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Seville, Spain - 2 or 5 nights
Available year round

 

The city of Seville is renowned for its fascinating history and wealth of beautiful buildings, but most of all for its fine culinary traditions which are strongly influenced by its Moorish past. We offer you two options: a short two night break which wiill immerse you in the colors, flavors and textures of Andalusian cuisine or a five night tour, which will help you discover the astonishing array of places to eat and drink in this wonderful region as the two night tour, but taking you beyond Seville, into Aracena, Jerez, Cadiz, Grazalema and Arcos. Both options feature a hands-on cooking class in the local market with a professional chef.

 

Seville has an astonishing array of places to eat and drink and our tapas tour will reveal the very best as our guide introduces you to tapas culture during this two night tour. The next morning, Inspired by your first taste of Seville’s cuisine, you will explore the ancient streets, delving into some of Spain’s finest markets to choose fresh, local produce with the help of our experienced local chef. During a hands-on cooking class you will transform your ingredients into traditional Spanish dishes.

 

The five day tour will also begin by immersing you in Seville’s cuisine. Tapas will be on the menu as our local tapas tour guide takes you to the hidden gems of Seville and shows you how the locals enjoy their food. Having had your first taste of the local cuisine, it is time to get involved as you visit the markets to choose fresh, local produce with the help of our experienced local chef. A hands-on cooking class as described above will be included as well in your five night itinerary.


This five night tour continues and now it is time to leave the bustle of the city and explore the surrounding countryside. Here the very finest ingredients are produced, often using methods passed down from generation to generation. Iberico cured ham is one of the essential ingredients of Spanish cuisine and the mountainous region of Aracena produces some of the finest in the world. We will visit the village of Jabugo to learn the secrets of this tasty delicacy.

 

The next stop is the vineyards of Jerez, famous for producing sherry and brandy and then a visit to the coastal fortress city of Cadiz, one of the most ancient cities of Southwest Europe. On to the Grazalema Nature Reserve where we will explore picturesque villages and visit local bakers, cheese makers and an olive oil mill. You will learn firsthand how the essential products that flavor Spanish cuisine are made.
 


     

           

ITINERARY

 

Day One

 

On your arrival in Seville we will meet you at either the airport or train station and escort you to your accommodation in a typical Sevillian hotel where you’ll have some time to yourself to relax before we begin our tapas tour.


Tapas are an essential part of Spanish city life and a very different experience to eating in a sit down restaurant. When going out, local people move from bar to bar eating and drinking standing up in a lively and informal atmosphere.This is the only way to get an authentic tapas experience. Our tapas tour guide is an expert on local gastronomy and will use their experience and local knowledge to show you to the best bars in town, within the Jewish quarter, the Barrio Santa Cruz.


You will sample a wide variety of meat, fish and vegetable tapas that may include typical delicacies such as calamares (fried squid rings), jamón iberico (thinly sliced cured ham with a delicious salty flavour) and patatas bravas (fried potato wedges in a spicy sauce) to name but a few. All to be accompanied by delicious local wines of course! 

 

Day Two

 

After making your own way (preferably by taxi) to the Triana food market, our local chef will meet you at one of the stalls and take you to visit some of Seville’s famous food markets. You will learn about the huge variety of fresh produce available in the markets and specialized stalls stocking cheeses, fresh fish and shellfish, meat and charcuterie, game and even live snails. Our chef will show you how to find the best ingredients to be used in the day’s cooking class.


You’ll take your fresh ingredients to our chef’s private stall in the food market where you will start the cooking class. Written copies of some typical Andalusian recipes will be provided for you. These could include Gazpacho (a deliciously tasty tomato soup served cold), Moorish inspired dishes such as chicken cooked with almonds and saffron or seafood dishes such as whole fish cooked in a salt crust with lemon oil.


With the hard work out of the way you will enjoy your lunch on the terrace overlooking the historic quarter and Seville’s famous cathedral. Your meal will be accompanied by local red wine and fino sherry.


You can finish the day with a walking tour of the historic streets, the cathedral itself and the imposing Giralda tower. Moorish culture is evident in the architecture as you walk around the city and our guide will tell you stories from Seville’s colorful history. (not included)

 

Day Three

    

By now we hope you will be well acquainted with Seville’s culinary culture and you can take away some recipes to share with friends and family. Your will return to the train station or airport by private transfer. 

