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Culinary Landscapes of Portugal, Spain & France
Travel Dates: May 2 – May 16
Instructors: Seebach, Abraham
Location: Portugal, Spain & Francey

Day 1 - Monday, May 2, 2011
Overnight flight to Lisbon

Day 2 - Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Arrive in Lisbon
Built around the wide, winding River Tagus, the Atlantic port of Lisbon was conquered from the Moors in 1147 and
later set forth intrepid seafaring discoverers such as Vasco de Gama. Take a tram up and down the narrow cobbled
streets of Lisbon's seven hills and admire the magnificent government square of Praca do Comercio , rebuilt after
the devastating earthquake of 1755.
EF walking tour of Lisbon (time permitting)
Experience Old World atmosphere as you stroll the winding streets in Lisbon's age-old Moorish Alfama district.
Discover the secrets of this hillside medieval quarter as you explore the former center of Moorish aristocracy. Many
of the cities surviving historical buildings are located in the Alfama, including 16th century aristocratic palaces and
churches. Here you will wander the narrow winding cobblestone streets that make up this district. In places the
streets are only 4 feet wide!
Overnight in Lisbon

Day 3 - Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Guided sightseeing of Lisbon
With a knowledgeable local guide you will pass by Padrão dos Descobrimentos, the Monument to Discoveries,
which preserves artifacts of Portugal's maritime achievements. You will also see the Torre de Belé, which was built
to commemorate the Age of Discovery and from where Bartolomeu Dias set sail for his historic first voyage around
the Cape of Good Hope. Then visit the Castelo de São Jorge, Lisbon's oldest monument, whose foundation
predates the Romans.
Fado Evening
"Fado" is a musical tradition in Portugal, a performance of ballad-like songs that tell stories of the joys and
hardships of everyday life. Our Fado Evening provides you with a firsthand perspective on this aspect of
Portuguese tradition as talented performers present a program of centuries-old songs and dances.
Dinner is not included this evening.
Overnight in Lisbon

Day 4 - Thursday, May 5, 2011
Transfer to Santiago de Compostela via Porto and the O Grove
On your way to Santiago de Compostela, make a brief stop in Oporto and visit a wine cellar. From there, continue
to El Grove, a peninsula that faces the Atlantic Ocean an the shores of O'Salnes valley, enclosed by the southern
Galician estuaries or as the locals refer to them, Rias Baixas.
Arrive in Santiago de Compostela
Head Northwest through the Sierra de la Cabrera to the third largest holy city of the Christian world. Renowned as
a pilgrimage site since medieval times, the city is home to the tomb of the apostle St. James. In more recent times
Galician farmers have used the city as a market which has created greater wealthy within the region.
Overnight in Santiago de Compostela

Day 5 - Friday, May 6, 2011
Walking tour of Santiago de Compostela
Make your own pilgrimage to the high altar of Santiago's grandiose cathedral as you stroll through the expansive
Plaza de Obradoiro. It is here that you can appreciate the importance of the Apostle St. James whose image is
seemingly impressed upon every facade, before venturing inside the echoic Romanesque crypt. The pilgrim's
emblem, the scallop shell, can even be seen on the exterior of the Gothic cloisters. During your walking tour you
will pay a visit to the city's famed Cathedral.
Dinner is not included this evening.
Overnight in Santiago de Compostela

Day 6 Saturday, May 7, 2011
Transfer to Cantabria
Welcome to Cantabria, one of the northernmost regions of Spain. While you are here, you can take in its lush
vegetation and see why locals refer to is as Green Spain. Cantabria is the richest region in the world in
archaeological sites from the Upper Paleolithic period and boasts cave painting sites that date from about 16,000
to 9,000 BC.
Overnight in Cantabria

Day 7 - Sunday, May 8, 2011
Excursion to Santillana del Mar
Venture to the picturesque village of Santillana del Mar. One of the best preserved medieval villages in Europe,
Jean-Paul Sarte called Santillana del Mar "the prettiest village in Spain." Perched on the hills three miles from the
ocean, Gaudi once lived and painted here—you might choose to visit the museum that now stands where the
artist's house once was.
Dinner is not included this evening.
Overnight in Cantabria

Day 8 - Monday, May 9, 2011
Transfer to Bilbao
Arrive in Bilbao, the largest city of the Basque Region and capital of the Biscay Province.
Visit to the Guggenheim Museum
Visit Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum of modern and contemporary art. Inaugurated in 1997 and designed by
American Frank Gehry, the edifice alone has become an internationally renowned architectural masterpiece
bringing much prestige to this fiercely Basque city. A titanium steel explosion of interconnecting curves and
distorting angles, it houses an eclectic and exciting range of permanent exhibits.
Overnight in Bilbao

