Basque Country Culinary Capitals

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This haute cuisine touring experience will take you from the innovative Michelin-starred dining of Bilbao and San Sebastian to the coastal wine country surrounding Getaria, and onward to experience the exquisite fish and specialty food shops of Saint-Jean-de-Luz in Pays Basque.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive at Bilbao International Airport and be greeted by your private chauffeur. Travel to your boutique design hotel, sleekly decorated by renowned fashion designer Antonio Miro’ and featuring stunning views of the Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Gehry. After check-in enjoy a private tour of the Guggenheim with a resident art expert before savoring a Michelin starred dining experience of nouvelle Basque cuisine.

Day 2

Led by your local expert, embark on a private walking tour of Bilbao's medieval quarter, the Casco Viejo. Along the way, stop for a sampling of locally produced artisanal products at the Mercado De La Ribera, Europe’s largest indoor market. For lunch you will delight in a private dining experience within the gallery of a local artist and chef, before spending the rest of the day visiting the city’s many art museums or boutique shops at your leisure.

Day 3

This morning your chauffeur will transport you to a picturesque fishing village dating back to the 13th century, known for its quaint port and historical buildings. Visit an exclusive members-only Gastronomic Society where you will learn about the area's ancient food traditions while indulging in a special lunch prepared by one of the Society’s members. Return to Bilbao in the afternoon to relax and enjoy some free time, before savoring an elegant Michelin-starred dinner along with splendid views of the city, at one of Bilbao's most innovative restaurants.

Day 4

Check-out and depart Bilbao by chauffeur for a scenic drive along the coast. Arrive at a quaint seaside town known for its vibrant fish auction. Alongside a local fisherman you will learn about the town's tuna and mackerel fishing tradition before experiencing the energy of the auction first hand. Next, travel to the lovely coastal town of Getaria to savor a meal of freshly caught fish prepared in the traditional asador way. In the afternoon you'll enjoy an exclusive Txakoli winery visit and tasting in the verdant hillsides above Getaria, before being transported to San Sebastian for check-in to your historic four-star hotel with views of stunning La Concha beach.

Day 5

Set-off with your local expert on a scenic funicular ride to Mount Igueldo to marvel at sweeping views of the Bay of La Concha, before discovering the city's atmospheric Parte Vieja (Old Town) during a private walking tour. For lunch your local expert will guide you on a pintxos tasting tour through San Sebastian's most storied bars and taverns. Afterward, enjoy a free afternoon to discover the Old Town's scenic squares, charming cobblestone streets, and signature gourmet food shops, at your leisure.

Day 6

Spend the day visiting the northern reaches of Basque Country in the Pays Basque of France. Begin your day by exploring the bustling market of Biarritz alongside your food expert. Meet gourmet purveyors of local food specialties as you sample fresh oysters, foie gras, rustic cheeses, and cured Bayonne ham. Afterward, depart for the surrounding countryside to visit an organic farm specialized in the cultivation of the region's prized Espelette pepper. For lunch, indulge in a meal of rustic Pays Basque dishes, before departing for the seaside village of Saint-Jean-de-Luz to admire its quaint streets and characteristic Basque-style wooden architecture. Along the way, stop to visit an artisanal chocolatier for a sweet treat, before returning to San Sebastian by chauffeur in the evening.

Day 7

Depart San Sebastian via private chauffeur for Bilbao International Airport, for your return flight or the next leg of your adventure.

Experiences We Recommend

  • Cooking class at invite only private Basque gastronomic society
  • Artisanal Basque cheese farm visit
  • Fisherman led visit to local fish auction
  • Private docent-led Guggenheim museum tour in Bilbao
  • Guided tours of Bilbao's Casco Viejo and Mercado de la Ribera
  • Boutique winery visit at Txakoli producer
  • Sagardotegi countryside food and cider experience
  • Pintxos food tour through San Sebastian's Parte Vieja
  • Scenic drive through Pyrenees along the Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James)
  • Farmer's market tour and samplings of local products in Biarritz
  • Visit to Espelette pepper farm
  • Tastings at artisan chocolatiers in Saint-Jean-de-Luz

Pricing

The recommended tour length for this sample itinerary is 7 days/6 nights with pricing options beginning at $5,200/person* based on double occupancy. Please note that the “Share Bred With Friends” preferred pricing program will be applied to travel parties of four or more.

*The final price of your custom tour will be determined by your travel party size, departure dates, trip length, amount of meals included, percentage of guided time requested, cities chosen in your itinerary and signature CountryBred excursions selected. This sample itinerary can also be crafted for solo travelers.


Encounters Include

  • Stays at five & four-star boutique luxury hotels
  • Chauffeured transport for touring & transfers
  • Private touring with professional local guides
  • Engaging activities led by cultural experts
  • Signature experiences with insider access
  • Regionally authentic dining
  • Traveler Welcome Package
  • Taxes & base gratuities

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