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Food & Wine: A Taste of Spain

11 days (12 days in 2017) Food & Wine
From the Cava of Catalonia to the pintxos of Basque Country, Spain’s cuisine is calling you. 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 us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 28 travelers

Tour Pace: You will walk for about 2 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with some hills.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine, 4 wine tastings, 1 cooking lesson

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of tour of Spain

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Barcelona today.

Barcelona 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Barcelona

  Included meals: Dinner

Settle in to Barcelona and meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner featuring traditional paella and regional wines.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Barcelona

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Try your hand at preparing an authentic Spanish meal during a cooking lesson.

• Tour the Santa Caterina Market in search of fresh ingredients

• Pass through the Gothic Quarter, stop at an olive oil shop and taste chocolate con churros as you make your way to a culinary school

• Prepare your own lunch of traditional Catalan dishes with the help of a professional chef and enjoy it with a glass of wine

Get to know the Catalan capital on a guided sightseeing tour.

• Step inside La Sagrada Família, Gaudí’s famous masterwork-in-progress 

• Drive along Passeig de Gràcia, past Gaudí’s “House of Bones” 

• Stop at Montjuïc, where the 1992 Olympic Games took place, and stroll Mirador de l’Alcalde Park

• Pass Plaça d’Espanya and the soaring monument to Christopher Columbus

San Sebastian 2 nights Hotel info

Day 4: San Sebastian via Cava wine region

  Included meals: Breakfast, Light lunch

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Travel west to the Cava wine region, stopping at a winery to sip this sparkling wine over a traditional tapas lunch. Then, continue to the seaside city of San Sebastian.

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of San Sebastian

  Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Stroll through the streets of San Sebastian with a local guide. 

• Pass by Playa de la Concha and make your way through the Old Quarter 

• At Plaza de la Constitución, gaze at the balconies that once held the ringside seats for bullfights 

• Get a taste of Basque culture as you eye the fresh catches at the fish market 

• Pop into a bar for Basque-style tapas with Txakoli, a locally-produced white wine

Enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Bilbao & Guggenheim Museum Dinner $149pp* Details

Depart from San Sebastian and head west along northern Spain’s coast as you make your way to Bilbao, a bustling port city. Bilbao has distinguished itself as a center of arts in Spain’s Basque Country, and you’ll revel in the sights during free time upon arrival. Explore the Old Quarter, where you’ll view Bilbao Cathedral, dedicated to the city’s 17th-century patron saint, and the adjoining square known as Plaza de Santiago. Then, continue on to the Guggenheim Museum, Frank Gehry’s spectacular, titanium-clad modern art museum. View the institution’s impressive modern art exhibits before sitting down for an included dinner at Bistró Guggenheim, a top-quality restaurant located in the museum.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $159)

La Rioja Region 2 nights Hotel info

Day 6: La Rioja Region via Pamplona

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Stop in Pamplona, the setting of the Running of the Bulls, to admire Pamplona Cathedral and Pamplona City Hall on a walking tour. Later, arrive in La Rioja, a region known for its red wines, for an included dinner with local specialties.

Day 7: La Rioja Villages & Wine Tasting

  Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Spend the morning exploring the villages of La Rioja region, then head to a winery for a tasting.

• Enter the Vivanco Museum of Wine Culture in Briones to learn about wine history on a self-guided tour with an audio guide

• Drive through the Ebro River Valley and take in views of the beautiful vineyards and landscape

In the afternoon, enjoy free time in the quaint village of Laguardia, which is known for its medieval architecture and city walls. Then, enjoy a tour and tasting in Rioja’s wine region. 

• At the City of Wine complex within the Marqués de Riscal wine cellars, tour the gorgeous vineyards and the hotel designed by the innovative architect Frank Gehry

• Sip several Rioja tempranillo wines while nibbling on traditional Spanish tapas

Ribera Del Duero Region 1 night Hotel info

Day 8: Aranda de Duero

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Transfer to Aranda de Duero, the capital of the Ribera del Duero region, to discover the town’s interconnected wine cellars during a tasting of the region’s classic tempranillos. Tonight, enjoy a vineyard dinner and wine tasting.

