San Sebastián to Valladolid Tapas & Wine Experience

7 days

San Sebastian: a shining, coastal Basque city, famed around the world for its pintxos street food and vast range of Michelin restaurants. Valladolid: the magnificent, historic home to some of Spain’s most quintessential gastronomic traditions. Rioja: arguably Spain’s finest wine region and the source of some of the country’s most incredible mountain views. For the food-loving traveller, these destinations are absolutely unmissable, and this trip – a whirlwind of great food and fine wines across the breadth of Spain – will bring you to all of them.

Trip Highlights

  • Spend two nights in a boutique hotel a stone’s throw from the Conch beach in stunning San Sebastián

  • Discover the best Pinxtos bars in San Sebastián with a friendly guide on a memorable tapas tour

  • Rest your head in a hotel in the heart of ‘La Rioja’, just minutes from the famous Calle Laurel, a medieval street jam packed with tapas bars

  • Get a taste of the real Rioja on a full days wine tour where you’ll meet the makers, learn the history and taste the wines of this world-famous region including a superb tapas and wine lunch

  • Stay two nights in a boutique 4 star hotel in the Ribera, a former water mill, over 100 years old

  • Explore in style on a private chauffeured wine tour in Ribera del Duero, followed by an evening in Valladolid (and yes, it is also recognised worldwide for it’s amazing tapas scene!)

  • Indulge in a traditional lunch with accompanying wines

from $2,352 per person

This is a guide price based on 2 people travelling together and sharing a room.


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Trip details

Day 1

Fly into Bilbao and take some time to explore the impressive Guggenheim Museum if not for its impressive late 20th century art works then for its breathtaking architecture. Pick up the hire car and self drive east to your first gourmet destination San Sebastián – a place impossible not to fall madly in love with. Your boutique hotel superbly located in the historic city just moments from the main attractions and just metres from the sea (you could throw a cork to the closest beach)

Day 2

Spend some time exploring the beautiful Church of San Vicente and the Plaza de la Constitución. Spend the evening eating and drinking with a friendly and knowledgeable Basque guide who will show you best, freshest, and most exciting pintxos bars in the famous old town of San Sebastián. Each pintxo will be paired with the perfect pour, from cider to local whites and reds

Day 3

Self drive to the town of Logroño in ‘La Rioja’ and stay in a boutique central hotel. Visit the Old Town of Logroño, where you will find yourself walking along streets that form part of the Way of St James, it really is an amazing place to explore on foot. This evening the small village of Logroño beckons; a mecca for tapas and wine lovers with a lively pedestrianised zone dedicated to bars boasting the best tapas you’ve ever tasted

The Rioja Vineyards at Elciego
Day 4

Your Spanish wine experience continues with a full day private wine tasting tour around Rioja with your English speaking guide who will chauffeur you for the day. You will visit a winery before visiting an ancient vineyard dating to the 14th century. This is followed by a typical Riojan tapas lunch. You will visit a wine estate in the afternoon before returning to the hotel.

Ribero del Duero Wineries in Spain
Day 5

As your self-drive holiday in Spain unfolds, discover Ribera del Duero, as you travel past medieval castles, ancient walled cities, and wildflower fields before you arrive in Valladolid. Stay two nights in a former water mill, over a hundred years old.

Day 6

Your private wine guide will arrive after breakfast as you explore the architectural jewel that has already become a symbol of Ribera del Duero with a spectacular visit to start your day. Sample a platter of suckling lamb with the wines of Ribera del Duero before visiting a prestigious Bodegas, one of the most renowned wineries in Ribera del Duero. In the evening, your guide will drop you in Valladolid, a city sprinkled with tapas restaurants for an evening of food and wine! (now known as the Tapas capital of the world!). Relax with a transfer to the hotel.

Day 7

As you meander home a visit to the impressive Dinastía Vivanco museum is an absolute must, a fascinating look at not just wine, but the culture behind the drink over the last 10,000 years. (or if you prefer continue and depart from Madrid).

 

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