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SPAIN & PORTUGAL

Essence of Spain & Portugal

Luxury Food, Wine & Cultural Tour

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Spain and Portugal luxury private food, wine & cultural tour, visiting Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, Cordoba, Lisbon & the famous Douro Valley, gourmet food & wine tasting. On this enthralling, part self-drive, private tour you will travel from brilliant Barcelona to marvelous Madrid; scintillating Seville with its romance of Moorish architecture and gypsy flamenco to Cordoba's captivating city; luxuriate in Portugal's lively Lisbon and relax and dream in the Douro Valley. This is your opportunity to visit both Spain and Portugal in style on one very special private luxury tour covering those destinations you have always dreamed of visiting. Experience the different varieties of food, wine and culture these intriguing places have to offer.

DAY 1 BARCELONA

On arrival at Barcelona Airport our Chauffeur will be awaiting you with a luxury vehicle ready to transfer you to your 4* boutique hotel, ideally located in the Barcelona Gothic Quarter, nearby to all major sights, but at the same time on the seafront. The rooftop terrace bar and pool provide an astonishing view of the city as well as the port, and your lovely room looks out onto the harbor. Formerly, your hotel was the residence of a wealthy Duke in the city and is deep-seated in history.

A representative of Gourmand Breaks will meet you at your hotel for a welcome drink and together you will discuss your personalized itinerary for the rest of your private cultural, food and wine tour. Apart from having available your Online Personal Travel Webpage, you will be handed your Personal Travel Journals containing all your itinerary details and plenty of suggestions for restaurants and free time activities.

On this first evening in Barcelona you might want to relax and unwind after your journey and settle into your lovely hotel. We have several dinner recommendations for fine restaurants, as well as informal tapas places nearby.

In a Nutshell: Luxury Private Airport Transfer from Barcelona Airport, Overnight in a 4* luxury palace hotel overlooking the port in Barcelona

DAY 2 BARCELONA

This morning, after a delicious breakfast, your Gourmand Breaks Officially Licensed Guide will await you at your hotel. Together you will beat the queues as you enjoy a private guided visit to the incredible La Sagrada Familia, a work on a grand scale which began in 1882. At the end of 1883 Gaudi, the most internationally renowned and emblematic architect of the city, was commissioned to carry on the works, a task which he did not abandon until his death in 1926. Since then different architects have continued the work after his original idea, but it remains unfinished.

You will then continue on your journey, now focused on the authentic gourmet foods in Spain, starting with a guided visit to La Boqueria market, Spains largest marketplace. La Boqueria is like a museum of the brightest and most delectable foods in Spain. Our expert culinary guide will lead you around the best booths and you will taste some of the most delicious local seasonal produce at one famous La Boqueria bar, frequented by celebrities. A glass of a fine brut nature cava will surely go down a treat with a tapa of Chantrelle mushrooms, or fresh cockles, squid or maybe even scrambled eggs with wild asparagus.

Continuing your private walking tour through the Gothic quarter of Barcelona you will see a few architectural feats: the famous Barcelona Cathedral, Sant Jaume Square and the amazing Santa Maria del Mar Church, which is a beautiful and important 14th-century church and considered the finest and most complete example of Catalan Gothic architecture anywhere. You will, of course, enjoy a wander through Las Ramblas, the colorful must-see pedestrian area. Our guide is a real specialist in local history and will amuse you with fascinating local stories and funny anecdotes. Following this, your tour will take the path of Picasso on the famous Avignon Street. You will pass the Picasso museum (your guide will be able purchase tickets if you wish to visit this afternoon). Now you will taste some of the best natural artisan Spanish cheeses at a charming local cheese shop. The knowledgeable owner will divulge the secrets of the best Spanish cheeses while you taste some of the delicious specialties paired with some excellent Priorat wine. For something sweet, your tour will stop at the oldest venue in Barcelona for dried nuts and fruits, homemade nougats and chocolates. 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 luxury private tour will be rounded off with a light lunch of exquisite delicatessen produce which will include Spains best Iberic bellota ham - Joselito, fine cold meats and sausages, some of the finest local preserves of wild tuna, anchovies,or clams from Galicia, a selection of the best Spanish olive oils, etc., all enjoyed at one of the best delicatessens in the city. In addition there are English speaking sommeliers on hand to guide you through more than 6000 wines. Your guide will leave you at the finale of your tour when you are settled safely into this amazing delicatessen enjoying your meal.

