596336 Pain Food and Wine by yaohongm

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									        2006/2007 INSIDER’S GUIDE:
T H E F O O D A N D W I N E O F S PA I N




  DAYS OF
WINE & TAPAS
FOODIES AND
W I N E A F IC IO N A D O S , U N I T E !
     For some, it is the hunt for the hottest          CONTENTS
boutique winery in Rioja. For others, an
                                                       2   Orient Lines
unyielding passion for paella. Whatever the            3   Avanti Destinations

craving, sophisticated palates are making              3   Heritage Tours Private Travel
                                                       4   The Westin Palace, Madrid
their way across Spain, a stunning, sun-
                                                       4   Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa
blessed land where life revolves around                5   Lufthansa Airlines

food, wine and a simple passion for being.             6   Trafalgar Tours
                                                       7   The Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona
     Now you can swirl, sip, and savor your
                                                       7   Hotel Claris
way across Spain with this helpful guide of            8   Made For Spain
our favorite travel offerings. Inside you’ll           8   Mardavall Hotel and Spa
                                                       8   La Residencia
find everything from private bodega tours
                                                       8   Brendan Worldwide Vacations
in Navarra to posh retreats along the Costa

del Sol — along with Expert Tips that

provide you insider knowledge and advice

you can only get from Virtuoso’s premiere

network of travel specialists.

     What’s more, we’ve used our insider

connections to secure special amenities you

can’t find anywhere else. Look for these

Virtuoso Exclusives throughout this guide,

and enjoy them, with our compliments,

simply for booking through your Virtuoso

travel specialist. Delicioso!


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    ORIENT LINES




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   AVA N T I D E S T I N AT IO N S
                   MODERN-DAY EXPLORER,                                                                                                                                     EUPHORIA FOR YOUR
                   OLD-WORLD STYLE                                                                                                                                          TASTE BUDS
                   Like her legendary namesake, the 826-guest                                                                                                               Spice up your Spanish travels on this delectable
                   Marco Polo is one of the world’s great explorers,                                                                                                        eight-day program from Avanti Destinations that
                   traversing the globe each year in Old World                                                                                                              includes two nights in both Madrid and Seville,
                   comfort and civility. While this luxury liner offers                                                                                                     with a first-class train journey between the two
                   all the amenities you expect — from an attentive                                                                                                         cities. Then hop in your rental car for a self-drive
                   staff and delicious cuisine to a disco and full-                                                                                                         tour of Andalusia, including hotel stays in Puerto
                   service spa — the focus here is on discovery,                                                                                                            de Santa Maria, Ronda and Málaga. Along the
                   visiting more ports of call on each voyage and                                                                                                           way, enjoy wine cellar tours, an Andalusian horse
                   featuring both pre- and post-cruise stays in major                              12-Day Mediterranean                                                     show, entrance to the new Picasso Museum, some
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Virtuoso Exclusive Experience Includes:
                   cities so you can fully experience their cultural                               Highlights I & II                                                        meals and a full itinerary.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Eight nights’ deluxe accommodation
                   richness. Join Orient Lines’ f lagship in the                                   April 27; May 25, 2007
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Train from Madrid to Seville
                                                                                                   Barcelona pre-cruise two-night hotel stay •
                   Mediterranean on a number of exciting                                                                                                                                                                              • Five-day car rental
                                                                                                   Barcelona • Aix-en-Provence (Marseille) •
                                                                                                                                                                               EXPERT TIP                                             • Seville sightseeing, wine cellar
                   itineraries that either begin or end in Barcelona,                              Portofino • Rome (Civitavecchia) •                                                                                                   visits and more
                                                                                                   Capri/Pompei (Sorrento) • Santorini •                                       The Sherries of Jerez are protected by their
                   the vibrant capital of Catalonia, and include other                                                                                                                                                                • $50 per person savings off published price
                                                                                                   Athens (Piraeus) • Athens post-cruise                                       own Denominación de Origen (Designation
                   Spanish gems, as well.                                                          two-night hotel stay                                                                                                               Virtuoso fares from $1,499 per person
                                                                                                                                                                               of Origin) label. This strict quality control
                                                                                                   Virtuoso Ocean-View fares from $2,499                                       system guarantees the origin of grapes and
                                                                                                   Virtuoso Exclusive: Two-category upgrade                                    winemaking methods.
                                                                                                   and $100 per stateroom onboard credit.                                                                                          Virtuoso Exclusive $50 savings taken off published fares of $1,549. Rates are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   per person, double occupancy. Offer subject to availability.
                       EXPERT TIP
                       Take advantage of Orient Lines’ distinctive
                                                                                                   17-Day Spain, Portugal
                                                                                                   & French Highlights
                       Discovery Lecture Series; its renowned
                                                                                                   June 15, 2007
                       speakers — hailing from the worlds of                                       Barcelona pre-cruise two-night hotel stay •
                       science, history, politics and more —




