Culture & Cuisine from North to South

Learn about Spanish food through hands-on cooking classes. Discover the incredible local architecture at the Guggenheim Museum and explore the Prado National Museum, one of Europe’s most renowned art museums. Experience the unique culture of Andalusia and learn about the Jewish and Islamic roots of Seville.
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Your Tour:

9 nights

10 days

14 meals

Up to 3 miles miles / day

Tour overview

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There is no better way to explore Spain than through its cuisine. Use the hands-on cooking classes as a gateway to understand this beautiful culture. At the same time, learn about the history of Spain through its unique architecture, monuments and some of the most renowned European museums. Throughout this journey you will discover why these different regions are so inspirational for chefs and artists around the world.

Program activities, schedules and personnel may change due to local circumstances.

In such an event, we will alert you as quickly as possible.

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Day 1
Arrive in Bilbao, Orientation & Welcome Dinner. (D)
Day 1
Day 2
Panoramic Bus Tour, Guggenheim Museum, Independent Exploration (B)
Day 2
Day 3
Lecture on Spain's Culinary Regions, Cooking Class, Independent Exploration (B, L)
Day 3
Day 4
Transfer to Madrid, Marques de Riscal Winery visit and Tasting (B, D)
Day 4
Day 5
Panoramic Bus Tour, Prado Museum, Independent Exploration (B)
Day 5
Day 6
Lecture on Contemporary Spain, Cooking class, Independent Exploration (B,L)
Day 6
Day 7
Transfer to Seville by train, Lecture on Immigration and Farming (B)
Day 7
Day 8
Olive Oil Mill visit and Tasting, Cathedral, Flamenco Show (B)
Day 8
Day 9
Alcazar Royal Palace, Cooking Class & Farewell Paella Lunch (B,L)
Day 9
Day 10
End of program (B)
Day 10

Day by Day

Day 1

Overnight: Bilbao

The tour coordinator will greet everyone and we will review the program schedule, emergency procedures and answer questions. After orientation we will set out with our tour coordinator to take a walk and explore the area around the hotel. At a restaurant, we´ll enjoy a welcome dinner with a delicious set menu.

Day 2

Overnight: Bilbao

After breakfast we will enjoy a panoramic bus tour through Bilbao’s historic center and visit sites such as the Plaza Moyua, Jardines de Albia and Teatro Arriaga among others. Afterwards, we will spend some time at the Guggenheim Museum, one of the most admired works of contemporary architecture, designed by Canadian American architect Frank Gehry.

In the afternoon we will have free time to explore the city, your tour coordinator will be happy to offer suggestions.

Day 3

Overnight: Bilbao

After breakfast an expert will join us to give a presentation on the history of Spain and its unique and diverse geography through the lens of its cuisine, from region to region. Then, we will walk to a cooking class where we will learn how to prepare some traditional Basque dishes.

After enjoying the meal we cooked, we will have a free afternoon to explore independently.

Day 4

Overnight: Madrid

Breakfast at hotel. After checkout, we will be transferred by a private bus to Madrid. On route, we will stop at Marqués de Riscal winery, whose building was designed by architect Frank Gehry, and we will enjoy an expert led visit and a wine tasting session. Then, we will continue to Madrid and we expect to arrive late afternoon.

After checking in at the hotel and settling into your room we will have an orientation walk followed by dinner at a restaurant where we will enjoy a delicious set menu. 

Day 5

Overnight: Madrid

After breakfast with a local expert, we will enjoy a panoramic bus tour through Madrid. Then, we will have an on-site art history class with the same local expert at the Prado Museum. The Prado National Museum is one of the world’s leading galleries with a superb collection from the 12th century to the early 19th century. Among the masterpieces are works by Bosch, El Greco, Goya, Raphael, Rubens, Titian, Van Eyck, Velázquez, and many more. The Prado has become a prized destination for art lovers.

After we will have free time to explore the city, your tour coordinator will be happy to offer suggestions.  

