Active Gourmet Holidays
Active Gourmet Holidays

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(Options: Day Cooking Classes, Team Building Corporate Days, Wine and Sherry Tours and Tastings, Tapa and Artisan Tours, Private Chef Services)
Costa del Sol, Spain - 4 or 6 nights
Available year round

 

Join us for an extraordinary gastronomic experience based in the beautiful Costa del Sol, Andalucía, Spain. You will be surrounded by a professional staff with one goal in mind: to create the most memorable gastronomic holiday for you that will exceed your expectations and ensure at all times that your are completey satisfied. Choose from a four or six night program but we also offer tapas tours, team building corporate days, wine and sherry tours and artisan visits. Looking for a private chef to cook a fabulous meal for you and your guests in the comfort of your own home or villa? We have that covered too!

 

This holiday consists of a mixture of cooking lessons by professionally trained and talented chefs, visits to the local market for shopping, wine tasting, great gastronomic excursions, first class accommodation in a charming boutique hotel in the stunning village of Gaucin, with free transport to/from the airport.

 

Our gastronomic activities will bring you closer to a world of Andalucía flavors, which are healthy Mediterranean and innovatively creative. The hands-on cooking classes focus on Mediterranean cuisine being mainly Spanish but with an Italian influence.

 

You will be staying in an old Spanish Cortijo that has been lovingly transformed into a comfortable four star hotel with all the facilities that the modern day traveller would expect from a luxury residence in the heart of the natural park of Grazalema. Set in its own 25 acres of ground, the hotel is in the ideal location for you to relax and enjoy this wonderful break. So, if you are a lover of good food and wine and are planning on visiting Spain, this is certainly the holiday for you!

 

 



SIX NIGHT  ITINERARY

 

Day One

 

Arrival Day, Welcome Reception, Chef’s Tasting Dinner


Transfer from the Malaga Airport to your hotel for the week. 
 
After settling in, at 6.00 p.m. enjoy an aperitif in the
 hotel lounge, with presentation of the team and the week’s activities, followed by a Welcome Chef’s Tasting Dinner at 7.30 pm in the hotel restaurant.

 

 

 

Day Two

 

 

Historic Olive Oil Mill and Bodega Wine Tour, with Lunch, Dinner at Hotel
 
Breakfast followed by a trip to a historic olive oil mill, which right up to the present time produces olive oil in the traditional way.
 We will continue our trip visiting a boutique
 wine bodega described as a heavenly spot, full of history, quiet, isolated and discreet.


Following a full guided visit of the bodega, we will then be able to sample their wines before having an excellent lunch in the beautiful surroundings of the estate.
 
Afternoon back at the hotel and tonight's dinner will be in a local restaurant.

 

 

Day Three

 

 

Breakfast in Old Quarter/Market Shopping/ Moorish Cultural Cooking Class/Tapas Foodie Tour
 
Early departure for Marbella city center. Breakfast in the old quarter. We will be starting the day with the typical “Churro con Chocolate” - a must if you are visiting this part of Spain. We will then go to the central market where we will buy the ingredients we will need for our cooking lesson.

We will return to the hotel for our first cooking lesson.


Free afternoon at the hotel



Tonight we will go for a “Tapeo”, a Tapas tour in the local area. You will discover a “rural Andalucia".

 

 

Day Four

 

 

Breakfast/ Sherry Wine Tour in Jerez/Seafood Lunch/Dinner in the Hotel
 
Breakfast followed by a trip to Jerez de la Frontera. To speak of Jerez de la Frontera is to speak of its sherry wines which have impregnated the whole of its culture, art forms and customs since 1100 BC. We will, therefore, offer you a complete guide to the most significant wine tourism resources of the city with a full guided visit to one of the most famous wine cellars in Jerez.


Lunch in a typical seafood restaurant in the nearby Puerto la Santa Maria.

 

Afternoon back at the hotel.
 Free time followed by dinner in the hotel.

 

 

Day Five

 

 

Breakfast/ Tapas Cooking Class/Cheese Factory Tour/Dinner at Hotel

 
Breakfast followed by your second cooking class. Today we wil learn the secret of Tapas.

