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Thank you for all your efforts in making our trip a memorable one. You have a great set up at your company and I feel as though I would always like to do trips in this way. We definitely wouldn't have had as good a time without yourself and the guides along the way. It breaks up that alone time and they know all the secret places to visit with ease and the language barrier! It has been a wonderful mix of food, wine and history. Would have no hesitation in recommending Gourmand Breaks to friends travelling in the future to Spain. Great memories and wonderful vacation. Cath Glover and Gerard Dyson, Melbourne - Australia, Customised Private Northern Spain & France Food & Wine Tour, July/August 2016

Quick note to let you know that Kristi and I are now back home and to thank you for making our trip so memorable, perfectly planned and executed! You exceeded our expectations with an itinerary that matched exactly what we were looking for in experiencing local cuisine, wine, history and culture, while also allowing time for us to wander and explore on our own (armed with very helpful information the talented guides provided us with).  Sonia in Barcelona, Olga in Madrid, Maria Reyes in Granada, Paloma in Seville, Maria in Cordoba and Paula in Lisbon are all extremely knowledgeable, personally engaging, "fantastic to be with" people.  Jose Antonio was remarkable as well - a true gentleman who made our journeys truly relaxing and informative.  And Jorge's insights in our drive to Sintra and Cascais were excellent.  We could go on and on... Rob and Kristi Peckham, Los Angeles, USA, Customized Essence of Spain & Portugal Tour, June/July 2016

We were met by our driver Mario, who was on time and very helpful & friendly.  The driven to Granada was comfortable and smooth.  Mario looked after us well.  When we got into our Hotel in Granada we loved it!  Fantastic position close to the main street and square, plus a lovely view out to the Alhambra palace.  I think I will always remember Granada and it will always remain one of my favourite places.  The visit to the Alhambra was a highlight of course.  Our guide Reyes was very good and we had a very memorable visit.  Then onto Barcelona. The trip was smooth, again with the assistance from Mario who was punctual and helpful as always.  We loved our well located hotel in Barcelona too.  Very good sightseeing walking tour, and what a wonderful visit to the Sagrada Familia.  Another very very memorable experience, this time with guide Irma - who added a lot of interesting commentary and helped us get around quickly and easily (avoiding the queues and crowds).  The Cooking Class and visit to the Boqueria was a lot of fun too.  Our hire car was delivered to our hotel on time.  The in-car GPS in the BMW was quite easy to use and behaved itself (not sending us into tiny alleyways only fit for pedestrians and horses in historic villages).  Historic Besalu was very good, and our tour of Girona with Anna was excellent.  We really liked Girona ... The meal at Divinum was incredible - we really enjoyed it - thank you so much for this!!  Our countryside hotel was a charming establishment - and we grew to like it a lot.  The staff were lovely and they made us very welcome.  It was a good base to explore the area and we enjoyed our day trips to the wineries and picnics etc.  We also loved Pals, Peratallada and Palau-Sator.  Finally, onto another really good hotel and restaurant [Penedes Wine Region] - a good finish to our trip with some super wineries nearby.  This was a very interesting hotel and we were sorry to leave after our short visit!  Thanks again, you managed to put this trip together so well.  We saw and experienced so much in a fairly short timespan.  Such great memories.  Clearly, I am of the view that there is great benefit and value derived by having somebody like you and your team provide expert input and to coordinate the multiple service providers that are required to make such an itinerary really work. John and Deborah Quinney, Buderim, Australia, Customised Spain Fine Wine, Good Food & Local Culture, May/June 2016

After a reflective week or so, we’d like to share a few thoughts
about our Gourmand Breaks journey through Spain. Top line: We loved
it! Barcelona was a great place to begin. Our guide gave us a real
understanding of Catalonia as well as a wonderful tour of the Sagrada Famillia
--- the first of many marvels we saw on our trip. Granada was delightful.
Our expert guide maneuvered us gracefully through the crowds and took us on a
memorable and knowledgeable tour of the Alhambra --- the second marvel of our
trip. We loved the hotel in Seville. Our guide, Paloma, was terrific. Her
tour of the cathedral was excellent and we had such a good time with her
afterwards. We loved the flamenco show and the manager made us feel welcome
when he sought us out at the end of the performance to thank us for coming.
And, of course, the scent of orange blossoms lingers in our memory. Elena,
our guide in Cordoba, was very good and clearly at home. Strolling through the
old town with her made us feel like locals, as she knew many folks along the
way. Her knowledge of the Mezquita was extraordinary and her commentary greatly
enhanced our visit to this magnificent sight --- the third marvel of our trip.
And then came Madrid. The many neighborhoods, museums, the vitality, Retiro
Park and the oh-so-friendly people won us over. The Prado art collection was
yet another marvel and Olga’s insight was impressive. We loved tapas-hopping
with her afterwards and were particularly pleased with the places she
picked. We loved our guide in Toledo. His English was excellent and he
knew the city so well. After our tour, he took us to a small but terrific local restaurant where we had a lunch menu for twelve euros, including a glass of wine! Segovia was a
great side trip, too. We arrived early enough to have a quick visit of the
cathedral and to marvel at the Roman aqueduct. We wandered through the old town,
visited the Alcázar and even went through a local history museum. But the
highlight was lunch at José Maria where we had the famous “cochinillo.” What a
treat! Then came San Sebastián. Wow! ... a perfect ending. We loved the hotel
and the view from our room was mesmerizing. Once again, our guide was
delightful, helping us appreciate the city’s history and taking us to just the
right places. Then we had a spectacular “pinchos”- hopping jaunt with her that was a lot of
fun. Bilbao was another memorable day trip. A great driver in his very
comfortable car took us to the market downtown and drove us around a bit before
dropping us off at the museum. The building is fantastic --- another marvel!
And thanks again for our lunch at Nerua … one of the best meals we had on the
trip. The driver took us back to San Sebastián via the coast, stopping for a
few minutes to let us have a look at the port in Getaria. It was a beautiful
drive. We have to thank you. From beginning to end, our journey was very
well-paced, encompassing and exciting on so many levels. In general, we loved
traveling by fast train---and getting a feel for the topography of Spain along
the way. The car and driver parts of our journey were top-notch and so
comfortable. The guides were spot-on. Thank you for all your efforts on our
behalf. Wes Albinger and Charles Pierce, New York, USA, Customized Private Highlights of Spain Tour, April 2016 

