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The Tastes of Northern Spain (11 Days)

Northern 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 cultures of Barcelona and Madrid. Both compete for the title of cultural capital, boasting incredible art and unique architecture, but also flavors they each call their own. Savor San Sebastian’s world-famous fare, and taste tempranillo wines of La Rioja and Ribera del Duero. With rolling green hills, rugged coastal cliffs and delectable cuisine, Northern Spain 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 tour coordinator
  • Multilingual tour guide
  • Selected admissions with priority entry
  • Visit to Aranjuez Prison (Correctional/Law Enforcement Officials only)
  • Private deluxe motor coach
  • Transportation (planes, trains, boats, etc.) while on tour

Plaza Mayor in Madrid

San Sebastian

Montserrat

Hidden Basque Villages

La Segrada Familia

Passageways of Aranda de Duero

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Price: $5,109.00 (2018) based on double occupancy, plus optional $394 premium trip protection*

Next Departure Dates:

October 2019
(SPMD1019)
 October 2020 (SPMD 1020)
 April 2021 (SPMD0421)
September 2021
(SPMD0921)

Contact us for exact departure dates

Edventure Highlights Include:

~ Welcome Dinner


~ A tour of La Boquería, a world-famous market filled with local seasonal products, for a cooking lesson from a professional chef who teaches participants how to prepare traditional Catalonian dishes


~ The best of Barcelona, including a visit to the mountain park of Montjuïc to take in views of the city and sea from Mirador de l’Alcalde gardens, the Passeig de Gràcia, Antoni Gaudí’s architecture including his masterpiece, La Sagrada Família, and the city’s Gothic Quarter


~ Park Guell and La Pedrera, magnificent works of art combined with living that reflected the bourgeois of the 1920's, designed as a modernist community overlooking Barcelona in 1905 by Architect Antoni Gaudi


~ The Cava wine region for a stop at the Codorníu Winery to explore the underground cellars and learn more about how this Spanish sparkling wine is produced, followed by a tasting and a light tapas lunch 


~ San Sebastian, known for its natural beauty and unrivaled local cuisine, for a stroll through the streets with a local guide to see Playa de la Concha, the Old Quarter of town, and the balconies of Plaza de la Constitución, which were once ringside seats for bullfights


~ A taste of Basque culture at the impressive fish market, then tasting a sample of bite-sized pintxos, Basque-style tapas, with txakoli, a locally-produced white wine


~ An evening featuring Basque Traditions with a visit to a traditional Basque cider house, or Sidreria to sample sidra (Spanish hard cider) after learning how it is produced, then enjoying a hearty dinner of local cuisine


~ Pamplona, famous for the the running of the bulls during the annual San Fermín festival, for a sightseeing tour past Plaza de Toros, Pamplona Cathedral and Pamplona city hall, before sampling local asparagus, piquillo red peppers or artichokes from this area of Spain known for its flavorful vegetables

~ The village of Briones, taking in views of the Ebro River Valley’s vineyards and mountains along the way, to 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 

~ A tour the quaint village of Elciego’s 16th- and 17th-century churches, and an included lunch, before heading to the City of Wine complex at the Marqués de Riscal wine cellars for a tour of the gorgeous vineyards and hotel designed by the innovative architect Frank Gehry, followed by a tasting of several Rioja tempranillo wines and traditional Spanish tapas

~ Aranda de Duero, the capital of the Ribera del Duero region, to discover the town’s interconnected underground wine cellars, before descending into the Don Carlos historical cellar to taste full-bodied tempranillo wines of the region paired with tapas and chocolate

~ A lesson on native Spanish wines during a tour of a local Ribera del Duero vineyard, followed by a dinner with regional specialties

~ A guided bus tour of Madrid, including the Plaza de Espana, Plaza Mayor, the Temple Debod, a reassembled temple from ancient Egypt, and the Royal Palace


~ The Prado, Madrid's world-class art museum, to gaze upon the masterpieces of Diego Velazquez, Raphael, and El Greco


~ Aranjuez Prison (Correctional/Law Enforcement Officials only)


~ Wine and tapas at San Miguel market, followed by a traditional Castilian dinner at one of the oldest restaurants in the world

~ An optional evening of entertainment with a flamenco show, a unique and colorful Andalusian art form, involving guitar-playing, singing, clapping and dancing, beginning with dinner at a local restaurant ($115/pp)

Tour Activity Estimates
 Average Daily Walking: 2 Hours
Average Activity Level: Moderate (uneven terrain, including paved and unpaved roads, cobblestone streets, some hills and steep stairs)

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