A feast for the senses, this tour will not just be about the taste of a beautiful meal or the scent of an aged wine, but an understanding of the time, effort and craftsmanship which goes into creating these masterpieces.
Our journey will take us to the Barolo region of Northern Italy, to the Basque region of Northern Spain and into the Burgundy region of central France.
This afternoon you are free to check in any time after 3 pm at the wonderful Down Hall Country House hotel, a wonderful Mansion House with luxury rooms and amenities - a great way to start our tour. Our team will be awaiting your arrival and will assist with the check in formalities. Feel free to make use of the hotels extensive facilities. Your car will be parked for you and can be left at the hotel for no extra charge for the duration of the tour and will be available upon your return.
Prior to dinner, the Tour Management Team will be hosting a few drinks to allow you to meet fellow guests and those accompanying you on our forthcoming trip. Dinner will be at the hotel this evening.
Accommodation: Down Hall Country House Hotel
After breakfast, we transfer to the private jet terminal at Stansted airport - well away from the hustle and bustle of the main terminal. We board our aircraft and our friendly crew is waiting to take us to the first destination on our tour – the famous Barolo wine region of Italy. Accept a glass of champagne, relax in your seat and enjoy the wonderful service on-board.
Upon arrival we make our way to the prestigious Wine Estate Marchesi di Barolo. We'll have lunch at “Foresteria” the restaurant inside the Barolo Wine Estate. After lunch, we have a private visit of the old wine cellars, followed by walk around the Village of Barolo to admire the Castle, visit the Museums or to stop in one of the many wine shops.
Later this afternoon, we transfer to our hotel for the next 2 nights, Relais San Maurizio. Your luggage has been transferred straight from the airport to the hotel and will be in your room upon arrival.
This evening, join fellow travellers for a welcome wine and tasting dinner in the hotel.
Accommodation: Relais San Maurizio
Truffles – Because of their high price and their pungent aroma, truffles are used sparingly. Supplies can be found commercially as unadulterated fresh produce or preserved, typically in a light brine.
White truffles are generally served raw, and shaved over steaming buttered pasta, salads, or fried eggs. White or black paper-thin truffle slices may be inserted into meats, under the skins of roasted fowl, in foie gras preparations, in pâtés, or in stuffing. Some specialty cheeses contain truffles, as well.
The flavor of black truffles is far less pungent and more refined than that of white truffles. Their strong flavor is often described as syrupy sweet. Black truffles also are used for producing truffle salt and truffle honey.
Whilst in the past, chefs used to peel truffles, in modern times, most restaurants brush the truffle carefully and shave it or dice it with the skin on so as to make the most of this valuable ingredient.
After breakfast at the hotel we will meet our “trifolao” (truffle hunter) and his dog, who will be taking us on an unforgettable, as well as unique, experiennce – hunting for truffles!
You'll accompany the truffle hunter and his dog between hazelnut trees, vineyards or wild woods, where the black and the white truffle (depending on the season) can be found. This experience will show you how truffles are sourced, as well as giving you an insight into the truffle hunter’s great knowledge of this ancient skill. You'll learn under which trees the truffles grow and we hope to find the “grey diamond”. Working closely with his dog, the trifolao will recognize the signals indicating that truffles have been found. Extracting truffles is a very delicate process and requires a lot of patience!
After this morning's exploits, we'll go to the home of the truffle hunter for an aperitif whilst we taste foods prepared with truffle, such as anchovies, cheeses, pâté, sausages and bread.
Our driver will be then be taking us to town of Alba, a beautiful place, filled with castles, medieval palaces and towers, and many churches. There, let your nose carry you through town, guided past wonderful restaurants dotted along every cobblestone street. Temptation jumps out of every corner - the alluring aroma of freshly ground coffee, the waft of a truffle as it's sliced in a kitchen just off the street corner, the splash of a robust red as it hits a glass at a sidewalk cafe. Your Choice lunch today means that you can choose from any of the local restaurants for a meal and explore Alba at leisure. Later in the afternoon we take you back to our hotel.
A special dinner awaits you this evening.
Accommodation: Relais San Maurizio
After breakfast, we make our way to Turin Airport. On route, we'll stop in Barbaresco Village and visit the Wine Estate Marchese di Gresy. Situated between the Langhe and Monferrato areas, the vine-planted hills of the Tenute Cisa Asinari dei Marchesi di Gresy form part of a beautiful mosaic of unique wine-growing scenery. Here, we'll have a guided visit of the estate and it's wine cellars, followed by a wine tasting.
