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Spend your time with Esme Tours as they take you around the province of León in northern Spain. Once here, you will spend your nights in an exclusive lodge and spend your days filled with options; from preparing Spanish cuisine with Chef Esmeraldo in the kitchen, hiking through the countryside, exploring traditional villages, and visiting museums and cathedrals with Laura. Relax on a roof-top terrace with a wood-burning fireplace, comfy chairs, tapas and vino tinto!
During the tour, you will stay at the following venues or other places with similar quality.
Today you arrive in León, get a transfer to the charming town of Astorga or Val de San Lorenzo. Enjoy welcome tapas and Spanish wine upon arrival.
In the afternoon, you will explore Astorga. Visit Roman ruins, Cathedral de Santa Maria de Astorga, and Antoni Gaudi’s Episcopal Palace. Astorga is a stop on the Camino de Santiago (UNESCO World Heritage List).
Then, enjoy an evening of tasting with Chef Esmeraldo. You will explore the cuisine of the Maragatos at a locally owned restaurant and enjoy specially selected Spanish regional wines.
Start your day like a typical Spaniard with freshly squeezed orange juice and café con leche, followed by a leisurely breakfast at the hotel. Then, check out of the hotel. Following the footsteps of the pilgrims heading for Santiago de Compostela, you will visit the villages of Castrillo de los Polvazares, Rabanal del Camino, Foncebadón, and the Cruz de Ferro.
You destination for lunch is the Prada a Tope Winery and Posada Palacio D Canedo. You will enjoy a feast especially chosen by Chef Esmeraldo. A gift shop with products and wines unique to the El Bierzo area is located close by.
Then, you will be transferred to Pozos and check into the lodge. Modern amenities are available with the exception of an internet connection. This is truly a unique experience to explore the real Spain and connect with the local people. Your evening will conclude with a gourmet dinner especially created by Chef Esmeraldo who has chosen dishes based on traditional local cuisine and paired them with Spanish wines.
Enjoy freshly squeezed orange juice and a leisurely breakfast at the lodge. Next, you will have a tour the village of Val de San Lorenzo, whose history in textile and wool production dates back to the 17th century. You will visit a traditional textile mill and enjoy demonstrations of the weaving process.
Lunch will be a tasting session with Chef Esmeraldo at a locally-owned and family-run restaurant. Dinner will be in Pozos, created by Chef Esmeraldo with natural and when possible organic ingredients grown in the area. Specially selected Spanish wines, cava, cider and liqueurs are offered with dinner. You can enjoy an evening stroll afterward.
This morning, enjoy a leisurely breakfast of fresh local products. Then, you will take part in a hands-on cooking session in Pozos with Chef Esmeraldo, this morning’s cooking session will incorporate traditional local cooking methods and techniques using an outdoor oven or wood stove. A four-course lunch will be created. Along the way. you will nibble, taste, indulge, and savor the joys of cooking and creating. You will enjoy wines from El Bierzo and Tierra de León. A recipe booklet will be provided.
Next, you will visit the local church and museum. Explore the terraced fields, oak forests, vegetable gardens, cows and chickens as you enjoy a nature walk.
Dinner will be in Pozos, created by Chef Esmeraldo featuring foods from the province of Galicia. You will enjoy a dinner of Parrillada Gallega (earth and sea mixed grill) and Albarino wines. Experience an evening fire on the outdoor terrace afterward.
This morning at 9 a.m., join Chef Esmeraldo in creating a picnic lunch of wine, breads, local cheeses, Jamón serrano, cecina, lomo, chorizo, Spanish tortilla, and a few special surprises. Then, take part in a nature hike along the Rio Eria or up the mountain for valley views. You will enjoy lunch along the way.
Dinner will be created by Esmeraldo with natural local ingredients grown in the area, will be a Spanish degustación menu of eight courses, paired with Spanish wines, cava, and locally made apple cider. You can have an evening village stroll after dinner.
This morning, you will enjoy a leisurely breakfast of fresh local products. Next, go on an excursion to the small villages of Truchas, Villar del Monte, and Corparales to explore the local history and farming methods. View Sacred Heart - Cristo de Valdavido perched high on a hill and built over the ruins of Count Ramiro Peno’s Castle and an old Roman fort. Or the second option, you can hike to Lago de Truchillas instead of village or driving tours. Have lunch along the way.
Next, there will be a hands-on cooking session, for those who wish to participate, with Chef Esmeraldo. You will be creating Paella Iberica for your dinner. You will also create tapas to savor as you wait for the paella to cook. There will be Jamón Iberico carving lesson. Specially selected Spanish wines, cava, cider and liqueurs are provided with dinner.
After a leisurely breakfast, you will check out of the lodge. You will have a stop in the village of Jiménez de Jamuz for a demonstration from traditional potters (not available Mondays). This is the pottery you used for the cooking classes in Pozos. Then, visit a local bar in Castrocontrigo to taste and buy locally produced Santocildes chocolate.
Next, you will have a lunch stop at a locally-owned restaurant, before driving to León and get settled into the hotel - Hostal San Marcos one of the most famous Paradores in Spain (or equivalent if your date is not available).
Explore León, including the León Cathedral with its stained glass windows, Basilica de San Isidora and Antoni Gaudi’s, Casa Botines. Stroll the streets of León with time to browse in the shops.
Enjoy dining as the Spanish do, a late night dinner at a specially chosen locally owned restaurant, where Chef Esmeraldo will choose the menu of traditional Leonese dishes and Spanish wines. Then, you can bar-hop with the locals in the Barrio Húmedo district of León.
A leisurely breakfast at the hotel, then check out.
Please note that Esme Tours and its representatives reserve the right to change itineraries and/or substitute services of equal or greater quality without prior notice.
Chef Esmeraldo has a passion for local, seasonal and organic foods. Classically trained in Switzerland and Madrid, he decided to explore the world as a chef. Esmeraldo has worked and lived in Switzerland, Spain, Canada, Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Philippines, Taiwan and China working for five star hotels, exclusive five star private clubs, opening new restaurants, creating gourmet wine dinners, and Spanish food promotions. Esmeraldo looks forward to cooking with you in Pozos, Spain.
The tour will take you to fascinating places in the Province of Leon.
The following meals are provided for you during the tour:
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