 

 

 

FIVE NIGHT ITINERARY

 

 

DAY ONE

 

When you arrive in Seville we will meet you at either the airport or train station and show you to your accommodation in a typical Sevillian hotel. You’ll have some time to yourself before we go out for a tapas tour.

 


Tapas are an essential part of Spanish city life and a very different experience to eating in a sit down restaurant. On an evening out, local people move from bar to bar eating and drinking standing up in an informal and lively atmosphere. We will show you an authentic tapas experience as our tapas tour guide is an expert on local gastronomy. They will reveal the very best bars in town, within the Jewish quarter, the Barrio Santa Cruz.

 


You will taste a wide variety of meat, fish and vegetable tapas that may include typical delicacies such as calamares (fried squid rings), jamón iberico (thinly sliced cured ham with a delicious salty flavour) and patatas bravas (fried potato wedges in a spicy sauce) to name but a few. All to be washed down by delicious local wines of course! 

 

 

DAY TWO

 

After making your own way (preferably by taxi) to the Triana food market, our local chef will meet you at one of the stalls and take you to visit some of Seville’s famous food markets. You will learn about the huge variety of fresh produce available in the markets and specialized stalls stocking cheeses, fresh fish and shellfish, meat and charcuterie, game and even live snails. Our chef will show you how to find the best ingredients to be used in the day’s cooking class.


You’ll take your fresh ingredients to our chef’s private stall in the food market where you will start the cooking class. Written copies of some typical Andalusian recipes will be provided for you. These could include Gazpacho (a deliciously tasty tomato soup served cold), Moorish inspired dishes such as chicken cooked with almonds and saffron or seafood dishes such as whole fish cooked in a salt crust with lemon oil.


With the hard work out of the way you will enjoy your lunch. Your meal will be accompanied by local red wine and fino sherry.

 


You can finish the day with a walking tour of the historic streets, the cathedral itself and the imposing Giralda tower. Moorish culture is evident in the architecture as you walk around the city and our guide will tell you stories from Seville’s colorful history. (not included) 

 

 

DAY THREE

 

We will escape the city and take a day trip to the mountainous region of Sierra de Aracena to the northwest of Seville. The area is famous for producing some of the finest ham in the world.  We will begin by visiting a farm where you will get to meet the Iberian pig and learn what makes this breed so special and how they are reared by local farmers.

 

 

The next step in the chain is the ham producer, and we will be taking a tour of one of most famous in the region. You will see for yourself how the ham is hung to cure and how the unique mountain climate of this area is essential to this process. The slicing of the ham is also very important and this will be demonstrated as you sample various different hams along with a glass of wine.

 


From here we will visit the town of Aracena for a traditional lunch based around the local ham. Dishes may include Presa Iberica, a tender grilled pork shoulder, and you will really taste how the acorns fed to the pigs give a beautifully sweet flavor. The pork will be accompanied by seasonal vegetables such as wild mushrooms, artichokes and asparagus.

 


Full of tasty food and mountain air, we will return to Seville for a good night’s sleep.

 

 

 

DAY FOUR

 

After breakfast we will leave for Jerez, a historic city famous for sherry, fine horses and flamenco dancing. On the way we will visit one of the region’s best wine, sherry and brandy producers.You will be taken on guided tour of the vineyards and wineries that make up the estate and the entire making process will be explained by an expert guide who will explain the soleras key role in the ageing process. The vast bodegas stacked with barrels are an impressive sight and many barrels have also been signed by visiting actors, monarchs and heads of state.

 

 

The tour will be followed by a tasting session where you can try for yourself the wines, sherries and brandies produced on the estate.

 


Next we will board a catamaran for a boat trip through the picturesque bay of Cadiz. Cadiz is one of the most ancient cities of Western Europe and sits out on a peninsula, surrounded on almost all sides by the sea. We will sit down for a gourmet lunch at a renowned catering school, which has seen many Michelin starred chefs pass through its doors.  Alternatively we may eat at one of the celebrated restaurants in the old town of Cadiz. A superb tasting menu will allow you to try a selection of fine dishes and all courses will be paired with delicious wines.

 

 

In the afternoon, a guided tour of the old town of Cadiz, characterized by its narrow winding streets and wide plazas, will reveal a huge variety of architectural influences including Roman and Arab and a vast selection of tapas bars. We will also visit some of Cadiz’s beautiful sandy beaches before returning to Seville.

