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Northern Spain and Portugal Gastronomic Adventure

(An Edible Destinations Epic Culinary Journey)

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$4,798 USD *
(For One Person, Double Occupancy)
* Plus taxes. Tours sold on an availability basis.
7 days | 6 nights

Culinary, Cultural and Wine Tour
of Galicia, Vinho Verde and Douro

This fascinating culinary vacation brings you to two countries for a deliciously diverse experience. Spend your time in Northern Spain enjoying wine, coastal cuisine and the historic city of Santiago de Compostela. Then, make your way to the Douro Valley in Portugal, also known as the enchanted valley because of its impressive and beautiful landscapes. There, get to know the Port and table wines the region is known for, earning recognition in leading wine magazines like Decanter and Wine Spectator. All this wine pairs excellently with the bread and local specialty dishes you'll cook and enjoy as part of your vacation. This tour includes airport transfers and 5 days of chauffeur service to the arranged activities and excludes transportation within the city.

Northern Spain and Portugal Gastronomic Adventure

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VACATION HIGHLIGHTS
Please note: Our tours are designed with flexible itineraries to accommodate seasonality and desired dates of travel.
2 Nights Accommodation in 5 Star Hotel in Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
4 Nights Accommodation in Douro Valley Exclusive Hotel/Winery (Portugal)
6 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Round-Trip Airport Transfers
Culinary and Wine Tour
Galician Chef’s Dinner
Santiago Walking Tour
Rias Baixes Winery Tour and Tasting
Minho Winery Tour
Bread Making Experience
Traditional 3-Course Cooking Class
Winery Cooking Class
Winery Visit with Tapas Lunch
AVAILABLE DATES
Year Round, Based on Your Travel Dates
SAMPLE ITINERARY
Please note: Actual itineraries are subject to change due to seasonality.
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Day 1
Private Transfer | Santiago Airport to Hotel You will be greeted at the Santiago International Airport by your driver and car service then traverse the city on your way to the hotel. The easiest and most convenient way is to fly into Santiago de Compostela's airport is via Madrid. Madrid's international airport has at least two daily connections between the two cities. Flights are operated by Iberia/Vueling.
Northern Spain Dinner Experience with Wine Dinner will be enjoyed at a stylish modern restaurant in the city of Santiago. Here you will enjoy the signature dishes of a famous chef from Northern Spain. The traditional dishes from Galicia are being reinterpreted in a light, refined way; the wine list here is long and excellent. Dishes may include scallops with beetroot foam, marinated guinea fowl with peas, razor clams with chorizo, lamb shoulder with saffron potatoes, or fillet of seabass with asparagus and tomato & onion confit.
Day 2
Breakfast Daily Each morning starts with a delicious Spanish buffet breakfast, featuring a wide variety of made to order egg dishes, cereals, cold meats, yogurt, breakfast pastries and breads, natural fresh juices, as well as tea and coffee
Santiago Walking Tour After breakfast, enjoy a tour with a local guide through the oldest and most remarkable areas of historic Santiago. Strolling through the small alleyways and majestic squares you will enjoy the sights and sounds of this enchanting city with so many hidden nooks and crannies. The tour will be off the beaten track, and your guide will share with you those facts and stories about the area which are not usually mentioned in guide books. After the tour, you will have some free time to explore the town and do some shopping. Lunch will be on your own.
Rias Baixes | Albarino Winery Tour & Tasting In the afternoon you will visit a delightful historic fishing village in the Rías Baixas wine region close to Pontevedra. It is a short and beautiful drive away from Santiago. This village is the main production center for the wines of Rías Baixas and have a vibrant fishing culture. In the center of the village and main square, visit an elegant a 16th century renaissance palace, home to one of the most emblematic wineries of Galicia. Here some of Spain's top white wines are produced. A tour of the splendid winery will be followed by a tasting of their renowned and delicious Albariño wines.
Galician Chef's Tapas Dinner with Wine Enjoy dinner at a charming, and typical local Galician restaurant, just a few blocks from your hotel. The restaurant is located next to the local farmers market, where the chef buys most of his produce. You will taste a selection of the chef’s signature dishes, in small, sharable “tapas” style. Dishes will be paired with excellent local wines and may include artichokes with clams, roasted and stuffed peppers, lamb chops grilled over vine prunings, and Galician risotto with scallops and black mushrooms.
Day 3
Breakfast Daily
Minho Winery Tour and Lunch with Wine After breakfast, as you arrive into the Minho region, you will be greeted at the best Vinho Verde wineries, beautifully situated in the green hills of Ponte de Lima. These wines are made with modern techniques using grapes like Loureiro. International wine journalists including Jancis Robinson are very excited about the wines from this estate. The guided tour of the Quinta is followed by an extensive tasting of lively white wines, with a pic-nic style light lunch accompanied by a selection of wines. After lunch, depart for the Douro valley.
Douro Valley Hotel and Winery | 4 nights | Dinner with Wine You will stay 4 nights at a working winery with its own hotel, in the heart of the Douro Valley. The 18th century Quinta has been restored and turned into an intimate hotel. Rooms are spacious and comfortable, with charming period details. Enjoy a winery tour, followed by a comparative wine tasting. A three-course dinner at the winery's own restaurant will wrap up the day. Here you can enjoy tasty country dishes featuring local produce like cold cured meats, game on the spit, chestnuts and wild mushrooms. The food will be paired with the wines from this unique family-owned estate.
