cities. From castles to cobblestone streets, cave art to cider, the discovery of the splendor of tapas and the allure of pintxos, the delights will rise from the sea and be crafted in the hills and valleys.
Your remarkable tour of Spain will begin with your arrival in Barcelona and three nights spent discovering Catalonia. The remarkable Mediterranean ambiance abounds along the coastline and in the rolling hills that have inspired delectable seafood dishes and marvelous wines, and where you will sample some of the best organic produce during a private cooking class at a famous hotel in the Penedés. Visit the captivating monastery of Montserrat for a stunning view of the mountain and a remarkable look into the ways monks have sustained themselves in the secluded foothills for centuries. Once in Madrid, the bustling capital streets blend with traditions from all around Spain inside the contemporary, cosmopolitan ambiance of the city’s alluring restaurants and impressive monuments. Traveling through the wine regions of Ribera del Duero and Rioja highlight the different characteristics of the landscapes and how those differences shape the wines vintners produce, as well as the traditional cuisine made in the different regions.
Three nights in Basque Country will celebrate one of Spain’s best-known culinary regions, famous for the restaurants of San Sebastian and the culture of Bilbao. Explore the coastal towns, sample the cherished flavorful creativity of a Michelin star restaurant, and explore the confluence of artistry and culinary imagination at the Guggenheim Museum. Find rocky coves, Atlantic swells, mountain peaks, and incredible traditional cuisine reimagined by local chefs. The final leg of your culinary tour will take you through the Asturias and Galicia regions over four nights to discover the proud Spanish traditions of Asturias and the singular Gaelic customs of Galicia. Whether visiting medieval villages and cider houses, or traveling along a portion of the renowned Camino de Santiago, the traditions the kitchen highlight the differences shaped by the land and sea as well as the customs shared by a united Spain. Looking to perfect your dream luxury Spain vacation? See our Spain two week vacations page for additional inspiration.
$4,363 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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