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8 Day The Ultimate Luxury Private Culinary Tour of Northern Spain

Castilla Termal Monasterio De Valbuena, Calle Murallas S/n, 47359 San Bernardo, Spain

Culinary and Wine Tasting Holiday in Spain

Discover Spain’s best wine regions, go truffle hunting and eat like a local in the Basque Country during this food and wine holiday. Eat Northern Spain team will provide everything you need, from a private chauffeur tour guided by an English-speaking local guide, authentic and innovative local cuisine, world-class local wines, wine tastings, all victuals and libations, all the endorphins you can handle, new insight, and a feeling of total freedom. The team listens to what you want and create a personalized itinerary tailored around you, finessing every detail before, during and after your holiday. Your holiday. Your experience. Your way.

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Elias
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Highlights

  • All-inclusive: everything you need
  • An exclusive black truffle hunting experience
  • Private groups: only you and your loved ones traveling together
  • Authentic local experiences, unique restaurants, and historic hotel
  • Transportation in a chauffeured air-conditioned brand-new luxury vehicle
  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in luxury hotels with breakfast
  • Holidays designed by locals to make you feel like one
  • English speaking guide during the whole trip

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7 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
Airport transfer included: Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport
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Accommodation

Monasterio Valbuena 5* (2 nights)

Situated at the heart of Ribera del Duero, the hotel Castilla Termal Monastery of Valbuena – the first spa with 5 stars status in Castilla y León – is located in one the best preserved Cistercian monastery of the 12th century in Europe. Become in an exclusive touristic complex, in the Golden Mile (Milla de Oro) of the Ribera del Duero, the Monastery of Santa María de Valbuena provides 79 rooms, all of them of high quality and has more than 18,000 square meters constructed.

The particular properties of the waters of this establishment, together with its unique architecture and the culture, history, and charm of its spaces make it into something different to offer the tourist. In addition, its special location also offers the possibility of multiple activities in the surroundings.rent to offer the tourist. In addition, its special location also offers the possibility of multiple activities in the surroundings.

Castilla Termal Burgo de Osma 4* (1 night)

Castilla Termal Burgo de Osma is located in an emblematic building from the 16th century, the ancient University of Santa Catalina. The building is still preserving the majesty with its plateresque facade and its Renaissance cloister, enclosed by a great glass dome as the center of the building, which today is the social meeting place of the hotel.

The thermal area is under the Renaissance cloister and the great glass dome, which hosts the thermal pool, the water contrast circuit and the other spaces to apply thermal treatments.

Hotel Viura 4* (2 nights)

Composed of whimsically superimposed cubes that seem to surge forcefully from the center of the earth; punctuated by French windows that flood the rooms with views of the relaxing scenery. Hotel Viura is a pioneer in supporting sustainable and eco-friendly development. Their compromise is to offer a service of the best quality and comfort according to the highest standards of environmental responsibility.

Hotel Maria Cristina 5* GL (2 nights)

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 hotel’s 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.

Program

Your holiday at a glance

  • Be part of a hunting truffle experience with dogs in Spain's countryside
  • Picture yourself discovering the secrets of Spain's world-famous wine regions "Rioja" and "Ribera del Duero"
  • Brush shoulders with the locals to taste delicious tapas & pintxos during guided bar crawls
  • Be amazed by the beauty of the best buildings in Spain designed by world-famous architect Frank Gehry
  • Sleep in style at the 12th-century medieval abbey turned world-class hotel surrounded by vineyards
  • Pour cider like a local during a cider house tour paired with delicious traditional Basque food
  • Savor delicious fresh food at traditional local restaurants
  • Be amazed by the beauty of the most elegant town in the Atlantic Coast
  • Enjoy exclusive access to some of the oldest wineries in Spain

What to expect

  • A laid-back pace with free time to relax
  • Plenty of scrumptious local food and wine as well as time to really appreciate the dining experience
  • Translator services and assistance at restaurants, hotels, and experiences to break the language barrier for you so you can get the most out of your experiences during your trip.

Eat Northern Spain Wine Tasting and Food Tour Program

Day 1

Upon arrival at Madrid airport, you will be welcomed by your guide and escorted to a private vehicle. Then you will enjoy a scenic drive to the Spanish countryside across Spain’s world-famous wine region Ribera del Duero.

At the heart of Ribera del Duero in the Golden Mile of this wine region where some of the best wines in the world are produced, you will sleep in one the best-preserved Cistercian monasteries of the 12th century in Europe. The whole property is a Spanish dream with clean stone walls, French oak floors and Berber rugs throughout, the effect is warm and inviting despite the scale of the property.

