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Spain’s Basque Country is one of the world’s top gourmet destinations. Awash with Michelin-starred restaurants and up-and-coming chefs, this region is exploding with local talent and delicious products. Join us as we discover the old and new of Basque Country. From trendy San Sebastián to quaint fishing villages along the coast, our epicurean experts will show you this eclectic region where food and wine reign supreme.
Basque cider and traditional pintxos in San Sebastián, Spain’s culinary capital
Food Market, San Sebastián
Old Town, San Sebastián
Santo Domingo de la Calzada
Travel to Barcelona and check into your hotel. Meet your local guide for a walking tour of Ciutat Vella — Barcelona’s “old city.” The district features a stunning display of Romanesque churches and beautifully preserved Gothic architecture. Weave in and out of narrow streets and squares that make up the Gothic Quarter’s labyrinthine layout.
Spend the morning discovering the work of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. Learn about the Catalan Modernism movement while visiting some of Gaudí’s most iconic works. Head to the still incomplete Sagrada Família — the visionary architect’s masterpiece and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Taste your way through Barcelona on a guided tapas tour this evening.
Explore the treasures of Barcelona at your own pace this morning. Stroll down La Rambla, a tree-lined pedestrian street in central Barcelona that’s great for shopping and sightseeing. In the afternoon, head to Barceloneta and meet a biologist at the fishing port to learn about local fishing traditions. See the arrival of the boats and watch the wholesale fish auction. Savor a dinner of Catalan dishes this evening.
Savor your last breakfast in Spain, then take a private transfer to the Barcelona-El Prat Airport for flights home.
Enjoy five nights in this upscale hotel with decor dedicated to cinema. Retro furniture, fashionable photographs, a ’70s-style lounge, and movie-themed library create an atmosphere of sleek sophistication. The hotel restaurant features a delectable menu of Basque region items and pintxos. Rest in one of the hotel's 102 rooms, each dedicated to movie star legends like Bette Davis and Lauren Bacall.
Echaurren Hotel Gastronómico
Enjoy two nights in this gastronomic, family-run hotel in La Rioja, complete with a Michelin-starred restaurant. Five generations have carried on the traditions of culinary excellence and hospitality here. Delight in the wonders of the property, including a beautiful garden, terrace, multiple restaurants, and a variety of amenities. Rest in one of the 27 rooms, decorated with modern, clean lines.
In Barcelona, enjoy three nights in this chic boutique hotel located across from Antoni Gaudí’s iconic Casa Batilló. Savor breakfasts prepared with locally sourced produce and delight in a 24-hour cafeteria filled with enticing snacks and light fare. Rest in one of the nine beautifully decorated rooms featuring modern furnishings.
- Extension: May 16 — 19, 2018
- Program: Nov 7 — 14, 2018
Extension: Nov 14 — 17, 2018
This trip has been designed to include daily exploratory walks that range from one to three hours. Guests should feel comfortable meandering along cobbled surfaces, walking up and down stairs, and sauntering down uneven nature paths. Typically, our more invigorating walks are included as optional activities. Please contact us at email@example.com if you have questions.
Note: Group maximum of 24 is based on double occupancy.
- 7 nights accommodations, including all taxes and fees
- Meals as listed on the itinerary: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 dinners, plus wine pairings with most major meals
- All private excursions described in the itinerary along with services of local speakers, guides, entrance fees, gratuities, and transportation
- Full guiding services of a dedicated Gourmandly Travel Director
- Private airport transfers with porterage on the first and last scheduled days of the program
- Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses
- Air and land transportation to/from host cities
- All types of personal insurance
- Personal expenses
- Additional alcoholic beverages beyond those included with major meals
Call to discuss availability and rates for single, triple, quad, and child accommodations.
*Rates are per person, double occupancy in US Dollars