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SPAIN & FRANCE

Essentially Wine - Spain & France

Luxury Food, Wine & Cultural Tour

Description

A private self-drive wine tour of the best wineries in Bordeaux, France & the fine Spanish wine regions of Ribera del Duero, La Rioja, Emporda, Penedes & Priorat with delightful hotels. Combine the best of Bordeaux in France with the fine wine regions of Spain on a private self drive winery tour with delightful accommodation throughout.   A must for wine lovers with private guided tours of some of the top wineries and an opportunity to taste fine local foods in both France and Spain.

DAY 1 MADRID

On arrival at Madrid Airport our chauffeur will be awaiting you with a luxury vehicle and will transfer you to your boutique 4* Hotel in the heart of Madrid. Formerly the residence of the Duke of Noblejas, the hotel has maintained its frescoes, mirrors and stained glass whilst being equipped with modern comforts, and is a stones throw away from the Prado Museum and the famous Santa Ana square.

Relax and unwind after your flight before meeting with our Gourmand Breaks representative, also an Officially Licensed Guide, who will meet you this afternoon in the hotel lobby to go through your itinerary and answer any queries you may have. You will also receive the printed Personal Travel Journal for your private tour, with daily itinerary details and plenty of suggestions for restaurants and free time activities.

You will then set off on your private guided tour which will first take you to El Prado Museum, the biggest art gallery in the world. It has more than 7,600 paintings, but can exhibit only one part of its collection due to lack of space. However, a recent addition to the museum increased the space by 50%, so more paintings will gradually be displayed. Prado means meadow, and the museum got the name of Prado because there was an open meadow where the museum now sits. Your private guide, additionally qualified in Spanish History and Art, will make sure you don't miss anything, you are in excellent hands.

Your private tour of Madrid will then take you to the Plaza Oriente to see and learn about the Royal Palace - Palacio Real or Palacio Oriente - and the Cathedral. You will then walk through the Old town to the Plaza de la Villa, with the town hall, and on to Mercado de San Miguel, the hottest gastronomic spot in Madrid where its bars and restaurants make it the place to meet in Old Madrid. You will also visit the Plaza Mayor and finalize your tour in Santa Ana Square (near your hotel). On your journey you will enjoy some fantastic bites to eat, and a beverage or two, as you sample the best variety of wine and tapas the city has on offer! By the end of your private guided tour you will have discovered the key to the Madrid gastronomy (some of it is for the fearless only!) and heard many anecdotes of 17th century Madrid, along whose streets you will stroll.

In a Nutshell: Chauffeured transfer from Madrid Airport to Hotel, Private Guided Tour of Old Madrid and a Selection of tapas and wine on your Tapas Hopping, Overnight in a 4* Boutique Hotel in Madrid

DAY 2 RIBERA DEL DUERO

This morning, as you check out of your hotel, a representative of the rental car company will be waiting with your luxury rental car with automatic transmission and GPS and you will then leave for the Spanish Wine Region of Ribera del Duero (a little over 2 hour drive, 180km) where you will check into your fabulous hotel for the night, a truly wonderfully restored old Monastery, attached to one of the finest wineries in Ribera del Duero, where you will check into a very special winery/hotel set like a jewel among the string of exclusive wine estates found along the Duero river. If the heart of the estate is the winery, its soul is the ancient 12th-century abbey, a beloved and carefully restored Spanish cultural heritage site that houses one of the world's most exclusive wine hotels. This unique place, emerged from within the cloistered Romanesque-Baroque abbey walls is a refined 5-star setting where guests will enjoy privacy of the privileged, the lap of luxury and the heart of the history.

Take some time to settle into this wonderful hotel where later you will have a full private visit to their lovely winery. Located at the heart of the Spanish winegrowing Golden Mile, this winery owns over 200 hectares of vineyard and is one of Spain's most modern wineries. After your unforgettable visit, you will have a pleasure to enjoy a full tasting of their best wines, which are the fruit of the excellent maturity obtained along the unique terroir created by the Duero River and the valley's extreme climatic conditions.

