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Premier Tours & Travel is an award-winning agency for tours and travel worldwide. Through our Expertly Done Travel Series™, explore cultures, food, wine, and the arts enhanced by the knowledgeable, approachable insights of Premier’s hand-selected experts, such as acclaimed chefs, brand ambassadors, sommeliers, and artists. We offer exclusive opportunities and exceptional access via these experts. We are proud to partner with each of them to create bespoke itineraries to ensure a Premier Experience of a Lifetime.
Exploring the Flavors of Provence With Chef Bob Waggoner
From Nice, Vence, St. Paul de Vence, Avignon, Aix en Provence, and Gordes … and the many picturesque villages in between, Chef Bob Waggoner will enliven your senses May 18-May 29, 2021 and October 9-19, 2021. Partake in wine tastings and olive oil tasting, gaze upon sunflowers and lavender fields, and experience unsurpassed culinary delights (with Chefs dinners and optional cooking experiences) throughout your 12-night trip through Provence.
Check out our feature story in Charleston Magazine about our September 2019 tour to Provence with Chef Bob Waggoner.
It’s easy to see why travelers fall in love with Burgundy, France. It is the culinary heart of France and home to legendary vineyards with UNESCO World Heritage status. Burgundy in September, though, is even more stupendous because the harvest is in full swing. However, Burgundy with Chef Bob Waggoner will be unparalleled! Throughout the tour, you will experience the colorful, rich history — and all of the delectable epicurean delights — of this beguiling region, including Maçon, Tournus, Chalon-sur-Saône, Beaune, and Dijon, and walk in the footsteps of a younger Chef Bob Waggoner. His personal experience living in Burgundy for nearly 12 years — working alongside numerous Michelin-star chefs, securing his own spot as Chef de Cuisine at the two-star Michelin Le Vieux Moulin in Beaune, and being Knighted with the “L’Odre du Mérite Agricole” from the Government of France — will make this a trip you won’t soon forget … not to mention the exquisite, 5-Star Hotel Boscolo, the high-end country estate Chateau de Montsymond, and activities carefully curated by Premier Tours & Travel on this exclusive tour. You will also spend three nights in the capital of gastronomy, Lyon, in the Rhone region to round out your palette and tour. September 20-October 1, 2021 Learn more.
Premier Tours & Travel is headed to Argentina you won’t want to miss experiencing this exclusive, bespoke, 5-star luxury tour. Premier Tours & Travel will lead you on a chef-led Argentinean cultural, viticultural, and culinary adventures throughout Buenos Aires and Mendoza, including renown wineries in the Maipú, Lujan de Cuyo, and Uco Valleys. Hand-selected luxury accommodations, such as The Vines Resort & Spa and Palacio Duhau – Park Hyatt Buenos Aires, as well as bespoke collaborative winery cooking experiences and Chef’s dinners — including an exclusive, collaborative Chef’s dinner with The Vines Resort & Spa’s Executive Chef Matias Mansilla with wine pairings by The Vines Resort & Spa’s Sommelier — will make this truly a Premier experience. February 9-19, 2022 with an optional extention to Iguazú Falls, Argentina on February 19-21, 2022 or to Montevideo, Uruguay. Learn more.
A Taste of Spain with Chef Bob Waggoner
Join Premier Tours & Travel for A Taste of Spain — a private, small group, chef-led cultural, historical, and epicurean tour throughout the Andalusian region and Madrid, Spain. From the hand-selected, private experiences, including the Guadalquivir river cruise, the Cinco Jutas Ibérico farm tour and tasting, the flamenco museum tour and show, the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art demonstration, the Marquis-led tour of Virrey Laserna Palace, the Jerez de la Frontera sherry tasting, the LA Organic olive oil tasting, the guided tour of La Alhambra, and master chef-led paella class, to the guided, private walking or panoramic city tours in Seville, Ronda, Mijas, Marbella, and Madrid, your 11-night experience will surely quench your thirst for Spain. Only to be surpassed by the unique market and dining experiences with your personal chef. Truly a Premier experience! Our celebrity Chef Bob Waggoner will be hosting our April 6 – 17, 2021 departure. Learn more.
Chef Jean-Marc Villard
Our celebrity French partner, Chef Jean-Marc Villard, is our expert local host in Provence. Chef Villard has served in some of the finest French restaurants in France and abroad, including three-star Michelin L’Oasis near Nice, and Le Gourmandin and one-star-Michelin L’Alexandrin in Lyon, among others. His exceptional skill and his love of French gastronomy made him an integral part of the faculty at the prestigious Paul Bocuse Institute in Lyon as Chef Instructor from 1991 to 2001. In 2001, Chef Villard opened French Cuisine by Jean-Marc Villard Culinary School in Provence with his wife, Alice, where he teaches French cuisine, including to English-speaking students and guests like us.
From Nice, Vence, St. Paul de Vence, Avignon, Aix en Provence, and Gordes … and the many picturesque villages in between, Chef Jean-Marc Villard will enliven your senses while staying at the villa in Gordes on the October 9-19, 2021 tour. Partake in wine tastings and olive oil tasting, gaze upon sunflowers and lavender fields, and experience unsurpassed culinary delights (with Chefs dinners and optional cooking experiences) throughout your 12-night trip through Provence.
