Spanish Gourmet Collection - Rioja to San Sebastian

2 days

San Sebastian itself is arguably Spain’s most famous region for food. It boasts more Michelin stars per square meter than anywhere else in Europe (only beaten by Kyoto in Japan) which makes it a food lovers Mecca. Combine this with the incredible Tempranillo grapes of Rioja and you'll end up with the ultimate gourmet wine experience!

Trip Highlights

  • Accommodation in a luxury 5 star hotel in the heart of San Sebastian

  • Visit and tasting to a selection of prestigious wine estates around Rioja

  • Wonderful winery lunch at a prestigious wine estate in Rioja with accompanying wines

  • Superb 8 course lunch with accompanying local wines in a three star Michelin restaurant

  • Private pintxos experience in San Sebastián

from $2,074 per person

Please note this is a guide price are based on 20 people in single room occupancy with flights included.


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Trip details

Day 1

After arriving in Bilbao, clients will be welcomed at the airport by a SmoothRed travel representative. Travel into the heart of Rioja visiting one of Rioja’s most famous wine estates.

Enjoy a wonderful lunch with accompanying wines in the elegance of this prestigious wine estate where you will enjoy a typical Riojan lunch, served with carefully selected wines that complement the food. In the afternoon visit a boutique wine estate for an afternoon tasting paired with local delicacies before travelling on San Sebastian.

That evening staying in a luxury 5 star belle-epoque hotel superbly located in the historic city just moments from the main attractions and just meters from the sea.

Nothing is more Basque than a pintxos tour! Meet your guide in the hotel’s lobby for your tapas experience. During this 3 hour tour you will discover the best pintxos (Basque tapas) bars in town on a dinner crawl in San Sebastian’s famed Old Town.

Day 2

The morning to explore the city (option for a biking experience). Lying on the coast of the Bay of Biscay, being surrounded by hills, and offering a lively beach front, San Sebastian is a city that boasts a range of natural beauty with fabulous architecture, plazas and parks dotted throughout the city  and is well-deservedly label as the “pearl” of the North of Spain.

Meet with your travel manager and enjoy a meal of a lifetime at the three starred Michelin restaurant  ‘Arzak’ for lunch –  eight unforgettable courses with local wine by a highly talented chef Jean Mari Arzak and founder of the new Basque cuisine accompanied by local wines chosen by the Sommelier.  This restaurant frequently tops the top 20 restaurants in the world!

 

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“Sit back and relax, SmoothRed will take you on a faultless, varied, and interesting wine (and gastronomic!) tasting tour in your region of choice. 90 happy people have now been wowed by Bordeaux, Rioja, Tuscany, Languedoc, and Alsace courtesy of SmoothRed. You only live once, so stop sipping it at home and start enjoying it where it is lovingly created, courtesy of the experts at SmoothRed” Hoares Bank

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