Tantalise your taste buds on a journey of discovery along the Iberian Peninsula with leading wine tour operator Arblaster & Clarke
Imagine gliding through azure waters on board a private luxury megayacht, indulging in delicious regional cuisine along with locally produced wines and sherries, then stepping on shore to discover the rich culture and history of Spain and Portugal.
Arblaster & Clarke focusses on wine tours and has been providing small group excursions for 30 years, enjoying long-standing relationships with producers across Europe and providing a unique and magical holiday experience for guests. For memories that will last a lifetime, embark on the Wine Cruise of the Spain & Portugal Coast in 2018.
Travelling in the company of Charles Metcalfe, the esteemed wine guide who is co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge as well as a wine broadcaster, you will be introduced to traditional cuisine along with the ports, wines and sherries that are produced in these countries. Tour prestigious vineyards, visit the iconic Alhambra and discover towns that exude charm and culture.
You also have the chance to sample the Algarve’s best wines at the impressive Quinta dos Vales estate and open-air art gallery, wander the streets of a seaside town in the famed ‘sherry triangle’ where you can taste sherries aged up to 120 years and take a guided tour of the evocative Nasrid Palaces. What’s more, after each day’s activities, you can unwind on the sun deck of your private yacht and even dive from your ship’s swimming platform into refreshing open waters.
You can make a lot of friends in 30 years and, at Arblaster & Clarke, that’s exactly what the operator has done. Its little black book is unrivalled, allowing the company to secure exclusive access to wineries not open to the public, invite you to meet producers in the very vineyards and cellars they call home, and even to present you with unique culinary experiences.
On this wine cruise, you will sit down to lunch at a vineyard open by appointment only, taste biodynamic wines at Friedrich Schatz in the presence of the man himself and sample some of the Algarve’s best vintages at a winery that will open exclusively for your group. A noted Jabugo Jamón producer will also join you on board your yacht for lunch one day, where he will carve a leg of ham to be tasted alongside hand-selected Spanish wines.
Your accommodation for the week will be the stunning Harmony G super yacht. A sleek vessel that boasts wonderful indoor and outdoor lounges, a well-stocked bar and glorious sun deck, this is the perfect way to explore passing coastal towns as you cruise cerulean waters. Cabins are spacious, air conditioned and have en-suite facilities.
Your holiday includes return flights (London to Lisbon and Malaga to London); seven nights on board a private yacht; all meals included with wine as described in the full itinerary; visits and tastings as per the full itinerary and services of a revered wine guide and experienced tour manager.
With prices starting from £3,995pp, why not make next summer one to remember and treat yourself to a luxury cruise with a difference. In addition to the 2018 wine cruise, there are a range of bespoke tours for the next 12 months on offer. If you would like to browse the full programme of tours, you can request a copy of the brand new brochure by clicking here.