Madrid 2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Travel to Madrid

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel south to Madrid. After arriving, enjoy a free afternoon to sample the city’s local flavors or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Madrid Flamenco Show & Dinner $115pp* Details

Flamenco is a passionate, seductive art form exclusive to Spain, and you’ll experience the clapping, singing and stamping of this celebrated tradition during a live show in Madrid. This Andalucian style of dance combines guitar playing (toque), song (cante) and rhythmic handclaps (palmas). A three-course dinner will be served alongside local wine at a nearby restaurant before the expressive, dramatic, colorful performance.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $125)

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Madrid

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Begin your day following a local guide on a citywide tour.

• Discover the artwork of the Prado Museum, which began as the private collection of the Spanish monarchy

• Enjoy a walking tour through the city’s historic district from the Royal Palace to Plaza Mayor

• Pass Plaza de Cibeles, the Fountain of Neptune and Plaza de España, where you’ll view the Don Quixote statue

• Pass by the Temple of Debod, a reassembled temple from ancient Egypt

• Finish your tour with wine and tapas at the Market of San Miguel

Bid farewell to your fellow travelers over a traditional Castilian dinner at Restaurante Botin, considered the oldest restaurant in the world.

Day 11: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue your tour in Seville.

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.

Seville 3 nights Hotel info

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Seville

  Included meals: Breakfast

Board the high-speed train and head south to the capital of Andalusia for a guided tour.

• Enter the Royal Alcázar, a palace that was once home to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella

• Get a glimpse into Seville’s rich history, including the tiled pavilion of the Plaza de España and the Gothic Seville Cathedral where Columbus is buried

• Pass the whitewashed homes of Barrio de Santa Cruz

Day 12: Carmona & Jerez

  Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Journey to the countryside, where you’ll experience Andalusian culinary specialties. 

• Sample artisanal olive oils and learn about their production at an olive oil farm

• Enjoy free time in the charming town of Carmona

• Travel to Jerez where Sherry, the famous fortified wine, is produced

• Tour a bodega to see how Sherry is produced, and then have a taste

Day 13: Free day in Seville

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring on your own or add an excursion.

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

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $129)

Day 14: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (Please note: depending on your home airport, you may have to spend the night in the US and arrive home on day 15.)

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine, 3 wine tastings, 1 cooking lesson

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of tour of Spain

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Barcelona today.

Barcelona 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Barcelona

  Included meals: Dinner

Settle in to Barcelona and meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner featuring traditional paella and regional wines.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Barcelona

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Try your hand at preparing an authentic Spanish meal during a cooking lesson.

• Tour the Santa Caterina Market in search of fresh ingredients

• Pass through the Gothic Quarter, stop at an olive oil shop and taste chocolate con churros as you make your way to a culinary school

• Prepare your own lunch of traditional Catalan dishes with the help of a professional chef and relax while enjoying it with a glass of wine

This afternoon, get to know the Catalan capital on a guided sightseeing tour.

• Step inside La Sagrada Família, Gaudí’s famous masterwork-in-progress 

• Drive along Passeig de Gràcia, past Gaudí’s “House of Bones” 

• Stop at Montjuïc, where the 1992 Olympic Games took place, and stroll Mirador de l’Alcalde Park

• Pass Plaça d’Espanya and the soaring monument to Christopher Columbus

Day 4: Cava Wine Tasting & lunch

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Travel to the Cava wine region, stopping at a winery to sip sparkling cava over a traditional tapas lunch. Then, enjoy a free evening in Barcelona or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Barcelona Chocolate Tasting & Architecture Tour $49pp* Details

Enjoy a drive down Passeig de Gràcia, one of Barcelona’s most important shopping and business avenues, as you make your way to architect Antoni Gaudi’s renowned “House of Bones.” The balconies and pillars of this intricate, colorful building are indicative of Gaudi’s unique work, and you’ll admire this bone-like structure during a photo stop. Then, continue next door for a tour of Casa Amatller. This neo-Gothic building was designed for the chocolate baron and philanthropist Antoni Amatller. You’ll learn about his famous sweets and the history of the building, and taste a variety of chocolates in the original kitchen.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $59)

San Sebastian 2 nights Hotel info

Day 5: San Sebastian via Pamplona

  Included meals: Breakfast

Board a high-speed train and travel through Basque Country to Pamplona, the famous setting for the Running of the Bulls, on your way to San Sebastian. Get to know the old city on a walking tour.  

