Seville & Granada with Kate Williams
One Departure Only | October 17 - 24, 2020
Culture, Cuisine & Community
Savor the true flavors of Andalusia with chef Kate Williams
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October 17 - 24, 2020
8 Day, 7 Nights, the best of Best of Seville, Granada and southern Spain
You’re deep in the Andalusian countryside, lemon groves perfuming the air outside this rustic farmhouse. You roll up your sleeves and begin to prepare a country-style feast, an homage to everything you’ve eaten, drunk and learned over this past week of tapas crawls, tastings and master classes. Just yesterday, you wandered the halls of the Alhambra, beguiled by its fairytale pavilions; today, in this sweet valley, you’re communing in a different way. Here you are, experiencing what the Andalusians call alegría: an explosion of food, wine, laughter and joy.
With you on this eight-day Spanish adventure is Kate Williams, the award-winning chef who’s putting the Detroit food scene on the map. For Kate, Spain is more than a destination: it’s an all-encompassing passion. Time and again, she has turned to Andalusia—its food, its drink, its culture of abundance and hospitality—for inspiration. She can’t wait to share her favorite secrets—including how to find, and cook with, the perfect olive oil, cheese, ham and sherry—while discovering new ones together.
If you crave staggering beauty in all its forms, this trip into the heart and soul of southern Spain is for you. Learn time-honored culinary techniques and sample the freshest regional delicacies in the lushest settings. The name Andalusia translates as “to walk easy,” and together with Kate, we’ll do just that.
The finest local delicacies, olive oils and spices, perfectly cured jamón and elegant sherries
The art and architecture that have drawn travelers to Andalusia for centuries
Seville's tapas, Granada's architecture, traditional flamenco, glorious countryside
With farmers and chefs, with Kate and with ageless traditions in fields and vineyards
3 Reasons to Travel with Kate Williams
Chef and restaurateur Kate Williams is Detroit’s matriarchal host of unforgettable dining experiences. Come to Lady of the House, Karl’s or Candy Bar, and you’ll find deliciously unique atmospheres tied together with a sense of true community. In 2018, Food & Wine named Kate one of America's best new chefs, while GQ and Esquire added Lady of the House to their lists of best new restaurants—not to mention a 2019 James Beard semifinalist nod for Best Chef. Kate loves Spain, and we can't wait to explore her favorite foods and wines.
She's Got Style
Kate’s restaurants each have a distinct vibe—and Kate fits with them all. She’ll butcher a whole pig, then sip an exuberant cocktail under a sparkly chandelier.
The Ultimate Host
Kate is a firm believer in generosity, family, and community care. When starting Lady of the House in her Corktown neighborhood, Kate wanted it to “feel like it had been there forever,” because in many ways her own family had.
Kate's love of Spain is infectious. She has traveled extensively here, and has a heartfelt passion for Spanish food, wine and culture.
Day by Day
The south of Spain is a world unto itself. From alpine mountains to fertile plains, farmhouse days to flamenco nights, we’ll savor Andalusia's rich culture, revel in its stunning architecture, and feast on amazing local produce, wined and sherries.
Day 1 | October 17
Welcome to Seville, the capital of Andalusia! Seville (suh-BEE-ya to locals) has been occupied by the Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans and Moors; a stroll down its bustling streets is the best kind of history lesson. This morning, we visit the old quarter of Santa Cruz, with its centuries-old gardens and lime-washed houses. We’ll also head to the vast medieval cathedral, La Giralda bell tower and the mighty Alcazar, the city’s magnificent royal palace.
Then we make like the sevillanos do, embarking on our own tapeo, or tapas crawl. With Kate and our local guide, we’ll wander maze-like alleys to buzzing tapas bars, from traditional to contemporary. Along the way, we may sample anything from sizzling shrimp and toast topped with quail’s eggs to spinach-and-chickpea stew. We’ll learn how to pair our tapas with local wines, elegant sherries and crisp Spanish beers. In the afternoon, we’ll have time to wander on our own before reconvening for a truly special welcome dinner.
Day 2 | October 18
Today we’ll venture north into the Sierra de Huelva, homeland of the world-renowned Iberian pig. We’ll wend our way through hilltop towns near the Portuguese border, where jamón ibérico de bellota—the finest ham in the world—are cured in the fresh mountain air for up to three years, producing its signature silkiness and succulent flavor.
Our host today is Armando, who will offer us a personal tour of his family pig farm in the foothills of the Sierra de Aracena mountains. We’ll visit the acorn-strewn grounds where the pigs graze, the salting area, and the bodegas where the vast hocks are hung to cure. We’ll taste some freshly cut jamón, then head to a nearby village to visit one of the area’s legendary shops for more degustación. Our rustic lunch at a nearby restaurant will be devoted to the region’s bounty—young cheeses, mushrooms, wild asparagus and artichokes, and more jamón ibérico, of course—all accompanied by spectacular local wines.
Day 3 | October 19
We’re off late this morning to Seville’s central market, whose wrought-iron gates and stained-glass facade overlook 115 stalls of local purveyors selling garden-fresh produce, freshly caught seafood, straight-from-the-oven bread, olives and Andalusian spices. We’ll pick out our favorite items, then head to a nearby restaurant for a master class on cooking with sherry, courtesy of Kate and a local chef. Sherry has been beloved by Spaniards and foreigners alike for centuries—even Shakespeare sang its praises. The strong sun here gives its grapes a high sugar content, resulting in a distinctively sweet, refined wine. We’ll be tasting different varieties as we go, using them in our delicious creations. Kate, a major sherry enthusiast, will tell us all about her favorite styles, as well as how she incorporates the wine into her cooking. Full of wine and flavor, the rest of the afternoon in Seville is ours to enjoy.