Just wanted to thank you, and all at Gourmand Breaks, for our excellent vacation over the last two weeks.  Every aspect of it was great; we only wish we had more time at each place to explore more.  Our accommodations were always well situated and nicely appointed.  Our guides were always very knowledgeable and pleasant to work with.  The itinerary was super - we so enjoyed the stops recommended and arranged by Gourmand Breaks; we were particularly delighted with the Iberico Ham farm visit and the fado performance because they were both unexpectedly (to us) delightful.  Planned meals were always good; we certainly learned to love tapas, but also found the restaurants to be excellent.  I would highly recommend your agency to friends. Leah and Stephen Ratzel, Georgia, USA, Customized Private Best of Spain & Portugal Tour, April 2016 



I have finally been able to sit down and catch my breath since we have been home. I wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful time while were in Spain and Portugal. Everything that you planned for us was top notch and we could not have been happier. All of your guides and drivers were everything that one would love to tour around with. It was so nice that you were checking in with us to see how we were making out and fixing anything that need to be taken care of. This was truly our most enjoyable vacation to date. Thank you so much for putting this vacation together for us and letting us experience a truly remarkable time. I'm sure in the future we will be getting in touch with you to plan another vacation. Cheers! Lori Butler-Oegema, Ontario, Canada, Customized Tour of Spain and Portugal, October 2015 

Thank you for organising such a wonderful holiday for us. Everything went seamlessly from beginning to end. The hotels you chose were of a high standard, both in Spain and Portugal. Our guides gave us a great insight into the places we visited as well as a taste of the local food and wine. We particularly enjoyed our tours of Cordoba and Toledo. Our local guides there, Maria and Manuel, were very informative as well as being pleasant company. Although we were in Portugal for less than 5 days, it seemed longer. We really enjoyed the dinner and music at the Fado restaurant on our first night. But the highlight was the Douro Valley. It is hard to describe how spectacular it is. In the space of a few days we had a great port tasting, an outstanding winery tour and private winery lunch and a cruise along the Douro river. On the return trip to Lisbon our driver took us through Sintra and Cascais and his commentary provided us with a good insight into the modern history of Portugal. Our restaurant lunch by the sea at Cascais was another highlight. We don’t think you could have organised a better tour for us. Thank you again. If we ever visit Spain in the future, you can be sure that we will be contacting you.  Stephen and Elizabeth Lendrum, Australia, Luxury Private Highlights of Spain and Portugal Tour, October 2015



Our trip was fabulous and you had everything lined up perfectly with the guides and restaurant recommendations. Our highlight was the winery! I think we could have stayed there all day. I told my husband I felt like we were on the reality show Bachelor and I had this incredible date with my husband.  Thank you for being so patient with us. We will be forwarding on your contact when our friends wish to travel to Spain. Tami Segal, USA, Customized Jewish History Tour of Spain, July 2015


We are now home after a fantastic vacation. Our dinner at El Club Allard was very memorable as our first course was comprised of a business card with their name embossed on it that was actually made of potato which we dipped into a very sweet onion custard. Very interesting... Everything along the way was always on schedule and all of the hotels and guides were lovely. Mary Vitella and David Seago, California USA, Essence of Spain & Portugal Tour, July 2015




The holiday you arranged for us was absolutely fabulous - the guides were two very informative, interesting and entertaining ladies. Our chauffeur was always on time, the car spotless and he too was entertaining and full of information. The food and wine at both restaurants was beyond belief - we were very disappointed to not taste the last chicken dish at one because we had eaten too much of the preceding delicious dishes and wanted room for the scrumptious desert! We loved the terrace at Casamar, the innovative food, the well chosen wine and the service which could not be faulted - I also love telling people back home that we actually ate a Gin & Tonic for dessert!  The wonderful food tastings along our travels were also well chosen and a lot of fun - we especially loved the wonderful Scottish lady and her delicious cheeses! The hotel in the Costa Brava was ideally placed - the setting spectacular! and the lovely beach below which we took advantage of on our free day. We fell in love with Llafranc and would very much love to revisit that area again - we would love to have Gourmand Breaks arrange another holiday for us in the near future - and will certainly recommend you to anyone thinking of a gourmet food and wine experience in the areas you specialise in. Once again, thank you so much for your prompt replies and attending to all my itinerary revisions. Christine Parris and Alex Szman, Australia,Customized Barcelona, Girona and Mediterranean Tour, July 2015