The rest of your afternoon will be free to enjoy as you wish. Prior to leaving you, your guide will be happy to provide a lot of suggestions for really good places to eat, cafes, shops, etc.

In a Nutshell: Private guided tour of La Sagrada Familia and the Gothic Quarter and Born Areas of Barcelona with gourmet food and wine tastings, Overnight Barcelona

DAY 3 BARCELONA

This morning, after a delicious breakfast, the day can be as full as you please. You will have received many suggestions from your private tour guide yesterday for further sightseeing areas, as well as some great dining options.

Maybe you wish to see some more of Gaudis fantastic architecture: Parc Guell is located in uptown Barcelona and is one of the most beautiful icons of the city of Barcelona. Park Guell, a work by Antoni Gaudi carried our between 1900 and 1914, has wonderful views of the city where you can enjoy a peaceful stroll surrounded by nature and modernist works. On the Passeig de Gracia, in the city center, you can see other famous works of Gaudi, including his famous Casa Batllo and la Pedrera. Throughout the work of Gaudi, you will see much of his architectural inspiration came from his experiences in nature. Gaudi is the most internationally renowned and emblematic architect of the city. His famous Pedrera was built between 1906 and 1910 for the Mila family. This is one of the main Gaudi residential buildings and one of the most imaginative houses of the history of the architecture, this building is more a sculpture than a building.

You may like to join a small group Cooking Class today, where you will first meet with chef to learn about the local produce and subsequently head to the market to buy the ingredients required for your cooking class. It is then off to the cooking school where, on the instructions of chef, you will prepare lunch which you will then be able to enjoy with local wines. We will be delighted to include this fantastic cooking class in Barcelona in your quotation on request. Alternatively, we could arrange for you to join a a local wine expert for an exclusive tasting of some top Spanish Wines from the best Spanish Wine Regions.

Maybe you would like to do your own thing today and take advantage of the great shopping, stroll along the beachfront of Barceloneta or return to the old Gothic Quarter, the choices are yours! We have many suggestions for restaurants which will suit your mood of the moment, whether you are looking for an informal dinner or a Michelin Starred experience.

In a Nutshell: Free day in Barcelona, OPTIONAL Cooking Class / Exclusive Wine Tasting in Barcelona, Overnight Barcelona

DAY 4 SEVILLE

This morning, after a final breakfast at your Barcelona hotel, you will be ready for departure to another part of your tour, Seville. From Barcelona train station you will have tickets, on a first class basis, for the fast and comfortable high speed train to Seville. Your cross-country journey will take only 5 h 30 min and can be done also in the afternoon, if you prefer.

On arrival in Seville you will check into your boutique 4* hotel in Seville. Situated in a delightful area, in the picturesque and authentic Barrio Santa Cruz, the hotel is an attractive, converted manor house dating back to the 16th century. Take some time to relax after your journey and soak up the Seville atmosphere with a wander through the orange and jasmine scented Barrio. This evening we have many suggestions for dinner locally, perhaps something typically Andalusian.

In a Nutshell: High Speed train on a 1st Class basis from Barcelona to Seville, Overnight in luxury 4* Boutique hotel in Seville

DAY 5 SEVILLE

Today, after breakfast, your officially licensed Seville guide will be waiting for you and you will depart on a private sightseeing tour of the Barrio Santa Cruz, which is the old Jewish quarter. You will amble around its beautiful squares and narrow streets, which form a labyrinth, but beware, it is very easy to get lost! This is part of the charm of the jasmine and orange scented Barrio because, when one is lost, a convent or a palace may be discovered. Many of the palaces have wrought iron gates that allow a sneak peep into their beautiful patios. The area abounds in small stores and artisan shops, as well as good art galleries.

Your tour continues through historic Seville, including a visit to Seville Cathedral, the oldest and most spectacular Gothic cathedral in the World, and La Giralda, a tower which provides spectacular views of the city. You may also have time to visit The Reales Alcazares, the oldest royal palace in Europe and residence of the Spanish Royal Family when they stay in Seville.

You will have worked up an appetite on this fascinating tour so your guide will lead you now to a tantalizingly delicious tapas lunch. Seville boasts more than 4,000 tapas bars - roughly 1 for every 200 locals so you know they know what they're talking about! Tapas hopping is part of Andalusian life and as you stop into some of the many foodie hot spots you can try a variety of dishes that come freshly out of the kitchen. Plate after plate of hot and cold food appears on the bar to tempt your palate, so maybe try cold roasted pepper salad or anchovies in vinegar, a hot dish of meatballs in sauce or a slice of Potato Omelet ..... the choice is yours. Of course, as is customary, you will accompany your mouth watering bites with a glass of dry Spanish Sherry, wine or draft beer.

