Story Land & Sea®

Treasures of Spain
with Chef Jose Garces


About Chef Jose Garces

Chef Mario Batali

Chef Jose Garces
Garces is one of eight chefs in the country to hold the prestigious title of Iron Chef. He regularly appears on the Food Network hit Iron Chef America, a role he earned after besting nine other competitors on The Next Iron Chef.

Raised in Chicago, Garces is a second-generation Latin American, born to Ecuadorian parents. His early culinary passion was influenced his paternal grandmother, who taught him the Latin way of cooking.  Garces is still driven by those early values and continues to incorporate a wide array of influences in his culinary ventures. 

After graduating from Kendall College's School of Culinary Arts, Garces worked in top-rated professional kitchens from Spain to New York City before moving to Philadelphia in 2001. 

Garces quickly expanded his company after opening up his first restaurant, Amanda, in 2005, to run and operate over a dozen restaurants in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York. Additionally, he owns of one of the nation's best-loved food trucks, Guapos Tacos, which is available for private events and can often be found on the streets of his adopted hometown of Philadelphia.

Chef Garces also owns a 40-acre farm in Bucks County, Pa. called Luna, where he and his team grow much of the produce for his Philadelphia restaurants.

Story® & Chef Treks® — The Partnership of Passion

Story Land & Sea®'s unique off-the-beaten-path dining experiences provide an immersion into authentic regional food and wine. Chef Mario Batali will select and create a variety of appetizers, featuring regional cuisine, and will select your vino for the evening: a variety of red and white wine from the Tuscan region, and yes, "the wind flows".

Story of the Slow Food Movement: Story Land & Sea® is committed to the Slow Food Movement, which was founded by Carlo Petrini in Peidmont, Italy in 1986. This "movement" strives to preserve traditional and regional cuisine, and encourages the farming of plants, seeds, and livestock characteristic to the local ecosystems found throughout Italy.


"I would sooner be a foreigner in Spain than in most countries. How easy it is to make friends in Spain!" – George Orwell

Chef Mario Batali
Chef Jose Garces

With the help of history along with modern and recent examples of culinary prowess, reimagined cooking techniques and tools, and not to forget tradition...the modern kitchen is discovering that innovation, the elusive endeavor upon this journey through Spain is based, takes us back to the essentials. Concepts like 'farm to table' and 'farm to fork' are realized as we discover ancient spices and herbs, cooking styles, and passion that lead our curiosity and awareness and deliver us at the doorstep of...delight.

A Perfect Pairing —
This Chef Treks - Story Land & Sea® Adventure combines the love of food with the love of Spain and the passion and inspiration of world-renown chef Jose Garces.

Slow Travel - Slow Food (Fast To Your Heart)
In addition to the planned culinary experiences with Chef Jose, you will also enjoy our unique approach to dining at select restaurant venues. The Story Way® of dining features your Story Tour Captain who will select a variety of appetizers featuring the best of regional cuisine from around Spain along with unique red and white wine varietals. Then you will be presented with the menu the special dining experiences planned throughout the journey. Each day brings with it a new discovery and experience with Chef Jose.

The Adventures begins in the very Heart of Spain: Seville.




Day 1: May 5: International Flight Date

Today, you will depart the home airport on your Trans-Atlantic flight bound for Seville, Spain. Your flight is not included but you can request a best-rate fare from our Air Service. Or call today 1 (877) 865-6711. 


More of the Story: Arrive Early to Spain. Many Story guests prefer to arrive a day early to recover from their Transatlantic flight, and often extend at the end of their trip as well. Story provides a special pre-tour or post-tour overnight hotel service and can make your reservation for you.

Inquire here or call today 1 (877) 865-6711. Note: Day 1 is the published tour date and is the date you will arrange your air travel. Your small group tour commences on itinerary Day 2 upon arrival into Spain.

Note: Day 1 is the published tour date and is the date you will arrange your air travel. Your small group tour commences on itinerary Day 2 upon arrival into Seville, Spain.

Day 2: May 6: Arrive Spain

SEVILLE: Art. Architecture. History. And Cuisine.
Split, Croatia

Arrive in Beautiful Spain!

