Basque Country is situated in the green and wet northern Spain, by the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Its gastronomy is source of inspiration and influence for the high-standing Spanish cuisine. Food is an essential element of the Basque Culture, much more than in any other region of Spain.
We will be based in San sebastian, one of the most elegant cities of Spain, the old summer capital of Spanish aristocracy and center of the new Basque cuisine.
From there we will go to nearby Bilbao, center of traditional Basque cookery, to visit the impressive Guggenheim museum, designed by Frank Ghery, which has caused a world impact.
Madrid, capital of Spain, vibrant and modern, has managed to keep the authenticity of its majestic historical quarters. You will be lodged at the historical center to enjoy the city as much as possible.
And then, Andalusia, land of olive-trees, deep blue skies and whitewashed towns… We will focus our visit in one of the eight Andalusian provinces, Cordova, a rural area far from the topics of the coastal Andalusia. We will visit the countryside of Cordova, land of olivegroves, vineyards, small orchards and smooth downs. We will visit an old traditional olive oil mill. We will learn how to taste their different olive oils and discover Cordovan cuisine which has its own recipes like "salmorejo", local version of "Gazpacho".
Day 1: San Sebastian
You will arrive at San Sebastian, in the Basque Country, the green and humid northern Spain. Transfer to the hotel. We will lodge in a most emblematic hotel of the city (4*), with 19th century flavor. Afternoon free to visit one of the most elegant cities of Spain. Drink of welcome in the hotel (included). Welcome dinner at a traditional Basque cuisine restaurant
Overnight in San Sebastian. Includes: (D);
Day 2: San Sebastian - (Boat Excursion) Pasajes - Hondarribia - San Sebastian
Breakfast. Morning cooking lesson followed by lunch at a Sociedad Gastronomica or gastronomic society, a club once only open to men who gather once a week to cook, eat, and socialize. In the afternoon, you'll travel by boat to Pasajes, an old and picturesque town.
Then on to Hondarribia (Fuenterrabía), important fishing port on the French border as well as monumental town marked out by medieval mansions. Back to San Sebastian, dinner on your own. Overnight in San Sebastian. Includes: (B), (L);
Day 3: San Sebastian - Bilbao - San Sebastian
Breakfast. Today you'll take a day's excursion to Bilbao, where you'll visit the stunning Guggenheim Museum. Prior to that, you will experience the food market of Bilbao, one of the best supplied markets in Spain. Lunch is on your own. Return to San Sebastian for an evening tapas tour in the old quarter. Overnight in San Sebastian. Includes: (B), (D);
Day 4: San Sebastian - Madrid (By Plane)
Breakfast. Fly to Madrid where you will be lodged in a four star stately hotel in the heart of the town. You'll enjoy a lunch featuring cocido madrileno, the most representative recipe of the cuisine of Madrid in a traditional restaurant. Afternoon free to explore the city, alone or with your guide if you wish. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Madrid. Includes: (B), (L);
Day 5: Madrid - Cooking Lesson & The Nightlife Of The Capital City
Breakfast. Morning cooking lesson: learn how to prepare classical Spanish dishes in a prestigious cooking school. Lunch follows the lesson. Afternoon free. Evening tapas tour, featuring some of the liveliest spots in the city center. Overnight in Madrid. Includes: (B), (L), (D);
Day 6: Madrid - (Ave High-Speed Train) Cordoba - Baena - Zuheros - Cordoba
Breakfast. This morning you'll travel early by high-speed train (AVE) to Cordova, one of the oldest Spanish cities with an impressive Roman and Muslim legacy. Check-in at a beautiful four star hotel, an 18th century building right in the Jewish quarter and incorporated into the old walls, a former mansion features a Mudejar courtyard and carved wood ceilings. From there, you will make an excursion to Baena to visit a old traditional olive mill. Here you'll have an olive oil tasting, followed by lunch. Then it's on to the white mountain village of Zuheros, with its incredible views of olive groves. Back to Cordova, evening at leisure. Dinner Free. Overnight in Cordoba. Includes: (B), (L);
Day 7: Cordoba - Visit Mosque And Old Quarter
Breakfast. Morning visit of Cordova in the company of a local guide. Important city in Roman times, it would be centuries later in hands of the Arabs, who established there the seat of the Caliphate. That is the reason why the place enjoys a fascinating Muslim legacy, being The Mosque a superb exponent of their art. Together with this legacy, the Jewish past is always present particularly in the old part of the town or "Juderia”. Then enjoy a tapas tour for lunch in the historical center. Afternoon free for shopping, resting, or sightseeing. Tonight celebrate the end of your culinary discovery trip with a sumptuous farewell dinner at a traditional restaurant, considered the best address in Cordova. Afterwards, you can attend an optional flamenco show.
Overnight in Cordoba. Includes: (B), (L), (D);
Day 8: Cordoba
Breakfast. Group transfer to the Cordova AVE train station. Includes: (B);
Prices above are per person based on 6 people traveling. This tour is available for as little as 2 people. Please inquire for exact prices. When you book your vacation, an agreement is made between you, our company and others who provide services. Upon request we can provide you with our general terms and conditions governing the provision of these holidays. A non-refundable upfront initial deposit of € 200 Euros is due within 7 days of the initial booking request. Final payment is due 45 days before the tour departure. Within 45 day full payment is due upon booking request. All prices, itinerary etc. listed are subject to change without notice
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