In the evening prepare yourself to be wowed with a wonderful Gypsy Flamenco Show, where the swirling skirts and tapping heels of the dancers will excite and amaze the senses.

In a Nutshell: Private Guided Tour of Historical Seville to include the Cathedral, Authentic Tapas Hopping, Gypsy Flamenco Show, Overnight Seville

DAY 6 CORDOBA

This morning you will take a taxi to Seville Railway Station, where you have tickets to take a very comfortable high speed train to Cordoba. On arrival in Cordoba your excellent Officially Licensed guide will be waiting for you and you will start your private tour of this beautiful city.

Once the biggest city in all of Europe, Cordoba thrived and expanded with its unique blend of cultures. These are beautifully expressed with a visit to Mezquita, the most significant Muslim architectural achievement in the Western world. This 8th century structure was first a church, then a mosque, and today has a cathedral oddly placed in its center.Walk the street leading up to the Juderia, with its whitewashed houses and colorful courtyards and shops. Though not Jewish in its current expression, a few signs hint of the Golden Age of Jewish life. Note, for example, the statue of the great court doctor and Torah sage, Maimonides (Rabbi Moshe Ben Maimon) and the tiny, gem-like Synagogue, (the one in which Maimonedes prayed) which is one of only three remaining synagogues in Spain from before the Expulsion of 1492.

The Jewish Quarter is the best-known part of Cordoba's historic center, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984 and is one of the largest in Europe. As you wander down picturesque and evocative streets in the restored heart of Cordoba - one of the largest medieval quarters in Europe - it is not difficult to imagine the days when Cordoba was one of the most important cities in Europe. Cordoba's large Juderia has been recently restored and is now filled with charming shops and cafes.

Your private guide will then take you to some local taverns to savor some typical Cordobese tapas. A Tavern in Cordoba used to be a place where the local people could go to drink wine and every tavern had an interior courtyard with a well, that was not only for decoration but also to refresh the drinks. Nowadays Cordoban taverns are designed as lively, yet less frenetic, venues to taste tapas. Try the specialties such as Flamenquin (battered pork or ham), Salmorejo (cold tomato soup thickened with breadcrumbs), Rabo de Toro (Bulls tail) and for dessert the typical Pastel Cordobes - a pastry filled with sweet pumpkin.

On return to Seville we have many suggestions for a final Sevilliano style dinner tonight!

In a Nutshell: High Speed Return Train to Cordoba, Private Guided Tour of Historical Cordoba to include the Mezquita and typical tavern tastings, Overnight Seville

DAY 7 LISBON

This morning, after breakfast, you will check out of your hotel in Seville and a representative of our car rental company will be waiting with your luxury rental vehicle (Mercedes E, Audi 4 or similar) equipped with automatic transmission and GPS. Please note an International Driving License / Permit is required for driving in Europe. You will now commence your journey into Portugal, to Lisbon.

On the way, however, you will be stopping to visit an authentic and unique family run estate with a long tradition of Iberian Ham produce, started in 1818! Nowadays the 4th generation of the family continues the tradition of excellence and highest quality only in the production of Iberian Ham and Cold Cuts. Their premises are located in a small authentic village, of just 600 inhabitants, which enjoys a micro-climate unique in the Peninsula and very beneficial for the Iberian Pigs pasture. Barely 2 km from the birth of the Odiel River and situated 572 meters above sea level, the village benefits from the wind currents from the Atlantic while at the same time enjoying a Mediterranean climate. Here you will see where the Iberian pigs roam freely in the pasture. You will learn about the area that surrounds you and the life and necessity of the business to transmit the essence of an artisan profession with respect for it's surroundings. You will have a full tour of the premises, following the whole process, including the traditional elaboration of their products and the ham drying process.

At the end of your tour you will enjoy an extended Iberian ham tasting lunch in the bodega of this small, but excellent producer. You will be served their exquisite Jabugo Ham, made from acorn only fed pigs, as well as other fine cured ham products of this authentic ham producers, accompanied with cheeses and of course wine.

