Seville & Granada with Tory Miller
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Savor southern Spain’s rich cultural, architectural, and culinary heritage with chef Tory Miller
Sept 25 - Oct 2, 2021
One departure only - limited spots available
8 Day, 7 Nights
The best of Seville, Granada and Andalusia
You’re wandering the back streets of Seville, halfway through a full-on tapeo (tapas-crawl). As you choose among jewel-like salads, savory toasts, garlicky gazpachos and succulent seafood, all you can think is ¡Ponerse púo! (bring it on!). You roam from bar to bar, savoring dozens of delicacies in the company of a world-class chef who’s every bit as excited to be here as you are. There’s so much more to see and do in the upcoming week, so many architectural and culinary wonders to explore. But right now, you’re in no rush. You sit back, take another sip of wine, and ponder your next bite.
With you on this eight-day Andalusian adventure is award-winning chef Tory Miller, the force behind Madison’s globally inspired, locally sourced dining scene. His latest restaurant, the Spanish-inspired Estrellón, is an homage to tapas, and Tory is dying to return to the source.
If your idea of the perfect getaway involves sampling the freshest regional delicacies in the most lush settings, this trip is for you. Together, we’ll seek beauty in all its forms, from the grandest palace to the most rustic marketplace. Let’s explore the best of southern Spain.
The rich complexity of Andalusian cuisine—from tapas and jamón to elegant sherries
The art and architecture that have drawn travelers to Andalusia for centuries
Granada's architecture, Seville's tapas, traditional flamenco, glorious countryside
With Tory, with local chefs and farmers, with the culinary and cultural traditions of Andalusia
3 Reasons to Travel with Tory Miller
Eating at chef Tory Miller’s restaurants in Madison, Wisconsin, is like going on a culinary world tour. Each with their own flavor and focus, Tory melds his passion for locally grown food with global inspiration. He’s a James Beard Award winner for Best Chef in the Midwest, and even beat Bobby Flay on Iron Chef Showdown. Seville and Granada with Tory will be a master class in culinary inspiration through travel.
He's Full of Good Ideas
A French-inspired Madison staple. A New York gastropub sendup. Fast-casual pan-Asian. Spanish tapas. These don’t sound like the restaurants of a single chef. But Tory has made a name for himself bringing new ideas to the table, all with joyful flavor and innovative thinking.
He Cares About Community
Tory’s restaurants provide locally-sourced cuisine to a larger audience while expanding on his love of worldly flavors. He wants people eating at L’Etoile, Graze or Estrellón to feel that blend of local and international.
He Loves Spain
Estrellon, Tory’s ode to Spanish tapas, is his newest endeavor and already a big hit. Tory traveled extensively in Spain to prepare for this new concept, and he’s dying to go back!
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 eat very, very well.
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 Tory 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.
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.
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 with 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. Full of wine and flavor, the rest of the afternoon in Seville is ours to enjoy.
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.
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.
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.
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 and evening to ourselves, to keep the spell unbroken.
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 will be 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 with Tory by our side. 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. To celebrate our time together, we’ll reconvene for a farewell dinner to remember back in Granada.
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.
Book Seville & Granada with Tory Miller
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, September 25, 2021 at the Hotel Melia in Seville, Spain. The closest airport is the Seville Airport (SVQ). We recommend arriving on or before September 24 to ensure you’re at our starting point on time.
Our adventure ends on Saturday, October 2, 2021 in Granada, Spain. The group will be transported to the Malaga Airport (AGP). Your flight home should be scheduled to depart at 2:30pm 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 $1,750 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, 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.
What is the cancellation policy?
You may cancel on or before May 28, 2021 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after May 29, 2021, there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after July 27, 2021 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).