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Sail along Spain’s Mediterranean coast and discover for yourself why Barcelona, Valencia, the Costa del Sol and more have become such iconic European destinations (plus, enjoy sumptuous luxury onboard a privately chartered yacht!). Set sail with us on our Spain: Iconic Cities by Sea members-only cruise. iconic spanish ports by sea page 26

Spain’s Mediterranean coast extends from the family-friendly charms of Costa Brava to the posh, designer label-style of Costa del Sol and beyond.

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A Taste of Spain

Is Spain the culinary capital of the world? With the most Michelin Star-rated restaurants per capita in the world in San Sebastián and La Rioja’s endless vineyards that produce exquisite wines, it might just be. Prepare to savor it all on our Spain: A Culinary Journey experience.

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España, Family Style

Spain’s engaging culture, striking natural beauty, historic charms, and effervescent warmth make for the ultimate family vacation. Share this delightful pocket of Europe with the whole family on a vacation designed to combine a wealth of cultural, playful and active elements. Join us (and bring the kids!) for our Spain: A Family Adventure experience.

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Insider’s Andalucia Learn the art of flamenco, try your hand at taming a young bull, visit Granada’s famous La Alhambra, and find yourself immersed in the blend of dynamic history, diversity and natural beauty that have made Andalucía one of Spain’s cultural capitals. Discover it all on our Spain: Insider’s Andalucía experience.

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Mallorca— Island Living, Spanish Style

Live like a local on Spain's most famous island. Explore quaint seaside villages and cosmopolitan Palma or simply relax beside your private pool and indulge in the sweet luxury of quiet days spent doing absolutely nothing. Brush up on your Spanish phrases as you prepare to experience life like a native on our Spain: Mallorca Villa Living experience.

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Running of the Bulls

Spain’s renowned (and heart-pounding) tradition is no longer necessarily a rugged one. Observe the rush of this time-honored event in comfort and style, along with a variety of additional highlights typical of Spain’s annual Fiesta de San Fermín and the charms of Madrid and La Rioja as well. Settle in for the perfect blend of adrenaline-pumping thrills and plush luxury on our Spain: Running of the Bulls experience.

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Even though it’s fairly new, it has played a part in the Golden Age. Really, it has connections to the 14th Century. People have visited here in search of Russia, Africa, the Aztek Empire and Paris. They’ve even come to see its creator. And they’ve been successful, but only for a period of time. What they find depends on what it offers. It’s The Matter of Time.

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LETTER FROM THE CLUB

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e aren’t embarrassed to admit it. We’ve been dreaming about luxurious, authentic

experiences across Spain—a country full of passion, color, energy, and history— for what feels like forever. So we are delighted to introduce Exclusive Immersion: Spain 2013—the newest way to enjoy luxury vacations with Exclusive Resorts— by announcing six unique journeys throughout this fascinating country in 2013.

While Spain is only a little larger than our home state of Colorado, it’s home to an incredible variety of iconic landmarks, customs, and attractions. Spain is the birthplace of flamenco. It’s home to the exhilarating Running of the Bulls, which takes place during the annual Fiesta de San Fermín. And with what are arguably some of the most remarkable culinary traditions anywhere, we may even go as far as to call Spain a culinary capital of the world. Bold statement? We’ll let you decide come 2013. Our new Exclusive Immersion program is yet another way for you to experience the best the world has to offer with Exclusive Resorts. Each year we will focus our lens on a new far-off place you have always wanted to explore, making it easy for you to soak in memorable, genuine experiences that will leave you feeling like a local. We originally announced this program as part of the Club’s Next Chapter in December 2011, under the working title “Destination of the Year.” As this change of name suggests, however, these experiences are not simply about visiting a destination. In fact, they’re the opposite— they’re hands-on, authentic, and designed to help you truly discover the soul of a destination. In the case of Spain, that means immersing yourself within a diverse culture that prides itself on its cuisine, music, dancing, religion, traditions and more. In the pages ahead you’ll find stories that will take you away to different regions of Spain, unveiling insights into the country’s history and describing extraordinary activities and experiences with each word and photograph. Find out how best to experience Spain with a young family. Learn about one of the most-respected chefs in all of Europe. Imagine applying the same rhythm you learn on the flamenco dance floor when you train with a professional torero (matador) and young calf. All of this and more is waiting for you in Spain! Of course, as you would expect of any Exclusive Resorts vacation, luxurious accommodations come standard, and we handle all the details to ensure your journey is easy and stress-free. So along with every story, we’ve included a helpful fact box highlighting the important details for each experience, as well as overviews of your accommodations throughout every journey. This information can also be found in the trip grid in the back of this magazine and on the ER Compass® Spain experience pages. We can’t wait to see you in Spain. ¡Salud! The Exclusive Resorts Team

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¡Buen Provecho! a culinary journey

Spain’s rich—and exquisite—culinary traditions, from the locals’ take on laid-back comfort food to the most gourmet Michelin-starred cuisine, give new meaning to the concept of eating and eating well.

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Traditional tapas, or small plates, often showcase delicacies and local favorites unique to each region, allowing visitors to sample the authentic flavors of different corners of Spain in true bite size.

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Spain’s best-known wine region, La Rioja, is home to historic wineries that still produce many of the country’s finest vintages.

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more than a method of cooking. It’s a mentality— you might even say a worldview. Eating plenty and eating well is the accepted standard in Spain. In fact, it’s a cultural point of pride. For that reason, some call it the pinnacle of culinary destinations. The locals? They simply call it life.

century and were founded as a type of “gentlemen’s club” bringing friends together to celebrate and even compete over the best cuisine. Today’s members must apply to be admitted into the society based on their culinary expertise, and if accepted must pay annual membership fees. Think of it as a rustic culinary country club, where the passion is perfecting your signature dish rather than your golf swing.

This unsurpassed “foodie” adventure begins in San Sebastián, where it’s not unusual to see a surfer skim in on a wave, dry off, and head to a Michelin Star-rated restaurant. He would certainly enjoy his pick from among a variety of options, as San Sebastián boasts the most Michelin Starrated restaurants per capita in the world. Hip and chic, this picturesque seaside town features the stunning Bahia de La Concha surrounded by lovely rolling hills. Its purpose, however, is found in food.

Your home in San Sebastián is the historic and luxurious Hotel Maria Cristina, built in 1912. Centrally located, it makes it the perfect retreat in which to recharge with a siesta before heading out on a Pintxos Pub Crawl—a local activity that embodies what we all love about food: beauty, flavor, imagination, fresh ingredients and most importantly, friendship and community. While meandering from tapas bar to tapas bar, you’ll get to know your fellow Club members, striking up conversations over delectable plates and wine. Think of this as an appetizer on your trip, because soon you will be enjoying dinner at the three-star Michelin rated restaurant Arzak—and that may be the best main course you’ve ever eaten.

