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  • Private Group: only you & your loved ones travelling together
  • No set departures:  you pick your dates
  • Flexible tour: need a shorter/longer holiday? Want to add / change something about the tour? No problem, we will tailor it to your needs 
  • Luxury transport in a brand-new car or mini-bus with a professional driver
  • No pre-fixed menus: you choose all the food & drink available à-la-carte at each restaurant
  • English-speaking local guide 24/7. We will break the language barrier for you
  •  Authentic local experiences, unique restaurants and historic hotels
  • Holidays designed by locals to make you feel like one of us
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AT A GLANCE

Imagine yourself savouring "Best Steak in the world" during a private tasting of steaks from  17-year old oxen

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Picture yourself discovering the secrets of Spain's  world-famous wine region "Ribera del Duero"

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Brush shoulders with the locals to taste delicious tapas  during guided bar crawls

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Discover the authentic "Jamón Ibérico" hand carved by knife by a professional

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Sleep in style at a 12th century medieval abbey turned world-class hotel surrounded by vineyards

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Picture yourself enjoying a selection of some of the best restaurants in the world

Discover the secrets of an ancient art, falconry, with a private display of different birds of prey

Follow Gaudi's steps and enjoy his magnificent buildings like the "Sagrada Familia" 

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Be amazed by the beauty of the most elegant town in the Mediterranean: Barcelona


Day 1

Exclusive Eat Northern Spain experiences:

  • Panoramic drive through the vineyards of the Golden Mile of Ribera del Duero, where one of the best wines in the world are produced in a private car
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Upon arrival to Madrid airport you will be welcomed by your guide and escorted to a private vehicle. Then you will enjoy a scenic drive to the Spanish countryside across Spain’s world-famous wine region Ribera del Duero.

At the heart of Ribera del Duero in the Golden Mile of this wine region where some of the best wines in the world are produced, you will sleep in one the best-preserved abbeys of the 12th century in Europe. 

You will enjoy a scenic drive along the vineyards of this part of Spain until you reach your final destination, one of the best hotels in Spain.

Spanish history lives on in luxurious heritage hotels. There are 900 years of history to soak up at Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine, a former abbey in the wine-producing area of Ribera del Duero in Valladolid, north of Madrid.

You will be a guest in one of the most luxurious hotels in Spain, a place where calmness washes over you on arrival, and where the contemplative mood is helped by a glass of velvety Abadia Retuerta wine looking out over the vineyards at sunset from the comfort of your own room.

The abbey, a celebrated Romanesque building, was founded in 1146 by the Premonstratensian Order. Much of the original structure has been respected. You will sleep in the monks’ former cells which are now luxury smart rooms.

At the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant you will enjoy a spectacular dining experience full of flavourful surprises paired with the winery’s best wines in a spectacular setting.


Day 2

Exclusive Eat Northern Spain experiences:

  • A private 4x4 drive through the"Ribera del Duero" vineyards & a wine barrel tasting at one of the best wineries in Spain
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  • A visit to a traditional "asador" to savour roasted lamb slow cooked over an open fire 
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  • A panoramic drive up to Peñafiel's castle with commanding views over the vineyards of Ribera del Duero
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After a full delicious breakfast your guide and driver will pick you up from the hotel for a day of exploring Ribera del Duero.

Enjoy breath-taking views as we drive through the vineyards of Ribera del Duero, discover its world-famous wineries along the "Golden Mile" of this wine region where some of the best wines in the world are produced.

You will visit Abadia Retuerta's winery & vineyards, a hidden gem for a wine lover among the string of exclusive wine estates found along the Duero river that crosses Northern Spain.

A visit to Abadía Retuerta is more than just a winery tour: you’ll immediately realise that you are in a very special place: an estate steeped in history, a unique terroir, which has been carefully cherished over the years... you will go for a 4×4 private tour of the estate and the vineyards. After a lovely ride through the vines you will learn how wines are produced inside the winery followed by a guided wine tasting of Abadia Retuerta's famous wines and also with a wine barrel tasting session. Learn how wine is aged in barrels, how different types of wood affect wine, how it is made… all in the barrel room. 

After the visit, you will be driven to Peñafiel, the heart of this wine region. You will visit Peñafiel’s castle, at the top of a hill and with commanding views over the vineyards. 

Your gastronomic journey begins with an opportunity to sample the signature dish of the Ribera del Duero region, roast lamb slow-cooked using a centuries old technique, the local name is “Lechazo”. A selection of a-la-carte starters of local specialities will complement this fantastic meal. Of course, your meal would not be complete with an accompanying red wine from the region.

