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Food & Wine: A Taste of Spain

11 days Food & Wine Tours
From the Cava of Catalonia to the pintxos of Basque country, Spain’s cuisine is calling you. Taste your way through this colorful country, discovering its rich history and traditions as you go. Sample regional dishes and take in the culture of Barcelona and Madrid, savor San Sebastian’s world-famous fare and taste tempranillo wines of La Rioja and Ribera del Duero. Let the flavors of these vibrant regions of Spain surprise and entice you.

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Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine, 4 wine tastings

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Guided sightseeing & select entrance fees

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Barcelona aboard an internationally recognized airline.

Barcelona2 nights Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Barcelona! A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport and escorts you to your hotel. This evening, meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner where you’ll sample regional wines and, of course, paella.

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Included entrances: La Sagrada Familia, Cooking lesson

Start your morning with a tour of La Boquería, a world-famous market filled with local seasonal products. Choose your ingredients, roll up your sleeves and get ready to cook! A professional chef teaches you how to prepare traditional Catalonian dishes, which you’ll enjoy for lunch. Then, set out to discover the best of Barcelona with a local guide. Visit the mountain park of Montjuïc to take in views of the city and sea from Mirador de l’Alcalde gardens and drive along the bustling avenue of Passeig de Gràcia. Marvel at Antoni Gaudí’s architecture including his masterpiece, La Sagrada Família, before ending your tour in the city’s Gothic Quarter.

San Sebastian2 nights Hotel info

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Included entrances: Wine tasting

This morning, travel west to the Cava wine region. You’ll stop at the Codorníu Winery to explore the underground cellars and learn more about how this Spanish sparkling wine is produced. Sip Cava and enjoy a light tapas lunch before continuing on through Aragon and Basque country. Later, arrive in the seaside city of San Sebastian, known for its natural beauty and unrivaled local cuisine.

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast

Stroll through the streets of San Sebastian with a local guide. You’ll pass by Playa de la Concha and make your way through the Old Quarter of town. Gaze up at the balconies of Plaza de la Constitución, which were once ringside seats for bullfights. Get a taste of Basque culture as you eye the fresh catches at the impressive fish market. Pop into a bar to sample bite-sized pintxos, Basque-style tapas, with txakoli, a locally-produced white wine. This evening, consider joining an optional cider tasting and dinner.

Optional Excursion - Basque Traditions: Cider Tasting & Dinner $99*pp Details

Head just outside of San Sebastian to visit a traditional Basque cider house, or Sidreria, this evening. You’ll sample sidra (Spanish hard cider) as you learn how it is produced, then enjoy a hearty dinner of local cuisine.

La Rioja Region2 nights Hotel info

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today you’ll visit Pamplona, famous for the the running of the bulls during the annual San Fermín festival. Your Tour Director leads you on a sightseeing tour past Plaza de Toros, Pamplona Cathedral and Pamplona city hall. This area of Spain is known for its flavorful vegetables—you may choose to taste local asparagus, piquillo red peppers or artichokes during your free time for lunch. Later, continue on to the Rioja region, where you’ll enjoy local specialties at an included dinner.

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Included entrances: Vivanco Museum, Wine tasting

Make your way to the village of Briones, taking in views of the Ebro River Valley’s vineyards and mountains along the way. Explore the Town Hall and the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, before visiting the Vivanco Museum of Wine Culture for a lesson in wine history. Next, tour the quaint village of Elciego’s 16th- and 17th-century churches before an included lunch. Then, head to the City of Wine complex at the Marqués de Riscal wine cellars. Tour the gorgeous vineyards and hotel designed by the innovative architect Frank Gehry. Sip several Rioja tempranillo wines while nibbling on traditional Spanish tapas.

Ribera Del Duero Region1 night Hotel info

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Wine tastings

Transfer to Aranda de Duero, the capital of the Ribera del Duero region. Discover the town’s interconnected underground wine cellars. Descend into the Don Carlos historical cellar to taste full-bodied tempranillo wines of the region paired with tapas and chocolate. Continue your education on native Spanish wines tonight as you tour a local Ribera del Duero vineyard and enjoy an included dinner with your group.

Madrid2 nights Hotel info

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast

Travel south to Madrid this morning. Enjoy an afternoon at your leisure in Spain’s central capital city, perhaps walking its grand boulevards, exploring its many gorgeous parks or sampling dishes from its wide range of cuisines. Tonight, you may choose to join an optional Traditional Spanish Evening.

Optional Excursion - Traditional Spanish Evening $99*pp Details

On your way to dinner, walk through the illuminated streets of Madrid, taking in the local neighborhood ambiance in the evening light. After your walk, enjoy conversation, camaraderie and live music at one of the oldest restaurants in the city. Between traditional Castilian courses, you'll be entertained by tuna music, an artistic tradition with its roots in Spain's universities.