Day 4 | October 20
The area just outside Seville produces much of Spain’s olive oil, and we’ll start our day with private tour of a local almazara, or olive mill. The Romans referred to this stuff as liquid gold, and rightly so. After a rustic Spanish breakfast of fresh bread and tomatoes drizzled with oil and salt, we’ll learn about the entire production cycle. From growing and picking to pressing and bottling, and we’ll taste as we go. Kate will share how she uses olive oil in her cuisine, discussing the nuances of flavor, and how she incorporates it into a dish’s different stages.
Appetites well-oiled, we stop in town for a delicious, authentic lunch. It’ll give us an opportunity to sample Spain’s other favorite food: cheese. We’ll eat our courses paired with a variety of cheeses and learn about the region’s favorites. After lunch, we’ll head back to Seville for an evening to explore the city’s restaurants and tapas bars on our own.
Day 5 | October 21
This morning we’re off to Granada, through the lovely Andalusian countryside to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. In Spanish, they say that quien no ha visto Granada, no ha visto nada—the person who hasn’t seen Granada hasn’t seen anything—and for good reason. Its exquisite beauty is a direct product of centuries of Arab influence, a fairytale-like place of minarets, flowing fountains and cármenes (garden-shrouded villas). In this “city of a thousand castles,” every corner hides a surprise, whether it’s an unexpected vista spied through a stone window, or a sunset turning stone ramparts of the old town a gentle rose-gold.
After settling into our hotel in the heart of the old town, we’ll have time to wander on our own before reconvening for dinner and a traditional performance of flamenco. This typically Andalusian spectacle of color, music and dance strikes such an emotional chord with its audience that there’s even a special word for it: duende.
Day 6 | October 22
They say that a visit to the Alhambra “breaks all the senses.” We’ll spend the morning exploring this sprawling, hilltop fortress complex, with its stunning array of royal palaces, serene patios and reflecting pools from the Nasrid dynasty. A World Heritage site since 1984, it has been a tourist attraction for centuries, luring weary travelers from all over the world to its halls and gardens to experience its dreamy geometric precision and riotous color. We’ll stroll in the orange-blossom air, the sound of birdsongs and soothing splashing of fountains—just like Moorish kings of yesteryear. We’ll have the afternoon to ourselves, to keep the spell unbroken.
Day 7 | October 23
This morning we’re off to the picture-perfect Lecrín Valley, where whitewashed villages and lemon and orange groves tumble down the hillsides toward the shimmering aqua river below. Our hosts today are Scarlett and Chris, who invite us to join them at their farmhouse, with its sweeping views of the valley below. After being treated to a strong café con leche on the sunny terrace, we’ll turn to the task at hand: immersing ourselves in the timeless rhythms of the Spanish countryside. We draw upon everything we’ve learned, tasted and experienced during the past week with another unforgettable cooking experience. Whatever dishes we end up making, this will be a feast to remember, a time to come together and celebrate everything we’ve learned, seen and done over a leisurely, wine-filled Andalusian feast.
This is our last night together. To celebrate our time together, we’ll reconvene tonight for a farewell dinner to remember back in Granada.
Day 8 | October 24
After a farewell breakfast, we’ll transfer to the airport for flights home. Our time together has come to an end, but Andalusia will remain in our hearts.
In the heart of the city, opposite the Parque de Maria Luisa stretching with greenery along the Guadalquivir River. The Melia is an avant garde masterpiece with all the comforts you'd expect, including indoor and outdoor pools plus a spa. The views from most every room are nothing short of stunning. Have a snack—and a drink—on the rooftop deck as you revel in Seville’s glorious skyline.
Hotel Palacio de Santa PaulaGranada
Nestled in Granada’s historic center, our magnificent Granada hotel is an artistic and historic monument built within a 16th-century convent and 12th-century Moorish house. Stroll to the Albaicin and Sacromonte sites, the wonderful Triunfo Gardens, and of course, the Alhambra. It’s our slice of that Granada magic to call home.
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What does the price include?
Seven 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 VIP access and tastings; guided activities, adventures and expeditions; entrance fees; 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 9:30am on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at the Hotel Melia in Seville, Spain. The closest airport is Seville Airport (SVQ). We recommend arriving on or before October 16 to ensure you’re at our starting point on time. Our adventure ends on Saturday, October 24, 2020 in Granada, Spain. After breakfast, we will be transported to Malaga Airport (AGP). Your flight home from Malaga Airport should be scheduled to depart at 2:30pm or later on October 24.
What travel documents are needed?
US citizens are not required to have visas for stays in Spain less than 90 days. 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 $1,750 single-supplement fee—paid at the time of booking to secure a private room. If you would like us to pair you with a roommate, that option may be available upon checkout—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 20 guests, plus 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.
What is the cancellation policy?
You may cancel on or before June 19, 2020 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel between June 20 and August 17, there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after August 18 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 family/medical emergency or cases of the trip being canceled (See our Terms and Conditions for full details).
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