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Food & Wine Experiences

Individual travellers: 2009 Page 1 of 56 Tel.: +34/93-317 19 09, mail: info@foodwinetours.com www.foodwinetours.com www.ociovital.com


Food and wine experiences Food & Wine Tours, based in the beautiful city of Barcelona, offers you a choice of scheduled and customized gourmet food and wine activities throughout Spain: ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚

Gastronomic experiences & tours Wine tours & tastings Cooking vacations & lessons One-day excursions Walking tours Self Driven tours

These travel experiences allow the opportunity of discover, share, and appreciate the diverse tastes of all the places you visit. If you are a lover of good food and wine and are planning on visiting Spain then our activities have been designed for you. Food & wine tour's offers is addressed to vacationers, tour operators and travel agents but also to all those entities (companies, cultural associations,...) seeking for high quality food and wine tourism. From gourmet tours to cookery courses, take a break with a gastronomic twist, tailored to your needs! Join us for a memorable insider’s view of the Mediterranean The team of Food & Wine Tours and Experiences

Information & reservations

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FOOD WINE TOURS

Tel.: +34/93-317 1909 reservations@foodwinetours.com Rda. Universitat 12, 4-7b 08007 Barcelona SPAIN

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INDEX FROM BARCELONA Gourmet Experiences Tapas tour in Barcelona...................................................................................... 5 Traditional Cooking class.................................................................................... 6 Traditional Cooking Class in Costa Brava ........................................................ 7 Traditional Andalusian Dinner with Flamenco................................................. 8 Wine Days Alella Flowery wines............................................................................................. 9 A stroll thru the vineyards.................................................................................. 10 Organic Wine & Cava ...................................................................................... 11 Great Wines of Penedès...................................................................................12 Wine Lover's tour ................................................................................................ 12 Distinguished bubbles ....................................................................................... 12 The Wine Legend ............................................................................................... 12 The culture of wine ............................................................................................ 12 Montsant best wines.......................................................................................... 12 Divine Wines........................................................................................................ 12 Great Wines of Priorat ....................................................................................... 12 Wine & gastronomy weekends A taste of Barcelona ......................................................................................... 12

FROM RIOJA Wine Days Wine Day in Rioja - Haro ................................................................................... 12 Wine Day in Rioja - Laguardia ......................................................................... 12 Wine weekend in Rioja – Laguardia ............................................................... 12

FROM MADRID Wine Days Wine Day in Madrid........................................................................................... 12 Wine Day in Ribera del Duero.......................................................................... 12 Ribera del Duero Wine and castles ................................................................ 12

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FROM BILBAO

Tapas (pintxos) Walking Tour............................................................................ 12 Bilbao & San Sebastian ..................................................................................... 12 Cooking class of pintxos paired with wines ................................................... 12 A taste of Bilbao................................................................................................. 12

FROM ANDALUSIA

Traditional Cooking Classes in Seville ............................................................. 12 Great Sherry Wines from Jerez......................................................................... 12

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FOOD & WINE ROUTES Paradores self driven routes The Paradores Route of Rueda and Toro Wines ........................................... 12 The Paradores Wine Route - Rioja and Navarra .......................................... 12 The Paradores Route of Ribera de Duero Wines .......................................... 12

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Wine routes Classic Rioja & Ribera del Duero ..................................................................... 12 Great Wines of Spain......................................................................................... 12

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Ttapas tour in Barcelona Taste Spain's fundamental flavours with this walking tour. Savour and indulge with us in some of our favourite foodie haunts as we visit historic Barcelona. Spend an evening with a small group strolling along the historic streets of Barcelona with a knowledgeable guide while tasting Spanish wines and Spain's culinary treasures. Our meeting place is in front of Starbucks café in "Las Ramblas " La Rambla dels Estudis 109. From here your guide will lead you to Barcelona's most famous street, Las Ramblas. It is the most popular place in the city, a straight pedestrian thoroughfare, planted with plane trees and crossed day and night by a constant stream of passers-by. Just off of la Rambla street, the world-famous Boqueria market is surely Barcelona’s greatest food market. You will enjoy an incredible contrast between colours and activity, ideal to discover why Mediterranean cuisine is internationally known due to its ingredients. Off we go to the gothic quarter, where you will discover an architecture, atmosphere, language and gastronomy that are unique in Spain... and some of the gourmet shops over 100 years old. En route to the gothic quarter we will stop a buzzing Mediterranean brassiere with an excellent selection of tapas. Here 3tasty montaditos (tapas) and a glas of wine or beer will be waiting for you. Our last stop will be a restaurant with a wide selection of delectable pintxos, situated in Barcelona’s city centre. Here you will enjoy 4 pintxos with two glasses of wine or cider, while your food and wine guide explains the flavours of the wine, the cuisine and the cultures present in Spain. So join us for an evening of good food, good wine, good conversation, and good fun! Meeting point: In front of Starbucks café in "Las Ramblas" La Rambla dels Estudis 109 at 16:50

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Drop-off location: Ronda Universidad, 11 around 19:30 Locations: Barcelona: Barcelona City centre and Gothic Quarter Participants: from 1o 20 people Duration: 2,5 hours Availability: Individuals: every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening at 17:00. For groups: Tuesdays thru Saturdays under request. Stop sales for 2009: Jan 1st, 6th, April 10th to 13th, May 1st, June 1st, 24th, August 15th, September 11th, 24th to 26th, October 12th and December 8th, 24th to 26th Languages: English and Spanish. Consult other languages.

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Tapas walking tour with an English and Spanish speaking specialized gourmet guide 7 tapas, hot and cold 3 glasses of wine or beer All local taxes

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Traditional Cooking class Barcelona Join Food & Wine Tours cooking classes in Barcelona and discover the secrets of our local traditional cuisine. Learn how to cook the typical dishes of the region (paella, gazpacho,...) and taste the menu prepared in a friendly atmosphere. The cooking school is situated in the focal point of the city, La Rambla. You can’t miss this opportunity! All of the classes will be held in English, French or Spanish. Half-day workshops Menu will vary according to season: Gazpacho, potato omelette, tomato bread, shellfish paella and Catalan cream. The workshop can begin with a tour at La Boqueria, in the heart of La Rambla, is one of Barcelona's most interesting markets and the most visited market of Europe. We will take a guided tour around the Boqueria market and buy the ingredients for the workshop. Locations: Barcelona: Barcelona City centre, Gothic & Borne Quarter Participants: Groups from 1 to 16 people Duration: 3 hours Availability: Individuals & groups: Mondays thru Saturdays. Two different sessions each day: 1am and 17pm. 1,15 minutes before if taking the Boqueria market visit Languages: English and Spanish. Consult other languages. The activity includes:

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A cooking demonstration Meal with Spanish wine Translated recipes. All local taxes

Observations: You also have the possibility to have a guided visit of the famous Boqueria market before having the cooking class. Supplement: 10 €.

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Traditional Cooking Class in Costa Brava Emporda – Costa Brava The Emporda cuisine has its own identity, which perfectly combines products from the land and from the sea. Professional chefs carry out gastronomic campaigns throughout the year with the aim of sharing, protecting and preserving the most significant dishes and products. Join Food & Wine Tours cooking classes in Emporda and discover the secrets of their traditional cuisine: a reflection of its territory: the sea provides the excellent fish and seafood so typical of the cooking of the coast; the plain gives the produce of the field, the market gardens and the fruit orchards, and from the hills we receive meat, cheese and wild fruits and mushrooms. The mixture of all of these is what has given our cuisine this variety of flavours and contrasts and gained it the name of “sea and mountain” cooking. Learn to prepare authentic Catalan cuisine on the beautiful Costa Brava. Lunch with wine follows the private hands-on lesson, which is available for a minimum of two people Menu will vary according to season Locations: Girona Area: Figueres Participants: Groups from 2 to 15 people Duration: 2,5 hours Availability: Week days at 12:00 or 19:30 under request Languages: English and Spanish. Consult other languages. The activity includes: ‚ A cooking demonstration ‚ A meal with Spanish wine ‚ All local taxes

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The activity does not include: ‚ Apron ‚ Venue rental Observations: ‚ We recommend to combine excursions with the cooking classes, like Dali Museum

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Traditional Andalusian Dinner with Flamenco Flamenco Dance, music and a Salve rociera (Barcelona) A night to remember. A traditional Tasty Andalusian dinner with a Flamenco Dance the place with the best flamenco show in Barcelona. Traditional flavours, a unique night with an Andalusian touch…..

Traditional Andalusian Dinner This menu is a tasty sampling of typical Andalusian dishes, cooked by professionals and done with great care for this fantastic occasion. We hope than you will enjoy them Starters Toasted special bread with tomato, Assortment of cured meats & cheese (serrano ham, cheeses, sausages,…) Campiña salad Main dish Fritura de pescado: Andalusian Squid, Chocos Malagueños, Cazón de Adobo (marinated fish), Boquerones Fritos.... or Seafood paella Desserts Water and Wine or cold sangria During dinner there will be a show of Flamenco dance The show presents in a dynamic way several of the most important styles or beats of flamenco so that the spectator can get to know the wealth and variety of this art. With the same objective, the show also alternates its different expressions: the music, the singing and the dancing. As an authentic tablao show has no formal choreography, each artist, interprets individually his or her number and the rest follow the beat, marking the rhythm, accompanying it and strengthening it. The improvisation constitutes a key element of flamenco and is directly related to the communication between the artists themselves, and between them and the audience.

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At midnight Salve Rociera an emotive prayer to the Virgin of Dew.

Locations: Barcelona: Barcelona City centre, Gothic & Borne Quarter Participants: Groups from 1 to 80 people Duration: 2-6 hours Availability: every day from 21:00 to 03:00 Languages: Spanish. Consult other languages. The activity includes: ‚ ‚ ‚ ‚

Maps & driving directions Traditional Andalusian Dinner with sangria Flamenco Dance All local taxes.

