23-30 September, 2018
Valencia has recently stepped out of the shadow of Madrid and Barcelona to become a world class destination in its own right. With its stunning City of Arts and Science (designed by local architect Calatrava), as well as a charming old quarter and a burgeoning gourmet scene, the city is on the rise.
The region is the birthplace of Spain’s best known dish, paella, and of course is famous for the huge swathes of orange trees that dominate the landscape. Local drinks such as Agua de Valencia (a cocktail made from orange juice, Cava and sugar) and horchata (made from tiger nuts) are not to be missed. Valencia, both the city and region, has the feeling of a place whose time has come to shine and we are delighted to be returning there.
23-30 September, 2018
- Wine tours to some the best wineries of Valencia, Utiel-Requena, Jumilla & Yecla including Rafael Cambra, Los Frailes, Luzon, Casa Castillo, Barahonda, Bodegas Castaño, Hispano+Suizas, Gutierrez de la Vega, Bodegas Cueva
- Cultural visits with art historian Gijs van Hensbergen to the Ceramics Museum and IVAM modern art museum
- Paella cookery class and boat ride in Albufera, Spain’s largest lake
- Flamenco show & dinner in former 18th Century palace
- Michelin star dinner overlooking marina in Alicante
- Historical tapas and walking tour of Valencia’s old town
- Cheese tasting at Casa Montaña, one of Valencia’s best wine bars
- Dinner at La Salita, one of the city’s best new restaurants
Single Supplement $400
What's Included & Extensions
- 4 nights SH Ingles, Valencia
- 3 nights at Spa Hotel La Romana
- Private transport by luxury coach
- English speaking guides
- Breakfast daily; 6 lunches/ 6 dinners
- 1 cookery class
- Activities as specified
- 9 winery visits
(per person sharing)
- Euro Price
- GBP Price
Business Development Manager and Tour Host
Simon studied at Queen’s University Belfast and had a career in IT and professional rugby management before joining Iberian Wine Tours. He has a lifelong passion for wine and travel, stemming from a visit to the Barossa Valley when he lived and worked in Australia as a teenager. Since then he has visited most of the top wine regions of the world. After successfully completing the WSET Advanced Certificate in Wines and Spirits he has worked closely with Jeremy Shaw in overseeing the growth of Iberian Wine Tours.
Gijs van Hensbergen
Gijs van Hensbergen is a Dutch art historian, food critic and Hispanist. After training at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London for a BA Hons and Postgraduate research in History of Art he worked for the Knoedler Gallery, in London and New York. Following this, he made the rather eccentric decision to devote 5 years of his life to the art of the Master Chef of the Chaine des Rotisseurs as a suckling pig specialist in Segovia, Spain. He is now the Grand Knight of the Noble Order of the Silver Whisk.