"De la Panza sale la Danza"; A Luxury Culinary Vacation in Spain | Yampu Tours

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“De la Panza sale la Danza”; A Luxury Culinary Vacation in Spain

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PRIVATE TOUR - 10 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 14699

Private Tour Highlights

  • Tour the historical part of Madrid "Madrid de los Austrias y Habsburgos" and walk through the enchanting streets to get to know many curiosities of the city.
  • Enjoy a special dinner in a Michelin Star restaurant with a flamenco show in one of the most beautiful cities in Spain, San Lorenzo del Escorial.
  • Learn how to prepare flavorful Spanish cuisine from a local chef with a hands-on cooking class in Barcelona.
  • Explore the famous Penedes region, where the famous cava (sparkling wine) is prepared with the best grapes available.
  • Discover the effect of underwater aging at an underwater winery for a truly unique wine experience.
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Tour Overview

Tasting local cuisine and the act of dancing are two of the best ways to soak in local customs no matter your destination. The phrase “De la Panza sale la Danza”, From the stomach comes the dance, is an expression in Spain meaning that you need to eat in order to have the energy for other things. We guarantee that you and your tastebuds will be dancing during our suggested ten-day journey, De la Panza sale la Danza; A Luxury Culinary Vacation in Spain while savoring the country’s distinct flavors.

The tour begins with a tour through the historical center of Spain’s capital, Madrid, to learn about the gastronomic traditions of the city. Following Madrid, you will visit one of the most beautiful cities in Spain, San Lorenzo del Escorial for a taste of the Spanish royal family’s history before a special flamenco show dinner in a Michelin Star restaurant.

Hopping on a highspeed train to Barcelona, the tour continues with a walk through the ancient city to take in the city’s famed architecture. Just outside of the city. the tour takes travelers to the Penedes region, where the famous sparkling wine known as cava is prepared. Here, wines will be paired with delicious tapas with traditional flavors and contrasted between different vineyards with their own unique processes fo wine production.

Capping the tour off, hop on another highspeed train, this time to San Sebastian, one of the world’s most sought out culinary destinations. Soak in the gorgeous ocean views and walk the idyllic old town before dining at one of the most important restaurants in the area, pairing locally made wine or cider with local flavors. Finally, the tour ends with a visit to an underwater winery for a truly unique wine experience.

 

Inclusions
Price includes domestic and regional flights within the itinerary; all hotel accommodations including daily continental or buffet breakfast and daily city tax; all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling; guided tours in English including entrance fees.
Exclusions

International airfare (unless specifically included), airport departure taxes that must be paid on-site, gratuities, meals not mentioned, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages with meals, early / late check-out, room service, visa fees/services and other personal items or services not mentioned.

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Pricing Details
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Double N/A N/A £$14699 N/A
Single N/A N/A £$22299 N/A

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Please note that prices are subject to change based on availability and seasonality, especially during the holiday season from December 20th through January 5th each year. Please contact a Yampu Travel Specialist for more information on best times to travel.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Overnight International Flight to Madrid.

Overnight International Flight to the capital of Spain, Madrid.

Overnight International Flight to the capital of Spain, Madrid.

Day
2

Welcome to Madrid

Upon arrival to Madrid, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

Madrid, Spain's central capital, is a city of elegant boulevards and expansive, manicured parks such as the Buen Retiro. The heart of old Hapsburg Madrid is the portico-lined Plaza Mayor, and nearby is the baroque Royal Palace and Armory, displaying historic weaponry. Madrid highlights the Spanish capital's extensive variety of history, art, food, fashion, and nightlife. The city has one of Europe's finest collections of Spanish and Latin American art, spread throughout its museums and galleries.
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3

Madrid de los Austrias y Habsburgos Tour

This morning, you will start your tour through the historical part of Madrid, known as "Madrid de los Austrias y Habsburgos". During this tour, you will visit the Plaza de Espana, Plaza de Oriente, walk through the enchanting streets and get to know many curiosities of the city. As there is no experience in Madrid without a visit to the famous Mercado de San Miguel, you will have the chance for a little stop to learn about the gastronomic traditions of the country and enjoy a gastronomical experience with an assorted variety of tapas for a relaxed informal lunch of Spanish delicacies. ...read less

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San Lorenzo del Escorial Tour

This morning, you will visit one of the most beautiful cities in Spain, San Lorenzo del Escorial, where you will find the Royal Monastery. This magnificent edification dates from XVI century. Built by Philip II, he decided to build this as a celebration of the San Quintin battle and made this as the Pantheon of the Spanish royal family. Return to the hotel for some time on your own before a special dinner organized for you in a Michelin Star restaurant with a flamenco show. Get inspired in the Spanish essence and enjoy a great evening in Madrid. ...read less

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5

High Speed Train to Barcelona with Spanish Cooking Class

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the train station to board the high-speed train to Barcelona (approx. 3 hours). Upon arrival to Barcelona, you will be transferred to your hotel. Afterwards, you will join an organized cooking class to learn the Spanish cuisine.

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the train station to board the high-speed train to Barcelona (approx. 3 hours). Upon arrival to Barcelona, you will be transferred to your hotel. Afterwards, you will join an organized cooking class to learn the Spanish cuisine.

