Savor Central Spain from the Quitness of hearty Lands
Through this CÚRATE Trips to Madrid & Castile immerse in the culture and food of Central Spain through some of the most fascinating and exclusive culinary experiences. This trip includes priceless insider access and connections, and a tantalizing insight into the essence and heart of Spain. The culture of the richly endowed region is showcased through its cuisine.
CÚRATE Trips Madrid & Castile takes you to the heart of Spain where Castilian gastronomy reflects the contrasts found in the region’s cultural profile. A marriage of Jewish, Arabic and Christian culinary influences existed alongside one another for centuries, sharing technique and style over time until they formed a cuisine distinctly Castilian.
This new journey uncovers first-hand the real Central Spain through the authentic Spanish food, living some of the most fascinating experiences accessible to a very few. Join a new new sui generis 10-day culinary trip limited to 18 participants.
Madrid - Toledo - Madrid
Madrid - Segovia - Valverdon
Valverdon - Organic Farm experience - Salamanca - Valverdon
Valverdon - Jimenez de Jamuz - Astorga
Astorga - Las Médulas - Bierzo - Astorga
Astorga - Burgos
Burgos - Madrid
Madrid, end of journey
CÚRATE in partnership with the specialist food and wine tour operator Paladar y Tomar provides the most seamless journey that only two in-the-know insiders can assure.
It’s time to discover this signature 10-day program across Central Spain through enjoyable and comprehensive show-cooking and intimate visits, and only-well-connected experiences under the expert purview of the four experts Katie Button and Félix Meana plus Valeska Idarraga and Fernando Paredes and the most illustrious local cooks and professionals.
Take part in a dream program that contains unimaginable visits all along with the valuable insight only locals can give, leaving you well versed in many foundations and techniques of Spanish gastronomic culture and the Mediterranean soul.
After a welcome drink, in the afternoon, enjoy a unique century-old shops tour. These historic establishments have seen the birth and growth of more than three generations of Madrid’s citizens. Let’s explore some food- related ones. The welcome dinner will immerse you in the authentic Madrid way of life.Dinner
Urso Hotel & Spa 5*
Enjoy a getaway to Toledo. Also known as the City of Three Cultures for having been influenced by a historical co-existence of Christians, Muslims and Jews, as you stroll around the streets of Toledo among its huge haul of churches and convents, mosques and synagogues, you will be delighted.
IN THE MARKET
Back to Madrid we’ll change the atmosphere, and we’ll take you to one of the ten gourmet markets of Madrid to explore some culinary fusion Ready for an explosion of flavors?
Free evening to explore the capital on your own.Breakfast, lunch
Urso Hotel & Spa 5*
An intangible air of magic ensconces Segovia. Whether it can be attributed to warm hues of terra-cotta contrasting a backdrop of snow-capped Sierra de Guadarrama mountains or to the ancient architectural splendor of its Roman aqueduct towering over a dynamic, modern city, one thing is for sure: it’s undeniable. And the whole world knows about the gastronomic miracle in Segovia; Cochinillo Asado or Roast Suckling Pig that has become a legend. Do you want to know why?
HACIENDA ZORITA WINE HOTEL
Only 10 minutes from the historic city of Salamanca surrounded by countryside and vineyards. This ancient Dominican monastery, located on the river Tormes, is now a unique Wine – Hotel & Spa, with its’ history stretching back to 1366. It was at Zorita that Cristopher Columbus persuaded the “Reyes Católicos” to provide the support he needed to realize his dream, leading to the discovery of the New World. Enjoy a private wine tasting in an impressive atmosphere.Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Hacienda Zorita Wine Hotel & Spa
A member of Zorita will lead a beautiful day in a land filled with evergreen oak trees, olive trees, vineyards, the local Churra sheep, the Verata Slow goats, water buffalas and the Iberian and Mangalica pigs. Taste the own-produced cheeses, olive oils and our unique balsamic vinegar aged for 10 years.
SALAMANCA BY NIGHT
Salamanca’s cathedrals and churches rise up suddenly on the other side of the Tormes River, The old city remains much as it was in the 18th century and nothing seems to alter the rhythm of this ancient ville. The city’s pride is the University of Salamanca founded in 1218, it is said to be the third oldest university in Europe after Oxford and Bologna.
The central Plaza Mayor is perhaps Spain’s most glorious square, and throughout the city you’ll see exceptional Plateresque carving thanks to the soft sandstone. Enjoying Salamanca at night is a lifetime experience.Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Hacienda Zorita Wine Hotel & Spa
BODEGA EL CAPRICHO
Probably the best beef in the world. Proclaiming the culinary superiority of beef that isn’t raised agribusiness-style and shipped halfway around the world. But within that mind-set is a range of philosophies about what to feed the animals, when to slaughter them, how to age the meat, how to cook it. Selecting the animals can go beyond breed to — yes — personality. This is a chance to meet José Gordon, a breeder and chef in Spain devoted to offer the best meat.
