The Southern Spain Experience

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This captivating journey will unfold over 9 nights and 10 days, from May 15th to the 24th, 2024. Spanning across the picturesque landscapes of the Valencian community and Andalucía, this immersive tour promises an enchanting blend of gastronomic delights and cultural experiences. Participants will be treated to a delectable array of wine tastings, hands-on cooking lessons guided by the expert Clarissa Llenza and the Artisan Culinary School, delightful tapas dinners, and captivating flamenco shows. It's a journey that combines the rich flavors of Spain's culinary traditions with the vibrant soul of its artistic heritage.

Available dates

May

2024

Waiting List: From May 15th to May 24th

Tour itinerary

Day 1

May 15th

Arrival day.

Day 2

May 16th

Valencia city center, Mercat Central and the Albufera

Day 3

May 17th

Altea and the Artisan Culinary School

Day 4

May 18th

Free day at Valencia

Day 5

May 19th

Elche, on the road to Granada

Day 6

May 20th

Granada and the Alhambra

Day 7

May 21st

Granada and the Alhambra

Day 8

May 22nd

Free day at Seville

Day 9

May 23rd

Jerez de la Frontera

Day 10

May 24th

Departure Day

Arrival Day

On Day 1, the excitement kicks off as our cherished guests arrive at the Valencia International Airport or the train station, where our attentive drivers warmly welcome them. With seamless coordination, our drivers escort them directly to the hotel, ensuring a smooth start to their journey. Following a swift check-in process, a well-deserved moment of relaxation awaits. As the sun sets, a delightful gathering unfolds, bringing all participants together for a memorable evening. The group sets out to savor the culinary delights of Valencia at a charming local restaurant, where the first hints of Spanish flavors tantalize the taste buds, setting the tone for the exceptional days to come.

Valencia city center, Mercat Central and the Albufera

Day 2 starts with a delightful breakfast at the hotel, preparing our guests for an immersive exploration of Valencia's historical heart. The morning unveils a guided stroll through the enchanting old town, offering glimpses of Valencia's majestic cathedral and iconic plazas. The highlight of the morning is a visit to Mercat Central, a vibrant hub of flavors and aromas, where Chef Juan Penzini sources the freshest ingredients for tomorrow's culinary adventure at the Artisan Culinary School.

After this engaging market experience, our journey takes us by bus to the serene beauty of Albufera. A sumptuous paella lunch awaits, offering an authentic taste of this renowned Spanish dish in its birthplace. As the sun dips lower, we return to Valencia, providing a serene afternoon for unwinding and exploration at one's own pace.

Come evening, we embark on another culinary adventure with a tapas dinner, experiencing the art of sharing delectable bites that Spain is famed for. The night unfolds with a touch of freedom, allowing our guests to immerse themselves further in Valencia's vibrant nightlife and cultural offerings, creating memories that will linger long after the journey ends.

Altea and the Artisan Culinary School

Day 3 presents an exciting journey as our spirited group boards the bus and sets off for Altea, the captivating home of the Artisan Culinary School. Nestled in this picturesque town, a remarkable day of culinary exploration awaits. Our guests step into the heart of Spanish gastronomy, guided by skilled instructors, as they uncover the art behind crafting exquisite dishes. From croquetas to albóndigas, from paella to fideguá, the secrets of Spanish cuisine unfold in a hands-on cooking lesson that goes beyond the basics. As the lesson unfolds, the enticing aromas gradually transform into a sumptuous lunch, a delectable reward for the morning's efforts.

After indulging in the culinary creations, our group embarks on a leisurely stroll through Altea's charming old town, taking in the breathtaking vistas that surround it. A delightful pause follows, with a taste of the finest gelato the Costa Blanca has to offer, a sweet interlude that rejuvenates us for the evening ahead. The day concludes with a journey to Denia, where a flavorsome dinner experience awaits. As the night falls, we return to Valencia, providing a serene retreat for relaxation, and preparing us for the exciting days that lie ahead.

Free day at Valencia

Day 4 presents a leisurely interlude to our culinary adventure, allowing everyone to embrace the charms of Valencia at their own pace. The morning commences with a delightful breakfast at a renowned pastry shop, setting the tone for a day of exploration and personal discovery. With an array of options at their fingertips, our esteemed guests are encouraged to tailor their experience according to their preferences.