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Alella Flowery wines Alella's white, flowery wines and its lesser known red ones come from a very old vineyard area. This wine tour of Spain's smallest wine region is perfect for enthusiasts who want to see the magic of wine close to Barcelona. Do you want to know how we wines are produced in Alella? Are you interested in the world of wine? Do you want to have some fun? Come and discover our modernist winery in the centre of the DO Alella, 20 km from Barcelona. For nearly two hours we show you how we work in the winery, all the processes for making red and white wines. To end we will taste three of there more significant wines. Are you going to miss it? ‚

Individuals: Take the bus from Barcelona city centre to the winery. 30 minutes. Ticket must be purchased on the bus.

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Groups: Our wine specialist guide will pick you up and take you by bus.

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Visit to a modernist winery with tasting.

The cellar was established in 1906 and they make wine and cava (Spanish Champagne). There are only a few centenary cellars in Spain that offer you the possibility to visit their elaboration process. ‚

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At the end of the visit we will be able to do a tasting of one of their white flowery wines. Lunch at the winery restaurant. The lunch consists in a great aperitif of 6 dishes, main course, bread, dessert, coffee, wines, and water.

Departure from: bus stop Ronda de Sant Pere, 19, 08010, SAGALES BUS COMPANY, ROUTE: BARCELONA – ALELLA at 11:25. Price of the bus approx. 3€ Locations: Alella wine Area (20 minutes from Barcelona) Participants: Groups from 2 to 100 people Duration: 3 hours Availability: Tuesdays to Saturdays at 09:00 for individuals, Tuesdays to Sundays for groups upon request Languages: English and Spanish. Consult other languages. Observations: Price of the bus approx. 3€ Optional: ‚ Wine specialist guide ‚ Transportation The activity includes: ‚ 1 Winery visit with tasting in English or Spanish ‚ Traditional lunch with wines. ‚ Complimentary bottle of wine ‚ All local taxes

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A stroll thru the vineyards Are you a true wine enthusiast? Do you want to know, from the beginning, how wines are made? We offer you the possibility of total immersion in wine making processes: from the vine to the bottle. We will get to know one of the last “urban vineyards” in Europe, situated 20 kilometres from Barcelona. We will walk among the vines, through our modernist winery – an authentic centennial jewel – and taste three wines. There are two visits. A visit to the vineyard where we will see the geology of the Alella, the traditional grape varieties of the area, the biological cycle of the vineyard and some of the vine growing techniques: cultivation, pruning, watering systems and harvest. After the pleasant stroll thru the vineyards we will visit the winery, the processes for making red and white wines, the maturing in barrels, and bottling. Locations: Alella wine Area (20 minutes from Barcelona) Participants: Groups from 4 to 100 people Duration: 3 hours Availability: Tuesdays to Saturdays at 09:00 for individuals, Tuesdays to Sundays for groups upon request Languages: English and Spanish. Consult other languages. Observations Price of the bus approx. 3€

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Optional: ‚ Wine specialist guide ‚ Transportation The activity includes: ‚ 1 Winery visit with tasting in English or Spanish ‚ Traditional lunch with wines. ‚ Complimentary bottle of wine ‚ All local taxes

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Organic Wine & Cava Organic wines are the new superstars of the wine world, and for the first time these pioneering winemakers open their doors for us. Food & wine tours offers guests an intimate and authentic look into the philosophies, challenges and pleasures behind this delicious movement. We will have the opportunity to visit two reference cellars of Penedès, where they show respect and sensitivity for the environment as much as for the wines they produce. ‚

In the morning we will visit one of Spain's leading organic wine producers since 1979. The family has been making wine at the Can Vendrell estate for four generations. They are currently undergoing an important renovation of the cellar with the recently construction of the new Xapallà cellar and the reintroduction of a number of experimental grape varieties. We will do a visit consisting of a brief introduction to the company and its philosophy, a tour of both the old and new cellars and a guided tasting of the cellar's wines.

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Gourmet lunch at a restaurant located in a natural beauty spot with exceptional views of Montserrat and the Penedès valley. It offers fresh market cuisine, but without forgetting the Catalan cuisine typical of this area. For lunch we will enjoy a wonderful gourmet 8 dishes meal paired with wines.

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In the afternoon visit the cellar that has recently attained the greatest acknowledgement for Cava. Their range of wines reflects the dual personality of a winery attuned both to the most dyed-in-the-wool traditionalism and the most daring avant-garde. Its cavas are faithfully traditional. Guided visit with tasting.

Locations: Penedès wine Area (30 minutes from Barcelona) Participants: Groups from 4 to 12 people Duration: 7 hours Availability: Monday to Sunday at 09:00

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Languages: English and Spanish. Consult other languages. Optional: ‚ Wine specialist guide ‚ Transportation The activity includes: ‚ 2 Winery visits with tasting in English or Spanish ‚ Gourmet lunch paired with wines. ‚ Wine Region and Winery dossiers ‚ Maps & driving directions ‚ All local taxes.

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Great Wines of Penedès A full day in which you will enjoy two great wineries, each totally different to the other, where production is limited to a more valuable high quality raw material. With the morning light we will learn the wine elaboration process of a winery that bases its philosophy on good grapes, wisdom and charm, of things well done. A winning combination of experience and intuition that has given several winning award wines. Gourmet lunch in a restaurant which is a wine lover’s dream come true. In the afternoon visit to a small winery, that produces wines under the philosophy of pago and parameters of quality that makes them one of the reference cellars of the area. During the journey, you'll be able to observe the beautiful landscape and cultural aspects of this region. Locations: Penedès wine Area (30 minutes from Barcelona) Participants: Groups from 4 to 12 people Duration: 7 hours Availability: Monday to Saturdays Languages: English and Spanish. Consult other languages.

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Optional: ‚ Wine specialist guide ‚ Transportation The activity includes: ‚ 2 Winery visits with tasting in English or Spanish ‚ Wine Region and Winery dossiers ‚ Maps & driving directions ‚ Gourmet lunch paired with wines. ‚ All local taxes.

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Wine Lover's tour A wine day addressed to people with a special interest in knowing how a first quality cava and wine is being made. We will visit two wineries where each bottle must be in perfect condition before it goes on to the market. This excellence is only achieved by applying tradition, experience and a certain amount of technology combined with a rigorous control of the whole process - from the planting of the vines right up to the marketing of the finished product. Lunch at a local restaurant It offers fresh market cuisine, but without forgetting the Catalan cuisine typical of this area. ‚

Morning: Visit to a winery that dates back to 1510. In this winery each bottle must be in perfect condition before it goes on to the market. This excellence is only achieved by applying tradition, experience and a certain amount of technology combined with a rigorous control of the whole process - from the planting of the vines right up to the marketing of the finished product. The visit ends with a commented tasting of their vintage cavas.

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In the afternoon visit to a winery, situated at the heart of the Penedès region. It combines tradition with the most modern winemaking techniques. It is acknowledged as having been one of the first wineries in Spain to have fermented white wines in oak casks. Enjoy a visit to the museum, a guided tour around the vineyards, the winery, the cellar and finally the opportunity to taste their wines.

Locations: Barcelona)

Penedès wine Area (30 minutes from

Participants: Groups from 4 to 25 people Duration: 7 hours Availability: Monday to Sunday at 09:00

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Languages: English and Spanish. Consult other languages. Optional: ‚ Wine specialist guide ‚ Transportation The activity includes: ‚ 2 Winery visits with tasting in English or Spanish ‚ Traditional lunch with 3 wines ‚ Wine Region and Winery dossiers ‚ Maps & driving directions ‚ All local taxes

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Distinguished bubbles Generation after generation our cellars have witnessed the passing of time in El Penedès. The knowledge -fruit of long hours of work and observation in the vineyard- has passed on from parents to children. The generations have progressed, looking towards the future without forgetting their origins, their love for the land and the exquisite fruit of tradition. We open the doors of the oldest cellars in the region so that the visitor can appreciate the rich heritage of these families. A tour where emotion, tradition and taste are the best combination. In the morning visit to a family owned winery with traditions that goes back to 1790. They produce wines and cavas of high quality and the grapes come from their own vineyards - five estates, situated around the winery and in the mountains of Penedès. Lunch at a restaurant located in a natural beauty spot with exceptional views of Montserrat and the Penedès valley. It offers fresh market cuisine, but without forgetting the Catalan cuisine typical of this area. For lunch we will enjoy a wonderful starter and a second dish of a traditional rice with duck, paired with wines and cava. Afternoon: Visit to a winery that dates back to 1510. A cellar dedicated to cava. In this winery each bottle must be in perfect condition before it goes on to the market. This excellence is only achieved by applying tradition, experience and a certain amount of technology combined with a rigorous control of the whole process - from the planting of the vines right up to the marketing of the finished product. The visit ends with a commented tasting of their vintage cavas.

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Locations: Penedès wine Area (30 minutes from Barcelona) Participants: Groups from 4 to 24 people Duration: 7 hours Availability: Monday to Sunday at 09:00 Languages: English and Spanish. Consult other languages. Optional: ‚ Wine specialist guide ‚ Transportation The activity includes: ‚ 2 Winery visits with tasting in English or Spanish ‚ Gourmet lunch paired with wines. ‚ Wine Region and Winery dossiers ‚ Maps & driving directions ‚ All local taxes.

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The Wine Legend Food & Wine tours offers a shorter wine day for those who want to get a basic notion of what this great wine area has to offer. We will visit only one winery, a pioneering cellar, which is situated at the heart of the Penedès region. It combines tradition with the most modern winemaking techniques. It is acknowledged as having been one of the first wineries in Spain to have fermented white wines in oak casks. After the visit we will enjoy a lunch with wines in a restaurant which is a wine lover’s dream come true. It has an unbelievable wine cellar, with a varied range that includes top international names. A sublime meal would begin with their great selection of Catalan cheeses, carry on with fresh anchovies from the Cantabrian coast and the house salad (with a lovely almond based sauce), next would come a second course of your selection. To finish off, Crema Catalana (Catalan version of Crème Brule). Locations: Penedès wine Area (30 minutes from Barcelona) Participants: Groups from 4 to 50 people Duration: 5 hours Availability: Monday to Sunday at 09:00 Languages: English and Spanish. Consult other languages.

