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Spain & France Wine and Culinary Tour

- Days - 12
- Price from - 3100€
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- Overview -

Come and join The Wine Colours in this unique tour in Spain and France, where you will immerse yourself in the places history, culture, food and wines. Start in Madrid and travel up north towards France and its beautiful Bordeaux region and return to Spain to explore Gaudi’s city, Barcelona.

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- Countries - France, Spain
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- Group size - 2-6 people
- Highlights -
  • Hands-on cooking class
  • Wine tastings in both Spain and France
  • Introduction to Madrid's striking architecture
  • Enjoy a tour of a local market under the guidance of local chefs
  • Visit the inspirational and glittering Guggenheim Museum
  • Visit the stunning seaside resort of San Sebastian
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • English
- Itinerary -
  • Day 1 Arrival in Madrid

    Bienvenidos! Welcome to Madrid, Spain’s exuberant capital; transfer to your hotel. You will have time to rest and relax or, spend the day getting acquainted with this vibrant city. There is so much to see!

  • Day 2 Madrid City Tour

    Your introduction to Madrid’s striking architecture begins at grand Plaza de Cibeles Square, a neo-classical complex of marble sculptures and spectacular fountains that have become an iconic symbol for the city. At the elegant Plaza Mayor, discover the ornate 18th century Royal Palace, Europe’s second largest. Then, on to the world-renowned Prado Museum, one of the finest art museums in the world, where you will stand before masterpieces by Velazquez, Goya, El Greco and other important Spanish artists.

    The afternoon will be spent at your leisure. Meal plan: breakfast

  • Day 3 Rioja, Bilbao

    Travel from Madrid to Bilbao. The extraordinary Basque city of Bilbao, home to the glittering Guggenheim Museum. Free day at youtr leisure

    Meal plan: breakfast

  • Day 4 Bilbao- San Sebastian

    In Bilbao, visit the heart of the Casco Viejo, the city’s charming Old Quarter, with its original seven streets dating back to the early 1400s. View the 14th century Gothic Cathedral de Santiago with its impressive Renaissance entryway. The day’s highlight is your visit to the astonishing Guggenheim Museum. Designed by architect Frank O. Gehry, the structure is dominated by his inspired use of flowing canopies, ship shapes, towers and flying fins, all gleaming with titanium tiles.

    Considered one of the 20th century’s most influential architectural masterpieces, the museum houses the world’s most important collections of avant-garde art. Dinner tonight will be at a restaurant known for its Basque Country signature dish of pintxos coupled with wonderful local wines. In the afternoon trasnfer to San Sebastian

    Meal plan: breakfast.

  • Day 5 San Sebastian-Biarritz- Bordeaux- Saint Emilion

    The day begins at the stunning seaside resort of San Sebastian, encircled by leafy mountains and sandy beaches looking out onto sparkling bays. In this coastal gem, you can observe the gorgeous architecture and the lovely plazas and flower-filled parks that dot the city, often-called the “pearl” of northern Spain. After, you will cross the border into France and arrive in the elegant coastal town of Biarritz. Once a whaling and fishing town, it was totally transformed into a resort for royalty and the rich and famous when Napoleon III and his Spanish wife Eugenie built their palace here.

    The drive then takes you through the forested green region of Les Landes to the French wine country around Bordeaux. In this fertile area, viticulture was first introduced by the Romans and further intensified in the Middle Ages. The tradition was carried on by the monk Emilion, who was the very first to begin commercial wine production in Bordeaux. Dinner and overnight will be at a chateau in the lovely countryside near the UNESCO world heritage village of Saint Emilion.

    Meal plan: breakfast and dinner.

  • Day 6 Bordeaux city tour

    Today, you will discover Bordeaux nestled on the Garonne River. Distinguished for the wines that bear its name, Bordeaux is considered by connoisseurs to be amongst the best wine producers in the world. This bustling city with its 18th century buildings has been totally revitalized with a lively waterfront area with chic boutiques and cafs. A guided tour will show you the gargoyle La Fleche Saint Michel tower, one of the tallest medieval stone towers in France. At the vast Place des Quinconces, view the inspirational Girondins Monument.

