Taste the flavors of Spain on this 8-day culinary journey. Northern Spain is one of the most famous culinary destinations in Europe—there are 48 Michelin star in the Basque Country alone. Visit La Rioja and learn about the wine making process while you taste some of the best tapas accompanied by your local guide. How about doing a cooking class?
Day one: Madrid Gastronomic Experience
Start your trip with a gastronomic guided tour of Madrid. It’s the perfect tour to discover the lesser-known corners of Madrid while you try the culinary essence of the city and you meet proud food artisan.What else can you do in Madrid?
- Private visit to El Prado Museum
- Cooking class with a local
- Visit the royal palace
- Grab a seat at an outdoor terrace, a glass of wine and enjoy the day like a local
Day two: Discover Madrid with a local guide
Your private guide will share with you the traditions and history of the city while you walk through the historic center and enjoy the views. You will explore its most outstanding cultural attractions while you learn the history of Madrid from its medieval roots, to modern times.What else can you do in Madrid?
- Wine tasting experience
- Attend a flamenco show
- Have lunch at the oldest restaurant in the world
- Full day trip: wine tasting experience
Day three: Day Trip to Toledo
Today you will travel to Toledo for a private day trip by train. Dramatically situated atop a gorge overlooking the Río Tajo, in the Middle Ages it was known as the “city of three cultures.” This is where—legend has it—Christian, Muslim, and Jewish communities peacefully coexisted.What other day trips you can do?
- Ávila and Pedreza
- El Escorial
Day four: La Rioja Wine Experience
Transfer to the wine region of La Rioja, located in the Basque Country. La Rioja is quite a postcard, with green hills, alpine mountains, limestone peaks, medieval villages, and endless vineyards. You will stop at local wineries and enjoy a visit to on the many wineries.What else can you do in La Rioja?
- Visit the medieval town of Laguardia, with its underground wine cellars
- Enjoy a wine oil spa experience
- Visit architectually amazing Ysios amazing
- Dine at the famous Marques de Riscal
Day five: Explore Bilbao
Transfer to the imposing city of Bilbao, where you will explore the city with an expert guide on a gastronomic experience. This visit combines the culinary offerings of the Spanish Basque Country with the highlights of Bilbao. The old town is also the best place to enjoy local cuisine.What else can you do in Bilbao?
- Explore the city by GoKart
- Learn Basque cuisine during a cooking class
- Dine at a Michelin star restaurant
- Take a boat ride down the Ría de Bilbao
Day six: Visit Guggenheim Museum - Visit an underwater winery
Today you will visit the icon of Bilbao, the shiny titanium Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. It is one of the most emblematic buildings of modern architecture. In the afternoon, your guide will take you north to Plentzia, where you will visit the world’s first underwater winery.What else can you do around Bilbao ?
- Visit San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, famous scene from the game of thrones
- Get back to nature at Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve and the quaint town of Mundaka
- The Art of Txakoli Tour: A Basque White Wine Experience
- Travel way off the beaten path, Vitoria-Gasteiz, in southern Basque province of Álava
Day seven: San Sebastián Guided Visit
Transfer to San Sebastián. On your way, you will stop in Guernica. Once a Republican stronghold during the Spanish Civil War, it was nearly destroyed by a Nazi air raid in 1937. Upon arrival to San Sebastián, your local guide will be waiting for you to start a privately guided visit of the city.What else can you do in San Sebastián?
- Be a local and stroll along the seaside at La Concha Promenade
- Have a culinary experience at a Gastronomic Society
- Take a gastronomy focused excursion to Getaría
- Have a cheese and wine tasting experience
Day eight: Depart
Today you catch your flight home full of memories of Spain and wishing your stay had been longer.
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Your Accommodation in Spain
To make your experience as local as possible we use small boutique hotels where you can find personalize service. All the hotels in our portfolio whether they are 3, 4 or 5 stars, would be centrally located and rooms would have a private bathroom, non-smoking and air conditioning.
It’s a given that during your trip, you will see the highlights and historically important sites but what really sets the experience apart is our local guides and local experiences. You discover the most spectacular places in Spain as well as see how Spaniards really live in a unique and personalized experience.
Why travel with us?
Customized and private trip
We’re full of ideas and we take time to design a trip for you that ticks all the boxes. We have the knowledge and contacts to ensure that your trip is a once in a lifetime. Our expert local guides bring the country to life through their person stories and life experiences, They are all about showing you incredible history and culture of Spain & Portugal and to discover things you won’t find out about any other way.
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