Roeterdink's Iberian Experience:
Well, we've been back home now for about 2 weeks, and our Spain/Portugal trip is starting to seem like a bit of a dream. Firstly we would like to thank all the team at Gourmand Breaks for making this one of the best holidays we have had, and for all the care and attention you have all shown us prior, during and after our time away. We were extremely impressed with the warmth and knowledge of all of the guides and their willingness to share some of their own stories so that we almost felt like we were being shown around by friends. Also being taken to the little out-of-the-way places, which would not be covered in a group tour, made the whole experience more interesting and personal. All of the hotels were of a very high standard, centrally located and with very helpful and friendly staff. It is hard to pick any one in particular but, Madrid was a great finishing touch to our trip. It was a pity we didn't have better weather and a bit longer in Salamanca to make the best of the city, but, maybe another time. The whole itinerary was excellent, well planned and thoughtfully put together. We had a marvellous introduction to Spain & Portugal and look forward to one day returning to see more of these fabulous countries. We have, and will continue, to speak highly of the great times we have had on this holiday and we will take every opportunity to recommend Gourmand Breaks as an agency to assist in putting together a memorable holiday. Thank you once again for helping make this a memorable experience. Phil and Marg Roeterdink, Western Australia, Customised Essence of Spain & Portugal 17 day itinerary, May/June 2015



We enjoyed Portugal... the places, food/wine & people.. have been wonderful. Special mention of guide in Lisbon, Ana & chauffeursBruno, Jorge (George's?) & Joaquim... all were very professional, informative & pleasant & it was lovely to be chauffeured around in Benz(s)... tres chic. The prearranged dinners & the Fado dinner & lunch at Cascais were delicious. We so enjoyed having Miguel [chauffeur] with us for Douro & first day in Porto... he is amazing... so passionate & enthusiastic to show us his country. We loved the private wine tastings & lunch in Douro Valley & what a treat to stop & eat at that fabulous 1 Michelin star restaurant in that lovely hotel in Amarante. Porto was so lovely too.. we loved the dinner you arranged & the last night went to a wonderful seafood restaurant that Miguel recommended. Likely that we will want to return to Portugal in the not too distant future. Will also happily refer your company to friends who are thinking of visiting Portugal or Spain & wish, like us, to have a private tour. So Joanne, thank you for arranging this wonderful trip... Gourmand Breaks has certainly exceeded our expectations & thank you for your personal attention. Stephen and Mei Cheng, Vancouver, Canada, Customized Best of Portugal - City and Country Luxury Tour, May 2015


You did an excellent job of finding the very best wineries with the most interesting philosophies of winemaking. Each one was unique and each one was impressive. The wines were all above average and most were top notch. We do so appreciate having these places chosen for us, as we would not have known where to start. Each region has its own charms, and we loved them all. We hope to experience more in coming years. Without exception, the restaurants were excellent! The food was imaginative and well prepared and presented. The servers, and in some cases the chefs, were friendly and helpful. It was wonderful to be able to experience such good food in such delightful venues. On our own we ate at a couple of places I would highly recommend, though you already know about them as they were on your list. Everything was beautiful (at the Priorat Hotel) including the views! The people were very welcoming, charming and helpful. Breakfast on the terrace was a delight each morning. I hope to return to this place as the area has much to be seen and experienced. [Penedes Hotel] A spectacular property! WOW! Too bad we did not get to stay longer! I really liked the whole Penedes area, and Vilafranca seemed like an interesting small town to visit. We appreciated the little book with all the info, addresses, etc. But I must say it was difficult at times to find our way. The GPS gets you close, but maps would help. Indeed, I think we would not have done as well as we did without the research I did prior to the trip. I bought a Michelin map of Catalonia and I Googled directions from each site to the next and printed the maps. I do not know how others fare with this kind of itinerary, but for us, it was challenging. I am glad we did it, as it was a kind of learning experience, but perhaps I am just a bit too old for this much adventure. Nevertheless, we have stories to tell, and we had a wonderful time. I would do the whole trip again! It was great, and I am so glad we did it! Thanks so much for all you did for us. It was great to meet you! Nancy Anderson and Charlie Scholz, New Mexico USA, Customized Best Value Wine Tour, May 2015
 


Once again, as we travelled home, we were asking ourselves when we could return to Spain and Portugal ... we had a wonderful trip, and your attention to detail and customer service was amazing.  We did have the most wonderful food and wine experiences, and several times people we met were amazed at the charming places you were able to arrange for us.  We followed many of your restaurant recommendations on our free days. We had a wonderful dinner in Lisbon.   Every guide we had was excellent and very attentive to the fact that Darrell was somewhat limited in his walking ability.  We always feel like we have a very good history and culture introduction to each city. You did such an excellent job of choosing our wine experiences.  We appreciate the contrasts from the very large scale to the small family run wineries and from very modern production to very traditional production.  We would not recommend Seville during holy week.  We totally realize the timing was our choice, but we had no idea the difficulty the processions create in navigating the city, both during the day and in the evening. Seville was lovely, and we would definitely return at a different time of year.  We had a great time in Pinhao.  Enjoyed the wine visits and the people we met. The winery visits, the wonderful restaurants, and hotels / inns have been so nice.  It would be hard to pick a favorite on this trip as you provided so many great food and wine experiences. Thank you so much for all your planning as well as the excellent choices in hotels and guides. JoAnn and Darrell Clay, USA,  Customized Spain & Portugal Fine Wine, Good Food & Local Culture, March/April 2015

Everything was fabulous, we were so well taken care of and it was such a luxury to have everything arranged.  The guides were extremely knowledgeable and invaluable in taking us around and orienting us to the area.  The restaurant suggestions and hotel bookings made for such a memorable trip as we were really able to experience the area as an insider, not just a tourist.  Would recommend your company to our friends. Thank you again for everything you've done, your customer service is very high and we really enjoyed working with you and meeting you! Tracy and Andy Siklos, NY, Customized N.Spain and SW France Private Tour, September/October 2014


