Northern Spain Wine Tour

Northern Spain Wine Tour with Chef Marcus

November 3 - 11, 2018

Small Group - No More than 18 ONLY 6 SPOTS LEFT

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Chef Marcus Guiliano of Aroma Thyme Bistro
Chef Marcus Guiliano of Aroma Thyme Bistro

Chef Marcus Guiliano of Aroma Thyme Bistro.

Chef Marcus Guiliano is an award-winning chef, green restaurateur & real food activist. He & his wife, Jamie, have owned Aroma Thyme Bistro in Ellenville since 2003.

Devoting his career to a whole food, whole life approach, Chef Marcus marries healthy food with ethically and socially responsible sustainable business practices. Marcus is a wine & craft beer expert specializing is small independent brands. Chef Marcus & Aroma Thyme has been featured on CNN, Dr OZ, New York Post, New York Times, TEDx Longdock, Best Chef's America, Sierra Club Magazine, Huffington Post, International Wine Masters, Bottom Line Publications, Smithsonian (Online) and Organic Spa Magazine. The Colorado Dept of Agriculture stated, “Marcus Guiliano is the Willie Nelson of Farm to Table”. Recently, OneGreenPlanet.com named Chef Marcus as one of The “5 Food Activists Helping To Make Big Changes."

Itinerary

NOVEMBER 2 – Book your Overnight Flight to Madrid, Spain (must arrive no LATER than 8am)

NOVEMBER 3 –  Arrive at Madrid Airport and be met for our Private Transfer into the Rioja region. On the way we'll be stopping at the medieval town of Burgos for a walking tour and a visit to the medieval cathedral. We'll have time for lunch (not included) and then continue on to our first agritourism hotel. Check-in for 3 night stay at Hotel Eguren Ugarte (w/breakfast daily).

After some time to rest, freshen up and enjoy the property, we will have a Private Guided Visit and Wine Tasting in the hotel's cellar, followed by a Welcome Dinner at Eguren Restaurant. (D)

NOVEMBER 4 –  After breakfast and time to explore the grounds of Eguren Ugarte, we'll head to another Rioja vineyard and enjoy a Private Visit of Finca Valpiedra. Walk through the vineyards and enjoy tastings at both the cellar and the tasting room, accompanied  by small tapas.

Afterwards we'll head to the town of Laguardia to experience a Private Guided Visit to the town's major monumentsHaving built up an appetite, we'll move on to a walking Tapas Tour in Laguardia where we'll sample local tapas at numerous locations, accompanied with wine at each. Dinner on your own tonight either at the hotel or with transfers to/from Laguardia. (B, L)

Hotel Eguren Ugarte
Hotel Eguren Ugarte
Finca Valpiedra
Finca Valpiedra
Heras Cordón
Heras Cordón
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NOVEMBER 5 –  Today after breakfast, we'll head off to visit some smaller, family owned vineyards. Heading south, we will have a Private Tour of the Bodegas Heras Cordón winery with tasting. Later we'll find our way to, another family owned vineyard, to enjoy a Private Tour of   Bodegas Contino winery, vineyards and lunch w/wines from the vineyard.

Next we'll head to the town of Logrono for a short walking tour and then some free time to wander, shop and explore this town, which is a stop on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela.  

We'll head back to the hotel for our last evening in Rioja. Dinner on your own tonight either at the hotel or with transfers to/from Laguardia. (B, L)

NOVEMBER 6 –  After breakfast we say goodbye to Eguren Ugarte and start making our way to the Ribera del Duero region. We'll stop on our way to experience the oldest and most prestigious wineries in Haro's Station District.

We'll enjoy a Private Visit & Wine Tasting at Bodegas López de Heredia and then head to over for a Private Visit & Traditional Lunch w/paired wines at Rioja Alta. Aftewards, relax and enjoy the beautiful landscape as we're transferred to our next hotel in Valbuena del Duero. Check-in for 3 night stay at Hotel Monasteria de Valbuena (w/breakfast daily). The rest of your evening is at leisure with a light dinner provided at the hotel. (B, L, D) 

NOVEMBER 7 –  Today after breakfast, we'll head to a Bodega Tionio vineyard, that has additional properties in other regions of Spain as well, to enjoy Private Visit & Winetasting. Then we head off to Bodega Alonso del Yerro for Private Visit & Wine tasting .

The afternoon will be spent exploring the region, stopping in several beautiful villages, castles and monasteries...the real Castille...with time to wander and enjoy lunch on your own.

We'll return to the hotel for some time to enjoy the property and spa followed by a late full Dinner to be enjoyed at our hotel. (B, D)

NOVEMBER 8 –  After breakfast we travel to Bodega Matarromera for a Private Visit to vineyards & the winery with Wine Tasting. We follow that with a visit to Pago de Carraovejas for a tour and to enjoy a Traditional Castilian Lunch.

After lunch, we'll head back to the hotel and you will be at leisure in Valbuena, where you might want to enjoy a spa treatment at the hotel's spa.

This evening we'll take a short drive to the town of Peñafiel to see the castle and the famed medieval square. This evening will be free to enjoy dinner on your own in the town of Peñafiel. (B, L)

NOVEMBER 9 – Today we head to Madrid after breakfast. On our way, we will visit the eco oil press Oliguero for a Private Tour & Tasting.

We'll continue on to the "Monument City" of Segovia, stopping for lunch at the Renaissance Royal Mint just outside of the city. We'll enjoy a guided walking tour of the city and its main monuments, followed by free time to explore on your own.

Then we head to Madrid to check into the Iberostar Las Letras Gran Via for our last two nights. The hotel is centrally located with many restaurant choices for dinner on your own this evening. (B, L) 

NOVEMBER 10 – This morning after breakfast we'll enjoy a Private Guided Walking Tour of Old Madrid (Royal Palace tickets included). The afternoon is completely free for you to stroll, shop and enjoy the city.

This evening we'll celebrate with a Farewell Dinner & Flamenco Show at Corral de la Moreria. (B, D) 

NOVEMBER 11   After breakfast it's goodbye to Spain, with a Private Transfer to Madrid Airport for flight back to NY. (B)

Bodega Matarromera
Bodega Matarromera
Flamenco Dancer
Flamenco Dancer

Pricing information

$4,049*/person Double Occupancy

Pricing Includes: 8 Nights Luxury Hotels, All Transportation & Transfers, Tours & Wine Tastings Listed, Daily Breakfast, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners including a Farewell Flamenco  dinner & show.

Pricing Does NOT Include: AIRFARE, gratuities, meals not listed or Travel Protection, which can be purchased separately for an additional cost. PlanDocument (8)

*Pricing is based on small group size of 18 people, today's currency exchange rate with the Euro, and credit card payments. 

Discount of $150/person can be deducted from final pricingif paying via check. Any currency fluctuations can be avoided by paying in full.

Payment Schedule:

8/17/18 - Full Payment Due