Itinerary Highlights

  • Explore the picturesque modern architecture and lively medieval town of Bilbao
  • Visit the breathtaking countryside of La Rioja, savouring flavours of local wines and overlooking the picturesque landscapes
  • Enjoy exploring the picturesque area of ‘flysch’, situated on the coast and famous filming location for ‘Game of Thrones’
  • Indulge in the famous Basque Pintxos, a savoury delight of San Sebastian with the help of a local chef and a traditional cooking class

What's Included

  • Accommodation Throughout
  • Private Transfers
  • International Flights
9 nights

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This nine-night itinerary explores the renewal architectural projects of Bilbao, before delving deeper into the traditional charms of the Basque Country and the medieval town of San Sebastian. Embark on this alluring Spanish escape if you’re seeking a tour of exceptional food and wine tasting, fascinating museums, immersive cultures, and breathtaking landscapes.

Bilbao is a city of contrasts, from a modern city clad with architectural structures and projects formed by some of the world’s renowned architects and medieval-style towns with lively streets. You can explore both sides of the coin with private tours of Bilbao, tasting traditional flavours and visiting fascinating museums along the way. During your tour of Bilbao, you’ll be staying at the Gran Hotel Domine, offering excellent views of the Guggenheim Museum in the superb location in the city.

Next on your journey is La Rioja, the expansive countryside renowned for its delectable wines and awe-inspiring landscapes of vineyards and rolling hills. A region dense in history and friendly locals, you’ll get a feel for the Spanish rural life and relax with a two-night stay. Hotel Palacio de Samaniego offers a wonderful boutique stay in opulent luxury amongst the vineyards of the Rothschild Family estate.

San Sebastian is next on your tour, where you’ll discover the natural beauty of La Concha Bay and an authentic Spanish welcome amongst the locals. This pretty Spanish hamlet is famed for its Basque gastronomy and a vibrant Michelin-star restaurant scene. Stay in the stylish Hotel Villa Favorita, overlooking the ocean until the end of your tour for a relaxing finale of your trip. 

Itinerary

Bilbao
Arrive in Bilbao and take a private transfer to Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao. Your first day will be spent exploring the tenth largest city in the world, Bilbao.
Enjoy a walking tour of Bilbao that focuses on the unique architecture of the city. Your expert guide will weave you through the buildings created by renowned architects, including Norman Foster, Frank O. Gehry and Santiago Calatrava. Discover the newly built cosmopolitan city that is built among the beautiful landscapes of the surrounding mountains. Plus, you’ll visit the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum to delve deeper into the history and meaning behind the regenerative project of the city.
Discover the lively heart of Bilbao with a tour of the old town. Meet locals and visitors alike, and revel in the medieval atmosphere, contrast to the modern city you explored the day before. Stroll through the secret places and pedestrian alleys of Casco Viejo before uncovering the ‘pintxos’, a delicious range of gourmet bites. With enough to go round, this tour is both a tasting experience and a full lunch or dinner.
La Rioja
Taste the flavours of La Rioja wine region paired with stunning views of the countryside, secluded from crowds, and clad in scenic vineyards. While you’re enjoying the peaceful setting, you can learn all about the dense history of the Basque Country, with stories of the phylloxera plague. Spend a dreamy night in the Hotel Palacio de Samaniego, revelling in the unique designed and homely atmosphere.
Venture further from the vineyards to the southern limits of the Basque Country. Explore the regions medieval villages that are home to quaint, cozy wine cellars and the breathtaking natural surroundings. On this tour, you’ll enjoy a visit to the classic, old-style Rioja winery, before heading into a new world of modern, high-tech wineries to try more premium wines. Spend the afternoon in the Laguardia village before heading back to your hotel.
San Sebastian
Highly regarded as the ‘best city to live in Spain’, San Sebastian is next on your tour. This classic town is home to many iconic attractions for you to explore, from La Concha bay to the International Film Festival and more. Spend the day getting to know its royal history, tasting the dishes of the Michelin-star restaurants and the picturesque Old Quarter. Spend the night at Hotel Villa Favorita, overlooking the sweeping ocean views and soaking in the relaxing atmosphere.
Getaria
Meet with your private tour guide and depart from your hotel for your day in Getaria, widely known for its wine and fishing culture. Enjoy a private tour of the local ‘txakoli’ winery before heading to the famed Balenciaga Museum. Plus, you’ll be able to visit the breathtaking ‘flysch’ landscape, the film location for the famous ‘Game of Thrones’.
San Sebastian
Start today’s excursion with a visit to Biarritz, a town of ‘aristocratic character’, home to sophisticated villas, picturesque mansions, and the breathtaking palace. On this tour, you’ll stroll along the scenic harbour, see the lighthouse promenade, and do some spending at the vibrant shopping street. Then, you’ll head to Saint Jean de Luz to explore its charming fishing culture and lively streets. For lunch, you’ll dine in Hondarribia, where you can choose between an array of quality restaurants.
Savour the delicious flavours of the Basque cuisine with a day of exploring the food markets and an exciting cooking course in San Sebastian. Meet a local chef and get to know his recommended delicatessen shops before taking part in a hands-on cooking course. You’ll learn all about the traditional preparations of Basque and Spanish delicacies, an experience that will end in a lunch prepared with the help of the chef.
Take a private transfer from your hotel to the airport, ready to take your flight back to the UK.

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