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SUBLIME SPAIN

Jewish Heritage Tour of Spain

Luxury Food, Wine & Cultural Tour

Description

Experience the fantastic, enduring Jewish heritage that Spain offers, in a private itinerary including Barcelona, Girona, Besalu, Seville, Cordoba, Toledo and Madrid. Enjoy the real Spain in luxury and style on this private Jewish Heritage tour, as you travel from cities to countryside with private guided tours of the major sites, accompanied by Officially Licensed Guides with an extensive knowledge on the subject. Explore the secrets of medieval villages such as Besalu; sip a cava in the tiny windy streets of the Jewish Call area of Girona; after a day of sightseeing delight in the tapping heels, flirting skirts and guitars of typical gypsy flamenco in Seville.  All this and more awaits you on this, The Finest Jewish Heritage Tour of Spain. You will stay in delightful 4* hotels throughout your tour and transport will be privately chauffeured in a luxury vehicle and on the famous, speedy and very comfortable high speed trains of Spain.

 

DAY 1 EMPORDA

You will commence your Jewish Heritage vacation with airport collection and chauffeured transfer in a luxury vehicle to the beautiful and serene countryside of Emporda where you will move to your new home for the next four nights, an authentic Spanish medieval castle, an architectural jewel that was built eight centuries ago.

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 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.

The rest of your day is free to relax after your long journey and you will have plenty of time to get acquainted with the grounds of the castle and enjoy all the amenities of your fairy tale residence (including a gorgeous swimming pool) before perhaps a peaceful candlelit dinner.

In a Nutshell: Private Chauffeured Airport Transfer, Overnight in 4* Castle Hotel, Emporda Countryside

DAY 2 BESALU & GIRONA

This morning, your private chauffeur will be waiting to drive you to the medieval town of Besalu. On arrival in Besalu you will meet your Officially Licensed Guide, a true expert on Jewish Heritage of Spain, who will lead you on a private tour through this wonderful small village. Besalu is the former seat of the counts of the same name, a magnificent historic-artistic site, renowned for its ancient mikvah and the 11th century Roman bridge that once was necessary to adjoin this small village to land. You will visit the ruins of the Jewish quarter of Besalu, dating back to the 9th century and the mikvah ritual bathhouse, dating from the 12th century, which is the only one of its kind discovered in the Iberian Peninsula and one of the few known in Europe. The local public gardens await you where villagers grow herbs for their well-known and traditional homemade wine, ratafia. The different families of Besalu have variations of this sweet wine, and use their own secret combination of aromatic herbs to flavor this digestive liquor.

After some local food tastings, you will now leave to continue your private visit and this time to the romantic city of Girona. Enchanted by stretches of cobblestone streets, the very famous old Jewish Quarter and the Centre Bonastruc ca Porta, an institute of Jewish learning built around the old Synagogue on Carrer de la Forca, the main artery of the medieval quarter which has remained amazingly intact over the centuries. Recently, much of the Call has been restored under the supervision of the Centre also home to the Museu d'Historia dels Jueus (Jewish History Museum) - which has developed a map of the maze-like streets and hosts small exhibits on Carrer de la Forca. Many of the restored buildings now house art galleries, upscale boutiques and trendy restaurants. Containing the most accurate information about medieval Jewish communities in Spain, particularly those in Catalonia, the museum's exhibits provide a picture of daily life in the quarter, Jewish traditions and the region's most influential calls. The Hebrew lapidary (tombstone) collection is considered to be one of the finest in the world.

You will wind through the narrow streets and stoned walls of the old Gothic Quarter and encounter the magnificent Girona Cathedral affording a great view of the area, little shops, cafes and medieval homes that families have passed down through the generations. Your excellent guide will accompany you to a fantastic restaurant in Girona where you are booked for a delicious 3 course lunch with wine. First class service, innovative takes on traditional recipes and an elegant atmosphere will provide the perfect end to your visit to Girona. After lunch you may like to peruse the artisan shops in Girona or head back with your chauffeur to your rural retreat where you will surely enjoy relaxing by the pool, sipping a glass of sparkling cava and having a quiet dinner.

