.4 DAY EXPLORE & COOK TOUR

DETAILS

  • START TIME: 9:30 AM
  • DURATION OF EACH TOUR: 8 to 10 HOURS
  • ALL TOURS WILL START AND FINISH IN YOUR HOTEL
  • AN EXTRA FEE IS APPLIED FOR TOURS FROM BILBAO

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Private Group
  • Basque Local Driver/Guide
  • All transportation costs (fuel, parking and tolls)
  • TICKETS FOR WINERIES IN RIOJA
  • 3 COURSE FULL LUNCH AFTER THE COOKING CLASS

WHAT'S EXCLUDED

  • Food & drinks
  • Any other not specified items

ADAPTING TO YOU:

  • Our tours are private, so we could add / remove / change anything on them to meet your preferences
  • The order of the tours could be modified to fit with your flight/train schedule
  • This tour could also be done from Bilbao, please check conditions.

4 days to explore the highlights, taste Rioja Wine and Cook as a Basque

The perfect combination of Sightseeing and Foodie Experiences

    BASQUE COAST & COUNTRYSIDE TOUR

    The best "Off The Beaten Path" Basque tour

    Explore the rural Basque countryside and charming coastal villages, all in one day!

    Driving near to the summit of this rocky mountain, we will make a short walk out in the fields to admire both, the inland green valleys, and the Atlantic ocean.

    An impressive religious monument, built between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries around the Casa Torre is the birthplace of the founder of the Jesuites, St. Ignatius of Loyola.

    Drive through narrow mountain roads, villages, sheep and cows … we will discover the essence of the Basque Country! Stop at the foothills of Mount Izarraitz to have beautiful views of the mountainous interior as well as the coastline.

    The place where the green mountains, suddenly meet the Atlantic Ocean! Take a walk of 30 minutes for a nice spot to discover an amazing place! At this point of the coast, the mountains drop steeply to sea level, with wonderful views and let us look at the raw rock formations formed over millions of years.

    The charming little fishing village of Getaria. Home of Juan Sebastian Elcano (Getaria 1487-1526) the man who was first to sail around the world. It is probably one of the most treasured medieval centers which best reflects the passing of time.

    RIOJA WINE TASTING TOUR

    Discover the secrets of winemaking

    We will take you in 2 private, up close and personal visits to hand picked wine makers, that are passionate about their wines.

    After lunch, we will explore the iconic medieval style village of Laguardia.

    This Chateaux style winery comes to life in the most privileged area of Rioja Alavesa. In the best of its estates, where grapevines collect the essence of a unique land: an authentic, innovative, and actual wine, like no other.

    This family-run winery makes high quality wines from their own vineyards, that along with the wine coming from them, had been their way of life for several generations .

    The winery, built around the 18th century family residence, is located in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa region, at the foot of the Sierra de Cantabria Mountains, surrounded by dolmens, ancient churches, and old wine-making pits etched into the ground – traces of an ancient culture of vine growing in this area.

    Situated on a hill and surrounded by a 13th century wall, it is a natural balcony towards the wine region. Its streets and corners preserved medieval taste great and economy is based on the wine industry with many subterranean cave-wine-cellars.

    GUGGENHEIM, BILBAO & GUERNICA TOUR

    Basque Country's past and present

    Gugghenheim, a modern world class museum combined with Guernica, a historical Basque heritage site

    Designed by the North American architect Frank O. Gehry, this unique Museum built on a 32,500 square meter site in the center of Bilbao.The building itself is an extraordinary combination of interconnecting shapes. Impressive limestone blocks contrast with curved architectural forms covered in titanium. Glass curtain walling provides the building with the light and transparency it needs. Explore the museum by yourself, an audio guide is included in the ticket price.

    We will make a short city tour of Bilbao covering its most atractive parts and will have lunch in the old town of the city

    Last stop in Guernica. On April 26th 1937, during the Spanish Civil War, the town was razed to the ground by German aircrafts,sent by Hitler to support Franco’s troops. When Picasso painted the Guernika in 1937, could not imagine that its vision of the bombing would become antiwarlike symbol.

    If you are an art lover, we could organize the day visiting the Guggenheim museum in the morning and then come back near to San Sebastian to visit the open air sculpture museum of the famous local artist Eduardo Chillida, called Chillida-Leku in the afternoon.

    Chillida-Leku is the culmination of one of the artist's lifelong dreams: to create a space for his work where it could be on permanent display. This monographic museum is a faithful representation of the sculptor's fifty year long artistic career.

    Chillida-Leku is the perfect setting to enjoy the full magnitude of this internationally-known artist. The museum is divided into three areas: A 12-hectare hillside (nearly 30 acres) with beech trees, oaks and magnolias studded with over 40 sculptures. A service area featuring an auditorium, with images of the artist at work projected continuously, a rest area, and a gift shop. And finally, the centrepiece of the museum is the Zabalaga farmhouse, which houses the smaller format pieces in corten steel, alabaster, granite, terracotta, plaster, wood and paper.

    Chillida-Leku is a sculpture in itself - another work of art in which the sculptor perfectly captures and renders his vision of shape, space and the passing of time. Chillida’s questions become answers as visitors make their way through the museum grounds.

    BASQUE COOKING CLASS

    COOK, BE BASQUE

    Get introduced to the world known Basque Cuisine as the Basques do it, this cooking class happens in a real life Gastronomic Club.

    We know how important is to interact with locals to understand better this gentle culture and this is our aim, that you feel the real thing, meeting locals in their habitat

    So, put your apron on, roll your sleeves up, grab a glass of wine and be ready for this fantastic experience

    We will walk to one of the Central Market of San Sebastian where we´ll meet local farmers and producers and will buy some of the ingredients of our cooking class directly from them.

    Once we arrive to a our private Gastronomic Club, it is time to put our aprons on, roll our sleeves up, grab a glass of wine and start to enjoy a real experience in the kitchen with our chef and the locals that could be there that day. Our chef will show you the secrets of the basque cuisine and you will be apply them directly there, on the fire,chopping, shaking, mixing!

    After our work in the kitchen, it is time to enjoy the fruit of our labour.

    A delicious Basque traditional lunch: Rice with lobster, Kokotxas in the Green Sauce, Bacalao al pil-pil, some local fish or meat if you prefer and all topped with a traditional dessert and plenty of Rioja wine