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Explore Basque Country from gorgeous San Sebastian, the heart of this coastal region. During this gastronomical adventure, you will explore all the highlights this region has to offer. Visit a small port-side village on the Atlantic coast where the locals are recognized for their fishing skills, and venture into the verdant countryside, for hearty farmhouse meals and mountain walks. Explore the coast between Spain and France over the wild Cantabrian Sea, while enjoying the wonderful Spanish views and warm hospitality of the Basques.
After a year-long renovation, the Grand Old Dame of the Basque Coast has reopened, more elegant than ever, and wired for the 21st century. A member of the Starwood Collection, the Maria Cristina offers equally quick access to both historic city center and beach, with all the trappings of Belle Epoque splendor within its walls! Since opening in 1912, the restored Hotel Maria Cristina has been closely linked to the history and cultural life of San Sebastian. Experience gracious hospitality on a grand scale in the hotels rooms and suites. Decorated in a sophisticated palette of greys and white, the rooms are a quiet haven of luxury, style, technology, and a dazzling range of services which, combined, make for an unforgettable stay.
The same suite Bette Davis stayed at, is today dedicated to the legendary actress, Miss Bette Davis, whose classic films have graced the world resided at Hotel Maria Cristina in September 1989. Throughout the suite, you will discover a personal collection of pictures from her sojourn in San Sebastian, as well as some of the most relevant films of the actress's career. This 78 square meter suite accommodates two adults and one child, and its amenities include river and city views, Bette Davis photo and film collection, a reception hall, a large oval living room, a Bang & Olufsen television and sound system, two televisions, and Loewe bath amenities.
Revel in the space offered by these 40 square meter rooms which offer a relaxing garden view and feature large French doors which allow natural light to pour into the room throughout the day. This room accommodates two adults and one child, and its amenities include garden views, a sitting area with armchairs, complimentary high speed internet access, a marble bathroom with rainforest shower, and Elemis 30 milliliters bath amenities.
Perfect for the modern traveler, these rooms in elegant tones of gray and eggshell with aubergine highlights, comprised of Queen Garden and Classic Garden View rooms - one single or one queen. Curvaceous glass bedside lamps cast a soft glow while the overhead glass chandelier adds an opulent touch. This 25 square meter room accommodates two people and its amenities include a bathrobe and slippers, Elemis 30 milliliters bath amenities, garden views, a luxury collection bed, a marble bathroom, and wireless high speed internet access.
The suites immerse guests in the singular elegance of Hotel Maria Cristina. Along with tranquil garden views, these alluring residences offer a spacious living room with state-of-the-art technology and an expansive bedroom. This 77 square meter room accommodates two adults and one child, and its amenities include garden views, a separate living room, two televisions, marble bathrooms with a rainforest shower, Elemis 50 milliliters bath amenities, connecting rooms available, and corner suites available.
Overlooking the sparkling river and beyond, the suites enrapture guests from every angle. The spacious foyer embodies the suites grandeur with a plush sofa and credenza and it leads into the living room. Here, a harmonious grey, eggshell, and green palette provides a timeless backdrop for the suites enchanting blend of Belle poque architecture and contemporary dcor. This 60 square meter room accommodates two adults and one child, and its amenities include a dressing area, Elemis 50 milliliters bath amenities, a living room, marble bathroom with rainforest shower, river views, and two televisions.
These capacious accommodations comprise a beautifully appointed bedroom with stylish and alluring en-suite bathroom. Expressing an uncompromising commitment to cultured comfort. This 40 square meter room accommodates two adults and one child, and its amenities include complimentary high speed internet access, Elemis 30 milliliters bath amenities, a marble bathroom with rainforest shower, river views, and a sitting area with armchairs.
The suites immerse guests in the singular elegance of Hotel Maria Cristina. Along with dramatic river views these alluring residences offer a spacious living room with state-of-the-art technology and an expansive bedroom. This 65 square meter room accommodates two adults and one child, and its amenities include river views, a separate living room, two televisions, marble bathrooms with rainforest shower, and Elemis 50 milliliters bath amenities, with connecting rooms and corner suites available.
The three unique suites offer enviable view of San Sebastian, and combine visual indulgence with luxury at the citys most sought-after address, signature in the suites is the imperial oval-shaped living room that introduces a state-of-the-art Bang & Olufsen television and sound system.This 74 square meter room accommodates two adults and one child, and its amenities include river and city views, river and city views, a reception hall, a large oval living room, Bang & Olufsen television and sound system, two televisions, rainforest shower, and Loewe bath amenities.
Boasting a regal rooftop location, the suite lives up to its title at every turn. Two furnished terraces offer incomparable views of the river and San Sebastian while the imperial oval-shaped living room introduces a state-of-the-art Bang & Olufsen television and sound system.This 110 square meter room accommodates two adults and one child, and its amenities include river and city views, top floor location, two private terraces, a reception hall, one large oval living room, Bang & Olufsen television and sound system, two televisions, and Loewe bath amenities.