 

In the afternoon we will visit a local cheese factory where they will explain to us the full process of goat cheese making.


Dinner in the hotel.

 

 

 

Day Six

 

 

Breakfast/Mediterranean Cooking Class Among the Orchards/Shopping/ Farewell Spanish Dinner
 
Breakfast followed by a hands on Mediterranean cooking class.

In the afternoon we will go for a beautiful train ride to Ronda. A brief tour of this picturesque town where you will have some time for last minute shopping.
 
Last train back to the hotel for a surprise evening farewell meal….

 


 
Day Seven

 

Breakfast followed by transfer back to the airport

 

Time will vary depending on your flight time

 

Wishing you a fond farewell with hopes that you will return to Spain again!

 

*The content or order of the itinerary may change depending on dates, availability of services or activities, local festivals/holidays, weather constraints, etc. Menus are samples and may vary according to the season 

 

 

FOUR NIGHT ITINERARY

 

Day One

 

Arrival at Malaga Airport and transfer to your accommodation.


After settling in enjoy an aperitif in the lounge, with a brief presentation of the activities.

 

Welcome Dinner in the Hotel Restaurant 

 

 

 

 

Day Two

 

Following breakfast on the terrace (weather permitting) we will then get ready to go and visit a very interesting organic wine bodega.
We will be visiting a wine bodega described as a heavenly spot, full of history, quiet, isolated and discreet where you will receive a tour of the facilities and wine making process followed by a tasting of the various wines accompanied by lunch whilst overlooking the valley.


After the visit we will then go for a sightseeing tour of Ronda and allow time for some shopping in this beautiful town before heading back to the hotel for a little rest.

 

Dinner will be in the hotel restaurant.

 

Day Three

 

After breakfast, visit a bustling local market. Talk to various local suppliers and pick your fresh ingredients.


Enjoy an afternoon hands on cooking experience, creating a delicious 4 course Mediterranean feast, including learning the art of real Mediterranean Food.


Sample the fruits of your labor while you cook and then relax on the pool terrace and have a chilled local wine or cava.


Dinner will be in the hotel restaurant.

 

 

DAY FOUR

   

Breakfast between 9.00 and 9.45 am.

 

Today you will enjoy a trip to Jerez de la Frontera. We will offer you a complete guide to the most significant wine tourism resources of the city with a full guided visit to one of the most famous wine cellars in Jerez including a tasting of the various Sherries.


Lunch will be in a typical restaurant in the nearby Puerto de Santa Maria famous for its seafood.


Afternoon back at the hotel for some free time before having dinner.

 

DAY FIVE

 

After a farewell breakfast to set you up on your journey home, the rest of the morning is yours to enjoy before we present you with your Gastronomic Certificates.

 

Drive back to the Airport and bid you farewell.

 

*The content or order of the itinerary may change depending on dates, availability of services or activities, local festivals/holidays, weather constraints, etc. Menus are samples and may vary according to the season

 

 

 

TEAM BUILDING CORPORATE EVENTS

 

Get your team working together while having a great day out in the beautiful countryside by picking olives, grapes or lemons. After the days' work is over, you can relax and build your strength at a feast in a country tavern set amongst the fertile valleys and tranquil hillsides of vineyards and orchards.

 

 

If cooking is not your passion, we have a variety of other activities that can be organized from golfing day, boat trips, go-karting, wine tours, sight seeing trips, scuba diving and much more.

 

Here are just a couple of examples of Team Building Events:

 

Wine & Cooking Team Building Challenge

 

Blind Regional Wine Tasting Competition : The group will taste 3 different local wines, a red, a white and a rose. After the wine tasting session, the group will have to taste the wines drinking them from a black wine glass without having the possibility to see the colour of the wine.

 

Cooking Class Competition: Our Chef will prepare live in front of the group the most popular classic Spanish dish: Paella.