After lunch you will be driven back to the hotel to relax for the rest of the day at the hotel's world-class Spa. The Spa building is nothing short of an engineering miracle that created a sustainable, natural spa under the former stables to avoid altering the aesthetics of the historical setting. Large windows bring natural light into the building, creating a warm, cosy atmosphere. The spa’s heat and electricity are supplied by naturally generated thermal energy.

The quality of the water at the sanctuary is the only one of its kind in the world. Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine takes its own water from a well that stretches 120 metres into the ground.

The LeDomaine Spa is separated into two different areas for men and women, each equipped with a Finnish sauna, steam bath, whirlpool, relaxation room overlooking our sunlit interior courtyards and aromatic showers of mango, pine and mint. The meeting point for couples is the wonderful heated indoor pool with its impressive natural light.

The sanctuary’s treatment programme offers leading-brand products, such as Anne Semonin and Natura Bissé.

El Santuario LeDomaine Wellness & Spa has won prises in the “Best New Spa & Wellness Property” and “Best for Wow Factor” categories of the internationally recognised Wellness Travel Awards held at London’s World Travel Market.

For dinner, you will indulge yourself at the hotel's wine-bar. With a capacity for 24 diners, this restaurant is located in La Cueva, home to the oenological jewels of Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine. 
With a more informal style, the menu is extensive but balanced and structured around perfect suggestions for snacks and for sharing. The restaurant offers a traditional, simple cuisine based on portions of food paired with our wines, seeking to offer diners a more informal menu created with the most exquisite local produce.

Day 3

Exclusive Eat Northern Spain experiences:

  • A falconry private show at LeDomaine's gardens
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  • A delicious tapas bar crawl in León's old town
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After a sumptuous breakfast it’s time to say goodbye to Ribera del Duero, but before you way goodbye to this magical place, you will enjoy a unique spectacle privately arranged just for you.

Enjoy one of Europe’s most historic of sports by participating in a bird of prey demonstration within the Estate’s grounds. Falconry is an ancient art, thought to date back to Mesopotamia but which gained prominence among noble families in medieval times. During the display , you will learn both about its history and about the different species of bird, their physiology and their characteristics.

Your guide will help you with the hotel’s checking out and your luggage will be loaded into your private vehicle.

Enjoy a scenic drive through the Spanish countryside. For lunch, you will stop at one of the hidden gems out of the radar of any tourist and with some of the best cuisine in the country specially during Autumn. Lera is a pilgrimage place for any food lover and you will be experience their cuisine during the best season of the year.

After a delicious experience, you will enjoy Spanish siesta on your vehicle and after 1h 15min you will arrive to your next stop, León, Spain’s Gastronomy Capital, a lively historic town and an important milestone along the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route.

You will check for two nights in a stylish boutique hotel at León’s Main Square just metres away from Gaudí’s “Casa Botines” and León’s spectacular Gothic Cathedral, one of the greatest Cathedrals in Europe.

León is probably the best Spanish town to enjoy a tapas bar crawl.

For dinner, you will dive into this amazing town in Northern Spain to discover the biggest concentration of bars in the country where you will enjoy creative and delicious tapas paired with Spanish wines from Rioja and Ribera del Duero world leading wine regions.

Brush shoulders with the locals to find the best bites in town for a culinary adventure you will treasure forever. We will visit small and lively bars that serve everything from crispy-on-the-outside-fluffy-on-the-inside patatas bravas, to perfect ham "croquetas", to the most flavoursome chorizo you’ve ever tasted.

For dinner, you will be part of a unique and highly personal experience: a Jamón Ibérico private tasting hand carved by knife in front of you by a Master Ham Carver.

You will learn how to distinguish all the different types of Hams in Spain and you will taste Jamon Ibérico directly from the knife of a qualified professional. Every paper-thin slice of this delicacy has a unique flavour you will have the chance to enjoy as they melt in your mouth.


Day 4

Exclusive Eat Northern Spain experiences :

  • A private visit to El Capricho Farm-house to learn how oxen are raised to produce the best meat in the world
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  • A private tasting of the best "Jamón Ibérico de Bellota" hand carved by knife by a professional
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After a sumptuous breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up to drive you to your next destination. Your journey will start with a trip along a beautiful stretch of land in North-western Spain in a small village called Jimenez de Jamuz.

Your next stop will be Bodega El Capricho, a family-run farm house and grill restaurant acclaimed by the international press like Time, the Guardian, Stern or New York Times be the best place in the world to eat the perfect steak.