Jarrett, Jeff, Sunnyie, and I had a lovely time in Barcelona... the cooking class was most certainly a highlight of the trip for us.  (We've already tried the recipes at home!)  We also very much enjoyed our walking tour with Bego.  She very easily made Catalonia come to life with great insight to the history of the community and modern day reflections on politics.  After our day we felt we better understood the local culture from many aspects, and we would do it all over again in a heartbeat! Thanks for setting up everything and hiring the best! Kelly Parsons, USA, Barcelona Cooking Class Day Tour; Delicious Barcelona, September 2014


Seville was our favorite city, much to do and lots of good places to eat, drink and be merry. Ham processing tour and port wine tasting were interesting and informative and a nice surprise for us..... cities, tours, Gourmand tour guides and people we met were fantastic. The settings were perfect for people watching too. Everything has gone very smoothly.  Thanks,  your responsiveness is one reason why we like Gourmand so much. Joe & Sue Kazda, Houston, USA, Customized Private Day Tours in Spain and Portugal with a Douro Valley Getaway August/September 2014

We used Gourmand Breaks to plan our vacation to San Sebastian & Barcelona for our party of four. The restaurants, hotels, winery visits, private guides and drivers selected by them were all fabulous. Joanne at Gourmand Breaks planned every detail for us, including airport and other transfers, and made our first trip to Spain totally stress-free. Joanne was very professional from beginning to end. She helped us plan our visit around the desires of four people, being very patient with us when we asked to make changes. Once we arrived in Spain, she was there for us every step of the way, checking in with us and/or our guides each day to make sure that our visit was going smoothly. The hotels selected were perfectly situated with outstanding views. Our guides were very professional, well spoken in English, friendly, and provided an interesting overview of the culture and history of the cities we visited. Food and wines were excellent, as evidenced by my step on the scale when I returned home! Overall we received good value for the money. Thank you, Gourmand Breaks! Jan E, USA, Customized San Sebastian and Barcelona Private Tour, June 2014

We had an absolutely stress free experience on our tour. Based upon the way you had communicated with us in the months of preparation, we had confidence that everything would run smoothly, and in fact id did! We loved our guides, the accommodations you selected for us, and the tours we had. That you cared enough to meet with us during one of the tours said everything about how we were treated. Best wishes and thanks for what you did for us!   Brian and Joanna MacDonald, Canada. Customized Private Tour of Spain with Cooking classes, Winery visits and Culture incl. Madrid, Seville, Corboba, Barcelona, Penedes Wine Region, Girona and Emporda Wine Region. May 2014 

We had a perfectly wonderful time in Spain thanks to you and your fabulous guides.The food, wine, cooking lessons and drives were all unforgettable. Every guide was kind,knowledgeable and patient. I cannot think of a single thing I would have changed to make it better. The (cooking) lesson and meal in Seville and Barcelona were highlights among a plethora of memorable occasions.Thank you once again. Gerry Sadvari & Anne Marie Bonkalo, Canada. Customized Private Tour of Spain with Cooking classes, Winery visits and Culture incl. Madrid, Seville, Corboba, Barcelona, Penedes Wine Region, Girona and Emporda Wine Region. May 2014

This is a thank you note, and love letter, to Gourmand Breaks for designing the 40th anniversary trip of our dreams. Our expectations were very high, but Madrid and Andalusia, and your caring attention to detail, exceeded them! As close to a perfect vacation as we've ever had together, and we're talking 40 years!
First of all, we loved our guides - Olga, in Madrid: In addition to expertly guiding us through the magnificent El Prado Museum, she introduced us to sizzling prawns in garlic at Cervantes, which became our favorite tapas place! Paloma, in Seville, guided us through Bario Santa Cruz, and the Reales Alcazares. We easily fell in love with Seville. In Cordoba, we were introduced to Marie Jose, whose passion for her city and its history was infectious. We spent hours with Marie. Obviously, we hated to say goodbye. While in Seville, Gourmand Breaks arranged for us to see a thrilling Flamenco show. The dancers, musicians and singers were truly artists. Not to be missed! We loved the all the hotels Gourmand Breaks selected for us. My favorite was in Granada. The room was stunning, but best of all was the lovely, private patio. Our first night, someone rang our bell at about 11. Enter a lovely young woman carrying a tray of delicious fruit. As if we weren't already charmed out of our minds! Downstairs, next to the restaurant, was a beautiful courtyard where we enjoyed relaxing and people watching. We ordered simple appetizers but out of the blue were treated to a five course feast straight from heaven. The best paella we've ever tasted, served with such panache! The wait staff were heavenly, too.And then there was the patio/balcony in Ronda with a magnificent view of the white houses on the cliffs on the other side of the gorge. Breathtaking! And in Seville, the courtyard outside of our room where we spent enchanted evenings lounging on couches, dining on tapas and inhaling the scent of orange trees. In addition to our superb hotel meal in Granada, our favorite restaurants (suggested by Gourmand), were Viridiana and Alabaster,both in Madrid, both unforgettable.