 

The group will then be divided in smaller groups and each one of them will have to prepare a large Paella dish. We would normally add extra ingredients that are not normally used to prepare Paella,and the groups will need to make sure they only use the correct ingredients. Once all the Paellas have been prepared the Chef with the client Senior Management will have to choose the best Paella. After the competition, the group will be eating what they have prepared.

 

The meal will consist of a selection of Tapas to start with followed by the Paella they have prepared and a dessert. All served with a selection of local wine.

 

 

 

 

 

NON RESIDENTIAL DAY TOUR OPTIONS:

 

1. SPANISH WINE TASTING AND TAPAS TOUR (Available Monday through Friday)

 

Choose from Gaucin Pueblo or Mijas Pueblo

 

What better way to enjoy life than to sample the local foods and wine in style how the locals do? Here is your chance. This half day excursion will consist of an introduction to wine tasting, explanation of the basic technique to discover the aroma and flavour of local and regional wines (white, rosé, red and dessert wines). Enjoy a selection of gourmet tapas accompanying the tasting and then after a brief tour of the village of Gaucin or Mijas, sit down in the heart of the village to enjoy some of the local tapas to conclude an evening that your senses shall never forget!

 

Eyeballing the shade of colour of the wine, inhaling, savouring, swirling and swishing; it may look complicated or even snobbish, but the traditional wine-tasting technique is designed to waken all your senses, from sight to scent to taste, to aftertaste. Learn about some of our local and regional wines.

 

We shall proceed to the village centre to a typical tapas bar and experience the practice of "tapeo". A clever formula that allows you to taste just about everything, not out of gluttony but culinary curiosity! As they say, variety is the spice of life and today you will become a wine and culinary connoisseur to boot. A perfect way to conclude a perfect evening

 

2. SPANISH COOKING CLASS (Available Monday through Friday) - 10:30am - 5:30pm

 

Discover the secret of traditional Spanish cooking the rustic Andalusian way, either as a meal or a selection of tapas. Our journey will begin at 10:30am and the day will last about 7 hours. We take you to a beautiful setting amidst the Ronda mountains near Gaucin Village a mere hour away, where one of our chefs shall prepare 5 different rustic dishes accompanied by popular red and white regional wines.

 

You will start by hand picking your ingredients from the nearby orchard and adjoining countryside and prepare everything with a full hands-on experience. (you cannot get more natural than that!). In the case of bad weather we will happily take you to the local Marbella market where you will select the products we shall be using in this afternoon’s cooking class and in the process why not take this opportunity to buy something for yourself?!

 

In this class you will learn how to make 5 accompanying dishes and gain a greater understanding of how to use basic ingredients such as olive oil and spices the Spanish way. These will be skills one can implement at home to impress friends and family to a veritable treat and you shall be transformed into a true Mediterranean Chef!

 

The breathtaking scenery of the natural park and the insight into the secret of Spanish cooking will create a moment you will always treasure full of entertainment and plenty of unique experiences.

 

3. TRIP TO JEREZ (Available Friday only) - 9am - 6pm

 

To speak of Jerez de La Frontera is to speak of it’s sherry wines which have formed an integral part of its culture, art forms and customs since 1100 BC, and with this in mind we wish to immerse you in its historical trademarks.

 

We will start the tour from the Cadiz area first stopping at the largest sherry cellar in Europe. Here you will be treated to a show of equestrian mastery from the Jerez Riding School (the progenitors of the world recognised Spanish Riding School in Vienna), followed by a detailed tour of the facilities. Sample the various sherry wines with some appetizers and learn the famous art of "Venenciar" – how to correctly pour the sherry into a glass. To end the visit you will have the opportunity to purchase any of the wines including their rarest Last Bottles at the bodega.

 

Following this unique experience you will be transported to the Puerto de Santa Maria (St. Mary’s Port) to one of the oldest restaurants in the Jerez area where you can eat some of the most exotic selective fish and seafood dishes freshly caught that very morning.

 

Jerez is one of Spains’s largest contributors of Andalucian culture on an international scale and this tour will bring the equestrian experience, seafood delights and sherry wines in unison for you to savour forever.