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Arzak’s joint head chef Elena Arzak, 42, was named the world’s best female chef this year by Clicquot. Her father and cohead chef, Juan Mari Arzak, received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. Under the direction of Elena and Juan Mari, Arzak has transformed into one of the most popular restaurants in the world. In fact, it’s one of the “1,000 Places to See Before You Die,” according to Patricia Schultz’s famous book. And it’s no surprise—the Arzak family’s culinary expertise and creativity is evident in every dish on the menu. “When you are a chef, you learn to think about food all the time,” Elena Arzak said in a recent interview with the Financial Times. After dining at Arzak—in a private dining room, no less—you may never think about food the same way again. Your experience continues with a visit to nearby Bilbao, the home of the famous Guggenheim Museum, which boasts amazing artwork from all over the world. In some respects, however, it is the building’s unique architecture that many visitors

in rioja, wineries are distinguished by long and colorful histories. find most entrancing. Resembling a magnificent titanium-plated ship docked at bay on the Nervion River, the museum is credited with generating an architectural and economic resurgence so powerful, it has earned its own catchphrase: the “Guggenheim effect.” You will have the perfect opportunity to see how this architectural wonder impacts your own appreciation of Bilbao during a private lunch onsite at the quaint yet modern Guggenheim Bistro. And of course, the perfect complement to days spent sampling and savoring gourmet meals is a visit to a region where selecting the perfectly paired glass of wine is truly an art form. One of the largest wine producing nations in the world, Spain has nearly three million acres of planted vineyards. Fine Spanish wines emphasize their flavor for the sake of tasting—an idea you will come to appreciate first-hand during your stay in La Rioja, Spain’s best-known wine region. So naturally, your culinary odyssey will next take you to Rioja. In Rioja, wineries are distinguished by long and colorful histories. Enjoying a private tour and tasting at López de Heredia, the region’s oldest winery dating back to 1875, is

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a history lesson in itself. Dust and cobwebs guard bottles of wine that have been aged for decades. This historic winery is committed to aging all of its wine until it’s perfect to drink—the minimum is six years, but many white wines here are flirting with 20 years and more. Following World War II, many wineries in this region began focusing on modernizing their production using chemical pesticides, herbicides and machines. They soon learned that chemicals were killing the soil and diminishing quality of the grapes. López de Heredia, thankfully, never transitioned to these modern techniques, and continued producing superior vintages while their competitors were forced to re-learn the techniques that López de Heredia had been using for more than a century. As Maria José López told The New York Times, “New technology is fine, but you can’t forget the logic of history.”

you make your way south for one last stop on your culinary journey: Barcelona, the epicenter of Cataluña. Catalan cuisine is known for being unpretentious yet sophisticated—and definitely fresh. Barcelona features one of the largest fresh food markets in Europe, La Boqueria, where hundreds upon hundreds of locals gather to sell their wares, including a variety of fish, vegetables and meats— especially ham, a Spanish delicacy. Look for a black hoof at one of the ham venders, as it’s a sign that the pig feasted only on acorns, ensuring the highest quality of meat. And discover the trick to identifying and selecting the highest quality spices and local produce as a local chef leads you on an epicurean tour in downtown Barcelona and customized tasting through the market, just as discerning locals like to do.

new technology is fine, but you can’t forget the logic of history. Today, there are traditional and modern wineries making statements right alongside each other in Rioja, including Bodegas Launa, co-owned by Iker Unzalu, one of the region’s top winemakers. Your hands-on experience here, complete with a private tour and a special home-cooked meal, will unveil the secret to pairing wines appropriately with meals and comprehending each vintage’s full flavor. And when it comes time to leave La Rioja, you can cleanse your palate with a refreshing glass of bubbly cava in the comfort of your first class seat onboard one of Spain’s high-speed trains, traveling at nearly 200 miles per hour as

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Of course, no culinary experience in Spain would be complete without paella, Spain’s signature dish. On the final night of your culinary journey, gather with your fellow members and learn the art of preparing traditional Spanish paella with a local chef and, of course, dining on the fruits of your labor! One of the best (and most fun) ways to gain a personal understanding of any new culture is to eat your way through it. So as they say in Spain, ¡Buen provecho! 


The eye-catching design of Hotel Marques de Riscal, nestled in the verdant Rioja wine region, practically screams the name of it’s architect: Guggenheim Bilbao designer Frank O. Gehry.

Where You’ll Stay

HOTEL MARIA CRISTINA

HOTEL MARQUES DE RISCAL

HOTEL EL PALACE

Located in San Sebastián’s historic city center and overlooking the Urumea River, the beautiful Hotel Maria Cristina boasts period style and the finest of luxuries. Ideally located in the heart of the city, this posh property puts you just steps from both the charms of downtown and the city’s beautiful beaches. Your junior suite features a private living room, a luxurious bedroom and warm, beautiful décor.

Hotel Marques de Riscal can certainly be labeled one of the most unique hotels in the world. Frank O. Gehry, the architect of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, is the mastermind behind the hotel’s bright, mind-boggling design. Built in 2006, the artistically designed hotel is starkly contrasted by the 19th century architecture that surrounds it, truly making it a gem of the Rioja region. Your Grand Deluxe room offers ample space, a marble bathroom and plenty of natural light.

This five-star hotel exemplifies the epitome of traditional luxury. Completely refurbished in 2009, this elegant hotel features a breathtaking lobby, rich with mahogany and marble, along with the Michelin Star-rated Caelis Restaurant; and the finest of world-class services. Your Classic Deluxe Room overlooks Barcelona’s Gran Via and is classically-styled with plenty of amenities, including an elegant fireplace that dates from 1919.

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ELCIEGO, LA RIOJA Grand Deluxe Rooms

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The best way to learn the art of wine tasting is under the tutelage of expert vintners like those at López de Heredia.

The Details ITINERARY DETAILS

Explore the culinary capital of Spain and receive insider access to epicurean delights through private cooking classes and demonstrations under the tutelage of professional chefs at a private gastronomic society in San Sebastian, rare wine tastings in the La Rioja wine region and a private dining experience at a Michelin 3-Star restaurant. Cultural highlights designed to complement your culinary adventure include a visit to Bilbao’s famous Guggenheim Museum, a ride on Spain’s high-speed train and a guided private tour of Barcelona.

TRIP LENGTH

9 days, 8 nights

TRAVEL DATES

September 1-9, 2013 • September 8-16, 2013 • September 15-23, 2013 September 29-October 7, 2013 • October 6-14, 2013 • October 13-21, 2013

GETTING THERE

Fly into San Sebastián (EAS), likely connecting through Barcelona. Fly out of Barcelona (BCN).

RESERVATION REQUIREMENTS

Your membership will be charged 8 Plan Days (per accommodation unit reserved) and 1 Advanced Reservation.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

• All accommodations • Transfers to and from all accommodations as built into the itinerary. • Services of a local guide and Expedition Leader for each itinerary. • Breakfast daily • Almost all lunch and dinners • All group activities; including Pintxos Pub Crawl in San Sebastián; private cooking experience with lunch at an exclusive Gastroniomic Society in San Sebastián; dinner at the Michelin 3-Star restaurant Arzak; private tour and lunch at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao; wine tastings and tours at two local wineries in La Rioja; multiple city tours; dinner at a creative and cutting edge tapas restaurant in Barcelona; cooking class and dinner with a private chef; and multiple a la carte attractions, such as bicycle tours and shopping experiences.

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The Art of Cooperage: Making of a Wine Barrel The ancient skill of Cooperage—or the making of barrels—hasn’t changed drastically in its 2,000-year history. The Romans first used barrels in the third century because it was the most practical method of shipping items throughout their empire. As technology improved, barrels were replaced with other shipping vessels. The best winemakers, however, continued to use them: they knew they needed the oak barrels to craft their wine’s taste to perfection. It was the French who took the craft of coopering and raised it to what has certainly become an art form. And in fact, French oak is the wood of choice when it comes to wine barrels. It was also the French who helped improve the quality of American oak barrels in the 1980s, which, up until then, had been primarily used for aging whiskey and bourbon. If you haven’t studied the composition of a wine barrel up close, we’ll let you in on a little secret: all in all, they sound fairly basic. Barrels are made up of staves (strong wooden strips) which are shaped into a bulging cylinder and flat heads, or ends. Those staves are held in place by metal hoops. The round designed was originally used because they can easily be rolled in multiple directions. Most barrels weigh between 125 and 140 pounds when empty (so imagine how heavy they are when filled with wine!). The cooper, or barrel maker, chooses the strongest staves and assembles them inside a metal hoop that acts as jig—an operation known as “míse en rose” or “raising the barrel.” Three metal hoops are forced into place, creating a solid hold on the staves, which are then dampened by the cooper. At this point, the partially constructed barrel is placed over a small wood fire and charred. The amount of char applied affects the taste of the wine aged in the barrel, so the next time you’re told a wine has a smoky taste, you will know why! To complete the assembly, the cooper fits the head into the croze, or the piece at the end of the barrel, and locks in that final hooping with a large mallet. With a bang, a wine barrel is created. A single wine barrel can take as many as eight hours to craft, and will last an average of about five years.

