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April through October • 9 days / 8 nights

Visit two very different regions of Spain, the Northeast Coast and the East Coast-Bilbao and San Sebastián in the heart of Basque Country, famed for its chefs and imaginative cuisine, and Barcelona featuring Catalan cooking, a blend of Mediterranean and classic French. The Wine Regions are dramatically different, producing exceptional wines from indigenous varietals.

 

Day 1 BILBAO • SAN SEBASTIÁN

Arrive Bilbao. Transfer to San Sebastián, the Pearl on the Bay of Biscay. Stay in a 19th c villa in this capital of chic renowned for its award-winning chefs. A late afternoon city tour winds past the beautiful Playa La Concha to the old quarter and our Tasting Room. Welcome Reception, Wine & Pinxtos/Tapas in the heart of el Antiguo.
Overnight: Villa Soro R

 

Day 2 SAN SEBASTIÁN • ZARAUTZ • SAN SEBASTIÁN

Breakfast. Departure for a Market tour, followed by a morning focused on A Short History of Cod among the Basque People: Bacalao & Basque Cooking. Prepare 5 dishes: sample your success with Txacolí wines. This afternoon visit the Eduardo Chillida Sculpture Museum. Free time to shop and enjoy the beach before an evening meeting with a local personality over drinks & appetizers in a signature café.
Overnight: Villa Soro B L Tapas

 

wine_cropDay 3 SAN SEBASTIÁN • BASQUE COUNTRYSIDE • SAN SEBASTIÁN

Breakfast. Depart for St Jean de Luz and a guided walking tour of this lovely fishing town. Continue to Restaurante Mugaritz, to dine in one of Spain’s most celebrated restaurants. After lunch, visit a nearby farm to visit producers of duck products and artisan cheeses. Arrive in time for milking! Return to San Sebastián for a free evening.
Overnight: Villa Soro B L

 

Day 4 SAN SEBASTIÁN • BILBAO • BARCELONA

Breakfast. Transfer to Bilbao, powerhouse of the Basque economy. You’ll appreciate the extent of the city’s renovations on a city tour that highlights signature buildings and follows the Nervión River to the world-renowned Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank Gehry. After a guided tour of the Museum with an art historian, sit down to lunch in Bersateguí’s famous Guggenheim Restaurant. After lunch, fly to Barcelona. Hotel check in is followed by welcome drinks in a Cava bar. Your hotel is in the heart of the Gothic Quarter.
Overnight: Hotel Catedral B L

 

Day 5 BARCELONA

Breakfast. This morning’s wanderings through the Gothic Quarter wind past the Cathedral, Generalitat, and atmospheric streets of the old guild quarters to the Museu de la Xocolata, housed in a former Agustinian convent. Catalunya has a deserved reputation for its chocolate confections. Test your skills in today’s Chocolate Workshop. Walk on to the port area painted many times by Picasso for a seafood lunch at La Barceloneta. After lunch, you’ll visit Sagrada Familia, Gaudí’s great unfinished Cathedral where craftsmen today employ the same skills as those in the Middle Ages. You’ll have sweeping city views from the surreal Parque Güell designed for the great architect’s patron. From there the Modernist trail returns along Paseo de Gracía and back to your hotel. Free evening to explore the city that never sleeps.
Overnight: Hotel Catedral B L

"I get in trouble at home for excess enthusiasm but I am feeling very effusive about the trip that you arranged! Carol is the absolute best guide ever. She tailored the trip to be exactly what I wanted. She is patient, thoughtful, kind and a joy to travel with. I would like to be informed of any food and wine tours to Spain or Portugal which you might offer in the future."

Lianne Reynolds with Bryan Travel San Mateo, CA

 

Day 6 BARCELONA

Breakfast. 09.30 follow your guide through the stalls of La Boquería Market. Continue to Gaudí’s extraordinary Casa Milà for a tour. Afterwards, you’ll continue to our local Cooking School to prepare three typical Catalan dishes for lunch, complemented by a wine tasting of regional varietals. After lunch, take a guided walk through the gallery district of Raval and the Born, to the Picasso Museum. Once inside, explore the work of Spain’s 20th century genius. Late afternoon enjoy free time before an evening harbor cruise with cocktails and appetizers.
Overnight: Hotel Catedral B L Tapas

 

Day 7 BARCELONA • COSTA BRAVA • BARCELONA

Breakfast. Travel north to the rugged Costa Brava for a day of art and timeless villages. Visit Salvador Dalí’s Museum at Figueres; continue to his former home at Cadaqués for a beach lunch in the heart of this white village. Nearby are the walled medieval villages of Pals and Peretellada, centers of arts and crafts; take time to wander, shop, take photographs before returning to the city.
Overnight: Hotel Catedral B L

 

Day 8 BARCELONA • PENEDÈS WINE COUNTRY • BARCELONA

Breakfast. Travel north into the rolling vineyard country of DO Penedès, a region of medieval towns, wineries and ancient monasteries. Visit Poblet Monastery, an ancient Roman glassworks again today in operation, and enjoy private hosted winery visits to two distinct producers of still and sparkling wines. Sit down to lunch in a Catalan farmhouse. Return early evening to Barcelona. A special Farewell to Barcelona this evening.
Overnight: Hotel Catedral B L Tapas


leave_iconDay 9 BARCELONA • USA

Breakfast. Transfer to airport. B

 

 

TOUR INCLUDES:
  • First class hotels with buffet breakfast
  • English-speaking tour escort/guide
  • Specially selected meals with wines, per itinerary
  • Classes, visits, special events
  • Sightseeing with local guides & entrances
  • Service charges, taxes, tips (hotels & restaurants)
  • Porterage 1 full size piece of luggage
  • Airport transfers & all land transfers
  • Flight Bilbao-Barcelona

PRICE:

  • On request
  • No scheduled departures
  • Custom groups only
  • 4 pax minimum
 

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