Optional: ‚ Wine specialist guide ‚ Transportation

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The activity includes: ‚ 1 Winery visit with an extensive wine tasting of 5 wines in English or Spanish ‚ Gourmet lunch paired with wines ‚ Wine Region and Winery dossiers ‚ Maps & driving directions ‚ All local taxes

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The culture of wine Find out the wine and cava world

Step by step, taste by taste...wine and cava need patience, sensitivity and time. But, above all, they need excitement to find out everything that surrounds this world. This tour is designed for people who want to initiate in the fabulous world of wine and cava, and make the most of the experience. Food & wine tours will guide you in this sensation trip. We will visit the 2 most representative wineries for wine and cava in the region, among the biggest of the world. Lunch at a local restaurant located in a natural beauty spot with exceptional views of Montserrat and the Penedès valley. Participants: Groups from 1 to 100 people Duration: 7 hours Availability: Monday to Sunday at 09:00

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Languages: English and Spanish. Consult other languages. Optional: ‚ Wine specialist guide ‚ Transportation The activity includes: ‚ 2 Winery visits with tasting in English or Spanish ‚ Lunch without wines ‚ Wine Region and Winery dossiers ‚ Maps & driving directions ‚ All local taxes

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Montsant best wines This fabulous day excursion from Barcelona is designed for wine lovers looking for an experience combining wine and scenery. We will pick you up at Capçanes train station and transfer to the winery. No matter if the weather is nice or not, we offer you a memorable walk or tour around a wild landscape, the Serra de Llaberia: olive tree fields, almond trees, masías (manor houses), the oldest vines… After having chatted about geology, climate and the harvest, you will visit the winery and enjoy a commented winetasting. ‚ After the winery visit we will take you to Marça, a nice village in order to have a regional lunch, served with a sample of Priorat wines. ‚ Free time on your own to visit the village... ‚ Return to Barcelona. Departure from: Train station (RENFE )of Passeig de Gracià at 08:54 or Sants at 08:59 in Barcelona. Arrival to Capçanes at 11:04. The tickets have to be bought the same day just before taking the train, directly at the train station desk. Return: train station Marça-Falset at 15:15. The station is right in front of the restaurant. Arrival to Sants at 17:08, and Passeig de Gràcia at 17:13 Locations: Priorat and Montsant wine Areas (1,5 hours from Barcelona)

Participants: Groups from 4 to 30 people Duration: 8 hours Availability: Monday to Saturday at 08:50 upon availability Languages: English and Spanish. Consult other languages.

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Optional: ‚ Wine specialist guide ‚ Transportation The activity includes: ‚ Guided winery tour in English to a cellar in Capçanes ‚ Stroll through the vineyards ‚ Commented wine tasting ‚ Gourmet lunch with Priorat wines ‚ Wine Region and Winery dossiers ‚ Maps & driving directions ‚ All local taxes Observations: *All winery visits are quite extensive and include full tour of the premises, complete explanations of how their wines are made, wine tasting, etc...

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Divine Wines Priorat is a justifiably important area for quality wine production and its reputation has been enhanced by huge accolades from the press and its close proximity to the city of Barcelona. Our first stop will be an unforgettable tour around the winery and its 73 years of history. We won’t let you leave without knowing all the secrets of “Flor de Primavera”, one of the finest kosher wines in the world. After having chatted about geology, climate and the harvest, you will visit the winery and enjoy a commented wine-tasting.

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Lunch will be at a local restaurant, where a tasty regional 3 course lunch with Priorat wines

In the afternoon visit to a modern cellar. Though winemaking is very much in the blood of their family, it was only in 1996 that they decided to return to commercial winemaking after a gap of one generation. This winery intends to not so much revolutionise the Priorat wine industry but certainly to bring back some commercial reality. We will visit the winery before participating to a tasting of 3 wines. Along the way we will visit several small villages and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Priorat region. Locations: Priorat and Montsant wine Areas (1,5 hours from Barcelona) Participants: Groups from 4 to 30 people Duration: 8 hours Availability: Tuesday to Saturday at 09:00 Languages: English and Spanish. Consult other languages.

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Optional: ‚ Wine specialist guide ‚ Transportation The activity includes: ‚ 2 Winery visits with tasting in English or Spanish ‚ Traditional lunch with wines ‚ Wine Region and Winery dossiers ‚ Maps & driving directions ‚ All local taxes

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Great Wines of Priorat A full day in which you will enjoy two great wineries, each totally different to the other, where production is limited to a more valuable high quality raw material. Our first stop will be a traditional winery in Gratallops. A cellar that lead the renaissance of one of the best wine producing areas of the world by recovering the ancient wines made by the monks of Santa Maria carthusian monastery (XII century) that during centuries gave prestige and fame to the Priorat wines. The visit: After a complete visit of the winery we will proceed to do a full tasting of their 4 best wines. Lunch at a restaurant in Gratallops, situated in an 18th century house at the entrance of the village. The restaurant has a warm and welcoming environment, where you can enjoy the wines from Priorat together with a reasonable, natural, elegant and tasty cuisine which is composed of more than thirty different Mediterranean dishes. In the afternoon visit one of the traditional wine producers in the small village Scala Dei. They use a lot of Grenache, slow fermentation and long maceration with the grape skins to extract as much colour and aromas as possible for the wines. The production of their wines is limited. During the visit we will see the vines on the terraced slopes and then return to the winery to do a visit of the winery. We will taste 3 wines. Along the way we will visit several small villages and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Priorat region. Return to Barcelona. Locations: Priorat and Montsant wine Areas (1,5 hours from Barcelona) Participants: Groups from 4 to 20 people Duration: 8 hours Availability: Tuesday to Saturday at 09:00 Languages: English and Spanish. Consult other languages.

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Optional: Wine specialist guide (Sommelier), special wine tasting & Gourmet pairing meal with selected wines

Optional: ‚ Wine specialist guide ‚ Transportation The activity includes: ‚ 1 Winery visit with tasting in English or Spanish ‚ 1 Winery visit with tasting in Spanish ‚ Gourmet lunch without wines. ‚ All local taxes

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A taste of Barcelona 3 days / 2 nights A gastronomic weekend that will allow you to get to know Barcelona thru its food and wine. Savour and indulge with us in some of our favourite foodie haunts as we visit historic Barcelona, and discover the secrets of our local traditional cuisine. Day 1, Thursday: ‚

Arrival to the hotel

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Gourmet dinner at a restaurant of your choice from the selection we have made for you; from a of young, dynamic, informal and cosmopolitan style restaurant ideal for tasting the best tapas and paellas, to a Mediterranean kitchen restaurant of meats, fish and vegetables,

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Accommodation in a double room

Day 2, Friday: Tapas walking tour ‚

Buffet breakfast at your hotel

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17.00h: Gastronomic and cultural walking tour in the heart of Barcelona. Spend an evening with a small group strolling along the historic streets of Barcelona with a knowledgeable guide while tasting Spanish wines and Spain's culinary treasures.

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At the end there will be a dinner consisting of 10 pinchos (tapas)

Day 3. Saturday: Traditional cooking class ‚

Buffet breakfast at the hotel

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11.00h: Join Food & Wine Tours cooking classes in Barcelona and discover the secrets of our local traditional cuisine. Learn how to cook the typical dishes of the region (paella, gazpacho,...) and taste the menu prepared in a friendly atmosphere.

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Lunch at the cooking school with Spanish wines

Locations: Barcelona: Barcelona City centre, Gothic & Borne Quarter Participants: From 2 to 10 people Duration: 3 days, 2 nights

Availability: All year around upon availability Languages: English and Spanish. Consult other languages. Program includes: ‚ 2 nights accommodation in a double room

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Buffet breakfast daily Traditional cooking class with lunch 1dinner with wines Tapas walking tour with an English and Spanish speaking specialized gourmet guide

Not Included: ‚ Travel to and from Spain, and Barcelona ‚ Optional excursions, expenses and meals Hotel Barcelona Center 4*** The Barcelona Center hotel lies in one of the main Barcelona's arterial streets in the Eixample, a beautiful area full of Modernist (Avant-Garde) buildings and fashionable shops. The hotel aims to be a reference in the city for offering an unbeatable location along with an excellent and wide array of services. Among facilities, guests will find a meeting space, a cafeteria, an à la carte restaurant, a gym, a TV room, a reading room and a terrace.

Hotel Casa Fuster 5*****

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It could be a tourist destiny in itself by its architecture, and singularity. Welcome to a singular and unique place in the heart of the most dynamic city of Europe. Welcome to the hotel Fuster House of Barcelona. The Hotel "Fuster House" is catalogued as Hotel Monument of 5 stars Great Luxury, born of the rehabilitation of the emblematic building of known year 1908 like "Fuster House", builds of architect D. Luis Doménech and Montaner, located in the best zone of Barcelona. In addition to his singular architectonic conception it mainly enjoys the privilege being the only hotel in Barcelona with views the Stroll of Grace. The Fuster House also summarises not only the style of Domenech but also the main outlines of the Barcelona Modernism.

