Spanish Roads Adventure Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Seville. Afternoon walking tour. Dinner.

Day 2Monuments tour, Flamenco show, evening Tapas tour.

Day 3Cooking experience in the mountains. Free evening.

Day 4White washed villages, National park, Olive oil mil, Lunch.

Day 5: Day trip to Cordoba.

Day 6Jerez, Sherry, Horse-show, Lunch. 

Day 7: Morning flight to Bilbao, free day in Bilbao.

Day 8Cheese farm, San Sebastian, Tapas, fishing village, lunch. Free evening

Day 9: Rioja wine tour, lunch. Free evening.

Day 10Rioja wine tour, lunch, Free evening.

Day 11: 6:30 am transfer to Logrono train station. (Train to Madrid)

 

 

Day 1 - Arrival, Walking tour. dinner.

Bienvenido and Welcome to Spain. Upon your arrival to Seville you will make your own way to your accommodations, near the historical center. Seville's airport/train station is a bus or taxi ride away with easy connections throughout Europe. 

We'll gather at our Seville hotel at 5:00 pm for an introduction tour of Seville. Our walking tour will take us to the Barrio Santa Cruz, the charming old Jewish quarter of Seville. We’ll stroll narrow streets, bordering whitewashed houses with flowering balconies, and squares tucked away in the shade of heady-scented flowering orange trees, which guide our way. 

After working an appetite we will have our first dinner in spain.

Day 2 - Seville Monuments, Flamenco, Evening Tapas Tour 

We’ll ease into our morning and, after a late start,  begin with a walking tour of the historic center of Seville. Our tour will feature such famous landmarks as the magnificent Gothic cathedral, which dates back to the 15th century and the once upon a time Moorish fortress, the impressive Royal Alcazar, which is now a residence for Spanish kings. This breathtaking palace is one of the oldest residences in all of Europe that is still in use.

After our tour, we’ll return to our hotel to enjoy one of the oldest traditions in Spain-a siesta! Once refreshed, we’ll make our way to a Flamenco show. Our tour guide will escort us to a local club, off the beaten path, and popular among the local people. The tradition of Flamenco, stamping heels, proud stance, passionate gestures, is truly an art form. Underscored by emotionally-charged and expressive guitar music, Flamenco embodies the heart of Spain. After the show we will  have a Spanish style late dinner/ tapas tour. With more than 3000 Tapas bars in Seville we’ll have several from which to choose. Seville’s maze of narrow streets sport traditional Tapas bars and we’ll enjoy our tour as the locals do.

Day 3 -  Memorable cooking experience in the mountains

We’ll meet this morning for our road trip to the Aracena mountains where we’ll spend our day in the cheerful country home of a couple, who will make us feel like family. We’ll learn to cook some of the regions more traditional recipes in true farm-to-table fashion using ingredients right from the family farm.

Upon our return to Seville, your evening will be free to spend as you wish.

Day 4 - White washed villages, national park, Olive oil mill

Today we will once again gather to embark on a day filled with cultural immersion. Our tour will take us to the famous Pueblos Blancos (white towns) of Andalucía.  These whitewashed hill town homes shine brilliantly in the sun of southern Spain, and are made even more so by their red and brown tiled roofs. You’ll marvel at the ornate churches which perch atop steep cliffs, above  plummeting river gorges, as you navigate the narrow cobblestone streets that wind their way through the towns.

We’ll pay a visit to the awe-inspiring hilltop fort village of Zahara, set in the beautiful Grazalema national park. The picturesque village of the same name, Grazalema will be our next stop. There we will sample the treasure of Grazalema, the sharp, rich, and highly coveted payoyo cheese.  

Spain is most assuredly the undisputed powerhouse of olive oil production. Between 40%-50% of the world’s olive oil comes from Spain, most of it made in the region of Andalucía. We will visit  an olive oil mill at Sierra de Grazalema, where we will be given an opportunity to taste some of the world’s most luscious extra-virgin olive oils, including organic varieties of Spain’s liquid gold.

After a short drive to a traditional olive oil mill, dating back to 1755, we’ll learn the centuries old, traditional method of olive oil production, using hydraulic presses, a craft that isn’t in use as much anymore.

Upon our return to Seville, your evening will be free to spend as you wish.

Day 5 - Cordoba

This morning we will venture to the medieval city of Cordoba. This vibrant and surprising city was once one of the most important capitals in all of Europe. Up through the mid 11th century, Cordoba was a hot spot for enterprise, commerce, and culture. Cordoba is famed for the peace and prosperity in which it’s three religious cultures (Islam, Judaism, and Christianity) coexisted remarkably without incident. The cultural history of the Iberian Peninsula is represented in this fine city.

Today’s Cordoba is rich in cultural depth and intensity. The Mezquita cathedral is one of the many historic treasures of Cordoba. We’ll marvel at the history of  this storied Mosque-Cathedral as well as the extraordinary white-washed streets of Juderia, the medieval Jewish Quarter. Pass by patios brimming with fragrant jasmine and geranium, Renaissance palaces, dozens of churches, and convents and hermitages built by Moorish artisans, directly over ancient mosques.

You will be free this evening to enjoy at your leisure.

Day 6 - Sherry in Jerez, Horseshow

After enjoying breakfast we’ll journey to Jerez, notable for the world-renown sherry as well as  the Royal Andalucían School of Equestrian Arts, home to the finest breed of horses in Europe.

