San Sebastián and Bilbao Food & Wine Tour
Anyone who adores food, needs to visit the northern Spain’s Basque Country at least once. Gastronomy, from the most basic pintxos (Basque tapas) to home cooking and Michelin-starred fine dining, is an integral part of this region’s DNA. Many locals belong to a gastronomic society, the Basque equivalent of a Masonic lodge, but with social cooking, ample drinking and extensive socializing at its core. And with a love of food comes naturally to the charismatic Basque who are lucky enough to call this northern Spanish coastal town home. With its nearly 40 Michelin starred restaurants, the Basque Country is one of the best fine dining destinations in the world. From traditional to experimental dishes, it’s all here. On this 5 Day Tour you’ll not only savor mouthwatering Basque cuisine, taste a wide range of Txacoli wines, bathe in centuries of Roman and Middle Age history, but you’ll relish a profound getaway in one of the most iconic coastal regions of Spain
- Pintxo Tour through San Sebastian
- Market Tour and Cooking Class in San Sebastian
- Day trip w/ lunch at boutique Txacoli wine producers
- Day trip to Bilbao with a comprehensive cultural tour
- Day trip to Basque fishing villages and San Juan de Gaztelugatxe.
- Four nights at 5* luxury hotels with breakfast incl.
San Sebastián, Bilbao
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Savoring Basque Cuisine
Start your Basque adventure in San Sebastián, a charming city in the northern region of Spain renown for its gastronomy and wine. Settle into your 5-star hotel with its stunning views of the waterfront before kicking off your privately guided food tour of the old quarter where you'll learn about its history, the Old Town, and the Concha seaside. Your culinary experience may include mouthwatering dishes such as: creamy risotto made with Idiazabal cheese, braised beef cheeks, and the rare octopus brochette. A delicious dinner with gourmet grab and go dishes like carrilleras de ternera (veal cheeks) or croquetas de rabo de toro (oxtail), all paired wines exceptional regional wines, is a great way to jump into local culture.
A Michelin Starred Experience
Wake up to a fabulous gourmet breakfast in your hotel including: Pastel Vasco, a traditional pastry made up of a dense cake crust encapsulating a soft creamy interior. But save some room, as you’ll experience an unforgettable privately guided tour of San Sebastian’s La Bretxa Market, followed by a cooking class with a local Chef using the fresh ingredients collected from the market. Tonight, dine at the Michelin starred Arzak. Their tasting menu of avant-garde basque cuisine consists of dishes such as Egg Balloons with Foie Gras dusted with Onion, Coffee and Tea and Hemp Mustard and Lobster. With alchemy like this, it's no wonder why they are considered one of the best in the world!
White Wines of the North
Txakoli is one of the most intriguing Spanish white wines in the Basque region. Our first visit will be at a century old vineyard, which is magnificently set between basque hills and the Cantabrian coast. During your guided visit, enjoy a leisurely stroll through the vineyards and experience a VIP tasting paired with regional nibbles. At our second winery, savor an extensive regional meal made with fresh farm (or sea!)-to-table ingredients such as: Grilled Calamari, Kidney Beans stewed with Chistorra, and juicy Grilled Lamb. Here we'll focus on the winery's passion for sustainable any bio-dynamic agriculture. You’ll then head back to San Sebastian for a little rest before an exquisite dinner in the old quarter of the city.
Basking in Bilbao's Grandeur
This morning, enjoy a private guided tour of the impressive Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, a delight for both art and architecture enthusiasts. Your morning will then ebb into a cultural tour to explore the very coveted parts of the Old City and Nervion River. When hunger strikes, savor the best pintxos (Basque tapas) in the famous Plaza Nueva to experience flavors such as: artichoke tempura with crispy jamón, veal filet with foie gras, and spider crab au gratin. Then explore the Mercado de la Rivera, the Santiago Cathedral, and the charming little streets ending in the Nervion river. Satiated and relaxed, you’ll settle into your boutique luxury hotel to revel in the memories of the day.
A Coastal Tour
For your last day of this exquisite Basque adventure, your guide will meet you in your hotel lobby begin a tour of the seaside lined with charming villages, dramatic coastlines and world-class surfing beaches. Our first stop will be a short hike out to the island of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe – the film location for Game of Thrones’ Dragonstone. We’ll then pass the beautiful beach villages of Mundaka and Bermeo, before reaching the picturesque town of Lekeitio, for a brief visit and little stroll around town. Finally, you will stop at Zarautz where people from all around the world spend their summer enjoying Basque culture, gastronomy and surf. Here we will pop into one of our favorite little taverns for a leisurely lunch before your private transfer to the airport.
Do you want to experience a custom made tour?
If you would like us to customize your next tour to Portugal or Spain, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to set up a call or offer an itinerary that meets to your needs.