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Wine Day in Rioja - Haro This Spanish wine region is one of the most famous and prestigious wine producing areas in the world. This wine tour of Spain's famous wine region of Rioja is perfect for enthusiasts who want to see the magic of wine. The efforts for promoting Rioja wine, which have been done from Haro, started a long time ago. As well as champagne had its clergyman Don Perignon, and Bordeaux had its abbot Rozier, in Haro’s wine was significant another clergyman, Quintano, de La Bastida. But what it has characterized Haro as Rioja capital are natural conditions, whose first expression is its wines and men who are oriented to a total oenological operation, producing grapes, making wine, maturing and bottling. Program ‚ 10 AM: Guided Visit in English of a top cellar, followed by a wine tasting ‚ 11:30 AM: Guided Visit in English to a second cellar, followed by a wine tasting ‚ 14 PM: Gourmet Menu in a restaurant in Haro The meal consist on a gourmet set lunch of three courses, home made dessert, Rioja wine, coffee and liquor Locations: Rioja Wine Area Participants: Groups from 4 to 25 people Duration: 8 hours Availability: Every day except Mondays and Sundays at 10:00 upon availability Languages: English and Spanish. Consult other languages. Optional: Rental car and Special wine tasting Optional: ‚ Transportation

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The activity includes: ‚ Two guided visits in English to two different cellars followed by Wine Tasting ‚ Gourmet lunch paired with wines in a local restaurant ‚ Wine Region and Winery dossiers ‚ Maps & driving directions ‚ All local taxes Observations: *All winery visits are quite extensive and include full tour of the premises, complete explanations of how their wines are made, wine tasting, etc...

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Wine Day in Rioja - Laguardia This wine tour of Spain's famous wine region of Rioja perfect for enthusiasts who want to see the magic of wine. A complete tour with two complete winery visits with tasting and a gourmet lunch with wine of the region, plus a guided visit in English Laguardia´s “jewel of the crown”, the church of Santa María de los Reyes which has an extraordinary polychromatic portico, the finest in Spain.

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Guided Visit in English to the Santa Maria de los Reyes Church

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Your first visit is to a new-wave winery designed, by Santiago Calatrava, with an unbelievable giant wave of a roof and a beautiful tasting room overlooking Laguardia. Inside, too, you will find the same ultramodern style. Guided Visit in English followed by a wine tasting

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Gourmet Menu in one of the best restaurants in the area. A restaurant looking for a balance between modernity and tradition, with a very personal view of traditional Riojan cuisine. From their viewing balcony we have the privilege (unique in Spain) of enjoying breathtaking views of 4 provinces. The meal consists on a traditional gourmet set lunch of three courses, home made dessert, Rioja wine and coffee.

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Guided Visit in English to a 2nd cellar, followed by a wine tasting. This winery stands out among the underground cellars, and elaborates its wines in a traditional way, for the pleasure of its visitors.

Locations: Rioja Wine Area Participants: Groups from 4 to 25 people Duration: 8 hours Availability: Monday to Saturday at 10:00Meeting point in tourist office of Laguardia, Casa Palacio de Samaniego, Plaza de San Juan number 1upon availability

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Languages: English and Spanish. Consult other languages. Optional: Transportation The activity includes: ‚ Guided visit in English to the Santa Maria de los Reyes Church ‚ Two guided visits in English to two different cellars followed by wine tasting ‚ Gourmet lunch in a local restaurant ‚ Wine Region and Winery dossiers ‚ Maps & driving directions and All local taxes

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Wine weekend in Rioja – Laguardia

A weekend to explore one of the best lands for vineyard growing in the wine producing world. Visiting Laguardia, one of the most perfectly preserved medieval villages in Spain; and the church of Santa María de los Reyes which has an extraordinary polychromatic portico, the finest in Spain. During the weekend you will visit two of the best wineries of the region followed by a tasting of their unique wines. Lunch will be based on traditional Riojan cuisine in a restaurant looking for a balance between modernity and tradition. Laguardia is located in Rioja Alavesa, where its inhabitants are devoted exclusively to the vineyard production. This fact makes the ´tempranillo` grape reach quality peaks very difficult to reach in other areas. The underground of this village is crossed by the wine cellars of ´Caves` (Cuevas) excavated under the houses and streets at about 6 meters deep. The town still has its original medieval layout with a good number of fortified towers still surviving. Day 1, Friday ‚

Arrival to the hotel and accommodation (See description of the hotel at the end of the document)

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Guided visit in English to the Santa Maria de los Reyes Church

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Your first visit is to a new-wave winery with an unbelievable giant wave of a roof and a beautiful tasting room overlooking Laguardia. Inside, too, you will find the same ultra-modern style. Guided Visit in English followed by a wine tasting

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Gourmet Menu in one of the best restaurants in the area. From their viewing balcony we have the privilege (unique in Spain) of enjoying breathtaking views of 4 provinces. The meal consists on a traditional gourmet set lunch of three courses, home made dessert, Rioja wine and coffee.

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Guided Visit in English to a 2nd cellar, followed by

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a wine tasting. This winery stands out among the underground cellars. and elaborates its wines in a traditional way, for the pleasure of its visitors Locations: Rioja Wine Area Participants: Groups from 2 to 12 people Duration: 2 days Availability: Friday to Sunday , all year

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2 nights Bed & Breakfast accommodation in 1 double room with private bathroom Guided visit in English to the Santa Maria de los Reyes Church Two guided visits in English to two different cellars followed by wine tasting Gourmet lunch paired with wines Wine Region and Winery dossiers Maps & driving directions All local taxes

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Transport to/from Laguardia Transfers in Laguardia Optional tips, meals and expenses All which is not specified in the itinerary

Hotel in Laguardia description:

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If there is anything that defines the personality of the Rioja Alavessa region then it is the production of wine, so those who enjoy a good tipple and fine food will find this excellent 19th century cellar hard to beat. The art of the vine is ever present here. Even the rooms are named after a particular type of grape. Though these are placed along a hotel like corridor, all are bright, spacious and blessed with some lovely touches. Visitors can also go on guided tours of the cellars and have the opportunity of taking wine-tasting courses. Other comforts include the living room furnished with interesting antiques pieces, fine little bar and library. This sum of great wine, food, lovely rooms and decor makes for a winning combination and it comes as no surprise that the hotel is widely considered to be one of the best “bodegas” in the region. Simply superb!

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Wine Day in Madrid Madrid wine Area - Departures from Madrid Not far from Madrid City stretches the only Denomination of Origin in the world close to a big capital. It is in fact one of the hidden treasures of this enchanting region: a vivid city surrounded by peaceful vineyards. The territory of the Denomination is divided into three sub-regions, being the one at the East of the city the one that we propose you to experience. The wineries that we will be visiting are the best example of the global shift in winemaking in Madrid that has taken place over the last decade. Nowadays some selected “bodegas” in Madrid are placed, with no doubt, amongst the best in Spain. In this amazing wine journey you’ll enjoy visiting two of their most representative wineries of the Madrid wine region The towns you’ll visit will show you a completely different picture of Madrid region, from the always bubbling city to the traditional medieval town of Chinchón and the monumental Royal Place of Aranjuez. You’ll enjoy a sumptuous lunch in one of the beautiful restaurants placed within the historic Plaza of Chinchón, an exclusive place for an unforgettable wine journey! Locations: Madrid Wine Area Participants: Groups from 1 to 25 people Duration: 8 hours Availability: Monday to Saturday at 09:00 upon availability Languages: English and Spanish. Consult other languages.

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Optional: Special wine tasting Optional: ‚ Transportation The activity includes: ‚ ‚

Two guided visits in English to two different cellars followed by wine tasting Gourmet lunch in a local restaurant with wines

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Wine Region and Winery dossiers Maps & driving directions and All local taxes

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A unique wine in Toledo Wine day from Madrid - Self drive tour

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A land of chalky soils, history and tradition. The innovative spirit takes root in the extensive vineyards and olive groves of Castilla-La Mancha, a region with tremendous winemaking potential. The challenge of bringing the know-how accumulated in Rioja to this land materialized in this winery in the province of Toledo. This region preserves the flavor of the old country houses from La Mancha. Located in beautiful valley and surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, its design wisely combines functionality with the typical architectural style of Castilla-La Mancha. A place that exudes silence and tranquility, allowing time to pay the utmost care to every detail, where everything comes together to produce the miracle of wine.

Departure from Madrid by car

Arrival to the winery. We will visit a spectacular winery near Yepes. The walls of the winery contain some of the most advanced facilities in the region. Built on the 250hectare, the bodega occupies 5.000 m2. The bodega retains all the flavor of the old Manchegan estates and is surrounded by 100 hectares of vineyards growing the grape varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz. After a complete visit of the winery we will proceed to do a tasting of their best wines

Lunch in the winery: We will join the special room of the winery for an exceptional lunch, with typical dishes of the region of Castilla La Mancha, accompanied by wines of the cellar.

Guided visit to the Royal Palace of Aranjuez. On our way back to Madrid we will visit el Palacio of Aranjuez. Situated between the rivers Tagus and Jarama, it was already used as a royal residence in the time of Ferdinand and Isabel the Catholic

The price includes: 1 Winery visit with tasting in English or Spanish • Gourmet lunch with wines. • Documentation and driving directions • Basic insurance • All local taxes •

Optional: Transportation

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Wine Day in Ribera del Duero Ribera del Duero (some 112 miles northwest from Madrid) is one of the best Denominations of Origin in Spain and a world wide known wine region which is still to be discovered. We propose you to visit some of its best representatives. There are many hidden places worth to be visited in this beautiful wine region. In Food & Wine Tours we have selected an itinerary comprising the most emblematic monuments and picturesque places. Departure from Madrid city centre. Arrival to Ribera del Duero and first winery visit. Guided visit with tasting. Visit to the second Winery. Guided visit with tasting. From the second “bodega”, and still with the souvenir of the wine in your mouth, you’ll be driven to the beautiful town of Aranda de Duero, where you’ll enjoy a typical and sumptuous Castilian lunch based on delicious roasted lamb matched with some of the best “Riberas”. After lunch and table talk you’ll head to the nearby town of Peñafiel, where to visit its astonishing 10th century Castle (probably one of the best preserved in Europe), its typical Plaza del Coso, and the many monuments and old churches from remote times. Locations: Ribera de Duero Wine Area (2 hours from Madrid) Participants: Groups from 1 to 34 people Duration: 8 hours Availability: Monday to Friday at 09:00 upon availability

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Languages: English and Spanish. Consult other languages. Optional: ‚ Transportation The activity includes: ‚ 2 Winery visits with tasting in English or Spanish ‚ Gourmet lunch with wines ‚ Wine Region and Winery dossiers ‚ Maps & driving directions ‚ All local taxes

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Ribera del Duero Wine and castles Departures from Madrid Enjoy the fabulous world of Spanish wines on this amazing gourmet trip that will take you north to Castilla y León, Spanish leader in wine production and birthplace of one of the most acclaimed appellations of wine, “Ribera del Duero”. You will be surprised with beautiful historic and medieval towns with massive castles and ancient fortifications dating to Roman times. This tour will offer you the opportunity to witness for yourself the old tradition of winemaking working hand in hand with the very latest technology, to learn the how, what and when of grape cultivation and harvesting, to walk among barrels and smell the wine as it ages, to enrich or update your knowledge during the tutored tasting sessions from top wine producers and of course, to discover the flavours of the superb Castilian cuisine as we enjoy fabulous Gourmet meals…. Departure from Madrid. Arrival to Ribera del Duero, where we will visit The Santa María de Retuerta Abbey and its winery, one of the most important Romanesque works of the 12th century. Here we will enjoy a guided visit to the vineyards and winery, then to the monastery, where we will admire its beautiful church and cloister, ending up with a tasting in one of is magnificent rooms. Lunch will be in an Asador, a typical Castilian restaurant, such as roast lamb or sucking pig, slow cooked in ancient wood-fired ovens, a true delicacy.

