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Key Culinary Tours is thrilled to offer the best culinary tours in Sarasota and now the world! We’ve teamed up with the best travel partners in the business and world-renowned chefs to bring you culinary trips in fabulous destinations. Join us for culinary tours in places you have always wanted to visit – Budapest, Italy, Spain – as well as fabulous places in the United States such as Napa, Charleston, Boston, Seattle, Portland, and Maine!
Call 941-893-4664 for details and stay tuned for more news!
Italian Culinary Tours
We are partnering with an operator who has deep roots in Sicily and is also a great Italian cook living in a Sarasota to create the most unique food tour of Italy. Our partner tours specialize in providing guests with an involved cultural experience at a slower, but observant pace. Sign up now for our tours through the delicious countryside of Tuscany. Italian lifestyle. Live the Tuscany dream.
Unpack your bags as you settle in for a seven-night stay in a centuries-old villa in the splendid Tuscan countryside. Each morning, you awake to the aroma from the kitchen as your personal chef prepares meals for the day. Visit markets and shops, and discover the connection between the Italian culture and their food. What really sets our partnered tours apart from other culinary experiences and food tours is the daily excursions led by expert local guides who provide insights for deeper appreciation of the beautiful Tuscan cities. Enjoy some alone time reading a book in one of the many spacious rooms throughout the villa or take a swim in the pool after your morning walk in the vineyards that are just steps away.
Your introduction to Andalusia starts in Sevilla followed by Jerez, Vejer, Cadiz, Malaga and Granada! Andalusia is a region that spans almost the entire south of Spain and is bordered to the west by Portugal. The Province of Cadiz, at the very tip of Spain lies the British overseas territory of Gibraltar where it is separate from North Africa by just a few miles.
It is a region of contrasts: ancient cities and deserts, amazing beaches along the Costa del Sol and Costa de la Luz and the Sierra Nevada mountain range where the highest mountain in Spain is found and also the most southerly ski resort in Europe.
When you arrive at Seville airport a private transfer will take you to the new Gran Melia Colon Hotel for a 3-night stay. Each floor celebrates a different Spanish artist, from El Greco to Goya, with masterful reproductions of their greatest works incorporated into the décor. In a city known for its splendor, the hotel is located in the heart of the city, in the shopping area and 5 minutes walking distance from the most important monuments and attractions in Seville. You may spend the day at your leisure OR you can stretch the legs and begin to explore this wonderful City before joining us for a Key Culinary Tours Welcome Cocktail Reception with drinks and aperitifs. Then it’s off for a stroll around the historical downtown with your private guide before heading to dinner at Seville’s best and most surprising fish restaurant. It is a quaint, intimate place with live cooking in front of our guests! (Tasting menu & drinks)
In the morning you will be transported to one of the best privately owned olive estates in Andalusia. The manager will take you a guided visit of the estate while you learn about the production of one of the finest extra virgin olive oils in Spain. Included is a private tasting of their olive oils and lunch outdoors at the estate where a private chef will cook a paella and show you how it is done and prepared. You will wrap up the evening with a stroll through downtown, a VIP Flamenco show at Museo del Flamenco and a gourmet tapas & wine tour around ‘oldtown’ with a foodie expert. Seville is home of tapas and the tour will focus on local products, wines and vermouth. (Lunch, tapas & drinks)
A day-trip with your private guide will be spent in Aracena, home of the finest Iberico ham in Spain! In the morning it’s a visit to a local small factory to learn all about Iberico ham including the proper way to cure and taste it. Lunch will be at a charming secret gem restaurant with exquisite local cuisine in a very small village close by. Sunset brings a private boat for a ride on the Guadalquivir River at sunset. Cocktails, a selection of Andalusian gourmet products will be part of the on-board dinners served on the upper outdoors deck. (Lunch, dinner, wines, cocktails, tastings)
OFF TO JEREZ & VEJER! While on your way to Vejer there will be a stop in Jerez de la Frontera, home of sherry wine and pure breed Spanish horses. At on of the most secluded sherry houses in town, a sherry educator will show the secrets of sherry, one of the most complex wines in the world. Tasting will include VORS (Very Old Rare Sherries) and then it’s lunch at an off-the-beaten-path surprising restaurant you will love! In Vejer you will be staying 2-nights in a charming boutique hotel, El Califa. Dinner that evening will be in the hotels Moroccan-style restaurant. (Lunch, dinner, wines, tastings)
Time for a day-trip to the city of Cadiz. After a private guide takes you on a tour of the downtown and aperitifs in the local market you will have lunch & drinks while overlooking the sea. Dinner will be served at a beachfront restaurant while enjoying the sunset over the waters. (Lunch, Dinner, drinks)
Off to Malaga! On the way you’ll stop in Bolonia to see the seaside Roman ruins and have lunch in Tarifa (the southern-most point in Spain). You will see the Moroccan coast, pass by Gibraltar & head into Costa del Sol on your journey. Your 3-night stay in Malaga will be at the historic and luxurious Gran Hotel Miramar which faces the Mediterranean Sea with amazing views over the bay. The Malagueta beach is across the street and the hotel is just a short distance to the city’s top museums such as Picasso, Carmen Thyssen, Centre Pompidou and Hermitage. The hotel rooms are decorated in three different styles, Arabic, classic and Mediterranean. Once checked in you will have free time to enjoy the city and guidance on where to find the best tapas dinner. (Lunch, drinks)
Your private guide will take you on a day-trip to Granada and a tour of the infamous Alhambra followed by a walking city tour and lunch. (Lunch, Dinner, drinks)
Time to begin saying farewell, but not before a gourmet lunch in the mountain region where a secret country retreat awaits for an amazing private lunch overlooking the mountains! (Lunch, Dinner, drinks)
Transfer to Malaga airport or train station so you can come home and tell all your friends what a amazing adventure you had!
Tour price to be announced when trips resume or call 941-893-4664 for further details.
Includes hotel, transfers, most meals, drinks and tours. It does not include air travel to/from Sevilla, nor gratuities to the tour guide or driver. This is a private tour and limited to 12 guests.