To facilitate this, we've curated an extensive list of activities that capture the essence of Valencia's diverse offerings. From savoring the city's culinary delights at recommended restaurants to indulging in retail therapy through shopping districts, and exploring iconic landmarks that narrate Valencia's history, our comprehensive guide ensures that every inclination is catered to.

For those seeking relaxation, luxurious spas beckon, while cultural enthusiasts can immerse themselves in the city's rich artistic heritage through museum visits and exhibitions. To enhance the convenience of this free day, we extend our support by assisting in reservations and ticket bookings on behalf of our guests, allowing them to make the most of their Valencia experience. With an abundance of options at their fingertips, Day 4 promises a truly personalized exploration of Valencia's treasures.

Elche, on the road to Granada

Day 5 heralds a change of scenery as we bid farewell to Valencia and set our sights on the enchanting city of Granada. Our journey begins with a picturesque road trip, taking us through the captivating landscapes of Andalucía. Along the way, we pause for a delightful lunch in Elche, a charming town known for its remarkable palm grove, "el Palmeral." Amidst this serene oasis, we take a moment to explore the lush greenery before continuing our journey.

As we traverse deeper into the heart of Andalucía, the road unveils scenic vistas that capture the region's distinct beauty. The journey itself becomes an experience, an opportunity to absorb the essence of this remarkable land. As the early evening arrives, we finally reach Granada, our destination for the day. The anticipation builds as we prepare to immerse ourselves in the rich history and vibrant culture of this iconic city, ready to embrace the days of discovery that lie ahead.

Granada and the Alhambra

Day 6 marks a pinnacle of our journey, dedicated to the exploration of Granada's treasures and the awe-inspiring Alhambra. The day unfolds with a sense of excitement and wonder as we set out to delve into the city's rich history and cultural heritage. A full day is dedicated to discovering the iconic Alhambra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that stands as a testament to centuries of Moorish architecture and artistry.

Following our immersive Alhambra experience, a light lunch provides a moment to recharge and reflect on the morning's marvels. The anticipation continues to build as the sun sets, leading us to a captivating evening of Flamenco, a rhythmic and passionate dance that embodies the soul of Spain. This traditional performance promises to enrapture our senses, leaving an indelible mark on our hearts.

The enchantment deepens as we transition to a famous restaurant, perched strategically to offer a stunning view of the illuminated Alhambra. Here, an exquisite tasting menu awaits, promising a symphony of flavors that complement the magnificent backdrop. The night is a culmination of sensory delights, a fitting tribute to the beauty and grace of Granada, etching memories that linger long after the stars have faded.

Granada and the Alhambra

Day 7 ushers in a transition from Granada to the enchanting city of Cordoba, an exploration marked by discovery and anticipation. As the morning sun graces us, we set out to uncover the pivotal landmarks that define Cordoba's rich history. From the awe-inspiring Mezquita, a marvel of Islamic architecture, to the charming streets that tell tales of a storied past, the morning and afternoon are dedicated to embracing the essence of this captivating city.

A pause for a light lunch provides an opportunity to recharge before resuming our exploration, ensuring we absorb every nuance Cordoba offers. With hearts enriched by the city's heritage, we bid adieu to Cordoba in the late afternoon and embark on the high-speed AVE train to Seville, where more culinary delights await.

Upon arriving in Seville, we are greeted by our esteemed chefs who have crafted a Southern Spanish dinner, an homage to the vibrant flavors of the region. As the aromas waft and the flavors dance on our palates, we find ourselves immersed in a culmination of Seville's gastronomic splendor, a fitting precursor to the days of indulgence that lie ahead.

Free day at Seville

Day 8 extends a leisurely interlude for our cherished guests, embracing the spirit of freedom and exploration in the heart of Seville. The morning begins with a delectable breakfast at a renowned pastry shop, setting the tone for a day of personalized discovery. Much like in Valencia, we present our guests with a curated list of recommendations encompassing the diverse experiences Seville offers.

From savoring local delicacies at celebrated eateries to exploring the vibrant markets, and iconic landmarks, and indulging in cultural activities, the options are rich and varied. This thoughtfully curated guide serves as a compass, guiding our guests toward activities that resonate with their interests.

To elevate the convenience of this free day, we extend our assistance by facilitating reservations and ticket bookings, ensuring that our guests can seamlessly tailor their Seville experience. With the charming city at their feet, Day 8 offers an opportunity to create individual memories that reflect the diverse tapestry of Seville's offerings.