Enjoy the rest of the evening at your own leisure. For dinner, you will savor local specialties at the hotel's à-la-carte restaurant.

Day 2

After a full delicious breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up from the hotel for a day of exploring Ribera del Duero.

Enjoy breath-taking views as we drive through the vineyards of Ribera del Duero, discover its world-famous wineries along the "Golden Mile" of this wine region where some of the best wines in the world are produced.

You will visit Abadia Retuerta, a hidden gem for a wine lover among the string of exclusive wine estates found along the Duero river that crosses Northern Spain.

A visit to Abadía Retuerta is more than just a winery tour: you’ll immediately realize that you are in a very special place: an estate steeped in history, a unique terroir, which has been carefully cherished over the years. You will go for a 4×4 private tour of the estate and the vineyards. After a lovely ride through the vines, you will learn how wines are produced inside the winery followed by a guided wine tasting of Abadia Retuerta's famous wines.

After the visit, you will be driven to Peñafiel, the heart of this wine region. You will visit Peñafiel’s castle, at the top of a hill and with commanding views over the vineyards, is a must when visiting this region.

Your gastronomic journey begins with an opportunity to sample the signature dish of the Ribera del Duero region, roast lamb slow-cooked using a centuries-old technique, the local name is “Lechazo”. A selection of a-la-carte starters of local specialties will complement this fantastic meal. Of course, your meal would not be complete with an accompanying red wine from the region.

After lunch, you will be driven back to the hotel to relax for the rest of the day. For dinner, you will indulge yourself at the hotel à-la-carte restaurant.

Day 3

After breakfast, your driver will pick you up from your hotel to drive you across the Spanish countryside. Today, you will be part of an unforgettable experience for the food lover.

Have you ever tried the authentic black truffle, one of the most expensive edible mushrooms in the world? Northern Spain has the biggest extension of land dedicated to black truffle production. It grows naturally under huge extensions of oak tree forests.

Today, you will walk with a truffle hunter and his dog, and you will watch the duo scour the forest floor for the gourmet treasures. Afterward, you will enjoy a delicious lunch where you will try local food with black truffle.

Soak up the views as you travel north-east to Soria, a Spanish province famous for the quality of its black truffle. On route, hear how the region is famed for its black truffle, a delicate and highly coveted variety.

After roughly two hours on the road, arrive in the woods and meet your truffle hunter for the tour. The walk is suitable for all, although trekking shoes are advised for the experience.

As you walk through the trees, watch as the dog snuffles around to detect treats hidden beneath the forest floor. Then, feel the thrill as the dog strikes gold and excitedly digs for the edible treasure. After the hunt, we walk back to a local truffle hunter's house for a drink and apperitive.

For lunch, you will enjoy a delicious menu of local cuisine where you can sample the black truffle from this region. After lunch, you will arrive at your destination for one night. Castilla Termal Burgo de Osma Hotel is located in an emblematic building from the 16th century, the ancient University of Santa Catalina.

The building is still preserving the majesty with its plateresque facade and its Renaissance cloister, enclosed by a great glass dome as the center of the building, which today is the social meeting place of the hotel.

You will have time at your own leisure to enjoy its spa facilities. The thermal area is under the Renaissance cloister and the great glass dome, which hosts the thermal pool, the water contrast circuit and the other spaces to apply thermal treatments.

For dinner, you will indulge yourself in the local cuisine at the hotel's restaurant.

Day 4

After breakfast, your driver will pick you up for your hotel to drive you to another wine region (2 hours 15 minutes). La Rioja is without a doubt Spain’s most beautiful wine region and an absolute treat for the food and wine lover! The landscapes are of gentle rolling vineyard-covered hills, pretty medieval hamlets and the backdrop of the majestic Cantabrian Mountains.

You will enjoy a guided visit of Lopez de Heredia-Viña Tondonia winery, one of the oldest in La Rioja. The strategic situation of their vineyards, the exceptional quality of the plantings, and the varieties used are essentially complemented by a magnificent winery, whose creation process was similar to the planting of the vineyards: slowly, with maximum care and attention.

Among other features, the R. López de Heredia-Viña Tondonia winery is noted for being one of the few bodegas in the world with its own traditionally crafted cooperage with 3 master coopers constructing and repairing a hundred percent of the barrels they use. Their wines are internationally recognized as one of the most unique of the region. You will sample them in a beautiful setting inside the winery.

