Discover the secrets of Spanish cuisine, enjoy private cooking classes & Michelin starred dining

For food lovers looking to eat their way through Spain, this culinary itinerary is perfect for you. Our "Cook's Tour of Spain" includes private cooking classes for amateurs or professionals of regional specialties (Castilian, Basque, Catalan, etc); rustic dining and Michelin starred refined novelties; gourmet activities such as olive oil and cheese experiences; VIP wine tastings and vineyard walks at top Spanish cellars; and ultra charming and luxurious hotels. You'll cook in four Spanish regions and taste an array of diverse wines from such appellations as La Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Txakoli, Penedes and Priorat.

The trip begins in the vibrant Spanish capital, Madrid. Over the next few days, you'll enjoy a walking tour of the aristocratic "Austrias" and "Bourbon" districts (including the Royal Palace, Opera House, and Prado Museum), a fun cooking class with the famed Pilar Latorre, a dinner at the oldest restaurant in the world, and gourmet dining. From Madrid, we'll take you north, where the gastronomy is perfectly suited to the rich red wines of the area. In the pilgrimage city of Burgos, dine on roast lamb, slow cooked in ancient wood fired ovens in the most charming "Asador" in town. From Burgos your "Gastronomic Pilgrimage" takes us into the lovely wine-producing region of La Rioja, where you'll spend a few nights. Visit prestigious wineries such as Rioja Alta and Roda, a blend of the old and the new. Both make stunning wines. The cuisine in la Rioja revolves around vegetables (artichokes, leeks, peppers, asparagus, chard, fava beans and eggplant are all grown here, lending Rioja's the nickname 'Breadbasket'), roast lamb and kid, olive oil and of course, Rioja wine.

Spain's Basque country is next (including Bilbao and San Sebastian), known by chefs across the planet as being a gourmet Mecca, with a mindbogglingly high amount of Michelin starred restaurants for such a rural area. A seafood lunch in the mythical fishing village of Getaria, and a visit to a cheese producing estate are also on the menu. From the pretty village of San Sebastian, your foodie journey will conclude in Catalonia, famed for its inspired and creative chefs and Mediterranean cuisine. Your hotels in Barcelona and the Costa Brava are plush and luxurious, the best on the tour. Cooking, market tours, a tapas tour, and excursions are all included during your last few special days. Depart Spain with new recipes under your belt, an enormous amount of new wine knowledge, new friendships with Spanish chefs, and plenty of hot recommendations for your friends back home.

Highlights:

  • Private cooking classes in Madrid, San Sebastian, Barcelona & Costa Brava
  • Wine tasting in La Rioja
  • Guided gourmet walking tour of Barcelona
  • Professional Cheese Tasting
  • Special “foodie” Experiences
  • Your own private driver and local guides
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Below is a suggested Day By Day Itinerary for your private Spanish Cooking Vacation


Day One - Welcome Dinner in Historic Restaurant

El Botin Restaurant

El Botin Restaurant

Upon arrival to Madrid´s airport, your private driver will collect you in the arrivals hall and drive you into the elegant palatial hotel in Madrid's downtown area, located in a quiet square. Free time to settle in with our tips, In the early evening, your guide will meet you in the lobby. Begin the evening with a fabulous cava aperitif at the emblematic Palace hotel, with its exquisite stain glassed dome. Aperitifs served with Spanish cheese and chocolates.

You´ll enjoy a relaxing short walking tour of some gorgeous spots downtown such as the renovated Mercado de San Miguel, the Plaza Mayor (follow in the steps of Capitan Alatriste, Aturo Perez Reverte´s much loved fictional character), the Royal Palace and the Opera House. The welcome dinner tonight is at the oldest restaurant in the world. You´ll see the old cellar and the ancient oven before being seated down to an aperitif and magnificent traditional meal of suckling pig (cooked in their 300 year old oven), roast padron peppers and handmade croquettes. Atmospheric and fin place to begin your food tour of Spain!

