Day 1

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Upon arrival at Bilbao airport , you will be welcomed by your guide and escorted during a short transfer to your hotel in Bilbao, an impressive design hotel just in front of Bilbao’s landmark: the Guggenheim Museum. 

Enjoy the rest of the day at your own leisure.


Day 2

Exclusive Eat Northern Spain experiences:

  • Guided visit to Bilbao's landmark:  the Guggenheim Museum
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  • Traditional guided pintxos bar crawl in Bilbao
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Once you have recharged your batteries with a good sleep, and after a sumptuous breakfast with views over the impressive Guggenheim Museum, you will be escorted to visit this spectacular building and its impressive art collection.

For lunch, you will enjoy a delicious menu inside the Guggenheim building, At this restaurant, they combine innovation with their roots, their surroundings. It is a space designed for a gastronomic and cultural experience. 

After lunch, you will have some free time to enjoy this vibrant city where traditions and cutting-edge architecture live in perfect harmony. 

Recommendations will be provided for dinner by request.


Day 3

Exclusive Eat Northern Spain experiences:

  • A guided sightseeing tour of Bilbao
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After a delicious breakfast, your guide will meet you at the lobby for a sightseeing tour of the most interesting places of this charming town.  The During this walking tour you will discover not only the city’s most famous sights, but also the little hidden corners of the city, known only by locals. You will begin in the Casco Viejo (Old Town), then head to La Ribera, the largest covered food market in Europe. The tour continues to the Ensanche neighbourhood, the well-heeled bourgeoisie area and the central business district.

For lunch, you will be escorted to one of the most unique restaurants in town where tradition meets innovation at every bite. After lunch you will be escorted to Bilbao's beautiful shopping district where you can enjoy shopping for the rest of afternoon. Enjoy some time at your own leisure. Recommendations will be provided.

Recommendations will be provided for dinner by request.


Day 4

Exclusive Eat Northern Spain experiences:

  • An early morning private tour of San Sebastian's farmers market
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  • An escorted pintxos bar crawl visiting the best bars in town
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After a sumptuous breakfast with views over the Guggenheim museum, your driver and your guide will pick you up from the hotel and you will be driven to San Sebastian, the pearl of the Basque Country, an elegant coastal town with influences of the French Riviera.

In the late 19th century the seaside town on the southern point of the Bay of Biscay became a favourite destination for royalty and aristocrats who came to enjoy the sunshine and newly recognized therapeutic properties of sea bathing.

As soon as you arrive, you will enjoy a walking tour of a few interesting spots starting with the central farmers market where you can feel the freshness of the produce they sell in a lively market where locals gather every day to buy local food. This is slow food at its best.

For lunch, you will enjoy the lively atmosphere of San Sebastian during a traditional meal in a Basque restaurant to savour delicious local specialities.

After lunch you will enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your own leisure. Recommendations will be provided for you to enjoy the most interesting spots of this town as well as for dinner tonight.


Day 5

Exclusive Eat Northern Spain experiences:

  • A guided sightseeing tour of San Sebastian, the pearl of the Basque Country
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  • Enjoy lunch at one of the best restaurants in town
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After a delicious breakfast, your guide will meet you at the lobby for a sightseeing tour of the most interesting places of this charming town. You will enjoy a walk by the beach, the river and the shopping district. A traditional morning stroll along the boardwalk offers an opportunity to see and be seen while the many cafés and open-air terraces were filled with high society. San Sebastian had passed from being a sleepy fishing village into a thriving cosmopolitan town requiring luxurious, modern facilities to meet the demands of its discerning guests.

For lunch, you will be escorted to one of the best restaurants in town, where you will enjoy Basque food at its best. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon t your own leisure.

Recommendations will be provided for dinner by request.


Day 6

Exclusive Eat Northern Spain experiences:

  • A walking tour of picturesque Santillana del Mar
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  • Comillas sightseeing tour & Gaudí's "El Capricho" guided visit
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Today, you will say goodbye to the Basque Country and you will be driven by your driver and escorted by your guide to your next stop: Picos de Europa National Park.

