This food and wine tour in Spain offers a mixture of history, culture and good food at a selection of interesting local restaurants and a chance to taste the local wine both at the table while eating and also when visiting two small unique wineries in the Fontanares winegrowing area. The tour is called The Borgias as the infamous family were originally from the town of Xativa. The trip is loosely based on their connections with the area. Bocairent, a picturesque and historical town in the mountains and Xativa with its medieval part of town, its castle and its fascinating history provide a perfect backdrop for exploring the local culture and food. All this is combined with comfortable hotels makes this trip the perfect combination of relaxation and exploration and the chance to get to know the local gastronomic delights in a beautiful part of real Spain.
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The trip includes:
- Transport (minibus),including pick up in Valencia.
- 5 nights accommodation.
- 5 breakfasts.
- 3 midday meals
- 2 evening meals
- 3 tastings of local wine or beer products
- An English speaking tour leader, local guides for some visits,entrance fees..
- Prices per person (based on double occupancy):
- 1350 Euros
Small, unique, independent hotels of charming character. Two nights in the medieval town of Bocairent and three nights in Xativa. Both hotels have very comfortable modern double rooms within tastefully restored historical buildings in unique settings. There is a swimming pool in the Xativa hotel for the summer months.
N.B. Rooms are of the same quality but can be different in layout and style.
A monastery, a minster church, two wineries, an ancient hilltop fortified town and a guided tour of medieval Xativa.You wll also be able to visit the town's impressive castle.
There will be wine tasting during the visits to the bodegas.And one tasting of local wines and/or beer in Xativa after the guided tour.
We will do one walk of around two hours in the winegrowing area so we recommend bringing your walking shoes or boots. The terrain is not complicated but can be rocky and/or muddy underfoot. Whilst there is no serious hard walking on this tour you need to have good mobility as besides the two hour walk there are visits to the vineyards, Xativa castle and Bocairent town all include a fair amount of walking.For those who do not wish to walk you can visit the nearby village of Fontanares.
3 lunches and 2 evening meals in an interesting variety of restaurants/bars in order to try local dishes. You will be free to explore the town of Xativa, its bars and restaurants and try out the local cuisine (you could try tapas or try one of the many paellas on offer) at your own pace for one lunchtime and three evening meals. And you will have two free afternoons for doing you own thing whether it is exploring the old streets of Xativa or chilling out in the hotel.
Tour Itinerary and Price
A Five Night Holiday
You will be picked up from collection point in Valencia and then we proceed to visit the imposing 14th century Monastery of San Jeronimo near Gandia (the town where the Borgia family established a base for their family fortunes).After lunch you will have the opportunity to explore the historic quarter of Bocairent. Dinner is at superb local restaurant (local cuisine).
We will visit an interesting small winery and have lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch we will visit the unique stone carved bullring, the Moorish caves and try some of the local pastries in Bocairent. Then in the evening you are free do do your own thing in Bocairent..
We will visit Xativa, the elegant and historic capital of the region. We will take a guided tour of the medieval quarter and/or the castle depending on weather/time. The tour finishes with a tasting of local products after which people are free to have lunch at a restaurant of their own choice. In the afternoon we will be free to explore the town further on our own or chill out at our hotel. You are free to do as you wish for your evening meal.
Today we will visit the winegrowing area of Fontanares and take a walk through scenic vineyards and beautiful scenery ending up at a small winery to visit its installations and taste its wines. This we will follow up with a classic meal at a local restaurant. After lunch visit to fortified hilltop town built by the Iberos before the Roman invasion of Spain. For the evening we will have free time to do as we wish.
This morning we will visit the castle and then you are free to do our own thing for lunch and in the afternoon. You have the option of doing your own thing (we can recommend local pastries/drinks to try). In the evening there will be a farewell meal in an well known local restaurant.
In the morning we will be dropped off at the drop off point in Valencia capital.
Available Dates for this tour:
See dates on page above.
Prices per person (based on double occupancy):
1350 Euros or
1095 Pounds Sterling or
1795 Dollars US.
- 23rd to 28th Mar 2015
- 13th to 18th April 2015
- 18th to 23rd May 2015
- 1st to 6th June 2015
- 15th to 20th June 2015
- 14th to 19th Sept 2015