Spain and Portugal–Experience the authentic flavors amidst gestures of startling modernity in these fascinating countries. These ancient lands offer diverse cuisines and cultures, amazing wines, stunning scenery. Cities that never sleep brimming with late-night eating. Old-world villages attending to traditions. Passionate chefs and winemakers practicing their art. Come eat and drink and experience the excellence of Spain and Portugal.
New in 2015! Moroccan Cooking Trip. Hosted by Chef Susan Spicer of Bayona and Mondo restaurants in New Orleans and British food writer Tara Stevens. See the short version or the full trip plan.
Whether it's a cooking class with a Michelin-starred chef in Marbella, a tour of a Tarragona olive-oil mill or a Catalan expert cooking an authentic rabbit-and-snail paella over an open fire, owner Jane Gregg can make it happen. –Wall Street Journal, "Choose Your Own Food Adventure."
Trips for friends and families
We arrange private trips for two or more people. We orchestrate the mix of planned activities and independent time you are comfortable with. And we will customize the trip as many times as necessary to get you the trip you're dreaming of.
Chefs and food & wine professionals
We arrange trips with chefs and food and wine professionals. Chefs and wine experts lead trips accompanied by friends and travelers looking for in depth food and wine experiences. These trips are perfect for travelers who like to pack learning and amazing non-stop experiences into a week's trip.
Wine groups keep us on our toes because we love to introduce the groups to wines they've never tried, and organize exclusive private winery experiences with the winemakers. Vertical tastings of some of Spain and Portugal's best wines, vineyard visits complete with tapas paired with wines, wine-tasting lunches with local winemakers–these experiences and more are available to wine groups.
The Art of Travel Planning
We design and arrange private trips in Spain and Portugal. For any length of time. Any time of year. In any part of Spain or Portugal.
We design the architecture of each trip and we focus on every detail. We make your job easy, requiring only that you tell us where you want to go (if you know) and the types of experiences you hope to have. In collaboration with you we outline the trip, and then we design activities to suit your interests and style. Once in-country, we pair you with a private guide in each region to show you the great monuments and museums (skip the lines), take you to favorite tapas bars and restaurants, accompany you to wineries and cooking classes, take you hiking, bike riding, or horseback riding, lead wine-tasting dinners, and introduce you to the locals. The guides and chefs and winemakers and artisan food producers you meet are your windows into the culture; the food, wine, landscapes, art and architecture are the vehicles for experiencing the culture.
Every trip is unique and evolves from your personal interactions with the people, places, food, wine and culture. Our goal for you: We want your trip to be seamless (our attention to detail) and hugely satisfying because of your personal experiences alongside our favorite culinary and cultural creators, local guides and area ambassadors. You will have the kinds of experiences you can't just google… A trip designed for you, with your preferred allotment of guided experiences. And some free time for aimless wandering…
Basque Country & Rioja
We LOVED our day in Rioja, and the lunch at Hector Oribe was one of the best meals of the trip. Delicious and beautiful food. We felt so lucky to be there when they were harvesting and pressing. I particularly appreciated seeing the traditional process at R Lopez de Heredia. It was a great perspective. Also, we really liked the Txakoli winery and the lunch at the cider place. Overall, we were very happy with our three days with the guide. He was a wonderful guide, and a great person to spend a few days with.–Linda H, Bloomington, IN
Basque Country & Rioja
The guide was amazing, and we had a great time. He is really a treasure. Rioja, the cooking club and the pintxos tour were very exciting (but we’d not properly thought out the effect of eating so much in one day). –Emily H, Florida
Rioja Wine Trip
The guide in Rioja was amazing – there is nothing else to say. A great mixture of knowledge, humor and reading his clients well. The tapas tour guide likewise was great and we could have easily spent more time with her. The hotels: you know they are terrific. In Laguardia our room was above the front door over the square with a spectacular view of the festivities of the weekend. The staff was superb as was the food. The hotel in Ezcaray was so different and very comfortable. The meals: We really enjoyed lunch at La Viega Bogeda and Hector Oribe. –Steve and Lynn H, Ontario
Emporda Wine Trip
Hi Jane–Thank you for organising a great week - we had a fantastic time and the hotels, wine and food were excellent and really good value. The winery visits and tour guides were excellent. I have to say that from my perspective the best restaurant of the trip was Compartir restaurant in Cadaqués - it was fantastic -great atmosphere and I couldn't fault food wine or service. –Tony P, London
Emporda Wine Trip
Jaume and Silvia are wonderful hosts and allowed us tastings from the maceration tanks which was quite unique and very interesting. Their Catalan tasting lunch matched with wines was also excellent. In fact we finished up buying quite a few cases of Jaume's wine. Given that he learnt his trade at Petrus you'd expect his wine to be good and it didn't disappoint.