As a special treat, Gourmand arranged for us to see an opera, at Teatro Zarzuela, upon our return to Madrid. Not only were the lead performers exceptional, the staging was outstanding, with circus performers such as jugglers and a man on stilts, all in colorful costumes. Fortunately, a small screen at the top of the proscenium provided English translations!It was great fun to be in an audience of local people, many of whom had brought their children along. I've never been an opera buff, but this trip may have converted me! Knowing that Joanne was looking after us was very reassuring. We knew that, were anything to go awry, she would see to it that things were set right again. We will be talking about our Spain trip for years to come, and plan to do it again with our grown children and their families! We eagerly look forward to another brilliant vacation with Gourmand Breaks. Michael and Marilyn Mufson, Personalized - 40th Wedding Anniversary - Majestic Madrid and Authentic Andalusia Tour, April 2014




We had a fabulous time! And couldn't believe we got into Can Roca thanks to your connections, lunch was sublime. Thank you again for arranging a wonderful trip!
Angelique and Mark, NY - Customized Private Barcelona, Penedes Wine Region and Emporda Wine Region Tour - April 2014


We wanted to thank you and Alex (our wonderful driver) for our tour of the Costa Brava. We throughly enjoyed our tour of Terra Remota, along with the hill towns Alex personally toured us through.  Our stay at Sant Roc was wonderful (even with the rain storm) and we enjoyed the beautiful hikes to Cap Roig and Llafranc as you suggested.  We would not hesitate to recommend Gourmand Breaks. Roger and Diane Hearn, Customized Costa Brava Discovery Tour, October 2013


From our Facebook Page: Love. love loved the grape stomping day with you guys!!! What a lovely outing and of course, great wine! Thanks a bunch (Pardon the pun)
Esther Schorr, Grape Harvesting and Stomping Day, September 2013


Thank you for putting together a wonderful trip for me and my family. It was a great experience learning about all the food, culture and history of Spain.  I do believe my mom was able to purchase all the things she needed to make a paella at home.Thanks once again! Shah Family, Customized Highlights of Spain Tour, August 2013

.... Wineries: Cordoniu, great tour. Costes de Siurana, stunning wines and setup.Delightful picnic at TerraRemoto. Abadia Retuerta, great tour in the jeep followed by a fantastic tasting menu......The private guides of cities were excellent, private guides are the best way to enjoy the city. We loved the hotels, especially the castle, with stunning views, setting, room and restaurant. Debbie Cambridge. Customized Wine Tour of Spain. June 2013

The tour Laura and I took in May this year with your company out of Barcelona and through the Girona area out to the Costa Brava Coast was a high light of our trip  ... thank you.  
And Cathy posted on our Facebook Page: What an amazing day we had organised by Yvonne ! Thank you so much ... it really was the highlight of our long weekend trip to Barcelona in May. Alex, the ever courteous, delightful driver picked us up from our apartment and whisked us north to the area around Girona and onto the Costa Brava coast for the afternoon.  The day was full of Spanish delights, villages, food, wine, beaches, people and a little shopping ! Nothing was too much trouble and all with so much fun and laughter.  Thank you all of you for a truly special day Laura and I shared ... memories to last a lifetime.  Cathy Gould, Best Day Tour of Catalonia, May, 2013
 
This was the best trip that either of us has ever been on.  The quality of the accommodations, food, and sites was astounding.    Every question that we had about the tour or what to expect was quickly answered by you.  We never felt like we were alone or without help.  I am still amazed that you were able to include all of all of our ideas and wishes into a cohesive vacation.  
And a comment from Allison on our Facebook Page; Just returned on Sunday from our two week customized Honeymoon in Spain! Could not have imagined a better Honeymoon! Thank you Yvonne for such great planning and our very knowledgeable tour guides. We felt like a King and Queen the whole two weeks! Chad & Allison Letson, Especially Customized Romantic Spain Honeymoon Tour, April, 2013
 
....clients...... were sooooooo pleased with the arrangements you made for them. They loved it all and were really happy with local guides and chauffeur
Judy Phillips Agent, for clients, Customized Tour in Emporda Region, April, 2013
 
We had an absolutely wonderful trip.  The exposure you provided to the various wine regions as well as to the food of those regions was excellent.  All of your providers treated us well and made us feel very special.  We especially liked the small villages and the small inns.
Jo Ann Clay, Customized Wine Tour, March, 2013 
 
We enjoyed the trip very much.  The guides were both excellent, cooking with Jordi was fun, and Alex our driver was both accommodating and sweet. The hotels were comfortable and fine.  The location of the hotel was good ....what stood out was the helpfulness of the staff and their kindness.....delightful! Shirley Gabel, Customized Christmas Tour in Barcelona & Emporda, December 2012

The itineraries were great and the guides so friendly. Catalonia is such a fantastic area, so much to see!  The countryside is wonderful and we really enjoyed the winery visits. Girona and Besalu was a great tour and such nice places, we got some great old style photos of the 2, as well as of the Medieval villages and beautiful Calella de Palafrugell.  Can Roca was an experience in its self ....... Amazing! Thank you so much for your assistance and advice planning our trips. Scott Murray, Australia, Private Day Tours: Girona and Besalu, A Taste of Catalonia & Food and Wine Dali Day, November 2012 

We really enjoyed our trip to Spain.  After experiencing Barcelona it was great to drive around wine country. The rural hotels were cute and so comfortable and inviting.  The Emporda and Penedes wines were lovely, everyone was so friendly at all the venues.  A last minute change to one of the winery visits on one of the days was no problem and actually meant the day turned out to be about Cava - it was great! Thanks again for your help planning this trip. Joel and Lacy Camey, Houston, USA Customized Private Wine Tour in Catalonia, November 2012