The rest of your day is free to explore your luxury hotel, the monastery and surrounding grounds. The exquisite hotel spa is a true gem, worth spending a whole afternoon. A reservation can be made for you in the hotel's superb restaurant for this evening.

You may also wish to visit Penafiel, where perched on a cliff above the city and the Duero is the impressive Penafiel Castle. At 210 meters long and only 35 meters wide it would resemble a ship if you could see it from above. The castle was founded in the 11th century and rebuilt several times, the walls and towers were constructed in the 13th-14th centuries, the keep is from the 15th. It has a double defensive wall. They take wine making seriously here, so what better place to locate the museum of wine. The museum has been inserted into one of the finger like courtyards of the castle over three floors. This place is really worth a visit and we strongly recommend it.

In a Nutshell: Luxury rental car delivered to your Madrid hotel; Private guided tour of your Ribera del Duero hotel prestigious winery with sampling of their wines to follow; Overnight in a refined 5* Winery Hotel in Ribera del Duero Wine country

DAY 3 LA RIOJA

Your adventure leads you today to La Rioja Wine DO Region, (223km and just under 3 hours away). You will arrive to Briones in the heart of the Rioja Alta, which has old vineyards of Tempranillo grapes, chalky soil and a climate showing a marked Atlantic influence. Here you will visit one of the smallest and youngest wineries in Spain. Twenty years ago, the owner restored an old 19th Century house and on the adjoining land built facilities for vinification, barrel and bottle ageing and planted a small experimental vineyard. Their first vintage was 1994, nevertheless their cult wines are among the most prestigious in the country and they are exporting them to over 30 markets. The gracious owner will show you the winemaking facilities followed by a tasting of their very fine wines.

Afterwards you will visit the Dinastia Vivanco Wine Museum, the largest Wine Museum in Spain, containing multimedia information on everything from corks and how they are made to the blowing of bottles, a perfect introduction to la Rioja wine region! Of course, you will taste their wines as well!

Afterwards you will leave for your charming 4 star hotel located in the heart of very pretty Laguardia, one of the most perfectly preserved medieval villages in Spain. This medieval hill hamlet (called "villa" in Spanish), reminiscent of Tuscan hilltop villages, is surrounded by an ancient wall, and has a delightful jumble of cobblestoned streets lined with "Tabernas", wine shops, palaces, and cafes. May we suggest you relax after your long day and perhaps enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening. As always, you will find many suggestions for restaurants etc. both in your Personal Travel Website and Personal Travel Journal.

In a Nutshell: Private Guided Tour of a prestigious La Rioja winery; Visit to the Vivanco Wine Museum and Cellar; Overnight in La Rioja Wine Region

DAY 4 LA RIOJA

This morning, after a lovely breakfast, you will leave for Haro (approx 30 minutes) where you will first of all make a visit to a unique, still family run, Winery (*NB: this winery will not confirm a private visit and there is therefore, a small possibility that there could be other people in your visit group). Proud of being old-fashioned, they still construct their own barrels on site - and do not expect to see modern sophisticated machinery there, it is all done traditionally - the wines are truly outstanding. For well over a hundred years, three generations of the family have devoted themselves to vineyard care, a scrupulous selection of grapes, ageing in oak barrels in the heart of deep underground galleries, later ageing in bottles, the result being wines with an exceptional bouquet. Special mention ought to be made of their white wines. If there is one bodega experienced in producing old white wines, it has to be this one where they age white wines in oak for as long as reds; the result is much more surprising than might be expected. You'll have an excellent tour of the facilities, followed by a tasting in the rather modernly designed wine shop where you will be able to sample their main wines.

After this impressive La Rioja winery visit take time, and relax over lunch at a local hostelry enjoying the local specialties and then in the afternoon explore more wineries at your leisure. We will provide you with many La Rioja wineries that can easily be visited as a pop-in.

Upon return to Laguardia, stroll out to explore this very pretty town, whose streets and squares have perfectly conserved their medieval atmosphere. We suggest you dine La Riojan style at your hotel this evening at their main restaurant, offering hearty authentic local dishes made with regional products of exceptional quality, or in the hotel's 16th century atmospheric cellar, offering lighter tapas options. The extensive caves not only protect wine and food at a constant temperature throughout the year, but they also served as shelter in ancient armed conflict times.