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A Family ADVENTURE IN CATALUĂ‘A

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Costa Brava is home to gorgeous beaches, quaint seaside towns, and a more relaxed, laidback atmosphere than its sister, Costa del Sol.

Catalu単a offers the perfect setting for an active, immersive family vacation. Let the kids take the lead on scavenger hunts, soccer scrimmages, and breaks for tasty treats in Barcelona, and then find your family enjoying fun-filled, sun-soaked days exploring the seaside charms of Costa Brava.

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History seeps from the walls here. So it’s no surprise that Barcelona is one of the most-visited cities in the world. But that is just one reason children will find this destination so exciting.

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learning how to make their favorite sweet treats at a delectable chocolate shop. A soccer scrimmage in the heart of the colorful Parq Güell, surrounded by Gaudí’s magical mosaic art works. Or an exhilarating photography scavenger hunt around Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. The capital of Spain’s Cataluña region, Barcelona makes for a perfect European family vacation, providing an endless variety of engaging excursions and activities that ensure kids—and the young at heart—enjoy a memorable journey full of handson experiences that reveal and celebrate Spain’s unique culture.

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1. Poppy fields and hilltop towns dot the landscape along coastal Spain. 2. Take a break from your adventures, sampling decadent churros con chocolate, a local favorite. 3. Cataluña’s stunning scenery will captivate every visitor, regardless of age.

To start your family’s cultural experience off on the right foot, head downtown for a guided tapas walking tour and cheese tasting excursion, exploring several of the area’s many markets and restaurants. Delicious, traditional (and often colorful) Spanish hors d’oeuvres, tapas are generally served on small plates—they’re literally the perfect first taste of Spain, and they come in kid-sized portions!

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Kids—and the young at heart—will be delighted to spend a day sailing the Mediterranean, snorkeling off secluded beaches, and soaking up the Spanish sun.

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While you’re probably familiar with tapas, did you know that Spain is renowned for its cheeses in particular? Made from the milk of cows, goats or sheep, there are more than 100 varieties of cheese made throughout the country. This tasting tour will certainly ready your taste buds for dinner this evening. The city features plenty of places to explore. Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, resting in the same location as an ancient Roman settlement and still featuring remnants of its glorious past, is a perfect starting place. With the assistance of your family’s own personal guide, participate in a photo scavenger hunt, discovering Spain’s culture from behind a lens. Make sure to look up and all over the place, as the winding streets can create quite the maze. The family team that finds and photographs everything on the scavenger hunt wins, but all families go home with plenty of memories. Following an afternoon siesta, visit a quaint neighborhood chocolate shop, where you will learn the art of making delicious Spanish chocolates. If the universe were made of chocolate, Barcelona would be at the very center of it. Many consider Switzerland or Belgium the chocolate capitals of the world, but chocolate in Spain is simply the best. In fact, Spain’s conquistadors were the first Europeans to experience cacao when exploring the Americas in the 16th century, and Spanish monks invented the first chocolatemaking machine in 1780. Today, chocolate plays a key role in quite a bit of Spanish cuisine,

from delicately crafted chocolates like those you will create as a family to the deliciously rich churros con chocolate, a popular breakfast among many Spaniards. A visit to Barcelona isn’t complete without a rousing game of football—better known across the Atlantic as soccer—so be prepared to help your kids challenge your fellow members to a friendly family soccer scrimmage later in the day. It’s no secret that soccer is the sport in Europe, and this is especially true in Spain. In fact, Spain won the 2010 World Cup, and the top-rated teams in the nation—Real Madrid and FC Barcelona—perennially contend for the coveted Liga trophy. Get a taste of the locals’ love for soccer yourselves, scrimmaging in the beautiful Parq Güell. Chances are you’ll even attract some enthusiastic spectators. And when you’ve finished, you can cool off with a leisurely stroll through the park—Gaudí’s fascinating, rambling park complex features several unique architectural elements and beautiful scenery. After a few days in the city, even the kids will be ready to soak in the sun in a true artist’s paradise—Costa Brava. Costa Brava is located in the northeast of Spain and visually resembles Tuscany—if Tuscany were near the ocean. Exciting sailing experience filled with snorkeling, swimming and plenty of beach time await. The beautiful beach scenery may have very well inspired artists like Marc Chagall, Dani Karavan and Ramon Pichot. The glamour of Costa Brava, however, is attributed to the many actors who have vacationed and filmed movies there—including Elizabeth Taylor, Orson Welles and Douglas Fairbanks. That kind of classic Hollywood pedigree has turned Costa Brava into a luxurious getaway destination.

Today, chocolate plays a key role in quite a bit of Spanish cuisine, from delicately crafted chocolates like those you will create as a family to the deliciously rich churros con chocolate, a popular breakfast among many Spaniards.

While you’re probably familiar with tapas, did you know that Spain is renowned for its cheeses in particular? Made from the milk of cows, goats or sheep, there are more than 100 varieties of cheese made throughout the country.

This northeastern coastal region of Spain is home to a bevy of family-fun activities. So when your kids have had their fill of sailing, snorkeling, and splashing in the Mediterranean, you will arrive at your home for the rest of the trip—the Hotel Mas de Torrent, a restored farm house perched on the top of a hill above a medieval town and fields of sunflowers, where we will host your kids for a fun no-adults-allowed dinner.

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Take in the stunning scenery on a relaxed family bike ride.

what’s inside the dalí theatre & museum? The Dalí Theatre & Museum is dedicated to the work of the artist Salvador Dalí. Dalí’s surrealist work is striking, bizarre and brilliant. While you won’t find his most famous piece here, “The Persistence of Memory” (that’s found in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City), you will find his largest and most diverse collection—a majority of it from his personal collection. Families, and especially children, will find Dalí’s sculptures, three-dimensional collages, mechanical devices and a living room with custom furniture that resembles the face of the late actress Mae West most entertaining. The piece is actually called “Face of Mae West Which Can be Used as an Apartment” and from far away, it certainly resembles the American actress who died in 1980. As you walk into the room, the exhibit strangely turns into a living room with the bright lips of Mae West serving as the couch, her eyes as two hanging photos and her nose as an odd end table. It’s a perfect example of surrealism.

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The next day, enjoy a cooking class where your family will learn how to make a host of Spanish specialties. Then spend the day at the beach before venturing out on a thrilling nighttime ghost and pirate tour by flashlight through the medieval town of Pals, which fought off invading pirates centuries ago. As the perfect complement to these active experiences, there is also a wealth of cultural highlights to be explored. And perhaps the most surprising, and certainly fascinating, local attractions is the Dalí Theatre and Museum. Designed by Salvador Dalí himself in 1974, the museum showcases the work of this prominent surrealist artist. Kids will love—and even recognize—some of Dalí’s striking and bizarre pieces of art. And they may have already seen his most well-known painting, “The Persistence of Memory,” which depicts clocks melting—it is currently on exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. After getting acquainted with Dalí’s art, your family will have the chance to try

your hand at making your own surrealist piece to take home. The afternoon will include plenty of time to rest or explore the picturesque countryside by bicycle with your dedicated guide. When you look back on this Spanish adventure, you’ll find your family has gained a much greater appreciation and understanding of one of Spain’s most intriguing (and fun) regions. Where ancient chocolate-making techniques still produce the finest treats, friendly soccer matches draw out the locals, the pristine beauty of the Mediterranean coast beckons, and a wealth of cultural history—dating all the way back to the days of the Romans—awaits around every turn. Through a perfect mix of active and cultural experiences, your kids will have the time of their lives—an may not even realize how much they are learning along the way. 


After days spent exploring bustling Barcelona, the quiet coastal towns and wide open spaces along Costa Brava will welcome you with a perfect blend of peaceful relaxation and outdoor adventures.

