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Spain Wine and Olive Oil Tasting Culture Holiday

This holiday is designed for people who would like to know about Sherry culture, wine, brandy, horses, flamenco, white village route, and gastronomy, the pure authentic Spain! Enjoy the land of horses and experience the most famous show of dancing Andalusian horses. Visit unique cities: Jerez, the town that gave its name to Sherry, Cádiz, thought to be the oldest town on the Iberian Peninsular, and Puerto de Santa María, where the massive and extensive walls of Osborne's Sherry Bodegas and the beach give the town a special aura.

Highlights

  • Have a private visit to a traditional olive oil mill
  • Experience a premium olive oil tasting with tapas
  • 2 exclusive wine estate visits and 2 premium wine tastings
  • Enjoy guided walking tours in 2 towns and a visit to "The Alcazar"
  • A personalized English/Spanish speaking expert guide throughout the holiday
  • Enjoy an equestrian show and a bay boat cruise
  • Daily full breakfast and 3 gourmet lunches
  • 4 nights accommodation

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Minimum of 2 participants
Airport transfer included: Jerez Airport (La Parra Airport)
Airport transfer included: Seville Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Bar
  • Café
  • Conference room
  • Meeting room
  • Parking lot

Accommodation will be in this hotel or in another of a similar category. The hotel will be confirmed when making the booking. An upgrade is available on request.

Winery Conversion Hotel (Jerez)

A magnificent hotel, decorated in fine taste with the most modern services. A select location with a bar, multi-function rooms, hydrotherapy area, and garage. This property lies in an unbeatable location. A delight for those that know how to live the life of liberty in all its splendor with fantastic private facilities in the best area of Jerez. It offers the following:

  • 17 spacious duplex rooms
  • 42 rooms (Double, superior double, double with lounge, and junior suite)
  • Breakfast buffet service
  • Bar-Cafe (Open all day)
  • Parking and private garage (Limited availability)
  • Spa/hydrotherapy center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Banquet hall in the ancient Williams bodega with space for 200 guests and free ADSL connection

The spa boasts some of the most modern hydrotherapy installations to make your stay both comfortable and relaxing: 3 jacuzzis, bi-thermal scotch shower, essential oils shower, sauna, Turkish baths, Vichy shower, massage room, and a cold water plunge pool (no entry to under 16s).

Program

During this holiday you will get to see the Grazalema Mountain Range with impressive scenery, a Unesco Biosphere Reserve. Enjoy oil tastings and find out about the methods of olive oil production in a mill dating back to 1755, the gem of the famous Mediterranean gastronomy. See the spectacular hill-top white villages such as Arcos de la Frontera. You will be staying in an accommodation with historic buildings: palaces, monasteries, boutique hotels.

This tour is designed for people who would like to know about sherry culture, wine, brandy, horses, flamenco, white village route, and gastronomy. It features Jerez and the surroundings, visiting a top winery with a splendid guided tour tasting different types of wine: Fino, Sherry, and Brandy. After a private visit to the stunning Alcazar, you will experience a famous show of dancing horses.

You will also visit the fishing port of Puerto Santa Maria, famous for its fine sandy beaches and excellent gastronomy. From here, you'll visit the oldest city in Europe, Cadiz, in a pleasure cruise admiring the amazing bay. You'll continue to Sierra de Grazalema where you'll admire the white village of Zahara de la Sierra, one of the most stunning images in Andalucia. Here, find out about the traditional methods of olive oil production in a mill, dating back to 1755.

Once you have been shown around the mill, tasting the oil with toasted bread and local tapas, continue to have a deserved break in beautiful Zahara. After Grazalema, head for Arcos de la Frontera, a stunning town situated on cliffs high above a river, with cobbled streets leading to a castle. The views are staggering.

The guide will walk you through a labyrinth of narrow streets, alleys, arches bridging homes, and geranium-filled white home facades, leading onto the church, experiencing one of the most spectacular views in Spain.

Day 1: Jerez

Arrival at Jerez or Seville airport. You are welcomed and escorted by the guide to your carefully selected hotel in a vehicle. Check-in at your pre-selected hotel either in Jerez or Puerto Santa Maria. The evening is free.

Day 2: Jerez

After breakfast, visit the Alcazar in Jerez. One of the oldest and most important monuments of the Arab legacy in Jerez. You will then visit a spectacular equestrian show. Amazing horse ballet accompanied with Spanish music and 18th century style costumes. A world-class unique show only available in Andalucia.

