Spain's passion and color is epitomized by the country's dedication to great food. Dinnertime extends for hours, tapas bars dominate old-world streets, and there are ladles of flair in every dish. This tour isn't a taste of Spain. It's an immerse indulgence in the country's four finest culinary regions, each tantalizingly diverse and absolutely traditional. Catalonia, La Rioja, Basque, Galicia; explore world-famous flavors through cooking classes, local breakfasts, markets, and Michelin dining.
Barcelona – Churros, Chocolate, and Captivating Sights
After a long flight comes an indulgent welcome. With church bells ringing in the distance you lounge on a Barcelona terrace, a bubbling pot of chocolate beside your fresh curls of churros. Sweet goodness settles on the tongue and the city wanders past: men in caps pass old theater entrances, locals meet for morning coffee, and an air of enthusiasm mingles with salty Mediterranean scents. Relax with your churros and chocolate, a classic dish to start the culinary adventure. You’re then transferred to a boutique hotel in the heart of the city. Freshen up and take your time before a unique afternoon tour mixes famous sights with local flavors.
Eight-hundred years of history weave through stalls of temptation at La Boquiria market. Smell and sample your way around, many Spanish classics satisfying the preconceptions: freshly sliced jamon, homemade olive oil, cold seafood, and plenty of fluffy white bread. A series of incomplete spires now guide you through the city, quirky Sagrada Familia dominating the skyline. This is Gaudi's eternal masterpiece, a huge ode to ingenious design that will take another ten years to finish. But even in its current state, it's an unforgettable highlight of Spain. Tonight's dinner offers a sophisticated blend of Catalan cuisine. Michelin -Starred Hisop takes the foundations of Catalan cooking and adds a contemporary twist. Think squid with fried egg and truffle, or scallops with caviar and chin, concluded with a bowl of fresh strawberries and lime.
Barcelona – Learning From the Masters on a Catalan Cooking Class
Logrono – World Famous Tapas Bars in the Heart of La Rioja
Logrono – Beautiful Breakfast Markets and a Sensual Rioja Vineyard Tour
San Sebastian – Pintxos and Basque Culture in the Old Town
San Sebastian – Hands On Basque Style Cooking Class with Traditional Recipes
Bilbao – Latxa Farmhouse Sheep Cheese, Jamon, and Traditional Cider
Bilbao – Ancient City Delights and Michelin Dining at the Guggenheim
Rias Baixas – Spain's Finest Seafood Along the Galician Coast
Santiago de Compostela – Galician Style Cooking Class in the Heart of the Old City
Santiago de Compostela – Departure
- Start the sensual exploration in Barcelona, where a mix of fine dining and street-style food provide a broad introduction to the flavors of Spain
- Explore Northern Spain's iconic dish with tapas crawls through enchanting old towns, each stop specializing in a single sumptuous tapa
- Discover local culinary secrets by taking cooking classes in three unique regions: Catalonia, Basque, and Galicia
- Enjoy a sensual day sampling the world-famous wines of La Rioja, including a tour of La Guardia's vast underground cellars and drinking vintage reds from goat-skin bags
- Galician octopus, Basque black sausage, churros and chocolate; the gastronomic adventure is alive in every mouthful
- Sample the country's finest seafood by spending the three days in the region of Galicia, a place of tradition and intrigue on the northwestern coast
- Complete the vacation in Santiago de Compostela, the World Heritage cathedral city combining cobblestoned streets with lingering gourmet favorites
- Culinary indulgence mixes with old-world charm as you explore the delightful towns of Logrono, San Sebastian, and Cambados
Spain excites the senses, a frenzy of eclectic flavors running around the tongue from breakfast time until languid evenings dining al fresco. Local favorites are found in historic markets and tapas bars, while contemporary creations weave a spell at Michelin restaurants and elegant vineyards. Of course there's going to be tapas, red wine, jamon, cheese, and fish; but an overarching concept of Spanish cuisine is somewhat of a foreign fabrication. Each of the country's regions presents distinct flavors, reveling in their specialties and centuries old tradition. Tapas in Barcelona are nothing like tapas in Santiago de Compostela. This unique foodies tour combines Spain's four finest culinary regions, taking you on a journey across the north of the country. Move from contemporary Catalan to fiery La Rioja, then continue to traditional Basque Country and seafood inspired Galicia.
This 11-day Spain tour starts in Barcelona and with the tastes of Catalonia. Famous sights mix with gourmet exploration before you journey to Logrono, the capital of La Rioja region. Tapas hop along medieval town streets and you will spend day four discovering the region's celebrated vineyards on an exclusive wine tour. San Sebastian is one of Northern Spain's most sublime stops, a quaint town of artistic splendor and preserved history. This is where Basque flair shines through, epitomized by the pintxos bars and tiny old-world restaurants. Bilbao is equally resplendent in its mix of old and new tastes. For example, you spend the afternoon of day seven dining at a tiny farmhouse, then the evening of day eight in the Guggenheim's Michelin Star restaurant.
This is a real foodies adventure. On some nights you tour half a dozen tapas taverns, each full of atmosphere and creationism. On other evenings you're sitting down in fine dining restaurants. Even the breakfasts celebrate culinary diversity as you start the day with some local favorites. Sagardotegia cider, vintage reds, bubbling chocolate bowls; there's also always a unique liquid to complement the feasts. And it wouldn't be a foodies tour without some hands-on discovery. Three cooking classes reveal the culinary secrets of Catalonia, Basque, and Galicia, each providing vivid new flavors and ideas to take home.
On day nine you fly to Galicia in the northwestern corner of Spain. Delectable seafood comes straight from the Atlantic here, exemplified by Galician octopus, perhaps the finest you can taste anywhere in the world. The region feels practically unchanged since medieval eras, both in the city of Santiago de Compostela and the village squares of Cambados. As the tour winds to a conclusion the fascinating new specialties continue: black sausage, Galician pie, platters of cheese paired effortlessly with wine. Throughout this tour, all meals are included and all tours are private. A handpicked selection of boutique hotels complete the immersion in traditional Spanish cultures and ancient towns.
$2,635 per person (excluding international flights)
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