In a Nutshell: Private guided tours of Medieval Besalu and Girona Jewish Heritage, Exquisite lunch, Overnight in a Medieval Castle Hotel in the Emporda Countryside

DAY 3 EMPORDA

Today, after breakfast at your lovely Mediterranean retreat, your private chauffeur will be waiting and you will leave to visit some typical Emporda villages and one of the best-preserved medieval villages in all of Spain, Pals. As you walk through the narrow village streets of 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, you will visit another Medieval village, a totally unspoiled hideaway, home to ancient Iberian archaeological remains and a 9th century medieval church.

Continuing your Medieval morning, you will head to another nearby village where as you stroll along its cobbled streets you will surely imagine what life was like in the Olde Worlde days - a very special village indeed. Your "medieval journey" continues to another close (and of course medieval!) village, where you are booked for 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 your chauffeur will take you to the coast and to a lighthouse looking over the Mediterranean where you will surely enjoy a coffee while taking in the impressive views before you. Then heading down the hill you will arrive to the picturesque chic Costa Brava villages. Picture-postcard villages that offer 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 here 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. While in this area you may like to visit the romantic cliff top Botanical Garden, a delight to wander around with its many species and magnificent setting.

After a truly interesting exploration day your chauffeur will transfer you to Barcelona where you will check in to your excellent 4* boutique hotel in Barcelona, in the Gothic Quarter yet at the same time on the port front.

In a Nutshell: Chauffeured transportation, Visits to Coastal and Medieval Villages, Overnight in a 4* boutique hotel in Barcelona

DAY 4 BARCELONA

This morning, after a leisurely breakfast, you will meet your Officially Licensed guide, additionally qualified in the Jewish Heritage of Spain. You will enjoy a panoramic tour of the city and head up the Montjuic Mountain, (Jewish mountain) which has been, throughout its history, the protagonist of many events. The historical symbol and oldest monument is the Castell de Montjuic (Castle), from where there are beautiful views of the city. The Jewish cemetery had been on the Montjuic Mountain for at least a millennium and more than 500 gravestones have been found. Some of the early tombstones have been relocated to the Castell de Montjuic, a 17th-century fortification that is now a military museum. In 1995, a Holocaust Memorial was erected in the cemetery on a plot donated by the city. The memorial is composed of simple stone monuments and pedestals with the names of all the concentration camps that were liberated.

Then, together you will beat the queues as you then head to enjoy your 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 city's most internationally renowned and emblematic architect 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.

Finally, to the Gothic Quarter, considered the heart of Barcelona and home to an abundance of tucked away gourmet cafes and shops. You will make a visit to La Boqueria, Spain's most important, and world-famous, marketplace. It offers the absolute freshest and most diverse selection of produce. At the market, you will visit the famous bar which in-the-know celebrities of Barcelona frequent. Here you will be able to try the best aperitifs, perhaps a reserve cava (Spanish champagne) and sample some of the finest products of the marketplace!

You will visit the old Jewish areas of Barcelona; A Jewish community settled in the Barri Gotic from the 2nd century onwards in the area now called El Call close to Placa St. Jaume and Calle Ferran. A medieval synagogue, discovered beneath a 17th century building at the corner of Sant Domenec and Marlet, has been restored and opened to the public. Our guide is a real specialist in this field and will be ready to answer all your questions. Your journey will continue with a visit to 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. This church figures in the famous book by Ildefonso Falcones, Cathedral of the Sea and our guide can also show you other sites featured in this novel, should you be interested.

Your private tour will be rounded off with a late, but excellent Gourmet Spanish tapas tasting lunch, of course, with wine. In the heart of the Born district, and at the hands of one of the most acclaimed chefs in Barcelona, you will enjoy a great selection of modern sophisticated Spanish tapas in an elegant and fashionable setting. Your guide will leave you at the finale of your tour when you are settled safely into this amazing delicatessen, but not before giving you many personalized tips and suggestions for further sightseeing in Barcelona.