We thank you for all the excellent logistics, transportation, accommodations and planning. We enjoyed San Sebastian so much! We had a remarkable time in Spain, and loved the diversity of the tour and professionalism of everyone we met. Thanks a million
and on our Facebook Page: Just back from an awesome, CUSTOM tour in Barcelona, Girona, San Sebastian and Bilbao. An outstanding itinerary that really fit our travel needs! If Spain or Portugal are your destinations Gourmand Breaks are the folks to do it for you. Sarah and Jane. Customized Private Cooking Tour in Northern Spain, October 2012





The trip itinerary has been superb. Carlos and Anna were very knowledgeable and the castle hotel  was a great location. We had a wonderful dinner at Celler de Can Roca, lovely restaurant, people and fantastic food!! Florrie McCallum. Especially Customized Cooking Tour in Northern Spain. October 2012 








..........fabulouso trip. ........THANK YOU again for all your personal attention to the details of our trip.  It was fabulous; we had a wonderful time! Cyndy Campbell and Chris Neilsen, Customized Spain & Portugal, October, 2012
 

Thank you so much for all your assistance .... We appreciated your attention and great service.... We loved all the wineries that we visited, thank you once again! Bob and Dana Golden, Vancouver, Canada. Luxury Customized Wine Connoisseur tour of Spain (Madrid, Ribera de Duero, La Rioja, Priorat, Barcelona) September 2012    
    Such great experiences with you guys .... We loved our visits in Lisbon, Granada, Seville and Barcelona. The guides were great and explained all the historical and foody aspects of all the cities we visited. Lisbon was a blast with some great food and wine tastings.  Barcelona was, well, buzzing and the food ..... divine! The Alhambra is well worth a visit and even though it's hot in Southern Spain in Summer it's great sightseeing even though on a slower pace!   Roz Ross, Private Guided Tours of Lisbon and Sintra, Seville, Granada and Barcelona, August 2012

Thank you so much for the wonderful tour! We really had a great time and everybody was very happy! The guides were also very professional and extremely friendly.  The combination sightseeing - food was absolutely perfect! Xing group, Germany, Group Barcelona tour, September 2012

 

Thank you so much for making our vacation a fabulous journey,  it was truly a feast for all senses.  The choice of restaurants was extraordinary and the added touch to be able to get a peek at the kitchen and cellars just made it all the most special.   It was a journey of discovery and re-discovery with just the right amount of knowledge, art, food and relaxation. The week took on a wonderful rhythm with its own logic and pace to peel away the magnificent layers of Spanish food, wine, art and hospitality.  The coordination was impeccable, your guides are charming, it will be a trip not easily forgotten. Victoria Lopez Negrete, Ultimate Gourmet Tour, July 2012


 Love you guys!!! We think about our trip back in June every day, our meal and El Celler de Can Roca, and we're still cooking Tapas, Pintxos, and Paella. We've even found some of the Pares Balta wines locally... Our trip was a once-in-a-lifetime experience... and we can't wait to make it a twice-in-a-lifetime event. Thank you for the experience! Jamie and Wayne Gaabo, Edisto Beach, SC, USA,  Especially Customized Cooking and Wine Tour, June 2012  


    My daughter and I have just spent a very memorable week being introduced to Catalan food and learning to cook this delicious regional cuisine. Every arrangement made by Gourmand Breaks was excellent, and totally lived up to the Company's claims and our expectations.  The luxury tour was of the highest quality in interest and of service throughout.  From the friendliest chauffeur to the very knowledgeable (English speaking) tour guides at each location, and very comfortable accommodation we enjoyed an experience to treasure. Judith Woodford, Cooking Tour in Northern Spain, June 2012
 
The day was perfect. We had a lot of fun and our driver did a great job.
So finally we can say a very good invest!!! (sic)
Beate & Thomas Mack, Germany, Priorat Wine Day Tour, May 2012
 
We had an AMAZING trip and want to thank you for all your help. The hotels were fabulous, the excursions unforgettable, and the overall trip itinerary was fantastic. Thanks for bringing a personal touch to our trip. Your on call availability made our trip more comfortable and helped with any questions that arose. Thank you, thank you, thank you :) You are a true professional.
Erin & Michael Reininger & Group, Houston, Texas, USA, Especially Customized Tour of San Sebastian, Lourdes, Carcassonne, Emporda and Barcelona, April, 2012


The tour was wonderful.  We really enjoyed both Mas Doix and Ferrer Bobet very much. We especially enjoyed Mas Doix and meeting Valenti...The wines from both places were excellent ... we hope to visit Priorat again.

Raphael Au, Toronto, Canada, Priorat Wine Day Tour, April, 2012 


Just a note to say thank you for a lovely 2 days. We really enjoyed our tours and learned a lot!
Bonnie & Jerome Wildeman and Friends, Clive, Canada, Secret Barcelona Gourmet Day Tour and Penedes Wine Day Tour, April, 2012
 



Thanks Yvonne! Our gourmet tour of Barcelona was definitely the highlight of our European vacation.
 Gwenn & Phil Weiss, Atlanta, USA, Secret Barcelona Day Tour, April, 2012 
 




Our tour was fantastic.  Thanks for putting everything together.
Shawna Wilson, Atlanta, USA, Especially Customized tour in Barcelona and Emporda, April, 2012 

