WE ARE PLEASED TO PRESENT OUR INAUGURAL ESC TOUR: SPAIN 2017
OVERVIEW & PHILOSOPHY:
Join Victoria Price and Peter Fuller on an immersive, interactive and fun adventure exploring Spain, savoring the country's artistic, cultural, culinary, cinematic, historic, religious, and political history, as well as celebrating its extraordinary people, places and lifestyle.
Immersive experiences plus educational and inspirational workshops will be interwoven into our itinerary as we Explore, Savor and Celebrate some of Spain’s most historic centers. This will provide an authentic perspective on the transformation that can happen through immersive travel in different cultures. These sessions will also provide give you with valuable tools to take home and apply to your own life and local community.
Our tours focus on culture -- from art and architecture to film and food -- as well as social, political, religious, and cultural history. But they also create unique opportunities to interact with people in their everyday environments. This unique approach is far removed from the usual ‘tick box’ or ‘bucket list’ approach to travel. You will learn how to really see the world that surrounds you in all its curious vibrancy.
While visiting these historic cities, you will be able to participate in our Explore Savor Celebrate workshops and electives, enjoy group experiences, and have plenty of free time -- all of which will allow you to really imbibe the spirit of exploring, savoring, and celebrating life. There will be many opportunities to learn how to take the time to taste each experience more deeply. By the end of your journey, you will have acquire valuable ideas for you to use in sharing what you have seen and how you now view the world with others.
It is our aspiration that you will take this new spirit of travel and life home with you.
ABOUT YOUR TOUR LEADERS:
For the past two years Victoria and Peter have invited Vincent Price fans to follow in the iconic actor’s globetrotting footsteps by revisiting film locations, holding tribute screenings and presentations, visiting museums and Native American pueblos, re-launching his iconic cookbooks and taking a pilgrimage to East Los Angeles art gallery that he founded. These trips were inspired by Price's Explore Savor Celebrate philosophy to life. Drawing on these sell out Camp Vincent tours, Victoria and Peter are now bringing Vincent’s philosophy and enduring curiosity for life to ESC Tours, which embodies the philosophy of Explore Savor Celebrate.
To learn more about this philosophy and about Victoria and Peter, please visit the ABOUT section of this website.
Our first trip takes place in Spain from September 30 - October 10, 2017.
HERE'S WHAT YOU GET:
Explore Savor Celebrate Spain: We will explore, savor and celebrate Madrid, Toledo, Avila, Figueres and Barcelona. A ten-day culturally rich experience including art, food, film, exploration, history, and so much more!
• 6-nights four-star hotel lodging (and buffet breakfast) in Madrid (Sat 30 Sep – Thu 5 Oct)
• 4-nights four-star lodging (and buffet breakfast) in Barcelona (Fri 6 – Tue 10 Oct)
• A/C Private Coach to Toledo
• A/C Private Coach to Barcelona
• A/C Private Coach to Dali Museum (Figueres) + Entrance Fee
• Welcome dinner (Madrid)
• Two tapas dinners (Madrid, Barcelona)
• Farewell dinner (Barcelona)
• One Catalan Cooking Class (Barcelona)
• Workshops, electives and tour guide fees (where listed)
• One-day bus pass (Madrid)
• One-day bus pass (Barcelona)
• Entrance Fee to Museo Prado
• Liability insurance (required under Spanish law)
Attendees will pay for all other meals. Exclusions are marked (extra) in the tour description. Add-ons are marked with (add-on) A final detailed itinerary will be issued two weeks before your departure (and will also be available to view online).
THE FINE PRINT WRIT LARGE:
International travel insurance is also available on request at €20per person.
You will be responsible for your own transportation and lodging before and after the tour dates.
A tour liaison will be on hand to assist you with hotel checking in, ground transport, and daily itinerary updates throughout the tour -- as well as translation and communication.
A choice of electives will also be available for each day. You will be sent a list once you have signed up for the tour. Electives offer participants to choose what experiences most appeal to them -- from explorations of history, cinema, art, culture, food, religion, and daily life. You can also "elect" to just have a free day on your own to explore. These bespoke tours are not your typical herd-em-on, herd-em-off tours, but really a chance to explore, savor, and celebrate a new country in the company of like-minded travelers with whom you can choose to spend as much or as little time as you wish.
Sample electives include:
THE FILM LOCATIONS OF PEDRO ALMODOVAR (MADRID)
THE DAILY LIFE OF A CITY THROUGH ITS PARKS (MADRID)
THE DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL: EL GRECO & ST JOHN OF THE CROSS (TOLEDO)
RAMBLING ON THE RAMBLAS (BARCELONA)
BENDING TIME AND SPACE (DALI MUSEUM)
FULL GENERAL ITINERARY (Final itinerary to be provided two weeks prior to travel.)
