Andalucía with Charles Olalia
June 12 - 18, 2023 | Reserve Your SpotCall to Book
Go deep in the wines, culture & cuisine of southern Spain with Chef Charles Olalia
June 12 - 18, 2023
One exclusive departure—reserve your spot!
7 Days, 6 Nights
Best of Andalucía from Málaga and Jerez to Seville
You know that feeling you can’t quite describe—the silky smoothness of a craft Sherry, mingling with this morning’s farm-to-table feast from deep in the mountains, or the first bite of carrillada (stewed pork cheek) sending you back in time to yesterday’s tapas crawl through the electric streets of Seville. In Andalucía there’s a word for it; it’s called alegría, an explosion of food, wine, laughter and joy, and you’ve been feeling it ever since your first espeto on the pristine beaches of Málaga. Go ahead and take another sip—after all, there’s a few signature tapas dishes you haven’t tried yet, and a private flamenco performance is about to leave you transfixed and hungry for more.
With us on this culinary and cultural adventure is acclaimed chef, Charles Olalia. Born and raised in the Philippines, Charles has been cooking with Spanish influences all of his life. Now we get to share his exploration of the origins of his culinary art. We can’t wait to roam from bar to bar, savoring tapas and fine Sherries and the freshest seafood in the company of a world-class chef who is every bit as excited to be here as you are.
If your idea of the perfect getaway is sampling regional Andalusian specialties in the most stunning settings, this trip is for you. We’ll meet vintners and chefs, farmers and cheese makers. We’ll dance the night away to traditional flamenco, and, of course, eat all the tapas our hearts desire. Experience Andalusian beauty in all its forms, from the grandest palace to the most rustic marketplace.
The rich complexity of Andalusian cuisine—from tapas and jamón to elegant Sherries
Yourself in ancient Spanish traditions, from flamenco and winemaking to pig-farming
The immortal beauty that has drawn travelers to southern Spain for centuries
With Charles, with Spain, and with a group of passionate adventurers like you!
3 Reasons to Travel with Charles Olalia
Charles put Filipino food on the map with his acclaimed LA concepts, Ricebar and Ma’am Sir, before heading to Dallas, where he’s now heading up the culinary vision for all Makeready restaurants in the U.S. He knows that food becomes that much more powerful, and delicious, when you appreciate the culture it comes from, whether that’s in his native Philippines or southern Spain.
Charles has cooked with Spanish influences his entire life, starting with his grandmother back home in the Philippines. He knows there’s a natural connection between his culture and Spanish culture, and he can’t wait to be at the source, cooking and eating some of his lifelong favorites.
It's a Vibe
When Charles travels, of course he knows there’s going to be great food, and he just needs to find it. Equally important: “It’s the energy, and the vibe, and the culture that you learn from.” Charles is ready to experience everyday life in Spain, and with that will come some amazing flavors and connections.
Food as Medicine
Born and raised in the Philippines, Charles was set on becoming a doctor before he realized there was another way he wanted to improve lives — and that was through food. He switched gears and headed to the United States in his early 20s, and in no time was working alongside top names at Restaurant Guy Savoy in Las Vegas and, later, The French Laundry.
In the heart of Málaga's historic core, this luxurious 18th-century palacio (mansion) is a destination in its own right. The contemporary interior takes inspiration from the palacio’s original construction: beamed ceilings, marble pillars, wrought-iron balconies, and beautiful Moorish cordobanes (decorative leather hangings). The Museo Picasso, Roman theater, cathedral, and Alcazaba are all just around the corner.
Hotel Bodega Tío PepeJerez de la Frontera
The world's first 'Sherry hotel' is housed in a former 19th-century winery in the heart of Jerez’s old quarter. Former workers’ cottages have been transformed into sumptuous guest rooms surrounded by serene gardens and vine-covered courtyards. The hotel terrace has a swanky rooftop pool and bar with deeply satisfying views of Jerez's 17th-century cathedral and Alcazar.
This regal five-star hotel is one of the grandest in Seville. Much of the original 18th-century décor remains, with black-and-white marble floors and elegant garden courtyards, creating a sumptuous backdrop. The rooms have all the comforts you'd expect; the terrace has a small pool and stunning views of central Seville.
Book Andalucía with Charles Olalia
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Reserve your spot today with a $1,000 per-person deposit plus room supplements (if relevant). Full payment is due 180 days prior to your trip departure date. We’ll email you a reminder. If your trip departs in less than 180 days, we’ll collect full payment either 30 days from when we receive your deposit, or 60 days prior to your trip departure date, whichever is sooner. For details read our Deposit FAQs
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What does the price include?
Six nights at unique four- and five-star accommodations; private travel for all day trips and excursions; departure airport transfer; private tours with local guides and cultural experts; exclusive access and private tastings; guided activities, adventures and expeditions; daily breakfasts, most lunches and dinners; local beverages with meals.
What does the price not include?
International roundtrip airfare; travel insurance; transportation to the trip’s starting point; activities not included in the trip itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverages not included in itinerary; gratuity for tour leader.
Where does the trip start and end?
Our adventure begins at the Palacio Solecio hotel in Málaga. The closest airport is the Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport (AGP). On our final day together, we will organize transport to the Seville Airport (SVQ). Your flight home should be scheduled to depart at 1pm or later from here.
What travel documents are needed?
US citizens are not required to have a visa for stays under 90 days in Spain. Just bring a valid US passport. For citizens of other countries, please check with the Spanish Embassy or Consulate for information and requirements.
Do I need to pay a solo traveler supplement?
For solo travelers, there is a $1,500 single-supplement fee—paid at the time of booking to secure a private room. These spots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Who is going on this trip?
Our adventures typically have between 10 and 18 guests, and our Modern Adventure Team. Our experiences are fun and inclusive and you can expect to be joined by a diverse group in terms of age, background and interests—including solo travelers, couples and friends traveling together. This adventure is for travelers age 18 and above.
Who is leading this trip?
This trip is led by an expert Modern Adventure Trip Leader. They’re an experienced travel guide, a representative of Modern Adventure and your go-to person for questions or concerns on the trip. We’ll be joined throughout our adventure by local, expert guides who are deeply knowledgeable with respect to local cultures, customs and history and are passionate about sharing that with us.
Do I need Travel Insurance?
We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement for your trip costs; if your trip plans change for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to get medical help, emergency transport, and for theft, loss or damage of items while traveling. For best coverage, always insure the full trip cost within two weeks of your initial trip deposit and note that most ‘Cancel For Any Reason’ policies must be purchased on the date of your initial deposit.
What is the cancellation policy?
You may cancel on or before February 12, 2023 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after February 13, 2023, there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after April 13, 2023 there is a 100% cancellation fee. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance as we are not able to make exceptions to this policy in cases of family/medical emergency or cases of the trip being canceled (see our Terms and Conditions for full details).