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After lunch, we will visit the Ribera del Duero wine museum, located in a stunning castle in the vast plains of Castilla & Leon, perched on a cliff above the city and the Duero. Also take a scroll around the beautiful Plaza del Coso where bullfighting festivals have been held since the middle Ages and with their unique balconies that display lovely wooden arabesques. Recommended for: Wine lovers People who want to have a private visit in special wineries, with complete wine tastings and a meal with wines.. Locations: Ribera de Duero wine Area (2 hours from Madrid) Participants: Groups from 1 to 25 people Duration: 8 hours Availability: Mondays to Sundays at 09:00 upon availability Languages: English and Spanish. Consult other languages. The activity includes: ‚ Wine Region and Winery dossiers & Maps & driving directions ‚ Transfer Hotel / Winery / Hotel. Individuals: Transport for 2 people rental car, type B (maximum 350 km per day, CDR-TPR with deductible). For groups from 4 up to 8 people Minivan. From 9 to 11 people Bus with driver. Groups: From 12 to 55 people. Bus with driver and a wine specialist guide. ‚ 1 Winery visit with tasting in English or Spanish ‚ Gourmet lunch paired with wines. ‚ Entrance to Peñafiel Castle and wine museum / All local taxes

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Tapas (pintxos) Walking Tour Bilbao & San Sebastian This program will allow you to discover directly the famous Basque Minimalist Cuisine that is so trendy the last years and that permits all those that get in contact with it to enjoy a wide variety and multiple types of exquisite tastes. The aim of this program is to taste and learn an ample range of Pintxos, but with total freedom at the selection of the Pintxos and the Bars included. Moreover, the program includes a “Road Book” type of Dossier, including all the necessary information, e.g. the recommended routes and the typical locations during the routes that will direct you in an amusing and easy way to the selected Bars which are spread basically in the Old Quarter and Modern Areas of both cities. Each client will have included the tasting of 10 Pintxos and 5 Drinks (exchangeable for individual vouchers of Pintxos & Drinks). During the routes, the clients will be able to consume them in any of the selected Bars and there will be wide information about these Bars into the Road Book. The routes are starting from your own hotel and they are prepared to be done on foot. Additionally, it will be give a full dossier of the city with maps, brochures with information about all the monuments and highlights of the city. Furthermore, it will be available a 24h telephone for any question or additional request of information required. The Pintxos Route can be done any time throughout the day and any day of the week…………and depending on the selected dates for the activity it will be offered the Bars that will be operative in each case. The duration of the route, the locations on the route, the route itself and the visited Bars are subject to the free will of the client. Locations: Bilbao Participants: Groups from 1 to 20 people

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Duration: 1 days Availability: Individuals & groups: Mondays to Saturdays, all year around under request Languages: English and Spanish. Consult other languages. The activity includes: • Booklet • 10 pintxos y 5 drinks • 24hr telephone assistance • Local Taxes

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Cooking class of pintxos paired with wines Bilbao Join Food & Wine Tours cooking classes in Bilbao and discover the secrets of how to make pintxos, bringing you near to the world of Basque High Cuisine in Miniature……. Bar counters display numerous pintxos, the equivalent to tapas in other areas of the country. Making the rounds consists of popping in and out of several bars, usually the same ones every day, grabbing a pintxo and drinking a txikito (a small glass of wine) in each one. Cooking class of Basque tapas and pairing of wines This course will allow you to learn the techniques and the most suitable products for the preparation of the Pintxos as well as the best way to treat these products and the combination of them considering the colour, smell, texture and in general to learn with practical lessons. Hands on cooking class There will be a total of 8 different pintxos elaborated. Each Pintxo will be paired with a different wine.

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Locations: Bilbao Participants: Groups from 2 to 8 people Duration: 1 days Availability: Individuals & groups: Mondays to Saturdays, all year around under request Languages: English and Spanish. Consult other languages. The activity includes: • Cooking class of Pintxos: • The services of the chef • Making and tasting of 8 pintxos and 8 wines • Booklet • Local taxes

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A taste of Bilbao 2 nights gastronomic break in Bilbao Discover the culture of “Sagardoa” (cider in Basque), an unquestionable symbol of identity of the basque people and their customs. Learn about cider in contact with nature by seeing, touching and tasting… On your first day you will visit the Cider Museum in Astigarraga, the “capital” of cider in the Basque Country and you will have the oportunity of practising the tasting cider directly from the barrels. Discover a unique gastronomic experience eating in a typical Basque ciderhouse. On the second day: Cooking class of Basque tapas, world know as “Pintxos” and pairing of wines. Learn the techniques for the preparation of the finest Pintxos Day 1: Arrival • Arrival to the hotel and accommodation in Bilbao Day 2: The culture of Cider • Breakfast at the hotel Pick up the car in Bilbao and drive to Astigarraga, the “capital” of cider in the Basque Country • Guided visit to the Cider Museum followed by wine tasting. The museum is located at the foot of the apple orchard. This is an outdoor space where visitors can learn about the culture of apples in a dynamic and educational setting. • After the visit you can practise the tasting cider in the traditional way, directly from the barrels. • Typical lunch in a “Sagardotegi”: Discover a unique gastronomique experience eating in a typical Basque ciderhouse Return to Bilbao and drop off the car Overnight in Bilbao •

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Day 3: Cooking class of pintxos paired with wines • Breakfast at the hotel • Cooking class of Basque tapas, world know as “Pintxos” and pairing of wines This course will allow you to learn the techniques and the most suitable products for the preparation of the Pintxos as well as the best way to treat these products and the combination of them considering the colour, smell, texture and in general to learn with practical lessons. Hands on cooking class

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There will be a total of 8 different pintxos elaborated. Each Pintxo will be paired with a different wine. Locations: Bilbao and surroundings Participants: Groups from 2 to 8 people Duration: 3 days Availability: Individuals & groups: Mondays to Sundays, all year around under request Languages: English and Spanish. Consult other languages.

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Optional: • • 1 day car rental type B (maximum 350 km per day, CDR-TPR with deductible) The activity includes: • 2 nights accommodation in a double room in the hotel of your choice • Wine day tour: • Winery visit in English followed by wine tasting • Lunch with wines • Cooking class of Pintxos: • The services of the chef • Making and tasting of 8 pintxos and 8 wines • Booklet • Local taxes

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Traditional Cooking Classes in Seville Join Food & Wine Tours cooking classes and discover the secrets of our local traditional cuisine. Learn how to cook the typical dishes of the region and taste the menu prepared in a friendly atmosphere. Enjoy while cooking, play with the ingredients and savour the dishes you have prepared, while enjoying one day with your friends or colleagues. Our cooking class will start in a city centre restaurant. Our chef will welcome you into his kitchen and show you some of his culinary tricks. The cooking class will begin on Saturdays with a visit to the market, one of Seville’s most interesting markets. We will take a guided tour around the market and then take the cooking lesson. After the lesson we will have the opportunity to eat a meal consisting of all we have cooked. Menu will vary according to your choice: - A selection of tapas dishes - Popular rice dishes - Seafood recipes - Cooking with extra virgin olive oil. - Cooking with sherry style wines and sherry vinegar. - Dishes made with the ham and meat of the acorn fed Iberian pig. Participants: Groups from 2 to 10 people Duration: 3 hours Availability: Week days at 18:00 and Saturdays at 08:00, all year around under request Languages: English and Spanish. Consult other languages.

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The activity includes: • 3 hour cooking class • Dinner at the cooking school • All local taxes The activity does not include: Apron Observations: • We recommend combining excursions with the cooking classes. • A visit to the Xerry wine region could be combined with a class preparing dishes with sherry-style wines and vinegar. • An olive oil excursion could be combined with a session on the use of olive oil in Spanish dishes. • A trip to the ham-producing area would complete the cooking class on dishes using Iberian ham and Iberian pork.

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Great Sherry Wines from Jerez Visit the ancient bodegas in Jerez de la Frontera and enjoy outstanding architecture of the temples of wine. Know the traditional and modern winemaking methods and taste the different types of Jerez wines ‚

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Morning: Guided visit a Xerry cellar, that is the only one committed exclusively to the production of the oldest Sherries. The cellar it is located in the historical district of Jerez and is an excellent example of the architectural tradition of the beginning of the 19th century. After the visit you will proceed to do a full tasting of their best Sherries served with a snack. Gourmet lunch in a local restaurant specialized in Andalusian cuisine.