The Details ITINERARY DETAILS

A European vacation through the heart of Spain perfectly tailored for your family. Enjoy tapas tours, chocolate shop demonstration, hands-on mosaic-making classes, a soccer scrimmage in Parq Güell and plenty of city tours, including a fun photo scavenger hunt. Kids will love a cooking class designed especially for them, a day on the beach on the beautiful Costa Brava, and a trip to the Dalí Museum to learn all about surrealist art. It’s the perfect itinerary, filled with activities that will delight your kids, and also give them the gift of insight into a fascinating culture.

TRIP LENGTH

8 days, 7 nights

TRAVEL DATES

June 12-19, 2013 • June 19-26, 2013 • June 28-July 5, 2013 (holiday) • July 10-17, 2013

GETTING THERE

Fly into and out of Barcelona Airport (BCN).

RESERVATION REQUIREMENTS

Your membership will be charged 7 Plan Days (per accommodation unit reserved), and 1 Advanced Reservation. In addition, you will be charged 1 Priority Holiday Reservation (Select) for travel over the 2013 Fourth of July holiday (the June 28 departure).

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There is a required minimum of 4 travelers per family and a maximum of 5. The fifth traveler will be accommodated with a rollaway bed.

DAILY FEE

$575 per person per night

WHAT’S INCLUDED

• All accommodations per the itinerary • Transfers per the itinerary • Private airport transfer upon arrival and group airport transfer upon departure • Services of a local guides through the itinerary • Services of dedicated host • Most meals all days; breakfast and lunch daily • Local beer and wine with lunch and dinner • All group activities, PORTUGAL including all tours, tastings, bike rides, and admittance to all museums per the itinerary.

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Your garden room at Hotel Mas de Torrent in Empordà (Costa Brava) will welcome you back to plush comfort—and a private outdoor garden area--after each fun-filled day.

Where You’ll Stay

HOTEL ARTS

HOTEL MAS DE TORRENT

This Ritz Carlton-owned luxury hotel located on the Mediterranean is a blissful retreat, cultural hub and fine dining locale all rolled into one. Designed by the distinguished architect Bruce Graham, Hotel Arts reflects Barcelona’s cultural renaissance and modern age. It was built in 1992 to coincide with the Summer Olympic Games and features 44 stories of blue glass and exposed steel soaring above the seafront. Your deluxe room is spacious and offers a luxurious bathroom with a separate bathtub and shower, and a Bang & Olufsen audiovisual system.

Hotel Mas de Torrent is the region’s most emblematic property. Its accommodations and spa convey exclusivity in every detail. Because of its ideal location in Empordà, the resort is known for its spectacular views and extraordinary gardens. The garden area offers 22 modern suites with plenty of natural sunlight and warm décor while still including modern luxuries and amenities. Staying at the Hotel Mas de Torrent allows guests to take in the Empordà countryside, the gorgeous Mediterranean scenery, and plenty of art, cuisine and culture. Please note that your Garden Rooms at Mas de Torrent will not connect. Each family will have one modern room and one classic room, located next door to each other.

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CATHEDRAL OF SANTA EULÁLIA

Better known as the Barcelona Cathedral, this Gothic cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Barcelona. Constructed between the 13th and 15th centuries, the cathedral’s stunning beauty is highlighted by the notable gargoyles on its roof that depict animals, both domestic and mythical. Kids and adults alike will be interested to know that the massive church was actually built over the crypt of a former Visigoth chapel that is more than 950 years old. 1.

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This former café could be called the birthplace of modernisme in Barcelona. Early in his art career, Pablo Picasso would paint here, along with other notable artists such as Santiago Rusiñol I Prats, Miquel Utrillo as well as the sculptor Julio González. Often written as Els 4 Gats, meaning “The Four Cats,” it offered art exhibitions, literary and musical meetings and marionette shows. Today it operates as a chic restaurant, bar and jazz club. THE PALAU DE LA GENERALITAT

This historic palace is one of the few buildings with medieval origins across all of Europe that still functions as a seat of government, housing the same institution that originally built it. Built around the year 1300, it is the seat of the current President of Cataluña—just as it was for the 128 presidents who preceded him.

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spain by sea Luxurious members–only cruise blends history with the contemporary.

Often referred to as the capital of the Costa del Sol, MĂĄlaga somehow contrives to be both a bustling cosmopolitan city and a laid-back coastal vacation destination.

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Sail the iconic ports along Spain’s Mediterranean coast on a luxurious, members-only experience at sea.

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crystal-clear waters and pristine beaches. There’s an atmosphere and culture along the coast that for some miraculous reason has remained whole, shielded from over-development, modernization and novelty. It’s a region where authenticity has been sustained and cultivated. You’ll still find fishermen whose families have culled the coastal waters for generations on the docks in charming seaside fishing villages, artists are still painting in the streets, and tourists are welcomed with wine and local specialties. Sail along the coast of Barcelona and catch glimpses of the Barceloneta, a historic neighborhood constructed in the 18th century that’s bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, the Moll d’Espanya of Port Vell and the Born neighborhood. Cruise the Gulf of Valencia, looking uphill as you float along the coastline to Sagunto, one of the primary enclaves of the Romanization of Spain. If you look closely, you can spot the ancient Roman Theatre of Carthago Navo and the Cathedral ruins as you venture past Cartagena. Take in views of Sevilla’s timeless skyline right from the comfort of your sumptuous onboard suite, since you will enjoy the distinct luxury of cruising up the Guadalquivir River for prime dock position right within the city’s harbor itself. And of

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course, discover the hidden treasures and highlights of these and other iconic ports of call as you explore historic neighborhoods, peruse charming local shops and posh designer boutiques, visit ancient ruins and modern marvels, and more. Sail along Spain’s Mediterranean coast and immerse yourself in the many cultures is the same as varying cultures. And best of all, you’ll share your Spanish sailing experience only with your fellow members, traversing the highlights of Costa Brava, Costa del Sol, and more as you make your way from Barcelona to Lisbon on a privately chartered yacht. With 108 cabins and 95 percent of the ship offering balconies, you’ll find plenty of space to stretch your legs and breathe the fresh air. You won’t be spending the entire time on this luxurious ship, however. Stops in several locations allow for great exploring and plenty of highlight stops. Join us as we cruise the Mediterranean, sailing Spain’s Mediterranean coast on a truly memorable, members-only vacation at sea. Along the way, find yourself captivated by renowned landmarks, hidden local gems, and everything in between. 


Spain’s Iconic Mediterranean Ports Set sail from cosmopolitan Barcelona and cruise along Spain's Mediterranean coast aboard a privately chartered yacht, exploring these iconic cities: 1. BARCELONA

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Antoni Gaudi was the iconic ambassador of Spanish Art Nouveau. His architectural work goes beyond fascinating (and often aweinspiring) buildings—he also designed home interiors, street lamps and furniture, incorporating Moorish, Gothic and Baroque elements. His distinctive style has earned his work international appeal and acclaim. In fact, between 1984 and 2005, seven of his works were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Admirers of his work believe his legend lives on through his masterpiece, the stillincomplete Sagrada Familia cathedral—one of the most visited monuments in Spain, (and nothing like what may come to mind when you hear the word “cathedral.”)

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5. SEVILLA The old city, full of stunning architecture and rich in history

This 3,000-year-old city is home to beautiful architecture and is rich with history, from the Cathedral of St. Mary to the Torre del Oro to the Plaza de España, located in Parque de María Luisa. A leisurely stroll through the city provides glimpses of cultural legacies dating back to the Moorish era, the Golden Age and all the way up to the 19th and 20th centuries.