DAY 1: SATURDAY 30 SEPTEMBER
A special welcome dinner at the historic Spanish restaurant Sobrino de Botin, featured in Vincent and Mary Price’s Treasury of Great Recipes, will kick off our adventure once Campers have checked into our Madrid hotel for a 6-night stay.
DAY 2: SUNDAY 1 OCTOBER
EXPLORE. SAVOR. CELEBRATE WORKSHOP with Victoria Price
EXPLORE MADRID: The city’s sights will be explored via a Hop-on Hop-off Panoramic Bus Tour followed by lunch.
AFTERNOON ELECTIVES with Peter Fuller or Victoria Price
In the evening, there’s another chance for the serious gourmands to dine at one of four restaurants featured in Vincent and Mary Price’s Treasury of Great Recipes, including Horchers, the Ritz or The Westin Palace Hotel. Group excursions will be offered to these restaurants as requested, led by Victoria Price.
DAY 3: MONDAY 2 OCTOBER
SAVOR Madrid’s art and culture, with Victoria Price leading you on a guided tour of the Museo del Prado. Then we lunch at Ritz Hotel’s The Hall, which also features in Treasury of Great Recipes.
AFTERNOON ELECTIVES with Victoria Price and Peter Fuller.
Once again this evening, there’s another chance for the serious gourmands to dine at one of four restaurants featured in Vincent and Mary Price’s Treasury of Great Recipes, including Horchers, the Ritz or The Westin Palace Hotel. Group excursions will be offered to these restaurants as requested, led by Victoria Price.
DAY 4: TUESDAY 3 OCTOBER
Our private coach will take us to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Toledo in Castile–La Mancha, which is steeped in Moorish, Christian and Jewish history. Victoria and Peter will guide you through the labyrinthine streets, and visit the monumental Alcázar of Toledo. On the bus, Victoria will lead her second Explore Savor Celebrate Workshop.
Following a light lunch featuring local specialties, you can enjoy either of our afternoon electives led by Peter and Victoria.
You will be free to choose your own dinner spot in Madrid this evening.
DAY 5: WEDNESDAY 4 OCTOBER
You will have two choices today:
A tour of the Walled Cities of Central Spain led by Victoria
A day to do your own thing in Madrid and environs
DAY 6: THURSDAY 5 OCTOBER
You will have two choices again today:
A Classic Spanish Horror Film Location Tour with Sergio Molina (the son of Paul Naschy) and director Victor Matellano led by Peter
A day to do your own thing in Madrid and environs
In the evening, we conclude our Madrid Adventure with an Explore Savor Celebrate dinner where we will share what we have gleaned on the first half of our shared journey -- and discuss how we can bring our adventurous Explore Savor Celebrate spirit home with us.
DAY 7: FRIDAY 6 OCTOBER
We say ‘goodbye’ to Madrid and ‘hello’ Barcelona! as we travel by private bus to Barcelona and check into our hotel for a 4-night stay. You will have the afternoon and evening to explore the city at your own leisure.
There will be an optional group dinner on our first night in Barcelona.
DAY 8: SATURDAY 7 OCTOBER
We EXPLORE. SAVOR. CELEBRATE Barcelona and welcome our other pass holder campers, beginning with another ESC workshop conducted by Victoria. We then head off for a tour of the city via the hop-on, hop-off Bus Turistic paying particular attention to the architecture of Antonio Gaudi, with visits to two historic sites: Parc Guell and Casa Batio, as Victoria leads a discussion on the artist and the Spanish Art Deco movement.
Following a light lunch, you can join one of two electives led by Peter and Victoria.
We end our day with a celebratory Tapas group dinner.
DAY 9: SUNDAY 8 OCTOBER
We CELEBRATE Spanish art by heading out of the city to Figueres to uncover the mysteries of the surrealist master, Salvador Dali, with a visit to the Dali Museum, and his house in Port Lligat.
DAY 10: MONDAY 9 OCTOBER
SAVOR is today’s theme as we experience a bespoke Catalan Cooking Demonstration, in which a Master Chef will guide us through the Catalan culinary identity, while sampling local specialties and wine.
In the afternoon, you can join two electives led by Peter and Victoria.
This evening we invite you to a farewell dinner where we can say adios -- for now.
DAY 10: Tuesday 10 October
We check out of our hotel, and many of you will want move on to Sitges for the Film Festival. All ESC tour participants are invited to participate in the Film Festival events including Victoria Price, Roger Corman, George Romero, and other luminaries.
HOW TO JOIN THE FUN:
If you are interested in joining the tour, space will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. This is an intimate group experience, so we are keeping the size very small. We will require a 10% deposit to hold your space. An additional 20% deposit will be required by June 30. We will be offering a two payment plan option, with all final payments due by September 1.
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