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   H E R I TAG E TO U R S P R I VAT E T RAV E L
                                                                                                   Barcelona • Alicante • Málaga • Cádiz •
                       provide insights and perspectives far                                       Lisbon • Leixoes • La Coruña • La Rochelle •
                                                                                                                                                                            PRIVATE LABEL SPAIN
                       beyond those found in guidebooks.                                           St. Malo • Brussels/Bruges (Zeebrugge) •
                                                                                                                                                                            Want to dine like Spanish nobility in a 16th-
                                                                                                   London (Dover) • London post-cruise
                                                                                                   two-night hotel stay                                                     century castle? Sample varietals at one of Rioja’s
                                                                                                   Virtuoso Ocean-View fares from $2,899                                    oldest wineries? Perhaps you’d like to join in La
                                                                                                   Virtuoso Exclusive: Two-category upgrade                                 Mancha’s autumn harvest festival, or go behind
                                                                                                   and $200 per stateroom onboard credit.
                                                                                                                                                                            the scenes in the kitchens of some of Spain’s
                                                                                                   12-Day Italy &                                                           hottest chefs. Whatever your travel desires,
                                                                                                   The Rivieras I & II                                                      Heritage Tours Private Travel can make them
                                                                                                   October 2, 2006; April 20, 2007
                                                                                                                                                                            happen. Their custom-designed itineraries focus
                                                                                                   Rome pre-cruise two-night hotel stay •
                                                                                                   Rome (Civitavecchia) • Portoferraio, Elba •                              on your interests and passions, with charming
                                                                                                   Florence/Pisa (Livorno) • Nice (Villefranche) •                          accommodations, private car and driver, and the
                                                                                                   Cannes • St. Tropez (Toulon) • Palma de
                                                                                                                                                                            highest-caliber guides.                                   Virtuoso Exclusive Experience Includes:
                                                                                                   Mallorca • Barcelona • Barcelona post-cruise
                                                                                                   two-night hotel stay                                                                                                               • Private tour through the kitchen of Michelin-
                                                                                                   Virtuoso Ocean-View fares from $2,499                                                                                                starred Tragabuches Restaurant in Ronda
                                                                                                   Virtuoso Exclusive: Two-category upgrade                                    EXPERT TIP                                               with talented chef Benito Gomez
                                                                                                   and $100 per stateroom onboard credit.                                      Heritage Tours Private Travel specializes              • Exclusive tasting of high-end Spanish wines
                                                                                                                                                                               in custom-designed private tours of                    • A lavish tasting menu designed personally
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        for you
                                                                                                                                                                               Spain. This experience, as well as
                   For new FIT bookings only, not combinable with any other offer, pseudo categories, guarantees/senior rates. Lead in rates are based on double
                                                                                                                                                                               countless others offering elite insider                Contact your Virtuoso travel specialist for
                   occupancy minimum accommodations, cruise-tour only. Lead rate for Mediterranean Highlights I & II based on April 27, 2007 departure. Rates are subject      access, can be booked as part of a                     rates and availability.
                   to category availability and include NCF. Promotional booking code must be referenced to at the time of booking. Upgrades are based on availability,
                   up to category B. Onboard credits are per cabin; complimentary upgrades available up to category B. Refer to promo codes as follows: MPOIRVP (12-           comprehensive private tour of Spain.
                   Day Italy & The Rivieras I); MPOITRVP (12-Day Italy & The Rivieras II); MPOMHVP (12-Day Mediterranean Highlights I); MPOMTHVP (12-Day Mediterranean
                   Highlights II); MPOSPFHVP (17-Day Spain, Portugal & French Highlights). Ships' Registry: Bahamas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Offer is subject to availability.




