Day 1: Welcome to Barcelona
We begin our Spanish sojourn in the dazzling city of Barcelona. Vibrant streets, warm people, gourmet cuisine and Mediterranean vistas, are all a staple of this beautiful seaside metropolis. After checking in, we will visit the elegant Passeig de Gracia, one of the most luxurious streets in the city where you can check out designer boutiques and showrooms.
From here, it’s on to the Gothic Quarters, Barcelona’s Old Town which rests on the ancient Roman city of Barcino, and houses architecture dating back as early as the 13th century. And end the day at the famous Sagrada Familia, an astounding piece of Gothic architecture in construction since the 1880s!
Day 2: Culinary Catalonia (Barcelona)
Today, we spend some time learning about and savouring the famous cuisine of the Catalonian region. A personal class with a chef will unravel the mysteries of popular local dishes. Learn the finer nuances of Mediterranean cooking along with the subtle art of wine pairing. This is a great chance to taste some delectable Spanish wines and explore the different grape varieties that this region is known for. The class concludes with the preparation of a three-course Spanish meal, which you can then sit and devour.
Day 3: Medieval Outing (Barcelona – Girona - Barcelona)
The next day starts with a day visit to the historically rich Catalan city of Girona. Located between Barcelona and Costa Bravo, Girona is famous for its medieval architecture, Jewish history, rich museums, cobbled by-lanes and a thriving food culture.
We start at the picturesque medieval village of Peratallada and proceed towards an 800-year-old plantation that specialises in the produce of local favourites like olive oil and wine. Learn the art of making the best olive oil in the world from the locals who have been working in the farm plantations. And sample local food and wine as we make our way through the region.
Day 4: Coastal Fare (Barcelona - San Sebastian – Getaria)
Say adieu to Barcelona as we board our train to the coastal town of San Sebastian, famed for its golden beaches and lush hillsides. With a reputation of being one of the world’s greatest dining destinations, San Sebastian celebrates the art of eating in myriad forms.
From here, we continue our journey along the coast to the village of Getaria. This is one of the only three villages that make up the renowned Txakoli wine area. You can enjoy the freshest seafood, straight from the ships harboured at Getaria, at the scenic cafes and small restaurants that dot its coastal landscape.
Day 5: Basque in Glory (San Sebastian)
Begin the day on an Insider’s Fun and Food tour in San Sebastian. The alluring coastline of the city plays host to some of the best eateries in the world. Our food journey will take us from small family-owned shacks serving up decadent oysters to Michelin-starred restaurants offering the best of the local Basque cuisine, including Idiazabal cheese, local anchovies, Bonito, Iberian hams, and the region’s most popular export, olive oil.
Day 6: Walk or Wine (San Sebastian)
Today, we have two enticing options to experience San Sebastian’s regional charm.
Begin the day early with a short trek through the charming San Sebastian coastline. We will travel to the quaint fishing village of Pasajes de San Juan and end at the historical town of Pasajes de San Pedro. The walk is a great way to soak in the colourful culture and history of the area.
For people who are not fans of trekking, there is daylong wine excursion at the best wineries of La Rioja. Explore how some of the rarest wines in the world are crafted, straight from the makers and owners of Spain’s famous wines.
Day 7: Wine Country (San Sebastian - Ribera del Duero)
We start the day with road travel by leaving San Sebastian for Ribera del Duero. Famously called the new wine capital of Spain, Ribera del Duero is giving stiff competition to the La Rioja region in terms of wine excellence. The wine country here stretches for over 70 miles along the beautiful Duero River. The differences in landscape, from small mountains to lush plains, from high temperatures to colder climes, make for optimum conditions for growing the world-famous Tempranillo grapes.
Day 8: Into the Vineyards (Ribera del Duero)
The day starts with a visit to two of the best wineries in Ribera del Duero. Spanish wine, as we know it, has been produced in the region for over a thousand years, but the viticulture in the Ribera del Duero region started with French Benedictine monks, from Burgundy, who identified the region as being apt for producing fine wine.
Day 9: Once Upon a Time (Ribera del Duero – Madrid)
About two hours north of the lush green countryside of Ribera del Duero is the golden metropolis of Madrid. As we drive down the scenic countryside to Madrid, we will stop at the historic town of Segovia. A place of myths and legends, the first sight of Segovia seems like a page out of a childhood fairy-tale – thanks to the grand Alcazar castle, which is said to have inspired Disney’s castle for Sleeping Beauty. Set amid the rolling hills of Castilla, the sandstone hues of Alcazar offer a magical quality to the land of Segovia. Visit the castle before we drive down to Madrid.
Start your day by exploring the sights and sounds of this fabulous city. Our walking tour begins at the famous Royal Palace, the official residence of the Spanish royal family which is today used for state ceremonies. From here, we begin exploring some of the most impressive sights of the city, including Plaza de Oriente, the 17th century Plaza Mayor, the Austrias centre and lastly the renowned Prado Museum, which houses more than 7000 works of art. Come evening, sit back at one of Madrid’s charming street cafes with a glass of ruby-red Sangria and the auburn sunset to keep you company.
Bid adios to Spain, as we check out of the hotel, and proceed towards the Madrid International Airport, for our flight back home.