A Capital Culinary Adventure in Madrid

Madrid is more than just the capital city of Spain, it is one of Europe’s great cities, a place of stately grandeur, incredible art, and rich gastronomy on par with that of Paris or Rome. It is known for its elegant boulevards, its impeccably maintained parks, and of course its museums: one need only mention the Prado. Madrid is a modern city in that it has all the necessary infrastructure to support its robust tourism market, but it keeps the feel of an old-world city. Among some of its most famous sites are the Royal Palace, the National Library, the aforementioned Prado as well as other museums, the Royal theater and of course numerous churches. The feel of Madrid is that of vibrancy steeped in history, it has an energy about it that compares to the other great capitals of the world.


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We had a great time, the guides in Madrid and Barcelona were excellent. TIK worked with me well especially because I had no time to plan anything but it all worked out. I will contact International Kitchen in the future. Gerard, FL

Trip Details

For your 1 hands-on cooking class you have the rare pleasure of stepping out of your role as tourist and into that of an insider by venturing into the private home of your chef. You will start with a market visit, then head to the chef’s home for a lesson on Spanish gastronomy, its most representative products (olive oil, Iberian ham, and more), and of course life in Madrid. It is an experience sure to be a highlight of your trip.


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Itinerary

Day One

  • Enjoy welcome drinks followed with some free time to settle in.
  • Meet your guide for a foodie walking tour of Madrid, with wonderful samples and tapas that will make up your dinner tonight.

Madrid at night on a cooking vacation with TIK


Day Two

  • Breakfast, then meet your chef for a visit to the market to choose ingredients, then head back to the chef’s home for a cooking class featuring traditional Spanish gastronomy. Lunch will follow based on your efforts, accompanied by Spanish Sangria or top Spanish wines.
  • Afternoon and evening on your own.
  • Overnight.

Paella during a Spanish cooking vacation


Day Three

  • After breakfast at the hotel, departure on a full-day excursion to the outskirts of Madrid.
  • Your first stop will be a family winery dating back some hundred years that produces fine D.O. wines. Enjoy a visit of this winery that uses ancestral wine traditions, and of course a tasting of 3 of its fine wines.
  • Next, head to Chinchón, a charming medieval town known for its cluster of hilltop houses. The square is beautiful and totally characteristic of Spanish medievalism. Enjoy a wonderful lunch based on the town’s specialities, including roasted lamb or suckling pig, Castillian soup, “monk” sweets, and the local “anis.”
  • After lunch visit the last of the four old mills in the valley of the river Tajunña. The mill dates from the end of the 18th Century, and the olive groves are just as old, and the cradle of the “cornicabra” variety of olive. Of course you will have the change to taste this fantastic oil. (Note that the mill visit is not available February through April, and in those months you will spend extra time in Chinchón.)
  • Transfer back to Madrid. Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight.

Tapas during a Spanish culinary vacation


Day Four

  • Breakfast and private transfer to the Madrid airport or train station.

Trip Details

Included in the 3-Night Trip

Accommodations

3 nights accommdation in central Madrid

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 2 lunches
  • 1 food tour tasting dinner

Classes & Instructors

For your 1 hands-on cooking class you have the rare pleasure of stepping out of your role as tourist and into that of an insider by venturing into the private home of your chef. You will start with a market visit, then head to the chef’s home for a lesson on Spanish gastronomy, its most representative products (olive oil, Iberian ham, and more), and of course life in Madrid. It is an experience sure to be a highlight of your trip.

Excursions

  • Gastronomic walking tour in Madrid
  • Full-day excursion to Chinchón with winery visit and tasting, as well as olive mill visit and tasting (in season)

Transfer Details

  • Roundtrip private transfers to/from Madrid airport

Miscellaneous

  • Market visit

Accommodation Information

The 4* Hotel Catalonia Puerta del Sol in Madrid is an 18th-century building in a central location and with a warm, relaxed decor. The wood-furnished rooms feature en suite bath, free WiFe, flatscreen TVs, minbar, and more. There is a breakfast buffet, a restaurant, and a bar. (When not available a comparable property will be substituted).

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The 4* Hotel Catalonia Las Cortes is located in the center of town, just over a mile from the Prado Museum. The elegant rooms feature en suite baths, minibars, satellite TVs, free WiFi, and more. There is a restaurant, bar, and spa. (When not available a comparable hotel will be substituted.)

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Pricing & Tour Dates

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Year-Round Pricing:

3-night Program
US$2090 per person based on double occupancy
  • Add US$660 for single occupancy (use of a double room by 1 person)

The single occupancy cost is to run for 1 person. If you are traveling with others but want a single occupancy room, please inquire for pricing.

30% deposit due to confirm booking.
Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!


Tour Dates

Available the following dates for a minimum of 1 person. (Please note weekday dates have better availability than weekends, especially in summer). Other start dates also possible, please inquire.

2019
July 28-31
July 31-August 3
August 4-7
August 7-10
August 11-14
August 14-17
August 18-21
August 21-24
August 25-28
August 28-31
September 1-4
September 4-7
September 8-11
September 11-14
September 15-18
September 18-21
September 22-25
September 25-28
September 29-October 2
October 2-5
October 6-9
October 9-12
October 13-16
October 16-19
October 20-23
October 23-26
October 27-30
October 30-November 2
November 3-6
November 6-9
November 10-13
November 13-16
November 17-20
November 20-23
November 24-27
November 27-30
December 1-4
December 4-7
December 8-11
December 11-14
December 15-18
December 18-21
December 22-25
December 25-28
December 29-January 1

2020
January 5-8
January 8-11
January 12-15
January 15-18
January 19-22
January 22-25
January 26-29
January 29-February 1
February 2-5
February 5-8
February 9-12
February 12-15
February 16-19
February 19-22
February 23-26
February 26-29
March 1-4
March 4-7
March 8-11
March 11-14
March 15-18
March 18-21
March 22-25
March 25-28
March 29-April 1
April 1-4
April 5-8
April 8-11
April 12-15
April 15-18
April 19-22
April 22-25
April 26-29
April 29-May 2
May 3-6
May 6-9
May 10-13
May 13-16
May 17-20
May 20-23
May 24-27
May 27-30
May 31-June 3
June 3-6
June 7-10
June 10-13
June 14-17
June 17-20
June 21-24
June 24-27
June 28-July 1
July 1-4
July 5-8
July 8-11
July 12-15
July 15-18
July 19-22
July 22-25
July 26-29
July 29-August 1
August 2-5
August 5-8
August 9-12
August 12-15
August 16-19
August 19-22
August 23-26
August 26-29
August 30-September 2
September 2-5
September 6-9
September 9-12
September 13-16
September 16-19
September 20-23
September 23-26
September 27-30
September 30-October 3
October 4-7
October 7-10
October 11-14
October 14-17
October 18-21
October 21-24
October 25-28
October 28-31
November 1-4
November 4-7
November 8-11
November 11-14
November 15-18
November 18-21
November 22-25
November 25-28
November 29-December 2
December 2-5
December 6-9
December 9-12
December 13-16
December 16-19
December 20-23

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Reviews

No rating given with this review
We had a great time, the guides in Madrid and Barcelona were excellent. TIK worked with me well especially because I had no time to plan anything but it all worked out. I will contact International Kitchen in the future. Gerard, FL