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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        LUFTHANSA AIRLINES
                                                                   A ROYAL STAY IN THE                                                                                                                  SIESTA IN FLIGHT
                                                                   CITY OF KINGS                                                                                                                        Spanish culture revolves around the siesta —
                                                                   Built for King Alfonso XII in 1912 and restored                                                                                      that time of day when everything shuts
                                                                   to its original splendor, The Westin Palace, Madrid                                                                                  down, lavish meals are served and a tranquil
                                                                   provides a stately retreat for modern-day                                                                                            sleep is had by all.
                                                                   sovereigns. Rooms are exquisitely furnished,
                                                                   antiques are abundant, and a magnificent stained                                                                                     Lufthansa Airlines fully appreciates the value
                                                                   glass cupola looms over its plush lobby. Situated in                                                                                 of the siesta — which is why it developed an
                                                                   the heart of Madrid’s “Art Triangle” — designated                                                                                    innovative new sleeper seat, the Private Bed,
                                                                   by the Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza and Reina                                                                                           available on its Business Class f lights
                                                                   Sofia museums — The Westin Palace features                                                                                           between the U.S. and Europe. Stretching out
                                                                   the city’s finest Asian restaurant and the 24/7            Virtuoso Exclusive Experience Includes:                                   to almost six and a half feet — the longest
                                                                   Westin WORKOUT® Powered by Reebok Gym.                     •   Three nights’ accommodation                                           bed in its class — Lufthansa’s Private Bed
                                                                                                                              •   Buffet breakfast daily                                                provides you ample space to stretch out in
                                                                                                                              •   Complimentary cocktail or tropical shake
                                                                                                                                                                                                        your favorite position.
                                                                                                                              •   Complimentary Spanish tapas, once during stay
                                                                      EXPERT TIP
                                                                      Get a divine night’s sleep on the Westin                Virtuoso fares from EUR295                                                The fact is, Lufthansa has revolutionized the
                                                                      Heavenly Bed® with its custom-designed                  (approx US$379) per room, per night
                                                                                                                                                                                                        entire concept of long-flight Business Class
                                                                      pillow-top mattress, cozy down comforter,
                                                                                                                                                                                                        travel. Now you can be the master of your
                                                                      crisp linens and plush pillows.                     Offer valid with a minimum three-night stay. Rates are per room, per night,
                                                                                                                          based on double occupancy. Additional third person rate from EUR95. Daily     domain with Lufthansa’s Master Control,
                                                                                                                          rates subject to 7 percent VAT (not included).
                                                                                                                                                                                                        an easy-to-use remote that lets you access
                                                                                                                                                                                                        movies, music, books-on-tape — even an
                                                                                                                                                                                                        in-seat massage — with noise-cancellation
                                                                                                                                                                                                        headphones and an impressive 10-plus-
    M A R B E L L A C L U B H OT E L , G O L F R E S O RT & S PA




