The Essential Basque Country Culinary Tour
Guggenheim, Balenciaga and Chillida Leku museums visits
Pintxo tasting tour and gastronomic society experience in San Sebastian
Walking tours in Bilbao, San Sebastian, Biarritz, St. Jean de Luz and Pamplona
Visit of two wineries in Rioja
Discover the allure of the Basque Country with our 10-day, Essential Basque Country tour. Explore Spain's regions known for its beautiful landscape and culinary delights. Visit the city of Bilbao and explore its architectural landmarks including the gleaming Guggenheim. You will also visit the beautiful towns of Getaria and Gernika including the Balenciaga Museum. Head to San Sebastian, one of the world's best dining destinations. Enjoy a culinary tour of the city and find out moe about Basque food movement including the amazing pintxo culture.
Selected dates from April to October.
Transfer from the airport to your accommodation in Bilbao.
Enjoy a morning walking tour of the city, followed by a guided visit to the acclaimed Frank Gehry building and its collection, with works by Beuys, Serra, Koons, Rauschenberg and Kiefer. Lunch in the Guggenheim restaurant. Spend the afternoon exploring the city at your leisure.
You have a free day to explore the city's tourist attractions and landmarks. Overnight in Bilbao.
Our first stop today is Gernika. We will take a short walk in the village and learn where the famous Gernika painting from Picasso comes from. We then drive to the small fishing ports strung along the newly declared UNESCO Geopark. We stop for lunch and enjoy a grilled fresh catch in nearby Getaria. In the afternoon, visit the Balenciaga Museum, and the 13th century Gothic church of San Salvador. Tonight in San Sebastian, celebrate Spanish wines, and their incredible variety, through pairings with local produce cooked right before your eyes.
After breakfast, you will join a walking culinary tour of San Sebastian, stroll through the Old Town’s endless narrow streets, learn about architecture, history, and discover the famous food culture. En route, you will stop at three of the city’s most famous pintxo bars to sample hallmarks of the city’s pintxo culture. This evening, you have an opportunity to be invited by a chef for dinner as his special guest at his private eating club.
Today, experience the chic, fabulously French Basque Country. Take a guided walk through the glamorous streets and food market of Biarritz. Enjoy a midday aperitif before travelling to St. Jean de Luz. This enchanting fishing village is full of charming treasures. An elegant seaside lunch featuring French Basque cuisine and techniques finishes this magical tour of Le Pays Basque. You have a free afternoon after Biarritz and in St. Jean de Luz before returning to San Sebastian.
Have a relaxing breakfast at your hotel. Enjoy your free time to explore San Sebastian on your own.
This morning, you will visit the Chillida Leku Museum*. Visitors can enjoy the work of an universal artist in the intimacy of a space customised for his collection. From here we travel to Pamplona. Founded by the romans and located on the Pilgrim's Way to Santiago, Pamplona is a city where tradition and modernity live in harmony. This evening we stay in Rioja and will have dinner at a local restaurant.
Discover one of the world’s most famous wine regions guided by a team of experts. Visit two wineries along the way and discover the techniques of making wine. The tour also includes a stroll through the lovely medieval village of Laguardia and lunch at one of its most local restaurants. In the evening, we have dinner at a local restaurant.
This morning, you will transfer from the hotel to Bilbao airport. End of tour.
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- Rioja wine tasting in San Sebastian.
- Pintxos cooking class in San Sebastian.
- Michelin restaurant lunch or dinner arrangements in San Sebastian.
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