Join Laurel Pine, Living Luxury tour for a unique fifteen-day culinary tour, and experience the passionate Spanish way of living and eating.
The activities will include exclusive tours, tastings, and demonstrations, private guides, meals in Michelin-starred restaurants (including three of the top 20 restaurants in the world!) and accommodations in unique four and five star properties. The approach to food and life in Spain is unique! Expansive sustainable and biodynamic farms and vineyards produce signature (DOC) culinary products such as Jamon Iberico, sheep’s milk cheese, olive oil and wines such as Sherry, Alboriño, and Tempranillo. These products cannot be produced anywhere else in the world. The land, the climate, and the knowledge passed on through many generations provide the key factors that contribute to Spain’s emblematic culinary products.
Experience World-Famous Cuisine
This is your chance to meet and have experiences with some of Spain’s most influential
and world-famous chefs and producers of Spain’s finest food products, uniquely available in a Laurel Pine, Living Luxury tour. Relationships with our industry contacts enable us to provide you exclusive access. For example, special access to the Cinco Jotas farms where 100% Iberian pigs are raised for Jamon Iberico, VIP tasting of Osborne’s prestigious sherry and VORS (Very Old Rare Sherry – at least 30 years old), and receptions and kitchen demonstrations with Michelin-starred chefs.
Monday, April 24: Depart US for Madrid, Spain
Day 1, Tuesday, April 25: Arrive in Madrid
Check into ME Hotel. We’ll have an orientation walk around the area, then cocktails and Welcome Dinner on “The Roof “ with panoramic views of Madrid. (D) Hotel: ME Madrid Reina Victoria, Hotel: ME Madrid Reina Victoria(4 star) Hotel Set in an elegant 1923 building with modern interiors, this luxe hotel is well located in the historic Plaza de Santa Ana in the heart of the city. The impressive facilities include “The Roof” where you can experience spectacular views of Madrid. (4 star)
Day 2, Wednesday, April 26: Our first full day of the tour begins with an introduction to Madrid’s historic city center and the multicultural history of Spanish cuisine during a walking and tasting tour of Madrid’s famous markets, gourmet shops and local specialties. In the afternoon, we’ll see the Sorolla Museum, a historic Spanish style artist’s home with traditional gardens, and have a guided tour of the
Prado. We’ll top off the day with an artful dinner at El Club Allard (*Michelin).
Day 3, Thursday, April 27: Something different: a fun city tour by Segway, highlighting the Madrid River Park, which connects forests, historical gardens and parks. In the afternoon, see Picasso’s Guernica, perhaps the most moving and powerful anti-war painting in history, along with other modern and post modern artworks at Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. This evening, an introduction to Jamon Iberico – a carving demonstration and tasting, followed by Iberico pork dinner at Cinco Jotas’ new restaurant. (B,D) Hotel: ME Madrid Reina Victoria
Day 4, Friday, April 28: Departure via AVE high speed train to Jerez in Southern Spain, then enjoy a VIP Sherry and brandy tour and tasting, along with tapas. Afterwards, we’ll travel to our hotel in Aracena, the beginning of our in-depth Cinco Jotos experience. After getting settled into our beautiful historic hotel, we’ll have a private dinner at Arrieros with a chef demonstration. (B, L, D) Hotel: Hotel Convento Aracena. Hotel: Hotel Convento Aracena (4 star). This beautiful Convent from the 17th century, today restored into an unique four star hotel, is located just below the Castle of Aracena, in the heart of the mountain chain of Huelva. Amenities include a spa and salt-water pool.
Day 5, Saturday, April 29: This morning, visit Cinco Jotas facility in Jabugo for a VIP tour and tasting. Then visit the “Dehesa”, a forest-like sustainable ecosystem where 100% Iberian black pigs are raised on nearly 5 acres of land per pig, and fed on a diet of acorns and aromatic herbs. Lunch at a charming, restored old mill in the dehesa, with Arrieros chef and special guest Eduardo Sousa, who produces goose
foie gras totally naturally on his nearby land. After lunch, free time in Aracena to see Gruta de las Maravillas, a network of caves with spectacular limestone formations and stalagmites, explore the town, or enjoy the spa at our hotel. (B, L) Hotel: Hotel Convento Aracena.
Day 6 Sunday, April 30: Via our private motorcoach, we’ll depart Aracena and continue on to Cáceres, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with ancient walls surrounding a medieval city. In this magical setting, we’ll have a special lunch at 2 Michelin-stared Atrio, with a chef demonstration and wine pairing experience. After lunch, relax on our comfortable motorcoach during our three-hour drive to Valladolid and the (Tripadvisor) #1 hotel in all of Spain! (B, L) Hotel: LeDomaine Hotel: LeDomaine (5 star) The property is a restored Romanesque-Baroque style12th-century abbey, and now a luxurious Relais & Chateaux property. It is one of only two such abbeys to have survived the destruction wrought by Napoleon and is a treasured Spanish cultural heritage site.
Day 7, Monday, May 1: Our leisurely day will begin with a guided private wine tour and tasting at Abadia Retuerta, an award winning winery which is part of the L’Domaine estate. Enjoy the afternoon on your own at the wellness spa, or with a balloon flight, helicopter, or horseback riding tour. This evening’s dinner will be at L’Domaine formal restaurant, Refectorio (*Michelin). (B, D) Hotel: LeDomaine
Day 8, Tuesday, May 2: Travel through Ribera del Duero wine country, with visits to family-run wine estates. We’ll learn about the holistic approach to winemaking using strict biodynamic principles, while tasting wine and local cheeses. Afterwards, travel to La Rioja, check into our striking hotel, and enjoy dinner at the hotel restaurant.
(B, L, D) Hotel: Hotel Marqués de Riscal Hotel: Hotel Marqués de Riscal (5 star) Located in the medieval town of Elciego, the Hotel Marques de Riscal and its surrounding City of Wine provide the ideal starting point from which to explore the nature, tradition and exquisite gastronomy associated with wine. The hotel was designed by architect Frank Gehry.
What is included in the Tour?
Accommodations in unique four and five star properties, mostly in upgraded rooms. Breakfast and at least one large meal including DOC wines provided daily (designated on itinerary as B, L, D). Entrance fees to all museums, private tours and tastings listed on the itinerary, service charges and tips for meals designated on the itinerary, and tips for drivers and guides are all included. Transportation in a comfortable and spacious motorcoach, AVE train to Jerez, and the flight to Barcelona is included. Airfare from and return to the US is not included.
For the rest of the itinerary and the registration form, visit the Mirepoix website