                                                                   ANDALUSIAN AWESTRUCK                                                                                                                 inch screen.
                                                                   When Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe acquired
                                                                   his Costa del Sol estate in 1946, guests were                                                                                        Lufthansa offers convenient connecting
                                                                   struck by its lush subtropical gardens and                                                                                           flights from the U.S to Spain’s most popular
                                                                   luxurious beachfront locale. They still are today,                                                                                   cities. Travel Business Class from Chicago
                                                                   albeit now as the privileged clientele of the                                                                                        to Düsseldorf, Newark or Munich, with easy
                                                                   Marbella Club, the grande dame of resorts along                                                                                      onward connections to Barcelona, Madrid,
                                                                   Spain’s “Golden Mile.” Its Thalasso Spa is                                                                                           Bilbao, Málaga and Palma de Mallorca.
                                                                   ranked as one of Europe’s finest, while 325 days
                                                                   of annual sunshine invite you to relax at the
                                                                   popular Beach Club, take a dip in the seawater
                                                                   pool or find a private stretch of sand.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           EXPERT TIP
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Lufthansa’s new complimentary car
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Contact your Virtuoso travel
                                                                                                                              Virtuoso Exclusive Experience Includes:                                      service takes you from your Chicago or
                                                                                                                              • Three nights’ suite accommodation                                          Newark doorstep to the airport and back
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               specialist for rates and availability.
                                                                                                                              • Buffet lunch for two at the Beach Club                                     on Business Class flights to Düsseldorf
                                                                      EXPERT TIP                                              • Complimentary bottle of wine                                               and Munich.
                                                                      The beautifully designed 18-hole Marbella
                                                                      Club golf course is for the exclusive use of            Virtuoso fares from EUR295                                                                                                  New Business Class seats currently not available on all flights; check with
                                                                      the resort’s guests, so you never wait and                                                                                                                                          your Virtuoso travel specialist for specific flights. Certain terms and
                                                                                                                              (approx US$379) per room, per night                                                                                         conditions apply.
                                                                      morning tee times are guaranteed.

                                                                                                                          Rates are per room, per night, and do not include 7 percent VAT. Offer
                                                                                                                          subject to change without notice.




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    T RA FA LG A R TO U R S




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             T H E K E M P I N S K I H OT E L B A H Í A E S T E P O N A
                              ALWAYS THE                                                                                                                                                ULTIMATE COSSETING ON THE
                              PERFECT ESCORT                                                                                                                                            COSTA DEL SOL
                              When choosing an escorted vacation in Spain,                                                                                                              A prime beachfront location, lush tropical
                              you want to make sure a tour company is looking                                                                                                           gardens, pampering spa treatments and
                              out for your best interests. That’s why savvy                                                                                                             panoramic views of the African coast — this is
                              travelers make Trafalgar Tours their company                                                                                                              what southern Spain is all about. Set amidst 11
                              of choice.                                                                                                                                                landscaped acres, the exquisite Kempinski Hotel
                                                                                                                                                                                        Bahía Estepona provides the perfect combination
                              For more than 55 years, they have consistently                                                                                                            of relaxation and refined luxury with three pools,
                              looked for ways to enhance their clients’ travel                                                                                                          four atmospheric restaurants, and the largest
                              experience — from seeking out great restaurants                                                                                                           variety of cava along the Costa del Sol. Golfers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Virtuoso Exclusive Experience Includes:
                              and comfortable hotels to finding the perfect                                                                                                             swoon over the more than 50 courses in the area,           • Room upgrade upon arrival (if available)
                              balance between planned activities and free time.                                                                                                         available for play by special arrangement at               • Buffet breakfast for two daily
                              Enjoy the company of some of the world’s most                                                                                                             reduced green fees.                                        • Sangria welcome cocktail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   • Complimentary dinner for two, with pre-meal
                              experienced tour directors, get into must-see                                                                                                                                                                          glass of sherry
                              attractions without waiting in line and skip the                                                                                                                                                                     • Early check-in, late check-out and more
                                                                                                              A Sampling of Trafalgar’s                                                    EXPERT TIP
                              hassles of check-ins and carrying heavy luggage.                                2006/2007 Spain Vacations
                                                                                                                                                                                           Explore Spain’s southern coast in style on              Virtuoso fares from EUR255
                              All this, and at a value you’ll truly appreciate.                                                                                                            a Harley Davidson motorcycle, available for             (approx US$327) per room, per night
                                                                                                              17-Day Spain, Morocco & Portugal
                                                                                                              Departs January 3, 2007                                                      rent at the hotel.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Rates are per room per night, based on double occupancy, and do not
                                                                                                              Highlights include: Toledo, Granada, Fez,                                                                                         include 7 percent VAT. Minimum three night stay required. Complimentary
                                                                                                              Marrakesh, Casablanca, Rabat, Tangier, Gibraltar,                                                                                 dinner does not include drinks. Offer valid when booked between October
                                  EXPERT TIP                                                                                                                                                                                                    1 - December 31, 2006 for travel completed between October 1, 2006 -
                                                                                                              Seville, Lisbon, Fatima, Avila, Madrid                                                                                            February 28, 2007. Offer subject to change.
                                  Personalize your vacation with one of
                                                                                                              Virtuoso fares from:
                                  Trafalgar’s many optional excursions,
                                                                                                              $2,025 (land only)
                                  ranging from a horse-drawn carriage                                         $2,535 (land and air)




