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Devour Andalusia: A Delicious Journey Through Southern Spain

Travel with two Spain experts deep into the heart of Andalusia and discover the cuisine, culture, history and passion of this breathtaking region.

All-inclusive Trip
Starts in Seville
9-Day Trip
6 Cities & Villages
16-24 September 2017
To inquire about this one-off culinary and cultural journey through Andalusia. Please get in touch:
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Highlights

  • You’ll be led by Devour Tours co-founders, James Blick and Lauren Aloise, published writers, experienced guides, certified sommeliers and passionate Spain experts.
  • Savor slow-cured organic black-hoof jamón at one of Spain’s best family-run estates.
  • Rediscover mystical sherry wines while touring the soaring galleries of a 19th century winery in Jerez.
  • Create Andalusian delicacies at a renowned cooking school nestled in whitewashed hilltop village Vejer de la Frontera.
  • Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime private visit to the world’s first ethical foie gras producer, as featured on NPR and in the New York Times.
  • Do tapas like a local on an award-winning tapas tour, hopping from bar to bar in the bustling taverns of old-town Seville.

Cultural Highlights

  • Stroll the magnificent date-palm arches of Cordoba’s 1000-year-old Mosque-Cathedral
  • Soak up Seville’s most passionate flamenco performance and understand the artform’s mysterious origins.
  • Discover an ancient Roman city destroyed by an earthquake
  • The Journey

    Welcome to Andalusia: a land of spellbinding history, deep culture and magnificent cuisine; of timeless hilltop villages and breathtaking ancient cities.

    Join Spain experts and Devour Tours co-founders James Blick and Lauren Aloise on this singular 9-day culinary and cultural journey into the heart of this incredible region. From country estates producing organic slow-cured jamón, to grand family-run nineteenth-century wineries to buzzing Seville tapas bars, you’ll taste, discover and understand the best of this region’s melting-pot gastronomy. And from Seville’s towering cathedral and twisting Jewish Quarter, to Cordoba’s perfumed patios and majestic Mosque, you’ll explore the world-famous sites and local’s-only hidden corners that reveal this fabulous land.

    So join us, James and Lauren, along with local chefs, winemakers, farmers, food artisans, families and historians, in order to truly experience the story, culture and cuisine of Andalusia.

    Go for tapas like a local in buzzing Seville
    Discover the majestic and famous monuments of Andalusia
    Meet our Andalusian friends: chefs, farmers and winemakers
    Savor the spectacular flavours of modern Andalusian cuisine
    Learn to cook ancient recipes like a true Spanish mama
    Wander the winding lanes of whitewashed villages

    What to Expect on Your Tour

    Day 1: Arrive to Seville and adjust to the gentle rhythms of Andalusia. Stretch your legs, and get your bearings on a guided walking tour of your historic hotel and surroundings. That evening we’ll meet for a festive celebratory welcome dinner with other guests and tour leaders James and Lauren. Overnight in Seville.

    Day 2: Delve deeply into Seville’s culinary traditions on a private walking food tour, tasting at tucked-away family-run establishments. That afternoon discover the city’s iconic sites with a private guide (including the Seville Cathedral, last resting place of Columbus, and the twisting Jewish Quarter). Dinner at a leading modern tapas restaurant includes a private pre-meal chat with the owners. Overnight in Seville

    Day 3: Head for the rolling Andalusian countryside, tasting and learning about Spain’s world-famous acorn-fed black-hoof ham (jamón) at a family-run producer. Then explore spectacular underground caves before enjoying an unforgettable private visit to world’s first ethical foie gras producer – NPR-featured La Patería de Sousa. Overnight in Seville

    Day 4: Tour the sumptuous private palace of Seville and Spain’s most famous noble family followed by lunch at your leisure. That evening, be swept up in a night of tapas bars and spellbinding flamenco. As you hop between tapas bars, your expert guide will unveil the mysterious origins story of flamenco before taking in one of the city’s best shows. Overnight in Seville