     Our tour guide was charming and ridiculously handsome! We visited a very modern and fascinating organic winery. We spent time wandering the cobbled streets of Pals, a rather perfectly restored medieval village which boasts some great eateries ... If  the door to the church is unlocked it is worth poking your nose inside, parts of it date back to the 10th century.  Stopped for a delicious lunch of local produce and a great Empordan wine from the Peralada winery not too far away.   We really needed a walk to shake off some of the calories we had gained from the super lunch and moved on to Calella de Palafrugell for a wander along the front. A pretty, but rather sleepy little hollow (at this time of year) with old fishing boats pulled up on the sand and a few locals taking their afternoon stroll.  On return to Girona we had time to explore the town's exquisite cathedral and to wander the well preserved Jewish Quarter and museum.   Crossing the river on one of the many foot bridges allows a view of the cathedral at dusk that I will always remember. Catherine Bell, New Zealand travel writer, Customized Emporda tour, Early 2012



We truly enjoyed the entire experience. I feel like we barely scratched the surface, nor did we experience Port drinking fully.So this means we will need to go back to Portugal. 
I want to thank you and Ursula for creating a most memorable holiday for us. The pace of it, the guides, the food, the wine, and the hotels were wonderful. The personalized attention in both planning and execution sets Gourmand Breaks apart. You create unforgettable experiences that many visitors do not have.  The care in selecting a good Fado restaurant, for example, meant a great deal to us.  And we enjoyed planning our independent days after the excellent grounding of our guides.
 If you ever wonder if what you do makes a difference, please have no doubts. Thank you again 
 Mary Terzino: Chicago, USA, Especially Customized tour in Madrid and Lisbon, March, 2012

It was so good to meet with you and Ursula, and we appreciate the time and effort you put into arranging a tour for us. It certainly makes it easier for us to market your country and the many experiences it has to offer.  We loved Girona and our room in the hotel was so spacious and comfortable, and the staff very accomodating.  The winery really is a beautiful place and the natural wine tasting was interesting and fun. Peratallada village was spectacular, and we really enjoyed the felling of stepping back into Medieval times, and also the fantastic authentic lunch we had here of Catalan cuisine. Bo & Gail Matthews, Great Adventures, California, Customized Tour February 2012
 
    We all enjoyed the trip... wonderful accommodations, we loved all of the hotels and we ate at some very interesting restaurants and tasted some really great wines.  We especially enjoyed the cooking lessons.   Thank you for planning this for us. 

Sue & Jeff Goebel, Virginia, Especially Customized Wine Tour, October 2011



Great tour!  All of our tour guides were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.  Great job across the board!  Winery guides were all superb and offered us a good range of wines to sample.  Can't say enough good about Celler de Can Roca.  What a wonderful experience!  Wow!

Paul & Kris Vick, Virginia, Especially Customized Wine Tour, October 2011



Thank you to those who made our trip so wonderful.  We had a great range of experiences and also learnt a lot about the area - more than we expected...thank you for arranging all of this.  It was great.
 Daphne Austin, UK, Mushroom Hunting Getaway, October 2011



We loved, loved, loved our trip and cannot wait to see you again in a few years. 
Elizabeth & Vincent Duncan, Colorado, Luxury Wineries Tour, October 2011



We felt the past month was exceptional...the pace and location of each of our stops, was perfect. The Douro Valley was among the most beautiful places we ever visited. We greatly appreciated your attention throughout our trip and your prompt responses whenever we had questions. It's evident that you put a lot of heart and service into your work, which helped to make it a wonderful trip for us.

Alan & Elissa Cohen, New York, Especially Customized month long tour of Spain and Portugal, September 2011



Just wanted to thank you for putting together a very lovely trip.  We enjoyed the wineries and hotels. All was great. Peter was a wonderful driver for us too. He was so very nice and helpful.   .......[biohotel] We had a fabulous time with them and if we would change something it would be to spend more time at their place. We had such a wonderful time! Kimberly Newhart. Customized Private Luxury Wineries Tour. September 2011


We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and the cooking classes, especially the one in Barcelona which included going to the markets as well. It was so much fun. The Hotels were excellent and well located. Would highly recommend this tour to our friends.  
Alla-May and Brian Collins, New South Wales, Highlights of Spain Luxury Tour, July, 2011



Altogether a great experience which we will gladly recommend to others. We thank you for organizing it so well and for your kind and efficient supervision.

Marion and Trevor Myers, New South Wales, Highlights of Spain Luxury Tour, July, 2011

We loved our walking tour of Madrid and the tapas was amazing.   We enjoyed our day in old Toledo.   Barcelona was fantastic and, our guide took us to some great spots that we would never have found on our own.  We thoroughly enjoyed the visit to the Perelada winery and tasting the wines and the guided visit in Girona was so very interesting. Our chauffeur throughout was excellent. The Drexlers via European Sojourns Agency, Chicago, June 2011



From start to finish just great - we had a wonderful time and thanks so much for your hard work to plan this perfect tour.
 Linda & Sam Evington, UK, May, 2011



What fortune we had to find you with our internet search!  It was just such a great vacation and handled with such care and attention.  One of the best holidays we have ever had with food and wine beyond our wildest dreams.

Andrew & James, Singapore, Especially customized food and wine tour, May, 2011 




We are two very blessed people for having worked with you on this trip, and there isn't a moment we'd take back.  Thank you very much for making this honeymoon/ anniversary more than memorable, and very special thanks to everyone we spent time with during our visit that made us feel like welcome family. To say that we will keep you in mind for our next vacation is an understatement. Chris & Brenda Wicker, April 2011

A wonderful time and a great experience, we are recommending all our friends to you.Peter & Eloise Black, Highlights of Spain, March 2011


We had a wonderful day and no way would we have found all the secret places we were shown by our private guide, Bego, who was just the best.

