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A Feast for the Senses

A culinary adventure in Northern Spain

From $4,900

DAYS

6 days / 5 nights

LEVEL

Casual

TYPE

Small Group
Private Group

REGION

Kingdoms of Navarra
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, June July, August, September

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.
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Itinerary
Bilbao – Gaztelugatxe – Gernika – San Sebastian - Pasajes - Hondarribia – Saint Jean de Luz - Ignasi

Day 1The Game of Thrones Island

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 Guernika, a city famed for its role in the Spanish Civil War for a cultural wak about. 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 ****

Day 2Urdaibai Biosphere to Majestic City

Urdaibai – Getaria – San Sebastián

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 lunch in the fishing village of Getaria and toast with a fine txakoli, the local sweet sparkly wine to match a fresh fish dish. 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. In the evening we dine on traditional Basque pintxos in the town’s historic center.

Food: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Travel: Arteaga / Getaria / San Sebastián
Sleep: Hotel de Londres ****

Day 3Luxuriate on the Coast

A full day of coastal paradise and a day to enjoy on your own accord with a seaside treat that evokes nostalgia for the city’s aristocratic glory days. Join our San Sebastian local hero and chef for a market to meal cooking class. Afternoon highlights include a wellness massage, spa and beach session on the Playa de la Concha. We can assist you in reserving at a Michelin star restaurant in San Sebastian or give you recommendations on other highly recommendable restaurant options.

Food: Breakfast
Travel: San Sebastián
Sleep: Hotel Londres ****

Day 4Sailing the Cantabrian Sea

We make our way from majestic San Sebastian to the beautiful fishing port where we sail away in style on an antique schooner, while sipping cava. If sailing is not your style, join us on a leisurely morning hike along the coastal Saint James Way to Pasajes fishing port. We feast on an exquisite seafood meal, where Victor Hugo once lived in this delightful port village Pasajes. We transfer to 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: San Sebastián / Pasajes / Hondarribia
Sleep: Parador de Hondarribia ****

Day 5Visit the French Basque Lands

We follow the Cantabrian Coast past the Spanish border into the French Basque lands to get a different perspective of the French culture. We visit karstic caves of Zugarramurdi, where we will talk about traditional lore and witchcraft in the region. The highlights of the afternoon are to relax and enjoy a five star mountain retreat in the heart of the Baztan Valley in Navarra. Feel free to enjoy the exclusive installations including a spa, electric bikes, or horseback riding.

Food: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Travel: Hondarribia / Saint Jean de Luz / Sare / Ignasi
Sleep: Hotel Arantxa *****

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: Igansi

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

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 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.

  • Parador de Hondarribia

    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.

  • northern spain travel castillo arteaga

    Hotel Relais & Chateaux Castillo Arteaga ****

    Marques de Vallejo is both a boutique hotel and an art gallery. The proximity to the city center allows our guests to enjoy the myriad of charms of Logroño, one of the jewels of the Rioja province. Known for its innovative cuisine, Laurel Street pintxo experience and the quality and diversity of its shopping this hotel is in the heart of the action.

Tour Designers

stephanie mutsaerts

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 northern Spain. 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 blazquez

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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