In a Nutshell: Guided visit to a prestigious La Rioja winery with sampling of their wines to follow; More wine tastings upon request; Overnight in La Rioja Wine Country

DAY 5 SAN SEBASTIAN

This morning you will leave for Bordeaux in France (4.5 h away), but your journey takes you so near to San Sebastian (just under 2 hours) that we strongly suggest you stop for lunch and have a wander around this wonderful "beach in the city", renowned as the best city to eat in Spain (if not the World!). The city of San Sebastian spreads around the famous La Concha beach, whilst inland are the beautiful green mountain landscapes of Guipuzcoa of which San Sebastian is the provincial capital. We will gladly provide you suggestions for the most interesting parts of the city and the best bars, frequented by local foodies, to sample the specialties of each place, accompanied by the Txacoli wine.

Afterwards leave for the legendary Bordeaux wine region, the home of the most sought-after and expensive wines in the world. Bordeaux takes its name from the region's main city and spreads 60 miles around the city on the biggest estuary in Europe along 3 rivers, Gironde, Garonne, and Dordogne, creating the appropriate setting for wine production. Bordeaux has 57 appellations, with about 7,000 wine-producing chateaux and 13,000 wine growers! The climate in Bordeaux is generally temperate with a short winter and a high degree of humidity generated by the close proximity of the Atlantic Ocean. The large diversity of Bordeaux wine suggests an equal diversity of soil - gravels coming from the Pyrenees mountains, clay-limestone and clay, sand and limestone. Bordeaux's reputation as a great wine region rests on its most superb reds, legendary and long-lived wines made by historic wine estates (chateaux), which can improve for several decades. About 75 to 80 percent of Bordeaux's wines are red, with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, which give vigor, tannin and excellent cellaring qualities, and Merlot which brings a softness and suppleness. White wines are produced mostly from Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon and sometimes also Muscatel.

Check into your hotel, a delightful Chateau in the heart of the region and relax after your long day - perhaps have dinner at your hotel or in the local village.

In a Nutshell: San Sebastian, Bordeaux, Overnight in a delightful Chateau in Bordeaux

DAY 6 BORDEAUX

Your first visit of the day will be to a leading winery Chateau. which is the oldest wine estate in Bordeaux having harvested its 700th vintage in 2006! The Chateau has a fascinating past and takes its name from the first French Pope, known as the Avignon Pope, who was presented with the estate in the 1300s. In honour of this, there is a recreated chapel below the chateau, complete with a crypt, marble sarcophagus and piped organ music. The vineyards cover 80 acres, producing marvelous concentrated, elegant reds with a purity of style- full bodied, well structured and smooth, with flavours of smoky ripe plum, tobacco, earthy coffee and chocolate. The whites are full bodied with undertones of honey, apricots and melons with a refreshing vibrancy. At the end of your private VIP tour you will enjoy a very special tasting with the winery sommelier who will introduce you to their great wines. After this amazing experience you will surely agree that the wine industry has a lot for which to thank the Avignon Popes!

May we suggest you lunch at a small restaurant in the village center with comfort food and duck to die for!

In the afternoon you will leave for Leognan for a visit to a chateau that produces Grand Cru class wines and you will have an opportunity to visit the ancient cellars and production facilities prior to having a tasting of their fine wines. The proprietors do their utmost so that every vintage of their red and white wines reflects the full potential of their magnificent terroir. Their efforts range from increasingly organic vineyard management and slow natural fermentation of the grapes to ageing the wine in superb underground cellars and serving it to wine lovers in an appropriate tasting room.

In a Nutshell: Private guided visits to two prestigious wineries with a sampling of their best wines to follow, Overnight in Bordeaux

DAY 7 BORDEAUX

After a delicious breakfast at your chateau hotel this morning, you will visit a very special winery, located in the beautiful little village of Bages in Pauillac. Purchased by the late Jean-Charles Cazes, the chateau is currently under the watch of his grandson Jean-Michel and his great-grandson Jean-Charles II. The immaculate chateaux and winery often stage art exhibitions, and there is a permanent collection of traditional wine presses and other winemaking equipment in the attractive 19th century vat room. They have retained a number of the older oak fermentation vats used between the early 1900's and 1975. It's amazing that such an expensive and prestigious wine could have been made using such rustic tools for so long. You will have a full tour of the facilities followed by a sampling of their best wines.