After an unforgettable visit for the wine aficionado, you will be escorted to Haro's old town for an intimate lunch surrounded by the old walls of an imposing Augustinian monastery. The "Claustro de Los Agustinos" restaurant will offer you a varied selection of products: from a casual meal of tapas and morsels prepared on the spot to the most elaborate dishes of modern cuisine.

The afternoon drive to your next hotel provides a perfect opportunity for your next experience of local culture, the siesta! 20 minutes later, you’ll arrive at the Hotel Viura, in the picturesque stone village of Villabuena de Álava This unassuming hamlet sits in the heart of La Rioja and has barely 300 inhabitants - yet over 40 wineries. Before dinner, you can pop into the wine shop in Hotel Viura and taste some of the incredible local selections. The hotel will impress you with its modern rooms, all with floor-to-ceiling windows.

For dinner, you will indulge yourself in the hotel's a-la-carte restaurant and you will try some of the most delicious wines Rioja produces in the area.

Day 5

After a reinvigorating sleep and a full breakfast, you will be driven to Elciego (15 minutes) to visit probably the most spectacular winery in the region: Marqués de Riscal. Founded in the mid-18th Century, Marqués de Riscal is steeped in tradition, being one of the proudest and oldest wineries in Spain, yet it has never rested on its laurels, always keeping an eagle eye on the future; an outlook arguably exemplified no better than its stunning, Frank Gehry-designed winery – a ground-breaker of its time.

You will enjoy a visit to the winery and wine tasting of its world-famous wines. Next to the winery, you will find probably the most beautiful town in the Rioja region, LaGuardia. Built at the beginning of the 13th century, the whole urban center of Laguardia is enclosed by walls. You will enjoy lunch at one of the most traditional restaurants in town with delicious delicacies from the fertile surroundings.

After lunch, you may want to enjoy a peaceful stroll around the town center as it constitutes an interesting historic and artistic site. As you walk you may stop in any of its numerous cellars to taste or buy some of the magnificent local wines.

In the afternoon, you will transfer back to your hotel to relax for the rest of the day. For dinner, you will indulge yourself in the hotel's à-la-carte restaurant.

Day 6

This morning, and after a delicious breakfast, your guide and your driver will help you check out from your hotel and they will drive you to another Spain’s landmark: the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao designed by the world-famous architect Frank Gehry.

After the drive (one hour 20 minutes), you will arrive in Bilbao, the heart of the Basque Country, a vibrant city where traditions and cutting-edge architecture live in perfect harmony. You will enjoy a visit to the Guggenheim Museum, a spectacular exhibition center at the heart of the city.

For lunch, you will enjoy a traditional a-la-carte Basque restaurant where you can sample one of the Basque specialties like kokotxas, croquettes, steak or cod Basque style. After lunch, you will be driven to your next stop in this epicurean journey (one hour 15 minutes) : San Sebastian, the pearl of the Cantabrian sea, is the most elegant coastal town in Spain, with influences of the French Riviera.

In the late 19th century the seaside town on the southern point of the Bay of Biscay became a favorite destination for royalty and aristocrats who came to enjoy the sunshine and newly recognized therapeutic properties of sea bathing. A traditional afternoon stroll along the boardwalk offered an opportunity to see and be seen while the many cafés and open-air terraces were filled with high society.

San Sebastian had passed from being a sleepy fishing village into a thriving cosmopolitan town requiring luxurious, modern facilities to meet the demands of its discerning guests.

Serendipitously this urban blossoming occurred at the height of the Belle Époque era, and today most buildings flanking the famed La Concha beach, including the city hall, Victoria Eugenia Theatre and the Hotel Maria Cristina (which will be your home for two nights), are constructed in this style.

You will stay in one of the best hotels in Spain, a destination in itself, a unique hotel in San Sebastian old town that you will remember forever.

For dinner, you will enjoy the lively atmosphere of San Sebastian during a traditional meal in a Basque restaurant to savor delicious local specialties.

Day 7

After a delicious breakfast, your guide will pick you up from your hotel and you will enjoy a walking tour around this magnificent town. The striking beauty of San Sebastian’s mountains and beaches is its calling card. You will experience it in a fuller way with this tour, which gives you a more in-depth taste of the city’s eye candy.

You will stroll with your private guide through the Old Town’s endless narrow streets, learn about architecture, history, and of course the famous food culture of San Sebastian in situ, passing by famous landmarks, churches, plazas, and bars.