Day 4
Breakfast Daily
Two Hands-on Cooking Classes | Bread Making | Traditional Family Meal with Wine The hands-on cooking class has two main components: First, a lesson of traditional bread making, using several kinds of corn, wheat and rye grown in the area and used inc the typical local breads, like Minho corn bread, Folar de Lamego and Bola de Carne. The bread will be cooked in a wood burning oven. The second part will focus on traditional dishes using local meats, with vegetables and fruits sourced mainly from the garden on the estate. Both lessons combine demonstration techniques & hands-on cooking hosted by the local chef and co-owner of this aristocratic Quinta. You will enjoy lunch with the dishes you have just prepared with local wines. After lunch, you can explore the estate or head to town to explore. Dinner on your own.
Day 5
Breakfast Daily
Winery Cooking Class | Dinner with Wine Your morning will be free for you to enjoy the estate or further explore the stunning landscape and heritage. Lunch on your own. Late afternoon is time to cook! You will attend a cooking class lead by the head chef of a working winery and hotel in the heart of the Douro valley. Although his focus is in the culinary traditions of rural Northern Portugal he is not afraid of innovation. This 18th century Quinta is extensively restored and turned into an intimate and exclusive hotel. It's located on a slope, allowing for the most spectacular views over the countryside and property. The cooking class will focus on the seasonal, local food stuffs, which could be game, like partridge and hare, and wild mushrooms like ceps and trompetes which grow in the local forests; in a combination of a demonstration of techniques & hands-on cooking. At least three dishes will be prepared. The class will be followed by a dinner of the cooked dishes paired with matching wines from the winery.
Day 6
Breakfast Daily
Winery Tasting, Tapas Lunch | Free afternoon Get ready to enjoy one of the best wineries in the Douro sub region Baixa Corgo. It is a lovely historic place with a beautiful manor house. The18th century buildings, while preserving the original baroque features of its architecture, also contain an excellent modern wine making operation. Wines are superb, receiving frequently high accolades from domestic and international wine journalists. The tour of the quinta (manor house) will be followed by a wine tasting of their signature wines, accompanied by some local delicious food, serving as a light lunch (tapas style). Free afternoon to discover on your own.
Farewell Riverside Dinner with Wine Your farewell dinner will be waterside at a beautifully designed modern restaurant on the banks of the Douro River. You will enjoy the signature dishes of a famous Portuguese chef, with matching wines as you will have become accustomed to. Dishes will be light and pure, with the freshness of the ingredients shining through – seasonal, and mainly from Northern Portugal. The wine list here is both long and varied.
Day 7
Breakfast Daily
Departure Transportation to Porto Airport After breakfast, your private driver will escort you to Porto Airport. it is time to say farewell to one of the most comprehensive culinary, wine and cultural experience in Northern Spain and Portugal. There are several departures daily from Porto via Madrid or Lisbon to connect to your flight home.
Santiago Hotel
Relax for two nights in an elegant, 5-star hotel, formerly a medieval convent in the heart of this ancient city. The Santiago hotel has been recently refurbished in a contemporary style. There is a lush garden and spacious outdoor terrace with fine views of the city. Rooms are comfortably large and the old city of Santiago is just a short stroll away. Wander the arcaded, stone streets, nibble on tapas in the taverns or gaze down at the city from atop the cathedral.
Douro Valley Hotel and Winery
You will stay 4 nights at a working winery with its own hotel, in the heart of the Douro Valley. The 18th century Quinta has been restored and turned into an intimate hotel. Rooms are spacious and comfortable, with charming period details. Enjoy a winery tour, followed by a comparative wine tasting. Dinner at the winery’s own restaurant will wrap up the day. Here you can enjoy tasty country dishes featuring local produce like cold cured meats, game on the spit, chestnuts and wild mushrooms. The food will be paired with the wines from this unique family-owned estate.
Santiago de Compostela, SpainPort, Portugal
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What Currency is being quoted?
The Currency Code is listed directly after the published amount. If it states USD, then the quoted price is in United States Dollars. If it states CAD, then the quoted price is in Canadian Dollars. If it states EUR, then the quoted price is in European Union Dollars…etc. However, please note that all charges are processed in USD, and Epitourean’s Merchant Bank automatically calculates the currency conversion on the day of the charge.
What does Double Occupancy mean?
Two persons traveling together, and staying in the same room. Tour prices are normally quoted as “per person, double occupancy” in case two people are traveling together and staying in the same room, but paying separately. The cost of the lodging is also shared by two people, thereby reducing costs. This could be a married couple, two friends or relatives.
What is a Single Supplement?
Whenever a person travels alone, the cost of their lodging cannot be shared by another person. When tour products are priced, they are normally stated as “per person, double occupancy.” Whenever a guest occupies a room as a solo, the whole cost of the lodging must be incurred by that one individual. Tour companies accommodate this by charging a Single Supplement. Epitourean does its best to keep the single supplement as low as possible, but it is a real cost that tour companies must absorb, and must pass along to the single traveler.
If I am a Solo Traveler, will I be paired with another person?
