Uncover the flavours of Northern Spain and then it’s on to Portugal to continue to delight your tastebuds.
Explore the sights, sounds and tastes of Northern Spain and Portugal on this food-led adventure. Immerse yourself in culture, history and cuisine as you taste Catalan specialties at Santa Catarina Market and wander the stunning Gothic Quarter. Enjoy the wealth of tapas bars in Logrono, explore the underground wine caves of Laguardia and whip up Basque dishes in a cooking class. Experience a traditional Asturian sidreria (cider house), attend a centuries' old farmers market near the Picos de Europa National Park and devour fresh seafood on the coast in Galicia. Discover the proud fish-mongering heritage of the port city of Vigo. Then step across the border to uncover the flavours of Portugal, featuring African, Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern influences thanks to centuries of invasion and trade. Sip your way around the Douro Valley, a stunning region responsible for introducing the world to port wine, and enjoy farmstay in the Alentejo region - fast gaining a reputation as a hotspot for Portuguese gastronomy. Finish up with glass of ginjinha (wild cherry liqueur) in the charming city of Lisbon.
Local, fresh produce is at the heart of Catalan food – get a chef’s insight into the best ingredients at Santa Caterina market
Sip a glass of famous Rioja in the unique surrounds of Laguardia – in the centuries old cellars beneath the medieval walled town
Sample true Asturian cider poured in the traditional style which hasn;t changed since Roman times
Sip world-class wines in the spectacular Douro Valley
Cook up a Galician feast using Vigo's finest seafood
Discover why Alentejo is Portugal’s best kept foodie secret on a farmstay
Stand around with the Lisbon locals and enjoy a tipple of cherry liqueur before midday
This trip aims to give you an exciting, diverse and well-rounded culinary experience. While we endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements, some meals and food activities are set in advance and may be difficult to adjust. Please be aware that in many countries dietary restrictions are not common or well understood. If you have dietary requirements, simply contact your agent at the time of booking for further information on how this may impact on your ability to take part in included activities and meals. Come with an open mind and open mouth, and you won’t be disappointed!There’s some transferring to-and-from different forms of transport. An easily transportable bag is recommended (as opposed to a big, bulky suitcase).
There are a few longer travel days (up to 4-5 hours), but these give a great chance to soak in the Spanish and Portuguese scenery and to get to know your fellow travellers a little better.
Summer temperatures in the areas visited can be very high (up to 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat and drink plenty of water. Please consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.
As accommodation on this trip is twin-share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same sex. If you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge. Please ask your travel consultant for more details, and please note that in some hotels a single supplement exclusion applies where single rooms are not available. Also, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together. This trip is a great opportunity to get to know other travellers, so embrace it while you can.
This is a new trip for us. We have thoroughly researched this itinerary, but there may be some small changes made along the way, depending on the needs of your group.