Spanish Wine Exploration and Culinary Delights Small Group Tour

   
 

Spanish Wine Exploration and Culinary Delights Small Group Tour

BY NIBBLES AND SIPS TOURS
www.nibblesipstours.com

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3 months ago

DURATION

12 Days / 11 Nights

SEASON

May 11 - 22, 2020

RATES

CAD 4,919.00 per person

EXPIRES

Apr 01, 2020
Spanish Wine Exploration and Culinary Delights Small Group Tour
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We would love to include every single fantastic vineyard in Spain, but since that is not possible, we have created a fantastic 12-day tour that takes you through some of the best off the beaten track wine areas, along with phenomenally beautiful areas, and incredible historic areas that are not visited by normal tourists. High quality hotels and services along with your personal tour leader will ensure that you are pampered every moment of this vacation.

ADDITION RATE INFORMATION

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Rated based on double occupancy. Single supplement may apply. Ask us about pairing with a same sex room mate! 5% GST not included.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive Into Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain
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This is your international flight day, and please note that you may be departing your home city on the 10th. Flights arrive into Barcelona at all hours, so you may find that you have some free time today before meeting everyone for the Welcome Dinner. Your tour leader will be waiting to welcome you at the airport for your transfer to our hotel.

Day 2: Exploring Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain
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Barcelona is one of the world’s most beloved cities. As the capital of the autonomous Catalonia region within the Kingdom of Spain, it’s a popular destination known for its unique architecture, fabulous food and its many world-class museums and art galleries. Today we are going to experience a small part of the city and the food culture here.

Our private vehicle and local guide will pick us up from the hotel at approximately 9:30 am, so there is plenty of time to enjoy breakfast before we depart. We start our tour in the Gothic quarter, where we will see the Cathedral, the Palace, the Government buildings, city hall and the Jewish neighborhood. We continue on to Montjuic Hill, passing from the Columbus Column and the Port area. From there we can see the Olympic sites and stadiums, the wonderful National Palace museum, the Magic fountain and the lovely quare Espanya. Driving through Gran Via avenue we will eventually reach the famous "Passeig de Gracia " {Barcelona's 5th avenue} to see the Houses of Gaudi - Casa Batllo and Casa Mila. We will continue on to see the Arc of Triumph next to the Palace of Justice and the Ciutadella Park. Finally, we will visit the masterpiece of architecture: the Sagrada Familia church of Gaudi. Here we will enjoy either a guided tour or an audio tour of the church itself (this depends on our timing). This is where we will say goodbye to our first local guide, and after our visit, head off to experience the culinary side of the city.

At 4 pm we'll meet our next local guide and set off on a culinary adventure that will introduce us to popular goodies and Spanish flavors through eight food tastings and two drinks. Our first stop is at a local bar for a bite of churros with chocolate and vermut (vermouth), a current trend. Then we continue on to enjoy pintxos on a street known for its pintxos bars, followed by Catalan pan con tomate and some of the best patatas bravas in town at an old outdoor bar. Next up is a tasting of turron, a simple confection, before enjoying an enseimada sandwich and then a ham tasting at Mercat de Santa Caterina. Last two are traditional Spanish croquettes and a tasting of Spanish wine in the hip Barra de Ferro. As we go, we'll see sights like the Raval district, enjoy the atmosphere of the city, and listen to insights from our guide about Barcelona's culinary scene. This activity takes about two hours in total.

The next activity is optional, seeing that we have already had a pretty full day. We love our wines, but we also love our gins, so we have chosen to include a gin tasting for those who want to join your tour leader. We will meet our local guide at 7 pm and will spend anywhere from an hour to three hours with him. This Gin route provides between 6 - 7 artisan, premium Gin tastings per person 3 excellent bars. We will talk about the origin of the bar, and we discuss the history of Gin in general - the notes and aromas of the different Gins and learn how to chew the Gin Tonic to bring out the flavors of the Gin. NOTE: This activity does need to be booked in advance, so please let us know at the time of your final payment if you think you would be interested in joining us.

Day 3: Penedes Wine Region
Penedes, Spain
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Today we fortify ourselves with a good breakfast in the hotel before departing at 9 am with our private vehicle for a full day wine tour with a local expert guide/sommelier to start our Spanish wine experience. Today we will visit two of the most prestigious and beautiful wineries in the Penedés wine region near Barcelona, where we enjoy tastings of quality sparkling wines and still wines. After a comfortable drive during which our expert sommelier will tell us about the history of Penedes wine region and its wines, we will enjoy our first winery visit in Penedés. During this guided visit, we will tour the winery and its cellars, learn about the cava production methods, and enjoy tastings of this special Spanish sparkling wine along with the fine wines that are also produced by the winery. Our second winery visit will be at a beautiful boutique winery that produces top quality Cavas and fine wines.