4. ALMERIA/MALAGA The Alhambra

Transfer from the port in Almería to Granada to visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site—La Alhambra. The palace and fortress complex was built in the mid-14th century as the seat of government and royal court for the last Muslim Emirs in Spain. The complex’s intricate carvings, tile work, and style are remnants of the centuries of artistic influence that Moorish culture. In fact, La Alhambra has remained a source of inspiration across the arts even in more modern times. Notably, M.C. Escher’s 1922 visit to La Alhambra inspired his work on divisions of planes. But if La Alhambra doesn’t appeal, you can also elect to spend the day in Málaga, often referred to as “the capital of the Costa del Sol.” The hometown of Pablo Picasso features a plethora of chic shopping areas, impressive architecture and museums, and a variety of excellent restaurants and cafes.

The City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia is a fascinating example of modern Spanish architecture that serves as the entertainment and cultural hub of the city. Designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela, the five building “city” was completed in stages over the last 10 years along the former bank of the Turia River. It features a state-of-the-art planetarium, interactive science museum, beautifully landscaped plant species trail, open-air oceanographic park, opera house and performing arts center and even a covered outdoor plaza for concerts and sporting events.

3. CARTAGENA Roman Ruins

Cartagena was a lively city during the Roman Empire, when it was known as Cartago Nova, or New Carthage. Remnants of its Roman past can be found throughout the city today, such as the Roman Theatre, the Roman Colonnade, the House of Fortune, the decumanus and the Augusteum. You can even see the remains of a 1st century Roman Amphitheatre where an abandoned bullring was built.

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1. Discover the ultimate luxury—relaxing on the balcony of your private stateroom as you sail the Mediterranean. 2. Join fellow members for a cruise aboard a privately chartered yacht, the newest in the Compagnie du Ponant fleet. 3. The yacht has been meticulously finished, featuring clean, modern design and the occassional crystal accent. 4. taterooms and suites aboard the ship feature sleekly modern decor and plenty of natural light. 5. Savor gourmet cuisine al fresco on the ship's deck. 6. Explore the architectural gem of Andalucía—La Alhambra.

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When you're not exploring historic cities along Spain's coast, enjoy luxurious amenities onboard, including the sun-soaked pool deck.

The Details ITINERARY DETAILS

While you travel from port to port, there are plenty of highlights and amenities on board to make your cruise experience exceptional: • Daily Entertainment • Fitness Center • Sommelier • Lecturer • Onboard Flamenco

TRIP LENGTH

8 days, 7 nights

TRAVEL DATES July 6-13, 2013

DAILY FEE

$350-$1725 per cabin per night (varies based on cabin category reserved)

WHAT’S INCLUDED

• All accommodations • Airport transfer • All food and drink on board • Entertainment on board • All gratuities and taxes on board

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Fly into Barcelona International Airport (BCN). Fly out of Lisbon International Airport (LIS).

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Your membership will be charged 7 Plan Days (per accommodation unit reserved) and 1 Advanced Reservation.

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With its whitewashed hilltop towns, rolling hills dotted with olive groves, richly diverse cultural traditions and historic cities, AndalucĂ­a is a colorful, dynamic destination just waiting to be explored.

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insider’s Andalucia Three things come to mind when dreaming about Spain: food, flamenco and bullfighting. Spain’s Andalucía region is home to some of the best of all three, so it’s no surprise it stands as one of the most iconic destinations in the country. Welcome to Sevilla, Córdoba and Granada—there’s plenty of history to discover, delicacies to savor, rhythms to dance to and bulls to tame.

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1. With its roots in Romani (gypsy) culture, traditional flamenco’s energetic, staccato rhythms will captivate you. 2. You’ll find all the fresh ingredients you need for your private cooking class at a local market in Madrid. 3. The main staircase of the spectacular Hotel Alfonso XIII is a masterpiece of traditional Andalusian tile work and Moorish-inspired architecture.

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find a wealth of it right at the remarkable AC Santo Mauro hotel, housed in an elegant late 19th century building which was once the private residence of the Duke of Santo Mauro and former embassy of the Philippines. The local cuisine is rich in history too. Try the cocido madrileño, a richly flavored stew that is frequently identified with Madrid. Its origin dates back to the Middle Ages, and its ingredients are largely sourced from the vast agricultural regions that surround Madrid still today. “Every country has its own pot-au-feu, a big pot where you put everything in and let it boil,” Madrid-based chef Gabriela Llamas, told Afar Magazine. “Cocido is Spain’s pot-au-feu.” Fresh ingredients are important, so as part of your private cooking class with Chef Llamas, you’ll visit the local booming market, where she will help you select everything you’ll need to create your lunch for the day. Llamas is one of the top instructional chefs in all of Spain and is quite wellknown in her hometown of Madrid.

The time-honored tradition of bullfighting is believed to date back to prehistoric bull worship and sacrifice, but the Spanish introduced it as a formal practice around 1726. Traditional Spanish bullfighting involves a matador coaxing a bull that weighs more than 1,000 pounds toward him before pulling a capote, or cape, away, tricking the bull to run past him. Don’t worry about being thrown into the ring. Rather, learn the rich history of this art on a bull farm itself. You’ll get a feel for the farm’s day-to-day activities, enjoy lunch and receive a cape twirling (capote) demonstration with a young bull. If you’re feeling brave, you can even try your hand at cape twirling yourself with a young calf. Rhythm in the bullfighting ring is actually quite similar to the rhythm on flamenco dance floors. Both require perfect timing, precision and a specific type of passion. The energetic, staccato dance style was born in Andalucía and became so popular that a flamenco genre of music, featuring a singer, guitar player and a person providing the percussive rhythms through handclapping, was born. What started in the 18th century has evolved into a true art form.

both require perfect timing, precision, and passion. After indulging your taste buds in Madrid, you will head to Sevilla, the capital of Andalucía. And while it’s nearly 300 miles from Madrid, you’ll travel via Spain’s innovative high-speed rails in the first class cabin, speeding south at nearly 190 miles per hour. Upon arrival in Sevilla, Exclusive Resorts will immediately immerse you in one of the most time-honored traditions of Andalucia—bullfighting.

“Our flamenco—all our dance—is a mosquito,” Giselle Assi, a performing dancer told The New York Times in 2010. “It bites you.” Experience that bite with a private show before retreating to the Alfonso XIII, one of the world’s most luxurious hotels, for the night.

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LA ALHAMBRA: SIX FUN FACTS It’s complete name is actually “Qal’at alHambra,” which means “The Red Forest.” Serving as a former military fortress, La Alhambra is strategically located to allow a view over the entire city, as well as the meadow. La Alhambra ’s celebrated architecture is a blend of Islamic and 16th century Christian styles. A part of La Alhambra was destroyed during French domination, and the subsequent repair and restoration work was only completed as recently as the 19th century. Moorish poets describe the structure as “a pearl set in emeralds.” It’s considered one of the 12 treasures of Spain, joining Sevilla’s cathedral, Teide National Park and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, La Alhambra stands as Spain’s most significant example of Islamic architecture.

Southern Spain’s cultural history extends beyond food, flamenco and bullfighting. In fact, its history is so rich because of its unique and complex religious legacies. Roman Catholics make up the country’s largest denomination today, but Islam and Judaism also played important roles in forming Spain’s culture. Evidence of the three monotheistic religions that coexisted here—with minimal strife and turmoil—can still be found today. Spain had a flourishing Jewish community after the 8th century. Maimonides, the most famous Jewish philosopher and author of the Mishneh Torah, was born in Córdoba, a city which you will have the chance to visit on your way from Sevilla to Granada. A statue in his honor remains in the beautiful Jewish Quarter today, where you will take a walking tour. On this walk you’ll witness Córdoba’s ancient synagogue on Calle de los Judios, or the Street of the Jews. Other attractions in this region of Spain include the famous La Mezquita de Córdoba, or the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption. The Mezquita is a fascinating

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building that symbolizes the many religious changes Córdoba has undergone over the centuries, featuring a gothic cathedral contained within a mosque. And only a short distance away from Córdoba is Granada, located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Its most famous landmark, La Alhambra, was built for the last Muslim Emirs in Spain. Its ornate beauty has made it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region. Walking through the palace, visitors are wowed by countless columns and muqarnas (corbels) and many of its interiors are decorated with surface rhythms known as arabesques and calligraphy. Discover the rich cultural heritages that have shaped this iconic region through the rhythm of flamenco, the vigor of the bullring, and the architectural and historical legacies of a complex past. 


