Monday, October 4 till Thursday October 7
"FROM SEVILLA TO JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA : ESTATES AND BUSINESSES"
We are now reconfirming all the venues booked and programme
MONDAY October 4
Arrivals in Sevilla. Check in to hotel Casas de la Judería****
12:00pm (optional) Visit Palacio Las DUEÑAS
Built in the 15th century, this Renaissance palace with Gothic and Moorish influence, belongs to the noble House of Alba. The main attraction is the impressive art collection comprising of Spanish paintings, antique furniture, ceramics, sculptures from Ancient Rome as well as contemporary and fine Flemish tapestries.
In the 20th century Las Dueñas has become a meeting point for members of the European royal families as well as international dignitaries. Visitors have included Jacqueline Kennedy, Wallis Simpson and Grace Kelly.
Casas de la Juderia, "Patios de los Zúñiga"
02:30pm Welcome - cocktail lunch at the hotel.
04:00pm-06:00pm Visit Palacio Arzobispal
The palace has served as the residence of bishops and archbishops of the episcopal sees since the reconquest of Sevilla in 1251 by Ferdinand III of Castille. It also houses nobleman and military figures still today. Additions to the building were made in the 18th century to give us the red and white decorative façade and beautiful interiors that we see today. There is a large library collection and paintings and sculptures adorn the palace.
09:00pm Dinner at Casas de Salinas
A private 16th century palace house with courtyard that opens for visits and private events. It shows a mix of Renaissance, Gothic and Mudejar in wonderful harmony. Through careful renovation, the original 16th century structure can be admired. We will be hosted by Bruno Salinas and Mrs. Salinas.
TUESDAY October 5
Guided visit of Real Alcazar, Cathedral and Giralda of Sevilla
09:15am Real Alcazar
The royal palace of Seville built for the Christian king Peter of Castile on the site of a Muslim fortress destroyed after the reconquest of the city. A preeminent example of Mudejar architecture mixed with Gothic, Renaissance and Romanesque of previous times. Classified by UNESCO as a world heritage site. The palace is still used today as a royal residence.
11:00am Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See and Giralda
Also classified as a UNESCO world heritage site, it was the largest cathedral in the world when it was built in the early 16th century. It started its life as a mosque built in 1198 by Yaqub Yusuf and was converted into a cathedral after the reconquest of 1251. This was then replaced by the vast cathedral we see today built in 1500.
The Giralda is the bell tower of the cathedral but originally served as the minaret of the original mosque.
12:30pm Visit and tapas at La Real Maestranza de Caballería and Plaza de Toros of Sevilla
The Real Maestranza de Caballería began as a noble guild for traditional cavalry training. Construction of the present 12,000-capacity bullring began in 1749 and is now one of the most well-known of bullfighting rings in the world during the annual Sevilla Fair (April). We will be hosted by Teniente Hermano Mayor & Santiago León.
14:30pm Lunch in Le Petit Comité - a typical Sevillan restaurant
04:00pm Horse drawn carriage tour in Sevilla
08:30pm Dinner at Palacio Bailen
A private palace dating from the end of the 16th century, renovated to celebrate exclusive private events. We will be hosted by Lorenzo Ybarra and Mrs. Moinet.
WEDNESDAY October 6
09:00am Departure by bus from Sevilla to Jerez de la Frontera (1.15h)
10:30am Visit of Finca Fuente del Rey- Ganaderia de Toros
Fuente del Rey is a benchmark of the bullfighting world as well as a place to witness the real charm of deepest Andalucía. Here, bulls of the prestigious Bohórquez brand, one of the most important worldwide, graze alongside numerous mares, purebred horses and bullfighting horses. The Bohorquez family has devoted its time, work and knowledge for generations. To preserve a balanced eco-system in its agricultural activities, the estate also has a natural site for the breeding of pigeons. The house, the trial rings and the stables represent a traditional but yet modern and comfortable environment where bulls, horses and pigeons coexist in harmony. Fermín Bohorquez will kindly host us.
01:00pm Visit and Lunch at Hacienda la Peñuela
With origins dating back to the ancient Carthusian monastery of the 16th century, the estate that is also owned by the Bohorquez family boasts an impressive paved courtyard with arches and balconies covered in colourful bougainvillea as well as a Zurbarán altarpiece in the private chapel and a magnificent carriage collection. Other activities include weddings and olive oil production. Fermín Bohorquez will also host us here.
04:30pm Bus to Bodegas Fundador (30 mins)
05:00pm Visit of Bodegas Fundador- Emperador distillers- Jerez
Voted by the IWSC (International Wine & Spirit Competition) as both the Best Sherry in the world 2019 and the best brandy in the world 2019, the Bodegas Fundador is an Emperador INC company owned by the Tan family. It was established in 2011 and has expanded since then through investments and various acquisitions to include 7 brands.
08:30pm Dinner at Palacio Domecq in Jerez de la Frontera
The Palacio Domecq became the home of the Domecq family as of 1885 and is a stunning example of 18th century Baroque architecture. It has a fine collection of paintings, sculptures and works of art from Italy, France and Flanders. The Domecq family is well known for its fine winemaking tradition. Dinner will take place here.
THURSDAY October 7
09:00am Departure with luggage, end in Córdoba
09:30am Visit of Bodegas Tradición
In 1998 Don Joaquín Rivero recovered the traditional ageing and bottling process of Sherry wine when he acquired the old farmhouse in the middle of the historical centre of Jerez. He began selecting the oldest and exceptional wines using the soleras procedure. By 2000 the categories VORS and VOS were officially recognised by the Regulatory board of Jerez. Today the estate produces nearly 30,000 bottles of high quality Sherry wines to 25 countries and receives 6000 visitors a year. The family also own one of the best private collections of Andalusian art form the 15th to the 19th centuries including such artists as Goya, Murillo and El Greco. We will be hosted by Helena Rivero.
12:00 noon Visit and walking lunch at Las Lomas estate
Established in 1948, Las Lomas is a family business with an enormous respect for the environment and nature and are established as a reference for high quality organic fresh produce. Strong values are also kept for their skilled workers, their suppliers as well as customers. It manages different areas such as fruit and vegetables, cotton, extensive crops, cattle farm, and also hunting. We shall be received by Carlos and Maria José Masaveu.
End of the Pre Tour at 03:30pm- Back in Córdoba for 06:00pm
(N.B. FCS board members will have to leave before lunch)