After our visits we indulge in a quality traditional lunch with wine at a lovely local restaurant before returning to Barcelona. Today will be the perfect combination of wine, gastronomy, culture, local villages and stunning landscapes. You have the evening free to enjoy the city.

Day 4: Flight To Seville, City Tour
Seville, Spain
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Time to travel on! We depart Barcelona today on a short flight to Seville, in the Andalusia region. We are going to use the city as a base to explore some of the sherry and wine regions close by, as well as enjoy the historical and cultural aspects of the area. The city itself is an amazing historical gem. History is present everywhere, and since its foundation the early Iberians were later displaced, first by Phoenicians, then the Carthaginians and next the Romans. Everywhere we turn we see impressive architecture and interesting sites.

After checking into the hotel, we are going to depart on a short tour of some of the most important sites in the city this afternoon. With our local guide we will discover the essence of Islamic, Moorish and Gothic art of Seville by visiting two of its most emblematic monuments: the Christian Cathedral and the Real Alcazar, a set of walled palaces of different architectural styles and beautiful landscapes gardens.

Tonight we are free to explore the wonderful culinary aspects of this city.

Day 5: Jerez Sherry Experience And Town
Jerez, Spain
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Today we head to the countryside to visit the Jerez vineyards and learn about an oenological tradition dating back more than 3,000 years. Forget any preconceptions you may have about all Sherry being sickly sweet or for nonagenarians — its multiplicity is staggering and it’s prized in the hippest hottest tabancos. The region has developed its own distinctive elaboration method. The climate is ideally suited to three grape varietals: Palomino, used to make drier sherries, and Pedro Ximénez and Moscatel, both used for sweeter varieties. A truly unique wine, sherry is produced exclusively in Jerez, situated in a triangle of land formed by the towns of Jerez de la Frontera, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, and El Puerto de Santa Maria.

Today we uncover the mysteries of how these sherries are made, root to glass. We take a short workshop on venencia, and learn to use one of the winery’s most symbolic artifacts. We can enjoy some sherry, then test our knowledge in a fun competition between the workshop participants.

Later we will venture into the town of Jerez to admire its architectural heritage. Though often overlooked in favour of Seville or Córdoba, Jerez de la Frontera is one of southern Spain’s most beautiful destinations, and we guarantee you will fall in love with this charming little town. We will visit the Cathedral, the Alcazar, and the churches of the Reconquista in the medieval town center. We can relax in Arenal and Plateros squares before exploring San Miguel and Santiago’s vibrant squares, where bar terraces alternate with shops. Our day ends with the drive back to the city, where you have the evening free.

Day 6: Discovering Ronda And A Local Winery
Ronda, Spain
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Today we head off in a small group to the enchanting city of Ronda. This is a mountaintop city in Spain’s Malaga province that’s set dramatically above a deep gorge. This gorge (El Tajo) separates the city’s circa-15th-century new town from its old town, dating to Moorish rule. We will have some amazing opportunities for breathtaking photo stops. This is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Spain. Here we will visit the most emblematic places with our local guide: The Bullring, Don Bosco House and the Mondragón Palace. After the tour, you will have free time to enjoy the town historical center.

We will also be visiting a famous winery where we can taste local tapas and learn the process of winemaking. At the end of the tour we will return to the city and have the evening free.

Day 7: Montilla-Moriles Wine Region
Montilla, Spain
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Today we will experience an area which is still a little more off the beaten track than some of the other wine regions of Spain. Just imagine a flamingo flying low over vineyards and olive groves; flames toasting the inside of a wine barrel; a veil of flour yeast pulling back to reveal the world-class wine beneath. This is what the Montilla-Moriles area offers, and of course, much more. We won’t be able to hit all of the eight wine-rich municipalities, but those that we can will be worth the time. Although wine itself remains paramount in this area, this route is about much more than just reds and whites; it’s about the noble people, majestic landscape, and welcoming culture that have combined to make the region one of the most important and vibrant in all of Spain.