When you arrive in Lisbon, you will check into your genuine 4* Art Deco Boutique Hotel, in the city center, which echoes the glamour of the 1940's. Classified as a historic building, this small and unique hotel is located on a quiet street right alongside the cosmopolitan Avenida da Liberdade. We are sure you will be tired after your journey, but a short siesta is the answer before you start to get acquainted with this fabulous city. If San Francisco had a sister, it would be Lisbon. Both cities have twin bridges and famously foggy weather. Both are situated on the best natural harbors on the west coast of their respective continents. Both have trolleys rattling up and down their steep hills past characteristic buildings. And both have survived horrific earthquakes. In 1755, an estimated 9.0 earthquake leveled two-thirds of Lisbon. Within a month, a new city was designed, and downtown Lisbon was rebuilt on a progressive grid plan, with broad boulevards and square squares. Today, Lisbon is a charming mix of old and new. Bird-stained statues mark grand plazas, taxis screech around cobbled corners and the hip and trendy hang out in Art Nouveau cafes. Just like it did during the days of Magellan and Vasco da Gama, the city continues to welcome ships into its large port. Even today, Lisbon still feels like Europe's gateway to the world. We can recommend many restaurants in Lisbon for you to discover some local Portuguese cuisine this evening!

In a Nutshell: Provision of luxury rental vehicle with automatic transmission and GPS, Visit and Tasting Lunch at a Ham Producers, Overnight in 4* Boutique hotel in Lisbon

DAY 8 LISBON

This morning, after breakfast, your experienced, Officially Licensed guide will be waiting at your hotel to take you on a private gourmet and historical tour of Lisbon. You will be introduced to the Portuguese culture, cuisine and its incredible mix of Mediterranean tradition and exotic influences from all corners of the World. Get ready to excite your taste buds!

You will start with the great Cafes and strong cafe-culture of Portugal. You will have the chance to take a look at delicious and exotic products, from dried, salted Bacalhau to sausages, hams and cheeses. Learn the history of the famous fortified wine, Port, and then try some with the delicious Azeitao cheese. Discover the local sweets and pastries and sample the famous custard tart, Pastis de Belem. Hear about the only tea produced in Europe that is grown in the Atlantic Island of Sao Miguel, in the Azores. Try some Portuguese Beer in the beautiful Rossio Central Station and finally make a visit to the Moorish St Georges Castle, renamed after the Moors were conquered in the late 14th century.

After taking in the impressive views over the sea, venture on down from the castle to the river, crossing the Alfama, Lisbons salty sailors quarter. Its tangled street plan is one of the few aspects of Lisbon to survive the big quake, making the Alfama a cobbled playground of Old World color. Urban-jungle roads are squeezed into a maze of confusing alleys, designed to frustrate invaders on their quest to get to the castle. What was defensive then is atmospheric now. Gnarled houses snuggle together in their romantic shabbiness; the air drips with laundry and the smell of clams and raw fish. You will pass by some interesting wine shops on your journey where arrangements have been made for you to taste not only the very special famous ports from Douro, but also Portuguese wines, such as Vinho Verde de Minho (the famous green wine of Minho).

On returning to your hotel, relax a little prior to an evening of fabulous Fado, the national music of Portugal. You will dine at an authentic Portuguese Fado restaurant in Lisbons picturesque Bairro Alto.

You may like to have an extra night in Lisbon to explore more of the city, or take a drive out to visit the amazing Pena Palace in Sintra and then head to Cascais for a delicious lunch by the sea. Please advise and we will be happy to customize your itinerary accordingly.

In a Nutshell: Private Guided Gourmet and Historical Tour of Lisbon, Fado Evening, Overnight Lisbon

DAY 9 DOURO VALLEY

This morning, after breakfast, you will leave for the Douro Valley, however, first you will be stopping off to visit Coimbra, with a rich historical background. Coimbra is one of Portugal's oldest cities and home to one of the worlds first universities. In 711 the city was occupied by the Moors and remained Islamic for more than 300 years, despite brief interludes when Christian troops regained control. With the final Reconquest, in 1064, Coimbra was ideally situated to be a point of contact between the Muslim south and the Christian north and became home to an important Mozarabic community. Today, its atmospheric, beautiful historic core cascades down a hillside in a lovely setting on the east bank of the Rio Mondeg: it is a multicolored collage of buildings spanning nearly a millennium. Take time out to see the Old Cathedral Se Velha - the present church, in the second phase of Coimbra Romanesque style, dating from the 2nd half of the 12th century and the Almedina Tower (Torre de Almedina) which was built above the Almedina Arch in the 11th century, nowadays housing the Centre of the Walled City, an interpretation centre recounting the history of the medieval city and its wall.