Afterwards you will have a chance to visit the town of Bordeaux itself. Bordeaux is both a city and a large region in Southwest France bordering the Atlantic Ocean. the sweeping Garonne River divides the city into the left and right banks. The panoramic view of Bordeaux from the river is breathtaking and elegant. Enjoying the climate of Northern California, this UNESCO World Heritage Site with over 350 classified historic buildings is also part of the Routes of Santiago de Compostela and centre to the world's most spectacular wines and food. Begin with a stroll through the Place de la Comedie, which sits atop the ancient Roman forum. Admire the beautiful Grand Theatre, built in the late 1700s and now a venue for opera and events. Over the next few hours, take in all the sights including the striking Place de la Bourse, the impressive Grosse Cloche, and the ethereal 11th century Cathedrale Saint-Andre.

In a Nutshell: Private guided visit to a prestigious winery with a sampling of their best wines to follow, Overnight in Bordeaux

DAY 8 CARCASSONNE

This morning you will be driving across France towards the Emporda area of Spain. On the way, you will enjoy an overnight stop at picturesque Carcassonne, a perfectly restored, medieval walled fortress town which sits majestically above the River Aude and Canal du Midi. Carcassonne has an entire city that is a castle, in La Cite, the fortified upper city; it is an excellent example of a medieval fortified town whose massive defenses were constructed on walls dating from Late Antiquity. Stroll along the cobblestone streets, browsing shops selling medieval wares and try the classic peasant stew cassoulet at one of the many cafes. Should you wish to enjoy a private tour with our excellent Carcassonne guide, please let us know.

Tonight you will stay at a lovely hotel, overlooking Carcassonne with its castle and drawbridge, nestled in greenery, offering you a haven of tranquility where you can recharge your batteries after your journey, even though it is only a 5 minute walk away from the main monuments and ideal for discovering the city and all its secrets. We have many restaurant suggestions for a fantastic and very French dinner.

In a Nutshell: Visit to Carcassonne; Overnight at a charming 4* boutique hotel in Carcassonne

DAY 9 EMPORDA

Today you will be continuing on your journey to Spain, to the Emporda region, (2.5 hours and 250 km from Carcassonne. On the way, why not make a visit to the spectacular castle of Peyrepertuse. It is a relatively well-preserved castle and the largest of the famous medieval Cathar castles, with spectacular views over Languedoc, its sister castle Queribus, the Pyrenees and even the Mediterranean.

For lunch, we suggest a stop at a nearby village - a lovely unspoiled spot, perfectly located on a small hill in the valley bottom between the Peyrepertuse and the Queribus castles. There are a few restaurants, our favorite having a view from the terrace seating which is lovely and their house local specialty cassoulet is outstanding!

On arrival in the Emporda region you will check into your charming hotel, near to the coast and the fishing town of Palamos. The road that leads to your restored masia hotel is in the privileged setting of Les Gavarres, a protected natural area. The dirt road winds through fields and forests, vineyards, pine trees, oak trees, olive trees... and as a backdrop, the Mediterranean Sea. The place is beautiful, a space where architecture and nature blend in harmony. The hotel also has its own very special modern winery, which you will certainly have time to visit! Rest tonight after your journey and and why not have a delicious authentic dinner at your hotel, sampling their homegrown produce and wine, which is of course from their own unique winery.

In a Nutshell: Visit to Cathar Castles, Overnight in a boutique rural hotel in the Emporda Wine Region

DAY 10 EMPORDA

This morning, take a drive out to discover the fascinating medieval villages nearby. As always, we will provide all the necessary info and directions and/or arrange local transportation for you. Walk through the narrow streets of medieval Pals, next to the city walls, towers and churches, you will feel as though you have stepped back in time. The stone archways, cobblestone streets and wrought balconies adorned with flowers create a welcoming feel in this Romanesque village. To continue your Medieval morning, drive to the exquisite walled medieval village of Peratallada, truly a very special village and one you will surely enjoy as you wander around the tiny cobbled streets and browse the artisan goods in the crafty boutiques.