The film Steak Revolution proclaimed the “Galician Blond” steak from Bodega El Capricho as the best in the world. This will be the most intense meat experience of your life in a remote village on the back roads of Northern Spain

El Capricho’s owner José Gordón raises his own oxen from different Iberian native breeds in a piece of land where you can touch these enormous animals with up to seven feet tall, 1.400 kgs and up to 15 years old. Then the meat is dry-aged in temperature-controlled refrigerators to enhance its flavours up to 180 days.

After a visit to the farm to admire the oxen you will immerse yourself into an unforgettable experience of intense flavours at the restaurant, placed in a cave used hundreds of years ago as a wine cellar. You will taste the meat of tree oxen who lived up to 17 years-old in the farm, a unique occasion that you won't be able to repeat anywhere in the world because at El Capricho animals live as long as they need to give you the best meat in the world. You can have a look at the animals you will enjoy (which all have a name) if you click in this link  https://bodegaelcapricho.com/en/2019/07/04/respect-i/

After this full-day experience, you will be driven back to your hotel in León to relax.

For dinner, you will be part of a unique and highly personal experience: a Jamón Ibérico private tasting hand carved by knife in front of you by a Master Ham Carver. You will taste Jamón Joselito, the "Best Ham in world". Every paper-thin slice of this delicacy has a unique flavour you will have the chance to enjoy as they melt in your mouth.

You will learn how to distinguish all the different types of Hams in Spain and you will taste Jamon Ibérico directly from the knife of a qualified professional. 


Day 5

Exclusive Eat Northern Spain experiences :

  • A guided sightseeing tour of León historic old town
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  • A guided tour of one of Spain's oldest wineries
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  • A delicious tasting menu at León's Michelin-starred restaurant
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After breakfast, you may enjoy a relaxing stroll around Leon’s city centre and a guided tour of Leon’s Gothic Cathedral, a masterpiece dated from the 13th century that will take your breath away. You’ll be transported back in time inside a magical place where you will be touched by the beauty of the sunlight crashing through one of the finest stained-glass windows in the world.

Enjoy this spectacular display of light and colours with the company of dozens of pilgrims that arrive to this place every day after walking along the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route.

The world-famous architect Antoni Gaudí designed one of the few works he made outside Barcelona in this town, the impressive palace called “Casa Botines”, an architectural masterpiece at the centre of this charming town in Northern Spain.

For lunch, you will enjoy an unforgettable culinary experience at one of Leon's Michelin-starred restaurants that will take you on a gastronomic journey to Northern Spain as you sample world-class dishes from their tasting menu that combine local produce with tradition and innovation.

At the designated time, you will be driven to the airport on time to take a domestic flight (1h) to Barcelona.  Upon arrival to Barcelona, you will be transferred to your home for the next three nights. 

Hotel Monument is a modern and luxurious hotel located on the iconic Paseo de Gracia, the main shopping street in the city and home to major national and international luxury brand shops, opposite the celebrated La Pedrera building, a few metres from Casa Batlló and close to the many other points of architectural and cultural interest that make Barcelona one of the most attractive and cosmopolitan cities in Europe.

The pre-modernist heritage that emanates from its walls, its exclusive luxury services, its varied and attractive range of cuisine under the direction of Martín Berasategui and its prime location are the calling cards of this hotel with 4 Michellin-stars under its roof.

For dinner, you may enjoy a light à-la-carte dinner at one of the hotel's restaurants.


Day 6

After a reinvigorating sleep and a full breakfast, your guide will pick you up from your hotel for a day of exploring this spectacular city.

Today, you will discover the works of Spain's most famous architect, Antoni Gaudí. You will start from the door of your hotel as you will be staying in the iconic Passeo de Gracia where the wealthy families once lived, now a high end shopping street.  This area is where Barcelona started expanding 150 years ago following the plan of the engineer Ildefons Cerdà. In this district bloomed our Modernism (local Art Nouveau), and the Parisian influence is certainly noticeable here

Here Gaudi produced some of his most famous masterpieces, in which we will be focusing. In the Block of Disagreement, a fabulous group of buildings featuring works of the top architects of the time, stands out the colourful Casa Batlló, possibly inspired in the story of Saint Georges and the Dragon. Casa Milá - La Pedrera is another masterpiece of Antoni Gaudi: be amazed at its spectacular rooftop with 360º views over the city, learn about the architect’s technique and inspirations, and visit an apartment decorated with original vintage antiques.

You’ll next hop on a taxi ride and head North of the city to visit Park Güell, one more of Gaudí’s masterpieces: a failed project of a planned community that has become now a fantastic public park famous for its mosaics.

