Private luxury tours in art, architecture & design travel

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Luxury Art & Design Tours

Contemporary Art of Japan
(14 Days)
Tokyo, Kanazawa, Naoshima, Kyoto, Hakone

Art Tour of France
(10 Days)
Paris & Versailles, Provence, Cote d’Azur

Culinary & Art Tour of Spain
(11 Days)
Madrid, San Sebastian, La Rioja, Bilbao, Barcelona

Art & Temples of India
(18 Days)
Delhi, Varanasi, Khajuraho & Panna National Park, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Ajanta & Ellora Caves, Mumbai

Art, Crafts & Design of Mexico
(9 Days)
Mexico City, Oaxaca

Ceramics Tour of Japan
(10 Days)
Fukuoka, Saga, Kyoto, Yamashiro Onsen, Kanazawa, Tokyo

Art Tour of Berlin, Prague & Vienna
(9 Days)
Berlin, Potsdam, Dresden, Prague, Vienna

Italy for Art Lovers
(13 Days)
Rome, Florence & Assisi, Bologna & Ravenna, Venice & Padua, Milan

Art & Design of Portugal
(8 Days)
Lisbon & Sintra, Porto & Douro Valley

Aboriginal Art & Culture of Australia
(9 Days)
Sydney, Ayers Rock (Uluru), Kakadu National Park, Arnhem Land

Art Tour of Switzerland
(6 Days)
Geneva, Lausanne, Basel, Weil am Rhein, Zurich, St. Gallen, Winterthur

Arts & Crafts of Burma
(9 Days)
Yangon, Bagan, Mandalay

Arts & Crafts in England
(8 Days)
London, Cotswolds

Dutch & Flemish Art Tour
(10 days)
Bruges & Ghent, Brussels & Antwerp, Amsterdam with The Hague & Delft

Culture, Crafts & Cuisine of Ireland
(13 days)
Dublin, Ballyfin, Ballymaloe, Killarney, Adare, Ashford Castle

Arts & Crafts of Morocco
(13 Days)
Casablanca, Fez, Rabat, High Atlas Mountains, Essaouira, Marrakesh

Art & Architecture Tour of South Korea
(8 Days)
Seoul, Jeju Island

The Art of Japan
(13 Days)
Tokyo, Kyoto, Kanazawa, Yamanaka Onsen, Naoshima, Kyoto

Culinary & Art Tour of Spain

(11 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Madrid, San Sebastian, La Rioja, Bilbao, Barcelona

This tour is dedicated to the superlative food, wine, art and architecture of Spain, focusing on the areas most renowned for their art and gastronomy: Madrid, Barcelona, the Basque Country and La Rioja.

Begin in aristocratic Madrid, the Spanish capital and home to one of the most important art collections in the world. During flexible private art touring, visit a number of world-class museums and galleries, according to your preferences. Options include the masterpieces of the Prado Museum—including Velazquez’s Las Meninas and Goya’s El Tres de Mayo—and the Reina Sofia National Museum, home of Picasso’s magnum opus, Guérnica. Other options include the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, CaixaForum, and art-filled churches. Also explore the city's elegant squares, stately Habsburg architecture, leafy boulevards and narrow backstreets, and perhaps the majestic Royal Palace. There will also be time to stroll through the exclusive shopping and residential districts, and to visit the gourmet San Miguel Market. One evening, enjoy a private “tapas tasting” tour of some of the city’s most beloved tapas bars.

Next, fly to San Sebastian, an elegant seaside resort near the border of France that is the gastronomic capital of the Basque Country. Tour the picturesque old town, and browse local produce and fish markets. Basque cuisine is generally considered to be Spain’s finest and on this tour you will have ample opportunity to sample the local specialties. Take a class at a private cooking club, and enjoy a private tasting of the region’s delicious pintxos—the Basque version of tapas—and Txakoli, a local, slightly sparkling white wine.

Continue to Rioja, one of the world’s most renowned winemaking regions. Spend two nights in the heart of La Rioja at the Hotel Marques de Riscal, a luxury hotel with distinctive architecture designed by Frank Gehry and a wine therapy spa offering treatments using vine and grape seed extracts. On a private day excursion, visit Laguardia, a beautiful medieval walled village with wine caves under its cobblestone streets and impressive views of the nearby hills. Tour surrounding vineyards and enjoy wine tastings at bodegas (wineries) designed by celebrated modern architects such as Santiago Calatrava and Zaha Hadid. Also visit Bilbao, one of the most architecturally progressive towns in Spain. Visit the Guggenheim Museum, a stunning building of swooping titanium curves designed by Frank Gehry. After a private tour of the museum’s art collection, perhaps enjoy dining in its Michelin-starred restaurant or visit other interesting architectural and cultural sites in the city.

End your tour with three nights in Barcelona, one of Europe's most dynamic centers of modern design and cutting-edge cuisine. Discover Gaudi’s fantastical structures such as Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila, Casa Batllo or the hillside Parc Guell. Visit some of the city’s excellent museums, such as the Picasso Museum or Miro Museum. Stroll along Las Ramblas—Barcelona’s most famous boulevard—and explore the narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter and La Ribera. If desired, explore the city’s shopping districts, stopping at upscale boutiques along the broad Passeig de Gracia and design shops in the stylish Born and Raval neighborhoods. Also visit the city’s leading food markets, including the Santa Caterina Market and La Boqueria Market. One day, enjoy a cooking class where you will learn to prepare several regional dishes. Alternatively, enjoy a private excursion into the Catalan countryside, dotted with ancient stone farmhouses and charming medieval villages, or enjoy wine tastings in the renowned Penedes wine region.

Itinerary Overview
Day 1 Arrive Madrid
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights
Day 2 Madrid

Half-day private city tour. Evening tapas tasting tour

Day 3 Madrid
Full-day private art tour
Day 4 Madrid – San Sebastian

Private transfer to airport for flight to San Sebastian. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights. Introductory private tour of old town

Day 5 San Sebastian

Private market tour, followed by private cooking lesson at gastronomic society. Evening private pintxos and Txakoli tasting tour

Day 6 San Sebastian – Rioja

Private overland transfer to La Rioja for 2 nights, with culinary and wine touring en route

Day 7 Rioja

Full-day private excursion to Laguardia and nearby wineries

Day 8 Rioja – Bilbao – Barcelona

Private transfer to Bilbao for private tour of Guggenheim Museum. Private transfer to airport for flight to Barcelona. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights

Day 9 Barcelona

Private market tour, followed by private cooking class

Day 10 Barcelona

Full-day private art and architecture tour

Day 11 Depart Barcelona
Private airport transfer

Madrid: Hotel Ritz Madrid or Villa Magna Madrid
San Sebastian: Hotel Maria Cristina
Rioja: Hotel Marques de Riscal
Barcelona: Mandarin Oriental Barcelona or Hotel Arts Barcelona

$16,870 Per person (double occupancy)