Upon arriving in Jerez, l. Then it’s off to the horse show. Like the Spanish riding school in Vienna, the Royal Andalusian school is famed for it’s epic horse show. This  equestrian ballet is set to Spanish music, with riders adorned in  18th century style costumes.

We’ll enjoy a sumptuous lunch, then we’ll have a private visit to a sherry Bodega to sample the treasure of Jerez. We’ll then return to Seville where you’ll enjoy a free afternoon of exploring and shopping for treasures to take home.

You’re free to enjoy the evening as you like and prepare for your departure in the morning.

Day 7 - Explore Bilbao

 Spend the rest of your day exploring this beautiful port city. Tour the Guggenheim, or simply stroll Bilbao and get to know the area. Bilbao’s down-to-earth character remains, even as the city emerges as a leading arts center in Europe. Children jump rope in the afternoon sun, friends and family gather in the city’s many squares, before heading to their favorite local spot for an evening of tapas and camaraderie. Your hotel is centrally located for your ease and enjoyment.

Day 8 - Idiazabal, San Sebastian, Fishing village, Bilbao Airport

Our group will assemble in the lobby for an 8:00 pick up. We’ll make our way toward the Basque country until we reach our destination of an Idiazabal cheese farm. Sheep graze along the hillside, complementing this idyllic setting. The farmhouse is over 500 years old, and the farming method has been passed down through the generations. Sampling this magnificent cheese is a much-coveted opportunity. This artisanal, aged sheep’s-milk delight is made only in Basque country.

We’ll continue our way along the ruggedly breathtaking, windswept coastline, passing secluded beaches and quaint, picturesque fishing villages until we arrive in San Sebastian. This seaside town is rich in history and lore and our local tour guide will no doubt keep us entertained as we stroll the streets of San Sebastian, tapas hopping in the historic quarter. As one of the world’s top culinary destinations, you’ll enjoy sampling the tapas and delight in the flavors of this seaside jewel. Seafood doesn’t get much more fresh than that on which we will dine in the fishing village of Getaria, famous for it’s restaurants serving the grilled catch of the day.

In the late afternoon we will make our way to Rioja. Enjoy the scenic drive through the beautiful craggy landscape, marveling as the lush green foothills ascend to the majestic mountains, as we make our way toward our wine tour in Rioja. Known as one of the most prolific and celebrated wine regions in the world, Rioja is home to several wonderful wineries.

 After you check into your magnificent castle-like hotel, located in a 13th century walled, medieval village, be sure to visit the magical underground cellar where you can sip a lovely glass of wine and sample some tasty tapas.

Enjoy your evening in the wine country.

Day 9 - Rioja Wine tour

After you enjoy breakfast, we’ll begin our busy day at 9:30 am when we gather to meet our tour guide in the lobby.

 Our tour begins in the historic barrio del La Estacion where we will be tasting wines from one of the most renown wineries in the Rioja region. The bodega is known for it’s exquisite wines as well as the handcrafted barrels created on site.   

From La Estacion (the Railway Station in Haro) we’ll stroll to a boutique winery where we’ll delight in a private tour. Lunch is sure to be a memorable experience when we savor sumptuous food as a tasting lunch, with 4 different wines, in a one-of-a-kind winery. This modern marvel, designed to resemble an empty glass box, sits underground and is split into several levels.

Evening at leisure.

Day 10 - Rioja Wine Country

After you enjoy breakfast, we’ll begin our busy day at 9:30 am when we gather to meet our tour guide in the lobby.

Rioja is lush with bodegas and small boutique wineries. Our first visit will be to a family run boutique winery, which has been passed down through the years. After our private wine tasting, we’ll embark on a walking tour of the charming old-world town of Laguardia. Below this beautiful town lie caves and cellars from ancient times. Inside these underground grottos we’ll find some of the oldest wineries in operation. We’ll learn how the first wines of Rioja were made and taste 4 distinct wines , each made with a single variety of red grape indigenous to Rioja.

Free evening

Day 11 - Departure

It’s departure day.  We’ll say our goodbyes, and make our individual way home.

06:30 am transfer to the train station.

 The Tour includes:

10 night accommodations 

All breakfasts

7 Lunches

2 Dinners

Winery visits

Wine tasting

Sherry tasting

Olive oil tasting

Cheese tasting

Tapas Tour

Hands-on cooking class

Monument tour Sevill

Entrance fees according to the itinerary

Flamenco show

Royal Horse show

Group transfer according to the itinerary

Transportation according to the itinerary

Flight from Bilbao to Seville

Local tour guides (English speaking)

Tour book

Gifts

Small group (Maximum 12 guests)

 Not Included:

International Flights

Travel insurance 

Personal expenses

Anything not mentioned in the itinerary

 

Price:

$4650.00 per person in a double room. 

 

Group date 2019 

May 20  - May  30

We can accommodate small private groups year round. Contact  us!

If you are looking for a shorter trip to Spain check Splendors of Andalusia or Rioja Wine tour

Terms and Conditions For This Tour:
A deposit of $500.00 per person is required at time of booking to guarantee the space on the tour.
Balance of the full amount is due 90 days prior the first day of the tour.

Cancellation policy:

Your deposit is refundable within the first 30 days of your deposit, so long as you have booked more than 180 days before the start date of the tour. If you book within 180 days of the start date of the tour, your deposit is immediately non-refundable. 90 days or less before the start date of the tour, the tour is no longer refundable unless we are able to re book another participant for the date/tour you are booked on.

Food N wine vacations, Inc reserve the right to re-calculate prices due to a currency fluctuations. 

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