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Date: You pick!
Host: Local escort + local specialist guides
Cost: Varies by experience
Trip Type: Top Picks


This sample itinerary can be customized to your specifications. Take only parts of this trip, modify, add…whatever suits you!

This 12-day trip was chosen by a family group of 12 who travelled together in September, 2014. They gathered in Barcelona where they met their Spanish trip host who was with them throughout the journey. Where a special activity or tour was included, they had the additional input of a specialist guide. They enjoyed excursions that centred around the culture of Spain: tasting tours, special meals to enjoy the food & wine, tapas tours, a cooking class, vineyard visits. Integral to the program were the cities, small and large: Barcelona, San Sebastian, Madrid, so list a few. This sample trip offers history & culture (food & wine).

“This trip was absolutely perfect. Every day, people were in awe of all the amazing things we saw and did. They never realized before how easy travel could be.”  C&GN, Sept ’14

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Click on a day below to view the itinerary in brief, then please CONTACT US for a detailed trip outline.

Day 1 - Barcelona

Land in Barcelona and meet your private guide who will be with your group through your entire trip. (Note: this is more feasible with a group of 12 but for a smaller group size you may wish to only have guides at each stop). Transfer to your 4-star, centrally located hotel. Evening “Insider’s Gourmet Tour”. (Barcelona 4-star hotel, 1st of 4 nights, D)

Day 2 - Barcelona

Privately guided 1/2-day walking tour of Barcelona ends with lunch at a select restaurant. Afternoon at leisure. Evening wine tasting & dinner. (Barcelona, 2nd of 4 nights, B, L, D)

Day 3 - Barcelona

Privately guided Epicurean Tour including La Boqueria Market, followed by a cooking class resulting in lunch. Remainder of the day at leisure. (Barcelona, 3rd of 4 nights, B, L)

Day 4 - Barcelona: day trip to Girona & Costa Brava

Privately guided full day tour to the ancient walled city of Girona; olive oil tasting followed by lunch. Return to Barcelona and rest of the day is at leisure. (Barcelona, 4th night, B, L)

Day 5 - La Rioja

Your private guide will escort you to the train station to take the train to Zaragoza; continue by vehicle to Laguardia – one of the most perfectly preserved medieval villages in Spain. Stay two nights in a lovely 18-room boutique hotel. After lunch, go on a leisurely walking tour of Laguardia. (Laguardia, boutique hotel, 1st of 2 nights, B, L)

Day 6 - La Rioja

Full day private wine tour in La Rioja region including lunch. Rest of the day at leisure. (Laguardia, 2nd night, B, L)

Day 7 - San Sebastian

Drive to San Sebastian with your guide. Stay in a historic property overlooking the sea. Afternoon at leisure. Private evening cooking class and dinner. (San Sebastian, 4-star hotel 2 nights, B, D)

Day 8 - San Sebastian & Bilbao day trip

Drive with your guide to Bilbao to visit the Guggenheim Museum followed by lunch in the old quarter of Bilbao. Free time back in San Sebastian until your privately guided Evening Pintxos Tour (tapas for dinner) (San Sebastian, 2nd night, B, L, D)

Day 9 - Madrid

Drive to Madrid stopping to visit a traditional winery for lunch. Once in Madrid your time is at leisure. (Madrid, 3 nights, B, L)

Day 10 - Madrid

Morning private walking tour of Madrid. Time at leisure then depart on an evening Epicuran Tour. (Madrid, 2nd of 3 nights, B)

Day 11 - Madrid & Toledo day trip

Drive to nearby Toledo, a 1,000-year old city and UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy a gourmet lunch. Later return to Madrid. (Madrid, 3rd night, B, L)

Day 12 - Depart

Private transfer to the airport for your departing flights (or extend).

For details on accommodation, daily activities and more click here. Please remember, this is just an idea. Let us work with you to design YOUR Custom Civilized Adventure!


Due to the great fluctuation of the euro currency, prices for all of our services will be quoted upon request. This policy enables us to provide you with the most competitive quotes consistent with actual currency exchange rates. We invite you to browse through our website to select the travel style that meets your needs, our travel planners are only a call/email away ready to provide any assistance in designing your custom itinerary. Please contact us for more information.

Sample itinerary cost (2015): CA$ 7,500 per person, converted from Euros.