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             H OT E L C L A R I S
                                  ride through Seville to a gypsy night out                                                                                                             THE LOOK OF LUXURY,
                                  in Granada.                                                                 14-Day Highlights of Spain & Portugal                                     MODERNISTA-STYLE
                                                                                                              Departs January 13, 2007
                                                                                                              Highlights include: Toledo, Cordoba, Granada,                             Given its location in Barcelona’s L’Eixample
                                                                                                              Gibraltar, Seville, Lisbon, Fatima, Madrid
                                                                                                              Virtuoso fares from:                                                      section near the Quadrat d’Or — an area world-
                                                                                                              $1,590 (land only)                                                        famous for its collection of modernista
                                                                                                              $2,2125 (land and air)                                                    architecture, including Gaudi’s La Pedrera — it is
                                                                                                              10-Day Real Spain                                                         only fitting that the Hotel Claris offers the city’s
                                                                                                              January 19, 2007                                                          most artistic stay. Behind its 19th-century palace
                                                                                                              Highlights include: Toledo, Granada, Gibraltar,                           facade lies a stunning mélange of classic and
                                                                                                              Seville, Cordoba, Madrid
                                                                                                                                                                                        contemporary styles accented by ample teak,
                                                                                                              Virtuoso fares from:
                                                                                                              $1,190 (land only)                                                        marble and glass with an eclectic mix of original
                                                                                                              $1,725 (land and air)                                                     artworks. Nosh on sushi under Andy Warhol                  Virtuoso Exclusive Experience Includes:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   • Three nights’ accommodation with room
                                                                                                                                                                                        lithographs in the muy-chic East 47 Restaurant.              upgrade (if available)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   • Bottle of Spanish red wine
                                                                                                              Virtuoso Exclusive: Save $100 on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   • One lunch or dinner in the East 47 Restaurant
                                                                                                              all 2006 and 2007 Trafalgar Tours                                                                                                      with wine
                                                                                                              Winter Spain vacations.
                                                                                                                                                                                           EXPERT TIP
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   • Day’s use of a Mercedes Smart Car
                                                                                                                                                                                           Visit a museum without leaving your hotel:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   • Complimentary Cava and chocolates and more
                                                                                                                                                                                           On the first floor, you’ll find an exhibit of
                                                                                                                                                                                           Egyptian antiquities from the owner’s
                              Virtuoso Exclusive $100 savings available on travel between November 1, 2006, and April 15, 2007. Must be booked through a Virtuoso travel specialist                                                                Virtuoso fares from EUR589
                              between September 26 and December 15, 2006. Offer may be combined with all discounts outlined in 2006 brochures. Other restrictions may apply.               private collection.
                              Trafalgar reserves the right to pull the promotion at any time. Promo code or direct mail piece must be mentioned at the time of booking to receive the                                                              (approx US$755) per person
                              offer. Promo Code: 100VRT