Your Chef Treks Adventures begins today with Story Land & Sea®'s most popular itinerary commencing at 3:00PM at our hotel in Madrid. Located seconds away from Piazza San Marco, known to us as San Marco Square, is our collection of hotels where your Story Tour Captain meets you for the included Venice Orientation Tour.

May we suggest a Great Idea:
Fight jet lag and fly in a full day early. 


After your bags are stored securely (rooms aren't ready until 3pm), you will have free time until we meet later today to begin our adventure through Seville with your Tour Captain.

Walking Level: Light, Leisurely Pace. Volume: Light

Your Small Group Tour Vacation to Spain is underway! After our reception, we'll walk to our Welcome Dinner in Seville.

Tonight's Dining Experience: Tonight enjoy a fabulous welcome dining experience featuring Chef Jose Garces. The venus is set for a wonderful welcome dinner to Seville. Experience what can only be described as a night of the best cuisine and vino from the regions of Spain.

Story® Way Dining

Our approach to dining is truly unique: Our favorites dishes represent the region we're traveling through. We call this 'speaking the language of your food.' From our unique, off-the-beaten-path restaurants we visit for each included dinner to the variety of hand-crafted dishes, it's truly an immersion into authentic Spanish cuisine paired with Spanish wine. Your Tour Captain is there to make sure your dining experience goes smoothly and will help you interpret any menu item. For the included dinners, your Tour Captain will select a variety of appetizers, featuring regional cuisine, and will select your wine for the evening ~ a variety of red and white wine from the region in which you're traveling ~ and yes, "the wine does flow." It's an intentionally slow evening of delight so you can savor the experience in the local culture. Bienvenidos!

Gran Melia Colon, Seville, 3 Nights
There is a difference between centrally-located hotels and Story Land & Sea®'s Heart of City hotels. No taxis or shuttles required when you're in the historical heart of the cities and villages.

Day 3: May 7: Cordoba: Unhurried Beauty

Split Old Town, Croatia

Enjoy a hearty breakfast and we're off for a visit to Cordoba. We arrive Cordoba and enjoy a walk in the heart of the city.

This morning we are set to explore Cordoba with our Local Expert Guide. Enjoy a tour of the La Mezquita (Spanish for the word, mosque), and discover the building's 1200 year history. It has served as a meeting place for Christians, a Moorish mosque, and since the 1500s, a Roman Catholic cathedral.

Chef Treks®
This afternoon enjoy another Chef Treks' experience with Chef Jose before we return to Seville. Optional dining tonight with the Tour Captain.

Day 4: May 8: Seville ~ Columbus | Royal Palace

The Beautiful Colors of Seville

Story Way® Dining: Flamenco Show & Dinner Tonight

You'll have a wonderful Spanish breakfast this morning and then meet our local guide, who will accompany us to relive the drama of Carmen as we explore this historical city. Seville's city tour embraces its ancient Roman history, conquest by the Moors and contribution to the discovery of the New World. Like all old cities built haphazardly over the centuries, walking around Seville is a dream, and most probably one of Europe's most beautiful places. Its alleys twist and turn, and sometimes the tiny courtyards feature an orange or a lime tree bursting with vivid color.

As we pick through the narrow lanes of the charming city, we'll view Columbus' tomb in the Cathedral, the world's largest Gothic edifice. Then we're on to the Alcázar, the longest inhabited royal palace in Europe and a marvel of Moorish-style architecture.The variety of small palaces that make it up is amazing. The stucco work and the Mudejar ceilings are simply beautiful. The tiles on the walls are some of the most beautiful tiles ever made in Spain or anywhere. The huge gardens are marvelous and a joy to discover.

Then on to its Giralda Bell Tower, which was once the minaret of a 12th-century mosque, with views of all of Seville.

Dubrovnik, Bosnia

Special Dining
Tonight we'll take in a traditional Flamenco Show and Included Dinner.

Exclusive Flamenco Show & Dinner Included: We'll take in the passion and seduction of the art-form known as the Flamenco. A show is Included with our dinner. Flamenco is an art form that was born, and thrives, here in Spain. Spanish flamenco is the best because Spaniards start dancing when they can barely walk, and they dance everyday. The stomping of the feet, the twirling of the body, and the drama of the music are simply part of their culture.

