- Hop between tapas and pintxos tastings in Bilbao and San Sebastian
- Visit La Rioja's famous (and lesser-known) wineries
- Learn about Gaudí’s masterpieces during a guided tour in Barcelona
- Explore the Mediterranean in the medieval villages of the Costa Brava
|Day 1||Welcome to Madrid||Madrid|
|Day 2||Madrid's culture and cuisine||Madrid|
|Day 3||Madrid to Bilboa||Bilbao|
|Day 4||Basque country and the coast||Bilbao|
|Day 5||Bilbao to San Sebastian||San Sebastian|
|Day 6||San Sebastian by eBike & Basque Cuisine||San Sebastian|
|Day 7||San Sebastian to La Rioja region||La Rioja|
|Day 8||Famous wineries of La Rioja||La Rioja|
|Day 9||La Rioja to Barcelona||Barcelona|
|Day 10||Gaudí's Barcelona & Catalan Tapas||Barcelona|
|Day 11||Day Trip to the Mediterranean and the Costa Brava||Barcelona|
|Day 12||Barcelona - Depart|
Day 1: Welcome to Madrid
Get settled in your Madrid hotel and meet your private guide for a walking tour of the city. Visit Madrid’s most beautiful spots including the Plaza Mayor, the Puerta de Alcalá and the fountain and square of Cibeles. Spend the rest of your evening at your leisure.
Day 2: Madrid's culture and cuisine
Experience the best of Madrid’s culture and cuisine at its two most famous landmarks—the Prado Museum and Sobrino de Botín, the world’s oldest restaurant.
Spend the morning walking through the Prado. Your 1.5-hour tour will cover 20 masterpieces that highlight Spain’s storied past. From Velazquez and Goya to Bosch and Titian, your expert guide will give you a firm footing to appreciate and understand each painting. Then, take a stroll through the gorgeous Literary Quarter, the stomping grounds for many of Spain’s literary greats. Pop into a century-old tavern to enjoy Madrid’s most traditional aperitif.
Finally, head to the world’s oldest restaurant—Sobrino de Botín—for a Spanish feast. Your expert guide will walk you through hidden escape tunnels and other history-filled secrets before sitting down to a three-course meal. You’ll enjoy roasted suckling pig made in 300-year-old ovens, market-fresh vegetables, and dessert. All of this, of course, washed down with plenty of Rioja red wine.
Day 3: Madrid to Bilbao
Start your day with a 5-hour morning train ride to Bilbao. In the afternoon, meet your private guide for a tour of this beautiful town and all its undiscovered corners. You'll also have a guided visit to the masterpiece of architecture that changed the evolution of Bilbao: the Guggenheim Museum. Spend the rest of the evening on your own.
Day 4: Basque country and the coast
Today you have an off the beaten path excursion along the Basque coast. Start with a visit to a little-known medieval castle, followed by San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, a historic town in the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve. Then head to Mundaka, full of local charm and far from any tourist traps. Finish the day in Gernika, home to one of the oldest Parliaments in the world and an important site for the Basque people.
Day 5: Bilbao to San Sebastian
It´s time to say goodbye to Bilbao. You will be picked up at the hotel for your private transfer to San Sebastian. Get settled in your hotel and pay a visit to the Basque Culinary Center for a private tasting of local olives, olive oils, sausages, ham, and wine accompanied by one of the teachers from the center. This evening, enjoy a night of pintxo-hopping with your local host to taste the classic flavors of the city.
Day 6: San Sebastian by eBike & Basque Cuisine
Explore San Sebastian in a unique way with an electric bike tour. Go all around San Sebastian, traversing both the Old Quarter and the more modern parts of the city. In the evening, you will be treated to a private dinner in the “secret” kitchen of a Michelin-starred restaurant. The chefs will prepare a special menu in front of your eyes, a once-in-a-lifetime way to experience Basque cuisine.
Day 7: San Sebastian to La Rioja region
Transfer to Logroño in the wine region of La Rioja. Your first destination is a Michelin-starred restaurant hidden in a tiny Rioja town, where you will enjoy a local aperitif and help the chef collect seasonal ingredients for your meal. Enjoy a fabulous lunch straight from the garden, with a wine pairing, of course! After lunch, enjoy wine country on your own.
Day 8: Famous wineries of La Rioja
Get to know the famous wines of La Rioja with today's tour. Visit three favorite wineries, sipping different varietals and learning about the process used to make some of the best wines in the world. You'll also enjoy a fabulous lunch and wine pairing at a top hotel. Stop in Laguardia on your way home to see the Ysios winery, an architectural marvel.
Day 9: La Rioja to Barcelona
Take the train to Barcelona where you will be picked up and taken to the hotel. Meet your private guide to stretch your legs and explore Barcelona’s historic quarter. You will be introduced to the medieval and modern gems of the city, with visits to the Gothic, Born, and Raval neighborhoods, along with the Jewish Quarter and Picasso Museum.
Day 10: Gaudí's Barcelona & Catalan Tapas
This morning, your expert guide will take you along the luxurious Passeig de Gracia to see the famous Gaudí houses and other architectural landmarks. Then, on to the Sagrada Familia for an in-depth look into the artist’s life and most intricate work. End your morning at Parc Güell with incredible views of the city.
In the evening, embark on a journey into Barcelona’s tapas scene. Visit three of Barcelona’s best tapas bars as you wind your way through the medieval streets of the Gothic Quarter. Kick things off the city’s oldest and most traditional food store turned tapas bar, where things have hardly changed since the 1930s. The second stop is a true Barcelona establishment—with only a few spectacular tapas on the menu, its nearly always overflowing with locals. Finally, dine at another beloved tapas spot with a selection of traditional Catalan dishes, red wine, and traditional Spanish desserts.
Day 11: Day Trip to the Mediterranean and the Costa Brava
Catch a taxi to the train station for the high-speed train to Figueres. There your local guide will wait for you for a tour of the incredible Dali Museum. You will stop for lunch and continue to explore the Mediterranean in the medieval villages of the Costa Brava, including Peratallada and Pals. After, transfer to Girona to hop on the high-speed train back to Barcelona for an evening in the city on your own.
Day 12: Depart from Barcelona
Adios Spain! You will be picked up for your transfer to the airport for your return flight.