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  • Private Groups: 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 
  • Pre & post-tour extensions to Madrid & Barcelona available by request
  • 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

AT A GLANCE

steaks el capricho northern spain

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

ribera del duero vineyards

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

cathedral-leon-spain

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

iberian ham slice

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

monasterio valbuena ribera del duero hotel room

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

tapas tasting in a bar Leon northern spain

Savour delicious fresh food at traditional local restaurants


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
abadia retuerta red grapes


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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 savour local specialities at the hotel's à-la-carte restaurant.


Day 2

Exclusive Eat Northern Spain experiences:

  • A 4x4 drive through "Ribera del Duero"vineyards & a picnic with local products surrounded by ancient vines
ribera del duero picnic in the vineyards
  • A visit to a traditional "asador" to savour roasted lamb slow cooked over an open fire 
roasted lamb burgos
  • 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. 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, you will indulge yourself at the hotel à-la-carte restaurant.

Day 3

Exclusive Eat Northern Spain experiences:

  • A private guided tour of León's amazing Gothic Cathedral and city centre
cathedral-leon-spain
  • A private tasting of the best "Jamón Ibérico de Bellota" hand carved by knife by a professional
jamon iberico sliced by knife


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After a sumptuous breakfast it’s time to say goodbye to Ribera del Duero, your guide will help you with the hotel’s checking out and your luggage will be loaded to your private vehicle.

Enjoy a scenic drive through the Spanish countryside. We will stop for a visit to traditional cheese-maker where you will learn how cheeses are made the Spanish traditional way. These artisan cheese-makers have been making world-acclaimed cheeses for decades. You will enjoy a cheese tasting guided by the artisan cheesemaker.

After that, you will be driven to a hidden gem, a traditional restaurant in a small village on the back roads of Spain where you will enjoy traditional food as its best. With a 3-course a-la-carte menu you will be delighted by authentic slow food.

After the meal, 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.

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
el capricho farm northern spain

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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 can take a Spanish “siesta” while you will be driven back to Madrid. End of services.


  • ABOUT THE TOUR
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Group size

2

Starting Point

Madrid

Ending Point

Madrid

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 
    •    ​2 nights -- RIBERA DEL DUERO - Hotel & Spa Monasterio Valbuena 5* 
    •    2 nights -- LEÓN -- NH Collection Plaza Mayor  4*
  • Daily breakfast at all the hotels.
  • All meals at Michelin-starred, 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 E / 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.
  • 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
  • Meals/Drinks 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