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Chateau de Marouatte - Copyright 2019 Ralph Velasco

Central Mexico and La Ruta del Tequila

November 8 – 14, 2020

France’s Magical Dordogne

in a Private Castle

May 23 – 30, 2021
Table Still Life - Italy - Copyright Giulia Stasi

Postcard Puglia, Italy

A week in a Private Agriturismo

April 24 – May 1, 2021

Ribeira and Dom I Bridge from Vila Nova de Gaia - Porto, Portugal - Copyright 2019 Ralph Velasco

A Taste of Northern Portugal

Porto & The Douro Valley

May 8 – 15, 2021
Two Men Downstairs at Gastro Society - Logroño, Spain - Copyright 2019 Ralph Velasco

Northern Spain’s Basque Country & La Rioja

September 8 – 16, 2021

Here’s what makes our Alla Campagna Experiences unique:

    • We’re all about cultural immersion.
    • Get to know more rural and off-the-beaten-path locations.
    • We highlight the local cuisine, wine and spirits, people and more.
    • Expect a half-day of scheduled activities, and half-day of free time, on average.
    • Destinations are more easily accessible from the U.S., Northern Africa, and Europe.
    • We concentrate mostly around the Mediterranean, but other destinations will be added over time.
    • Shorter trips of 7 – 10 days.
    • Stay in one, maybe two locations.
    • Less packing and unpacking.
    • Accommodations in smaller, mostly privately-owned, unique properties, such as (each experience is different):
      • Private castles
      • Wine estates
      • Agriturismos (properties in the Italian countryside that are often working farms)
      • Wonderfully-converted mansions and villas
      • A parador (converted castle or monastery)
      • Private haciendas
      • Gorgeous boutique hotels and other one-of-a-kind places
    • Accommodations often include pools, optional wellness and spa treatments.
    • Enjoy open spaces to hike with plenty of room to roam.
    • Group activities are nearby, requiring less time getting to and from
    • Activities will include (varies by chosen experience):
      • Wide open spaces and a chance to get back to nature
      • Wine and spirit tastings
      • Unique culinary experiences, cooking classes and demonstrations
      • Private lectures with local experts
      • Learn about harvest and the processing of local specialties (and get to taste each)
      • Visits to weekly markets, nearby small villages and quaint towns
    • Included meals will mostly be onsite and at smaller, family-owned and operated restaurants
    • Feel good that you’re contributing to the local economy.
    • Meet with local craftsmen and -women.
    • Limited to just 6 to 10 participants.
  • Depending on the experience transportation may be in comfortable and air-conditioned vehicles with plenty of room to spread out and/or in your own rental vehicle providing ultimate freedom.  We’ll always strive to minimize the necessary time getting from place to place.

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