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The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Special Report Madrid - MERRY KIRK­WOOD

Spain on a plate: MPT World­wide Jour­neys has a 12-night Span­ish Gas­tro­nomic Ad­ven­ture tour de­part­ing Madrid on Oc­to­ber 1; from $8590 a per­son twin-share in­clud­ing lux­ury ac­com­mo­da­tion and most meals, cook­ing classes, fla­menco dis­plays and wine tours, plus din­ner at top restau­rants, in­clud­ing Miche­lin three-star Arzak in San Se­bas­tian. Lim­ited spa­ces avail­able. More: mpt­world­wide­jour­neys.com.au. Hola, An­dalu­cia: Book a spe­cially priced eight-day tour of An­dalu­cia’s main sights in­clud­ing Granada, Cor­doba, Malaga and Seville; from $4890 a per­son, in­clud­ing deluxe ac­com­mo­da­tion, trans­port and trans­fers. Nu­mer­ous de­par­tures from Seville this month and in Novem­ber and De­cem­ber. More: 1800 044 066; travel-as­so­ci­ates.com.au. Sail­ing in style: Wind Star, the first of the Wind­star line’s el­e­gant four-masted yachts ren­o­vated as part of an $18 mil­lion fleet over­haul, is nowun­der sail. Sis­ter ships Wind Surf and Wind Spirit will be back on the high seas by De­cem­ber, ready for itin­er­ar­ies that cover the western Mediter­ranean from Barcelona to Rome. Mul­ti­ple de­par­tures avail­able. More: Travel the World, 1300 950 622. Walk­ing won­ders: Act fast to book a UTracks nine-day semigu­ided walk along north­ern Spain’s Pil­grims Trail de­part­ing Septem­ber 15 from Oviedo to San­ti­ago de Com­postela, one of Europe’s his­toric long-dis­tance foot­paths; from $2290 a per­son in­clud­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion, most meals and trans­fers (flights ex­tra). Sin­gle sup­ple­ment $350. More: utracks.com.

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