Tasting Menu (sample) Roast Beef served with a light Mustard Cream Carrot Cream with Mojama of Tunfish and fried Bread Piquillos stuffed of the Sea of Cadiz on Brandy Cream Salmon back with Babies Onions and Eneldo in Sherry Sorbet from Lemon and Pale Cream Beef Medallions with Foie Dark Chocolate Mousse with Coffee Parfait ‚

In the afternoon, second winery visit to a historic cellar of the region. This is a unique experience for several reasons, besides being the oldest bodega in Jererz, the architectonic building, the harmony of their construction, their gardens and patios invite you to go back to the XVIII Century, the Romanticism period in Jerez.

Recommended for: Wine lovers People who want to have a private visit in special wineries, with complete wine tastings and a meal with wines.

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Locations: Xerry wine Area (near Sevilla & Cádiz) Participants: Groups from 2 to 25 people Duration: 8 hours Availability: Tuesday to Saturday at 10:30 upon availability Languages: English and Spanish. Consult other languages. The activity includes: ‚ Wine Region and Winery dossiers & Maps & driving directions ‚ Transfer Hotel / Winery / Hotel. Individuals: Transport for 2 people rental car, type B (maximum 350 km per day, CDR-TPR with deductible). For groups from 4 up to 8 people Minivan. From 9 to 11 people Bus with driver. Groups: From 12 to 55 people. Bus with driver and a wine specialist guide. ‚ 1 Winery visit with tasting in English or Spanish ‚ Gourmet lunch paired with wines. ‚ Entrance to Peñafiel Castle and wine museum / All local taxes

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The Paradores Route of Rueda and Toro Wines (Three-night package) This route combines two important wine-producing regions with the historic city of Salamanca, home of one of Europe’s oldest universities.

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Tordesillas: First day Zamora: Second day Salamanca: Third day

The program includes: ‚ 3 nights Bed & Breakfast accommodation in standard ‚ ‚ ‚

double room Two guided visits in English to two top cellars in Toro followed by wine tasting Gourmet lunch in Toro All local taxes

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The program does not include: ‚ Transport * ‚ Any entrance fees to monuments/places of interest which are not mentioned above * If you need help booking a car rental please let us know. Route terms and conditions: ‚ The route begins on Sunday and ends on Wednesday ** ‚ Neither the dates of your stay, nor the hotels, may be altered or changed during the route. ‚ The route is valid for routes starting between 6 January and 13 July 2008 (inclusive). Route starting on 24 August. Routes starting between 14 September and 21 December 2008 (inclusive). Except routes starting on the 16 March and 07 December ‚ This route and its rates are not valid for groups. ** For any other dates of the week please ask for prices

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Recommendations: The Rueda wine region, while producing whites, rosĂŠs and reds, has made a place for itself in the world of Spanish wine thanks to the Verdejo white grape variety, which gives its whites their powerful aroma. The town of Rueda is the center of local wine-making activity. Nearby is Medina del Campo, the city of fairs whose golden age was during the Middle Ages. Of special note is De la Mota Castle. Tordesillas is home to the Toro Vega festival, and her Treaty Houses (Casas del Tratado) witnessed the signing of the document which divided the New World into two parts. The town offers much for visitors to discover. Nearby lays the Riberas de CastronuĂąo-Vegas del Duero natural area.

Parador de Zamora 2nd Day, Monday Recommendations: The Toro wine region is located within the area of Zamora divided by the Douro River, leaving the Land of Bread (Tierra del Pan) to the north, and to the south, the Land of Wine. The importance of vineyards can be seen in such Zamora towns as Venialbo, El Pego, Valdefinjas and Sanzoles, among others. They have preserved excellent examples of vernacular winery architecture, evidence of the ancient connection to this activity throughout the entire region. Toro is the capital of this wineproducing region, and the location of its regulatory council. All the hillsides along the route of the mighty river are populated by numerous vineyards. The town has preserved part of its castle, as well as the Corredera and Arco del Reloj gates, dating from the 18th century. To all this must be added the innumerable other attractions in the city of Zamora, a town of great beauty and many monuments.

Parador de Salamanca 3rd Day, Tuesday

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Recommendations: Following a few days discovering the world of wine, stroll to the center of the baroque 18thcentury Main Square (Plaza Mayor), look around and allow yourself to be seduced by its beauty and harmony. The living heart of the city is the starting point for our tour. Among the many monuments you will discover the 15th-century House of Shells (Casa de las Conchas), the Old Cathedral (13th-century), New Cathedral (16th18th centuries), and the university (16th-century), as well as many churches, palaces and the archives. The provincial capital is a treasure house of monuments, a city in which the hustle and bustle of the university throbs with unceasing cultural activity.

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The Paradores Wine Route - Rioja and Navarra (Three-night package) Concentrating on two of Spain’s best-known wine producing regions, this route offers plenty of opportunities to visit important wine museums, and some of the best wineries of the Upper and Lower Rioja region.

The route includes the following Paradores: ‚ ‚ ‚

Calahorra: First day Olite: Second day Santo Domingo de la Calzada: Third day

The price includes: ‚ 3 nights Bed & Breakfast accommodation in standard double room ‚ Two guided visits in English to two top cellars in Haro followed by wine tasting ‚ Gourmet lunch in a local restaurant in Haro ‚ Comprehensive documentation of the Paradores and the areas that you will visit ‚ All local taxes.

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The price does not include: ‚ Transport * ‚ Any entrance fees to monuments/places of interest which are not mentioned above * If you need help booking a car rental please let us know. Route terms and conditions: ‚ The route begins on Sunday and ends on Wednesday ** ‚ Neither the dates of your stay, nor the hotels, may be altered or changed during the route. ‚ The route is valid for routes starting between 6 January and 13 July 2008 (inclusive). Route starting on 24 August. Routes starting between 14 September and 21 December 2008 (inclusive). Except routes starting on the 16 March and 07 December ‚ This route and its rates are not valid for groups. ** For any other dates of the week please ask for prices Parador de Calahorra 1st Day, Sunday

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Rioja is the land of wine, an exceptional place where this product achieves its greatest expression. Near Calahorra you can discover the wineries of Lower Rioja, including Torres Librada (Alfaro) and Viña Herminia (Aldeanuela del Ebro). In Calahorra, we recommend exploring the cathedral and the Episcopal palace.

Parador de Olite 2nd Day, Monday Recommendations: As you approach Olite and see the town silhouetted against the horizon, you will feel that much awaits your discovery. The town offers you the opportunity to discover the palace of the Kings of Navarre, Sta. María la Real Church, San Pedro Apóstol Church, and Carlos III Square. You can explore the world of wine in the Navarre Museum of Wine and Vineyards, which is located in the same lovely square as the Parador. Other highlights include the Piedemonte, Marco Real and Bodega Ochoa wineries.

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The town of Sto. Domingo is an excellent setting-off point for discovering the Upper Rioja region and its wealth of heritage linked to wine and viniculture, famous throughout the world. We recommend a visit to the Ontañón Winery/Museum (Logroño), the Haro Oenology Station in Haro, the Vivanco Museum of the Culture of Wine in Briones, as well as some of the vineyards in the Upper Rioja region which are open to visitors. Another possibility is following the Wine Architecture Route (Gehry, Calatrava, Moneo, etc.). In Santo Domingo you can explore the exenta, or stand-alone, cathedral tower, the cathedral itself (high altar, the saint’s mausoleum, hen’s cage, and cloister). Nearby lays the town of San Millán de la Cogolla (San Millán de Yuso Monastery and San Millán de Suso Monastery).

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The Paradores Route of Ribera de Duero Wines (Three-night package) A route for wine lovers through a region that produces many of the finest wines in Spain. Explore the area of Burgos along the Duero River and delight in the flavour and quality of its wines.

The route includes the following Paradores: ‚ ‚ ‚

Soria: First day Lerma: Second day Tordesillas: Third day

The price includes: ‚ 3 nights Bed & Breakfast accommodation ‚ ‚ ‚

in standard double room Two guided visits in English to two top cellars followed by wine tasting 1 Gourmet lunch All local taxes

The price does not include: ‚ Transport * ‚ Any entrance fees to monuments/places of interest which are not mentioned above

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* If you need help booking a car rental please let us know. Route terms and conditions: ‚ The route begins on Sunday and ends on Wednesday ** ‚ Neither the dates of your stay, nor the hotels, may be altered or changed during the route. ‚ The route is valid for routes starting between 6 January and 13 July 2008 (inclusive). Route starting on 24 August. Routes starting between 14 September and 21 December 2008 (inclusive). Except routes starting on the 16 March and 07 December ‚ This route and its rates are not valid for groups. ** For any other dates of the week please ask for prices

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Parador de Soria 1st Day, Sunday Recommendations: The quality of the wines from this region, which encompasses four provinces – Soria, Burgos, Segovia and Valladolid – is joined by its many tourist attractions, as well as the cultural and artistic wealth of each of its towns. Following a route from east to west, beginning in the province of Soria, highlights include San Esteban de Gormaz, through which the Douro River passes, watering the fertile meadows and lands along its banks. Nearby is the town of Atauta, famous for having the best preserved group of traditional wineries on the entire Ribera del Duero route. No less attractive are those preserved in Langa de Duero, which has been declared an area of historic and artistic importance. The hillside on which Castillejo de Robledo castle stands is populated by presses, and the incalculable beauty of its parish church is a wonderful surprise along the route.

Parador de Lerma 2nd Day, Monday Recommendations: The De la Vid Monastery marks the beginning of the lands of the Ribera del Duero region in Burgos. A belfry over 30 meters in height is the first sight visitors get of the monastery. Before entering Aranda de Duero, we recommend first visiting the town of Peñaranda de Duero. This strategic point along the Douro River welcomes travellers with its proud castle, the palace of the Zúñiga and Avellaneda families and the collegiate church. The headquarters of the regulatory council for the Ribera del Duero denominación de origen is located in Roa. The vicissitudes of history have caused this town to lose a great many of its palaces and churches, evidence of the wealth of an era. However, well worth a visit are the ex-collegiate church of Santa María and the former church of San Sebastián.

