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Nicola Portugal cafe in Lisbon

Food and Wine of Iberia

Whet your appetite for travel by following this culinary trail through Spain and Portugal.

 

 

 

Day 1 – Barcelona

Morning arrivals in Barcelona. Escorted transfer to the hotel for check in. Time to unpack, relax and become acquainted with the surrounding area. Subject to flight arrival schedules, we recommend a group lunch at a favorite restaurant within the Gothic Quarter which specializes in Catalonian cuisine. Following lunch, we embark upon our first proper look at Barcelona. We visit the Cathedral, see the Generalitat Building, the Ribera Quarter with the Church of Santa Maria, the Ramblas and Plaza Real to name but a few sights. Return to the hotel to refresh and rest. This evening we dine together at a typical Catalan "Masia" or country farm house dating from the 18th century. Here you will experience some of the best loved Catalan dishes. Late evening return to the hotel.Overnight Barcelona

 

Day 2 – Barcelona

Full day excursion from Barcelona into the famous Cava vineyards in the countryside surrounding Barcelona. En route we stop in Montserrat for a visit to the Basilica carved into the mountainside and admire the "Moreneta" or Black Virgin venerated by the local population. We continue to San Sadurni da Noya which specializes in dry sparkling white wines, with tastings in the cellars accompanied by lunch. In the afternoon we move to Villafranca del Penedes a renowned for its production of high quality reds and brandy, with tastings held at the Torres vineyard. Late afternoon return to Barcelona. This evening we dine at a famous ancient restaurant located in the former port of Baceloneta and known especially for its excellent sea food. Overnight Barcelona

 

Day 3 – La Rioja

This morning we focus on the art of Barcelona and Antoni Gaudi in particular. The sights we see include Casa Mila, Casa Battlo, the Sagrada Familia Church and Guell Park. Note: In lieu of this morning's tour, a paella cooking class can be arranged at a culinary school in the city. We break for lunch at a small local restaurant known for its Mediterranean style cuisine. Following lunch we depart Barcelona for the drive to Zaragoza. A local guide will introduce the town and see the Pillar Cathedral. Then continue to Logrono, the capital of the La Rioja region for overnight. Tonight we dine together tasting the typical meat and fish dishes of the region. Overnight Logrono

 

Day 4 – La Rioja

This morning we visit the vineyards of the town of Haro the origin of the Rioja wines. We visit some of the most renowned vineyards and cellars, tasting both the reds and whites. Continue towards Madrid stopping en route in Santo Domingo de la Calzada. We enjoy lunch at one of the traditional Paradors. We then make a brief visit to the cathedral before moving onto Madrid arriving late afternoon, where we spend the next 3 nights. Dinner tonight is in a popular 18th century carriage house located in the Austrian quarter of the city, and best known for its milk fed pork and lamb fired in a wood oven. Overnight Madrid

 

Day 5 – Madrid

A full day city sightseeing tour. We begin at the Prado Museum with its world beating collection of Spanish art. Then we continue along Castellana Avenue, visiting the fountains of Neptune and Cibles, Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Villa and San Miguel Market. Afternoon at leisure in Madrid. For those who wish, the guide can conduct an afternoon visit to the Royal Palace. This evening we enjoy an evening of Flamenco entertainment and dinner. Overnight Madrid

 

Day 6 – La Mancha

Full day excursion from Madrid to the La Mancha Region, south of the city. We visit the Valdepenas vineyards with tastings. Then enjoy lunch at the Parador Nacional in Almagro where culinary specialties focus on the "Queso Machego" - cheese. We walk off our lunch with a stroll around Plaza Mayor in Almagro before continuing to Toledo, the original capital of Spain. Beautifully situated, Toledo remains one of the most pleasing cities in Spain. We visit St. Tome Church with El Greco's "Burial of Comte of Orgaz", Santa Maria La Blanca Synagogue and the Jewish Quarter. Late afternoon return to Madrid. Dinner tonight is at a fine dining restaurant located opposite the Royal Palace. Overnight Madrid

 

Day 7 – Salamanca

Depart Madrid after breakfast and head to the Ribera del Duero wine region, and its capital Valladolid. Red and white wines are successfully grown in this region and we stop at the Emillo Moro and Malleolo cellars for tastings. Castilian cuisine includes such dishes as Judias (white beans with chorizo) and spicy potatoes with lamb and beef and our restaurant for lunch is one of the best. After lunch, continue to Salamanca where there will be time to relax and enjoy the city independently. For those who prefer, the guide will be available for an escorted stroll of the major sights. Dinner tonight is at a local Castilian restaurant specializing in a variety of roasted meats. Overnight Salamanca

 

Day 8 – Porto

Today we pass through Ciudad Rodrigo and cross the border into Portugal at Viseu and onto Porto. Check into the hotel and lunch at a restaurant specializing in northern Portuguese cuisine, which unsurprisingly employs port wine in much of the food preparation. This afternoon we tour a variety of fine port wine vineyards complete with tastings. A special dinner is planned within one of the cellars.

Overnight Porto

 

Day 9 – Coimbra

Morning tour of Porto visiting the Palacio de la Bolsa and Church of San Francisco. We also take a cruise along the Duoro River, alighting at the Barco Ravelo a historic shipping point for the port wine industry. Following lunch, we drive south to Coimbra where we enjoy a walking tour of the city and then continue onto Lisbon for overnight. Tonight we dine at a restaurant specifically known for Bacalhoo or codfish. Overnight Lisbon

 

Day 10 – Leisure Time

Full day tour of Lisbon to visit the most famous sights of Belem Tower, Monument of the Discoveries and Jeronimos Monastery in the morning. Afternoon at leisure for shopping and relaxation. For those with energy to burn - the Carriage Museum, Sao Jorge Castle and Alfama are great places to visit. Tonight our farewell event is a Fado dinner complete with the full range of traditional Portuguese folk songs. A fitting farewell to our Iberian adventure. Overnight Lisbon

 

Day 11 – Departure

This morning we depart for Lisbon airport.

Generalitat Building

 Cava vineyards

Montserrat

 Rioja wines, Haro

Toledo, spain

dining in lisbon

San Miguel Market, madrid

Some of the tour’s sights.

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