Do you offer scheduled or private tours?
All of our tours are on a private basis only, just for you and your travel companion/s. We do not offer scheduled tours with fixed starting dates for mixed groups of guests who do not know each other.
What are the benefits of private travel vs. a group tour?
The advantages of a private tour are clear; you will not have to worry about having to rush along in order to stay with a group and are at leisure to spend your time as you wish. By having your own private guide and/or chauffeur, you have their full attention and one on one contact – this personal dedication makes a dramatic difference in your experience and the quality of your tour. Your guide and chauffeur are entirely at your disposal, so if you feel like staying longer at a particular place, they will do their best to adjust your itinerary at the spur of the moment. As a Gourmand Breaks guest, you will enjoy your very own Personal Travel Website prior to your tour, with all your tour details plus our suggestions for your free time, restaurant recommendations and all the relevant links to places of interest. Upon arrival, you will also receive your Personal Travel Journals, a pretty booklet version of your Personal Travel Website. Needless to say, we are always at your disposal to assist with any additional recommendations and bookings – restaurants, tickets for events etc. and generally make sure that everything runs smoothly and you are taken care of personally.
What if I’m not looking for luxury 5* all the way, but still want an authentic experience designed just for me?
You’re in the right place! All we do here are private and custom designed tours and we do cover a wide range of accommodations and transport means. Every Cultural, Food and Wine trip that we build is designed with each specific party in mind and adjusted to their requirements. We’ll build your private tour just for you with your preferences of destinations, level of accommodations and type of transport, pace and experiences, as well as your budget guidelines.
Do you have any allegiances to specific hotel chains?
Not at all! We have carefully handpicked all our hotels for having their own individual character and our guests will experience unique styles throughout. All the hotels that we use, we use often, for their great location, top class service and uniqueness.
Can your sample itineraries be adapted?
They most certainly can! Our sample itineraries, although perfectly “ready to wear”, are provided mainly to give examples of what we can offer. You can either book the itinerary exactly as it appears, modify it accordingly to suit your preferences or we can start from scratch and custom-build a new tour altogether.
Which day can I start my tour?
As your tour is exclusively private to you, your tour dates are entirely up to you too. You can start on whichever day you choose and obviously this will depend on your flight schedule.
Is it possible to have touring that focuses on our specific interests?
Most definitely! As all our tours are private they can be 100% custom-designed to suit your style and specific interests. Whether you’re interested in food, wine, art, architecture, history, Jewish heritage, local traditions, active leisure, medieval villages, photographic spots, cooking classes, shopping, etc., we will craft an itinerary just for you. Take a look at our “Experiences” section for special-interest travel ideas, but if what you’re looking for isn’t there just drop us a line and we’ll go from there.
Why have I never heard of you?
We don’t spend money on publicity and promotional articles in travel magazines; we prefer to invest our time and resources into putting together picture perfect itineraries for our clients, who then happily repeat and/or recommend us to their family, friends and colleagues. We believe that, in the long run, our best marketing tool is a tour done right. We are very proud of the feedback we receive from our clients. Have a look here at What They Say
What is a “typical” Gourmand Breaks client?
There is no typical Gourmand Breaks client. We welcome all ages, races and religious backgrounds, couples, honeymooners, groups of friends, food and wine clubs, guests celebrating anniversaries and special occasions, multi-generational family trips…. Our clients’ interests are diverse – history and culture, active leisure, wine, gastronomy, romance, nature, relaxation– or a combination of all. Our clients come from all over the world but mostly from the USA, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Our website and documents are in English, and all our private guides are multi-lingual.
Our Wine Club, Restaurant, or Alumni group may want to do a tour of Spain, Portugal, France or Italy. Can you help?
Absolutely! We will happily build your itinerary according to your interests and what you would like to experience, learn and discover. Please contact us with your specific interests and ideas and we will be delighted to build a special itinerary for your group.
Do you work with Food Service, Hospitality & Wine Professionals?
Apart from tours and experiences designed for the guest who travels for foodie pleasure, we also work to meet the specific needs of professionals requiring some support related to Spanish, Portuguese and French food & wine. Our professional background, closely tied to the food & wine sector, provides us with profound knowledge of the culinary and wine on offer, as well as a wide network of contacts reaching all corners.
What should I do if I have food allergies, intolerances or dietary restrictions?
If you let us know right from the start we can inform the hotels, guides, tasting venues etc., in every destination on your tour, to make sure everyone is well aware of food allergies, intolerances, or dietary restrictions in advance and can modify your meals and tastings, where necessary.
What is the pace of your tours like?
You tell us the pace you want! During the planning stages we will be listening to you to get an idea of what you like and dislike and what you are looking to experience and how much you want to accomplish on your tour.
Can you help me with a day tour?
We, unfortunately, do not offer day tours. Our emphasis and expertise lies in complete private itineraries that include accommodation, transportation, private cultural visits with our officially licensed guides, winery tours, cooking classes etc. If you are interested in a complete private tour itinerary then we will be delighted to assist you.
We are looking for private shore excursions. Can you do this?
If your cruise is pre and/or post a Gourmand Breaks tour, we will be delighted to assist you with private shore excursions from your ship.
Do you work with professional travel advisors/travel agents?
Yes, we work closely with lots of travel advisors/travel agents from all around the world. If you have an advisor/agent and would prefer to work through them, just tell them to contact us before we start working with you.