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We a re now in the province of Valladolid, and as the river passes through the town of Peñafiel it becomes broader, its agricultural boundaries expanding. The town’s vernacular architecture shows its connection to wine, as does the enormous castle, today home to the Provincial Wine Museum (Museo Provincial del Vino). Cotarro de San Pedro, a lovely hill populated by wineries, indicates that we are approaching Pesquera de Duero, a town long linked to wine production. Valbuena de Duero, home to the prestigious Vega Sicilia winery, among others, and Santa María de Valbuena Monastery are the highlights of the last stage of the route through the province of Valladolid. Its lands bathed by the waters of the Douro, the monastery, permanent headquarters of the Ages of Man Foundation (Fundación de las Edades del Hombre), possesses a dazzling beauty. Along this route lies the Riaza River Gorge natural area, between the town limits of Montejo de la Vega de la Serrezuela, Maderuelo and Valdevacas de Montejo.

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Classic Rioja & Ribera del Duero (Culture, Wine & Gastronomy Tour) This tour is perfect for people who want to experience Spanish wine, gastronomy and Spanish culture. The lodging would be in small deluxe hotels with special charm and flavour. It includes visits to wineries in two main regions of Spanish wines: Ribera de Duero and Rioja, and an extensive introduction to the excellent Spanish gastronomy. The tour will also take you through the history and art of Spain, from the Roman Aqueduct in Segovia to castles, monasteries, cathedrals, including the gothic cathedral of Burgos, one of the most beautiful in Spain. While Rioja represents the tradition in Spanish wines, the wines produced in Ribera del Duero are the modern wines that are considered the Spanish wine revolution. But both regions produce some of the finest in Spain. In Toledo you can find some of the most innovative wines in Spain. These three regions are located in the heart of Spain, a trip to the countryside with small and medium size towns along the three greatest rivers of the country, Ebro, Duero and Tajo. Day 1: Madrid ‚

Arrival to Madrid. ‚

City tour of Madrid. The tour includes the old Madrid, and the impressive Prado Museum, where painters such as Velazquez, Goya, Rubens and Tiziano will mesmerize us with their works.

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After the tour at The Prado, you’ll enjoy free time on your own for lunch and shopping.

Tonight’s dinner is at the top restaurant of the city. Haute cuisine, the main point of gastronomic reference, having a classification of 5 forks, and considered the main representation of elegance and luxury in Madrid. ‚

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Accommodation in a small hotel in the city centre of Madrid (Hotel Villa de Madrid or similar)

Day 2 Madrid and Segovia ‚

Full breakfast at the hotel

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Departure to Segovia. One of the most striking Roman treasures in Europe can be found in Segovia. These treasures consists of an amazingly preserved aqueduct, left by the Romans as a symbol of their greatness, and fairytale castle, standing high up on the hilltop, the Alcázar. 2000 year old Segovia defies time and carries its history into the future. Segovia's historic centre begins with the aqueduct leading us through its beautiful cobble streets surrounded by protective walls and fortified turrets. The city's well-preserved medieval structure was one of the arguments put forward in order to obtain the World Heritage title which it received in 1985 Page 43 of 56 Tel.: +34/93-317 19 09, mail: info@foodwinetours.com www.foodwinetours.com www.ociovital.com


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Lunch in a gourmet traditional restaurant in the city. Tender lamb and delicious suckling pig are part of the offering of meats, complemented by the thousand and one products obtained from the ritual pig slaughter that is still held in the villages of the province during the coldest months.

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From Segovia, we will make our way north to the luscious red wine region of Ribera del Duero, where we will spend two wonderful nights at a hotel in the city centre of Peñafiel.

Accommod ation will be in a 4* Hotel & Spa, situated in the historic centre of Peñafiel. The hotel is located in a restored convent. The structure of the original convent has been respected as much as possible during its refurbishment as a hotel, preserving its panelling, mouldings and other architectural features which are over 400 years old. The building has been developed around the central patio of the Grand Cloister, today covered with a glass cupola and fitted out as a lounge area. What was once the chapel of the cloister is today an elegant restaurant and the refectory has been transformed into a conference and meeting room. ‚

Day 3, Ribera de Duero ‚

Full breakfast at the hotel. ‚

Our first winery visit will be a winery whith wines made exclusively from the difficult, quickmaturing Tempranillo variety, of which they are considered the masters. Their worldfamous Tinto Pesquera is aged a minimum of 18 months in oak, with selected Reservas and Grandes Reservas remaining in barrel for 24 months and longer.

Visit Peñafiel, and a cellar where for a tour that will be led by select personnel, and includes a visit to the vineyards, the winery and the abbey (12th century), topped off by a commented tasting of their wines at the monastery refectory.

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Lunch will be in an Asador, a typical Castillian restaurant, such as roast lamb or sucking pig, slow cooked in ancient wood-fired ovens, a true delicacy.

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After lunch, you can visit the Ribera del Duero wine museum, located in a stunning castle in the vast plains of Castilla & Leon, perched on a cliff above the city and the Duero.

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Free dinner. Accommodation

Day 4, Rioja

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Full buffet breakfast in the hotel

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From Ribera del Duero, we'll head northeast to the hillier, lovely wine region of La Rioja

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Departure to Elciego.

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Visit to one of the most original bodegas remaining in Laguardia today because it is one of the largest within the limits of the town walls. It has two presses where wine is still made just like in the olden days, by crushing the grapes with the feet. The ground underneath is bored through with many of the bodegas built during medieval times and altogether they make a sort of underground city. Lunch at a restaurant looking for a balance between modernity and tradition, with a very personal view of traditional Riojan cuisine. From their viewing balcony we have the privilege (unique in Spain) of enjoying breathtaking views of 4 provinces. What is more, it has a gourmet shop “The Laguardia Wine Cellar” where connoisseurs of the internationally renowned Rioja wine can purchase the best wines of the region, with the helpful advice of experts. ‚

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Wine hotel accommodation. If there is anything that defines the personality of the Rioja Alavessa region then it is the production of wine, so those who enjoy a good tipple and fine food will find this excellent 19th century cellar hard to beat. The art of the vine is ever present here. Even the rooms are named after a particular type of grape. Though these are placed along a hotel like corridor, all are bright, spacious and blessed with some lovely touches. Visitors can also go on guided tours of the cellars and have the opportunity of taking wine-tasting courses. Once in the “Bodega” don’t forget to check out the huge Fresco of Dionysus along the cellar wall. Other comforts include the living room furnished with interesting antiques pieces, fine little bar and library.

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Day 5: La Rioja - Bilbao ‚

Buffet breakfast at the hotel ‚

Departure to Laguardia, in the Rioja Alavesa. Laguardia is one of the most perfectly preserved medieval villages in Spain. Your first visit is to a new-wave winery designed, by Santiago Calatrava, with an unbelievable giant wave of a roof and a beautiful tasting room overlooking Laguardia. Inside, too, you will find the same ultra-modern style.

After lunch, departure to Vitoria, a Basque city which has a lot of medieval remains. Lunch will be in a magnificently restored Restaurant from the 15th century well known for the quality of its traditional local cuisine, in Alava. Basque bean dishes and snails are two of the specialities ‚

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We will visit the old quarter and discover the Santa Maria Cathedral. This monument began its life as a fortified church built within the walls of the ancient medieval town. Then we will have lunch at a restaurant that was initially built as lodging for merchants and merchandises between the end of the 15th and the beginning of the 16th centuries.

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Departure to Bilbao

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Accommodation in a hotel, located by the Guggenheim Museum. The hotel was designed by fashion designer and it is the first boutique-hotel in the city. The 50-room hotel fuses design and functionality at its best.

Day 6: Bilbao ‚

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The heart of this industrial, port city is the Old Quarter, where the narrow streets – many of them pedestrian – are lined with Renaissance, Baroque and Modernist buildings. As you stroll through this area, your guide will point out the main sights including the Cathedral of Santiago, a Gothic church built at the end of the 14th century, the Bridge and Church of San Anton and the Plaza Nueva, an arcaded square.

‚ Lunch at a Restaurant for outstanding people such as Frank O' Ghery, Pierce Brosnan.... it has become their favourite restaurant and whenever they visit the city they stop there for lunch or dinner. The truth is that this place has many things to offer. Daniel Garcia's creativity in the kitchen is complemented by the exquisite attention and the elegant decoration and style reflected in every single detail. There is a well-attended, air-conditioned free entrance cellar, and it also has a typical Basque txoko (also known as Gastronomic Society). ‚

Guggenheim Museum:

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The building is the work of architect Frank 0. Gehry and is an architectural masterpiece in its own right. This great titanium, stone and glass sculpture houses nineteen galleries spread over three levels around a vast central atrium. Built with the aim of diversifying Bilbao's activities beyond its traditional industrial base, the museum now attracts many visitors who come to enjoy the fabulous modern and contemporary art collections. Your guide will take you on a tour of some of the galleries to see some of the permanent and temporary exhibitions. The artistic programme of this museum is of the highest international standards so your visit is sure to be a memorable experience. ‚

Free time for dinner.

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Accommodation in our boutique hotel.

Day 7: Bilbao – San Sebastian ‚

Buffet breakfast at the hotel

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Transfer to San Sebastian ‚

A morning walking tour of San Sebastian sees the market stirring. The fishmongers greet us with a dazzling spectacle as we venture into the historic old quarter and centre of town with special attention to the Art Nouveau architecture, the green market, a visit to the Ethnographic Museum in San Telmo Monastery and the recently restored 15th century San Vicente church.

‚ From the heights of Monte Igueldo we get a sweeping view of the city and up the coast to France. In a green quarter of the city we pay homage to the regions most well known sculptor, Eduardo Chillida at his open air museum. The sites 16th century farmhouse does double duty as a gallery space and a work of art in itself.

