Southern Spain with Jen Jasinski & Max Mackissock
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Heart of Andalucía
Go deep in the wines, culture & cuisine of southern Spain with Jen & Max
September 4 - 10, 2023
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7 Days, 6 Nights
Best of Andalucía from Málaga and Jerez to Seville
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You’re standing in a field framed by rugged mountains, the taste of fine Sherry lingering in your mouth. You’re deep in the Spanish countryside savoring a farm-to-table meal alongside a world-class chef, clinking glasses and toasting to all the wonders of Andalucía and southern Spain: acorn-fed Ibérico hams, aromatic goat’s-milk cheese, organic wines, the freshest seafood. Tomorrow, you’ll trade the campo for Seville and the picnic table for a string of bustling tapas bars. And just when you think you’ve experienced it all, a private flamenco performance propels you even further into the magic of the region. You’re experiencing what the Andalusians call alegría: an explosion of food, wine, laughter and joy. This is southern Spain, a place where cultural and culinary traditions are handed down through the centuries—and there’s nothing comparable.
With us are Denver culinary superstars Jen Jasinski and Max Mackissock. Respectively, they’ve racked up some of the most coveted honors in the food world. Max has received multiple best chef and best restaurant accolades in Denver (and NOLA) for his dining concepts including his most recents BarDough and Sofia NOLA. As for Jen, she received the James Beard ‘Best Chef Southwest’ title for her beloved Mediterranean restaurant, Rioja, while racking up accolades for Bistro Vendôme, Stoic & Genuine and Ultreia as well. Together, they are going to show us southern Spain’s best tapas, finest Sherries, and freshest seafood — yes, even sea snails (trust us!).
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 Jen and Max, with Spain, and with a group of passionate adventurers like you!
3 Reasons to Travel with Jen & Max
Mix one part Jen—Top Chef Masters contestant, James Beard Winner and former protégé of Wolfgang Puck—with a heaving tablespoon of Max—Frank Tardio disciple and Bon Appétit poster boy—and we have a culinary force that just happens to harbor a healthy obsession for Spain.
They Love Spain
Listen to Max and Jen talk about this trip, and you can’t help but get excited about what’s ahead. Jen is ready to show us what real Sherries are all about, along with the beauty of simple oceanside dining. Max can’t wait to connect ingredients with a sense of place as we explore this gorgeous region together.
Stars Above Denver
After working in Denver for several years, Max was ready to leave for the next chapter. Thankfully his (now) wife Jen convinced him to stay and open up his own restaurant, the Squeaky Bean. Max went on to receive the only 4-star review ever awarded by the Denver Post, a spot on Bon Appétit’s “50 Best New Restaurants,” and plenty of best new chef and restaurant awards.
As avid travelers, Max and Jen are believers in immersing yourself in a culture to truly understand it. Connecting with vintners and chefs, farmers and cheese makers — there’s nothing more delicious than eating and drinking alongside the masters of their craft in Spain.
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.
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Reserve your spot today with a $1,500 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 May 7, 2023 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after May 8, 2023, there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after July 6, 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).