Your "medieval journey" continues to another close (and of course medieval!) village, where you are booked for lunch. A delicious lunch of local Catalan country fare with Emporda wine, at an authentic stone farmhouse that has been converted into a delightful restaurant. Take your time over lunch, it is a casual affair in the medieval villages!

After such a delicious lunch you may wish to stretch your legs with a stroll on the coast and head to the picturesque chic Calella de Palafrugell, a picture-postcard village that offers breathtaking views of the azul blue Mediterranean; beachfront cafes and inviting walkways. There are kilometers of clifftop paths to appreciate why Costa Brava translates as Wild Coast. With free time in this beautiful village you can stroll along the scenic seaside, discovering hidden coves and breathe in the fresh air whilst you gaze far out to sea, the sun sparkling on the small crested waves. A short and pleasant part of the coastpath is from Calella de Palafrugall to Llafranc.

In the late afternoon (or in the morning, if you prefer) you will enjoy a private tour of your hotel's unique Winery - this recently designed and constructed cellar is unlike anything you have seen before, to say it is dramatic is inadequate for it is an amazing edifice, designed by a Catalan architect from the definitive guidelines of the owner. The grape vines growing in the fields surrounding the area are cultivated organically and with special attention to the particular characteristics of the grapes to ensure that they have been planted in the best possible locations for perfect growth and maturity. Harvesting is done entirely by hand and following this procedure there is a further exhaustive selection process to ensure that each and every grape is of the highest quality to produce the finest of wines. Following the wine making process, storage is in the labyrinth of isolated, cool, dark cellars beneath, ensuring that the wines finally acquire their distinct and exquisite flavor. You will have a full private tour of the facilities at this awe-inspiring winery, followed by a tasting of their very best wines, in the company of their in house wine specialist.

This evening, why not head out for dinner to the nearby Fisherman's Port of Palamos - famed for its red prawns.

In a Nutshell: Medieval Emporda countryside villages, delicious lunch, private visit to your hotel's unique winery

DAY 11 PENEDES

Today your journey will continue as you will leave for the Penedes Wine Region, just south of Barcelona (just under 2 hours, 169 km) where you will check into your charming rural Hotel for the next two days. Situated in the heart of Penedes, the masia is surrounded by vineyards and typical crops of the area and you can enjoy uninterrupted views of the mountains of Montserrat to the castle of Sant Marti Sarroca. The main house dates from the beginning of the 1900's with characteristic architectural elements inspired by the rural surroundings. Over the years the house has been well modernised and a large secluded garden is composed of vines, fruit trees, an ecological vegetable garden and numerous small corners that invite you to relax and listen to the rhythm of country life.

Later, in the afternoon, you will make an unforgettable visit to an exceptional vineyard, owned by one family since 1790 and situated in the heart of the Penedes wine region. An in-house expert will take you on a private tour of the vineyards, which have been ecologically cultivated for more than 300 years. Back at the cellar, the in-house oenologist will show you the entire wine making process and finally guide you through your complete tasting of an array of ecological and organic varieties of wines and cavas. Additionally, the vineyard owners make their own olive oil, and they will gladly explain to you the process and properties of this "liquid gold" and will invite you for a tasting, accompanied by local sausages, bread and cheese.

On returning to your lovely hotel, why not sit by the pool and take a sip of cava, or two, prior to having a delicious dinner of local produce together with local Penedes wine.

