Did you know that the Basque region boasts of an ancient culture with an ancient language “Euskera” – the oldest language in Europe? The “Euskadi” culture is typified by artists like Oteiza and Chillida, museums like the Guggenheim, San Telmo or the Fine Arts Museum of Bilbao, festivals like the International Film Festival San Sebastian Jazz Festival or the BBK Live…
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Get received at Barcelona airport to be transferred to your hotel for some time off in Barcelona – stroll around the Passeig de Gràcia area.
A guided cultural tour on e-bikes of the Gaudi building to get to know the history and importance of these architectural buildings such as Parc Güell, Sagrada Familia and the Pedrera. Grab some self-time to explore the city on your own in the evening. (B)
A morning for you to soak in Barcelona and then take the train to San Sebastian in the afternoon and check in to the hotel.(B)
After breakfast, drive to the 500 year old traditional market in Ordizia with your guide and then on to the world award-winning traditional cheese factory of Aranburu in Idiazabal town. Explore San Sebastian and its history and culture at the centre. Head out for dinner to a traditional Basque cider house to sample some great food from a traditional Basque menu and taste the cider right out of the barrel.(B, D)
Visit the “Mercado de la Bretxa”, to learn about and sample the local products that are so important for the famous Basque cuisine. Then on to the Basque Culinary Centre, the first academic institution in the world created by seven of the best Basque chefs for a guided visit and then a lunch made by some of the best future chefs. In the evening, take in a cultural visit to the Kursaal, a venue with painting, photography and fine arts exhibitions. Dinner will be a special farewell dinner at a “Txoko” a typically Basque type of closed gastronomical society where people come together to cook, experiment with new ways of cooking, eat and socialize.(B, L, D)
Head out to Hondarribia, one of the Basque Country’s most charming towns for checking out its amazing restaurants and bars, the well-preserved Old Town, a relaxing maritime atmosphere and fantastic food… Oh, and some beautiful walks to stroll around and relax. (B)
Take a bus to Bilbao and check into the hotel before heading out on the town… Get ready for a real Basque Cooking class by some of the best chefs in the evening. Experience the hustle and bustle of the Mercado de la Ribeira, Bilbao´s largest food market before heading out to the kitchen of a famous Chef – sipping from a glass of wine, get inspired to whip up some mouthwatering pintxos under the expert guidance of the award-winning team of Etxanobe. You will create some heavenly pintxos with locally sourced ingredients, uncover Basque culinary secrets and look just stunning in those aprons! After all that hard work, it is time to lean back and enjoy scrumptious pintxos with paired wines. (B,D)
Visit the Guggenheim Museum and then lunch in “Etxanobe”, a Michelin starred restaurant, inside the “Palacio de Euskalduna”, one of the most beautiful buildings in Bilbao with spectacular views of the city. Then take time off to do some walking or do the famous “siesta” time. The evening is for wine tasting at an antique store where its owner, a famous Bilbaino, will regale you about Basque culture. After the wine tasting, hit Bilbao’s old town for a “pintxos” tour around. (B,L,D)
Bilbao and end of tour.
Head out on a guided cycle tour around Bilbao suburbs following the footprints of the industrial past of the city, key to the transformation of the actual city. You will also stop for a “pintxo” on the way. Time off for packing and get transferred to the airport for your flight back home. (B)