On your way to the park (1h 35 min), you will stop in Santillana del Mar. This picturesque village is known for its medieval towers, Renaissance palaces and the Romanesque Santa Juliana Collegiate Church. 

After a walking tour of the village, you will continue to Comillas, one of Northern Spain's most symbolic coastal villages and one of its most interesting from an architectural point of view. It has some of the most important Art Nouveau buildings, which include Sobrellano Palace Chapel and the Pantheon, the Pontifical University and, of course, the brilliant El Capricho by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. Its beautiful beach is also a major attraction, bringing thousands of tourists to the town every summer.

For lunch you will enjoy a fish & seafood feast in a traditional restaurant of this coastal town.

After the feast, you can take a Spanish “siesta” while your driver takes you to the gates of your next destination: Picos de Europa National Park.

A hidden gem, a five-star resort tucked into Asturias’ rolling hills will be the perfect place to relax at the end of an unforgettable day full of emotions.

You will relax for the rest of the evening. 


Day 7

Exclusive Eat Northern Spain experiences:

  • A scenic drive up to "Covadonga Lakes" following the route of the bicycle race "La Vuelta"
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  • A cider house crawl paired with local tapas. You will learn how pour cider like a local.
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After a reinvigorating sleep, a delicious breakfast will be waiting for you to recharge your batteries.

You will start the day with a morning drive through a scenic road up to "Covadonga Lakes", one of the most beautiful spots in "Picos de Europa". The road ascending to the lakes is a popular climb in professional road bicycle racing, and the most important climb in the Spanish multi-stage bicycle race "La Vuelta".​

You will visit the Covadonga sanctuary just before starting the ascend to the lakes.  The basilica, alongside the cave where pilgrims venerate the statue of La Santina, is a place of worship and pilgrimage for the people of Asturias. The basilica is in neo-Romanesque style, with two high towers flanking the main entrance. Inside there are works of great value, such as a canvass by Madrazo. The statue of king Pelayo is in the square by the basilica. The statue of La Santina, the tomb of king Pelayo and that of king Alfonso I, are in a cave, with access via a large staircase. A spring flows out of the cave and below this there is a fountain with seven spouts. On the altar, a gold panel represents the battle of Covadonga.

You will enjoy jaw-dropping views along the way. The "Covadonga Lakes" is a postcard-perfect valley with two glacial lakes. Goats, sheep, and cows roam freely around the lakes. Artisan cheesemakers make in this remote place one of the best cheeses in the world, "Gamoneu".

For lunch, back into the valley, you will enjoy one of the most memorable meals of your life. Picos de Europa National Park is home to a hidden gem the locals don’t want you to know about.

On this culinary adventure, you will be in search of ‘Pitu de Caleya’, free-range chicken. But this isn’t just any free-range chicken; it is the most delicious in Northern Spain, which is why the locals want to keep it for themselves.

After lunch, you will be driven back to your hotel to relax for the rest of the evening.


Day 8

Exclusive Eat Northern Spain experiences:

  • A visit to the only village without road access at the top of the mountains of Picos de Europa, a place with breath-taking scenery
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Your morning will start with a mouth-watering breakfast with a view of the mountains. You will then move on to the Cabrales region in the mountains of Picos de Europa. Cabrales is famous for its blue cheese as well as its breath-taking scenery. You will enjoy outstanding viewpoints of Picos de Europa most iconic peak, "Pico Urriellu" along the way. An optional visit to a cheese factory can be arranged (optional).

In Arenas de Cabrales you will take an underground cable car to the village of Bulnes . Not long ago, the only way to reach Bulnes was through a snake-like path surrounded by rocks belonging to the third stage of prehistory. This path was walked by men on mules carrying provisions and belongings and also by postal workers. This route was not very much used during winter because it was hidden by the snow.  But you will ascend to Bulnes using a cable car under the mountains.

This small mountain village nestles in a deep valley. Bulnes has a small selection of cafes and bars; short walks from Bulnes lead to the village of Upper Bulnes, and a viewpoint of Picu Uriellu.

