Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Spain Vacation: Cellar Tours

If you love Spanish food and wine, what should you do? How about travel to Spain, to get the food and wine at its source? That is exactly what I will be doing.

In exactly one month, I will be traveling to Spain for a two-week vacation. This is a trip that I have been planning for about a year. I spent time researching, seeking the best trip that would cater to my food and wine desires. I needed to decide which regions of Spain to visit, what places I wished to see. I checked out several tour companies and one company stood out, Cellar Tours.

Cellar Tours offers luxury food and wine tours of Spain, Portugal and Italy. I read some very positive press about the company. For example, Forbes Travelers magazine recently listed its Ten Best Wine Vacations In The World and Cellar Tours ran three of the listed vacations. Cellar Tours had several sample itineraries for their Spanish tours and they certainly intrigued me. Plus, they were fully customizable. Cellar Tours would work to develop a personalized tour for you, to cater to your own preferences.

What impressed me most initially about Cellar Tours was their professionalism. They were quick to respond to all of my inquiries. They were always courteous and helpful. They made many suggestions and helped me devise a two-week trip that suited what I desired. I had initially inquired at a couple other companies but none of the others were as professional as Cellar Tours. One company was very lax in responding to my inquiries. So, Cellar Tours became my choice.

Now, I have been dealing with Cellar Tours for many months and that professionalism has never dimmed. I could not have asked more of any tour company. This has made me confident that my vacation will be exceptional.

I will visit several regions of Spain, starting in the city of Madrid and ending in Barcelona. I will visit about nine different wineries, in areas such as Rioja, Priorat and Penedes. I will dine at exceptional restaurants, including at least one Michelin three star in San Sebastian. I will visit the Boqueria market in Barcelona, dine on tapas, attend La Perla spa, and so much more. Though there is much planned, I will have plenty of free time as well to explore Spain.

The vacation will not be inexpensive. But it is a luxury vacation and you get what you pay for, a dream vacation. It includes high end hotels and restaurants. It includes a personal driver and guide when traveling to the various wineries. There are many other extras as well.

While I am away, I will take many photos and notes. My adventures will eventually end up here in my blog. I will review the wineries I visit, the wines I drink, the restaurants where I dine. You will feel like you have been in Spain too. I hope you will enjoy.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I hope you love Cellar Tours. We used them last year for a tour of Portugal and their service was excellent. We'll do Italy and Spain with them too, just need to save up a year or two between trips!

Mike said...

I hope you love Cellar Tours. We used them last year for a tour of Portugal and their service was excellent. We'll do Italy and Spain with them too, just need to save up a year or two between trips!
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