Join us for the Special Flavor of Sevilla
May 7-13th, 2020
ARRIVE IN SEVILLE: Private transfer from Seville Airport to to our 5 star hotel Alfonzo XIII.
TAPAS & FLAMENCO: A TALE OF TRIANA: The pulsating life on the streets of Sevilla is palpable, and this evening tour takes you direct to the best of the city’s food and culture. You came to Sevilla to eat, but you wouldn’t mind getting a sight of flamenco while you are here. We take you inside Sevilla’s most popular neighborhood, Triana, where you will be immersed in the magic of the flamenco scene. Instead of touristy shows, we take you behind-the-scenes, all in the neighborhood where flamenco was born. See the city buzzing with life on this day tour, which also includes three stops at Triana’s best tapas spots.
PRIVATE TAPAS COOKING CLASS: Small bites pack a powerful punch when it comes to the tapas, Spain’s most famous culinary export. At its most basic, a tapa is a small plate, and you can usually order it in a larger version, too—la ración. From the simple and perfect fried fish, the region’s emblematic dish, to the elaborate creations that inspired by avant-garde cuisine, the world of tapas is demystified and made easy and fun in our cooking school.
In this class, you will learn to work with the freshest, most seasonal products to create both traditional and not-so-traditional dishes. Our chefs will provide real insight into the world of tapas, what makes them so special and tips and tricks to make them at home. Learn the basics and beyond.
An afternoon stroll in the Plaza Espana, this park is a peaceful jewel in the city morning noon or evening and very close to our Hotel. Also a bit of time for a little shopping or cruising the small narrow streets in search of that perfect piece of art to return home with after visiting the Centro Historico or other charming neighborhood. The afternoon will be followed by a fabulous dinner at my favorite Restaurant.
OPTIONAL: Dinner at local restaurant
JAMÓN IBÉRICO AT THE SOURCE: Start your day by traipsing through the forest of the Dehesa, holm oaks and acorns underfoot, to get a glimpse of the famous black leg Iberian pig. This protected race makes the best ham, and on this tour you will see it in its natural habitat, before moving onto the more delicious part of the process. We step into one of the best bodegas in Spain, Cinco Jotas, where visitors will learn the process of crafting this celebrated charcuterie. Watch the maestros, a handful of artisans, at work, hanging and inspecting the ham by hand every day. They will take you underground, to the 130-year old cellar—a veritable cathedral of Spanish ham.
After your crash course in its elaboration, we will sit for a glass of sherry and a tasting of jamón, where you will learn which part of the leg is your favorite and even be able to have your hand at carving a slice (under the close supervision of one of the world’s best carvers). We finish our trip to the Dehesa as we should, around a table. Visit a local, traditional restaurant in a village of 330 inhabitants, where we will tuck in to a lunch rich with different cuts of pork that we have just enjoyed. This incredible day trip will take you closer than you ever dreamed to jamón ibérico and the artisans that craft it.
This evening will be a gastronomic delight. We will dine with tasty traditions and a great seasonally changing menu that revolves around quality and fresh ingredients. The magic of Seville dining will be for your palette pleasure with friendly smiles abundant.
Our morning will be filled with an educational visit to the magnificent Cathedral of Sevilla and Alcazar accompanied by our knowledgeable local guide and an early morning taste at my favorite gelato shop. You will enjoy the chance to ask all the questions you may want to our expert guide. You will truly get the inside story. After a light lunch and rest we will meet for a relaxing and informative food and wine tasting class.
ANDALUSIAN FOOD AND WINE TASTING: In this tasting, 5 star sommelier fills your glasses with six local wines, from unique sherries to reds bursting with character. The wines are perfectly paired with local products made by some of artisans and friends, who tend pigs to cure amazing ham and make artisan jams from local produce.
All products and wines from within 100km of Sevilla—it doesn’t get more local than this. This relaxed yet informative tasting takes you to ground zero. I have designed it for both the wine fan looking for an in-depth Andalusian immersion course AND the novice visitor looking for a fun experience pairing food & wine.
PRIVATE JEREZ – This will be our day trip to the Sherry heartland: Sherry is the most underrated wine in the world. On this day long journey, discover one of the world’s most undercover wine regions guided by our team of experts, whose combined enthusiasm for sherry is unparalleled. We will chauffeur you around this beautiful region, visiting a bodega and a vineyard along the way, each with their own style, history and architecture. The day trip also includes a stroll through the lovely village of Jerez and lunch at one of its most local restaurants, tried and tested by my expert assistance.
Step into a sherry vineyard, an exclusive all access experience that is almost never open to the public. See the botas, sherry barrels that are essential in the unique process of sherry making, firsthand on this ground zero tour. We will finish the day around the table, pairing sherry with some of the most authentic local products, from Almadraba tuna to kilometer 0 olives.
This evening we will have a light dinner at one of my favorite Restaurants and stroll afterwards to enjoy some charming street music.
PRIVATE ANDALUSIAN COOKING CLASS: There is an incredible culinary richness in the sliver of Southern Spain that sits between the Guadalquivir River and the Atlantic Ocean. In this small zone, we find everything from Iberian pigs and truffles to the famous Huelva shrimp and the tuna caught in the celebrated Almadraba. In this culinary journey, you will learn to cook some of the most famous dishes from Sevilla, Cádiz and Huelva. These are dishes that have humble origins, like the gazpacho, but have become world-famous because they are so simply delicious. Bring the history and traditions of Andalucía to life in this hands-on cooking class, where you’ll learn the tricks that are practiced in real Andalucian homes and restaurants. If you want to take away a primer on the cuisine of the local culture, this is the class for you.
CHEF AND SOMM – A LIVE TAPAS WINE PAIRING: This new experience, held at this luxury cooking school in Sevilla, combines the expertise of the full-time sommelier with the popular head chef, live and in action. Celebrate Spanish wines, and their incredible variety, through pairings with local produce cooked right before your eyes.
Five special wines are perfectly paired with original tapas creations made with fresh produce. With a glass in hand, ask the sommelier all your questions about the Spanish wine scene, and glean great cooking tips from our chef as he prepares your food. From crisp, floral whites to robust reds from Rioja or Ribera del Duero, this fluid experience allows you to experience wine in a new way, from sitting at our wooden table to gathering around the stove, chatting and learning.
If you are still thirsty or hungry we will enjoy a farewell toast on the Terrace Restaurant at our lovely Hotel Alfonzo XIII
DEPARTURE FROM SEVILLE: Private transfer to Seville Airport from your accommodation
TOTAL PRICE: $5,695.00
$1,000 deposit due with reservation by December 20th, 2019.
Balance of $4,695 due by February 1st, 2020.
$1000 single supplement.