We board our aircraft for our short flight to San Sebastian, self-proclaimed food capital of Spain. A light lunch will be served on board before we arrive early afternoon. San Sebastian is a resort town on the Bay of Biscay, in Spain’s mountainous Basque Country. It’s known for Playa de la Concha and Playa de Ondarreta, beaches framed by a picturesque Bayfront promenade, and world-renowned restaurants, helmed by innovative chefs.
We transfer to Hotel Maria Christina, located in San Sebastian’s historic city center and overlooking the Urumea River. Surrounded by gardens and promenades, it's just a short walk from white sandy beaches. The hotel will be our home for the next 3 nights.
‘Your Choice’ dinner this evening, dine at any of the hotel restaurants or opt for room service this evening.
Accommodation: Hotel Maria Christina
Perhaps you're keen to pause the food and wine extravaganza for a day? The choice of activity is yours today, with two great options in our ‘Your Choice’ touring programme. It you're looking for a different experience with a touch of gastronomy our trip to Bilbao might be of interest:-
Option 1 - A full day excursion to Bilbao
Bilbao, an industrial port city in northern Spain, is surrounded by green mountains. It’s the de facto capital of Basque Country, with a skyscraper-filled downtown. It’s famed for the Frank Gehry–designed Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, which sparked revitalization when it opened in 1997 - it’s the curvy, titanium-clad style of the building that receives the most attention. We'll explore Bilbao with ample time to visit the Museum full of modern and contemporary works from prominent artists.
Our visit to Bilbao will be completed with lunch at Victor Montes. The restaurant has several tables on the ground floor, in addition to the bar, where you can taste a wide selection of Iberian specialities, such as locally produced sausages, ham, smoked cheese, caviar, foie gras, salmon, anchovies, tuna belly and much more, washed down with a chilled Spanish wine - a great way to while away the time.
Option 2 – Full day excursion to the Rioja wine growing region
One of the true ‘Kings of Wine’, Rioja is synonymous with Spain and today, you'll have the opportunity to learn more about this famous wine.
Since it’s unveiling in 2006 Marqués de Riscal, created by Frank Gehry, has become a highly sought after contemporary, luxury retreat. Design, art, gastronomy, wine, plus a lush landscape combine to create a memorable sojourn at The City of Wine. The expansive vineyard dates back to 1858, making Marqués de Riscal the oldest winery in the region. You'll learn more about wine-making on our tour of the vineyard’s state-of-the-art facilities.
The fascinating journey from grapevine to bottle unfolds as we make our way through fermenting rooms, aging rooms stacked high with oak barrels to the enormous cellar, housing eight million bottles of wine. A veritable viticulture ‘cathedral’, the cellar contains vintages dating back to 1862. Since 1858, the bodega Marqués de Riscal, has been one of the most prestigious in Spain and a must for aficionados of the science of viniculture.
For lunch today we make our way to Posada Mayor de Migueloa, housed in a 17th-century Baroque mansion, Palacio de Viana. Set amongst 300-year old vineyards in the La Rioja-Alavesa region, it features a restaurant serving traditional Basque and Riojan cuisine.
The choice is yours!
Dinner this evening will be at Sidreria Petriegi in Astigarraga an old, renovated and enlarged farmhouse.
Accommodation: Hotel Maria Christina
Today, we explore San Sebastian. We'll begin with a panoramic bus tour, which includes the opportunity to stop at Palacio de Miramar to admire the Concha beach. Then, we’ll walk by Paseo de la Concha and Ondarreta, Cathedral of Buen Pastor, known as the romantic area of the city. We continue to Kursaal (the new Congress center, work of the world famous architect Rafael Moneo) and the beach of Zurriola
In the old part of the city, we'll pass igleais San Vicente, Basílica de Santa Maria del Coro, Plaza de la Constitución, and the old bullring. In this area we find the most famous tapas bars of the city.
The walking tour will end at the famous Bretxa market, the fresh food market of the city. Here, we'll meet the Chef from Restaurant Ni Neu, who will take us around the market. It's not unusual to meet restaurant chefs shopping at the market for their daily produce. Our chef will show us the differences between products, meat and vegetables, demonstrating how to recognize the different types of fish and how to know if they’re fresh. He'll be buying the ingredients for the pintos that we'll be creating later.
Our pintxos workshop is a theory-practical class, run by the chef who'll show us which pintxos are going to be made and how they are going to be made. Then, we'll be preparing them - traditional pintxos from the local area. Later, we'll make our way to the dining room, where we'll taste our pintxos, plus other, local dishes too, washed down with a glass or two of local wine.
