Spanish cuisine dances across the palate, each mouthful a sensual journey of subtlety. From iconic tapas to nouveau experimentation, gastronomy offers a sumptuous paradigm to discover the heart and soul of this traditional country. Covering 17 Michelin Stars in just two weeks, this handcrafted food connoisseur's journey explores the finest cuisine from Catalonia, Andalusia, and the Spanish Mediterranean.
Barcelona – A Triple Michelin Star Welcome at Cinc Sentits
Barcelona welcomes you with a flourish of panache, the sculpted spires of a famous cathedral towering above a calm sea. Your hotel is surrounded by streets of enchantment, places of broad cafe squares flanked by al fresco terraces and languid afternoons. After a luxury transfer from the airport, there's time to check in and check out the suburb before this evening's dinner. Catalonian cuisine comes from the ocean, its distinct Mediterranean seafood expertly crafted. Catalonia also takes its influence from the hills, and features pork and wild vegetables. Triple Michelin Star Cinc Sentits merges the flavors with its novel gastronomic tasting menu, eight delectable dishes paired with wine from the region's boutique bodegas. It's an exclusive start to dining your way through Spain.
Barcelona – Dining at Restaurant Magazine's World's Best Restaurant
Barcelona – Glimpses of Gaudi and More Gourmet Catalonia Creationism
Castellon del Alt Maestrazgo – Hamlets and History in the Sierra Engarceran
Castellon del Alt Maestrazgo – Serene Wine Tasting and Game Meat
Valencia – Discovering the Soul of Mediterranean Seafood in Historic Valencia
Valencia – A Day of Beaches and Nouveaux Cuisine
Seville – Discovering the Vibrant Cultural and Culinary Heart of Andalusia
Seville – The Favorite Local Recipes of Andalusia's Past
Hacienda Guzman – The Heritage Heart of Spain's Olive Oil
Carmona – Exploring the Contemporary and Traditional of Andalusian Tapas
Madrid – Streets of Cobblestone and Intrigue in the Spanish Capital
Madrid – Gastronomic Farewells at Triple Michelin Starred DiverXO
Madrid – Departure
- Dine at a series of Spain's finest restaurants, this vacation amassing an incredible 17 Michelin Stars in just two weeks
- Barcelona welcomes you to Spain with three nights of triple Michelin Star dining and three days of architecture brilliance in the Catalonian capital
- Castellon del Alt Maestrazgo offers an immersion in the vineyards and hamlets of rural Spain; your two days are centered around rich game meat meals and serene wine tasting
- Journey to the soul of Mediterranean cuisine in Valencia, a city of nouveau paella and elegant seafood
- Seville is the vivid heart of culinary and cultural Andalusia, an ideal spot for indulging in tapas and absorbing the romantic atmosphere
- Spend a day and night at the six century old Hacienda Guzman, the heart of Spain and perhaps the world's love for olive oil
- Complete the itinerary with two nights in Madrid, magnificent royal palaces blending with experimental gastronomy and a final evening spent at the fabulous DiverXO
A country's dedication to food can sometimes be measured by the duration of its meals. In Spain, lunch is a two hour affair, a series of dishes piling up with empty wine glasses. Dinner is much longer, the table occupied into the night as exceptional cuisine mingles with an intimate atmosphere. Dining is an integral part of local Spanish culture and the core of socializing. As this handcrafted tour traverses Spain's culinary centers, you dine your way through the very best of its restaurants, each with inimitable specialties that take you from Spanish classics to nouveau experimentation. There are tapas, paella, and olive oil farms. Then there's innovative seafood and wonderful creations in hamlets of enchantment or feisty cities of excitement. While the focus is indelibly gourmet, the unhurried itinerary offers an eclectic mix of Spanish vacation destination. Starting in Barcelona and ending in Madrid, you travel to heritage cities, coastal delights, and valleys of vines dotted with stone castles.
Start in exquisite Catalonia, the first three nights featuring triple Michelin Starred restaurants. Gaudi's Barcelona is explored through the day, its surrealist concoctions a symbol of a city exuding inimitability. You dine at Cinc Sentits, ABaC, and El Celler de Can Roca, a double winner of Restaurant Magazine's coveted Best Restaurant in the World title. From Barcelona, a first class train skirts the coast to two days in Castellon del Alt Marstazgo, a delectable stone hamlet set amidst rolling vineyards. Lull to the rural rhythm with two days focusing on exceptional wine tasting and game meat. Coastal Valencia is just down the hill, the home of Spanish paella and the soul of Mediterranean seafood. Epitomizing the mix of traditional and nouveaux, the Valencia style is one of 17th century architecture and chic beachside destinations.
From day eight you're in Andalusia, the land of liquid gold, or olive oil as you might know it. Vibrant and vivacious, Seville is the region's cultural heart. Traditional festivals consume the streets and tapas taverns are alive with laughter into the small hours. Like Valencia, the days are free to get lost in a maze of atmospheric streets and architectural wonders from Spain's Golden Age. Concocting the dishes of history, El Poblet's tasting menu introduces the local gastronomy. It's in the surrounding hills where Spain's olive oil industry was founded. 500 years ago, Hacienda Guzman was producing olive oil for Spanish explorers and conquistadors. Spend a day learning and discovering the ancient art, then spend the night in one of their fabulously converted castle rooms. Completing the Andalusian experience, along streets of blue and white tiles, the Carmona village takes you on a Route de la Tapas.
Fly to Madrid and the vacation culminates with regal indulgence. The city's compact center is a treasure chest of fabulous art of architecture, from royal palaces to cobblestone streets filled with the scents of chocolate and churros. Like all good world capitals, the city is a haven for cutting edge chefs serving up country wide influences. Triple Michelin Starred DiverXO is the final sensual buffet, intricate aesthetic creations leaving an opulent taste in the mouth as you depart Spain on day 14.
$3,495 per person (excluding international flights)
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