 

4. ARTISAN OLIVE OIL & ORGANIC WINE VISIT IN RONDA (Available Monday through Friday)

 

Your day will begin about 9:30am and end around 5:30pm. This will be a thorougly enjoyable day you will never forget. Get to know the real Andalucía far away from the busy Costa de Sol and the tourist resorts. Our trip will take you 1 hour up the mountainous road by the "Parque Nacional de Grazalema" boasting beautiful rolling forest hills and mountains.

 

Our first stop will be a historic olive oil mill dating back to the 1700’s and nestled between the "Sierra of Grazalema" (Cadiz) and "Sierra de Las Nieves" (Malaga). It is one of the last surviving mills to produce olive oil the artisan ways of old and whose main attraction must be Juan, the head family member and owner of the mill. He is a true ambassador of his business and will get particularly animated about the intricacies of Artisan Olive Oil making!!

 

Once the tour is finished you will be able to sample his oil with some country bread and a glass of his home made wine and even have the opportunity to purchase some of his oil and olive oil hand cream which works wonders!

 

Next we will depart for a local Organic Vineyard 20 minutes away where you will have a tour of the facilities and the learn the differences of this laborious preparation and attention to detail to ensure the highest quality of grape used for the organic winemaking. Lunch will follow where you can soak in the harmonious surroundings and sample the various wines on offer. We conclude with a brief walk through the natural gardens.

 

If you are able to leave after this wholesome experience where a nice siesta is in order, an optional stop in Ronda is possible on the way back to the resort. Here you will have a brief tour of the city visiting the famous "Puente Nuevo" (new bridge); the symbol and soul of the city, the bull ring (one of the oldest in Andalucia) and the main street for a spot of shopping if so desired.

 

 

All of these activities described will be accompanied by a light meal consisting of hearty local organic dishes all made from the local produce including drink. The breathtaking scenery of the natural park and the insight into the real Spain will create a moment you will always treasure full of entertainment and plenty of unique experiences.

 

 

 

GROUP SIZE

 

A minimum of 2 participants is required to run this tour and the tour is limited to a maximum of 10-14 participants. (For the non residential tours, a minimum of  2 participants is required and tours are limited to a maximum of 8 participants)

 

(The number of participants refers to how many persons are required to run the tour,  not to how many persons you must have in your  party. Please inquire)

 

 

 

HOW TO ARRIVE

 

Closest Airports: Seville, Granada, Malaga

 

 

BOOKING INFORMATION

 

2017 Fees Per Person

FOUR NIGHT PROGRAM

 

Based on Two Persons/Double Room/US$1275
Single Supplement/US$225
Non-Participant/US$1150

 

*Please inquire about lower pricing for 4 or more participants

 

SIX NIGHT PROGRAM

 

Double Room/US$2675
Single Supplement/US$450
Non-Participant/US$1800

 

*Please inquire about lower pricing for 4 or more participants

 

NON RESIDENTIAL DAY TOUR OPTIONS:

 

1. SPANISH WINE TASTING AND TAPAS TOUR

 

Options: Gaucin Pueblo or Mijas Pueblo

 

Based on Two Persons/US$200
Based on Three Persons/US$175
Based on Four to Eight Persons/US$160

 

2. SPANISH COOKING CLASS

 

Based on Two Persons/US$260
Based on Three Persons/US$200
Based on Four to Eight Persons/US$175

 

3. TRIP TO JEREZ

 

Based on Two Persons/US$250
Based on Three Persons/US$220
Based on Four to Eight Persons/US$200

 

4. ARTISAN OLIVE OIL & ORGANIC WINE VISIT IN RONDA

 

Based on Two Persons/US$225
Based on Three Persons/US$200
Based on Four to Eight Persons/US$185

 

5. TEAM BUILDING CORPORATE EVENTS

 

*Pricing may vary depending on market fluctuation

 

Deposit

 

After availability is confirmed, a 25% per person deposit and the completed and submitted registration form will secure your reservation. Final payment is due in full 45 days before your arrival date. If payment is not received at the due date, reservations will be subject to cancellation and forfeiture of deposit

 

2017 Dates

 

Available year round upon request.