Extras: Surprise gourmet gift in your bedroom upon arrival

Overnight: 4* elegant Historic Palace Hotel in quiet, pretty downtown plaza

Transfers: Madrid Airport- Downtown Madrid


Day Two - Private Cooking Class & Gourmet Dining at Viridiana

Chef Pilar la Torre

Chef Pilar la Torre

Full breakfast with beautiful views over the historic Opera House of Madrid

You will throughly enjoy a cooking class today with Pilar Latorre, Madrid´s darling society chef. Pilar will take you on a creative culinary adventure today. learn how to cook some of her signature dishes such as Spanish Tortilla with caramelized onion, potato foam and truffle shavings; Sea bass with olive oil infused with pine nuts, basil and olives with a fruit and vegetable tartar; Artichoke Tatín on a cheese crust; Entrecôte cooked with fresh rosemary and peppercorns with a selection of different olive oils and sea salts to taste it with; and Duck magret with a Pedro Ximenez wine sauce with caramelized onions and raisin. Desserts may include her mythical “Maceta” of Chocolate, Mint and Flowers (fun surprise); Dessert wine infused Saballón on an orange and sunflower seed cookie crust; or “Crema Catalana” presented creatively with edible flowers. You´ll also enjoy Pilar´s amazing food photography from her many foodie trips abroad to Asia, South America and Africa. After the class, enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure in Madrid, for shopping or museums.

Dinner tonight is at the whimsical Viridiana, our favorite in Madrid! Charming chef Abraham Garcia runs this wonderful neighborhood restaurant and has many faithful diners, from politicians to celebrities. You´ll enjoy the tasting menu paired with top wines.

Overnight: 4* elegant Historic Palace Hotel in quiet, pretty downtown plaza

Meals Included in Price: Full Breakfast, Gourmet lunch with wine, Michelin starred dinner with wine

Transfers: None


Day Three - Historic Burgos and Medieval Laguardia

Beautiful landscapes in La Rioja wine region

Beautiful landscapes in La Rioja wine region

Full breakfast with beautiful views over the historic Opera House of Madrid. Your driver will collect you and you´ll head north, making your way to the Rioja wine country. Before lunch, visit the gorgeous 13th century gothic cathedral. A rustic roast lamb lunch and wine at the best Asador in town, is planned. This Asador has beautiful (and delicious smelling) wood fired ovens and has been a restaurant since 1910!

From Burgos, depart the castle studded Castille region, for the lusher lands of La Rioja. Your hotel is a historic inn set right in the heart of Medieval Laguardia, one of the most captivating villages in Spain. Free evening to enjoy the hamlet´s lively tapas and wine bars.

Overnight: 4* Wine Hotel in medieval village

Meals Included in Price: Full breakfast, Gourmet Lunch with wine at Asador

Transfers: Madrid- Burgos-Laguardia (La Rioja)


Day Four - VIP Wine Tastings at Rioja Alta and Roda Wineries

Wine caves at Roda

Rioja Wine Cellars

Today is a fabulous wine tasting day with VIP visits in Spain´s famous La Rioja region. You will visit two contrasting estates in the town of Haro- Rioja Alta and Roda. You´ll receive educational and fun tours of the wine cellars and learn about the process of winemaking. After a wonderful morning of wine tasting you´ll be famished and we will have an exceptional lunch organized for you in a converted monastery where Three Michelin starred chef Pedro Subijana (of Akelarre, San Sebastian) is the consulting chef. Enjoy a tasting menu paired with top wines from the Benjamin Romeo estate. The rest of the afternoon and evening is yours to relax in Laguardia.

Dinner is on your own in the atmospheric medieval village, where a multitude of charming small restaurants abound.

Overnight: 4* Wine Hotel in medieval village

Meals Included in Price: Full breakfast, Gourmet Lunch with wine in ancient Asador, Phenomenal dinner in a 10th century cave with wine

Transfers: Laguardia-Logrono-Laguardia


Day Five - Private Cooking Class in San Sebastian

Getaria beach

Getaria beach

The Gourmet Basque Country awaits! From La Rioja, make our way north towards the aristocratic jewel of San Sebastian, but not before stopping for lunch first in the pretty fishing village of Getaria. Taste buttery grilled sea bass at the most famous seafood restaurant on the Basque coast. After lunch and a walk around Getaria, carry on to beautiful San Sebastian.

After check in at the gorgeous seaside hotel, you'll enjoy an afternoon of free time. You can visit the Aquarium (really interesting visit), take in treatments at the nearby spa, visit the old town, go swimming, etc.

In the early evening, a very special event will be organized for you: a cooking class and dinner in gastronomic society, what a treat! This will be a cooking highlight of the tour.

