WHAT´S NEW for 2019-2020

FRANCE! The past year has seen our debut across Spain’s northern border… but only within easy reach of Spain, of course! Our approach to travel planning is always personalized and experiential, as we strive to serve American client needs by offering only the best guides and the most authentic, hands-on experiences around throughout the region.

We believe a regional approach to travel offers the best insight into each area, regardless of where current borders may lie. Advisors can now book this entire region with just one booking manager at Valesa- it’s easy! Here below is a brief introduction to our newly merged areas:


The WHOLE BASQUE COUNTRY! The French Basque country is a beautiful, small area just 20-30 minutes from San Sebastian (where only 20% of the total Basque population lives). Different recent history, cuisine and language have each left their mark to explain the many differences found across the border though in fact there is even more in common among the small, down to earth population. Visitors who see both sides of the Basque Country are guaranteed a richer and more complete Basque regional experience. Ask us for our sample itineraries and/or the link to our webinar or dossier for more detailed information.


CATALONIA MEDITERRANEE. This year we expanded Valesa services to complete our northern border in combination with Barcelona, Catalonia, Pyrenees Mountains, Carcassonne, Toulouse and Languedoc for clients to experience this whole area. Easy access with high speed trains connecting Barcelona, Gerona, Toulouse and Paris make this off the beaten track opportunity a great and authentic option for clients who seek culture or food/wine for a week or more within easy reach of air or train travel. Ask us about our upcoming FAM TRIP in October 2019- spaces are still available!


NEW VALESA WEBSITE: www.valesacultural.com Check out our updated information about our team, and enjoy one-stop access to our blog of destination news, social media posts, webinars, client list and favorite new experiences for clients.


800 Toll Free US Phone Number, Exclusive to Advisors to consult bookings in progress and facilitate conference calls with you and your clients whenever needed. By appointment only. Our 800 number, in addition to our 24hr cell phone coverage in-country to keep in contact with travelers during their trip..….. all to maximize our communications with you and yours!

Valesa receives Premium designation from Tourism of Catalonia. We are proud to announce this most special recognition from our wonderful partners … Valesa is the ONLY Virtuoso or Altour DMC to receive this top designation, and of course we are the only American owned and operated team on the ground in Spain & Portugal with our level of experience and such a prestigious client list.

Gifts and amenities with a sense of place. Coming this Fall! Not all clients prefer 5* luxury hotels…. Some travelers prefer to invest in their experiences and private entrée instead. For clients booking a full package of services, we will be happy to recommend our favorite boutique hotels along with a special amenity or gift option that has been created with authentic local flavor in mind exclusively for Valesa clients. Whether it be a Bottle of Cave with Ham & Tomato Bread at the Hotel Sixty Two in Barcelona or a Box of Piononos at the Vincci Albayzin in Granada or Almond Tejas cookies at the Corral del Rey in Seville or the orange wine at the Westin Valencia….. your clients will feel welcome and begin their stay with a local favorite specialty. We will announce the full program this Fall, including special local donations available for clients who prefer to give back in their travels. Either way, you and your clients will enjoy amenity and gift options previously only offered at the 5* hotel level.


Specialized education for advisors: Our latest and greatest information in the form of dossiers, sample itineraries, webinars and Fam trips…. No longer just for generalists! Check out our past webinars or ask us for sample itineraries from “Spain’s Best Food & Wine”, “Family Travel in Spain” and “Food & Wine in Valencia including the first ever 5* hotel in Priorat wine region” and “Spanish & Portuguese Islands”. Upcoming experiences include Catalonia Mediterranee Fam, and Spain-Portugal Combined 201 (webinar in September 2019 & Fam in March 2020). Clients on Valesa’s exclusive mailing list will be apprised of these and other future educational opportunities. This is the best way to see and feel what makes Valesa different from the rest! For more information on our upcoming webinar or Fam trips, send an email to our company address: vcs@valesacultural.com or contact us through our website.


NEW EXPERIENCES– Ask us for our favorites in Food & Wine or Family & Soft Active!
Here is a sampling of our latest and greatest new options:

-Astronomy with the experts in Canary Islands, including amazing photos above the clouds, viewing the planets, learning about this center’s famous solar observation and top gastronomy for the night visit. Newly created for MIT engineers, and now available for FIT clients too!

-Canal du Midi in Languedoc, bicycle or boat for the day or longer. This fascinating and crazy history of personalities, engineering and beautiful surroundings make the Canal du Midi and must see and feel and taste for the full sensorial experience. Ask us about the options for individuals or small groups!

-Bees & Honey production in Languedoc. Learn all about the bees where they are raised in the countryside, check out the traditional production methods and then enjoy an amazing tasting…. Don’t miss this!

-Cheese making at a Basque farmhouse…. Learn this ancient process and taste the difference at this authentic and remote farm. And don’t miss the animals, a must for kids of all ages!


-Wine pairing lunch or dinner with a sommelier in Portugal, for your greatest introduction to the gourmet cuisine and our favorite wine regions in Portugal. Exlusively at Casa Palmela, where they help you narrow down the options of more than 300 grape varieties being used in wine production across Portugal (more than double Spain). Fascinating and delicious and warm hospitality!

-Cooking classes and wine touring…. More and better than ever! Private entrée, specialized local experts and tailored private experiences with winemakers all over Spain & Portugal.


Ask us for the options that best suit your client!




Telephone: (34) 914318610 Email: vcs@valesacultural.com Webpage: www.valesacultural.com