Travcoa Debuts Culinary Journeys to Iberia, Southeast Asia

Jerre Fuqua, president of TravcoaThis fall, luxury tour operator Travcoa will debut two small-group escorted journeys throughout the Iberian Peninsula and Southeast Asia. Focusing on the culinary accents of each region, Culinary Asia and Flavors of Iberia will introduce your clients to the areas through sight-seeing and on-site cuisine, as well as providing deluxe accommodations, daily sightseeing, all meals, cooking classes, excursions, tips and fees of the all-inclusive tours of the company, founded by Jerre Fuqua (pictured).

Limited to a maximum of 18 guests, the tours have been tailored by the directors of the journeys to include local markets, regional dishes, small, local restaurants and more prominent, outstanding eateries. On August 31, the 15-day land Flavors of Iberia tours Portugal and Spain, $15,995 per person, double occupancy, will be led by Argentinean Travel Director Marta Luna. Focusing on the food and wines of the region, your clients begin in Lisbon with the Porto region and the Douro Valley, they'll get a taste of Portugal’s finest cheeses. Then, they'll into Spain toward the medieval Basque towns of Baiona, Santiago de Compostela and San Sebastian, before they culminate in Barcelona. Featured excursions include wine tastings, a cruise on the Douro River and a guided visit to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. We love the guided tours of the pilgrimage sites and fishing villages along the route. During their trip, they'll stay at boutique luxury hotels like Lisbon’s Lapa Palace and more contemporary properties like the Gran Hotel Domine in Bilbao.

The following month, beginning September 10, Culinary Asia will take your clients on a 15-day trip through the spices, ancient history and modern practices of Singapore, Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Hong Kong's culinary tradition, designed and led by Travcoa Travel Director Amber Medkiff. Sightseeing and special events include a visit to the Prasart Museum in Bangkok and an outdoor Tai Chi class in Hong Kong, during which they'll stay at the Raffles Hotel Singapore, the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, the Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai and The Peninsula Hong Kong, throughout the tour, $9,995 per person, double occupancy. Among our favorites is the elephant trekking adventure to visit the indigenous tribes in northern Thailand.

For more information, call 800-992-2005 or visit www.travcoa.com.

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