 

DAY FIVE

 

 

After breakfast in your hotel, we will leave for Grazalema National Park, a Unesco biosphere reserve. The park offers a spectacular variety of landscapes from high limestone peaks to lush green valleys and forests. Along with the incredible views, and glimpses of local wildlife, you will be introduced to the variety of traditional ingredients produced by the people who live in this peaceful region.


 
First stop is a traditional bakery, where bread has been made in exactly the same way for generations, even down to the wooden wheel which brings water to mix into the dough. You will be able to participate in the making of the bread and take your very own loaf away with you.


Next we will go to the village of Grazalema to visit a local cheese maker. Grazalema has its very own type of cheese, Payoyo, a moist and flavorful cheese made with the milk of the local goat breed, Payoya. Payoyo cheese is held in high esteem across the globe and has won many international awards.


 
We will continue to Zahara de la Sierra for a private visit to a traditional olive oil mill. Your guide will explain the process of making the finest quality extra virgin olive oil and you will be able to taste some of the different oils. We will take a walk through the white villages park and take in the breathtaking scenery before stopping for a gourmet lunch at the best restaurant in Zahara de la Sierra. A delicious meal based on the local produce of Grazalema awaits you, including local lamb and venison, payoya goat’s cheese, home grown vegetables and acorn tarts.


 
In the afternoon we will take a guided tour of Arcos de la Frontera, which sits atop a high sandstone ridge on the bank of the Guadalete River. You will be transported back in time as you explore the narrow, cobbled streets leading to a fifteenth century castle and numerous churches which document the history of this fascinating town. We will then return to Seville.

 

DAY SIX

 

By now we hope you will be well acquainted with Seville’s culinary culture, you can take away some recipes to share with friends and family and you have experienced some of the culinary treasures of the undiscovered Andalucía.

 


Your will return to the train station or airport by private transfer.

 

*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

 

 

GROUP SIZE

 

A minimum of 2 participants is required to run this tour and the tour is limited to a maximum of 4 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 Airport: Sevilla Airport is about 20 minutes from Sevilla center

 

Closest Train Stations: Sevilla Santa Justa train station is 10 minutes from Sevilla center

 

*These details are provided as additional information. Please check below to see if transfers are included in this tour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOOKING INFORMATION

 

 

2017 Fees Per Person

 

TWO NIGHT ITINERARY

 

Based on Two Persons/US$795
 

FIVE NIGHT ITINERARY

 

Based on Two Persons/US$1995

*Please inquire about lower pricing for 4 or more persons

 

*Please inquire about supplements for Holy Week and April Feria (Fair)

 

*Please inquire about upgrades to Four Star Hotel

 

*Pricing may vary depending on market fluctuation and season

 

Deposit

 

After availability is confirmed, a non-refundable 30% deposit and the completed and submitted registration form will secure your reservation. Final payment is due in full 75 days before your arrival date. 

 

2017 Dates

 

Available year round based on availability

 

*Please inquire about other itineraries or lengths of stay

Included

 

TWO NIGHT PROGRAM

 

 

*Return private transfers to/from hotel
*Two (2) nights’ accommodation in a 3 star hotel in the center of Seville including breakfast and tax
*Private guided tapas tour including food and drinks
*Private hands on cooking class including visit to the food market , aperitif, food and cooking preparation and lunch with drinks.
 

FIVE NIGHT PROGRAM

 

*Return private transfers to/from hotel
*Five (5) nights’ accommodation in a 3 star hotel in the center of Seville including breakfast and tax
*Private guided tapas tour including food and drinks
*Private hands on cooking class including visit to the food market, aperitif, food and cooking preparation and lunch with drinks
*Full day private driven guided tour to Aracena/Jabugo including visit to a ham producer and gourmet lunch
*Full day guided private driven guided tour to Jerez and Cadiz including visit to a wine estate, catamaran trip, guided tour in Cadiz and gourmet lunch of a tasting menu in a reputable catering school
*Full day private driven guided tour to Grazalema including visits to a traditional bakery, a cheese maker, an olive oil mill, guided tours of Zahara de la Sierra and Arcos de la Frontera and lunch in Zahara

 

 

Airfare and personal expenses are not included.

 

 


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CANCELLATION POLICY

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

CLIENT REMARKS

 

Furnished upon request.


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MAP*

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CINQUE TERRE COOKING & WALKING

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