• Pass Plaza de Toros and walk along the Running of the Bulls route

• Admire Pamplona Cathedral and Pamplona City Hall

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of San Sebastian

  Included meals: Breakfast

A local guide leads this morning’s tour of San Sebastian, a town bordered by green mountains and roaring ocean. 

• Pass by Playa de la Concha and make your way through the Old Quarter 

• At Plaza de la Constitución, gaze at the balconies that once held the ringside seats for bullfights 

• Get a taste of Basque culture as you eye the fresh catches at the fish market • Pop into a bar for Basque-style tapas with txakoli, a locally-produced white wine

La Rioja Region 2 nights Hotel info

Day 7: La Rioja Region via Bilbao

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel west along the scenic Costa Verde to Bilbao for a guided sightseeing tour.  

• Admire the architecture in Bilbao’s Old Quarter, known as Casco Viejo

• View the unique architecture of the Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum, a showplace of modern and contemporary art 

• Enjoy regional fare and wine during an included lunch inside the museum

Later, arrive in La Rioja, a region known for its red wines, for an included dinner with local specialties.

Day 8: La Rioja Villages & Wine Tasting

  Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Spend the morning exploring the villages of the La Rioja region, then head to a winery for a tasting.

• Enter the Vivanco Museum of Wine Culture in Briones to learn about wine history on a self-guided tour with an audio guide

• Drive through the Ebro River Valley and take in views of the beautiful vineyards and landscape

In the afternoon, enjoy free time in the quaint village of Laguardia, which is known for its medieval architecture and city walls. Then, enjoy a tour and tasting in Rioja’s wine region. 

• At the City of Wine complex at the Marqués de Riscal wine cellars, tour the gorgeous vineyards and the hotel designed by the innovative architect Frank Gehry

• Sip several Rioja tempranillo wines while nibbling on traditional Spanish tapas

Ribera Del Duero Region 1 night Hotel info

Day 9: Aranda de Duero

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Transfer to Aranda de Duero, the capital of the Ribera del Duero region, to discover the town’s interconnected wine cellars during a tasting of the region’s classic tempranillos. Tonight, enjoy a vineyard dinner and wine tasting.

Madrid 2 nights Hotel info

Day 10: Travel to Madrid

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel south to Madrid. After arriving, enjoy a free afternoon to sample the city’s local flavors or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Madrid Flamenco Show & Dinner $115pp* Details

Flamenco is a passionate, seductive art form exclusive to Spain, and you’ll experience the clapping, singing and stamping of this celebrated tradition during a live show in Madrid. This Andalucian style of dance combines guitar playing (toque), song (cante) and rhythmic handclaps (palmas). A three-course dinner will be served alongside local wine at a nearby restaurant before the expressive, dramatic, colorful performance.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $125)

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Madrid

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Begin your day following a local guide on a citywide tour.

• Discover the artwork of the Prado Museum, which began as the private collection of the Spanish monarchy

• Pass some of the city’s main squares including Plaza Cibeles, Plaza Neptune and Plaza de España, where you’ll view the Don Quixote statue

• Pass by the Temple of Debod, a reassembled temple from ancient Egypt

• Enjoy a walking tour through the city’s historic district from the Royal Palace to Plaza Mayor

• Finish your tour with wine and tapas at San Miguel market

Bid farewell to your fellow travelers over a traditional Castilian dinner at Restaurante Botin, considered the oldest restaurant in the world.

Day 12: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue your tour in Seville.

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.

Seville 3 nights Hotel info

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Seville

  Included meals: Breakfast

Board the high-speed train and head south to the capital of Andalusia for a guided tour.

• Enter the Alcázar, once home to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella

• Get a glimpse into Seville’s rich history, including the tiled pavilion of the Plaza de España and the Gothic Seville Cathedral where Columbus is buried

• Pass the whitewashed homes of Barrio de Santa Cruz

Day 13: Carmona and Jerez

  Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Journey to the countryside, where you’ll experience Andalusian culinary specialties. 