In a Nutshell: Private guided tour of Jewish Heritage & Sagrada Familia with Gourmet Food Tastings, Delicatessen Tapas Lunch, Overnight in Barcelona

DAY 5 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 6 SEVILLE

After a very early breakfast at your hotel, you will be ready for the journey to another part of your tour, in Seville. You will be collected at your hotel by your private Chauffeur who will drive you to Barcelona Sants Station, where you will take a fast and comfortable train to Seville. Your train seats are reserved on the high speed train in the first class (preferente) carriage.

On arrival in Seville, you will take a taxi to your hotel, situated in a delightful area, in the picturesque and authentic Barrio Santa Cruz, this luxurious, 19th-Century building is constructed around a lovely traditional Andalusian patio, with a rooftop terrace boasting striking views of the Giralda. You may wish to have a relaxed lunch, perhaps something typically Andalusian (much of the cuisine in Seville is influenced by the Moors) at one of the many restaurants around your hotel.

Then, your Officially Licensed Seville guide, additionally qualified in Jewish Heritage of Spain, will be waiting for you in the hotel reception and you will depart for a sightseeing tour, starting in the Barrio Santa Cruz, which is the old Jewish quarter. Once King Ferdinand III of Castile conquered the city from Muslim rule in 1248, one of the largest Jewish communities in Spain came to Seville, second only to that of Toledo. After the Alhambra Decree of 1492 expelled the Jews from Spain in 1483, the neighborhood went downhill. In the 18th century, Barrio Santa Cruz underwent a major process of urban renewal, including the conversion of a former synagogue into the current Church of Saint Bartholomew. Just outside the neighborhood is the Iglesia de Santa Maria de las Nieves (Church of Saint Mary of the Snows), better known as the Iglesia de Santa Maria la Blanca (Saint Mary the White), a converted 14th century Mudejar synagogue.Relive the past as your guide recounts bygone days and you discover the history of Susanna Ben Suzon and visit the original wall and the synagogue-church of Santa Maria la Blanca. Seville was once the home to the Ritva and Abravanel families among others.

Your guide will lead you through the streets of Barrio Santa Cruz. It is a real joy to amble around its beautiful squares and narrow streets, which form a labyrinth, where it is easy to get lost, but this is part of its charm, because when one is lost, one may discover a convent or a palace or an hotel. The air in the barrio is perfumed by jasmine flowers and the orange trees that one finds there. Many of the palaces have wrought iron gates that allow one to peep into their beautiful patios. The area abounds in small stores and artisan shops, as well as good art galleries.

With your guide, you will continue your walk through historic Seville, paying a visit to the Seville Cathedral, the oldest and most spectacular Gothic cathedral in the world and La Giralda tower which provides spectacular views of the city. You will have worked up an appetite on this fascinating tour so your guide will lead you now to a tantalizingly delicious tapas dinner. Seville boasts more than 4,000 tapas bars - roughly 1 for every 200 locals so you know they know what they are 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 Omelette.....the choice is yours. Of course, as is customary, you will accompany your mouth watering bites with a glass of dry Spanish Sherry and tastings of the local Finos.

In a Nutshell: Chauffeured transfer and high speed train trip to Seville, private guided tour of Seville Jewish Heritage with local expert, tapas hopping, overnight at a beautiful 4* boutique hotel in the heart of Barrio Santa Cruz

DAY 7 SEVILLE

Today, after breakfast, you are as free as you please in Seville. Your guide will have given you many ideas and top tips for further sightseeing options and foodie hot spots to experience the best of Seville.

You might wish to visit the Reales Alcazares, the oldest royal palace in Europe and residence of the Spanish Royal Family when they stay in Seville. Maybe you would like to visit the Plaza De Espana and take a stroll in the Maria Luisa Park which are to the south of the center and for lunch why not continue to enjoy the fabulous Andalusian gastronomy!

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. You may wish to have a relaxed dinner, perhaps something typically Andalusian before or after the Flamenco Show for which we have several suggestions for a delightful dinner in the Barrio Santa Cruz or elsewhere in Seville.

In a Nutshell: Free Day in Seville, Gypsy Flamenco Show, Overnight Seville

DAY 8 CORDOBA

This morning you will take a taxi to Seville Railway Station and take a very comfortable high speed train to Cordoba, the former home of many Jewish scholars and poets. Awaiting you at Cordoba station will be our guide, who will take you on a complete tour of everything that Cordoba has to delight.

