Sink into the rhythms of the Mediterranean as we seek out hidden gems and small wonders along Spain’s Costa de Azahar, or Orange Blossom Coast. We’ll visit off-the-beaten-path towns, sites, and experiences that rarely receive fanfare but form the region’s beating heart. Whether we’re walking among 2,000-year-old olive trees, watching a live pilota match, or viewing an unexpected art collection in a small medieval village, we promise you’ll be charmed and delighted.
This is slow travel at its best, with an itinerary intentionally curated to capture beauty—a journey that encourages you to savor every moment. We’ll immerse ourselves in a region rich in tradition, culture, and diverse natural landscapes. We’ll eat ridiculously well at every opportunity and in the true spirit of the Mediterranean lifestyle, we’ll take the time to truly connect with each other and also with the people we meet along the way.
The listed price of the trip is per person based on double occupancy.
You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you:
Shared Room (subject to the latest Covid-19 guidelines): You’ll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.
Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost. After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll add the option to your booking and final balance.
Private Room Supplement Cost 2022: $380 per person
Private Room Supplement Cost 2023: $425 per person
Travelers should be comfortable staying on their feet for long stretches at a time and walking anywhere between two to three hours at a time, sometimes on uneven ground. Many of the towns we visit have pedestrianized centers, requiring us to walk significant distances around town to reach sites and restaurants, often over cobblestones and up and down some steep streets. The picturesque countryside we are exploring is hilly, so we will encounter hills and stairs on foot. Most days, we'll be out and about with time to rest at lunch and dinner, both of which will take place on the later side. Accommodations and alternative activities will be offered, where available, for any travelers with limited mobility in order that everyone can enjoy the trip to the utmost.
This trip starts in Valencia. You should aim to arrive in Valencia on Day 1 by 3 p.m. You may fly to the Valencia airport or take the train from Barcelona (or Madrid or any other gateway city).
The trip ends in Benicàssim. At the conclusion of the trip, if you are flying out of Valencia, choose an afternoon flight on Day 7. A group transfer will be provided from Benicàssim to Valencia on Day 7 and drop off either at the Valencia airport or the city center (your leader will not necessarily accompany this transfer).
If you plan to travel by train to Barcelona (or Madrid or any other destination) at the end of the tour, there are trains departing from both Castellón and Benicàssim and you would not need to transfer to Valencia. Catch a morning train if you want to spend more of the day in Barcelona. A high-speed train (Euromed) leaves from Castellon (select "Castello" as departing station on renfe.com). Train tickets can only be booked 60 days in advance (or in some cases, 90 days). The further in advance of departure that you purchase, usually the lower the fare. Trains can become fully booked for specific departure times.
For extended travels in the region, consider joining our Barcelona & Catalonia: A Feast for the Senses trip which has the following departure dates well aligned with departures of this trip: May 6-14, 2023; May 27-Jun 4, 2023; Sep 9-17, 2023; Oct 7-15, 2023.
While we make every effort to cater to vegetarian and vegan diets, you will find limited substitute options in Spain, especially if you do not eat seafood. If you are neither a pescatarian nor omnivore, you may wish to supplement with backup snacks. Gluten-free and lactose-free diets can be accommodated. Please give us advance notice of any dietary restrictions and allergies.