In a Nutshell: Private guided visit to prestigious winery with a sampling of their best wines to follow, Overnight in a charming typical rural masia in Penedes

DAY 12 PRIORAT

Today you head off to the prestigious and remote wine region of Priorat, 1.5 h away from your hotel. This morning's first visit will be to a family-owned wine cellar awarded one of Robert Parker's highest ratings - he regards it as one of his favorite vineyards. Perhaps this will be one of your favorites too after a complete visit to their first class premises. The family has built their winery on one of the oldest estates in Priorat, from the 13th century! Recognising an unusual combination of topography, soil and climate, a unique "terroir", and a one thousand year old wine-making tradition, they started a project to re-awaken the spirit of the old Carthusian oenologists, by rebuilding the steep, slatey terraces and replanting the vines. One of the family members will be there to attend you and share with you the secrets of their world class wine. Afterwards you will enjoy a personalized tasting of their top vintages.

Onwards to lunch at a winery/restaurant now owned by a reputed wine merchant from Bordeaux. The property has 18 hectares, of which about 12 are planted with Grenache, Carignan (some over 60 years old) , Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Monastrell, Viognier and Chenin Blanc. You will enjoy a short visit to this exceptional winery and see their unique cellar, located in the old village underground water deposit, followed by lunch in their restaurant, with wine pairings, of course!

After lunch you will visit a must for any serious Spanish wine aficionado. Owned by Rene Barbier, one of the founders of the Priorat revolution, this emblematic winery is named after the single vineyard that Rene started to cultivate in the 1970's in the now-famous wine village of Gratallops. Robert Parker was one of the first international critics to praise the wines of this incredible winery, which are nearly elixirs. The Priorat wines in general are already highly concentrated and "normal" yields are incredibly small, but here they go even further - they press the grapes using an olive press, which means they extract only half of the amount of juice that a typical wine press would, making the wine 50% more concentrated!

And so back to Penedes after your wonderful day in the Priorat and perhaps you will be happy to put your feet up and relax now - maybe have dinner at your hotel or at one of the very good local restaurants.

In a Nutshell: Private visits to three prestigious Priorat wineries, with sampling of their wines, Overnight in the Penedes Wine Region

DAY 13 BARCELONA

This morning you will check out of your lovely rural hotel in Penedes, but before leaving this wine region, you will make one final visit and this time to a winery which specialises in organic wine production. With four generations of wine-producing tradition, this was the first winery in Spain to produce organic wine and Cava. Organic wine is largely wine from organically grown grapes, but the regulations primarily limit the quantity of sulphur dioxide that can be used, approximately half the levels permitted in a conventional cellar. This means that this cellar is required to maintain a level of hygiene and wine making processes far superior to that of a conventional cellar. You will have a full tour of the facilities followed by a sampling of their beautiful wines.

For lunch, you will now drive to a nearby ancient settlement. This lovely Penedes village, with its tiny houses and cobbled streets huddled around a great rock, offers uninterrupted views of the Penedes vineyards with the Montserrat mountains as a backdrop. Apart from the magnificent views, you will visit the atmospheric 10th Century castle and the beautiful Romanesque church of Santa Maria which stand proudly at the top of the hill. You will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in the village that pairs all of their dishes with wines to further celebrate both the local food and wines of the region. And, of course your lunch is accompanied by the fantastic views.

Feeling content (if a little full) thereafter, you will continue your journey to Barcelona where you will drop off your rental vehicle at the local office and take a taxi to check into your 4-star traditional Spanish style hotel in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, conveniently located nearby to all major sights, yet at the same time on the seafront. Formerly, your hotel was the residence of a wealthy Duke in the city and is deep-seated in its history. We have many suggestions for dinner tonight in bustling Barcelona!

In a Nutshell: Private guided visit to a prestigious Penedes winery with wine tasting to follow, Overnight in a 4* luxury hotel in Barcelona

DAY 14 BARCELONA

This is the final full day of your tour and you have a free day to explore Barcelona and all it has to offer - buy those last minute gifts for home - take lunch overlooking the harbor, the choices are yours.