You will enjoy a fabulous gourmet lunch in one of the most emblematic restaurants in Jerez. A secret gem in the center of Jerez where you will be tasting the typical Andalusian cooking, always of high quality, with its specialties of fresh seafood, fish, and meat. In the afternoon, they have prepared a private visit to a top wine estate in Jerez, an amazing guided tour including a vineyard walk.

Wine tasting to a family wine estate of international renowned and fantastic facilities, proud of having a variety of quality products of wine and brandy producing great vintages. You will be surprised and notice the signatures on the wine and brandy barrels of many heads of state, Hollywood actors, and monarchs who had the pleasure of visiting such a great place. Free evening, restaurants recommended.

Day 3: Cadiz

After breakfast, they have prepared a guided tour of one of the most prestigious and oldest wine estates in the Sherry region. This sherry house produces one of the most impressive ranges of sherries including very old rare ones. You will experience a fascinating tour of the bodega, learning about the production and maturation as well as the "soleras" and press houses. Wine tasting of their sherries.

Before lunch, you will enjoy a trip by boat to the oldest city in Europe: Cadiz, a city surrounded by the sea, and then, gourmet lunch at a renowned superb catering school, where many Star-Michelin chefs started their careers. Alternatively, in one of the renowned restaurants at the old part in Cadiz.

In the afternoon, you will have a guided walking tour of the old quarter of Cadiz, a city famous for its sandy beaches, great variety of architecture (Roman, Arab), astonishing location, and excellent gastronomy found in the numerous tapas bars. Free evening, relax in the lovely hotel or enjoy the cities of Jerez or Puerto Santa Maria by night.

Day 4: Arcos - Grazalema

After breakfast, you will start your trip to Grazalema National Park, designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the Sierra De Grazalema is one of the most ecologically outstanding areas in Europe. A truly memorable journey through a place of incomparable beauty with stunning views.

Private guided visit to a traditional olive oil mill. Extra virgin olive oil tasting. You will be able to learn how one of the best and most expensive olive oil is produced. You will walk through white villages enjoying the national park and stunning views. For your gourmet lunch, you will go to the best local restaurant in Arcos de la Frontera. A chance to enjoy exquisite local food accompanied by superb wines.

In the afternoon, guided tour of Arcos de la Frontera: an amazing town situated on cliffs high above a river. Walking through many narrow-cobbled streets leading to a castle is an unforgettable adventure. Free time to relax after that.

  • Optional: In the evening, superb authentic Flamenco show including dinner. The show takes place in a nicely decorated old typical mansion from Jerez, making this event without a doubt the best flamenco show in Spain and possibly in the world.

Day 5: Jerez

Breakfast and transfer back to the airport (subject to flight times).

Location

Welcome to the "Real Andalucia", internationally famous for sherry and brandy, horses, flamenco, culture, white villages, bulls, and excellent gastronomy. The accommodation and restaurants will be chosen based on the group or individual budget and are carefully selected taking into account architecture, views, decoration, facilities, and service.

All lodgings are historic buildings such as palaces, monasteries, wineries, castles, and boutique hotels catering to all customers' personal preferences. The meals are based on very varied gastronomy: traditional, modern, and tapas to suit all tastes.

Features

Activities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Spa

General

  • Bar
  • Café

Services

  • Conference room
  • Meeting room
  • Parking lot

Food

During this holiday, four full breakfasts, two exclusive wine estate visits, two premium wine tastings, a premium olive oil tasting with tapas, three gourmet lunches (excluding wine and drinks), and a private visit to a traditional olive oil mill are all included.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

What's included

  • 2 exclusive wine estate visits
  • 2 premium wine tastings
  • Private visit to a traditional olive oil mill
  • A premium olive oil tasting with tapas
  • 4 full breakfasts
  • 3 gourmet lunches (excluding wine and drinks)
  • 2 towns guided walking tours
  • An equestrian show
  • Visit to the Alcazar
  • A bay boat cruise
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Personalized English/Spanish-speaking expert guide throughout the tour
  • Roundtrip Jerez or Seville airport transfers
  • Tour transport for three full days
  • All taxes

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Airfare
  • Tips
  • Meals and drinks not specified
  • Optional visits
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Jerez Airport (La Parra Airport) Airport transfer included: Jerez Airport (La Parra Airport) No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Seville Airport Airport transfer included: Seville Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 10% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
5 days / 4 nights
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Special discount

Special prices are offered for groups with 4 people or more. For more information, please send an inquiry.

Holiday information

Please note, if any of the published accommodation, range of wineries, or restaurants in the tour becomes unavailable, others of a similar category will be allocated. Upgrades of wineries and/or restaurants will have a supplement. For more information, please send an inquiry.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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