After lunch, transfer back to Astorga to relax or stroll around on your own across this charming town, you won’t miss the imposing Episcopal Palace of Astorga as it is one of only three works completed by Gaudí outside of Catalonia, along with Casa Botines in León and “El Capricho” in Comillas. Anyway, tonight you will feel Astorga in full and literally “eat the city” by delving into the stories of the best restaurateurs in town in a dynamic show-cooking dinner.Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Hotel Spa Ciudad de Astorga 4*
LAS MÉDULAS ROMAN GOLD MINES
Las Médulas is an historic mining site in the region of El Bierzo which used to be the most important gold mine and largest open pit gold mine in the entire Roman Empire. The survey and excavations of pre-Roman and Roman settlements throughout the area allowed for new historical interpretations that greatly enriched the study of Roman mining. A positive result of these systematic studies was the inclusion of Las Médulas as a World Heritage Site in 1997. The view from Mirador de Orellán is truly breathtaking and definitely a highlight.
Verónica Ortega, after studying oenology in her native Cádiz (Andalusia) spent several years of training and work in places like New Zealand, South Africa or France. It was precisely working in France where she learnt about the spectacular Bierzo terroir through major wine representatives in the region as Raúl Pérez and Ricardo Pérez Palacios, who became good friends and showed her all the potential of the region known as the Spanish Burgundy. Verónica is ready to share with us her internationally recognized personal project.Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Hotel Spa Ciudad de Astorga 4*
We continue our way to Burgos, and you’ll leave the rustic side behind you to enjoy afine lunch showcasing contemporary cuisine with clearly defined traditional roots.
Relax today at Hotel Landa, situated in a painstakingly restored mansion and Medieval tower, and before dinner enjoy the best Ribera del Duero wine tasting session ever, it’ll be fun and instructive. The delicious home made Castilian cuisine at the hotel deserves being enjoyed in calm, it’s freshly-made bread and pastries are superb.Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Hotel Landa 4* Boutique
Burgos evokes medieval knights and princesses, such as El Cid, old stoned streets, green avenues, statues, everything has Cidian. The spiers of the Cathedral – declared World Heritage – stand out over the forest of Gothic church towers. The mansions and houses emblazoned like the one of the Cord, Castilfalé or the House of Miranda remind palace intrigues and times of plenty.
After a guided visit, trying the local traditional lechazo or suckling lamb, this is something of an institution.
This will be your only free evening, take your time to explore the burgales lifestyle or enjoy the hotel in your intimacy.Breakfast, lunch
Hotel Landa 4* Boutique
RIBERA DEL DUERO
Ribera del Duero is one of the world’s most prestigious wine regions and well know for its big well-balanced reds. This is a once in a lifetime visit; accessing one of the finest wineries in the world is an experience attainable by a very few. Grapes apparently were cultivated and wines made in the Ribera del Duero by the Romans, but modern plantings date from the Middle Ages when French monks brought vine cuttings to the Cistercian monastery at Valbuena de Duero.
MADRID FAREWELL DINNER
Today’s farewell dinner will be an intimate session at a private cookhouse from a well renowned Spanish culinary personality and friend, you’ll feel at home!Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Urso Hotel & Spa 5*
END OF JOURNEY
Following breakfast, private transfer to Madrid airport or train station at your appointed time, or continue your journey if you decided to extend your trip.Breakfast
Price & Booking Terms
- 28 OCT. – 06 NOV., 2022 (9 nights / 10 days)
- 9 Nights accommodation on bed and breakfast basis
- 8 lunches and 7 dinners
- Private deluxe transportation throughout
- Private Madrid Airport transfers in and out
- Personal purchases and expenses
- Travel insurance
- Medical insurance with international coverage
- Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses
Total journey: €6,900
*Rates are in Euros per person, on double occupancy basis
At the time of reservation: 25% of journey cost per person
- 90 days before departure: Balance due
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
- Payment method: Bank transfer or major credit cards are accepted (Visa, American Express, Mastercard).
Chef Katie Button was born in the South, raised in the North, and educated in Europe. Four-time James Beard Award nominee and cookbook author, Katie Button is the co-Founder and CEO of Katie Button Restaurants in Asheville, North Carolina, including the beloved Cúrate Bar de Tapas, Cúrate Spanish Wine Club, and La Bodega by Cúrate. A Southern chef with a scientific mind, Button honed her craft in the kitchens of some of the world’s best chefs, most notably Ferran Adrià and José Andrés, before venturing out to open her own restaurant with husband Felix Meana and her family. Katie Button was featured as one of Food & Wine’s 2015 Best New Chefs. Cúrate was named as one of the “40 Most Important Restaurants of the Past 40 Years” by Food & Wine and one of the “Most Important Restaurants of the Decade” by Esquire.
