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8 Days Northern Spain Guided Tour in Province of León

Astorga, Spain

Spain Country Tour

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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!

  • Minimum number of participants: 2
  • Maximum number of participants: 4
  • Type of transportation: Private van or car

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Chef Esmeraldo
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Highlights

  • Hands-on cooking sessions with a chef
  • Visit to a winery and traditional textile mill
  • Explore Roman ruins, Cathedral de Santa Maria de Astorga, and more
  • Visit León Cathedral, Basilica de San Isidora, Casa Botines
  • Pottery demonstration at Jiménez de Jamuz
  • Breakfasts, lunches, dinners
  • 7 nights accommodation

7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 4
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Accommodation

During the tour, you will stay at the following venues or other places with similar quality.

  • Private lodge in Pozos, Spain
  • Boutique rural hotels
  • Hostal San Marcos Parador, León (based on availability)

Program

Day 1

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.

Day 2

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.

Day 3

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.

Day 4

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.

Day 5

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.

Day 6

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.

Day 7

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.

Day 8

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.

Included excursions

  • Visit Roman ruins, Cathedral de Santa Maria de Astorga and Antoni Gaudi’s Episcopal Palace
  • Visit the villages of Castrillo de los Polvazares, Rabanal del Camino, Foncebadón, and the Cruz de Ferro
  • Head for a traditional textile mill in Val de San Lorenzo and enjoy demonstrations of the weaving process
  • Visit the local church and museum and enjoy nature walk
  • Traditional pottery demonstration at the village of Jiménez de Jamuz
  • Visit León Cathedral, Basilica de San Isidora, and Antoni Gaudi’s Casa Botines
  • Nature hike along the Rio Eria or up the mountain for valley views
  • Excursion to the villages of Truchas, Villar del Monte, and Corparales to explore the local history and farming methods

Instructors

Chef Esmeraldo Oteruelo

Location

The tour will take you to fascinating places in the Province of Leon.

Food

The following meals are provided for you during the tour:

  • Welcome reception of Spanish wine and tapas
  • Breakfasts
  • Tasting sessions with Chef Esmeraldo
  • Dinners especially created by Chef Esmeraldo
  • Degustación dinner of eight courses created by Chef Esmeraldo
  • Restaurant dinners especially chosen by Chef Esmeraldo
  • Picnic / merienda / lunches
  • Specially selected Spanish wines, cava, cider, liqueurs with meals
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks, juice

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Traditional village tours or history
  • Nature hikes
  • Museums, cathedrals, and castles
  • Gourmet cuisine
  • Hands-on cooking classes with Chef Esmeraldo
  • See a glimpse of life on the Camino de Santiago
  • Entry fees
  • Private transport to all excursions
  • Welcome reception of Spanish wine and tapas
  • Breakfasts
  • Tasting sessions with Chef Esmeraldo
  • Dinners especially created by Chef Esmeraldo
  • Degustación dinner of eight courses created by Chef Esmeraldo
  • Restaurant dinners especially chosen by Chef Esmeraldo
  • Picnic / merienda / lunches
  • Specially selected Spanish wines, cava, cider, liqueurs with meals
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks, juice

What's not included

  • Pickup or drop off from Léon (100 EUR per person)
  • Meals and drinks not specified
  • Personal expenses such as telephone, minibar, laundry, etc
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Cancellation insurance

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.
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