Mention Spain and everyone says, “Oh, yes, Madrid and Barcelona,” but TourCrafters, the family-owned tour operator known for good deals, wants travelers to see more of Spain… and to taste it, too.
TourCrafters new 7-day/6-night Taste of Spain package starts at US$1,499 in September and October or US$1,565 in April and May. It includes round-trip air from New York to Spain on Alitalia; fuel surcharges; two nights hotel accommodation in Madrid, two in Saragosa and two in Barcelona; daily buffet breakfast; a three-day car rental; a gourmet lunch in Saragosa; a wine-tasting visit to the Vilarnau Winery; and service charges and taxes.
Those who book the package will have time in Madrid to see the big three museums and the Plaza Mayor, check out the smart boutiques on Calle de Serrano, and enjoy the old cafés and picturesque tabernas. Then a drive through the scenic countryside — the backbone of medieval Spain and the Aragonese dynasty — to Saragosa, to spend two days in this enchanting old city that dates back to Roman times. At Restaurante Los Borrachos in Saragosa, travelers can indulge in a gourmet lunch that includes truffled goose liver mousse, pasta with porcini mushrooms, venison medallions, a dessert tasting, and wine. Then it’s off to Barcelona, with a stop along the way at the Vilarnau Winery to taste their sparkling cava — Spain’s answer to champagne. The trip ends with two days in Barcelona and time to see the city’s flamboyant Gaudi architecture, the old Gothic quarter, and the famous Ramblas, and to dine on wonderful tapas and fresh seafood.
Air fare add-ons are US$45 from Boston and US$135 from Chicago and Miami. All prices quoted are per person, double occupancy, do not include airport taxes of approximately US$116, and are subject to availability and change. The package must be booked by March 31 and reservations must be paid for within 72 hours of booking. For additional information, visit www.tourcrafters.com . For reservations, call 800-482-5995.