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8 Days Culinary Vacation and Gastronomy Tour in the Basque Country, Spain

San Sebastian, Gipuzkoa Province, Basque Country, Spain

Culinary Tour in Spain

Live closely the experience of the Basque highlights and enjoy the most emblematic places in the Basque Country by joining this gastronomic tour. Experience gastronomic culture and all with 'made for everybody' experiences. Whoever you are, whatever you need, come and enjoy the Basque Country!

Highlights

  • Visit and wine tastings in two wineries
  • Private gastronomic experience with a local chef
  • Full day tour around fantastic wineries in the Basque "Napa Valley"
  • Enjoy a unique gastronomic experience in the Basque Culinary Center
  • Full day experience in the market of Ordizia
  • 7 breakfast, 6 lunches, and 4 dinners
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

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7 days with instruction
Group size: 2-7 participants
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Accommodation

Your accommodation for this vacation would be a four-star hotel in San Sebastian - Donostia and a four-star hotel in Rioja Alavesa.

Program

Day 1: Welcome to Donostia / San Sebastian

Welcome full package with a city tour of the musts and a "pintxos" based dinner.

Day 2: Basque Culinary Center and Getaria

Enjoy a unique gastronomic experience in the Basque Culinary Center (BCC), the pioneering academic institution worldwide. Lunch is included. In the afternoon, you'll visit the village of Getaria, visiting a traditional Anchovies Factory and a "Txakolindegi" winery.

Day 3: Gastronomic Society experience

Enjoy a private gastronomic experience with a local chef, who will cook a special dinner based in local recipes and will take you around the local market.

Day 4: Ordizia

Enjoy a full day experience in the market of Ordizia, the "Wall Street" of vegetables, with a visit to a traditional cheese factory. Lunch is included.

Day 5: Bilbao

Today would be a full day visit to Bilbao starting with a guided city walking tour and followed by a private visit to the Guggenheim Museum. Lunch would be in a traditional restaurant (included). On the way back to the hotel, you'll have a stop in the amazing San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. Dinner is in the Michelin Starred Kokotxa Restaurant (included).

Day 6: Añana and Vitoria

Enjoy a half day tour of Añana Salt Valley, one of the unknown treasures of the Basque Country. In the afternoon, you'll visit the city of Vitoria and it's spectacular Santa María Cathedral, the inspiration of Ken Follet to continue with "The pillars of the earth". Lunch would be in a traditional restaurant which is included.

Day 7: Rioja Alavesa

There will be a full day tour around the fantastic wineries of the Basque "Napa Valley". You'll visit and have wine tastings in two wineries. Lunch in a winery is included. Farewell dinner would be held at a local restaurant.

Day 8: Goodbye

You will bid farewell to the Basque Country and its cuisine.

Location

The Basque Country is a small great country. A place of green colors, like its hills and forests, and blue, like its Cantabrian Sea and its numerous rivers. An incomparable scene of mountain and sea that has shaped the personality of its people. People with sea character, industrial and farming character, diverse and entrepreneurial, and with a millenary culture.

Euskadi is enjoyed in its short distances. A small country, full of charm, with an immensity of wonders to enjoy, one after another.

Three capitals

There are three cities to add to the interesting, numerous towns of the coast and the inlands.

  • Vitoria-Gasteiz, a city designed for good living, with a rich historical heritage, unbeatable urban planning, and natural surroundings beyond compare.
  • Bilbao, pure evolution, from its industrial past to vanguard metropolis, and with a symbol of its transformation which is recognizable worldwide, the Guggenheim Museum.
  • Donostia-San Sebastián, the majestic Bella Easo, a delightful city, to taste and leave the best taste possible, just like its gastronomy, the biggest concentration of Michelin stars in the world.

Basque Culinary Center

The Basque Culinary Center is a groundbreaking academic institution worldwide. Seven of the best Basque chefs, leading companies in the food and beverage sector, and AZTI Tecnalia are members of its MONDRAGON UNIBERTSITATEA Board of Trustees. It also has an International Council with the involvement of eleven of the world's most influential chefs.

The Basque Culinary Center's aim is higher education, research, innovation, and promotion of gastronomy and food. Since its creation in September 2011, the Basque Culinary Center has been working to become an international benchmark in these matters and also to promotes gastronomy as a lever for socio-economic development through the Faculty of Gastronomic Sciences and the Research and Innovation Center.

Food

Seven breakfasts, six lunches, and four dinners are included in the price. Those meals include two Michelin starred restaurants, one private Gastronomic Society, one "pintxotour", five traditional Basque restaurants, and one BCC restaurant experiences.

About the culinary aspect of the tour, the clients will discover the Basque gastronomy known worldwide and specifically San Sebastian, which hosts more Michelin stars per habitant than any other city in the world.

Basque cuisine involves two aspects, the traditional cuisine and the nouvelle cuisine. During this tour, they will discover both by visiting traditional restaurants and markets and Michelin starred restaurants. Also discovering wineries in Rioja Alavesa and the famous Txakoli in Getaria.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

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

Things to do (optional)

Things to do in Bilbao

In Bilbao, you can explore the following:

  • The Azkuna Center, also known as Alhóndiga Bilbao
  • The Basilica of Begoña
  • The Doña Casilda Park
  • The Flower Market
  • The Maritime Museum
  • The Museum of Fine Arts
  • The Ribera Market
  • The surroundings of the Guggenheim Museum

What's included

  • 5 nights accommodation in a boutique hotel or 4-star hotel in Donostia / San Sebastian
  • 2 nights accommodation at 4-star hotel in Rioja Alavesa
  • 7 breakfast, 6 lunches, and 4 dinners (2 Michelin starred restaurants, 1 private Gastronomic Society, 1 "pintxotour", 5 traditional Basque restaurants, and 1 BCC restaurant)
  • Private transfers from and to the airport
  • Full welcome package
  • Private transportation during the itinerary
  • English speaking guide during all the itinerary
  • Visit and gastronomic experiences in Donostia / San Sebastian, Basque Culinary Center, Getaria Private Gastronomic Society in Donostia / San Sebastián, Ordizia, D'Elikatuz Center, Bilbao, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Añana Salt Valley, Vitoria, and Rioja Alavesa
  • Visits, services, and tickets described in the itinerary
  • Basque amenities
  • All taxes and fees included

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% 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.
8 days / 7 nights
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Pricing information

There is a single supplement of 525 EUR per person if you’d like to choose a single room option.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

Sunday May 2, 2021
(8 days / 7 nights)

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