Jerez de la Frontera

Day 9 dawns as an emotional chapter, as we embark on our final day of this culinary and cultural journey. The morning leads us to Jerez de la Frontera, a town steeped in tradition and flavor. Our first stop is a renowned winery, where the day unfolds with a guided tour through the vineyards and the fascinating wine-making process. Immerse in the legacy and craftsmanship that have produced some of Spain's most iconic wines, we indulge in a wine tasting that teases our palates with the culmination of years of dedication.

As the afternoon sun warms the surroundings, we gather for a delightful lunch that harmoniously pairs with the wines we've come to appreciate. The afternoon progresses with a captivating horse dancing show, a testament to Andalucía's equestrian prowess that resonates with both history and art.

As dusk falls, we return to Seville for the culmination of our journey. The evening is reserved for a heartwarming farewell dinner, a celebration of the bonds forged, and memories created. As the night unfolds, a carefully guarded surprise adds a touch of magic to the evening, weaving a tapestry of experiences that unite to form an unforgettable conclusion to our Spanish culinary and cultural odyssey.

Departure Day

Day 10 marks the poignant finale of our remarkable journey. As the sun rises, we come together one last time for a final breakfast, sharing moments and reflections that have woven our group into a tapestry of shared experiences. With a mixture of gratitude and nostalgia, we bid farewell to the enchanting cities that have hosted our adventure.

Our attentive drivers ensure that each guest is transported to the airport or train station in accordance with their departure times. The goodbyes are accompanied by warm wishes, a tangible reminder of the connections made throughout this journey.

For those fortunate enough to have later flights or train departures, we extend our hospitality with a heartwarming lunch in town. It's a leisurely yet cherished conclusion to the journey, allowing for the final bonds to be strengthened and the last memories to be created against the backdrop of the places that have embraced us over the past ten days. As the day draws to a close, hearts and suitcases may be heavier, but they are filled with the warmth of shared experiences that will forever remain a part of each traveler's story.

Tour hosts

Juan & Mariana

Meet Juan Penzini-Granier and Mariana Brewer, the driving forces behind Artisan Culinary School. With 15+ years of culinary and hospitality experience, Juan and Mariana’s journey started as professional cooks. Their dedication to education and love for gastronomy led them to embark on a quest for culinary excellence. Mariana excels in hospitality and wine expertise, while Juan specializes in technical culinary skills and gastronomic culture. They invite you to join their culinary adventure, where food, wine, hospitality, and exploration converge. Let them share their profound love for the culinary arts and savor every moment of your journey together.

Clarissa Llenza

After 20 years in communications, Clarissa started her own floral design shop, Moriviví. In 2017, she returned to her passion for cooking and began teaching. clarissa attended the italian culinary institute in 2017 and 2021. Now, she teaches cooking classes and hosts private dinner parties under the home cooking therapy project. “I love bringing people together at the table and making them feel good with a simple meal. There’s a particular joy that I take from cooking and sharing my recipes with others, but most of all the culture the kitchen provides for gathering and sharing not only food, but our lives.”

Tour price

The Southern Spain Experience

5,000.00

*Early bird application until October 1, 2023

What is included in the price?

Accommodations

  • N9 nights in 4-star hotels in Valencia, Granada, and Seville.

Logistics

  • NLocal guides who speak Spanish and English.
  • N2 free days to explore Valencia and Seville at your leisure with our suggestions.
  • NService of reservations management, as well as assisting you in purchasing tickets and entry fees.
  • NVAT, tourist tax, and tips are included.

Transport

  • NUpon arrival, transportation from Valencia airport to the hotel.
  • NUpon departure, transportation from the hotel to Seville airport.
  • NAll land transportation during our itinerary, including the AVE journey from Córdoba to Seville.

Food and wine

  • NAll breakfasts included.
  • N6 lunches, including a traditional Valencian paella session.
  • N7 dinners, including an evening of flamenco at a tablao.
  • NSherry wine tasting.
  • NA day of Spanish market cooking lessons at the Artisan Culinary School.

What is not included in the price?

  • MTravel insurance.
  • MAirfare and any travel expenses not stated in the itinerary.
  • MPersonal expenses and shopping during the tour, excursions, visits, outside dinning.