Lausanne, Basque Country & Lake Como

Regions & Areas Visited:
• Basque Country
This trip was inspired by the Food & Wine Collection.

"CountryBred was recommended to us by friends who had a good experience earlier this year. Our Encounter included Lausanne in Switzerland, Italy’s Lake Como area, as well as Bilbao and Spain’s Basque country. The hotels were great, the restaurants were all excellent and our local experts/ambassadors – Elena and Noemi, and all the private chauffeurs (especially Jesus who was with us for 4 days) were top notch. Our guide for the Behind the Scene Tour at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao was a professional art historian from Scotland. We expected a lot, and our Encounter exceeded our expectations. Favorites…the Beau-Rivage Palace in Lausanne is truly a 5 Star hotel, and the Miro’ Hotel in Bilbao was just perfect for us; dinner at the Regina 131 in Laglio was our best-ever Italian meal. The 7+ course nouveau cuisine dinner at Etxanobe in Bilbao was high-lighted by three visits from the chef, and the Saturday grilled fish lunch at the asador in Getaria were also great! Elena in Como and Noemi in Spain had us walking a great deal to see all that there was to see while they explained it’s history and significance and helped us burn off all those calories!”

– Warren & Judith F., Kerrville, TX