Jews formed a part of the cultural of Cordoba from as early as the 2nd Century until their expulsion from Spain in 1492. 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. As a mosque, the building opened into a huge courtyard of orange trees. The Christians, in the dark middle ages, sealed the many exits to the courtyard and transformed the light and airy mosque into a dark and gloomy place. You can spend a long time wandering among the more than eight hundred pillars, literally a forest of colored marble, that grace the enormous hall

Afterwards, with your guide you will walk the street leading up to the Juderia (Cordoba Jewish Quarter), with its whitewashed houses and colorful courtyards and shops. The large Juderia of Cordoba is the best-known part of the historic center, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984 and is one of the largest in Europe. Jews formed a part of the cultural mix of Cordoba from as early as the 2nd Century until their expulsion from Spain in 1492. The narrow medieval streets of the Barrio de la Juderia retain their names to this day and although not Jewish in their current expression, a few signs hint of the Golden Age of Jewish life. In the Calle de los Judios note, for example, the statue of the great court doctor and Torah sage, Maimonides (Rabbi Moshe Ben Maimon) and the tiny, gem-like Maimondes Synagogue, which is one of only three remaining synagogues in Spain from before the Expulsion of 1492. The Maimonides synagogue, built a hundred years after the great scholars death in Egypt, was named for him in commemoration of the fact that he was born only a few doors down the street. The meaning of the synagogue's cryptic inscriptions remains a mystery. The statue of Maimonides is located in front of the house where he was born, the most famous son of a city whose streets are lined with orange trees. There is not a word on the commemorative plaque explaining why Maimonides family left Cordoba; they were in fact fleeing the Almohad dynasty that forcibly imposed Islam on the Jews and Christians of the city. As you wander down picturesque and evocative streets in the restored heart of Cordoba, listening to our guide, a real expert on Cordoba Jewish Heritage, who will share with you many fascinating stories and anecdotes, it will not be difficult to imagine the days when Cordoba was one of the most important Jewish communities in Europe

Your guide will then take you to some local taverns to savour 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. You will have the chance to sample 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. Following your wonderful day in Cordoba, you will take a train back to Seville and will have the evening to relax and perhaps have dinner in a local restaurant - we have many suggestions.

In a Nutshell: High Speed Train to Cordoba, Private guided Jewish Heritage tour of Cordoba, tapas hopping lunch

DAY 9 MADRID

This morning, after breakfast, you will be leaving Andalusia and heading to Madrid. You have tickets, on a first class basis, for the fast and comfortable high speed train and your cross-country journey will take just 2 h 40 min.

On arrival in Madrid you will check into your 4* boutique 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 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.

After time to settle into your hotel, perhaps a light lunch and a chance to make the most of the Spanish "siesta", 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 this afternoon/evening 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!

In a Nutshell: High Speed train to Madrid on a 1st Class basis, Private Guided Tour of El Prado and Old Madrid with Gourmet Tapas Hopping, Overnight in Luxury 4* Hotel in Madrid

DAY 10 TOLEDO

This morning, after breakfast, you are off to Toledo for the day. You have high speed train tickets from Madrid to Toledo, and return. Your local officially licensed guide, additionally qualified in Jewish Heritage of Toledo, will be waiting for you at the train station upon arrival and will lead you on a visit to 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. The construction of this monumental building, with a basilica floor plan and five naves, commenced in 1226, although it was not finished until the 15th century. On its main facade the outstanding feature is the doorway, made up of three doors: Infierno (Hell), Perdon (Forgiveness) and Juicio (Judgement). The exterior is topped by the two cathedral towers, one of them in flamboyant Gothic style and the other in Gothic-Renaissance.

