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The Tastes of Northern Spain (11 or 14 Days)

From the Cava of Catalonia to the 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 as you take in the culture of Barcelona and Madrid, both competing for the title of cultural capital, both boasting incredible art and architecture. Savor San Sebastian’s world-famous fare and taste tempranillo wines of La Rioja and Ribera del Duero. The communities of northern Spain are passionate and proud—and with good reason. With rolling green hills, rugged coastal cliffs and delectable cuisine, this region offers a remarkable contrast to the rest of the country. From pilgrim sites to palaces, paella to pintxos, and tapas to tintos de verano, the tastes of Spain will surprise and seduce you.

Your Edventure includes:
  • Round-trip airfare from SFO or LAX (price varies depending on additional departure gateways)
  • 9 nights in hand-picked hotels
  • Breakfast daily
  • 3 lunches
  • 6 three-course meals served with beer or wine
  • Private cooking class
  • 3 wine-tasting excursions
  • Full-time multilingual tour director
  • Evening of Traditional Spanish entertainment
  • Selected admissions with priority entry
  • Visit to Aranjuez Prison (Correctional/Law Enforcement Officials only)
  • Private deluxe motor coach

Plaza Mayor in Madrid

Paella

San Sebastian

Wine Region of Briones

Montserrat
La Segrada Familia

Passageways of Aranda de Duero

Price: $4,024.00 (2016) based on double occupancy, plus optional $364 TravelSafe Premium*

Optional excursion (Day 5): Basque Cider Tasting and Dinner $99 per person

Optional excursion (Day9): Traditional Spanish Evening $99 per person

Optional 3-day extension: Seville $659 per person

Optional excursion on extension (Day 13): Flamenco Show $125 per person

Optional excursion on extension (Day 13): Sierra de Aracena $119 per person

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Itinerary:


Day 1 - (In-flight meals) Your trip begins with an overnight flight to Barcelona aboard an internationally recognized airline.

Day 2 - (In-flight meals, Dinner) Welcome to Barcelona! Our 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 - (Breakfast, Lunch) 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.


Day 4 - (Breakfast, Lunch) 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 - (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, join an optional excursion featuring Basque Traditions and Dinner. Head just outside of San Sebastian to visit a traditional Basque cider house, or Sidreria. You’ll sample sidra (Spanish hard cider) as you learn how it is produced, then enjoy a hearty dinner of local cuisine (additional reservation fee required).


Day 6 - (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 - (Breakfast, Lunch) 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.


Day 8 - (Breakfast, Dinner) 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.


Day 9 - (Breakfast, Dinner) 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, join an optional excursion for a Traditional Spanish Evening. 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 (additional reservation fee required).


Day 10 - (Breakfast, Dinner) 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 - (Breakfast) Bid adios as a our representative escorts you to the airport for your flight home

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Day 11 - (Breakfast) 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.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, then 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, before passing the whitewashed homes of Barrio de Santa Cruz.


Day 12 - (Breakfast) 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, then travel to Jerez where Sherry, the famous fortified wine, is produced. Afterwards, tour a bodega to see how Sherry is produced, and then have a taste.

Day 13 - (Breakfast) Spend the day on your own exploring Seville, or join an optional excursion. 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 (additional reservation fee required). This evening, the chance to choose another optional excursion to see the most famous Spanish dancing in the world. First, see the sights of old Seville 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 (additional reservation fee required).

Day 14 - (Breakfast) Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Next Departure Dates:
October 2016
(SPMD1016)
 October 2017 (SPMD 1017)
 April 2019 (SPMD0419)
March 2020 (SPMD0320)
September 2019
(SPMD0920)
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