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Basque Cuisine and the Cantabrian Coast


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ProductID: 1150

Type: Private Group Tour

Country: Spain

Theme: Culinary and Cooking Holidays

Region: Euskadi (Basque Country)

Group Size: 4 to 6+ People

Start City: San Sebastian

Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights

Lodging: Historic Hotels


Basque Cuisine and the Cantabrian CoastThere is much more to Spain than the topic of the flamenco, bullfights and paella!!! There is the North, green Spain, the Spain of lush green pastures and Atlantic coastal fishing villages and, to many, one of the great gastronomic regions of Europe. The restaurants of San Sebastian, for example, bear more Michelin stars per head of population than Paris.

From the rich treasures of 19th century architecture to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, already a fixture on the international cultural map, the itinerary has been designed to show you the most important aspects of each of the two cities visited - San Sebastian and Bilbao- while allowing you ample free time to rest or make your own discoveries. The Basque Country is historically unique; its traditions, customs, culture and its language, Euskera, are all unlike any other region of Spain.
Basque Cuisine and the Cantabrian Coast
Our six days/five nights journey starts in San Sebastian, one of the most elegant cities in Spain and the gastronomic capital of the Basque Country. You will enjoy cooking and eating at a "Sociedad Gastronomica" (Gastronomic Society), visit a txacoli winery and the fishing town of Guetaria. One cooking lesson at San Sebastian will provide you with a quite a good introduction to famous Basque Cuisine. We journey further west to Bilbao, where you will visit the magnificent Frank Ghery Guggenheim Museum and the biggest food market in Europe, before our departure for home.

Day by Day Itinerary:
6 Days / 5 Nights

DAY 1:

- Arrival in San Sebastian. Called Donostia in Basque language, it is the capital of the province of Gipuzkoa, and extends like a string of pearls around the Bay of Biscay.
- Transfer from the airport to the elegant 19th Century four star hotel in front of La Concha beach.
- After the check-in, free time to rest or to walk along La Concha beach and the Old Quarter (Casco Viejo).
- Dinner will be at a selected restaurant specializing in traditional Basque cuisine, which revolves around exquisite fish and seafood - especially hake, salt cod, spider crab, and baby eels.
Overnight in San Sebastian.

DAY 2:

- Breakfast
- Morning Cooking Session at a "Sociedad Gastronómica" (Gastronomic Society), some of them are still men-only cooking clubs (although not this one, fortunately!) where Basques share their good humor, songs and kitchen wisdom, as they have done for centuries.
- Lunch will follow.
- Visit to San Sebastian, a sophisticated city of great beauty and elegance, with a cultural, social, and gastronomic importance exceeding its size by far. The undeniable glamour of the city is charmed by the local colour of its small fishing port.
- Free time.
- Pintxos (Tapas in Basque) tour for dinner: a gastronomic route through our choice of Pintxos Bars in the city.
- Overnight in San Sebastian.
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DAY 3:

- Breakfast
- Morning excursion along the panoramic coastal route to Guetaria
- Visit to the town and its very lively port, full of local colour. Guetaria is mainly known for its Txakoli (Basque white wine), one of the world’s best seafood wines.
- You will visit a Txacoli winery.
- Lunch will be at one of the traditional fish bars in the port of Guetaria.
- Back to San Sebastian, evening free.
- Overnight in San Sebastian.
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DAY 4:

- Breakfast
- Transfer to Bilbao, financial center of the Basque country and home of the spectacular Guggenheim Bilbao Museum, "the building of the century."
- Check-in at a five star hotel, conveniently located facing the Museum. Of elegant and contemporary interior design, it contains a selection of furniture that represents the most emblematic design from the 20th century.
- Visit to the food market, the biggest in Europe, where you will enjoy the aromas and colors of the amazingly varied regional food offer.
- Lunch free.
- Afternoon visit along the narrow streets of Bilbao’s Old Town or Casco Viejo which give off an age-old atmosphere.
Free time to rest or, you may consider visiting the impressive art collection of the local “Museo de Bellas Artes”.
- For dinner, Pintxos tour. In Bilbao, pintxos are less sophisticated, more straight-forward than those of San Sebastian, but the festive atmosphere is the same in both cities.
- Overnight in Bilbao.
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DAY 5:

- Breakfast
- Visit to the spectacular Guggenheim Museum, located right in front of your hotel.
- Farewell lunch at the Museum restaurant, directed by one of the most brilliant young chefs in Spain who has trained with 3 Michelin starred chef Martin Berasategui. The cuisine is modern but deeply rooted in Basque traditional cooking and pays special attention to the quality of the ingredients. One of the main specialities here is cod fish, prepared in Bilbao like nowhere else in Spain.
- Free time for shopping, doing some exploring on your own, or just having a rest.
- Overnight in Bilbao.
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DAY 6:
- Breakfast
- Transfer to Bilbao airport


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