• Sample artisanal olive oils and learn about their production at an olive oil farm

• Enjoy free time in the charming town of Carmona

• Travel to Jerez where Sherry, the famous fortified wine, is produced

• Tour a bodega to see how Sherry is produced, and then have a taste

Day 14: Free day in Seville

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring on your own or add excursions.

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

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $129)

Day 15: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (Please note: depending on your home airport, you may have to spend the night in the US and arrive home on day 15.)

How's the weather?

  • Barcelona, Spain
  • San Sebastian, Spain
  • Madrid, Spain
Temperature Precipitation
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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.

How's the weather?

  • Barcelona, Spain
  • San Sebastian, Spain
  • Madrid, Spain
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

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.

See what our travelers say about this tour—all reviews are authentic and unedited.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/8/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A Fabulous Taste of Spain

This tour exceeded my expectations. From wonderful food, great restaurants and oh yes, the wine. Our tour guide Marcelo was fabulous. So knowledgeable of every aspect of Spain, it's history and traditions. The your had a perfect pace, with time to see the many sites to just sitting and enjoying a glass of wine. A perfect holiday!

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Hi Marie! It’s wonderful to hear that the tour exceeded your expectations. We’re glad you enjoyed the delicious cuisine – and the wine, too! It sounds like the enthusiasm and expertise of your Tour Director really enhanced your experience, and we’re happy to hear it. Thank you for your review, and we look forward to welcoming you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 04, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 10/10/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Birthday Trip

This trip was fabulous, the tour director was awesome, she really knew her stuff. She was friendly, accommodating, all ways up beat and smiling, went out of her way to please everyone. Communicated our needs to tour guides and hotel staff. The wine tours were great. The food was A+, the only thing that I would change in this tour is to have more food interaction.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/12/2015

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: IA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A Delightful Taste of Spain!

We just returned from a wonderful tour! This tour was well organized, extremely interesting, and fun.filled! The places we visited were great. The wines, food, and hotels were all top notch. We had a perfect tour guide, Gracia, who made the tour one of the best we've taken. The whole group was friendly and fun loving. We enjoyed the tour and the format so much that we've already signed up for another Food & Wine tour for next year. You should take this tour! You'll have a wonderful time!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/6/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Well rounded Wine and Food tour

This tour is 11 days and packed with an amazing itinerary! My husband and I felt that it was very well rounded, with a great food and wine experience. The vineyard tours were excellent, the subterranean wine cellar tour and tasting, walking the streets where they have the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, having dinner at the oldest restaurant in the world, Botin, in Madrid. So many adventures in the 11 days. The local guides were very knowledgeable and our Tour Director, Alexandre R. was exceptional. He made this trip even better. I highly recommend this tour!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/9/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

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Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Paz is the best!

I had never been to Spain. I really wanted to go, no one wanted to go with me. Problem solved, I went alone. Yes, Im a middle aged, single woman and went alone. I had a bit of anxiety and had no idea what to expect. All I can say is that this Food and Wine tour of Spain was absolutely fabulous. I loved our tour director "Paz" I don't believe that there was a question that she could not answer. She was just a joy. The food was superb, out hotel rooms were very nice by European standards, the cooking class and pre-market experience was a lot of fun. We did not miss a beat. There was plenty of alone time to explore the quaint little villages and large cities, the quality of the tour, bus, wine cellars, education, museum, and activities was superb. I am already looking at a tour with Go Ahead for 2016.. Just can't make up my mind. So many fabulous choices!

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Staff Review


5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/17/2015

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Staff Review

Amazing Experience

This was my first time to Spain and my first Food & Wine tour but my fourth tour with Go Ahead. Food & Wine tours are the way to go. It was such a special experience and a unique way to experience the true culture of an area. I learned a lot and ate A LOT. The hotels started off great and just got better as the tour went on. The included meals were so delicious and authentic. Our group was great, our bus drivers were great, everything was great. As always, the best part of the trip was the Tour Director. She was a treasure and we couldn't have asked for more. Take this tour.