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Prado Museum

Begin your day the Spanish way: with churros and hot chocolate. Then, follow a local guide on a tour of Madrid, stopping at Plaza de España and the Royal Palace. You’ll pass Plaza Mayor, Plaza Cibeles and Puerta del Sol in the heart of the city. Discover the artwork of the Prado Museum, which began as the private collection of the Spanish monarchy. Finish your tour with wine and tapas at San Miguel market. Tonight, bid farewell to your fellow travelers over a traditional Castilian dinner at Restaurante Botin, considered the oldest restaurant in the world.

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

If you are not joining our tour extension to Seville, a Go Ahead representative escorts you to Madrid airport for your return flight home.

Add Seville $659 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

Get to know the traditions of Andalusia’s charming capital city. With its winding, medieval streets and unique blend of Moorish and Christian architecture, Seville offers something new at every turn. Here, you’ll enjoy life at the Spanish pace, slowly savoring each moment.

Seville3 nights

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Alcázar, Seville Cathedral

Board the high-speed train and head south to the capital of Andalusia. Tour Seville with a local guide, stopping at the opulent Alcázar, once home to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, and the impressive gothic Seville Cathedral. Pass through colorful Plaza de España and make your way through the narrow, medieval streets of the Barrio de Santa Cruz.

Day 12

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Olive oil tasting, Sherry wine tasting

Today is all about Andalusian culinary specialties. Head to the countryside and visit an olive oil farm, where you’ll learn about production and sample artisanal olive oils. Enjoy free time for lunch in the charming town of Carmona. Then travel to the town of Jerez where Sherry, the famous fortified wine, is produced. Tour a beautiful bodega to see how Sherry is produced, then taste the regional specialty for yourself before returning to Seville for the evening.

Day 13

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Seville. You might admire fine art of the Museo de Bellas Artes or buy sweets made by nuns at the Convento de Santa Inés. You may join an optional morning excursion to Sierra de Aracena National Park or an optional flamenco show, carriage ride and dinner this evening.

Optional Excursion - Landscapes & Flavors of Sierra de Aracena $119*pp Details

Set out to discover the beautiful countryside of Andalusia. You’ll leave Seville and make your way through the hills and valleys to Sierra de Aracena National Park. Along the way, stop in the old market town of Aracena and the village of Jabugo, where you’ll taste delicious jamón ibérico (Iberian ham) and learn from an artisan producer how it’s cured. Then admire the architecture throughout the village of Castaño del Robledo before enjoying a farmhouse lunch of local specialties.

Optional Excursion - An Evening in Seville: Flamenco Show & Dinner $125*pp Details

See the sights of old Seville tonight as you take a horse-drawn carriage ride on the way to a flamenco show and dinner. Flamenco is a unique and colorful Andalusian art form, combining guitar playing, singing, clapping and dancing. Enjoy a typical Andalusian meal after the exciting show. Please note: The carriage ride will run as weather permits.

Day 14

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative accompanies you to Seville airport for your flight home.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

In order to enter Spain, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. and Canadian citizens. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact the Spanish consulate for your particular entry requirements

Airport & Departure Taxes

All airport and departure taxes for this tour are included in the total trip cost printed on your invoice.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & Packing Tips

We recommend packing light, loose-fitting clothing that provides comfort when exploring the sights. A sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers are also recommended. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any event—a lightweight jacket and emergency rainwear are advised. If you plan to visit an especially elegant restaurant or attend the opera or theater, you will probably feel more comfortable with something more formal to wear. Also, remember that it is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

There are no major health risks when traveling to Spain. It is always advisable to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.

Cuisine

One of the most enjoyable aspects of traveling is the delightful variety of local cuisine. In Spain, breakfast is very light, usually consisting of only rolls and coffee. Lunch is traditionally a three-course meal, which can take much of the afternoon to consume. The traditional dish is known as paella and is made from chicken, meat, vegetables, seafood and saffron rice. Dinner is less hearty than lunch and is served late, between 9pm and midnight. Tapas, a series of small samples of various appetizers, is an evening staple at Spanish bars and cafes. Spain produces a wide variety of both red and white wines throughout its many regions,such as sparkling wine in the Cava region, tempranillo wine in Rioja and Ribera del Duero and fortified wine in Jerez, Andalusia.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in Barcelona and depart from Madrid (or Seville on the post-extension). Included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach and high-speed train (from Madrid to Seville) on the post-tour extension. In your free time, you may wish to explore the main cities by public transportation. For the novice traveler, navigating Barcelona can be a little daunting, due to the spread-out and ever-expanding design. However, most of the main attractions and tourist hangouts are near the area known as Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter. Use Las Ramblas as a base—it runs all the way down to the Columbus Monument and the harbor. For access to the other attractions and the charming neighborhoods of Barcelona, use the excellent metro system. Madrid’s main center is compact and walkable, but you’ll want to take advantage of the fast and efficient metro system for most attractions. Buses and taxis (which are inexpensive compared to most European cities) are also readily available and well-regulated.

Electricity

Spain operates on the European standard 220 volts.

Time Zones

Spain is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). When it is noon in New York, it’s 6pm in Barcelona.

Currency

The euro is the currency you will be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available at your destination, although it is worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed. You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges. 

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

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