    Day 5: Leave Seville by private coach to stroll thriving olive groves and taste award-winning extra virgin olive oil at a magnificent mill, before pulling into captivating Cordoba, a city where Muslim, Catholic and Jewish cultures co-existed in harmony. An expert guide will tell the story of this ancient city on a private tour of its celebrated sites, followed by a stirring pre-dinner concert of sephardic music in a private patio. Overnight in Cordoba

    Day 6: Savor rich red wines and wander verdant vines at renowned Huertas del Albala winery before lunch in the historic Parador in village Arcos de la Frontera. Then learn to rustle up true Andalusian cuisine in a private cooking class with renowned instructor Annie B in her hilltop Casa Alegre in the ancient village of Vejer de la Frontera. Overnight in Vejer de la Frontera

    Day 7: Head for the coast, led by Annie B, to discover ancient local tuna fishing, salting and smoking traditions before a tuna-rich tasting menu at famed El Campero. Then step back into the past, strolling spectacular seaside ruins at Baelo Claudia, an ancient Roman fish salting town nestled on the Straits of Gibraltar. Overnight in Vejer de la Frontera

    Day 8: Strike out for sherry country, touring the enchanting town of Jerez and tasting and learning about the almost mystical (and much misunderstood) sherry wines at glorious 19th century family-run winery Diez Merito. After lunch return to Seville for a farewell dinner of celebrated Andalusian slow food at much-loved local restaurant. Overnight in Seville Day 9: After breakfast at the hotel, guests depart independently from Seville.

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    About Our Expert Guides

    To celebrate this unique Andalusian experience, the co-founders of Devour Tours, James Blick and Lauren Aloise, are excited to lead this tour. Known internationally for their writing about Spain’s culture, history and cuisine (their work has been featured in The Guardian, The Sunday Times, and About.com), they possess a deep knowledge about and passion for Spain. They’ve traveled this country widely, tasted amply and are both certified sommeliers. And drawing on their love for this region, and their extensive local knowledge, they have personally designed this journey. They can’t wait to share their Andalusia with you!

    Accommodation

    Lay back and enjoy rooftop views of whitewashed villages
    Relax in comfortable, elegantly-appointed rooms
    Experience the echoes of Andalusia's Moorish past
    Savor the spectacular flavours of modern Andalusian cuisine
    Savor beautiful decor and hints of the ancient world.
    Stay in beautifully-renovated iconic buildings

    Inclusions

  • All accommodation at luxurious, carefully-chosen properties
  • All meals, except breakfast on day 1, dinner on day 3 and lunch on day 4 (free time).
  • Wine and alcoholic beverages during meals and wine tastings (non-alcoholic options available at meals)
  • All ground transportation by private luxury air-conditioned minibus as per the itinerary
  • Entrance to all historic sites and museums included in the itinerary
  • All tours, excursions, activities, experiences, and classes included in the itinerary
  • Two Spain experts as trip leaders, who will accompany the entire tour and share invaluable information and insights
  • Exclusions

  • Travel insurance, medical insurance and cancellation insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Any additional charges to hotel rooms
  • Premium alcoholic beverages during meals
  • How To Book

    To enquire about this one-off culinary and cultural journey through Andalusia, please email us by clicking here: [email protected].

    Spots will be sold on a first come, first serve basis, and we are unable to hold spots without a deposit. We will be in touch promptly to answer any questions, and to arrange payment (major credit cards and bank transfer accepted).

    Also, please contact us if you would like a PDF version of a detailed itinerary of the trip and we will send it to you. We look forward to sharing the beauty and magic of southern Spain with you!

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    Map Your Tour

    Meeting point Seville
    Places we'll visit West Andalusia

    Seville, Cordoba, Vejer de la Frontera, Aracena, Jerez de la Frontera, Arcos de la Frontera

    Ending point Seville

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