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8 Day Explore the Wine, Gastronomy, and Cultural Gems of Northern Spain Active Culinary Holiday

Heredad de Unanue Hotel, Errotazar Bidea, 142, 20018 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain

Secret Spots of Northern Spain Culinary Holiday

Come and enjoy Bonito Norte Viajes' secret spots of Northern Spain through this active holiday combined with wine and gastronomy in the green Atlantic Spain! You will visit wineries where the Txakoli and Mencía wines are unquestioned stars, but also other wineries experimenting with German grape varieties. You will get an insight in Northern Spanish cider and micro beer breweries. All this combined with leisure walks, cooking, and culture in the Northern Spanish gems - San Sebastián, Bilbao, Santander, the wonderful national park Picos de Europa, and Asturias. Experience meetings with locals and parts of a Spain you did not even know existed, and explore the Northern Spain gems!

Meet the instructors

Hans & Eva

Highlights

  • Cooking evening with dinner and Asturian cider
  • 5 dinners and 5 lunches with wine, as well as 6 tastings
  • Visit Getaria-Txakoli winery and try the Basque national wine with local specialties
  • Trekkings exploring the gems in nooks and crannies of Northern Spain
  • Tour guiding and expertise guiding with you all week
  • 7 nights three or four-star hotels accommodation
  • Transfers in Spain including airport transfers

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7 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
Group size: 6-16 participants
Airport transfer included: Bilbao Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
20:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

You will stay at various three or four-star hotels along this tour, as follow:

  • Night 1 and 2: Hotel Heredad de Unanue
  • Night 3 and 4: Bilbao, Hotel Conde Duque
  • Night 5: Liérganes, VIlla Esperanza
  • Night 6 and 7: Ribadesella, Hotel Villadesella

Hotel Heredad de Unanue

Hotel Heredad de Unanue is quite a discovery. Located smack-dab in the middle of San Sebastian’s green belt, this 15th-16th century building made its place on the map when it was inaugurated in late 2018 as a hotel.

Its rooms meld history and design, comfort and style, all in a natural setting just a few minutes from the center of Donostia. Heredad de Unanue has stood out as one of the best-rated hotels in the city since its christening. Come discover this hidden jewel!

Hotel Conde Duque

Located Downtown a few minutes walk from Guggeheim Museum. The rooms are recently re-decorated to provide best hotel experience, with fully equiped rooms and large bathrooms, offering different types of rooms, colors and sizes.

Villa Esperanza

Situated in Liérganes, Posada Villa Esperanza has a shared lounge, garden, terrace, and free wifi.

All rooms at the guest house are fitted with a seating area. The rooms are equipped with a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom.

Hotel VIlladesella

One of the top picks in Ribadesella, hotel Villadesella is a typical Asturian country house, dating from 1819, set 1.5 km from the town of Ribadesella. It has a restaurant, and an outdoor swimming pool set in large gardens.

Rooms at the Villadesella Hotel all have wonderful views of the countryside and Ribadesella beach. They also have free wifi, a tv and a stylish private bathroom.

Program

North of Spain is somewhat not always easy to define for a foreigner. Tendencies to include Cataluña or Aragon in Green Spain is not what “El Norte” is for a Spaniard. In this tour, Bonito Norte Viajes SL have cherry-picked only a small part of their favorite places, people, wineries, walks, and experiences. They truly believe this is the ultimate eight-day tour to explore the gems of Northern Spain.

Daily itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Bilbao

  • Meals included: dinner

Upon your arrive, transfer about 45 minutes to a rural hotel in eastern Basque Country with dinner and welcome meeting with guide and the other travelers.

Day 2

  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Transfer to San Sebastian, take a city walk in town and “culinary” treasure hunting following instructions and map. Enjoy a different way to eat pintxos and see cultural sights.

Back to the funicular of Monte Igeldo, after walking (and eating!) about six kilometers, you will hike further west following the Pilgrims way of St.James. Take in the green rolling landscapes and soon rural, after another four to five kilometers, you will be picked up by a bus and driven back to the hotel. Dinner ends the day!

Day 3

  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Check-out, and if the weather permits, you will try a rowing trip in traditional Northern Spanish so-called trainera that used to be the whale fishing boat. You will then continue west on the pilgrimage route about three kilometers, to a Getaria-Txakoli winery where you will try the Basque national wine with local specialties!

After that, enjoy fresh fish for lunch with Basque cider - a dry apple cider reminding you of the Normandie cider! After lunch, take a short walk (three kilometers) along the coast with interesting cultural monuments, and afterwards you move on to Bilbao for approximately 45 kilometers.

Stop at a Vizcaya-txakoli bodega and get a deeper insight into this fresh white wine. Transfer to the city for check in at central hotel. For those who are still hungry, enjoy a recommended pintxos, walk on your own the old town!

Day 4

  • Meals included: breakfast and dinner

There will be an optional culinary morning walk that ends in the nice market hall La Ribera today, and then a free day in Bilbao. Rent a bike, visit Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum, discover the eco-friendly tram, and more. Enjoy a modern tasting dinner together!

Day 5

  • Meals included: breakfast and lunch

Check out. Transfer to Cantabria for approximately 45 minutes and take a morning walk in Cantabrian mountain valleys towards the waterfall of Asón (estimated nine kilometers in total).

Enjoy a traditional lunch. Then, go for a wine visit with true entrepreneur wine makers working with foreign grape varieties! You will continue to Liérganes which will take about 30 minutes, where you will check in at a rural hotel. Evening tasting at the local microbrewery that has achieved international success!

Day 6

  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Check out and a short transfer for about 30 minutes to the outskirts of Santander where you will take a morning walk of about six to seven kilometers along the beautiful coast towards this belle epoque gem. You will then visit the historical and beautiful market La Esperanza and admire the exterior of Renzo Piano’s modern Centro Botín Centre.

You roll further west, eat lunch, and get weary in one of the country’s largest mazes. Transfer for about 45 minutes to Llanes / Ribadesella area and check in. Enjoy a cooking evening with dinner and Asturian cider!

Day 7

  • Meals included: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Morning transfer to Picos de Europa, short morning walk about five kilometers and bodega visit with some tapas for lunch! You will take a break in the cozy Potes and then roll back to the hotel. Afternoon surprise visit and farewell dinner!

Day 8

  • Meals included: breakfast

Transfer to Bilbao and home flight.

Location

Food

On this tour, you will also enjoy solid buffet breakfasts with bread, cereals, juice, coffee, tea, ham, eggs, cheese, as well as local sweets to get ready for a day of walking. 5 lunches and 5 dinners are included during the week. You will also be recommend places that are worth trying and give you a tasteful memory to bring back home.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

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

  • Vegetarian
  • 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

  • Transfers in Spain, including airport transfers
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 5 dinners and 5 lunches with wine
  • 6 tastings
  • Trekkings
  • Cooking night
  • Tour guiding and expertise guiding all week

What's not included

  • Tips
  • Spa and wellness treatments
  • Airfare

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bilbao Airport (BIO). Transfer from this airport is included. Bonito Norte Viajes SL will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Bilbao Airport Airport transfer included: Bilbao Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% 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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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 6 participants

Friday October 2, 2020
(8 days / 7 nights)

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