 

Included

FOUR NIGHT PROGRAM

 

*Transport to and from Malaga airport
*Welcome aperitif
*Four (4) nights' accommodation with private bath
*All meals listed in the itinerary with house wine, beer, soft drinks, tea and coffee
*House wine, coffee, tea soft drinks served with meals, (additional beverages can be purchased)
*Bottled water available upon request at anytime during day or night
*All activities listed in the itinerary
*Transport and entrance fee for all of the excursions listed in the itinerary
*Diploma, apron, gift and recipe book


 

SIX NIGHT PROGRAM

 

*Transport to and from Malaga airport (transfer from Granada or Seville can be arranged for an additional 30€ per person to be paid upon arrival)
*Welcome aperitif
*Six (6) nights' accommodation with private bath
*All meals listed in the itinerary
*Three (3) Mediterranean cooking classes
*Transport and entrance fee for all of the excursions listed in the itinerary
*House wine, coffee, tea soft drinks served with meals, (additional beverages can be purchased)
*Bottled water available upon request at anytime during day or night
*Diploma, apron, gift and recipe book
*Flamenco Show (ONLY Available on request with a supplement, TBC at time of booking. Prices can vary depending on the time of year)
*Wine tasting

 

All of the Daily Activities include the following:

 

*Free Pick up service from your Hotel* or Malaga airport. *( free pick up between Fuengirola and Estepona, further distance extra charge might apply)
*All the entrance fees included in the itinerary
*Lunch with drinks (except the tapas Tour where the food items included you already have)
*Multilingual personal guide 
*Private and personalized service

 

ARTISAN OLIVE OIL & ORGANIC WINE VISIT IN RONDA

 

*Entrance to the historic olive oil mill 
*Olive oil tasting
*Entrance to an organic wine vineyard
*Wine tastings
*Lunch with drinks in the wine estate
*Tour of the city of Ronda

 

SPANISH COOKING CLASS

 

*Visit to the local food market
*Preparation of a 5 course meal
*Lunch with drinks
*Recipes of all the dishes prepared

 

SPANISH WINE TASTING AND TAPAS TOUR

 

*Gaucin Pueblo: The tour includes tasting of selected wines accompanied by 3 designer tapas in the bodega and 3 tapas and 3 drinks in a local bar.

 

*Mijas Pueblo: The tour includes tasting of selected wines accompanied by 3 designer tapas in the Wine Museum and 3 tapas and 3 drinks in a local bar.

 

TRIP TO JEREZ

 

*Visit to the local Food Market
*Preparation of a 5 course meal
*Lunch with drinks
*Recipes of all the dishes prepared
*Transportation and a gift from the bodega

 

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CANCELLATION POLICY

 

Please contact us for cancellation policy information. Travel insurance is highly recommended.

 

 

CLIENT REMARKS

 

Client Remark

What a week! Fantastic is the only word I can think of. Probably the best holiday I have had.

 

Client Remark

What a location! The hotel, the staff, the food, the cookery class, the excursions, the Flamenco show and particularly you Sergio, made this holiday the one to remember for very long time. Thank you for looking after us so well.

 

Client Remark

Just a quick note to say thank you for making our week perfect. We really enjoyed it and learnt so much. Great location, great chef and great company.

 

Client Remark

Martina and I would like to thank you all for the wonderful experience we had the past week. It was amazing to discover a different Spain , a real rural Mediterranean taste. Congratulation on organising such a unique experience. We will definitely recommend you to all our friends.

 

Client Remark

We had a lovely time in Ronda. The food and accommodation were great. All the excursions were so well organized. Thank you for organizing such an unforgettable holiday.

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COOKING IN THE DORDOGNE

"It was an absolutely marvelous week. The accommodations were superb. I loved the course, the host, and the Chambre d'Hote which is a lovely country house equipped with everything one could possibly need. I was incredibly pleased to when dealing with AGH. All in all, a fantastic experience that I hope to be able to repeat, perhaps in Italy next time." Anita D., Encinitas, California

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