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Enjoy "best steak in the world" in a farm house hidden in the back roads of Northern Spain

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

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Be amazed by the beauty of one of the best Cathedrals in the world in León

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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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Brush shoulders with the locals during a tapas bar crawl in Spain's Gastronomy Capital 2018

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Day 1 - April 25th

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
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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 Cistercian monasteries of the 12th century in Europe. The whole property is a Spanish dream with clean stone walls, French oak floors and Berber rugs throughout, the effect is warm and inviting despite the scale of the property.

Enjoy the rest of the evening at your own leisure.

For dinner, you will indulge yourself into the hotel's à-la-carte restaurant where you will choose from a carefully-selected menu full local specialities from the Ribera del Duero region paired with some of the best Spanish wines.


Day 2 - April 26th

Exclusive Eat Northern Spain experiences:

  • A 4x4 drive through "Ribera del Duero"vineyards & a wine tasting of its famous wines
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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
peñafiel castle

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After a full delicious breakfast your guide and driver will pick you up from the hotel for 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, 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.

After the visit, you will be driven to Peñafiel, the heart of this wine region where you will visit Peñafiel’s castle, at the top of a hill and with commanding views over the vineyards, is a must when visiting this region. 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. For dinner, the hotel's signature restaurant will be waiting for you for another selection of fresh produce paired with local wines.

Day 3 - April 27th

Exclusive Eat Northern Spain experiences:

  • A private visit to a family-run winery in one of the best Spanish regions for white wines: "Rueda"
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  • A delicious lunch in a traditional restaurant in the middle of the Spanish countryside
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  • A visit to a family-run oil producer, its olive grove & the mill followed by a guided oil tasting of one of the best extra virgin oils in the country
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  • A private tapas bar crawl in León's old town
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After a full breakfast, your guide and driver will help you check out from your hotel. You will enjoy a scenic drive across the Spanish countryside. You will say goodbye to the Ribera del Duero wine region and you will be welcomed to one of the up-and-coming wine regions in Spain: "Rueda".

It’s continental climate and high altitude vineyards makes it ideal for refreshing white wines, with zingy high acidity.

Verdejo is the prominent grape variety, but can also be blended with Sauvignon Blanc and Viura.

You will visit a family-run winery which lies in the heart of the so called “Golden Triangle” in Rueda appellation; 4 estates with rocky ground watered by the River Duero, where we grow the Verdejo variety to produce fresh, harmonious wines with the personality typical of the variety.
The soil at Valdecuevas is one of the key factors in the excellent quality of its wines, as the aeration permitted by the gravel, in conjunction with the area’s special microclimate with dry, very cold winters and hot summers with cool nights, results in the highest quality grapes.

For lunch, and after a short drive, you will enjoy Restaurante El Chivo in Morales de Toro.
You will continue your journey up north to Medina de Rioseco one of the towns with the greatest cultural legacy Northern Spain.  You will learn how Pago de Valdecuevas Extra Virgin Olive Oils are produced, in a unique setting surrounded by olive groves and history.

You will enjoy a stroll through an olive grove in a estate situated in the same place where General Blake fought against Napoleonic troops during the Peninsular War.

You’ll learn to tell the difference between the different types of olive oils, their health benefits, and you will immerse yourself into the passionate world of Extra Virgin Olive Oil tasting.
 
After the visit, an after a short drive, you will arrive to your next stop, León, Spain’s Gastronomy Capital 2018, 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 like Albariño.

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 and cheese croquettes, to the most flavoursome chorizo you’ve ever tasted.


Day 4 - April 28th

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.

After the feast, you will enjoy a Spanish “siesta” experience in the car. Your driver will drive you back to your hotel. 

You will enjoy the rest of the evening at your own leisure. 

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 5 - April 29th

Exclusive Eat Northern Spain experiences:

  • A private guided tour of León's amazing Gothic Cathedral and city centre
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After a delicious breakfast, you will 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 hundreds 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.

At the designated time, you will be driven to Madrid's airport on time to take your flight home.


  • ABOUT THE TOUR
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Dates

25th - 29th April 2019

Group size

3 people

Starting Point

Madrid's airport

Ending Point

Madrid'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 expert local foodie, 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 (1 double room + 1 double room single use) 
    • Hotel Monasterio Valbuena & Spa 5*  -- 2 nights
    • Hotel NH Collection Plaza Mayor León -- 2 nights
  • Daily buffet breakfast.
  • All meals at signature and traditional restaurants and all other meals as indicated à-la-carte (3 lunches  & 4 dinners) 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).
  • All transportation from airport pickup to drop-off in a chauffeured air-conditioned brand-new vehicle: Mercedes Class V . 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.
  • Cold drinks and snacks during sightseeing/excursions and other drives.
  • All the experiences, visits and activities included in the itinerary.
  • An Eat Northern Spain Exclusive :  A 4x4 drive through "Ribera del Duero"vineyards & a wine tasting sorrounded by ancient vines.
  • An Eat Northern Spain Exclusive :  A visit to a traditional "asador" to savour roasted lamb slow cooked over an open fire 
  • An Eat Northern Spain Exclusive : A panoramic drive up to Peñafiel's castle with commanding views over the vineyards of Ribera del Duero
  • An Eat Northern Spain Exclusive :  A private visit to an olive oil producer with a guided tasting of its exquisite Extra Olive Oils.
  • An Eat Northern Spain Exclusive :  A guided tapas bar crawl with 4 wines + 4 tapas included in León.
  • An Eat Northern Spain Exclusive :  León sightseeing tour & guided visit inside León Gothic Cathedral.
  • An Eat Northern Spain Exclusive :  Jamón Ibérico tasting hand carved by knife by a Master Ham Carver.
  • An Eat Northern Spain Exclusive :  A private visit to El Capricho farm-house to learn how oxen are raised to produce the best meat in the world.
  • 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
  • Meals not included in the itinerary
  • 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