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Tasting Town & Country: Barcelona, Madrid & Nearby Villages with a Chef

Tour Overview

Experience the distinct sights, sounds, smells and tastes between vibrant cities and surrounding towns on a chef-led adventure in Spain. On nearly every travel-related measure — weather, culture, museums, cuisine, and nightlife — Barcelona and Madrid each offer very distinct (known and hidden) treasures to be discovered with the help your Expert Host. Nestled just outside of each bustling cosmopolitan city, explore the countryside with hand-selected experiences, such as Cava tastings and Roman ruins, to gain a well-rounded perspective of the diverse offerings of town and country in Spain.

Premier Experiences, Premier Advantages

  • English-speaking Premier representatives

  • Unparalled Expert Host

  • Private transportation and baggage portage*

  • Purposefully small groups

  • Hand-selected, private experiences

  • Private, guided walking or panoramic city tours

  • Curated accommodation

  • Internet (where available)

  • 24/7 Premier support

Itinerary

Highlights of Barcelona

Day 1

Arrive in Barcelona and meet a Premier Tours & Travel representative to escort to your carefully curated accommodations and meet up with your Expert Host. Embark on a Barcelona half-day, private city tour with Gothic quarter. Walk the narrow streets of the oldest part of the city and discover the many secrets it holds. Marvel at the quaint medieval places hidden to the crowds and learn about their huge historical significance. View the awe-inspiring Cathedral, a late Gothic masterpiece. Meandering the cobblestone streets will introduce you to the heart of Barcelona. Enjoy an authentic Welcome Dinner this evening with your Expert Host to immerse you into the flavors of the Catalan region of Spain.

Day 2

Explore some of Gaudi’s treasured, iconic sites in Barcelona today: Sagrada Familia and Park Güell. On this half-day tour, discover the ultimate must-see landmark in Barcelona, Antoni Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia. Marvel at the astonishing interior, rich in symbolism inspired on natural wonders. Walk freely around the nave whilst listening to your guide’s explanations of Gaudí’s masterpiece on your headsets. Following visit one of the most spectacular parks in the world: Park Güell for a private, guided visit of this UNESCO World Heritage site located in the upper part of the city. View Passeig de Gràcia and admire the most popular Gaudi Houses, Casa Batlló and Casa Milà (La Pedrera) enroute to the hotel. By the end of the tour, gain an understanding of these inspired works and their significance in the history of architecture, as well as to the city.

This evening, enjoy a guided tapas tour at famed La Boqueria Market — the heart of Catalan gastronomy — and local specialty shops to experience the distinctive sights, aromas, and tastes of Barcelona.

Day 3

Set off for a full-day tour to one of the most prestigious wineries in the Cava region with roots dating as far back as 1385 for winemaking and 1887 specifically for sparkling wines. Enjoy a guided tour of the vineyard and the winery and discover the secrets of this sparkling world followed by a wine tasting paired with local products, such as fuet, butifarra, Manchego cheese, Ibérico cured ham, “Pa amb tomaquet” and Spanish omelet. Return to Barcelona for your evening at leisure.

Day 4

Spend today outside of the bustling city experiencing hand-selected towns unique for their cultural and culinary offerings with your Expert Host. Enjoy the opportunity to interact with the locals as you enjoy a wine tasting and Fideua lunch.

Highlights of Madrid

Day 5

Depart the hotel in Barcelona with your private driver who will escort you to the station this morning to depart for the capital of Spain — Madrid — via high-speed train. Our private driver will escort the group from the train station in Madrid to our carefully curated accommodations.

After checking into the hotel, enjoy a light lunch with the group before meandering at leisure, exploring the vibrancy of this new city. Reconnect with the group this evening for an unforgettable dinner and Flamenco show at the most traditional and emblematic Tablao in Madrid. With more than 60 years of history, it is the most prestigious flamenco Tablao and the world’s only with a Michelin star.

Day 6

Depart on a panoramic and guided walking tour of Madrid with our favorite expert local Madrilenian guide, including a tour and tastings at the mercado. Go deeper into Old Madrid through its narrow, cobblestone streets in the Hapsburg quarter. See fantastic buildings and plazas of Renaissance and Baroque style, and discover the Royal Palace (including entrance tickets) — the largest and well preserved in Europe. Coupled with the local market, gain insight into the cultural heritage of the city with your Chef Adriana.

The balance of your day will be at leisure.

Day 7

Explore outside of Madrid today on a guided visit in the charming city of Segovia. Wonder at the Roman, medieval, and Renaissance history blended amongst the architecture in this UNESCO World Heritage site. From the Alcazar, the cathedral, and the aqueduct, you are sure to be inspired. Enjoy a traditional lunch with our Expert Host before returning to Madrid for time at leisure. This evening, reconnect with your Expert Host for a specially curated dessert and drinks tour and enjoy the sweeter side of this magical city.

Day 8

Enjoy the morning at leisure today. This afternoon, meander through the breathtaking Retiro Park before embarking on a guided tour of the grandeur of the Prado Museum. From the renowned Spanish art to the Flemish and French masterpieces, and everything in between, inspiration will be around each corner. This evening, enjoy a Farewell dinner.

Day 9

Say adios to Spain today. 

A private driver will escort you from the hotel to the airport for your return flight to the United States.

Optional pre-and post-tour extensions throughout Spain and Portugal.

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    Our Expertly Done Culinary & Wine Travel Includes:

    • EXPERTLY CURATED ITINERARIES

      Over 35 years of experience goes into planning every custom itinerary and represents a balanced blend of cultural, culinary, and wine-related experiences.

    • HAND-SELECTED EXPERT HOSTS

      Carefully selected Expert Hosts to ensure each tour is enhanced with knowledgeable, approachable insights, and hands-on cooking and/or wine tasting and education.

    • INTENTIONALLY SMALL GROUPS

      Each tour is kept intentionally small to ensure more one-on-one experiences with our Expert Hosts.

    • CAREFULLY CHOSEN ACCOMMODATIONS

      Hotels, villas, and chateaus are expertly chosen with an eye toward modern-day comfort, amenities, and location that enhance your experience.

    • ASSURANCE

      Our team is at the ready to assist you any time, for any reason while traveling — 24/7.

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