    In the historic old town, view the Grand Theatre and continue to the Triumphal Arch (or Victory Arch) a monumental landmark erected to celebrate the reign of the Roman Empire. There will be time to independently enjoy the cosmopolitan city and perhaps stroll the Rue Saint Catherine. After a specially arranged wine tasting of fabulous Bordeaux wines, return to the town of Saint Emilion, and stroll among Romanesque churches and fascinating historical ruins stretching along the narrow streets and ramparts. Enjoy free time to wander on your own in this delightful town before returning to the chateau for dinner. Meal plan: breakfast and dinner.

  • Day 7 Medoc Wine Tour

    Transfer to the airport to marvellous Barcelona. The discovery of Barcelona starts with a visit to the Montjuic recreational area housing the National Palace, built as the central pavilion for the 1929 International Exhibition, with its colorful Magic Fountain. Montjuic is home to the Olympic complex, a number of sports facilities built for the 1992 Olympics and at its center is the impressive Olympic stadium. This artistic city is renowned for the famous works of Gaudi, the master architect.

    The most unforgettable symbol is Gaudi’s legendary and still-unfinished fanciful masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia, a colossal church that was first started in 1882. Along the Paseo de Gracia see the unique La Pedrera (Casa Mila) with its stone like facade and Casa Batllo, which appears to have been constructed from skulls and bones. At Parc Guell, the colors and expressions of Gaudis work reach a glorious climax. The balance of the day will be spent at leisure. Meal plan: breakfast.

  • Day 8 Bordeaux-Barcelona

    Transfer to the airport to marvellous Barcelona. The discovery of Barcelona starts with a visit to the Montjuic recreational area housing the National Palace, built as the central pavilion for the 1929 International Exhibition, with its colorful Magic Fountain. Montjuic is home to the Olympic complex, a number of sports facilities built for the 1992 Olympics and at its center is the impressive Olympic stadium. This artistic city is renowned for the famous works of Gaudi, the master architect.

    The most unforgettable symbol is Gaudi’s legendary and still-unfinished fanciful masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia, a colossal church that was first started in 1882. Along the Paseo de Gracia see the unique La Pedrera (Casa Mila) with its stone like facade and Casa Batllo, which appears to have been constructed from skulls and bones. At Parc Guell, the colors and expressions of Gaudis work reach a glorious climax. The balance of the day will be spent at leisure. Meal plan: breakfast.

  • Day 9 Barcelona, cooking class

    This morning, you will visit to the Picasso Museum. Then, enjoy a tour of the local market under the guidance of local chefs. After picking out your assigned ingredients, take part in a step by step cooking class to prepare a meal in a relaxed and enjoyable environment. The balance of the day will be spent at leisure.

    Meal plan: breakfast and lunch.

  • Day 10 Barcelona- Priorat wine tour

    Collection at your hotel to travel to the Priorat wine region. Cellars are located in different small towns as Gratallops, Poboleda, Villela Baixa Porrera… Gratallops, considered the Priorat´s wine Cathedral, is where we can find four of the most important and renowned wineries in the Priorat region. Although the Priorat wines have been produced for centuries, it is only recently in the past decade or so, that these have taken a quantitative leap in quality that now puts them on the forefront of Spanish wines. This revolution has been taking place mainly by these visionaries winemakers: Clos de l´Obac (from Carles Pastrana), Daphne Glorian (Clos Erasmus), Clos Mogador from René Barbier, and of course Alvaro Palacios and Celler de Laurona. We will visit two renowned wineries in Gratallops/Poboleda/Villela Baixa where we will enjoy a visit and private tasting led by oenologists from the house. After that we will enjoy a tasting lunch in an intriguing restaurant in Gratallops. After lunch our return to Barcelona is scheduled around 5:00 pm. Meal plan: breakfast and lunch

  • Day 11 Barcelona

    Day at leisure in Barcelona city

    Meal plan: breakfast and lunch

  • Day 12 Depart from Barcelona

    After breakfast, transfer on your own to the airport for your departure flight.

    Meal plan: breakfast.

- Inclusions -

What's included

  • 1 hands-on cooking class
  • Lunches as per itinerary
  • Dinner as per itinerary
  • 2 wine tastings in Spain and France
  • 11 nights first class accommodation
  • All transfers and sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Bottled water during sightseeing excursions
  • Flight ticktes Bilbao Bordeaux- Bordeaux-Barcelona

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Gratuities for guides and tour managers
  • Insurance
  • Laundry
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned above
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Personal expenses

- Dates & Prices -
Calculated for 2 People 4650€ per person
Calculated for 4 People 3800€ per person
Calculated for 6 People 3100€ per person
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