Day 9 - Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Guided Sightseeing of Bilbao
Journey to the heart of the Basque Country (or Euskadi, as the natives call it). Your sightseeing begins with a walk
through Bilbao, a city nestled at the foot of the Pyrenees. You'll see the famed Guggenheim Museum, whose
fanciful walls of titanium, limestone, and glass provide grand structure around a vast collection of 20th-century
modern art, including works by Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock. Stroll through the rustic streets of the casco
viejo (old town) to the Catedral Basilica de Santiago, Bilbao's Gothic Cathedral. You may even have time for some
churros y chocolate at a local café.
Excursion to a Winery
This afternoon, head to The Herederos del Marqués de Riscal winery, located in Elciego in the south of the
Rioja Alavesa, the southern-most part of the province of Alava and the heart of the Rioja wine and grape
region.
Dinner is not included this evening.
Overnight in Bilbao

Day 10 - Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Free day in Bilbao
Enjoy a free day to explore the flavor of Bilbao. In addition to the Guggenheim Museum, feel free to visit the Fine
Arts Museum or the recently refurbished Maritime Museum. Alternatively, you may wish to stroll along the colorful
streets of the Old Town or Casco Viejo.
Dinner is not included this evening.
Overnight in Bilbao

Day 11 - Thursday, May 12, 2011
Transfer to Bordeaux via San Sebastian and Biarritz
Free time in San Sebastian
During your free time, you may wish to spend time relaxing on the beaches of this once royal resort. Take in the
sights of the Paseo Nuevo, visit the Palacio del Mar, a cutting edge aquarium, or visit the Palacio del Miramar, built
by Queen Maria Cristina in 1893 and the Palacio de Ayete, another royal residence. Otherwise, enjoy the local
delicacies at a café and keep your ears open for the Baque language Euskera, which is spoken by half the
residents of San Sebastián.
Photo stop in Biarritz
One of the most popular resorts in France, Biarritz mixes sandy beaches with a coast that allows for a variety of
water sports. Historically a small fishing port, the town developed as a tourist attraction during the 19th century due
largely to its popularity with the British – a tradition that continues today.
Arrival in Bordeaux
Perhaps best known for its wine production, the Bordeaux region is one of the most alluring in all of France. The
city itself has been the focal point for some of European history's most important events, such as the marriage of
Edward I and Eleanor of Aquitaine in 1152, as well as the end of the Hundred Year's War in 1453.
Overnight in Bordeaux

Day 12 - Friday, May 13, 2011
Guided Sightseeing of Bordeaux
During your in-depth sight seeing tour ride past Place de la Bourse, the former stock market, located on the
Garronne River. Next stop is the Place de Quinconces, the largest square in Europe (12 hectares/30 acres), found
in the square are a monument to the Girondists and statues of Montaigne and Montesquieu. To the northwest is
the Jardin Public, with the Botanical Garden and Natural History Museum. Your final stop, near the City Hall, is La
Cathedrale St Andre. Enter into the cathedral which is comparable in size to Notre Dame in Paris, built in the 12th
century.
Wine tasting at a Vineyard
This afternoon, learn why connoisseurs of the world flock to the Bordeaux region of France and visit a local
vineyard where you will have the chance to sample French vintage wines.
Dinner is not included this evening.
Overnight in Bordeaux

Day 13 - Saturday, May 14, 2011
TGV transfer to Paris
This morning, board a high speed train to Paris, cosmopolitan City of Light. Over the centuries, Paris has grown to
become the undisputed center of France, and one of the world's most important cities both culturally and
politically. Equally famed for its high fashion, awe-inspiring museums and elegant cuisine, Paris has also been a
center of theater, literature and philosophy throughout the ages.
Free time in Paris
Enjoy free time for your own explorations of Paris. You might wish to visit the Musée d'Orsay, the Rodin Museum,
or the futuristic exhibits of the Pompidou Centre. Other possibilities are a visit to the Sacré-Coeur, where you can
watch artists at work in the streets of Montmartre below, or a stroll through the Latin Quarter. Or take part in the
timeless Parisian tradition of people-watching over a cup of café au lait at a sidewalk café.
Overnight in Paris

Day 14 - Sunday, May 15, 2011
Visit the Cordon Bleu Culinary School
Enjoy a visit to a culinary school in Paris, the most cosmopolitan gastronomic capital of the world. Meet world
class chefs who bring with them the tradition and experience of some of the top kitchens in France.
Parisian Cooking Class
Enjoy this unique opportunity to take a cooking class at one of Paris' world-acclaimed cooking schools. A
professional chef will lead you in a participatory session featuring a sampling of traditional French specialties.
Dinner is not included this evening.
Overnight in Paris

Day 15 - Monday, May 16, 2011
Rreturn flight