Essential Basque Country Food and Wine Tour

We will immerse you in exclusive private experiences in San Sebastián and on the Basque Coast, from a private cooking experience in Basque gastronomic club to a Basque country “breakfast” with wine in the hills overlooking the Cantabrian Sea to hiking the verdant Basque hills to a family-owned Txakoli winery. Indulge in Basque cuisine with Michelin star dinners and a private pintxos tour with a local insider.

San Sebastian combines French-inspired elegance with coastal relaxation. It is known as the center of modern Basque gastronomy, with a dense concentration of Michelin star restaurants. Bilbao, the traditional center of Basque industry, has undergone a transformation from aging shipbuilding hub to thriving cosmopolitan city centered around the Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Gehry. 

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Basque Country

A dreamy landscape

Essential Basque Country Food and Wine Tour

7 days / 6 nights

San Sebastián – 5 nights  |  Bilbao – 1 night


HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tour San Sebastián’s historic center and bustling pintxos bars

  • Lunch at a private gastronomic club in San Sebastián

  • Visit a picturesque Txakoli winery and taste the superb wines

  • Seafood prepared the traditional Basque way

  • Countryside breakfast at a Basque farmhouse

  • Dinner at a three Michelin starred restaurant

  • Idiazabal cheese maker visit

  • Taste artisan Basque products with the producers

  • Private tour of the iconic Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao

  • Michelin-star dinner while you watch the chef at work

ALL TRIPS INCLUDE

  • Private expert professional guides

  • Exclusive private tours and visits

  • Experiences with local insiders such as chefs, winemakers, artisans, and artists

  • Luxury hotels and accommodations

  • Restaurant and wine concierge services for meals and wine tastings

  • Premium wine tastings at all wineries

  • Recommendations and reservations for restaurants in all locations

  • Private chauffeur-driven air-conditioned transportation

  • Airport and train station transfers

  • Expert travel advice and support before and during your trip


Essential Basque Country food and wine Tour

Day 1: San Sebastián 

  • Arrive in San Sebastián

  • Enjoy a walking tour of San Sebastián’s historic center

  • In the evening, sample local pintxos with your guide

  • Overnight San Sebastian

Day 2: San Sebastián

  • Head to the local market to buy products for lunch

  • Step inside the members-only gastronomic club, where they will prepare lunch using the ingredients you purchased

  • Overnight San Sebastian

Day 3: San Sebastián & Getaria

  • Head into the hills above the nearby fishing village of Getaria

  • Taste artisan Txakoli wines at a local winery

  • Head down into Getaria for a grilled fish lunch by the water

  • Overnight San Sebastian

Day 4: San Sebastián & Basque Coast

  • Join your guide for a leisurely hike through the Basque countryside

  • Arrive at a local farmer’s house where you will have a traditional Basque breakfast prepared using local ingredients

  • Enjoy a three Michelin star dinner in San Sebastián

  • Overnight San Sebastian

Day 5: San Sebastián & Basque Countryside

  • Discover Basque artisan products with two local producers

  • Visit an Idiazabal sheep cheese producer

  • Share lunch with a sustainable charcuterie producer who raises native Basque pigs

  • Overnight San Sebastian

Day 6: Bilbao

  • Travel to the revitalized port city of Bilbao 

  • Visit the Guggenheim Museum, the Frank Gehry-designed modern art museum

  • Watch the chef at work during dinner in Bilbao’s smallest Michelin starred restaurant

  • Overnight Bilbao

Day 7: Departure

  • Transfer to the Bilbao airport for departure

 

EPICUREAN SELECT | PRIVATE LUXURY TOUR EXTENSIONS

  • Tour the nearby Rioja wine region, visiting select wineries with private tastings. A one-day trip or a multi-day trip are both possible from San Sebastián or Bilbao.

  • Visit filming locations from Game of Thrones, including the spectacular hermitage of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe on an islet off the Basque coast.

  • Sail out into La Concha Bay and have a wine tasting on the boat facing San Sebastián.

  • Private cooking class in a local gastronomic club where you will learn to make classic Basque dishes.

  • Slip across the border into the French Basque Country and visit the beautiful villages of Biarritz and Saint-Jean-de-Luz before a seafood lunch on the coast.

  • Leave the Basque Country for nearby Navarra. Visit two wineries that produce award-winning wines. Lunch at a traditional restaurant near Pamplona.

  • Join a Michelin starred chef at a local market to buy ingredients. Return to his restaurant for tailor-made dinner prepared using the ingredients you bought.

  • Out to pasture in the Basque hills with the local long-haired Letxa sheep, which provide milk for Idiazabal cheese.

  • Explore the fishing villages dotting the coast between San Sebastián and Bilbao. 

  • Visit an artisan anchovy curing house on the Basque coast.

  • Join the locals in Bilbao’s Plaza Nueva to feast on gourmet pintxos in a wonderfully raucous environment.


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Basque Coast

Magical