Food & Wine Tour May / June 2020

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Join Monica & Mark on their Gourmet Food & Wine Tour
Explore Southern Spain and Piemonte, Italy

These 2 fabulous tours can be taken separately or together.

We take wining, dining and traveling to extraordinary levels! Monica & Mark partner with Doumina Whyman, The Enthusiastic Traveler 

Tour 1: Southern Spain May 24 – 31 ~ 4495.00 per person USD
Tour 2: Piemonte, Italy ~ June 1 – 7 ~ Piemonte ~4190.00 per person USD


Download the pdf itinerary

Part 1 – Southern Spain
Córdoba Day 1 / May 24, 2020
(we suggest you arrive on May 23rd to be rested)
Arrive Madrid by noon on May 24th, as we Travel from Madrid to Cordoba by fast train on May 24th.
We will enjoy a nice welcome lunch in one of Cordoba’s traditional inside courtyards, a
great first contact with the city. These courtyards are so unique that there are competitions
for the best flower decoration. In the afternoon we will visit the amazing
Cathedral/Mosque. This building is enough to put Córdoba high on your itinerary. The
mesmerizing multi arched Mezquita, one of the world’s greatest Islamic buildings, is a
symbol of the worldly and sophisticated Islamic culture flourished here more than a
millennium ago when Córdoba was the capital of Islamic Spain, and Western Europe’s
biggest and most cultured city. Córdoba is a great place for exploring, staying and eating
well in old buildings, diving into old wine bars, and feeling the millennia of history at every
turn. Andalucía’s major river, the Guadalquivir, flows just below the Mezquita, and
the riverfront streets are home to a growing band of lively restaurants and bars making the
most of the view.
(B,L) breakfast and Lunch are included
Overnight: Córdoba Cordoba Palacio del Baillo

Córdoba Day 2 / May 25th
Today we have the countryside. We will bus to a bull farm and enjoy the day learning about
the famous bull fight breeding, how they live in the countryside, and how they pick the best
for the bullfights and bull running. We will have a traditional lunch there. After lunch we
will have some time to rest before we visit the world-renowned horse-dancing training
school, and be amazed at the evening show where the horses dance the flamenco rhythm.
Overnight: Córdoba Cordoba Palacio del Baillo

Baena Day 3 / May 26th
On our way from Cordoba to Granada we will cross the countryside of the appellation of
Origin Baena, which is the largest olive oil appellation in the world. We will see this huge
olive tree area and stop in one “Cortijo”, a traditional property in the countryside with its
own mill, where we will learn all about the olive trees and their magnificent treasure of
extra Virgin Olive Oil. We will have an olive oil master class and a casual cooking class to
learn some of the traditional recipes based on the olive oil. After lunch we will continue
our trip to Granada. (B,L)
Overnight: Granada Granada Palacio de los Patos

Granada Day 4 / May 27th
We are excited to see the jewel of the Spanish crown, Granada, where we will visit the
Alhambra, one of the 10 wonders of the world. The Alhambra is a massive castle
constructed over many centuries, consisting of beautiful gardens, amazing fortifications
and sumptuous palaces. It was the home of many of the Arab Sultans who ruled the
whole province, so for centuries it received the optimum in interior decoration and
architecture. We will also visit the Albaicin and enjoy a traditional lunch. In the evening we
will relax and it will be possible to enjoy shopping, and immerse ourselves in the culture of
the lovely old town, exploring the Tapas Bars. (B,L)
Overnight: Granada Granada Palacio de los Patos

From Granada to Sevilla Day 5 / May 28th
On our way through the historical lands of Andalucía we will have the opportunity to stop
in the amazing small towns of Antequera and Ronda, both unique places full of history.
Surrounded by lush river valleys and sitting above a deep ravine, it is a place that literally
takes your breath away when seeing it. Ronda (Acinipo) was first declared a city by Julius
Caesar in the late 4C AD. When the Moorish troops, under the command of Tarik-ibn-Zeyad,
invaded the region in 8C AD, one of the first routes they followed was the old Roman one,
linking Gibraltar with the Roman settlement of Acinipo. We will have a guided tour to this
amazing town and lunch in the area will follow. After lunch we will continue our drive to
Seville. (B,L)
Overnight: Seville Seville Melisa Colon

Sevilla Day 6 / May 29th
Sevilla is by far the best-known city in Andalucía. We will have a tour to the city visiting the
most important buildings such as la Giralda, or the unique Reales Alcazares palace and the
amazing gardens. After the visit its time to enjoy a nice lunch and have some time to rest in
the hotel in order to be ready for a professional flamenco show at Casa de la Memoria, the
best table Flamenco in the city! (B,L)
Overnight: Sevilla Seville Melisa Colon

Jerez Day 7 / May 30th
Sherry, a wine that is truly unique in the world, is exclusively produced in the winegrowing
region of Jerez. The region´s oenological tradition goes back over more than 3,000
years and it has developed its own distinctive and exclusive elaboration method. Its unique
climatic conditions are ideal for the cultivation of three varieties of grape: the Palomino,
which is used to produce the drier types of Sherry, and the Pedro Ximénez and Moscatel,
which are used for the sweeter varieties. We will have a visit to one of these amazing
unique wineries, a total immersion in the soleras aging system enjoying the process and
tasting some of this unique wines some of them almost a 100 years old. Lunch will follow at
la Carbonara restaurant. (B,L)
Overnight: Seville Seville Melisa Colon

Iberico DAY 8 / May 31
Today we will drive up North, close to the border with Portugal, to the Aracena Mountains.
This is one of the best appellations for the famous Iberico Ham that we have in the country.
After stopping in a few villages typical of this area we will tour a production company, and
taste the best Iberico Ham in the world, as part of a nice traditional lunch before heading
back to Seville. Here we will enjoy the afternoon and have time to go shopping at this great
elegant city. (B,L,D) breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included.
Overnight: Seville Seville Melisa Colon
Tomorrow we depart for Piemonte for those continuing to
Piemonte Tour. Flights home, or on to other adventures,
for those doing only the South of Spain tour.
June 1st We depart by 11 am for flights from Seville to Milano, which are included for those
continuing on to Piemonte. For those arriving separately for the Piemonte portion, we suggest
arriving to Milano on May 31 to be rested and ready.


