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A Feast for the Senses

A culinary adventure in Spain
From: $4595
Next Tour: April 2020

DAYS

6 nights / 7 days

LEVEL

Casual

TYPE

Private

COLLECTION

The Basque Lands

A Feast for the Senses

Discover the most emblematic places of the Basque Country and venture into its gastronomy, traditions and culture. This is a sophisticated culinary adventure along the gorgeous Cantabrian Coast. From the farthest point of Biscaya through the Basque region to the border of Southern France, this route is studded with cultural gems and stunning seascapes. As we meander from one stellar location to another, we enjoy the fresh air and the picturesque fishing towns, while sampling the amazing cuisine for which this area is famous.

Best Time to Visit

May – October

Highlights

  • Stay in a 10th century castle hotel with gorgeous views of the French coast.
  • Sail to the Gaztelugatxe islet, a beautiful 10th century hermitage made famous as a backdrop in Game of Thrones.
  • Dine in Michelin-starred restaurants and authentic waterfront seafood restaurants.
  • Sail the Cantabrian coast on an antique wooden schooner while sipping sparkling cava.
Itinerary
Bilbao – Gaztelugatxe – Gernika – San Sebastian – Pasajes – Hondarribia

* NST itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotel substitutions, and other modifications.

Day 1The Game of Thrones Island

Bilbao – Bermeo – Gaztelugatxe

We pick you up in downtown Bilbao and set off to watch fishermen auction off their morning catch to local restaurants in Bermeo. Take a boat to the beautiful islet hermitage San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, dedicated to John the Baptist that connects to the mainland by a sprinkle of stone steps. This dramatic islet of Gaztelugatxe was used as the location for Daenerys Targaryen’s ancestral home of Dragonstone in the Game of Thrones. After a lunch with spectacular ocean views we travel through dense forest to Guernica, a city famed for its role in the Spanish Civil War. Our hotel is a magnificent castle, the Castillo de Arteaga.

Food: Lunch and dinner
Travel: Bilbao / Bermeo / San Juan de Gaztelugatxe / Gernika
Sleep: Castillo de Arteaga ****
How far: 1,42 miles / 2,29 km, elevation gain: 241 steps

Day 2The Urdaibai Biosphere

We visit the Urdaibai Bird Center located in the heart of the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve In this reserve, where scientists study bird migrations and habitats, we can observe wild birds in the marshlands. We finish our day in Elantxobe where we will dine on delicious seafood pintxos and the perfectly paired wine.

Food: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Travel: Urdaibai / Elantxobe
Sleep: Hotel & Spa Gametxo
How far: 5,5 miles / 9 km, elevation gain: 300 meters

Day 3Cliffs, Rocks and Fossils

Zumaia – Getaria – Hondarribia

We visit the breathtaking coast and take a private tour of the unusual and beautiful Flysch and karst formations in the geopark. Later, at lunch in the fishing village of Getaria, we will make a toast with a fine txakoli, the local sweet sparkly wine. We visit the colorful town of Hondarribia, where your hotel is an exquisitely converted 10th-century castle. In the historic quarter we dine in a Michelin-starred restaurant on what we believe to be the best seafood in town.

Food: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Travel: Zumaia / Getaria / Hondarribia
Sleep: Parador de Hondarribia ****
How far: 5,5 miles / 9 km, elevation gain: 300 meters

Day 4Sailing the Atlantic Coast

Hondarribia – Pasajes – San Sebastián

We make our way to a beautiful fishing port where we feast on an exquisite seafood meal. Victor Hugo once lived in this delightful town. Sail away to San Sebastian in style on an antique schooner, while sipping cava. Gourmet discovery remains high on the agenda as we arrive in San Sebastián – the haute-cuisine heart of Basque Country. You’ll stay in the elegant beachside Hotel Londres for two nights. In the evening we dine on traditional Basque pintxos in the town’s historic center.