Remains of the Jewish community are still preserved in the city of Toledo and following on your guide will lead you to visit the Synagogues of Santa Maria La Blanca and El Transito. The former, built possibly in the 12th century, is also a good example of Toledo's Mudejar art. History tells that permission to build it was granted when the King was in love with a Jewish woman however it was later converted into a church. It has five naves with decreasing heights as well as the characteristic geometrical and botanical decoration and horseshoe arches. Meanwhile, in the synagogue of El Transito, built in 1357, you can admire one of the best Mudejar coffered ceilings of all those preserved in Toledo, along with walls richly decorated with geometrical and botanical designs and Hebrew inscriptions. Nowadays, this Jewish place of worship houses the Sephardic Museum, in which an interesting collection of pieces of art and various objects used in Jewish ceremonies are exhibited, detailing medieval Jewish life in Toledo.

Your fantastic visit to Toledo, will terminate with a visit to the church of Santo Tome, famous for housing El Greco's famous picture entitled El entierro del Conde Orgaz (The burial of Count Orgaz). You will then have free time to enjoy Toledo and have lunch, for which we have several suggestions, prior to returning to Madrid. Back in Madrid, the rest of the evening is free to do as you wish - relax, have a light dinner, wander around Madrid, the choice is yours. We have many suggestions for great restaurants.

In a Nutshell: High speed train tickets, private guided tour of Toledo Jewish Heritage with our expert licensed guide

DAY 11 MADRID

After breakfast, and based on the insider top tips your guide left you with, you have a free day to wander around Madrid and see all the fantastic Museums, art galleries and famous parks of this fantastic city.

Perhaps you wish to visit the Reina Sofia Museum or the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection in the company of your expert guide, this can be of course arranged. The Reina Sofia Museum - The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, also called the Museo Reina Sofia, (Queen Sofia Museum), is the national museum for 20th century art in Spain. The museum was officially inaugurated in Madrid in 1992 and is named after the former Queen of Spain. The museum collection consists of more than 20,000 works from the late 19th century to the present day, mainly dedicated to Spanish art with highlights including two of the greatest 20th century masters, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. Probably the most famous masterpiece in the museum is Picassos 1937, oil on canvas painting, Guernica. The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum - Madrid's acquisition of this treasure trove of art in the 1980s was one of the greatest coups in European art history. Amassed by a central European collector beginning around 1920, and formerly displayed in Lugano, Switzerland, its 700 canvases, with works by artists ranging from El Greco to Picasso, are arranged in chronological order. This fantastic collection rivals the legendary holdings of the Queen of England herself.

Maybe you wish to return to the Royal Palace, Palacio Real (often referred to as Palacio Oriente after the nearby square of the same name), to view its interesting interior. The palace is used by the King for ceremonial purposes only; he actually lives in the Palacio de la Zarzuela on the outskirts of the city. Or, take a leisurely walk through El Retiro Park, a great place to enjoy the open air as you stroll along the paths, of this once royal garden, passing fountains, statues, the delicate Palacio de Cristal, the boating lake and maybe the odd street entertainer or art exhibition.

You might like to do a little shopping and if your pleasure is designer clothes why not spend some time wandering around some of the finest boutiques in Spain on Calle Serrano. Whatever you decide, enjoy your day! This evening we have many recommendations for fine dining in Madrid, be it old style Spanish food or Michelin starred extravaganza.

In a Nutshell: Free Day in Madrid, Overnight Madrid

DAY 12 DEPARTURE

This is the last day of your tour and after breakfast you will check out of your hotel and your chauffeur will be waiting to transfer you to Madrid Airport for your onward journey home.

We do hope you will join us for this very exciting tour to enjoy some of our very best food, wine and cultural experiences, which will surely provide for a truly memorable tour!

In a Nutshell: Chauffeured transfer to Madrid Airport

Your tour includes:

  • Accommodation for two (2) nights in a luxurious, authentic 4* medieval stone castle hotel in Emporda countryside (castle room, double occupancy)  

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

  • Eleven (11) full breakfasts

  • Chauffeured transfers in a luxury vehicle, as indicated in the itinerary

  • Train tickets on a preferential basis (1st Class) from Barcelona to Seville and from Seville to Madrid; on a standard basis from Madrid to Toledo and return and Seville to Cordoba and return

  • All the culinary, cultural visits and gourmet food and wine tastings indicated in the itinerary

  • Private officially licensed guides, additionally qualified in Jewish Heritage for your tours, as indicated

  • 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