You will enjoy a walking tour of the most interesting spots starting with the central farmers market where you can feel the freshness of the products they sell in a lively market where locals gather every day to buy local food. This is slow food at its best.

For lunch, you will be guided to the most interesting spots to sample “pintxos” during a pintxos bar crawl. You will taste innovative pintxos made with local ingredients as well as the most traditional bites. After lunch, you will enjoy a stroll along San Sebastian beach where you can stop in a bar for a coffee or a drink.

Basque Country is a big producer of apple cider. We have designed for your last evening a farewell plan for lovers of cider and Basque gastronomy including a guided tour of traditional cider house followed by a magnificent traditional menu including chorizo sausage cooked in cider, salt cod omelette, salt cod with peppers, bone-in ribeye steak, Basque cheese, quince jelly, walnuts, almond tiles and cigarettes from Tolosa. All washed down with our cider, served directly from the kupela or barrel in true txotx ritual fashion.

Day 8

It’s time to say goodbye to your Spanish trip. At the designated time, you will be driven to the airport on time to take your flight home. Enjoy your last day in the Basque Country at your own leisure. It’s time to do some shopping to take home.

Go bespoke

Do you want to change anything of the trip to fit your needs?

More days, different accommodation, some other food you would like to try?

No problem. You will have a custom trip designed exactly to your interests. Like a tailor making a bespoke suit, it will fit you perfectly. Simply select your date and send an inquiry to Eat Northern Spain and they will be happy to assist you.

Included excursions

Day 1

  • Panoramic drive through the vineyards of the Golden Mile of Ribera del Duero, where one of the best wines in the world are produced

Day 2

  • A 4x4 drive through "Ribera del Duero" vineyards and a picnic with local products surrounded by ancient vines
  • A visit to a traditional "asador" to savor roasted lamb slow cooked over an open fire
  • A panoramic drive up to Peñafiel's castle with commanding views over the vineyards of Ribera del Duero

Day 3

  • An exclusive black truffle hunting experience with dogs in the largest truffle land in Spain

Day 4

  • A guided tour of one of Spain's oldest wineries
  • A delicious lunch with local food in a medieval monastery

Day 5

  • A guided visit to Marqués de Riscal, a stunning winery producing one of the best wines in the world
  • A traditional lunch in a local restaurant in LaGuardia, a medieval town enclosed by walls and built on the 13th century

Day 6

  • A visit to Northern Spain's most spectacular museum: the Guggenheim in Bilbao
  • Traditional Basque meals in selected restaurants with plenty of delicious Spanish comfort food

Day 7

  • Guided pintxos bar crawl and a visit to the local market in San Sebastian
  • An authentic cider house tour paired with delicious local food and cider straight from the barrel

Instructors

Elias and team

Location

Food

All meals will be served at Michelin-starred, signature and traditional restaurants and all other meals as indicated à-la-carte (6 lunches and 7 dinners) with wines and drinks included à-la-carte (no fixed menus, you may choose from each restaurant's public menu what you want to taste).

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • 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

  • 2 nights accommodation at Monasterio Valbuena 5*
  • 1 night accommodation at Castilla Termal Burgo de Osma 4*
  • 2 nights accommodation at Hotel Viura 4*
  • 2 nights accommodation at Hotel Maria Cristina 5* GL
  • Daily breakfast
  • All meals at Michelin-starred, signature and traditional restaurants and all other meals as indicated à-la-carte (6 lunches and 7 dinners) with wines and drinks included à-la-carte
  • All transportation from airport pickup to drop-off in a chauffeured air-conditioned brand-new vehicle
  • English speaking guide during the whole trip
  • Translator services and assistance at restaurants, hotels, and experiences
  • All the experiences, visits and activities included in the itinerary
  • 24-hour concierge service during the whole trip
  • All baggage transportation
  • All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
  • All currently applicable taxes

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Medical travel insurance
  • Meals/drinks not included in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez Airport (MAD). Transfer from and to the airport is included. The organizer will pick you up from the airport. On the departure day, you will be dropped off to Bilbao Airport (BIO).

Airport: Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport Airport transfer included: Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

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.
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Tour information
  • Private Groups: only you and your loved ones traveling together
  • No set departures:  you pick your dates
  • Flexible tour: need a shorter/longer holiday? Want to add/change something about the tour? No problem, Eat Northern Spain team will tailor it to your needs 

 

Availability

This tour is available from December 1-15, January, February, and March. Please select your arrival date below.

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