The grounds of La Finca Bobadilla are as beautiful as the views of the surrounding countryside, offering landscaped gardens, shaded patios, and a beautiful pool area.

The Details ITINERARY DETAILS

A perfect Andalucía itinerary tailored to couples and travelers over the age of 12. Take a cooking class with a professional chef, experience the day-to-day life on a Spanish bull farm, learn how to twirl the matador’s cape, watch the rhythmic art of flamenco dancing during a private show, find yourself amazed by the strength and beauty of Andalucía’s famed horses during a private evening at a traditional Hacienda, and step back in time, exploring the remnants that remain from the centuries of human history that have shaped the region. When you retire each night, you’ll stay in luxurious and historic hotels, like the converted former palace of the Duke of Santo Mauro, the iconic 1920’s Alfonso XIII Hotel, which was built to house royalty during the World’s Fair, and the relaxing La Finca Bobadilla, a countryside estate where you can try your hand at archery or horseback riding on the outskirts of Granada.

TRIP LENGTH 8 days, 7 nights

WHAT’S INCLUDED

• All accommodations listed in the itinerary • Accommodation taxes, the applicable Tourism Levies and  all relevant Value Added Tax (VAT) or Government Sales Tax (GST) • All transportation per the itinerary, including private airport transfers on  arrival and departure • All meals and snacks per the itinerary • Local beer and wine with lunch and dinner and cocktail parties per the itinerary • Waters and snacks provided on all vehicle transfers • All special events, private tours, local experts, private venues and entrance fees  per the itinerary. • Services of 2  hosts and  local guides per  the itinerary Andalucía • All gratuities  for baggage, porters, hotel service and local experts (not hosts)

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March 10-17, 2013 • April 7-14, 2013 (holiday) • April 21-28, 2013

GETTING THERE

Fly into Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD). Fly out of Granada Airport (GRX).

RESERVATION REQUIREMENTS

Your membership will be charged 7 Plan Days (per accommodation unit reserved) and 1 Advanced Reservation. Additionally, you will be charged 1 Priority Holiday Reservation (Peak) for travel during the 2013 Spring Break week (the April 7 departure).

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Hotel Alfonso XIII’s stunning design extends even to the ceilings and light fixtures, where royalty-worthy glamour and intricately detailed traditional carvings lie side by side.

Where You’ll Stay

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HOTEL LA FINCA BOBADILLA

Stay in a home of royalty. The Duke of Santo Mauro’s 1895 French-style neoclassical mansion and former Embassy of the Philippines is now one of Madrid’s most elegant and luxurious hotels. Of course, the hotel has been updated a few times since 1895, contemporary technology, furniture and amenities can be found throughout. Your Superior Room has been newly renovated, and features a full bathroom suite, iPod/iPhone docking stations, and even butler service. The hotel also offers also a unique underground pool.

Located in the heart of Sevilla, Hotel Alfonso XIII was built in 1929 to house royalty during the World Fair. Today it symbolizes the city’s Moorish influences and provides access to the renowned Santa Cruz quarter and Guadalquivir River. The hotel was recently renovated in 2012, but retains its original charm. Your Deluxe Room features modern amenities, but stays true to the hotel’s authenticity and respect for history with traditional décor and the original tiles from the 1920’s.

The elegant Hotel La Finca Bobadilla, located in Loja, Granada, is an architectural gem that stays true to the traditional style of the palaces found dotting hilltops throughout Andalucía. Perfectly located near La Alhambra and other attractions, La Finca Bobadilla delivers the best of luxury accommodations, gorgeous views, easy access to everything you want to explore in the area, and plenty of quiet privacy. Your Junior Suite has been individually designed and will feature a garden, a balcony or a furnished terrace.

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1. The tranquil outdoor pool is just one of La Finca Bobadilla’s many exceptional amenities. 2. The toro, or bull, remains a symbolic representation of Spain’s unique culture—bullfighting has been a tradition here since the early 18th century. 3. The delightful scent of freshly baked breads and other delicious delicacies will lure you on from one stall to the next as you explore a traditional market in Madrid with an expert chef as your guide. 4. Córdoba’s La Mezquita remains one of the bestpreserved architectural remnants of Spain’s seven centuries of Moorish rule. 5. La Finca Bobadilla lies just outside Granada, surrounded by gorgeous countryside but easily accessible from the draw of the city. 6. Deluxe Rooms at Hotel Alfonso XIII are stunning, offering ample space and a captivating blend of traditional regional decór and modern accents.

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Authentic Mallorca: Luxury villa vacations on Spain’s most popular island provide glimpses into local life. As you relax on the shady terrace of your luxurious villa, you gaze out at the Sierra de Tramontana mountain range—or the distant olive groves, pine forests and ochre villages dotting the rugged coastline. Mallorca is a dreamer’s paradise, ideal for enjoying luxury living, authentic Spanish culture and of course, several of the best beaches in Europe. And living like a local is the best way to take all of that in and more. 40

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Mallorca’s gorgeous beaches, dramatic natural scenery and charming coastal towns have earned it a reputation as one of the finest vacation destinations in the Mediterranean.


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1. Explore historic towns nestled in the rolling hills of this mountainous island. 2. Mallorca’s glowing golden sunsets provide the perfect backdrop for tapas and cocktails at cozy local cafes. 3. Nearby coastal towns are home to charming restaurants, shops, galleries, and parks just waiting to be explored. Photos © Pedro Socias

everything you could want to instantly turn your vacation residence into your home for the week. The best part? You won’t have to worry about any chores like you do at home. These villas include daily housekeeping, 24-hour concierge service and daily continental breakfast. That’s good, because you’ll be plenty busy. Learn the art of preparing Spanish delicacies under the guidance of a private chef at your villa, select the freshest of fruit at the nearby village market, or explore the countless number of monuments and art galleries throughout the island. Of course, you can also go golfing, hiking, biking and there are plenty of water sports to try out. And all of this is made easier with a preprogrammed GPS, two complimentary local cell phones, four bikes for exploring, and even an SUV. When it’s all said and done, you’ll have a hard time leaving. Check out the next page for an exclusive look at the villas you could soon be relaxing in.


Living like a local in a stunning Mallorcan villa is the best way to take in everything the island has to offer.

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Relax in luxurious surroundings, enjoying peaceful evenings out in your garden, splashing in your private pool, or simply visiting with family and friends (or maybe neighbors you’ve met during your stay!) over a glass of wine.

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PALMA Six-bedroom, 10,000- square feet Sleeps 11

POLLENSA Eight-bedroom, 6,400- square feet Sleeps 12

SELVA Four-bedroom, 5,400- square feet Sleeps 8

Located within easy reach of Palma and its exciting downtown, this villa features modern conveniences perfectly matched with elegant style. On a hot day, there’s nothing better than waltzing down the Roman steps into your swimming pool. And with staff on-site, you’ll never have to lift a finger (unless you want to, of course).

This modern and exquisitely finished property blends traditional décor with modern luxury. The expanding backside of this villa features a beautiful pool and plenty of outdoor living space ideal for relaxing in the shade. The kitchen is perfect for preparing large family meals, and the villa’s many windows let in plenty of natural light.

This beautifully designed villa in Selva was built with local materials in the heart of Mallorca. Its open landscape is highlighted by an elegant swimming pool with an umbrella-shaded border just perfect for relaxing. The open layout of the villa evokes a very traditional feel, and its understated style gives it a rare, modern beauty.