Overnight: 4* Belle Époque seafront hotel, rooms with sea views

Meals Included in Price: Full breakfast, gourmet lunch with wine, gourmet dinner with wine (cooking class)

Transfers: La Rioja- Getaria- San Sebastian


Day Six - Private Gastronomic Tour of San Sebastian & Dinner at Azak's

Elena Arzak

Elena Arzak & Head Sommelier of Arzak, 3 Michelin Stars

Full breakfast at the seaside hotel

Our day begins with a guided market visit in San Sebastian after which we will delve into the world of boutique olive oils with a commented tasting. We will then travel into the green misty mountains and meet a Basque shepherd whose 300 head flock is at the forefront of a program to preserve and improve the Latxa breed. Idiazabal, a famous raw sheep's milk cheese is produced exclusively with the milk of the Latxa. The Shepard's wife will offer us a tasting of their award winning cheeses accompanied as tradition mandates by a fine Rioja wine.

Dinner at Arzak, (Three Michelin starred restaurant). The famed chef Juan Mari Arzak, will meet the group, sign menus etc. Wine included.

Overnight: 4* Belle Époque seafront hotel, rooms with sea views

Meals Included in Price: Full breakfast, Lunch with wine, Michelin starred Feast with wine at Arzak (3 stars)- Deluxe Tasting Menu

Transfers: San Sebastian- Idiazabal Cheese Farm- San Sebastian


Day Seven - VIP Wine Tasting in Somontano

Boqueria market

Boqueria market

Early breakfast at the seaside hotel

Today takes in a beautiful drive from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, stopping enroute for lunch at one of Spain's most famous wineries. Wine tasting at in the Pyrenees foothills, followed by lunch in the wine cellar. The restaurant has Akellare chef Pedro Subijana (3 Michelin stars) as their head consultant. Keepsake menu will be printed. From the winery, enjoy a nap on the drive to Barcelona.

Dinner- free time to enjoy the wonderful restaurant at the plush hotel, or taxi to downtown Barcelona for city dining

Overnight: 5* exclusive small luxury hotel

Meals Included in Price:

Full breakfast, Lunch with wine Transfers: San Sebastian- Jaca- Somontano wine region- Barcelona


Day Eight - Private Market Tour, Barcelona & Cooking Class

Paella with Candido

Paella with Candido

Taste Barcelona today! You´ll have a private cooking class and fascinating market tour of the renowned Boqueria. Chef owner Candido is an Executive Chef and Instructor who trained at the mythical Mey Hoffman school, and now runs private classes in his own venue. Delightful host and great English. You´ll prepare a three course meal with him, such as Salmorejo, Paella and something creative for the dessert, all with seasonal ingredients. As usual on our cooking tours, sip whine while you cook!

Free afternoon and evening at leisure, with our tips.

Overnight: 5* exclusive small luxury hotel

Meals Included in Price: Full breakfast, Lunch with wine, Gourmet 6 Course Taster Dinner with Paired Wines

Transfers: Tibidabo-Barcelona downtown- Tibidabo, Transfers to and from dinner restaurant


Day Nine - Privately Guided Tapas Tour in Barcelona's and Gastronomic Dinner

Charming lunch at Casa Delfin

Tapas lunch at Casa Delfin

This morning is free to rest, or get in some shopping while you can. Barcelona is a shopper´s paradise! This afternoon, your lunch is fun and relaxed. With a private guide, you´ll taste your way through Barcelona´s Barri Gotic and Born quarters. Start the food tour with a cheese workshop,carry on with some wine tasting and then sit down to a delicious tapas lunch at Casa Delfin where you will try a number of delicious Spanish and Catalan tapas, paired with great wines.

The afternoon is yours to enjoy the Picasso museum, Parc Guell, a sunset drink overlooking the port.... Dinner tonight then is at the Michelin starred Abac, gastronomic heaven. A special taster menu will be organized so you can taste signature dishes and appreciate the chef´s creativity.

Overnight: Overnight: 5* La Florida, Barcelona's most exclusive small luxury hotel

Meals Included in Price: Full breakfast, Lunch with wine, cheese workshop, Michelin starred dinner with wine

Transfers: Hotel-downtown-hotel


Day Ten - Excusrion to Costa Brave & Private Cooking Class

Hands on cooking class

Hands on cooking class

After a stellar breakfast (where cava is even served!), you´ll travel north along the "wild coast" to the dramatic Costa Brava. Your first stop is to a professional cooking school, with a friendly chef who also does non professional classes for food lovers. A hands on cooking class will be arranged with top chefs as well as a wine tasting of Catalan wines. Your three course lesson could include such typical dishes as Escalivada (roast pepper, eggplant dish), various seafood dishes and of course Crema Catalana (Spain´s version of Crème brûlée). Sip wine while you cook!