After lunch, you'll have a free afternoon before we meet for dinner at the legendary Akelarre Restaurant. Here, in it's magical location overlooking the Bay of Biscay, Pedro Subijana's diligence and artistic capacity at the head of the kitchen have earned the restaurant, and his cuisine, a place among the international elite.
Accommodation: Hotel Maria Christina
Today, we make our way to San Sebastian airport and leave our incredible Spanish experience behind. Our friendly crew will be waiting on-board for our short morning flight to Dijon, the gateway to Beaune.
Upon arrival, we are transferred to Domaine Drouhin-Laroze. The family who owns this Domaine have been established in Gevrey Chambertin since 1850. They have gradually increased the size of their vineyard, striving for the best “terroir”. Nowadays, the family produces wine in 7 Grands Crus appellations, as prestigious as Clos Vougeot, Musigny and Latricière Chambertin.
Following a morning's wine tasting, we are hosted for a home cooked lunch of local specialities, paired with more wine from the Domaine.
After lunch, we make our way to Beaune and to our hotel, Hotel Le Cedre. Ideally located in a leafy setting in front of the city walls, the hotel is close to the town centre and the ‘Hospices de Beaune’. If you feel energetic, why not join our tour guide for a guided tour around Beaune? Beaune is famous for the ‘Hospice de Beaune’, wine tasting and museums and its importance as a city grew in the 15th century.
‘Your Choice’ dinner – you can dine in the hotel’s restaurant, opt for room service or join the Tour Management team for dinner in Beaune this evening.
Accommodation: Hotel Le Cedre
We follow the route of the Grand Cru’s, our picturesque drive taking us along the Côte de Nuits, through the villages of Nuits-Saint-Georges, Vosne-Romanée and Vougeot. You'll discover the “Champs-Elysées” of Burgundy. Whilst travelling past these prestigious vineyards, we learn about the ‘terroir’ and the different steps needed during the year to harvest the best Pinot Noir grapes. We visit Domaine Rion for a tour and wine tasting. Domaine Rion was founded in 1880 by the ex-sharecropper of the Château de la Berchère, who had acquired the Château's wines.
Our journey continues on to the ‘Fruirouge’ Farm, about 4km north of the famous Côte des Vins. This area is known as the Hautes-Cotes de Nuits and Fruirouge is located in a hamlet in the countryside. It sits at an altitude of 450m, on the plateau of Nuits-Saint-Georges and a stone’s throw from Clos de Vougeot and the vineyards of Romanée Conti. The fruit we come to learn about is blackcurrant which, besides wines, is one of the specialities of Burgundy. From here we head to Dijon for lunch.
In Roman times, Dijon was a crossroads between northern Europe and the Mediterranean. In the 14th century, it was here that the Valois Dukes of Burgundy founded one of the most brilliant courts in Europe. Dijon became the seat of the order of the Golden Fleece. From Renaissance times onwards, the townhouses of the Nobles of the Robe reshaped this “city of a hundred towers”. Dijon's pedestrian streets wind between medieval houses, churches and Renaissance townhouses.
We continue our culinary exploration after lunch and visit Fallot, a mustard factory. Learn the different stages of mustard making and the importance of the brassica seeds. No visit to France would be complete without sampling some cheese. Fromagerie Gaugry, our next and final visit for the day, specialises in the production of washed rind soft cheeses. Since 1920, the familial and regional cheese making tradition has been protected by the family, who own the ‘fromagerie’, whilst at the same time, they have expanded and modernised production. We'll learn about the cheese making process and of course sample some of the cheeses.
We return to the hotel late afternoon. This evening we will have a special farewell dinner in Beaune.
Accommodation: Hotel Le Cedre
After breakfast, you might like to take a relaxed early morning stroll into Beaune before checking out for the final time. We'll then make our way to the airport. Our crew will be waiting to take us back to the Stansted Private Jet Terminal. Enjoy a lunch, mingle with new found friends before we arrive back in the UK.
We say our goodbyes and look back to an amazing food and wine experience.
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|London, Stansted||Turin, Italy||1hr 25|
|Turin, Italy||San Sebastian, Spain||1hr 35|
|San Sebastian, Spain||Dijon, France||1hr 15|
|Dijon, France||London, Stansted||1hr 15|
Your Tour Includes:
|Single (add to main)||£ 2,000|