Chef Maria Jimenez Latorre
Premier Tours & Travel is proud to introduce our tours with Chef Maria Jimenez Latorre, a native Spanish celebrity chef. Chef Maria Jimenez Latorre is a renowned chef in Spain with a following throughout the country for her magnetic personality and culinary style. Her fondness for cooking began as a child— the daughter of a great gourmet and a great cook, she grew up between stoves. Her style was influenced by such renowned Spanish chefs as Segundo Alonso at The Paloma Restaurant in Madrid, Manuel Antón, and Juanjo López de la Tasquita de Enfrente of La Taberna Alegrías. Chef Jimenez has published two books, Best Salads and Magicians in the Kitchen, which is also her popular blog’s namesake: http://magiasenlacocina.blogspot.com/p/sobre-mi.html.
She loves to explore local markets, particularly spice markets, and to find new places that surprise her with their cuisine, products, and/or wine—and to share those experiences with others. Chef Jimenez has participated as a judge in the first season of the popular Spanish television cooking program, "My Mother Cooks Better Than Yours.” She has been a lecturer in the European Parliament, belongs to the board of directors of ACYRE association of chefs and confectioners of Madrid, currently runs her own catering with Sergio Fernández, and teaches cooking courses for both professionals and amateurs.
Join Premier Tours & Travel and Chef Jimenez for A Taste of Spain — a private, small group, chef-led cultural, historical, and epicurean tour throughout the Andalusian region and Madrid, Spain. From the hand-selected, private experiences, including the Guadalquivir river cruise, the Cinco Jutas Ibérico farm tour and tasting, the flamenco museum tour and show, the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art demonstration, the Marquis-led tour of Virrey Laserna Palace, the Jerez de la Frontera sherry tasting, the LA Organic olive oil tasting, the guided tour of La Alhambra, and master chef-led paella class, to the guided, private walking or panoramic city tours in Seville, Ronda, Mijas, Marbella, and Madrid, your 11-night experience will surely quench your thirst for Spain. Only to be surpassed by the unique market and dining experiences with your personal chef. Truly a Premier experience! Our native Spanish celebrity chef, Chef Maria Jimenez Latorre, will host our June 6-17, 2021 and October 17-28, 2021 departures. Learn more.
Premier Tours & Travel is proud to partner with Ana Fabiano, author of The Wine Region of Rioja, DOCa Rioja Brand Ambassador, and Senior Trade Advisor. She was the first American hired by the Embassy of Spain’s Commercial Office and became one of the three founders of Wines from Spain. For over 25 years she has passionately researched and traveled extensively through wine country of Spain with great professional concentration in Rioja. In 2007, she earned a Mastery Certification in the Castilian language, a credential that allowed her to research and write the award-winning book, The Wine Region of Rioja, which released in 2012. The second edition released in 2017. Ms. Fabiano has dedicated her professional life and vast research to the wine and food industry of Spain. Her highly respected work and milestone achievements for Rioja have equipped her with mastery in her subject matter, as well as the marketplace. She is recognized and respected as a Rioja expert inside and outside the DOCa of Rioja. Her passions include her four heroic children, Rioja, her garden, and mentorship.
Premier Tours & Travel will be exploring the diverse cultures of Northern Spain with our Ana Fabiano, author of The Wine Region of Rioja and DOCa Rioja Brand Ambassador, by way of the distinct wines of the region, as well as the unique cuisine, history, and traditions throughout. From the Pintxos, sidra, Basque Txakoli, and Michelin-starred tastings, to tours of San Sebastián, Guernica, and Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum, quickly see (and taste) what makes the Basque region so special. The flavorful adventure continues in the DOCa Rioja region amidst its medieval walled village of Laguardia bursting with bodegas; the charming village of Briñas, home to our accommodations and 16th-century cellar of Palacio Tondón; and the renowned village of Haro celebrated for its exceptional vineyards and Haro Wine Festival. Spend time at wineries known as much for their brilliant wines as for the brilliant architecture of their wineries, including the iconic centurion Marques de Riscal, the modern Vivanco, and Bodegas Ysios (among others). Cosmopolitan Madrid and its world-class museums to complete this epic journey. May 26 - June 5, 2021 and September 1-11, 2021. Learn more.
Join Premier Tours & Travel for our virtual series, Expertly Done Culinary & Wine TraVirtual, to rouse in you a passion for our featured destinations and their distinct cultures, exceptional wines, and culinary delights with virtual tastings and cooking demonstrations with our Expert Hosts. During these one-hour, virtual presentations we hope to enhance your armchair travel through the fork or glass. Learn more.
PREMIER TOURS & TRAVEL NOTE: Itinerary subject to change. Premier Tours & Travel reserves the right to modify programs and itineraries (including arranged sightseeing, accommodations, dining experiences, aircraft, trains, vessels, and so forth) at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or circumstances beyond Premier Tours & Travel’s control (including pandemics). Every effort is made to operate our itineraries as planned but alterations may need to be made after the final itinerary has been issued. One alcoholic beverage with included as noted; additional beverages will be the responsibility of each passenger at the time of service. Airfare is not included. **Transportation is provided if your flight arrives during the designated time for group transfers; if not, transportation from the airport will be your responsibility.