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Prices are per person in double or twin room, based on minimum three-night
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                stay. Extra night from EUR326 (approximately US$418) per room. VAT of 7
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                percent not included. Available through December 28, 2006




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    M A D E F O R S PA I N


                             SPAIN MADE FOR YOU
                             Created exclusively for Virtuoso clients by
                             Made For Spain, this eight-day program takes
                             you on a gastronomic journey from San Sebastián
                             to Madrid, staying in some of Spain’s most
                             distinctive properties, dining on exceptional
                             cuisine, and visiting boutique wineries along the
                             way. Enjoy cooking lessons with Cordon-Bleu
                             Chef Natalia Arizmendi; private tours and
                             tastings at the Palacio de Muruzabal and
                             Bodegas López Cristobal wineries; guided tours
                             of Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum and Madrid’s
                             Old Quarter; and dinner at the house of
                             acclaimed chef Pilar Latorre.                            Virtuoso Exclusive Experience Includes:
                                                                                      •   Seven nights’ luxury accommodation
                                                                                      •   Complimentary car rental
                                EXPERT TIP                                            •   Cooking lessons and meals with Spanish chefs
                                One of the most promising new                         •   Private winery tours and tastings
                                Navarrese producers, Palacio de                       •   Guided tours of Bilbao and Madrid
                                Muruzabal mixes Cabernet-Sauvignon,
                                Merlot and Chardonnay with its                        Virtuoso fares from EUR 4,350
                                established Valdizarbe grapes to create               (approx $5,575) per person
                                an exciting, very exclusive varietal.
                                                                                  Rates are per package, double occupancy and include 15 percent VAT.




                                                                                                                                                        V I N TAG E
                             MARDAVALL HOTEL                    LA RESIDENCIA                            BRENDAN WORLDWIDE
                                                                                                                                                        T RAV E L S
                             AND SPA                                                                     VACATIONS
                                                                                                                                                        The best travel experiences go down as smoothly as a fine pinot noir. At
                             While the luxurious Mardavall      Staying at La Residencia —               Whenever you travel with
                             Hotel and Spa is celebrated as     a stunning resort comprised              Brendan Worldwide Vacations,
                             one of Mallorca’s finest, the      of two private 16th- and 17th-           you always get a taste of the                  Virtuoso, we blend our collective knowledge, expertise and insider access
                             local mallorquin wines are         century manors — one can                 local culture with specially
                             equally fêted. For a nice, light   easily imagine its former                arranged insider visits. That’s                to create distinctive vacations that meet your individual tastes. Then we use
                             white, Mardavall’s sommelier       owners drinking local                    certainly true of its eight-day
                             suggests Ribas Blanc 2005          Mallorcan wine under the                 Barcelona and Madrid vacation,
                             (Bodega Ribas); and for an         shade of the lemon trees.                which features a visit to the                  our personal connections to get you special pricing and exclusive amenities.
                             intense, smoky red, try Torrent    You can do the same as part              Poble Espanyol in Barcelona for
                             Negre 2001 (Bodega Vins            of your Virtuoso Exclusive               a chance to sample authentic                   Let us harvest some vintage travels for you.
                             Miguel Gelabert). Sample some      Experience that includes a               Catalan cava. Virtuoso guests
                             during your stay with your         seventh night free when you              receive $50 off land-only
                             EUR75 (approx US$96) food          book six.                                brochure prices and $100 off
                             and beverage credit, courtesy                                               air-inclusive rates.
                             of Virtuoso.                                                                                                               Contact us today!

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        Fares are per person, double occupancy, in U.S. Dollars, unless stated otherwise. Fares do not include taxes or other fees
        unless stated otherwise. Both fares and schedules are subject to change without notice. Offers must be booked October 1
        - December 31, 2006 for travel between October 1, 2006 - March 31, 2007, unless otherwise stated. Virtuoso assumes no
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