Day 5: May 9: Spanish Countryside

A Villa Estate to Thrive

Story Exclusive® Winery Estate Experience

We make our way to our villa estate located in the beautiful Spanish countryside.

OUR VILLA ESTATE: Cortijo Sevilla

Kotor, Montenegro

Upon arriving, we will check-in, freshen up and then meet back together for a special reception to welcome you to the beautiful Spanish Countryside.

Meet Chef Jose and your host team for a special toast before dinner.

Chef Treks®
Included dining tonight with Chef Jose on the grounds of the estate.


Day 6: May 10: Market Visit


Enjoy a morning visit to a nearby village and a walk through of the market. Chef Jose hosts as you select in harmony the beautiful produce, meats, cheese and spices for today's Chef Trek® experience.

Chef Treks® Enjoy a passionate culinary class and experience with Chef Jose today.


Day 7: May 11: Spanish Delight


Enjoy a day at leisure and then tonight a special finalé on the grounds of our estate.

Chef Treks®
Join Chef Jose for a special farewell event tonight on the grounds of the villa. One of our favorite nights of fun and celebration, as we toast one another to a wonderful journey together. The dinner we have designed for you tonight along with the music, will make for the perfect finale to your Italian vacation. It is a night of great cuisine and, of course, wine along with your new friends.

Our days have been filled with new sights, tastes and discoveries - tonight enjoy reflecting on the incredible journey we've had together. Gracias Chef Jose!

Day 8: May 12: Departure Day

Homeward Bound
Tempted to continue? What about Italy?

Santorini, Greece

Inquire about departure transfers.


Extend your Story Adventure: After Spain, let's go to Italy's Amalfi Coast!

Owner Mark Story likes to describe this 3 day and night extension to the 'Enchanted Amalfi Coast' as an opportunity to "recover from the Treasures of Italy tour." Well, we're not sure how much actual recovery is needed from the epic journey, but the Amalfi Coast, just like the headline implies, is always a good idea.

The extension as a whole includes not just the Amalfi Coast, but also the Sorrento Peninsula (where we make our home for the 3 days and nights), and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pompeii — complete with skip-the-line admission and our Story Expert Italian Guide.

A special welcome dinner is included in Sorrento at one of Mark's favorites, and then two days of flex time to soak up the coast. Most Story guests opt for Day 2's special "Isle of Capri & Amalfi Coast Highway" optional excursion, and then use the 3rd day for a time to on the coast. More excursions are available, but Mark cautions guests to "not fill up every waking moment."

Santorini, Greece


The Adventure Begins.
"Spending these 3 days on the Amalfi Coast & Sorrento Peninsula was the perfect finale to our Italy vacation. I will return one day! Thank you!"

Discover the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento Peninsula with our special Pompeii Experience included in 2018! From our boutique hotel in Sorrento to the unique welcome dining experience, this one is the perfect culmination of your travels through Italy. Enjoy optional excursions to the Isle of Capri and the Amalfi Coast.

• 3 Nights Accommodation in botique hotel in Sorrento
• World-Class UNESCO World Heritage Site,Pompeii Experience with admission and our privately guided tour.
• Enjoy daily breakfast at our hotel properties.
• A special Welcome to the Amalfi Coast & Sorrento Peninsula Dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in all of Italy on the first evening.
• Baggage handling, hotel taxes, hotel service charges (items of a personal nature not included).
• Deluxe, air-conditioned microcoach or private car with panoramic windows & comfortable seats.
• Services of our Tour Captain® or Story Local Host® and Expert Italian Guide in Pompeii.
• Quality, centrally located hotel properties, authentic Italian culture and style with private baths, all non-smoking.

Santorini, Greece


Pricing is per person and in US dollars. Includes all meals taxes and fees, and traditional Chef Treks and Story receptions.

Story Land & Sea®'s Tour includes: 
• Daily full, hot American Breakfast
• Story Land & Sea® Exclusives per itinerary
• Traditional Welcome Reception
• Farewell Reception 

In US Dollars

Published Date Price Per Person
Sep 15, 2018 Departure $6779
Call 1(877) 865-6711 or email us today!







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