Combining contemporary style with original Belle poque elements such as the ornate marble fireplaces, these suites are the perfect juxtaposition of classic and contemporary. Artful black and white photographs add to their air of sophistication. This 89 square meter room accommodates two adults and one child, and its amenities include river and city views, a separate living room, a large furnished terrace, two televisions, a marble bath with rainforest shower, and Elemis 50 milliliters bath amenities.
Meet your guide and fellow travelers for a stroll through town with your guide and get a feel for this wonderful town of the Bay of Biscay. Take in the panoramic views from Mount Igueldo and marvel at the architecture in the old town. Tonight, enjoy a wine tasting and welcome dinner at Rekondo.
Visit Getaria, a quaint fishing village where you will visit an artisan factory that produces the finest of the famed salted anchovies. After, enjoy a tour and tasting at the D.O.C (Denominazione di origine controllata) Getariako Txakolina, the oldest winery in the region. Lunch will be on a lovely terrace at a portside restaurant.
Visit a local organic farm where they are preserving heirloom varieties in a unique social service environment. After you will head to a cider house where you will enjoy a typical lunch, tour the cider house, learn about the process of cider-making and even bottle cider using an antique bottling machine. Tonight embark on a pintxo's tour of San Sebastian!
Visit the 500-year-old Ordizia Market and explore the local varieties of cheese. Enjoy traditional mountain cuisine in a local village restaurant. Afterwards, head further inland to meet with an award-winning cheesemaker and participate in a cheese making session. Walk off all the delicious food in Urbasa before heading back to San Sebastian for dinner.
Visit the coast between France and Spain where you will enjoy a family-owned Michelin starred restaurant lunch in the village of Hondarribia. After lunch, participate in a hands-on cooking workshop in a txoko where you will get behind-the-scenes glimpse into the heart of Basque culture.
Today you will assist in arranging transfers to the San Sebastian airport (EAS) or train station for onward travel.
This holidays will take place in Spain, visiting the Basque Country, San Sebastian, Tolosa, Hondarribia, and Getaria.
You will be served all the meals mentioned in the itinerary. In a city where gastronomy is one of the principal attractions, Hotel Maria Cristina is at the forefront in providing exquisite venues where you can discover Basque and international haute cuisine. Discover the new San Sebastian Culinary Center and the Gourmet Boutique.
Dry Bar pays homage to the days of glamour and Hollywood's frequent guests, such as Bette Davis, whose portrait is at the center of the bar. A space combining modernity and tradition, where the cocktail's variety of sophisticated flavors arouses feelings, emotions and aromas.
Youll want to linger each morning over a second cup of coffee while you take in the sumptuous 1912 decor and slice of San Sebastian history represented by the grand breakfast room. Towering columns topped with heavily gilded Corinthian capitals support a double height ceiling while ornate plasterwork depicting Belle poque effigies and delicate flower garlands are complemented by original chandeliers to dramatic effect.
Perfectly integrated in the elegant classic atmosphere of the Hotel Maria Cristina, Caf Saigon is a unique space, with spectacular views over the historic Victoria Eugenia Theatre, offering a famed Asian menu, with specialties from Indochina, Japan or Vietnam amongst others.
The architecture of San Sebastian reflects its rich history as a city. Each building represents a period with co-existent classic constructions demonstrating works of the French court, along with Belle-Epoque style avant-garde buildings.
San Sebastian's beaches are one of the main attractions in the summer and have been recognized worldwide for its beauty. La Concha Beach, Ondarreta Beach, Zurriola Beach, and La Isla Santa Clara are some examples.
Exquisite culinary offerings are idiosyncratic to the city of San Sebastian. High quality of its gastronomy is recognized and applauded at an international level and has accumulated as many as 16 Michelin stars, the highest number obtained by one city per meter squared than any other place in the world.
The bustling historic part of San Sebastian is the social and commercial center of the city, offering a never-ending array of leisure activities. It is a must see for visitors, who will learn of how the locals live as they pass through the winding, cobbled streets and squares. Going out to restaurants in the historic center is the one thing, hopping from bar to bar sampling the famous pintxos, one of the gastronomic treasures of San Sebastian, which are small bites from sliced bread with toppings to small creations of high quality Basque cooking.
San Sebastian is surrounded by mountains that embrace and protect the city, giving it a beautiful and picturesque appearance. Igueldo Mountain, Urgull Mountain, and Ulia Mountain are examples of these mountains.
San Sebastian has an enormous number of urban parks. This small "green lungs" provide welcoming natural spaces for walking without having to leave the city. Cristina Enea, Miramar Gardens, and Aiete Park are among these parks.
San Sebastian is a work of art outdoors, which allows visitors to enjoy the beauty of its landscapes and their unique works.
Please book your flight to arrive at San Sebastian Airport (EAS).
The nearest train station to the location is San Sebastian train station.