Food: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Travel: San Sebastián / Pasajes / Hondarribia
Sleep: Hotel de Londres ****
How far: 5,5 miles / 9 km, elevation gain: 300 meters

Day 5A Day of Luxuriating

San Sebastián – Pasajes – San Sebastian

A full day of coastal paradise. We visit a local Basque Whaling Ship museum before picnicking on freshly caught barbecued fish. The highlights of the afternoon include a spa and beach session on the Playa de la Concha, a seaside treat that evokes nostalgia for the city’s aristocratic glory days. Spend the afternoon exploring San Sebastian or just sunbathing and swimming in the sea. We end the day with an evening meal in the outstanding Akelarre Michelin-starred restaurant overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Food: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Travel: San Sebastián / Pasajes
Sleep: Hotel de Londres ****
How far: 5,5 miles / 9 km, elevation gain: 300 meters

Day 6Agur, Farewell

We’ll assist in arranging your transportation to the San Sebastian airport or train station for your onward travels.

Food: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Travel: San Sebastián

Inclusions

Hotels

  • Select hotels that reflect the uniqueness of each destination

Food

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, nutritious snacks, and cocktail hour
  • Gourmet dinners at our hand-picked restaurants and culinary events
  • Unlimited local wine, or beer with every meal

Support

  • NST local guides
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events

Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Dinners on free evenings
  • Gratuities for guides
  • Extra services not outlined in the itinerary
  • Hotel Gorraiz ****

    Elegance and Exclusivity

    This four star hotel + spa personalized and sophisticated for maximum comfort, making this hotel the quiet oasis from the city of Pamplona. A decorative symphony of elegance and exclusivity. The fusion of stone, wood, velvet, works of art and furniture of exclusive design create a warm unique atmosphere. At the foothills of the Pyrenees, we can begin to peddle from the moment we step out the door.

  • Parador de Sos ****

    A journey into the past

    This historic accommodation is located in a stately historic Aragonese building converted into a luxury hotel. The elegant décor with its interior columns, views of the pre-Pyrenees and its Castilian-style furnishings takes you on a journey into the past: Step into the Middle ages as you stroll this exceptionally well preserved historic village with its the city walls, churches, Plaza de la Villa and Palacio de los Sada.

  • Hotel de Londres ****

    Back to the Belle Epoque

    The Hotel de Londres is a pretty boutique hotel in San Sebastián with a La Belle Epoque feel. It has views to the Concha Bay and the city center. Luxury, modern facilities and a high level service make this historic building one of the best hotels in San Sebastián.

  • Hotel Los Agustinos ****

    Steeped in History

    Steeped in history, this majestic hotel in in the capital of Rioja Wine, Haro. Since 1373, the lifetime of this historic hotel is intriguing. It was once a convent, a military garrison, a jail and a hospital. Since 1989, the building is a magnificent 4-star hotel. In the evening, the magnificent cloister of the Hotel Los Agustinos is where we enjoy fabulous food and wine.

  • Parador de Olite ****

    Delightfully Gothic

    This hotel is located within the majestic Palace-Castle of Olite, declared a national monument. The interior offers beautiful stained glass windows, arcades and other characteristic medieval features. The palace is the most significant example of Gothic non-ecclesiastical architecture in Navarra, and one of the most outstanding examples in Europe.

  • Elgorriaga Hotel + Spa ***

    Mountain spa getaway

    This hotel is located in the cinco villas region, surrounded by valleys and mountains, it is nestled in one of Navarra’s prettiest landscapes. Their mantra is Water, Nature and Silence, making this hotel the perfect reward after a morning of exercise. Its natural springs contain with the highest salinity in Europe and the thermal circuit and massage hit the spot.

  • Hotel Relais & Châteaux Echaurren ****

    A 19th Century Stage Post

    Since 1898, this remodeled stagecoach post is family establishment passed from parents to children, making Echaurren a centenary building. The hotel has widened their culinary and experiential offer, which includes a traditional cuisine bistro and a two Michelin stars restaurant, which is among the best in Spain.

  • Hotel Marqués de Riscal *****

    Visionary Architecture. Vintage Experiences.

    Designed by internationally renowned architect Frank Gehry, this 5-star hotel is truly an adventure of a lifetime. Prepare to savor a one-of-a-kind experience including a Vinothérapie spa session and Michelin-starred meal overseen by Chef Francis Paniego. The hotel has exceptional designer touches and enviable views of the countryside, medieval town of Elciego or the striking architecture.

