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7 Day Culture, Culinary, and Wine Tour in The Basque Country

San Sebastian, Basque, Spain

Culture and Culinary Tour in Spain

Although on the map, the Basque Country looks like a small territory, the richness of its culture lies in the large diversity it offers. Located in the north of Spain on the border with France, it is composed by different regions with a strong personality. All of this regions stands out by different reasons and all of them shares at the same time some important resources as the Basque gastronomy. This seven-day tour offers exactly that. Bask in the best of the Basque Country!

Highlights

  • Bilbao tour with a private guide, transport, museum entrance, and lunch
  • City tour and pintxo tour with a gastronomic guide, five pintxos, and five drinks
  • Dinner in a Michelin-star restaurant with an exclusive menu and gastronomic guide
  • Guided private Basque Country tour with tasting of local products and a traditional lunch
  • Tour to Rioja wine region with wine tasting, traditional lunch, and guided visit
  • Transfer service including airport transfer upon your arrival
  • 6 nights accommodation of your choice and breakfast
  • Entry to Hegalak sport centre and spa

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
Airport transfer included: Bilbao Airport
Airport transfer included: San Sebastián Airport
Airport transfer included: Biarritz Pays Basque Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Gym
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Tour assistance

During this tour, you will stay at a hotel of your choice:

  • 3-star hotel: Hotel Codina
  • 4-star hotel: Hotel Astoria 7
  • 4-star high class with two possible options: Hotel de Londres y de or Hotel Lasala
  • 5-star hotel: Hotel Maria Cristina

Program

The aim of this tour is to give to you a global accessible experience on the Basque Country. You will be provided with the opportunity to discover the famous city of San Sebastián and his singular mixture modern and traditional gastronomy. Also, you will visit the hidden places of Bilbao and his worldwide known Guggenheim Museum.

Aside the capitals, you will enjoy a different landscape visiting beautiful villages of the French Basque Country. However, you will continue tasting the best local products on this area, where the gastronomy is also spectacular.

Once more, you will change to another ambience visiting the Rioja region, globally known for producing the best wines of Spain. On this territory, the landscape is totally different and the villages you will visit offers another charisma. Visiting local wineries is essential and you will have the opportunity of doing a degustation with an expert.

Daily itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at San Sebastian

Upon arrival, you will be welcomed at the airport lounge and will be assist ed and transferred to the hotel you have chosen to do the check-in. Then, you will start enjoying Basque gastronomy with a dinner at a Michelin star restaurant.

Day 2: San Sebastian tour and pintxo tour

San Sebastian has been awarded with the title of the best gastronomic experience in the world thanks to his variety and quality of pintxos among other things. For this reason, on the second day, you will learn about this important part of the culture of Basque society, the pintxos.

Your host have organised a walking tour around the city where you will discover the personality of Donostia and you will taste a great selection of miniature bites, from traditional to modern and experimental “Basque tapas” or pintxos.

  • Pick up point: the hotel
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Start time: 10:00 a.m. / 16:00 a.m.
  • End time: 3:00 p.m. / 21:00 p.m.
  • Number of pax: inquire for parties over 6

Day 3: Bilbao City and Guggenheim Museum

The third day of your trip, you will discover the hidden places of the amazing city of Bilbao accompanied by an expert guide. In addition, you will visit the Guggenheim Museum, designed by the architect Frank Gehry, which has become a symbol of the city. This building is an architectonic masterpiece inspired by the naval and industrial tradition of the red and white city.

  • Pick up: the hotel
  • Duration: 8/9 hours
  • Start time: 9:00 a.m.
  • Number of pax: inquire for parties over 6

Day 4: French Basque Savours

Basque country has a strategic location, it is located in the north of Spain on the border with France. That is one of the reasons why his culture offers a large diversity and variety of landscapes. Due to that, you cannot miss the opportunity of discovering the culinary secrets and surroundings of the French Basque Country.

Your host will organise a day-trip starting in Hendaya and visiting another interesting villages as for example San Juan de Luz, Espelette or Sara. During this trip, you could buy local products on their markets and also taste their best delicatessen as cheese, peppers, or chocolate, all of them famous for their production on the visited villages.

  • Pick up: the hotel
  • Duration: 8/9 hours
  • Start time: 9:00 a.m.
  • Number of pax: inquire for parties over 6

Day 5: Rioja wine region

To continue learning about the large diversity that the Basque Country could offer, on the fifth day of the trip, you will change to another territory. This area is famous for his wine made from grapes grown in the autonomous communities of La Rioja, Navarre, and the Basque province of Alava.

Guided by a local expert, you will visit two renowned local wineries, understanding the winemaking process and tasting several wines in each of them. At the end of the day, you will enjoy a walk through the medieval streets of Laguardia village.

  • Pick up: the hotel
  • Duration: 8/9 hours
  • Start time: 8:00 a.m.
  • Number of pax: inquire for parties over 6

Day 6: Take a break in Hegalak

After visiting different interesting areas of the Basque Country, you will be back to San Sebastian to take a break. You will have free time to enjoy the city and also an entry to Hegalak Sport Centre and Spa, totally accessible.

Day 7: Departure

On the last day, breakfast will be taken at the hotel and after doing the check-out, you will be transferred to the hotel in an adapted vehicle.

Location

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Transfer service
  • 6 nights accommodation and breakfast
  • Dinner in a Michelin star restaurant with an exclusive menu, gastronomic guide, and private transport (drinks are not included)
  • City tour and pintxo tour with a gastronomic guide, five pintxos, and five drinks
  • Bilbao tour with a private guide, transport, museum entrance, and lunch
  • Private tour in the French Basque Country with a private guide, transport, tasting of local products on each village, and a traditional lunch
  • Tour to Rioja wine region with tickets to visit the wineries, wine tasting in two wineries, traditional lunch, accessible transport, and guided visit
  • Entry to Hegalak sport center and spa

What's not included

  • Other drinks or meals which are not part of the program
  • Airplane tickets
  • Tips

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Bilbao Airport Airport transfer included: Bilbao Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: San Sebastián Airport Airport transfer included: San Sebastián Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Biarritz Pays Basque Airport Airport transfer included: Biarritz Pays Basque Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Availability

This vacation is available all year round, please select an arrival date below.

Low season

 

  • November (from the 20th)
  • December (exception: Christmas)
  • January (exception: San Sebastian’s day on the 19th and 20th)
  • February

 

Middle season

 

  • October
  • November (until the 20th)
  • March
  • April (exception: easter week)
  • May

 

High season

 

  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • All the holiday days of the year

 

Pricing information

Please note that rates fluctuate depending on the booking time. For an accurate rate, please send an inquiry.

Please also inquire for the prices and availability of the 4-star high class hotel options.

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