Our day consists of wine tastings and learning about the varieties in this region. We will have a knowledgeable local guide and private transport with us, so that we can truly enjoy and take our time today. The number of wineries and samples that we will have today will depend completely on the group and how long we take at each destination. We will enjoy lunch at one of the wineries or along the route in a local restaurant. We end our day with a drive back to the city, where we have our last evening in the city of Seville.

Day 8: Seville To Santiago De Compostela, City Tour
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
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We depart for the airport for a flight out to the northern coast of Spain and a more off the beaten track area for wine. We arrive in just after noon and are transferred to our hotel. We want to make the best of our time here, so this afternoon we will be exploring the city and some of the interesting sites with our local guide. We will be discovering the sights of Santiago de Compostela's Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a private walking tour. We will explore with a guide who will regale us with stories about the history of the city and shows us places many visitors miss, like hidden squares, small streets, and the Mercado de Abastos. We can continue to wander on our own if we like after the tour, or enjoy a glass of local wine in Hostal dos Reis Católicos — once a 15th-century hospital, now an elegant five-star hotel just across the square from the cathedral.

Day 9: Day Tour To Rias Baixas And Wine Tasting
Rias Baixas, Spain
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The reason we have come to this area is the Rías Baixas and the wines here. Once you’ve got over the Galician pronunciation you can plunge headlong into this land of aromatic Albariño and fresh seafood — Rías Baixas (ree-ahse by-shas) is undoubtedly one of Spain’s top food and wine destinations. This is Green Spain at its best, with verdant river-riddled countryside and a coastline dotted with fishing villages. Today we will visit two wineries, have lunch and visit the picturesque towns of Cambados and Combarro.

Departing at 9:30 am, we be heading out in our private transport and with our local guide to experience the area. The wine region of Rias Baixas is south of Santiago de Compostela in the northwest region of Galicia. The wineries here are quite varied, from large facilities to small, family producers, beautiful pazos, manor houses, and modern buildings. Along the way we will have a traditional lunch with seafood, octopus and other extraordinary Galician food. After lunch we head off to explore the small typical towns of Cambados and its noble stone buildings and Combarro, a pretty coastal town with many horreos, the Galician rural construction to preserve the grain from humidity. We return to our hotel and have the evening free.

Day 10: Discovering Wine And History In The Ribeira Sacra Region
Ribeira, Spain
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We depart on the ferry after breakfast to start our adventure to the South Island. The ferry ride takes about 3 and a half hours to the town of Picton. This beautiful little town has an attractive seafront dotted with cafés, restaurants, various types of galleries. There’s also a floating maritime museum and an aquarium. We will enjoy lunch in one of the charming restaurants here before we drive a short half hour to arrive at the Brancott Estate, where we will have a tour and tasting. The first Sauvignon Blanc vines in Marlborough were planted on Brancott Vineyard in 1975. Here we will discover the history behind the varietal that has since changed the wine world. The tour here includes a tutored tasting that will demonstrate the diversity of the region's terroir and how it shapes the wine.

We head back to Picton to spend some free time enjoying the town itself. We can visit the museum or aquarium, or if you choose, you can have the rest of the day free.

Day 11: Flight To Barcelona, Free Afternoon, Goodbye Dinner
Barcelona, Spain
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This morning we will depart the northern part of Spain to head back to Barcelona by flight. We arrive in at approximately noon and you have the afternoon to spend as you choose. Ask your tour leader if you need some suggestions. Tonight, we will meet for a final dinner as a group. Our special dinner will be a Flamenco Show and Dinner! Originating in the folklore of Southern Spain, around the province of Andalusia, the flamenco art form is believed to have emerged among the gitanos in the 18th century. Today, flamenco is recognized as a Masterpiece of Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO and is one of the most iconic expressions of Spanish culture. This is such a fun way to end our travels together.

Day 12: Time To Say Goodbye
Barcelona, Spain
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Sadly, our time in Spain has come to an end, but we are sure you will be taking home memories that will last for a lifetime. Your tour leader will accompany you to the airport at your appropriate departure time.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

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  • 4* accommodations
  • Professional tour leader
  • Profession, English speaking local and site guides
  • Private transport
  • Internal flights
  • Entrances to all sites
  • Activities as described in itinerary
  • Wine and alcohol tastings
  • All breakfasts
  • Food/tapa tastings
  • 2 lunches
  • 2 dinners
  • Boat and other transport as required

NOTES

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Small group tour, maximum 8 travellers.

35% deposit required at time of booking, final payment 60 days prior to travel OR $250 deposit with equal monthly payments.


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