In the afternoon, enjoy a stop to some of the loveliest beaches in Spain for a digestive stroll, such as Sa Tuna or Aiguablava. Gorgeous. Tonight, you sleep in a luxurious Catalan Masia, member of the prestigious Relais and Chateaux chain. You´ll enjoy a special chef´s tasting menu with wine pairings. Sublime.

Overnight: 5* Relais Chateaux, Spain's most prestigious

Meals Included in Price: Full breakfast, Cooking Class with Lunch and wine, Gourmet Dinner with Paired Wines at Relais Chateaux

Transfers: Barcelona- Torrent


Day Eleven - Excursion to Cadaques

Cadaques

Dreamy whitewashed village of Cadaques

Start the day with a magnificent breakfast at the Relais Chateaux, in the garden. From Torrent, you´ll do some sightseeing near the French border today, in the delightful fishing village of Cadaques.

Explore the narrow cobblestoned laneways of this artsy village, where Salvador Dali and Picasso both spent time. Lunch in an authentic and informal fish joint, trying grilled sardines and traditional Catalan fare paired with local Emporda wines. Lots of pottery shops and olive wood shops here and do get some shopping in today! Afternoon transfer, back to Barcelona, where your tour will conclude. You'll be dropped off at the airport or your hotel of choice, depending on your plans. Extensions can be arranged for in Barcelona.

Walking tour of lovely fishing village, taking in the romantic alleyways. Informal lunch on the sea of grilled sardines and traditional Catalan fare. Lots of pottery shops and olive wood shops here.

End of services.

Meals Included in Price: Full breakfast, rustic lunch with local wines

Transfers: Barcelona


Customer Testimonial:

“The organization was superb. Actually, it surpassed our expectations. We had great time at the dinner party. I already recommended some of my friends to experience the cooking class with Pilar. Food and wine were excellent and perfect choice to make it at her house. They were most gracious and made us feel very welcomed at their home. I have to say that the wine and tapas tour tour totally surpassed our expectations. No better way to learn about local food and wine! Mary was gracious, vibrant , and all her recommendations were right on target. We totally loved her! This tour is a must if you are in Madrid! I believe the trip was perfect. It was so good and I would recommend to keep some items as surprise! Totally would recommend Cellar Tours! I have done tours with Cellar Tours twice and in both occasions I learned and experienced more about the culture and food of the country that in any tours elsewhere!”

Jose Marques, Texas


What's Included:

  • All Transportation in luxury, air conditioned Coach for 11 days
  • Aperitif upon arrival
  • All luxury accommodation in superb 4 and 5 star hotels, including a Relais Chateaux (10 nights)
  • 10 Full Breakfasts
  • 7 Gourmet Dinners with wine (including two Michelin starred restaurants)
  • 10 Gourmet Lunches with wine
  • Bottle of Wine in Room on arrival night
  • 4 professional cooking classes
  • 3 VIP Winery Visits and Tastings in famed Cellars
  • Expert Bilingual Guide throughout tour
  • Cellar Tours Gourmet Gift
  • Walking tours of San Sebastian, Laguardia, Getaria and Cadaques
  • Keepsake Bound Itinerary and Tasting Notes workbook, for wine tasting and chef's notes
  • All local taxes

What's Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Meals and Drinks not Specified
  • Personal Expenses such as Telephone, Minibar, etc
  • Tips and Gratuities (Guides, Restaurants, etc)
  • Travel Insurance (Strongly recommended)
  • Cancellation Insurance

Prices:

This is a SAMPLE TOUR ITINERARY. Please note that our private chauffeured luxury tours are totally customized to your needs and price varies according to the number of people in your group (please note tours require minimum 2 guests), specific suppliers included, number of services included,specific dates, transport type etc. Contact us today for more information and we would be delighted to get started on a tailor made detailed itinerary with pricing for you.

  • Final price depends on chosen style of accommodation and dining. Please contact us with your group size (minimum 2 guests, no maximum group size), travel dates and preferences and we will send you custom pricing.
  • Discounts available for larger groups
  • Please note that our tours are available upon demand for PRIVATE GROUPS and are not scheduled tours for mixed groups.

More Information:

All of our tours are available year round upon request for your private group of minimum 2 people. If you would like us to customize a luxury tour of Spain for you, contact us with your requirements, and we can send you a free itinerary and quote with no obligations. We organize packages from 1 day, to weekends to longer food and wine discoveries throughout Spain.

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