You will enjoy a light lunch based on Spanish tapas in a local restaurantbefore heading to the breathtaking Sagrada Familia church, a breathtaking building still under construction, where Gaudi devoted the last 43 years of his life. Its inside was finally dedicated in 2010 and it doesn’t look like any other church you’ve seen before. It will definitely be the highlight of your whole trip!

Enjoy the rest of the evening at your own leisure at the hotel. For dinner, you will be escorted to a fine dining restaurant close to your hotel.


Day 7

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After a reinvigorating sleep and a full breakfast, your guide will pick you up from your hotel for another day of exploring Barcelona. Today you will explore its old town starting with La Rambla, a street that is busy any time of the day and night. We will pass a flower market and also have the chance to enter the amazing Boqueria Market, said to be one of the best in the world for its variety and spectacular displays going from unique local produce to exotic imports, from daily life food to gourmet delicacies.

The Gothic Quarter is where the Romans founded Barcelona 2000 years ago, then in the middle ages it witnessed our first period of splendour with the Gothic Times. You’ll walk around medieval plazas and alleys, see Roman ruins and also monumental buildings such as the Royal Palace, the City Council and the Generalitat Government building.

You will also have the opportunity to visit the Gothic Cathedral of St. Eulàlia and the Holy Cross, with its historical wooden choir, artistic chapels, the crypt where Saint Eulalia is buried, and also an picturesque cloister where 13 geese live.

Or if you prefer, we’ll show you the Call (Medieval Jewish Section). Despite the attacks suffered in 1391, it’s still a highly atmospheric area with a fascinating although sad history. Here is located the oldest synagogue in Europe.

Next you’ll explore the Born district, a trendy neighbourhood in the Old Town, with cool local designers shops, great tapas bars  and a vibrant atmosphere. The locals consider it to be the Soho of Barcelona. You can visit here the church of Santa Maria del Mar with its impressive stained-glasses.

If you wish you may visit today the only Picasso Museum in the world specialising in the artist’s early years. Learn about his training period, how he  joined the bohemian local artists and his first steps in Paris (including the Blue Period), and be amazed at the wonderful variations he created around the Meninas by Velazquez in the 1950s.

You will stop for a lunch a traditional restaurant on route. You will enjoy the rest of the day at your own leisure at the hotel. If you need assistance, your guide can help you to do some shopping to take home.

Tonight, you will enjoy a farewell dinner at a special fine dining restaurant.


Day 8

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It’s time to say goodbye to your Spanish trip. At the designated time, you will be driven and escorted to the airport on time to take your flight home . 

If your flights leaves Barcelona in the afternoon or evening, we will schedule a few activities & lunch during the morning.


  • ABOUT THE TOUR

Dates

November - December 2019  - to be confirmed

Group size

To be confirmed

Starting Point

Madrid's airport

Ending Point

Barcelona's airport

What’s included? Everything you need. Plus everything you'd
want. Plus a few things you never knew you wanted until you got them.

In a word: everything. In eighty words? A private chauffeur tour guided by an English-speaking local guide, an interesting, fun and like-minded travel companion; authentic and innovative local cuisine; world-class local wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery. Travel at your own pace: Our tailor-made holidays are very flexible, allowing you to start road journeys or sightseeing when you choose – within reason.

  • All hotel accommodation on Upgraded Rooms:
    • 2 nights -- RIBERA DEL DUERO - Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine 5* GL
    • 2 nights -- LEON -- NH Collection Plaza Mayor 4*
    • 3 nights -- BARCELONA -- Monumental Hotel 5* GL
  • Daily breakfast at all the hotels.
  • All meals at Michelin-starred, signature and traditional restaurants and all other meals as indicated à-la-carte (7 dinners & 6 lunches) with wines and drinks included à-la-carte (no fixed menus, you may choose from each restaurant's public menu what you want to taste).
  • Domestic flight León - Barcelona on Business Class (subject to availability). 
  • All transportation from airport pickup to drop-off in a chauffeured air-conditioned brand-new vehicle: Mercedes Class V or luxury minibus. Your safety and comfort are paramount. You will enjoy touring Northern Spain in safety, comfort and style.
  • English speaking guide during the whole trip. Translator services and assistance at restaurants, hotels & experiences. We will break the language barrier for you so you can get the most out of your experiences during your trip.
  • All the experiences, visits and activities included in the itinerary.
  • 24h concierge service during the whole trip.
  • All baggage transportation. 
  • All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service.
  • All currently applicable taxes.

What’s not included?

  • International Flights
  • Medical Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses

What to expect

  • A laid-back pace with free time to relax
  • Plenty of scrumptious local food and wine as well as time to really appreciate the dining experience