Epitourean never pairs a solo traveler with another person without a special request. If you book Single Occupancy, you will have a room entirely to yourself. However, should you wish to be paired with another solo traveler to save on the single supplement, you may make this request. We cannot guarantee that we can accommodate such requests, since it would take another solo traveling on the same tour for the same dates. But if requested, we will certainly try.
Is a Deposit required to book a tour or getaway?
Yes. We require a 30% refundable deposit for all our domestic (USA and Canada) getaways and tours, and a 50% refundable deposit for international destinations outside of the USA and Canada. Reservations made for destinations within the USA and Canada must be paid in full 30 days prior to departure. Reservations made for destinations outside of the USA and Canada must be paid in full 60 days prior to departure.
Are flights included in the tour price?
No. Flights are never included in the price of our land-only tours. Epitourean does not provide air, rail or sea travel, unless expressly noted in the itinerary.
May I give a culinary tour as a gift?
Yes. Epitourean has a special program designed specifically for this purpose. Our Gift Packages come with features such as special messages to the recipient, gift box option, gift link (without pricing), and floating dates (should you not know when the gift recipient wants to travel). Contact a Culinary Travel Specialist at 800-390-3292 or customerservice@epitourean.com to receive additional information about this unique offering.
May we request separate beds if sharing a room?
Yes. In most cases, Epitourean can accommodate a request for two beds to be placed in one room. Just make sure to make this request in the comments section of the reservation process.
Does each guestroom have a private bathroom?
Yes. Epitourean partners with the best lodging options in each destination, and private (en suite) bathrooms are a requirement. However, you should inquire as to the configuration of bathrooms should you have a special need. For example, some tours include accommodations in medieval villages, where either a shower or bath(but maybe not both) are present.
Can your tours accommodate my dietary restrictions?
In almost all cases, Epitourean can accommodate dietary choices and restrictions. But we do request that you ask a Culinary Travel Specialist prior to making your reservation so that we can assess your individual situation.
What is your Cancellation Policy?
Our full cancellation policy is stated in the Terms and Conditions when making your reservation. Cancellations with a full refund are allowed up to 31 days or more prior to departure for USA and Canada tours, or up to 61 days or more prior to departure for international tours. No refund is allowed 30 days or less prior to departure for USA and Canada tours, or 60 days or less prior to departure for international tours.
If I am unable to use a portion of the tour, can I get a partial refund?
Unfortunately, due to vendor and supplier contracts, we are unable to provide partial refunds for unused portions of any tour or tour component.
Are Transfers included in the Itinerary?
Round-trip transfers from the airport or train station are normally included in our international tours. Transfers to the destination (for both international and domestic tours) are not included in the tour price. Please see the Sample Itinerary. If it mentions that transfers are included, then yes, transfers are included at no additional cost.
What meals and excursions are included in the tour?
The Sample Itinerary should be your reference. If the meal or excursion is described in the Sample Itinerary, then it is included at no additional charge. For those days where it expressly notes Free time, then any optional activities you elect to participate in might have an additional cost. In addition, if the itinerary states "evening on your own," it would imply that you have the opportunity to visit a restaurant of your own choosing, and at your own expense. If you have any question about inclusions, please submit an inquiry by clicking on the blue "Ask Us a Question" button under the price section.
Is it possible to book pre or post tours or stays through Edible Destinations?
Yes, we often do have optional 2 and 3 night excursions that are priced separately from the tour. We can also assist with pre and post night stays in a hotel if you choose to come in early before the tour starts, or stay on after a tour ends. The price of those hotel stays are not included in the price of the tour, but we would be happy to provide a quote. Simply ask your Culinary Travel Specialist, or submit an inquiry by clicking on the blue "Ask Us a Question" button.
Are Guide or Host Gratuities included in the price of the tour?
Since tipping guidelines and customs vary widely between countries, we do not include gratuities in the price of the tour. Your Culinary Travel Specialist can provide you with recommendations. But the general rule is to tip modestly when you are pleased with a guide’s services, either at the end of the tour, or at the conclusion of a specialty day excursion where you will only be with that guide (or chef) on that day.
Should we plan on any personal expenses during the tour?
All lodging, meals, transfers, classes and excursions mentioned in the Sample Itinerary and Vacation Highlights are included in the price of the tour. However, we highly recommend taking local currency for purchasing personal items, souvenirs, tipping, etc. You can either get the local currency at an airport exchange service, ATM or from your local bank prior to travel. However, you should note that many hosted destinations do not accept credit cards for personal purchases.
Do you recommend Travel Protection?
We recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. For more information on the available plans or to enroll, click on the link below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference location number 06-0248. The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries and may be changed without notice. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex CA Agency License #0D10209. All products listed are underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company (formerly known as Stonewall Insurance Company), 1314 Douglas Street, Suite 1400, Omaha, NE 68102. 11.17 E7N
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