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Living like a local on Spain’s most famous island allows you to explore quaint seaside villages and cosmopolitan Palma, or simply relax beside your private pool.

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Live like a local on Spain’s most popular island and stay in luxurious villas that can house as many as 12 people. These villas offer stunning views of the island, so sit back, relax, and soak in vistas of everything from the Sierra de Tramontana mountain range to hillside olive groves and pine forests, and PO RTUGAL even ochre villages perched on rugged coastlines.

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8 days, 7 nights

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19 weekly (Saturday to Saturday) departures from May through September 2013

GETTING THERE

Fly into and out of Son Sant Joan Airport (PMI) in Palma de Mallorca, likely connecting through Madrid (MAD) or Barcelona (BCN).

RESERVATION REQUIREMENTS

Your membership will be charged 7 Plan Days and 1 Advanced Reservation. Additionally, you will be charged 1 Priority Holiday Reservation (Select) for travel over the 2013 Fourth of July holiday.

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• Luxurious and unique accommodations • Breakfast daily • Pre-travel advisor to help you plan a customized and personal experience • Onsite host to help you immerse yourself in a truly authentic experience • Four adult bicycles • SUV that can accommodate up to four travelers plus luggage • Two complimentary local cell phones for use on the island

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FUN FACTS ABOUT MALLORCA! An island located in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Spain. The largest of the Balearic Islands. Stunning beaches, the Sierra de Tramontana mountain range, and charming local towns offering plenty of restaurants, shops, and nightlife options Landmarks: Puig Major: The highest peak on the island at 4,700 feet. It serves as a military zone, so its neighboring Puig de Massanella, the second highest peak, is the highest accessible peak. Palma Cathedral: Commonly referred to as La Seu, this cathedral was built on the site of a pre-existing Arab mosque. Construction began in 1229 and finished in 1601. Bellver Castle: This 14th century castle was built for King James II of Mallorca and interestingly, it is one of only a few circular castles in Europe. The castle was used as a military prison from the 18th century into the 20th, but today it houses a history museum. • The island’s name, Mallorca, is derived from Latin meaning “larger island” • Mallorca has been inhabited since about 5,000 B.C., but only became a popular beach destination for tourism in 1952. • Cycling is big on Mallorca—more than 35,000 cyclists visit the island annually, and you’ll frequently spot locals cruising around on bikes as well. • One of Mallorca’s strongest draws for visitors right now is “oleotourism,” which literally means olive oil tourism. Olive groves are scattered all across the island’s landscape.

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Mallorca is known for its exceptional olive oil. In fact, oleotourism (literally “olive oil tourism”) is a growing trend here.


Palma de Mallorca Top 10 Eats THE TAPAS CLUB: Offers cocktails and plates of tapas

artistically arranged on its gleaming bar. Outdoor seating is definitely available and recommended if it’s not too hot.

LA BOVEDA: A true local favorite that features a full tapas

bar and semi-formal dining area. The bar serves great slices of traditional Spanish tortilla, spicy albondigas and grazing plates of local cheeses. Try the house plonk.

BODEGA BELLVER: This dark and shadowy restaurant may

look like a dive, but it is steeped in history. Step back in time as you peruse the dusty, well-aged bottles of wine shelved on the walls.

C’AN JOAN DE SAIGO: Come here for a traditional Mallorca-style breakfast. The place has been here since 1700 and is pleasantly not very touristy. If it’s too hot for a pastry— they also serve great ice cream.

BON LLOC: This veggie institution has been around for more than 20 years and is the best place for a quick refueling of energy. The menu is ever-changing, determined by what is purchased at market each day, so you can always expect your food to be extremely fresh.

TAST: A true local favorite that’s always hopping, Tast features cold tapas at the bar, a reasonably priced menu and different colored rims on the plates according to price.

CAPPUCCINO GRAND CAFÉ: Cappuccino is a

popular chain throughout Palma, but the Grand Café is the oldest and most charming. Try a plate of pa amb oli.

WINEING: It’s all about the wine here, but the tapas aren’t bad either. When you walk in, you’re handed a card that you can slot into one of several cabinets each holding about 10 bottles of wine. Select a taste, half-glass or full-glass of whichever you fancy. Also try the gambas al ajillo (sizzling prawns).

LIZARRAN: For the perfect quick-eat, Lizarran offers a help-yourself pintxos on the bar, along with slices of French bread pinned to prawns, pâtés, jamón serrano or roasted peppers on toothpicks. Everything here is very reasonably priced.

SA ROQUETA: This small wood-paneled restaurant can be easy to miss, which keeps its delicious paella under the radar. For the best paella in town, make sure to hit up Sa Roqueta.


For seven days each July, the streets of Pamplona hum with the buzz of cheering crowds and thundering hooves during the famed Running of the Bulls.

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Wining & Dining: Luxury Above the Running of the Bulls Imagine sipping mimosas and raving about the Rioja wine caves you explored just days earlier with your fellow members while the excitement below builds in the crowded streets of Pamplona.

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And then with a swing of the fence, the rumbling streets and crowds’ cheers crescendo into a roar that mixes with the sound of the bulls as they begin their run. Hemingway may have said it best, writing that he enjoyed watching two wild animals run together—one on two legs, the other on four—during his 1923 visit to Pamplona’s Fiesta de San Fermín, best known for the time-honored Running of the Bulls.

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streets of Pamplona, Spain to watch the historic Running of the Bulls. The brave participants, known as mozos, hop into the path of up to a dozen angry and raging bulls, racing through the streets while trying to avoid being trampled. One journalist describes the more than 20,000 participants as surfers. “For serious runners, this is like surfing: you hope to catch a good wave and ride it. A good run lasts only 15 or 20 seconds. You know you are really running with the bulls when you feel the breath of the animal on your pants.”

Talk about an adrenaline rush. Thankfully you don’t have to actually jostle your way through the crowds or try your luck running along with the bulls themselves—you’ll enjoy watching this storied tradition from the comfort of an elegant private balcony overlooking Ayuntamiento Square, where the race begins. Wrap a traditional red scarf around your neck—a symbol of respect to San Fermín, a saint who was martyred and a part of the uniform that the participants wear during the race. And after the rush of excitement in the streets dies down, head to the Apartado event at the stadium, where the toreros (bullfighters) are assigned to their bulls.

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How are bulls prepared for such an event? Well, you can find out for yourself at a private bull ranch in Pamplona. Take part in a cape-twirling demonstration from trained professionals and become a true matador. For an afternoon, at least. The Running of the Bulls is certainly the main event of the Fiesta de San Fermín, but even when the run is over festivities continue—mingle with locals and visitors from around the globe at the many dances, concerts and parades that keep Pamplona buzzing long after the echo of stampeding bulls has faded from the streets. While the Running of the Bulls is an amazing experience in and of itself, and will no doubt be the highlight of your journey, you will complement your time in Pamplona with a wealth of other memorable excursions. Beyond Pamplona’s historic Fiesta de San Fermín (or Sanfermines, as the locals know it).


The streets of Pamplona, with their colorful houses and winding alleyways, come alive during the annual Fiesta de San FermĂ­n. exclusive Immersion: spain 2013

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MADRID Meander through the streets of Spain’s capital city on a guided literary and architectural walking tour, taking in the modern works of Rafael Moneo, Norman Foster and Santiago Calatrava and learning the history behind the structures originally created by the Moros (Moors) when they founded the city in 852. Enjoy a personalized Spanish cooking class that kicks off with a visit to the local market where your expert chef—and personal guide—will help you pick up the freshest of ingredients. Visit the Museo del Prado—Spain’s national art museum featuring some of the top European works of art dating back to the 12th century. If art isn’t your thing, tour the Royal Alcázar of Madrid, a former Moorish fortress built in the 9th century and eventually converted into a royal palace (although it has retained the Moorish “Alcazar” designation, meaning fortress). EL CIEGO, RIOJA Enjoy private access to the 135-year-old R. López de Heredia bodega, complete with a wine cave tour, a traditional tutorial in the disappearing art of winebarrel making and of course, and a wine tasting of Gran Reserva and the winery’s famous white wine paired with excellent Spanish cheeses. You’ll unwind at the beautiful Marques de Riscal hotel, designed by the famous Guggenheim architect Frank Gehry, and have an opportunity to travel into nearby Haro, a quaint town with stunning architecture. While in Haro, make sure to check out the Santo Tomás Church. And if you’re really into wine, Exclusive Resorts has arranged an exceptional private tasting and tour in the wine caves of the Marques de Riscal winery. BILBAO An easy day trip from Rioja, the famed Guggenheim Museum Bilbao houses fine pieces of contemporary artwork from all over the world. And upon your return to Hotel Marques de Riscal, take your inspiration from the Guggenheim and try your hand at artistic expression during a painting class over cocktails, followed by a Michelin-starred dinner in the chef’s private garden terrace.