Day
6

Barcelona City Tour

Today, you will start your city tour of Barcelona. You will visit the famous Passeig de Gracia, where you will see great architectural examples of Gaudi as Casa Batllo, and then after the impressive Plaza de Catalunya. You will start your stroll on the famous Ramblas, where you will have the chance to stop in the Mercado de la Boqueria to enjoy a selection of the best products of Spain. Then continue through the Medieval Quarter of Barcelona and return to the hotel.

Today, you will start your city tour of Barcelona. You will visit the famous Passeig de Gracia, where you will see great architectural examples of Gaudi as Casa Batllo, and then after the impressive Plaza de Catalunya. You will start your stroll on the famous Ramblas, where you will have the chance to stop in the Mercado de la Boqueria to enjoy a selection of the best products of Spain. Then continue through the Medieval Quarter of Barcelona and return to the hotel.

Day
7

Barcelona Winery Tour

Today, you will explore the famous Penedes region, where the famous cava (sparkling wine) is prepared with the best grapes available. You will visit the most important Cava winery that has been family run for generations, providing the best example of tradition. Then, you will visit a major wine company in Spain to compare both makings. After this visit, you will have an exciting tapas lunch with traditional flavors to really fit into the visit paring with a local wine. After lunch return to the hotel for some time to relax. ...read less

Day
8

High Speed Train to San Sebastian with Cultural Tour

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the train station to board a high-speed train to San Sebastian. The train will go cover the great landscape before reaching San Sebastian, one of the most beautiful cities in Spain, located in a gorgeous bay. Upon arrival to San Sebastian, you will be transferred to your hotel.

This afternoon, you will start your gastro cultural tour. During this tour, you will be able to explore most of this gorgeous city and get to know its origin. A walk through the Playa de la Concha is a compulsory part of this tour, where you will walk until the Palacio Miramar. Your guide will take you to one of the most important restaurants in the area where you will enjoy the flavors of pintxos (local tapas) for dinner, paired with locally made wine or cider.
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Day
9

San Sebastian Underwater Winery Tour

This morning, you will have a very different winery visit. You will visit an underwater winery that takes the sea flavor into a wine which is something that is worth the visit. During this visit, you will have some locally produced products that will pair with your wine tasting. Return to San Sebastian for some time to rest before transferring to your Michelin Start restaurant for your farewell dinner. (drinks not included).

This morning, you will have a very different winery visit. You will visit an underwater winery that takes the sea flavor into a wine which is something that is worth the visit. During this visit, you will have some locally produced products that will pair with your wine tasting. Return to San Sebastian for some time to rest before transferring to your Michelin Start restaurant for your farewell dinner. (drinks not included).

Day
10

International Flight Home

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight.

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight.

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Madrid, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

San Sebastián, Spain

Places You'll See

  • Madrid

    The Capital of Spain, Madrid is known for its beautiful architecture filled with rich history, world class art galleries, top of the line culinary experiences, and nightlife that never quits. Visitors can take in the core sites such as the bustling plaza known as Puerta del Sol, the Catedral de la Almudena and the Royal Palace of Madrid. As the night begins, choose from hundreds of dining options and even more bars and lounges to explore the city into the early morning.

  • Barcelona

    Being over 2,500 years old, Barcelona is known for its deep history, ornate architecture, art scene, and cuisine.  Iconic points of interest include the modernist Sagrada Família church designed by Antoni Gaudí and the Picasso Museum. Visitors will enjoy the fine cuisine, street musicians, living statues, and shopping at the most well-known boutiques.

  • San Sebastian

    Famed for its world-renowned restaurants, San Sebastian is one of the world’s most sought out culinary destinations with innovative chefs and first-rate ingredients. Aside from the culinary scene, the quaint old town and pristine beaches are well worth visiting.

Hotel Options

5 Star Properties

Madrid : Melia Palacio de los Duques

Barcelona : Majestic Hotel & Spa

San Sebastian : Villa Soro

Testimonials

Karen and Stephen

Traveled January, 2007

I cannot really convey in a few sentences how satisfied we were with your services.

I never took the time to thank you for the wonderful arrangements made by you and your team at Yampu for a trip we made in late January of this year to Peru and Bolivia. I cannot really convey in a few sentences how satisfied we were with your services. We had never used a travel company before this trip. Considering the fact that we were traveling to third-world countries where life simply is not the same as here in the U.S., we were wonderfully surprised at the smoothness of all of our travel. We attribute this to your choice of tour guides and accommodations chosen in those countries. I thought of you and Yampu recently because we are planning to travel to southern Spain next year, but unfortunately for us you don’t service Spain! Some day we plan to travel to Chile and Argentina, and hope to make use of your services again. Thanks again for such great travel arrangements.

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Sally I.

Traveled October 2017

All we could have hoped for

We are having a wonderful time and our guides, especially Luis, have been delightful. Hiking the trail together was fantastic, all we could have hoped for.

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Michele

Traveled April, 2016

Best customer care & itineraries

I am recently returned from my third trip organised by Yampu, this time to Costa Rica. As always, it was fabulous from start to finish!

I do look around initially when planning my holidays but each time Karolina offers the best customer care & arranges by far the best itineraries. Value for money is excellent & they keep in constant contact before during & afterwards to make sure everything is going well.

The standard of accommodation & guides they use is superb & they actually listen to your requests as opposed to copying a generic page from their website…. Do I highly recommend Karolina & Yampu? YES!  Will I use them again? YES!  Save time & effort & just use Yampu is my travel tip  🙂

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