Day 6

Overnight: Madrid

After breakfast we will have a presentation on Spain´s contemporary history. After the presentation, we will take a private bus to a hands-on cooking class led by a local chef where we will learn how to cook some traditional dishes from the region of Madrid.

After enjoying the meal we cooked, we will have a free afternoon to explore independently. 

Day 7

Overnight: Seville

Breakfast at hotel. After check-out we will be transferred by a private bus to Madrid´s train station where we will take the high-speed train to Seville which takes just 2:45 hours. Then we will be transferred by a private bus to the hotel. After checking in at the hotel and settling into your room we will have an orientation walk.

In the afternoon, we will walk to Alandis Travel headquarters, an 18th century old mansion, and we will participate in a lively discussion with an expert in sociology on Immigration and Farming.

Day 8

Overnight: Seville

After breakfast we will leave the hotel in a private bus to spend the morning visiting a working Olive Oil Mill. An expert will give a lecture on the production of the golden liquid of Spain and we will have an olive oil tasting session. Then we will return to Seville to have some free time.

In the afternoon we will meet with a local expert who will lead us inside the Cathedral of Seville, one of the world´s largest cathedrals, enriched with historical treasures and art. Afterwards we will walk to a local “tablao” for a special flamenco music and dance show.  

Day 9

Overnight: Seville

After breakfast we will depart for a walk to the extraordinary Alcázar Royal Palace and meet a local expert who will guide us through this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards, we will depart by private bus to have a hands-on cooking class led by a local chef. We will learn about and cook the most popular traditional Spanish dish: Paella. 

After enjoying the meal we cooked we will have a free afternoon to pack, explore or just relax. 

Day 10

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the airport at a designated time.

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Tour Inclusions

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Tour Pricing

Price per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement $600.

For a minimum of 15 pax.

Additional Experiences

Customize your trip according to your interests by adding any of these once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

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Taller Fabricación Guitarra

Guitar Making Workshop

Learn how flamenco guitars are made in the traditional way. An expert will explain the whole process, the contact with the wood and the natural varnishes.
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Day Trip to Ronda

Discover this wonderful white village located in the Serranía de Ronda. Once we arrive we will meet an expert who will guide us on our walk through the village. During the walk we will learn about the unique role that Ronda played during the Spanish Civil War. After the walk, we will visit the oldest bullring in Spain accompanied by the same expert. Then we will enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards we will return to Seville.
The Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba aerial closeup view at sunset in Spain.

Day Trip to Cordova

Cordova, the crossroads of civilizations and mainstay of Islamic and Jewish heritage in Spain. You will enjoy an expert-led exploration of the Great Mosque and Cathedral. Next you will take a stroll through the Juderia, which was once Cordova’s Jewish Quarter and visit one of the last-standing ancient synagogues in Spain. Then you will enjoy some free time to explore.
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Itálica

Discover the Roman ruins of Itálica, just outside Seville. This city was founded in 206 BC and was the birthplace of the emperors Trajano and Adriano. An expert will lead our walk through its ancient streets where we will discover well-preserved mosaics, the ancient major baths and its famous amphitheater, which was one of the locations of the Game of Thrones series.
WW3GRN Calle del Esp’ritu Santo, Malasana district, Madrid, Spain

El Rastro Quarter Walking Tour

Discover the famous Rastro neighborhood of Madrid. An expert will explain how the Rastro began and how the first slaughterhouses in Madrid and tanneries were. We will learn about the history of Madrid’s “corralas”, analyzing their architecture and learning more about how the people of Madrid lived in the past. We will visit the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions where we will learn about the crafts and the industrial past of Madrid. A visit that will surprise you and will help you to have a deeper knowledge of Madrid.
Jardín Botánico Madrid

Royal Botanic Garden of Madrid

Enjoy the calmness of nature in the very heart of Madrid. An expert will introduce us to the knowledge of botanical science and guide us through more than two centuries of history, helping us to have a greater understanding of the garden.