Part 2 – Piemonte – June 1-June 7, 2010
Spend 7 nights in Monforte d’Alba exploring great Barolo wines and Grappa, cooking classes
and truffle hunting, hazelnuts, chocolate, and cheese making deep in the countryside of the
Piedmont. Get to know Alba, Asti, Turin and Barolo, and invest in full and fun days of
kicking back with new friends.

Contratto Day 1 / June 1st, Monday
For our first amazing stop we visit Contratto, a historical monument and wine cellar, now
declared a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE. A welcome aperitif and a fabulous Piemonte
wine dinner and wine pairing await us this evening! Get settled in for a great week. (B,D)

Cooking Class Day 2 / June 2nd Tuesday
There is time to relax this morning, then we get to participate in a home-spun cooking class
preparing our delicious lunch, making a full 4-course typical Piemontese meal. While lunch
is cooking we get a tour of the historic Cantina of our cooking class host family, then enjoy
the meal together. (B,L)

Asti Day 3 / June 3rd Wednesday
Today is a sweet one, as we visit the special city of Asti. We will tour a nougat producer
where they make the traditional candy of Piemonte, and learn how Grappa is made at
Rovero’s. We enjoy a grappa tasting at the farm with a big lunch and an in-depth lesson on
their fascinating honey bee production. This evening explore Monforte D’Alba as you like.

Barolo Day 4 / June 4th Thursday
This morning we hike out from our hotel through beautiful Barolo wine country.
(Options are available for those not interested in hiking.) We will all meet at Podere
Ruggeri after lunch for a wine tasting before our spectacular dinner, near our estate. (B,D)

Turin Day 5 / June 5th Friday
We are off to Turin to see 2nd largest the Egyptian museum in the world! There will be time
to visit the historic center and taste some pastries from the area before enjoy a walking
tour of this elegant city oozing with charm. The FIAT museum visit is spectacular this
afternoon. We head home for dinner and a paired wine tasting. (B,D)

Truffles Day 6 / June 6th Saturday
This morning we get to experience a truffle hunt with trained truffle-sniffing dogs. We have
a the unique opportunity to taste this delicacy in different dishes and you will never be the
same. For lunch we will visit a family vineyard and dine al fresco, in the orchard. (B,L)

Wine and Mill Day 7 / June 7 Sunday
We get to visit La Spinatta winery, and enjoy a special tasting in their barrel room. Lunch is
a wonderful spread of traditional foods, including salumi, cheeses, fritatta, focaccia and
more. Once sated we will head over to Mulino Marino and visit the ancient mill that is still
milling stone ground flours and rice. (B,L)

Day 8 / June 8 Monday
Today we say arrivaderci and arrange for your transfers to Milano, with an early departure
after breakfast.

There will be plenty of things to do, or not do, during our stay. For example, you
may choose to include optional hikes with fabulous views through Barolo wine
country and Canelli, and mountain bikes are also available.


Our trips are authentic journeys through Italy, with small and intimate
groups. We have a travel agent who can help you arrange your flights.

* One private transfer is provided from Madrid to Cordoba for Southern
Spain tour. Transfers to Seville airport are included after the tour. The tour
ends on the morning of June 1st.
* The transfer from Madrid to Cordoba departs at noon from the Madrid
airport or train station. The transfer from Milano to our estate in the
Piedmont region departs at 11 AM on June 1st from Hotel Bern, or aiport.
* One private transfer is proved for Milan to Piemonte for Piemonte tour.
Transfers to Milan airport are included after the tour. The tour ends on the
morning of June 8th.
* In the unlikely event that some outings may change, replacements
will be of equal quality.
* We recommend that you fly into into Madrid and out of Seville, and into
Milano and out of Milano. For those wishing to partake in both tours, you
would fly into Madrid and out of Milano.

Fee Includes:
*Airfare between Seville and Milano for those doing both tours.
*Everything listed in the itinerary while we are with Doumina
*Lodging in lovely accommodations, each w/private bath.
*Ground transportation for tour activities
*Guided tours
*Breakfast every day
* At least one other main meal every day
*All tasting fees
*All admission fees
*Cooking classes
Does not include:
*Airfare to and from the tour (though it DOES include airfare Spain to Italy,
if you are participating in both tours)
*Single Supplement Fee (If requested, $1675.00 USD) this means a person is
unwilling to share a room, if traveling alone.
*Occasional supplemental meals on your own
*Travel for personal errands/meals/shopping while on the tour.
Doumina can help arrange:
*All other transportation and Ideas for other destinations
* Maximum occupancy is 18 people. Only a deposit will hold your place.


Payment and Refund Policies
* A non-refundable deposit of USD $1,200.00 required upon booking, for each tour
* Final payment due 180 days prior to departure.
* 100% refund (except deposit) for cancellation 175 days prior to departure.
* 50% refund (except deposit) for cancellation 90-174 days prior to departure.
* 25% refund (except deposit) up to and not beyond 60 days prior to departure.
Travel insurance is recommended, though not obligatory, with each booking.
Airfare not included.

CONTACT Doumina at

Monica and Mark’s passions are cultural immersion, food and wine, and their trips are relaxing and educational.
They are teaming up for the fifth time with The Enthusiastic Traveler for this trip.