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Tapas tour for lunch: discover directly the famous Basque Minimalist Cuisine that is so trendy the last years and that permits all those that get in contact with it to enjoy a wide variety and multiple types of exquisite tastes. The aim of this program is to taste and learn an ample range of Pintxos, but with total freedom at the selection of the Pintxos and the Bars included.

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Land travel by rental car. Madrid: 1 nights accommodation with breakfast in a small 4* hotel in the city centre Ribera del Duero: 2 nights accommodation with breakfast in a 4* Hotel Spa Rioja: 1 night accommodation with breakfast in Wine Hotel Bilbao: 2 nights accommodation with breakfast in a boutique hotel in a double superior, centrally located, rated 5* Gourmet lunch with drinks at Restaurante in Bilbao Tapas tour in San Sebastian Gourmet lunch with drinks in Vitoria Gourmet lunch with drinks in La Rioja Gourmet lunch with drinks in an Asador Gourmet lunch with drinks in Segovia Page 47 of 56 Tel.: +34/93-317 19 09, mail: info@foodwinetours.com www.foodwinetours.com www.ociovital.com


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Gourmet dinner in Madrid 4 winery visits with tasting All taxes.

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Flights Meals and Drinks not Specified Personal Expenses such as Telephone, Minibar, etc Tips and Gratuities (Guides, Restaurants, etc) Travel Insurance (Strongly recommended) Cancellation Insurance

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Great Wines of Spain 6 nights / 7 days – Self driven tour Madrid – Ribera del Duero – Rioja Alavesa – Bilbao – Barcelona – Penedès

Discover Spain along this wine tour and venture into some of the country's most important wine-growing areas. Along the way you will have the chance to learn how wines are made and to sample some world-renowned vintages. But that is not all. You can also enjoy the cultural, natural and culinary heritage of some uniquely different regions, all of them with one thing in common: fine wine and a privileged gastronomy Day 1: Arrival to Madrid ‚ ‚

Accommodation in Madrid (see description of the hotels at the end of the document) Dinner on your own

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Day 2: Madrid – Ribera del Duero ‚

Buffet breakfast at your hotel

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Pick up the car in Madrid and drive to Ribera del Duero (190 km, about 2hr drive)

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Arribal to Peñafiel in Ribera del Duero. Fortified in 1307, the town of Peñafiel was once a commercial and historic centre of the first order. Its famous castle, declared to be a National Monument in 1917, sits on a hill. It is a very well-preserved fortress, which has a length of more than 200 metres and is built in the shape of ship.

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Lunch will be in an Asador, a typical Castillian restaurant, such as roast lamb or sucking pig, slow cooked in ancient wood-fired ovens, a true delicacy.

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Our second winery visit will be a winery where their wines are made exclusively from the difficult, quick-maturing Tempranillo variety, of which they are considered the masters. Their world-famous Tinto Pesquera is aged a minimum of 18 months in oak, with selected Reservas and Grandes Reservas remaining in barrel for 24 months and longer.

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Dinner on your own in Peñafiel

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Accommodation in Peñafiel

Day 3: Ribera del Duero - Laguardia ‚

Buffet breakfast at your hotel

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Drive from Peñafiel to Laguardia, in the Rioja Alavesa (240 km, about 2hr30m). Laguardia is one of the most perfectly preserved medieval villages in Spain. The underground of this village is crossed by the wine cellars of ´Caves`(Cuevas) excavated under the houses and streets at about 6 metres deep. The town still has its original medieval layout with a good number of fortified towers still surviving.

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Gourmet Menu in one of the best restaurants in the area. A restaurant looking for a balance between modernity and tradition, with a very personal view of traditional Riojan cuisine. From their viewing balcony we have the privilege (unique in Spain) of enjoying breathtaking views of 4 provinces. The meal consists on a traditional gourmet set lunch of three courses, home made dessert, Rioja wine and coffee.

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Your first visit is to a new-wave winery designed, by Santiago Calatrava, with an unbelievable giant wave of a roof and a beautiful tasting room overlooking Laguardia. Inside, too, you will find the same ultra-modern style. Guided Visit in English followed by a wine tasting

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Dinner on your own

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Day 4: Laguardia - Bilbao ‚

Buffet breakfast in your hotel

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Guided Visit to the Santa Maria de los Reyes Church. Laguardia´s “jewel of the crown”, is the church of Santa María de los Reyes which has an extraordinary polychromatic portico, the finest in Spain.

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Guided Visit to a 2nd cellar in Laguardia, followed by a wine tasting. This winery stands out among the underground cellars, and elaborates its wines in a traditional way, for the pleasure of its visitors.

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Drive from Laguardia to Bilbao (130 km, about 1hr 30m drive)

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Drop off the car in Bilbao

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Bilbao is famous for his great Guggeheim Museum. The building is the work of architect Frank 0. Gehry and is an architectural masterpiece in its own right. This great titanium, stone and glass sculpture houses nineteen galleries spread over three levels around a vast central atrium. Built with the aim of diversifying Bilbao's activities beyond its traditional industrial base, the museum now attracts many visitors who come to enjoy the fabulous modern and contemporary art collections.

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Dinner on your own

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Accommodation in Bilbao

Day 5: Bilbao - Barcelona ‚

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Morning flight Bilbao – Barcelona

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Arrival and accommodation in Barcelona

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Barcelona is without doubt one of Europe’s most exciting cities. Barcelona is a place of extraordinary architectural dazzle, achieved by what has been called both Catalan Art Nouveau and Modernisme, by architects Gaudi, Domenech i Montaner and Puig Cadafalch. Monumental sculptures by local masters like Joan Miró adorn public spaces and museums house extraordinary treasures ranging from works of the ancient Romans to those of Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. Barcelona city is further enhanced by brightly colored outdoor markets, a magnificent Mediterranean port where yachts sway peacefully, and a plentiful array of stylish restaurants. Needless to say, the nightlife is splendid.

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Day 6: Barcelona – Penedés – Barcelona ‚

Buffet breakfast in your hotel

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Our sommelier guide will pick you to do a visit to the wine region of Penedés. Visit to one of Spain's leading organic wine producers since 1979.

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2nd visit to a cellar that has recently attained the greatest acknowledgement for Cava (Spanish Champagne). Their range of wines reflects the dual personality of a winery attuned both to the most dyed-in-the-wool traditionalism and the most daring avant-garde.

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Gourmet lunch in a restaurant which is a wine lover’s dream come true. It has an unbelievable wine cellar, with a varied range that includes top international names.

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Return to Barcelona.

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Dinner on your own

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6 nights B&B accommodation in a standard double room (see hotels included at the end of the document) 4 days group D car hire (Renault Megane 1.5 DCI or similar) with unlimited mileage, CDW and Thief Insurance. Pick up in Madrid city / drop off in Bilbao Domestic Flight: Bilbao - Barcelona Lunch in an Asador in Peñafiel Gourmet lunch in Laguardia and in Penedes 6 guided winery visits followed by wine tasting Sommelier guide during the wine excursion in Penedes (including transportation) Guided visit in English to the Santa Maria de los Reyes Church Wine region and winery dossiers Maps and driving directions All taxes

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*All winery visits are quite extensive and include full tour of the premises, complete explanations of how their wines are made, wine tasting, etc...

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Flights in and out of Spain Everything that is not specified in the program (meals, entrances to monuments, museums, etc.) Personal Expenses such as Telephone, Minibar, etc Travel Insurance (Strongly recommended) Cancellation Insurance

Note: The above programs are subject to possible changes and availability, but will always have the same quality and content.

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Hotel in Madrid 4**** Located at Madrid 's historic, cultural and commercial heart, within the emblematic triangle formed by Puerta del Sol, Calle de Alcalá and Gran Vía, and surrounded by the best restaurants, and shopping and leisure areas. The hotel is one of the most unique expressions of modern design in Madrid. Its decoration has been carried out by Tomás Alía, one of the most exclusive and prestigious interior decorators in Spain. A place where the best Madrid has to offer can be enjoyed.

Hotel in Ribera del Duero 4****

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The Hotel is located right in the middle of the historical centre of Peñafiel on the banks of the Duratón river with views towards the majestic Medieval Castle . All rooms are air conditioned and have incredible views of the swimming pool, castle and the local countryside. Gastronomy is one of the strong points of the Hotel.

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Hotel in Laguardia

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If there is anything that defines the personality of the Rioja Alavessa region then it is the production of wine, so those who enjoy a good tipple and fine food will find this excellent 19th century cellar hard to beat. The art of the vine is ever present here. Even the rooms are named after a particular type of grape. Though these are placed along a hotel like corridor, all are bright, spacious and blessed with some lovely touches. Visitors can also go on guided tours of the cellars and have the opportunity of taking wine-tasting courses. Once in the “Bodega” don’t forget to check out the huge Fresco of Dionysus along the cellar wall. Other comforts include the living room furnished with interesting antiques pieces, fine little bar and library.

Hotel in Bilbao 4****

The Hesperia Bilbao hotel is a newly built hotel located opposite the Guggenheim museum and close to both the shopping and business areas. All bedrooms provide modern, well lit accommodation, including complimentary wireless internet connection and satellite TV within a modern setting. The hotel restaurant “La Ría” serves high quality food, specialising in local cuisine. In addition, guest can relax in The Orilla Café and Bar.

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Hotel in Barcelona 4****

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The 19th century exterior of the hotel gives no hint of the minimalist retreat to be found inside, a place to escape the hustle and bustle of the thriving city that is Barcelona. Oriental style décor in many of the rooms, subtle greys, silk cushions, dark leather all add to the atmosphere. This, together with an extremely convenient location near the Gaudi House and you have a welcome addition to the city’s offering of hotels. Everything from service to facilities smacks of 5 star quality, but due to the lack of a restaurant (not a problem given the many excellent eating places to be found nearby) it has to make to do with only a four star rating. Another interesting little touch is the Zeroom an “ask Me” service where staff will help you plan your spare time in the city. Its not a gimmick, they really know what they are talking about.

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