Gourmand Breaks FAQ's

What type of payment is accepted?
A deposit of 40% of the tour price per person is required at the time of booking. We accept Visa or MasterCard, as well as bank transfers. You may enter your credit card information using our secure payment site. All reservations are subject to our terms and conditions.
Are there any additional costs I should plan on and how much spending money should I have on hand?
Bringing some spending money will be necessary to cover the cost of shopping for any Spanish/Portuguese/French goods you may wish to take home and to cover the occasional meal that is not included in the tour. This part of Europe is full of gastronomic specialties—some that are truly hard to find outside of the area—so you will definitely want to take something like a special wine, olive oil, Iberian ham or sausage home. The currency in Spain, Portugal and France is the Euro, and you will want to keep cash on hand just in case you encounter a charming retail stand that only accepts cash.
What is included in your tours?
Because a variety of activities are included on each one of our tours, please refer to specific tour descriptions to determine the unique features in each. Lodging is always included, along with airport transfers upon arrival and for departure, and transportation throughout the duration of your tour for all scheduled activities. None of the tours include airfare.
What is your cancellation policy?
Please see our Terms and Conditions page for the full cancellation policy. If you must cancel for any reason, and it is more than 60 days ( or 30 days for short tours) prior to the tour start date, Gourmand Breaks will refund your deposit less 200 Euros (or 100 Euros for short tours ) per person for administrative costs. Cancellations made between 31 – 60 days (or 15 – 30 days for short tours) prior to the tour date, will result in a refund of the total payment less 400 Euros (or 200 Euros for short tours) per person for administrative costs. No refund can be issued if cancellations must be made 30 days (or 15 days for short tours) or less before the start date of the tour.
How much luggage should I bring?
Many European airlines allow less baggage to be transferred per passenger ticket and because of this, it is advisable to review the luggage limit (50 pounds is often the maximum without an additional fee, and even 30 pounds for economy airlines in Europe). Just keep in mind that you’ll want to preserve some space in your luggage for any local discoveries you’ll want to bring home.
What travel documents do I need to visit Spain, Portugal and France?
U.S. citizens need a valid U.S. passport to enter Spain, Portugal and/or France. We advise you make copies of your passport and leave it with someone back home in case of loss. No visa is required to enter Spain Portugal and/or France for our tours. If you are not a U.S. citizen, notify us and we will discuss any special requirements for your situation.
Do I need travel insurance?
We can include standard travel insurance in the cost of all our tours; however, we strongly recommend you contract complete travel and cancellation insurance
I do not speak Spanish, Portuguese or French—so who will?
All tour guides are fluent in English, Spanish/Portuguese/French and will take care of all your communication needs. It is not uncommon for shopkeepers, restaurant workers and the hotel concierge to have a working knowledge of English as well. And if you would like, our tour guides can even teach you a couple things about either language so you can use a bit yourself.
What should I wear?
Comfortable shoes are important not only because you’ll be walking a lot, but because many passages are cobble-stoned streets that can be a pain after a while to an improperly cushioned foot. But to fit in with the locals when you don’t have to walk that far, don simple flat shoes like sandals, slippers or loafers. Because may be dining at some of the best culinary destinations in the world, you may want to bring one dressy item, but nothing too formal.
Can single travelers join the tours?
Accommodations and prices are based on double occupancy, but if you are a single traveler, we can organize a private tour just for you. If you are a part of a group but would like a single room, please consult us for supplemental information.
Can we be picked up somewhere besides the airport?
Yes, of course, just let us know your landing/pick up place at the time of booking.
Can we be picked up at any time?
Yes. For arrivals and departures taking place very late at night or early in the morning, please note there may be an extra charge.
What is a typical day like?
The hour that we pick you up and leave you at your hotel can vary from day to day and from tour to tour. But for all our tours, it is one of our highest priorities to make sure there is a balance between planned excursions and free time that allows you to revisit something that caught your eye or simply relax. When you book your tour, you will also be sent a detailed itinerary for you to reference. If you would like to schedule in more free time on any day of the tour, all you have to do is let us know and we will customize your trip schedule accordingly.
What will the weather be like?
Spain has a moderate Mediterranean climate that makes it possible for visitors to enjoy it all year round. It is sunny most of the time but can be interrupted from time to time by a short storm, especially in October, which is the rainiest month. Spring and fall often have the best weather because it is neither too hot nor too cold. Summers can be hot and many prefer to wear hats to protect themselves from the sun. Winters can be cooler than usual but still pleasant enough to eat outside at a café. Portugal enjoys a similar climate to Spain, although the areas like Porto, Douro Valley etc. can be colder in winter. The weather in the South Western France regions visited on our tours is similar to Spain, but a bit colder as well.
Will all these incredible daily indulgences make me gain weight?
Fortunately, the Mediterranean diet is one featuring lots of fish, olive oil, fresh fruits and vegetables. Meats tend to be served in moderate portions and with small garnish. And, good news: Spain’s prized Iberian ham—which you’ll have an opportunity to eat a lot of—has been found to contain high levels of Omega-3 essential fatty acids. Desserts here are rarely heavy. By the way, some travellers are surprised to learn that Spanish food is rarely spicy–it’s quite different from Mexican and Latin American cuisine. You may be pleasantly surprised to find that while your taste buds will be indulged, the overall diet on our trips is reasonably healthy.
 
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