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The Route of Spanish Iberico Ham

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 6 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 20 people
Destination(s): Spain  
Specialty Categories: Food & Wine   Cultural Journey  
Season: October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1700 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1995 Euro (EUR)

Encounter the Iberico pig in its natural habitat in Southwest Spain - in open ranges of oak filled groves where this unique race to the Iberian peninsula is fed solely, and naturally, on acorns in the field. This peculiar breed of pigs, famous for their black hooves ("pata negra") as well as their black skin and hair, are descendants of the Mediterranean wild boar. Their unique characteristics of breed and breeding, and more importantly the natural climatic and agricultural conditions of this Mediterranean forest, result in the "caviar" of cured hams - Jamon Iberico - a standard in all Spanish tapas bars and becoming known worldwide in gourmet stores and upscale restaurants. It is considered the best ham in the world!!

Wonderful Seville will be the starting point of this route. From there you will go along the Southern part of what the Romans called la Ruta de la Plata or Silver Route, the Roman road which went across the Western part of Spain. From Seville to the mountainous region of the Sierra de Aracena (home to the so called Jamon de Jabugo - named after the village of Jabugo), you will visit a private ranch and the most prestigious Iberico ham producer's facilities in Spain. We will continue north along the famous Roman Silver Route, visiting other historic towns and villages of this incredible region of Extremadura considered by many Europeans as the last natural paradise in Europe.

Our gastronomic journey will end at the mythic Cordova. A proper mixture of cities, villages, and countryside will give you an in-depth introduction to the rich and historic cultures of the areas as well as to their culinary legacy.

Your Itinerary:

Day 1: Sevilla

You will start your trip in Seville where you will be lodged in a charming 4 stars hotel in the heart of the town. Free time to rest or to do some exploration on your own. We will offer you a welcome drink in the hotel that evening so that you can meet your guide who will present the program to you. Overnight in Seville.

Day 2: Sevilla

Breakfast. You will enjoy a guided visit of Seville and its impressive monumental legacy as well as its lively atmosphere. After a walk along the Barrio de Santa Cruz, you will enjoy lunch in a famous traditional restaurant where you will try delicious Sevillian specialties. Evening and dinner free. Overnight in Seville. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 3: Seville - Aracena – Zafra

Breakfast. Transfer to the Sierra de Aracena, in the North of the province of Huelva. Wonderful landscape of "dehesa" (Mediterranean forest), unique habitat where Iberian pigs are bread. You will visit a private ranch where the Iberian pigs are reared in freedom and fed on acorns, grass and aromatic plants. After that, you will continue to Aracena. where you will try some of the most traditional products and recipes of the area in a typical rural "venta". You will be also taught about how to cut a ham -and taste it, of course. Continue to close by Jabugo, to visit the most famous Iberico ham producer's facilities, including its cave, where you will know how the Iberian hams are elaborated and why their delicate flavor has made of it the best ham in the world. Transfer to Zafra and lodging in a charming rural hotel in the area. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Zafra. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 4: Zafra - Jerez De Los Caballeros – Zafra

Breakfast. You will visit Zafra, medieval town, its squares and baroque monuments, still unknown for many visitors. Excursion to visit the neighboring beautiful town of Jerez de los Caballeros and its famous towers. Lunch will be in a traditional tavern located in the former chapel of an old convent. You will have in a "picoteo", the Spanish way of informal lunch sharing a variety of "raciones" (large version of tapas). Dinner on your own. Overnight in Zafra. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 5: Zafra – Cordoba

Breakfast. This morning you will transfer to Cordova where you will stay that day. You will be lodged at a 4* hotel located in an old building in the Jewish quarter. Lunch will be on your own. Afterward, you will explore the incredible town of Cordova with a local guide. Much to explore as it's one of the oldest Spanish cities with an impressive Roman, Muslim and Jewish legacy. You will get impressed by its ancient mosque, one of Spain's most spectacular monuments. We will offer you a sumptuous farewell dinner in the most prestigious restaurant in town. Overnight in Cordoba. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 6: Cordoba. Breakfast. Independent departure arrangements. Includes: (B).

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Notes: Prices above are per person based on 6 people traveling. This tour is available for as little as 2 people. Please inquire for exact prices. When you book your vacation, an agreement is made between you, our company and others who provide services. Upon request we can provide you with our general terms and conditions governing the provision of these holidays. A non-refundable upfront initial deposit of € 200 Euros is due within 7 days of the initial booking request. Final payment is due 45 days before the tour departure. Within 45 day full payment is due upon booking request. All prices, itinerary etc. listed are subject to change without notice.

No unused portion of the vacation can be refunded. Cancellation penalties apply and change fees after booking is confirmed, refer to our general terms. Please inquire for pre or post tour add-ons / hotel stays.

About This Supplier
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Location: Spain
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We are a specialty tour operator based in Galicia, Northwestern Spain, where our founder Sean O'Rourke is dedicated to personally escorting many of our food and wine tour departures to this intriguing corner of Spain. Our services include many types of unique tours and customized travel to Spain and Portugal....

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