Heidi & Jim, Perth, Secret Barcelona Gourmet Day Tour, March 2011



A few days of sheer unadulterated heaven - organized to a tee!

Jack & Jenny Gilling, Pittsburgh, Luxury Wine Weekend, February 2011



This trip was a complete fantasy, we went from miraculously preserved medieval towns, to a private cooking lesson in this stylish studio. Then we were in Dali's museum and that was another world altogether. The other cooking lesson in the Emporda area had some of the best seafood in it I've ever had.

Julie Conran, Virginia Beach, Virginia, Cooking Tour in Northern Spain, December 2010



Talk about flavor heaven! We were definitely there on this trip!

Tom Kowal, Santa Barbara, California, Costa Brava Tour, November 2010



The hotel, restaurant and mushroom hunting tour were magnificent. We had a great time.

Berry Letschert, Holland, Mushroom Hunting Getaway, October 2010



....... it was a wonderful day in Priorat.  We couldnt have been more pleased with both vineyards and with the luncheon which was remarkable. I also truly appreciate all the work you put into making it possible for us, against the odds of state holidays and busy vineyards. You  continued to clear through the red tape and we ended up the happy recipients of your efforts. We would happily recommend you to friends and of course would call you again when next we depart for another lovely holiday. All the best and thanks

Marina Kalb, USA, Priorat Wine Day Tour, October, 2010

Thank you very much for the whole arrangement in Barcelona for me and my foodies. They found it all wonderful. Here they now talk about the first snow.... And soon Xmas. But we have summer memories from Barcelona. Thank you once more from my whole group
Birgitta Dahlberg & Group, Sweden, Barcelona Food & Wine Weekend, October 2010

Thanks again for putting together such a wonderful tour for us. It was so spectacular and memorable!! We truly enjoyed our trip with Gourmand Breaks. Your company put us in contact with artisans that we never would have found otherwise and allowed for a smooth (and packed!) honeymoon adventure. We learned a lot about Spanish wine, cheese, olive oil, grain and honey, and now bring that knowledge back with us and into our cooking. It was a hands-on experience that we will never forget. We have so many fond memories of our honeymoon trip with you through Catalonia, and we recommend your services whenever we can.Thank you!!! Lara & Brett Silverman, Pennsylvania, USA, Especially customized Honeymoon Tour, October 2010

(Our guide) did a fabulous job of making us feel welcome.  She was always on time and had some wonderful suggestions for restaurants.  We even stopped at a Medieval Festival that happened to be taking place.  We were never rushed and she was very informative.  She's an excellent guide and knew so much about Salvador Dali.....
We felt like we had such special treatment the entire visit.  We will always remember Cellar de Can Roca.  The food was amazing and we've never seen that level of service.  They even took us into the kitchen after dinner for a tour.  It was great to see where it all happens.  These guys are culinary geniuses and I would highly recommend this restaurant to any visitor to Girona.
I was so impressed with your ability to plan such a wonderful itinerary.  It seems that travel agents have become somewhat of an extinct species........ 
There was absolutely no way I could have prepared an itinerary like this on my own.  A trip like this can just not be done on the internet! You have such a wonderful team and you were so responsive, attentive and hands on.  Our vacation was truly worry-free and I want to thank you for all the memories and everything you did to make our journey so special.
Donna & Tom Murphy, Minneapolis, USA, Especially customized food and wine tour, September 2010

We both want to say thanks so much for the wonderful tour you arranged for us.   We truly had a fabulous time and can't wait to come back and see some more of your very special Spain!
Sue & Chuck Harris, Seattle, USA, The Ultimate Gourmet Tour, September, 2010

Thanks for everything!   We had a great time in every way, the hotel was fabulous, the food just out of this world and the wineries fascinating.
Jane & Phillip Tomlinson, Richmond, UK, Grape Harvest Tour, Spain, September, 2010

We have had just such a great time, really fantastic.
Sharon Paulka, Australia, August, 2010

Can't thank you enough for such a great vacation.   Clearly a great deal of work went into the preparation and planning and as a result everything went totally smoothly throughout.   Many, many thanks again.
Jaqui & Bernard Featherington, Vancouver, Canada, Gourmet Tour on the Border of Spain & France, August, 2010

Without a doubt, the cooking day was one of best days of the trip.  Bill and I really enjoyed the tour guide.  She was very well informed and fun.  I will defiantly recommend these tours to others!
Barbara & Bill Hazen, USA, Barcelona Cooking Class Day Tour, July, 2010

Every thank you possible to the Gourmand Breaks team for just such a super holiday, your guide was so knowledgeable and helpful;  the hotels perfect and the food to die for.
Isabel, Rosemary, Evelyn and Kim, Canberra, Australia, Cooking Tour in Northern Spain, July, 2010

We had a great, great time, thanks to you all.
Jerome B. & Ferdie L,   San Francisco, USA, Northern Spain & France Wine Tour, July, 2010

We thought the winery was interesting.... the owners were charming.... highlight was definitely the Dali museum!  All the best to you in the future and we would definitely send friends to you for arrangements in the future.
Catherine & James Shaw, California, USA, Specially customized Day Tour, June, 2010

We enjoyed the tours very much!!  They were well organized and we had a great time!!........The travel Journal has been helpful since our return.  We have showed it to our family and friends as a recap of our vacation.  We have also used the recipes in the back of the book.........We enjoyed all the visits in Barcelona, Girona, and the medieval village.......All were worthwhile!! Our tour guide

 

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