Trip Summary: Andalusia, Spain | 7 Days
Trip Dates: Year Round
Group Size: Capped at 16
Trip Cost: $2900 per person
ANDALUSIA, SPAIN CULINARY TOUR
Andalusia ranks as the largest region in Spain, stretching south from the sunny cities of Cordoba and Grenada all the way to the Atlantic ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Andalusia embodies the classic image of Spain to the fullest, from the flamenco dancing and bullfighting to the flamboyant nightlife and ancient architecture. Andalusia also boasts many delicious foods, offering travelers a chance to stimulate their palettes while exploring the region.
- Visit the beautiful land of Andalusia, Spain. Listen to the sounds of a flamenco guitar, take a look at white villages and enjoy cuisine infused with North African spices.
- Learn and cook with local chefs and visit local markets to purchase fresh produce, hands-on lessons and an introduction to fine cuisine of Seville.
- Enjoy vineyard visits, sherry wine tasting, tapas tours, and fine dining to complete your culinary tour and excite your taste buds.
Itinerary | 7 Days
Day 1 Ronda, Andalusia: Today you will arrive in the beautiful Andalusia region - check into your hotel and have an opportunity to explore the surroundings around you. Tour Andalusia's most dramatically positioned pueblos blancos (white villages), Rhonda balances atop a rocky limestone ridge, its whitewashed houses and stone castle walls stopping abruptly as a sheer cliff face plunges down to the river below. The town is a labyrinth of cobbled streets that lead up to a sandstone castle, offering exhilarating views over the town and the rolling plain below. Enjoy a traditional welcome dinner in the evening as we begin to discuss the culinary week ahead. Accommodation: Catalonia Reina Victoria
Day 2, Traditional Andalusian Cuisine Cooking Class: You will learn about the extraordinary products of the Andalusian homeland – (Wine, cheese, olive oil, sherry vinegar,, etc.) You will learn how to cook a three course meal including traditional Spanish starters, main dishes with meat, fish, paella, and exquisite desserts such as: Meringue Mimosa, orange cake, sesame puff pastry, rice/peach pudding, and more. Together with the chef, you will cook and taste some of the best examples. Accommodation: Catalonia Reina Victoria
Day 3, Fish & Seafood Cooking Class: After a delicious breakfast, you will have the opportunity to learn about different fish and seafood. Andalusia's location between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean offers a rich seafood culture and history through the centuries. You will meet your chef in the hotel's cooking class and prepare multiple dishes from seafood paella, Burrida de Raya (fish soup) and seafood tapas. Accommodation: Catalonia Reina Victoria
Day 4, Tapas Cooking Class | Olive Mill Experience: After a delicious Spanish breakfast, you will head into the countryside for your own hands-on artisan olive oil experience. You will have the opportunity to learn how olives are harvested and processed into some of the finest olive oils in the world. In the afternoon you will start your third cooking course taught by a professional chef. Today your class will teach you how to cook the most typical selection of tapas. These dishes will include clams in green sauce, prawns, mushrooms in garlic sauce, chicken fried al ajillo, lamb stew, and thick potato omelette. At the end of your course you will once again be invited to sit down and enjoy your creations. Accommodation: Catalonia Reina Victoria
Day 5, Sherry Tour & Wine Tasting: You'll begin your day watching a short film or audio visual show. Next, a guide leads you through the rows upon rows of casks - many of them signed by illustrious visitors in the past - explaining the criadera and solera system use to blend different vintages, and the difference between the dry finos, amontillados and olorosos. The tour ends in the sacristía - the "sacristy" - with a tasting of the various wines, expertly drawn from the barrel by the venenciador, using a cup attached to a slender rod. Accommodation: Catalonia Reina Victoria
Day 6, Tapas Tour | Cheese Workshop: Today you will walk through the maze of narrow alleys, streets and patios in Rhonda to visit the locals’ favorite tapas bars. Also learn about Andalusia's fine cheeses, often eaten as a tapas accompanied by a glass of fino or manzanilla sherry. The cheeses are mostly made from goat's milk, from herds which live in the mountainous areas of the region. In an interactive workshop and visits to cheese artisans, learn how it’s all cultivated, produced, and enjoyed – the Spanish way. Accommodation: Catalonia Reina Victoria
Day 7, Countryside Visit | Departure: After a delicious Spanish breakfast, you will head into the countryside on your way back to the airport, passing beautiful fields and mountains on your journey through Andalusia. We will then depart to catch our international flights back home or extend our stay another 4-days in Morocco (see Morocco extension directly right).