Originally from Roses, a small town on the Costa Brava in Catalunya, Spain, Felix Meana jumped in to the deep end of the hospitality industry at 19 and finally worked as front of the house service manager for five years at Ferran Adrià’s world famous restaurant, elBulli. Then he moved to Washington DC with José Andrés at ThinkFoodGroup (it was here where he met Katie Button), and he worked as Director of Service and helped with developing and opening new restaurants, including The Bazaar by José Andrés in SLS Hotels across Beverly Hills, CA, Las Vegas, South Beach, Miami, and Puerto Rico. Co-partner at CÚRATE, Felix’s close relationships with Spain, coupled with a sense of adventure and desire to share that with others, has helped him build a unique travel experience through Cúrate Trips.
Valeska inherited a taste for gastronomic culture from her French father and a talent for cooking from her Basque grandmother, a good reputed chef in that times. After studying Economics and Journalism in her native Barcelona, she went to Switzerland to pursue hotel management studies and she worked at some of the most prestigious hotels. Valeska speaks five languages. She is a Certified Sherry Wine Cellar Advance Expert, WSET 2 certified and WSET 3 candidate. Valeska is co-founder at Paladar y Tomar, she is marketing director and manages client relationships and operations at CÚRATE Trips.
Fernando Paredes is the CEO, financial director, and wine responsible of Paladar y Tomar. The Barcelona native was well into a career in economics when he discovered his true callings—travel, food, and wine. He entered the tourism industry as General Manager of a bespoke travel group, earned a degree in Food Event Design from the European Design Institute, became a Certified Sherry Wine Cellar Advance Expert and passed WSET 2 (Wine & Spirits Education Trust) with distinction. He is now a WSET level 3 candidate. Fernando’s journeys, and passion for food, have taken him to all corners of the world and now besides his many responsibilities he personally leads every tour at CÚRATE Trips.
8 Reasons to join us
At CÚRATE Trips the excellence of the landscape’s cuisine along with its breathtaking natural surroundings, exceptional wine varieties, and tranquility of the hand-picked singular accommodations create a getaway unparalleled in value and authenticity. Participate in a transformative trip.
CÚRATE Trips benefit from the expertise of Paladar y Tomar curating every hotel in search of the most unique nature of each location. This allows us to cater for every different type of personality and taste and have selected for this occasion singular hotels with immense value that enhance every moment. Our stories start from the moment you arrive.
You were truly instrumental in making our trip fantastic. Truthfully, I wish I were still there.
Many thanks and looking forward to something we can plan together again in the future. Abrazos,
Your restaurant choices were all very good as well.
As for the sherry and bodega visits, those were even more impressive. We had such a terrific time and the experiences were very personalized.
Thank you so much for arranging special tastings for us. It was absolutely incredible.
Everyone we met were so kind and welcoming. We are Sherry wine fans for life!!
We signed up and took a chance, and were rewarded greatly. The happy group is a testament to not only your planning and professionalism, but your kindness as well.
Hands down, best tour trip ever 🙂
So grateful for the opportunity to get to know all of you!
The trip was amazing in all aspects. We were really impressed with everything. The hotel choices were wonderful, the locations were perfect, the guides were terrific and very knowledgeable. Your restaurant choices were all very good as well.
As for the sherry and bodega visits, those were even more impressive. We had such a terrific time and the experiences were very personalized. Thank you so much for arranging special tastings for us. It was absolutely incredible. Everyone we met were so kind and welcoming. We are Sherry wine fans for life!!
I was so impressed with everything you arranged and your promptness and professionalism. Dillon had a wonderful time and was very complimentary.
Thank you for everything.
With gratitude, Star
Thank you so much for this helpful list! Gary and I are still talking about what a great time we had on the trip to Spain and how much we enjoyed meeting you, Fernando and Felix. You did an amazing job and we so appreciated seeing Spain's beautiful cities, historical treasures and of course the wonderful food, wine and people!
Gary and I wanted to thank you again for your continued care and concern as we spent three additional days in Madrid with the Millars. You and Fernando were so nice to make sure all went well and to see us off when we finally had to depart.
We are wishing you all the best and a wonderful holiday season ahead,
We had a winderful time particularly thanks to your superb arrangements. We will return! Arrivederci Marco
All the private excursions that she arranged were excellent. At some point during every tour our guide received a message from our agent checking in on how everything was going. We felt very well taken care of during our honeymoon and very thankful for all the assistance Valeska provided in making this dream vacation come true.