  • Hotel Roncesvalles

    Where the Camino Begins

    At the gates of the Irati forest, the second largest beech tree forest in Europe, this quaint pre Pyrenee hotel is in the heart of the commencement of the Camino de Santiago. It is a charming oasis from the cities and town and an excellent base from which to visit numerous attractions in the Orreaga-Roncesvalles valley.

  • Hotel Palacio Borda ***

    Historic Heritage Building

    This pretty Navarra Palace Hotel is an emblematic building, cataloged by the Prince of Viana Institute as an Historic Heritage Building. Maintaining its characteristic red stone, this hotel has an air of holding within its stately walls rich stories of the past.

  • Hotel Alma Pamplona ****

    Oasis from the City Hub Bub

    This active travel friendly hotel is modern and avant-garde, has its own personality, which seeks to surprise. This quiet enclave is where we luxuriate in the Spa and Treatment center, and chill at the gastro bar after a morning of activity.

  • Parador de Hondarribia ****

    10th Century Castle Fortress

    With views to the Bay of Biscay coast, this hotel is a 10th century castle fortress. Also known as the Castle of Charles V, you will feel as if you are in an authentic medieval fortress. The imposing entrance and its thick damages stone walls by cannon fire set the tone. The inner patio crowned by adorned arches, wrought iron and coffered ceilings make this hotel unique.

  • AC Hotel Ciudad de Tudela ****

    To the Land of Vegetables

    AC Hotel Ciudad de Tudela is in part an 18th century historic building once called Casa de Beneficencia. This hotel is in the historic quarter of charming Tudela. We are in walking distance to the Muñoz Sola Modern Art Museum and a visit to the Marqués de San Adrián Palace. After a great ride, the sauna and Turkish bath hits the stop.

  • Hotel Aire Bardenas ****

    Luxury in the Desert

    This exquisite and very unique hotel is within the National Park Bardenas Reales which is Navarra’s wonderland desert. This is an oasis from the desert terrain with a chance to lean back, relax and watch a zillion stars, a brighter moon and the spectacular Architecture of this outstanding hotel.

  • Hotel Guendulain

    One of the most prominent and emblematic buildings in Pamplona, this regal palace takes back to the 18th century, yet offers the comforts of a modern luxury hotel. Built by a the viceroy of New Granada and visited by Queen Isabel II, this hotel still holds the relics of their royal past with a collection of 18th century carriages. It is in the heart of the city on a quiet street.

  • Gorraiz Hotel & Spa

    This four star hotel + spa personalized and sophisticated for maximum comfort, making this hotel the quiet oasis from the city of Pamplona. A decorative symphony of elegance and exclusivity. The fusion of stone, wood, velvet, works of art and furniture of exclusive design create a warm unique atmosphere. At the foothills of the Pyrenees, we can begin to peddle from the moment we step out the door.

  • Hotel Palacio de Pujadas

    This quaint palace combines the historical building charm of the 16th century and the comfort of a modern hotel. It is located within the town of Viana (Navarre), at the foot of the Camino de Santiago pilgrim route in the historical part of the town.

Tour Designers

Stephanie Mutsaerts - Northern Spain Travel

Stephanie Mutsaerts

Founder of Northern Spain Travel & Heart of Pamplona

Stephanie, the dynamo of our organization, is a Canadian who has fallen in love with Navarra. She is enterprising, innovative and has an endless amount of energy to design unique outstanding travel plans, making her passion her profession. She has the firm conviction that until the product standards are exceptional, they should not be offered.

“Our goals are two; one is to bedazzle our visitors and another is to share with them what we find so extremely enchanting about this region of Spain”

Oliver Blázquez - Northern Spain Travel

Oliver Blazquez

Product Manager & Public Relations

Oliver is our public relations ambassador of Pamplona. Oliver has it all; charm, conversation and more knowledge than anyone about Pamplona. You will feel like you’ve made a new friend during one of his energetic tours. Oliver is always on the beat searching for the perfect pintxo and exciting out of the box experiences. He is dedicated to designing the most exclusive events for our guest always with our added value, like Hemingway escape to the Basque coast, or a walking tour of the Running of the Bulls course with an international runner, as well as destinations and activities off the beaten cultural track and many more.

“ This is our essential hallmark that sets us apart from any other events agency”.

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