Gourmet Basque Country

Bilbao, San Sebastian & La Rioja

From $3100 per person in low season
From $3600 per person in high season

based on 6 nights & selected experiences

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Price is based on two people sharing.

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  • Discover the flavors of Spain in this region celebrated for its cuisine

  • Sample some of Spain's best wines in La Rioja

  • Explore the quaint fishing villages dotted along the Basque Country's beautiful coastline

  • Visit Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum and admire Frank Gehry's incredible architecture

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The Basque Country is lovely in the summer sun, however July and August can be quite busy. It can be colder in the winter months, although the city streets will be less crowded and there's plenty to see and do in town all year round.

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 020 3993 4933 to start planning your vacation.

Itinerary

Known for its fantastic culinary scene, the Basque Country offers the perfect escape for food lovers. Taste your way around the region, enjoying mouth-watering pintxos and Michelin-starred meals in San Sebastian, followed by delicious wines in La Rioja.

  1. Fly to Bilbao

  2. Days 1-2: Bilbao

    Begin your journey around the Basque Country in Bilbao, the region's epicenter for art and culture. Once an industrial city, Bilbao has been transformed in recent years to showcase a fantastic array of contemporary architecture. A highlight of the city, and playing a huge role in its revitalisation, is the Guggenheim Museum. Designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, the spellbinding design of the museum dominates Bilbao's river front, while inside the museum boasts a huge collection of modern artwork.

    Accommodation: Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao (1 night)

  3. Days 2-5: San Sebastian

    Spend a night at the Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao before continuing east to San Sebastian, the more elegant of the Basque cities, full of old-world charm and glamour. A real haven for foodies, this is where traditional pintxo bars sit alongside Michelin-starred restaurants, tucked away behind the sophisticated Belle Époque façades of the San Sebastian's Old Quarter. Stay for three nights at Hotel Maria Cristina, a true San Sebastian landmark and the city's most iconic hotel.

    Using this historic hotel as your base, discover the very best that San Sebastian has to offer. Spend evenings meeting the locals in the city's favorite pintxo bars, or you could even get an invitation to lunch at one of San Sebastian's mysterious members-only Gastronomic Societies. For a hands-on experience of the city's renowned culinary scene, try a masterclass at Hotel Maria Cristina's cooking school, where you could learn the techniques behind Michelin-worthy dishes, or how to cook like a true local.

    Venturing out of the city, the Basque Country is home to picturesque fishing villages and hilltop towns. Spend a day exploring the cobbled streets of charming Getaria and tasting local ciders in a traditional, authentic cider house.

    Accommodation: Hotel Maria Cristina (3 nights)

  4. Days 5-7: La Rioja

    After exploring the coast, it's time to head inland to the vineyards of La Rioja. One of the most celebrated wine regions in the world, here medieval villages are tucked away beneath towering mountains and hidden among lush forests, and there is a new winery to be found around every corner. Spend two nights at the dramatic Hotel Marques de Riscal, Frank Gehry's contemporary Rioja masterpiece. The fascinating color-changing exterior pays homage to the surrounding vineyards, and while the architecture is a modernist sensation, Marques de Riscal also boasts the title of La Rioja's oldest winery. The perfect setting to learn about the winemaking process, guests can spend days exploring the hotel's cellar or venturing out to other wineries in the region.

    Accommodation: Hotel Marques de Riscal (2 nights)

  5. Fly home from Bilbao

Experiences

  • Basque cider house experience

    Visit an authentic Basque cider house to discover the tastes of this traditionally Basque drink. Sitting among the barrels of freshly-brewed cider you'll enjoy a family-style lunch, and learn how to create the perfect pour straight from the barrel.

  • La Rioja wine region

    Explore the famed Rioja wine region on a full-day tour of the area. Known for producing some of Europe's best wines, here you'll have the chance to visit boutique wineries and sample some of the local products.

  • Private tour of Bilbao

    Once an industrial city, Bilbao has been transformed in recent years into a hub for art and architecture. Explore the best of the city, from the traditional architecture to the more contemporary, culminating in the iconic Guggenheim Museum.

  • San Sebastian cooking school

    Roll up your sleeves and enjoy a hands-on cooking class in San Sebastian. Choose from a range of classes suited to first-time chefs and culinary connoisseurs alike, and learn the secrets of local Basque cuisine, Spanish classics or avant-garde gastronomy.

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Bilbao, San Sebastian & La Rioja

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