You will enjoy a traditional lunch in one of the family-run restaurants in the village. After lunch, you will descend by cable car to Arenas de Cabrales. Picos de Europa is home to two of the best artisan cheeses in the world: "Cabrales" & "Gamoneu". You will visit an artisan cheesemaker and the caves where they are aged to learn the whole process of cheesemaking in this region.

You will have time to relax at the hotel  for the rest of the evening.


Day 9

Exclusive Eat Northern Spain experiences:

  • An unforgettable meal at one of the best restaurants in Spain "Casa Marcial"
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After a reinvigorating sleep, you will enjoy a relaxing morning in the middle of the mountains of Picos de Europa. Enjoy  a space for disconnection and enjoyment of the senses, the hotel's Nature Spa & Wellness is a place of relaxing atmosphere, where water and landscape belong together. Integrated into a showcase furniture and art design in a unique environment that will transport you to a harmonious and peaceful place, in order to obtain revitalization & Wellness feel in direct contact with nature.

The cherry on the cake for this tour in Spain will be one of the most memorable meals of your life at “Casa Marcial”, a family-run restaurant awarded with two Michelin stars by chef Nacho Manzano  at the gates of Picos de Europa National park, in Asturias, the Spain beyond your imagination.

Because, what is the Spain you see when you close your eyes? Do you see pans like sewer caps paved in grains of golden rice? A heaving breath of a bleeding bull? A land of everlasting sun and sand? This is no doubt the Spain tattooed on the inside of your eyelids.

But this is not what Picos de Europa is: this is a land of arresting beauty, of snaking rivers pink with running salmon, mountain lakes like water bowls for wild horses and towering peaks that tumble into the ocean.

“Casa Marcial” is what you find when you get lost in Asturias, the kind of place where you would stop for an accidental lunch and tuck into the meal of your life. A lesson on the connection between landscape and cuisine, an edible and emotional journey through Asturias’ orchards, cheese caves, pastures and coastline.

An authentic fine dining experience where you will savour tradition and you will experience innovation at an idyllic place.

Enjoy the rest of the day at your own leisure.


Day 10

Today, it is time to say goodbye to your adventure in Spain. With some time to do some shopping or relaxing at your hotel in the morning, a transfer to Bilbao's airport on time for your flight will be the saddest experience of your memorable stay in Spain.


  • about this tour

Dates

July 20 - 29 2020

Group size

3 people (2 double rooms)

Starting Point

Bilbao's airport

Ending Point

Bilbao's airport

What’s included? Everything you need. Plus everything you'd
want. Plus a few things you never knew you wanted until you got them.

In a word: everything. In eighty words? A private chauffeur tour guided by an English-speaking local guide, an interesting, fun and like-minded travel companion; authentic and innovative local cuisine; world-class local wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery. Travel at your own pace: Our tailor-made holidays are very flexible, allowing you to start road journeys or sightseeing when you choose – within reason.

  • All hotel accommodation
    • 2 nights -- BILBAO -- Hotel Gran Domine 5*
    • 2 nights -- SAN SEBASTIAN - Hotel Lasala Plaza 4*
    • 2 nights -- PICOS DE EUROPA NATIONAL PARK -- Puebloastur 5* / Parador Cangas 4*
  • Daily breakfast at all the hotels.
  • All meals at Michelin-starred, signature and traditional restaurants and all other meals as indicated à-la-carte (8 lunches) with wines and drinks included à-la-carte (no fixed menus, you may choose from each restaurant's public menu what you want to taste).
  • All transportation from airport pickup to drop-off in a chauffeured air-conditioned brand-new vehicle: Mercedes Class E, V or luxury minibus. Your safety and comfort are paramount. You will enjoy touring Northern Spain in safety, comfort and style.
  • English speaking guide during the whole trip. Translator services and assistance at restaurants, hotels & experiences. We will break the language barrier for you so you can get the most out of your experiences during your trip.
  • All the experiences, visits and activities included in the itinerary.
  • 24h concierge service during the whole trip.
  • All baggage transportation. 
  • All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service.
  • All currently applicable taxes.

What’s not included?

  • International Flights
  • Medical Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses

What to expect

  • A laid-back pace with free time to relax
  • Plenty of scrumptious local food and wine as well as time to really appreciate the dining experience