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The Running of the Bulls is the precursor to the daily bullfights of Sanfermines (or the Fiesta de San FermĂ­n), during which expert toreros (bullfighters) exhibit the intricate technique behind this time-honored Spanish cultural tradition. exclusive Immersion: spain 2013

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Don’t be fooled by Hotel Marques de Riscal’s futuristic design—this Luxury Collection Hotel exemplifies traditional luxury hospitality at its best, offering attentive service, excellent amenities, views of the Rioja countryside and nearby vineyards, and gourmet cuisine worthy of Spain’s incredible culinary traditions.

Where You’ll Stay

AC SANTO MAURO

HOTEL MARQUES DE RISCAL

PALACIO GUENDULAIN

Stay in a home of royalty. The Duke of Santo Mauro’s 1895 French-style neoclassical mansion and former Embassy of the Philippines is now one of Madrid’s most elegant and luxurious hotels. Of course, the hotel has been updated a few times since 1895, and now contemporary technology, furniture and amenities can be found throughout. Your Superior Room has been newly renovated, and features a full bathroom suite, iPod/iPhone docking stations, and even butler service. The hotel also offers a unique underground pool.

Hotel Marques de Riscal can certainly be labeled one of the most unique hotels in the world. Frank O. Gehry, the architect of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, is the mastermind behind the hotel’s bright, mind-boggling design. Built in 2006, the artistically designed hotel is starkly contrasted by the 19th century architecture that surrounds it, truly making it a gem of the Rioja region. Your Grand Deluxe room offers ample space, a marble bathroom and plenty of natural light.

Located in the heart of historic Pamplona, the Palacio Guendulain is the perfect home base for your Running of the Bulls experience. As a converted palace, the rooms, though small, are quaintly charming in style and feature classic decor. When the excitement of the festival and the Running of the Bulls begins, you’ll be delighted to find yourself just steps from the festivities but on a quiet street that you can retreat to.

MADRID Superior Rooms

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ELCIEGO, LA RIOJA Grand Deluxe Rooms

PAMPLONA Classic Rooms


Palacio Guendulain’s historic charm sets the tone for days spent enjoying one of Spain’s most time-honored and historic events: the Fiesta de San Fermín.

The Details ITINERARY DETAILS

DAILY FEE

Enjoy the rare and unique opportunity to watch the renowned Running of the Bulls—one of Spain’s most exciting traditions—from an ideal vantage point, well above the crowds on a private balcony accompanied by a champagne brunch. You’ll learn how the bulls that run the streets each July are raised while exploring a private bull farm, and you’ll even have the opportunity to train like a torero, practicing with a calf and learning the art of capea or cape twirling. Explore the festivities of San Fermín as you wish with your private guide in the city. Other highlights of this experience include a visit to the Rioja wine region and an excursion to the famous Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

$600 per person night

TRIP LENGTH

Adults and families with children age 18 or older.

9 days, 8 nights

TRAVEL DATES

July 1-9, 2013 • July 4-12, 2013 • July 7-15, 2013

GETTING THERE

Fly into Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) and fly out of Pampaloma Airport (PNA).

Navarra

WHAT’S INCLUDED

• All accommodations • Transfers to and from all accommodations as built into the itinerary. • Services of local guides and Expedition Leader for each itinerary. • Breakfast daily and most meals • All group activities

La Rioja

Madrid PORTUGAL

Bilbao

DESIGNED FOR

FIND IT ON ER COMPASS®

For more details about this experience, visit the Spain: Running of PORTUGAL the Bulls & More experience overview on ER Compass®.

FR

Basque Country

FRANCE

Pamplona

El Ciego, Rioja

BALEARIC SEA

Madrid ALBORAN SEA

RESERVATION REQUIREMENTS

Your membership will be charged 8 Plan Days (per accommodation unit reserved) and 1 Advanced Reservation. Additionally, you will be charged 1 Priority Holiday Reservation (Select) for travel over the 2013 Fourth of July holiday (the July 1 departure).

ALBORAN SEA

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Exclusive Immersion Experience Details 2013

plan days per

advanced

departure

accommodation

reservation

experience

A Culinary Journey

A Family Adventure IN CATALUÑA

dates

daily fee

unit

requirements

September 1; September 8; September 15; September 29; October 6; October 13

$495 per person per night

8

1

June 12; June 19; June 28; July 10

$575 per person per night

7

1

7

1

7

1

7

1

8

1

Iconic Cities by Sea

Insider’s Andalucía

July 6

March 10; April 7; April 21

$350 – $1,725 per cabin per night (varies based on cabin category selected)

$595 per person per night

Mallorca Villa Living

19 weekly (Saturday to Saturday) departures between May 25 and October 5

$595 – $1,995 per villa per night (varies based on villa selected)

Running of the Bulls

July 1; July 4; July 7

$600 per person per night

*All families traveling with us on this journey will enjoy accommodations for up to five people (including children) per membership, in the form of two hotel rooms at each location. However, your membership will be charged as though for a single accommodation unit—there is no additional charge for the standard, included second hotel room per family. **Please note that, in addition to a maximum number of travelers per membership for this experience of five (5), there is a required minimum of four (4) travelers per membership for the Family Adventure in Cataluña experience as well.

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maximum

# of maximum

# of

priority holiday

travelers per

reservation

accommodation

accommodation units

requirements

unit

None

per membership

maximum # of travelers per membership

minimum age

2

3

6

14

1 Priority Holiday Reservation (Select) for travel over the 2013 Fourth of July holiday

5

1*

5**

6

None

2–4 (varies based on cabin category selected)

2

6***

8

1 Priority Holiday Reservation (Select) for travel over the 2013 Spring Break holiday

2

2

4

12

1 Priority Holiday Reservation (Select) for travel over the 2013 Fourth of July holiday

8 – 12 (varies based on villa selected)

1

8–12

None

1 Priority Holiday Reservation (Select) for travel over the 2013 Fourth of July holiday

2

2

4

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***There are a limited number of suites onboard that can accommodate up to four individuals, if two are children. However, because no membership will be permitted to reserve two of these suites, the maximum number of travelers permitted per membership is six (6), accommodated in a suite and a double-occupancy stateroom.

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866.863.2688 | www.exclusiveresorts.com Information current as of 5.24.2012. Exclusive Immersion experiences subject to change or cancellation. Participation in Exclusive Immersion experiences subject to Club Membership Agreement and Exclusive Immersion Terms and Conditions. Reservations for specific dates and Exclusive Immersion experiences subject to availability. Some excursions, activities, services, food and beverages may require additional fees, may have limited availability, and are subject to additional terms and conditions. For ship-based programs, participants may be subject to a fuel surcharge not to exceed $10 per person per day. See www.exclusiveresorts.com for information about the club, including lists of Exclusive Immersion experiences, club destinations and residences. Exclusive Resorts and the Exclusive Resorts flower logo are registered trademarks of Exclusive Resorts, LLC. Š2012, Exclusive Resorts, LLC. All rights reserved.


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