Onward now to the Douro Valley and finally, you will arrive at Pinhao in the heart of the Douro Valley, considered one the most spectacular wine regions of the world with its characteristic terraced vineyards as the sloping hills meet the meandering river below. You will check into your hotel, a charming 5-star property dating back to the XVIII century when it was an old Port winery, with a privileged location in the heart of the Douro valley and overlooking the Douro River. Later, you may wish to explore Pinhao. Spectacularly located at the confluence of the Douro and Pinhao rivers, this small town is the epicenter of the Port wine making area and a place where the soil and climatic conditions are considered to be at their very best. Port wine is a wine developed in Portugal by the British. To make the wine, it ferments for only 2 to 3 days, has brandy added, and then is aged in wooden barrels. How long it ages determines the taste and how sweet the wine is.

This afternoon, you may like to enjoy a guided visit to a great Douro Valley winery that is just a short stroll from your hotel. We will be delighted to include a visit and a tasting of their wines in your itinerary if you so wish, please advise. You may wish to eat at your hotel tonight, but there are also many local good quality restaurants we can suggest.

In a Nutshell: Drive to the Douro Valley via Coimbra, Optional afternoon Douro Valley Winery visit with wine tasting. Overnight in a charming 5* Hotel in Pinhao in the Douro Valley

DAY 10 DOURO VALLEY

After breakfast at your riverside hotel, you will head to a fantastic Quinta famous for its sophisticated wines as well as for the dramatic views. This single vineyard property dates as far back as the early seventeenth century, long before the Douro became the worlds first demarcated wine region in 1756. Recently they began a new venture with Jean Michel Cazes from one of our favorite wineries of the Bordeaux region, Chateau Lynch Bages. At the winery, in the company of an in-house expert, you will have a full private tour of the vineyards, with mind blowing views, and cellars, followed by a tasting of their incredible wines and ports with lunch.

What better place to stay for a Gourmet 3 course lunch, with, of course, their wine pairings. Due to the exclusiveness of lunch your main course will be chosen prior to your visit and we will advise of the options in advance.

After lunch you will return to Pinhao where you will join a cruise along the Douro River. You will be able to revel in the fantastic area that surrounds you, considered one the most spectacular wine regions of the World, as you head upstream toward the mouth of the river Tua. This stretch of river is not visible from national roads and is one of the most beautiful stretches of the Douro river. You will see the wine producing farmhouses and the cascading terraced vineyards that spill down the sloping hills to form this unique landscape known today as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will most definately be able to imagine how, traditionally, Port wine was carried down the river from the Quintas of the Douro Valley to the Port Wine lodges in Porto on the traditional Portuguese cargo boats known as Rabelo boats. Please note: The group cruise is taken on normal river boats but should you wish to have a private cruise on one of the Rabelo Boats then this can be arranged in advance. Please advise

On return why not take a walk beside the Douro River or even take a train meandering alongside the water. Pinhao station is considered one of the most symbolic locations on the Upper Douro wine circuit, with 25 blue glazed tile panels covering the main building, representing the local landscapes and habits, predominantly of wine making. This is your last evening in the Douro Valley, however, should you wish to stay an extra night so that you can have a free day to explore more fantastic Douro Valley Wineries or just relax in the beautiful area then we can happily customise your itinerary accordingly.

As ever, we have many suggestions for to experience the best of Portuguese food and wine for dinner.

In a Nutshell: Private Douro Valley Winery Tour, Winery Gourmet 3 course Lunch with Wines, Cruise on the Douro River, Overnight Pinhao - Douro Valley

DAY 11 MADRID

This morning you will leave for Madrid (a journey of approximately 5 hours) but on the way you will be able to visit Salamanca, one of the most beautiful Spanish cities. The city is large enough to be able to offer the advantages of a real city, but at the same time it keeps the intimacy of a village. The city's historic center has important Romanesque, Gothic, Moorish, Renaissance and Baroque monuments. The Plaza Mayor, with its galleries and arcades, is particularly impressive; considered to be one of the finest squares in Spain and known as the living room of the Salamantinos. A private guided visit of Salamanca can be arranged, if you so wish. Please note: We will be delighted to include an overnight stay for you in Salamanca should you wish to break the journey up to Madrid.

You will then continue your journey to Madrid and on arrival you will drop your rental car off, at the Atocha station, and then check into your 4* hotel, housed in an eighteenth century building which used to be the residence of the Duke of Noblejas and has maintained its frescoes, mirrors and stained glass whilst being equipped with all the modern comforts. The hotel's location is perfect, next to the famous Plaza Santa Ana, in the Barrio de las Letras and within the Golden Triangle of Art, so you will not have far to walk to get to the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofia.