Compartir was simply wonderful. The food was outstanding and the overall experience, whilst quite different, was probably more relaxing and enjoyable than El Cellar de Can Roca. It's worth the drive for lunch there alone.
My highlight though was the Clos D'Agon and Palamós trip. Great winery, great wine, great people and great food. Clara is a gem. Her choice of restaurant in Palamós was first class and in our opinion was possibly the best food we had on the trip (but that could also be because we"d enjoyed quite a bit of Miguel"s excellent wine).
And thanks again for helping with the organisation. Your knowledge and suggestions made the trip truly memorable. We shall be back!! Perhaps to Priorat next year! –Steve, East Lothian, Scotland
Rioja Wine Group
The trip was just amazing, everyone had a great time. The guide was the perfect Ambassadrice for the trip, great personality with excellent knowledge and expertise on the subject and lots of fun as well... Thanks again to you for organising the full itinerary, it was definitely a first class experience. –Stephane, Dunbartonshire, Scotland
Barcelona & Girona
Hi Jane. We enjoyed the trip very much. Our two guides in Girona were delightful. The first was very knowledgeable about the history and the second was an excellent sommelier. In Barcelona, the guide was a special treat because of his unusual background and we really got off the beaten track. –Joan L., Michigan
The Priorat & Tarragona
Hi Jane, Just a quick note to tell you how fabulous the trip was. I want to thank you for a well organized, high quality and professional program. Larry, Issac, Judy and I look forward to [another trip in Spain] next year. A special thanks to Gerard for both the tour of the hotel and olive factory, and his lesson/tasting where I learned so much about olive oil. Lastly, Jane you should know what a fantastic job your guide did for us. She is very knowledgeable and very professional. –Dave C., Penn State University
The Basque Country
Hi Jane, Just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed the trip! All of the tour guides and the driver were wonderful! They made us feel right at home and were very informative! The hotels were great too. Thank you again for a lovely time! –Shelby Hughes, Honolulu
Barcelona & the Basque Country
Thank you for your thorough trip planning and sage recommendations and advice. Everything worked out very very well. The hotels were great and the meal recommendations perfect! You attended to every detail with obvious depth of knowledge.–Nancy D., San Mateo, CA
Spain, Portugal & France
Jane– I just wanted to let you know that we thoroughly enjoyed the trip that you planned for us in Portugal, France and Spain. The guides that were provided were top notch and the food and wine events were outstanding. The trip went off without a hitch and we look forward to your assistance in planning another food and wine travel itinerary in the future. –Jeff & Cathy Black, Los Gatos, CA
Barcelona, Costa Brava & Andalucia
We had a wonderful trip. All the guides were great, with the one in Barcelona being outstanding! I would recommend all the guides to others, and the mix of guided days and days off was very good. Please tell Jane she's put together quite a group of people to help a trip to Spain be very enjoyable. –Judi and Bill, Chicago
The Priorat Wine Region
The wineries we saw were awesome!!! We especially loved Trossos, Enrique's place and Clos de l'Obac. And we also loved the Penedes winery. All of these people are so warm, welcoming, amazing and so passionate about what they do. They really opened up their wineries to us and we loved them all. –Heather C., Dallas
Madrid & Andalucia
Wow, what a wonderful trip! Thank you so much for all your hard work and efforts to give us such an amazing experience. Everything was just perfect; comfortable, friendly hotels, knowledgeable and fun guides, and THE FOOD..........no adjective good enough here. All guides were great, but the Sevilla one and the Madrid tapas tour one were really wonderful. There were so many special moments. Did you hear about our Sherry tasting with Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis?– Gayle T, Virginia