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Savor Central Spain from the Quitness of hearty Lands

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.

At a Glance

Day 1

Madrid, arrival

Day 2

Madrid - Toledo - Madrid

Day 3

Madrid - Segovia - Valverdon

Day 4

Valverdon - Organic Farm experience - Salamanca - Valverdon

Day 5

Valverdon - Jimenez de Jamuz - Astorga

Day 6

Astorga - Las Médulas - Bierzo - Astorga

Day 7

Astorga - Burgos

Day 8

Burgos

Day 9

Burgos - Madrid

Day 10

Madrid, end of journey

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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.

NOV. 01, 2021

Day 1

Madrid

MADRID

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.

Meals included during the tripDinner
Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarUrso Hotel & Spa 5*
NOV. 02, 2021

Day 2

Madrid - Toledo - Madrid

TOLEDO

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.

Meals included during the tripBreakfast, lunch
Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarUrso Hotel & Spa 5*
NOV. 03, 2021

Day 3

Madrid - Segovia - Valverdon

SEGOVIA

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.

Meals included during the tripBreakfast, lunch, dinner
Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarHacienda Zorita Wine Hotel & Spa
NOV. 04, 2021

Day 4

Valverdon - Organic Farm - Salamanca - Valverdon

ORGANIC FARM

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.

Meals included during the tripBreakfast, lunch, dinner
Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarHacienda Zorita Wine Hotel & Spa
NOV. 05, 2021

Day 5

Valverdon - Jimenez de Jamuz - Astorga

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.

ASTORGA

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.

Meals included during the tripBreakfast, lunch, dinner
Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarHotel Spa Ciudad de Astorga 4*
NOV. 06, 2021

Day 6

Astorga - Las Médulas - Bierzo - Astorga

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

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.

Meals included during the tripBreakfast, lunch, dinner
Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarHotel Spa Ciudad de Astorga 4*
NOV. 07, 2021

Day 7

Astorga - Burgos

BURGOS

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.

WINE TASTING

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.

Meals included during the tripBreakfast, lunch, dinner
Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarHotel Landa 4* Boutique
NOV. 08, 2021

Day 8

Burgos

BURGOS

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.

FREE EVENING

This will be your only free evening, take your time to explore the burgales lifestyle or enjoy the hotel in your intimacy.

Meals included during the tripBreakfast, lunch
Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarHotel Landa 4* Boutique
NOV. 09, 2021

Day 9

Burgos - Madrid

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!

Meals included during the tripBreakfast, lunch, dinner
Selected hotels for the journey by Paladar y TomarUrso Hotel & Spa 5*
NOV. 10, 2021

Day 10

Madrid

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.

Meals included during the tripBreakfast

Price & Booking Terms

DATES:

  • NOVEMBER 01 -10, 2021 (9 nights / 10 days)

INCLUDED:

  • 9 Nights accommodation on bed and breakfast basis
  • 8 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Private deluxe transportation throughout
  • Private Madrid Airport transfers in and out

NOT INCLUDED:

  • International flight
  • Personal purchases and expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical insurance with international coverage
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses

PRICE: 

Total journey: €6,725

*Rates are in Euros per person, on double occupancy basis


BOOKING DEPOSIT:

  • 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).

The Experts

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KATIE BUTTON

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. 

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FÉLIX MEANA

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 Idarraga, co-founder and CMO at Paladar y Tomar

VALESKA IDARRAGA

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, co-founder at Paladar y Tomar Wine & Culinary Travel Design agency

FERNANDO PAREDES

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.

BEST MEAT IN THE WORLD
BEST MEAT IN THE WORLD

Probably the best beef meat in the world. The beefs José Gordón raises in his family farm are personally selected among the oldest Iberian Peninsula cattle breeds. Meet the master roaster in the temple of meat.

UNESCO WONDERS OF CASTILLA Y LEÓN
UNESCO WONDERS OF CASTILLA Y LEÓN

Salamanca, the city which is called worldwide mother of sciences. Las Médulas Roman gold mines followed by Burgos Cathedral, the Roman aqueduct in Segovia, and Toledo, the City of Three Cultures . Be impressed by the rich Castilian heritage.

EL BIERZO, THE SPANISH BURGUNDY
EL BIERZO, THE SPANISH BURGUNDY

Get to know one of the most talented winemakers. Obsessed with making pure and honest wines from old native grapes, the fragrant red variety Mencía leads the region's success known as being “the Pinot Noir of Spain”.

RIBERA DEL DUERO
RIBERA DEL DUERO

Access one of the most prestigious Spanish wine estates in the geographical heart of Spain, Ribera del Duero.

SUCKLING PIG & LAMB
SUCKLING PIG & LAMB

The suckling pig and lamb have always been considered a delight. The magnificent Roman Aqueduct of Segovia divides into two the gastronomic traditions in the region. In the eastern part, the lamb is king; in the western area, including the cities of Segovia, Ávila and Salamanca, they master the art of roasting suckling pig.

MADRID, A FEAST FOR THE SENSES
MADRID, A FEAST FOR THE SENSES

The New York Times has included the Spanish capital in its list of the 52 Places to Go in 2017 the reason being the gastronomy. The mixture of culture and world-class restaurants,are the cause of the culinary success of Madrid on the planet.

INNER ACCESS, THE REAL LUXURY
INNER ACCESS, THE REAL LUXURY

Live the most trascendent, immersive authentic experiences with the best connected people. "Real" experiences cannot be replicated. We're taking exclusivity to a whole new level.

FARM TO TABLE
FARM TO TABLE

Does where food comes from start to matter more than how it tastes? This journey is a 180º immersion in the Castilian raw material and human experiences.

Hand-picked Accommodations

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.

Urso Hotel & Spa, 5* Boutique
Madrid
Set in an early 20th-century palace, URSO is between the bourgeois neighbourhood of ChamberÍ, the trendy...
Hacienda Zorita Wine Hotel & Spa, 5*
Salamanca
Only 10 minutes from the historic city of Salamanca surrounded by countryside and vineyards. This ancient...

Hotel Spa Ciudad de Astorga, 4*
ASTORGA
In the heart of the beautiful Astorga, Hotel Spa Ciudad de Astorga is an oasis of peace set in an Art...

Hotel Landa, 5* Boutique
Burgos
Rough luxury and classic service define Hotel Landa. It offers a memorable stay in an over-the-top pseudo-medieval...

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