For this evening we have many suggestions for the best restaurants and tapas bars just a stone's throw from your hotel.

In a Nutshell: Drive to Madrid via Salamanca, Overnight in a Luxury 4* hotel in Madrid

DAY 12 MADRID

This morning, after a delicious breakfast at your hotel, you will join our excellent bi-lingual Officially Licensed guide for a tour of El Prado, Old Madrid and Tapas hopping. Your private guided tour will first take you to El Prado museum, which is 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 and the Cathedral. You will then walk through the Old town to the Plaza de la Villa, with the town hall, and on to San Miguel market, 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 to offer! Before leaving you, your guide will provide you with many suggestions for more visits, shopping and sightseeing for this free afternoon, although why not indulge in some more tapas hopping!

In a Nutshell: Private Guided Tour of El Prado and Old Madrid with Gourmet Tapas Hopping, Overnight in Madrid

DAY 13 MADRID

Today is a free day to do as you wish. You may optionally care to travel to Toledo for the day, a beautiful town just 30 min away by high speed train. On arrival your Officially Licensed Guide will meet you at the station and you will visit the Cathedral, which is one of the most outstanding buildings in the city and is considered to be one of the high points of Gothic art. On its main facade the outstanding feature is the doorway, made up of three doors: Infierno (Hell), Perdon (Forgiveness) and Juicio (Judgement). Continuing your tour you will visit the famous Toledo synagogues; Santa Maria La Blanca and El Transito, where the remains of the Jewish community are well preserved, and finish with a visit to the church of Santo Tome, famous for housing the famous El Greco picture entitled El entierro del Conde Orgaz (The burial of Count Orgaz).

Alternatively, you might like to do a little last minute shopping or wander around other parts of Madrid - we have many suggestions and the choices are yours! Perhaps you wish to visit the Reina Sofia Art Gallery or the Thyssen-Bornemisza or maybe take a leisurely walk through Retiro Park or return to the Royal Palace, Palacio Real, to view its interesting interior. This evening we have many suggestions for a farewell Spanish dinner - be it in a Michelin starred restaurant with avant-garde cuisine or a traditional meson with the best suckling pig or lamb in town. Wherever you choose, a glass of fine Spanish wine will surely accompany your meal as you recall your last days in Spain and Portugal.

In a Nutshell: Free Day Madrid or OPTIONAL Private Guided Tour of Toledo with return high speed train tickets, Overnight in Madrid

DAY 14 DEPARTURE

It is always sad to say goodbye, but this is the last day of your tour and after breakfast you will check out of your hotel and will have a chauffeured transfer to Madrid Airport for your onward journey home.

We do hope you will join us for this very exciting tour, which will surely be a truly memorable experience!

In a Nutshell: Private Chauffeured Transfer to Madrid Airport or OPTIONAL High speed train to Barcelona

Alternatively, if your flight is from Barcelona Airport (please advise) you may wish to add an extra night to this Luxury Food and Wine Tour and stay overnight in Barcelona. Therefore, after checking out of your Madrid hotel take a taxi to the railway station where you will have reservations for seats on the high speed train to Barcelona.

On arrival in Barcelona you will take a taxi (or private chauffeured transfer if you wish) from the station to your hotel, and then the rest of your day is free. Do a little extra sightseeing, last minute shopping or purely relax over a glass of wine prior to having a final farewell dinner, for which we have many suggestions.

Your tour includes:

  • Accommodation for three (3) nights in a boutique 4* palace hotel in the Barcelona Gothic Quarter, at the seafront (port view room, double occupancy)

  • Accommodation for three (3) nights in a 4* boutique palace-house converted hotel in the historical heart of Seville (premium room, double occupancy)

  • Accommodation for two (2) nights at an elegant art deco 4* hotel in the very heart of Lisbon (superior room, double occupancy)

  • Accommodation for two (2) nights at a wonderful 5* riverside hotel in the heart of the Douro Valley (river view room, double occupancy)

  • Accommodation for three (3) nights in an elegant 4* boutique hotel, in the historical and cultural heart of Madrid (superior room, double occupancy)

  • Thirteen (13) 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

  • Assistance of an experienced bilingual Official Licensed Guide, as indicated in the tour itinerary

  • All the private guided culinary, cultural visits and tastings indicated in the itinerary

  • High Speed Train tickets on a preferential basis (1st Class) from Barcelona to Seville and on a regular basis between Seville and Cordoba

  • 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