OPTIONALLY: May we suggest a food and wine tour of the Gothic quarter of Barcelona. Meet with our Officially Licensed Guide, additionally specialized in food and wine and set off for the La Boqueria market, the largest marketplace in Spain. Your expert culinary guide will lead you through the maze of booths, with a kaleidoscope of colors, to visit those considered the best. You will sample some of their fresh seasonal local produce during a stop at one of La Boqueria's most famous bars for a tapa with perhaps chantrelle mushrooms, or fresh cockles, squid or maybe even scrambled eggs with wild asparagus. A glass of fine brut cava must surely accompany this traditional treat. You will also pass by a few architectural feats as well, the famous Sant Jaume Square and Barcelona Cathedral, as well as Santa Maria del Mar Church, which is a beautiful and important 14th-century church and is considered the finest and most complete example of Catalan Gothic architecture anywhere. Your adventure continues when you enjoy a taste of some of the best Spanish cheeses paired with some excellent local wine at a charming local cheese shop. For something sweet, you will stop at the oldest venue in Barcelona for a sampling of fruits, dried nuts and homemade nougats. and This quaint and local store, specializing in roasting coffee beans and nuts for over 150 years, is still decorated with its original furniture and old wood-burning stove. Your light lunch of exquisite tapas will include Spain's best Iberic bellota ham, Joselito, fine cold meats and sausages, the finest wild tuna, anchovies, clams from Galicia, a selection of the best Spanish olive oils, cheeses, salads, etc., all enjoyed at one of the best delicatessens in the city. Winewise, you will be in very good hands, with English speaking sommeliers, to guide you through more than 6000 wines.

This evening you will be free to discover the Barcelona night life, perhaps with a visit to La Rambla or the fashionable Born District and a farewell dinner in a restaurant of your choice, for which we have many suggestions.

Please note that we would be delighted to arrange a Barcelona extension for you, should you prefer.

In a Nutshell: OPTIONAL Private Historic and Gourmet Tour of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter, Overnight in Barcelona

DAY 15 DEPARTURE

Your tour concludes with a lovely breakfast at your hotel, followed by a chauffeured transfer to Barcelona airport for your onward journey home.

We very much hope you will join us for this unforgettable wine, food and cultural adventure!

In a Nutshell:Chauffeured transfer to Barcelona Airport

Your tour includes:

  • Accommodation for one (1) night in a 4* boutique hotel, in the historical and cultural heart of Madrid (superior room, double occupancy)

  • Accommodation for one(1) night in a 5* converted monastery hotel attached to a leading Ribera del Duero winery (classic room, double occupancy)

  • Accommodation for two (2) nights in a 4* historical hotel in La Rioja Wine region (superior room, double occupancy)

  • Accommodation for three (3) nights in a delightful chateaux hotel in the heart of the Bordeaux wine region (double occupancy)

  • Accommodation for one (1) night at a delightful hotel in Carcassonne (deluxe room, double occupancy)

  • Accommodation for two (2) nights in a charming rural masia hotel in the Emporda Wine Region (view room, double occupancy)

  • Accommodation for two (2) nights in a delightful rural hotel in the Penedes Wine Region countryside (double occupancy)

  • Accommodation for two (2) nights in a 4* palace hotel in the Barcelona Gothic Quarter (port view room, double occupancy)

  • Fourteen (14) full breakfasts

  • Provision of a luxury rental car (Mercedes E, Audi A4 or similar) with automatic transmission and GPS for the days as stated in your itinerary

  • Privately guided tour and introductory meeting with our Officially Licensed Guide in Madrid

  • Private and guided visits to all the prestigious wineries, with sampling of their best wines to follow, as indicated

  • Meals with wine where stated in the itinerary

  • Online Personal Travel Webpage including daily itinerary, general local information, details of places of interest, suggestions for restaurant reservations, and your free time, etc.

  • Handy elegant Personal Travel Journal, which includes the extended information from your Personal Travel Website, that you can take with you as you go and keep as a souvenir to look back on.

  • 24/7 Back Office Assistance

Your tour does not include:

  • Flights

  • Meals and drinks not stated in the itinerary

  • Personal expenses such as telephone, minibar, etc.

  • Tips and gratuities at restaurants etc. at your discretion, NOT obligatory

  • Travel Insurance may be included in your quotation on request. We strongly recommend you to take out separate cancellation insurance.

Prices:

Please note our tours are available for PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY and are not scheduled mixed group tours. Price is available upon request and varies depending on the number of guests and time of year. Feel free to contact us for your personal quote