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Eat Northern Spain wants to take you on a delicious journey to discover Ribera del Duero, the Spanish paradise for food and wine lovers. What’s included? In a word: everything. A private chauffeur tour guided by an English-speaking local guide, an interesting, fun and like-minded travel companion; authentic and innovative local cuisine; world-class local wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery. This tailor-made holiday is very flexible, allowing you to start road journeys or sightseeing when you choose - within reason. On top of that, it's in English so so you can get the most out of your experiences during your trip!
Situated at the heart of Ribera del Duero, the hotel Castilla Termal Monastery of Valbuena – the first spa with 5 stars status in Castilla y León – is located in one the best preserved Cistercian monastery of the 12th century in Europe. Become in an exclusive touristic complex, in the Golden Mile (Milla de Oro) of the Ribera del Duero, the Monastery of Santa María de Valbuena provides 79 rooms, all of them of high quality and has more than 18,000 square meters constructed.
The spa area exceeds the 2,000 square meters, with 16 treatment rooms, several thermal pools, water contrast circuit, and a children pool. There are function rooms for events with a capacity of up to 200 people, a children's area, fitness center, organic vegetable garden, spice garden and grounds with 4.5 hectares of own vineyard.
The hotel rounds off its facilities with a wide range of catering outlets, made up of the à-la-carte Restaurant "Converso", whose kitchen fuses dishes of traditional and modern cuisine using first-quality products from the zone and its own organic vegetable garden, the Cafeteria "La Cilla" with terrace and "La Bodega de los Monjes" where it is possible to enjoy the best D.O. wines or enjoy its menu of light dishes.
Further, the monastery will continue to house the headquarters of the "Ages of Man Foundation", which is going to have a new site for its religious art workshops in a building of 600 square meters integrated into the landscape and facing the River Duero (the Douro).
The particular properties of the waters of this establishment, together with its unique architecture and the culture, history and charm of its spaces make it into something different to offer the tourist. In addition, its special location also offers the possibility of multiple activities in the surroundings.rent to offer the tourist. In addition, its special location also offers the possibility of multiple activities in the surroundings.
This historical 107 square meter suite is located on the chapel of San Pedro. The suite is spacious and has elegant areas with exclusive decoration, private sauna with chromotherapy, and free-standing bath. In addition, it has a quiet reading corner, down a couple of steps, on the apse of the historic chapel. This room is a very special room, ideal for a romantic stay or an intimate and memorable celebration.
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be welcomed and escorted to a private vehicle. Then you will enjoy a scenic drive to the Spanish countryside across Spain’s world-famous wine region Ribera del Duero.
At the heart of Ribera del Duero in the Golden Mile of this wine region where some of the best wines in the world are produced, the 5-star Hotel Monastery of Valbuena will be your hotel for three nights. Located in one the best-preserved Cistercian monastery of the 12th century in Europe. The whole property is a Spanish dream with clean stone walls, French oak floors and Berber rugs throughout, the effect is warm and inviting despite the scale of the property.
You can relax for the rest of the evening at the five-star thermal spa which still draws mineral-medicinal water from a 1,200-foot-deep aquifer that the monks once used to irrigate the vineyards.
For dinner, you can indulge yourself at the hotel’s gastronomic space which has an exclusive à-la-carte restaurant composed of both traditional and modern cuisine, prepared with the highest quality local products.
After a reinvigorating sleep and a full breakfast with local specialties, your expert local guide will take you on a scenic route across the vineyards of this region. You will enjoy a visit to Pago de Carraovejas, one of the most famous wine estates in Spain. The experience begins with a tour of the vineyard, an opportunity to enjoy the exceptional views afforded by the panoramic windows and balconies. Later, in the winery, you will follow the same path the grapes follow through the wine-making process and you will taste a selection of three of Pago de Carraovejas’ wines, accompanied by a singular gastronomic proposal.
For lunch, you will take a seat on the terrace at Pago de Carraovejas, overlooking the 10th-century Peñafiel Castle, where you can taste some of the area's best reds. Expect lunch to be lively with spruced-up versions of regional favorites like red-wine-stewed chicken and poached egg with peas.
After lunch, you will be driven to Portia Winery, a stunning architectural masterpiece, designed by Norman Foster. Here you will enjoy a guided wine tasting and have the opportunity to view the winery’s impressive building and art gallery.
You will then be driven back to the hotel with some time to dress up because tonight you will dine in style in Taller Arzuaga, a Michelin-starred restaurant placed in a winery on the Golden Mile of this wine region. Your guide/driver will drive you into the restaurant and will wait for you while you indulge yourself in a gastronomic journey you will treasure forever.
This morning, you will be transferred to a tranquil haven away from the hustle and bustle of the modern world, Abadia Retuerta wine estate. A hidden gem for a wine lover among the string of exclusive wine estates found along the Duero river that crosses Northern Spain.
You will go for a 4×4 private tour of the estate and the vineyards. You will enjoy a countryside picnic with local products and wine surrounded by vineyards in one of the most exclusive "terroirs" in Ribera del Duero.
After a lovely ride through the vines, you will learn how wines are produced inside the winery followed by a guided wine tasting of Abadia Retuerta's famous wines, an unforgettable experience for a wine aficionado.
You will be transferred a romantic eatery housed in an old farmhouse, La Botica de Matapozuelos, a family-owned Michelin-starred restaurant. You may associate the foraging trend with Nordic cuisine, but this part of Spain has also started weaving in fresh-from-the-forest ingredients like pine. The talented Chef picks pine cones and pine nuts from the surrounding forests and crafts them into its cuisine. Choose from a list of over 150 wines sourced across from Rueda and Ribera del Duero while sampling classic fare like wood-roasted lamb, served alongside more artistic culinary creations like ravioli of a rooster with toasted pine nuts.
In the evening, you will be driven along the vineyards at the top of a hill where you will discover Peñafiel’s Castle. After a visit to the building, you will have the chance to enjoy a glass of wine overlooking a breath-taking sunset over the vineyards.
You will be then transferred to your hotel at the end of the evening. For dinner, you will enjoy traditional food in a spectacular setting at the hotel's à-la-carte restaurant.
This morning, you will have time to relax at the hotel and enjoy its world-class Spa. Later on, you will be met by your driver and escorted to your vehicle for a private transfer to the airport for your return flight home or to the rail station to continue your trip.
Do you want to change anything of the trip to fit your needs?
More days, different accommodation, some other food you would like to try?
No problem. You will have a custom trip designed exactly to your interests. Like a tailor making a bespoke suit, it will fit you perfectly. Simply select your date and send an inquiry to Eat Northern Spain and they will be happy to assist you.
Elias is the "Eat Northern Spain" Founder. He believes that Northern Spain, in particular, the areas of Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias, Galicia and Castilla y León, have so much to offer, Elias and his team want to share them with you. All the amazing team of Eat Northern Spain are natives of the area so, who better to show you around? They want to help you discover the real country as the locals live it. Tailored to your interest, they will take you on a private tour. The team shall be your guides, your interpreters, your friends.
All meals will be served at Michelin-starred, signature and traditional restaurants and all other meals as indicated à-la-carte (2 lunches and 3 dinners) with wines and drinks included à-la-carte (no fixed menus, you may choose from each restaurant's public menu what you want to taste)
Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport
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