Riverfront and Bridge - Bourdeilles, France - Copyright 2019 Ralph Velasco

France’s Magical Dordogne

A week in a Private Castle

September 17 – 24, 2022

Two Men Downstairs at Gastro Society - Logroño, Spain - Copyright 2019 Ralph Velasco

Northern Spain’s Basque

Country & La Rioja

September 2 – 13, 2022

Table Still Life - Italy - Copyright Giulia Stasi

Postcard Puglia, Italy

A week in a Private Agriturismo

April 19 – 26, 2023

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

April 30 – May 7, 2023

Why our Alla Campagna Experiences are 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.
  • Experiences are concentrated mostly around the Mediterranean.
  • Shorter trips of 7 – 10 days.
  • Stay in one, maybe two locations so there’s 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)
    • Beautifully-converted mansions and villas
    • Paradores (a converted castle, fortress or monastery)
    • 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 mostly nearby, requiring less long distance driving between locations.
    • Activities may 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, food tours
      • Learn about harvesting and processing of local specialties (and get to taste each)
      • Visits to weekly markets, nearby small villages and quaint towns
    • Included meals will be both 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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