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  • Private Groups: only you & your loved ones travelling together
  • No set departures:  you pick your dates
  • Flexible tour: need a shorter/longer holiday? Want to add / change something about the tour? No problem, we will tailor it to your needs 
  • Pre / post-tour extensions to Madrid & Barcelona available by request
  • Luxury transport in a brand-new car or mini-bus with a professional driver
  • No pre-fixed menus: you choose all the food & drink available à-la-carte at each restaurant
  • English-speaking local guide 24/7. We will break the language barrier for you
  •  Authentic local experiences, unique restaurants and historic hotels
  • Holidays designed by locals to make you feel like one of us

AT A GLANCE

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Imagine yourself sleeping in a medieval castle in the middle of the Spanish countryside

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Picture yourself discovering the secrets of Spain's  world-famous wine regions "Rioja" & "Ribera del Duero"

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Brush shoulders with the locals to taste delicious tapas & pintxos during guided bar crawls

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Discover the authentic "Jamón Ibérico" hand carved by knife by a professional

monasterio valbuena ribera del duero hotel room

Sleep in style at a 12th century medieval abbey turned world-class hotel surrounded by vineyards

marques de riscal rioja hotel

Be impressed by the beauty of the best buildings in Spain designed by world-famous architect Frank Gehry

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Enjoy "best steak in the world" in a farm house hidden in the back roads of Northern Spain

San Sebastian Maria Cristina Hotel

Be amazed by the beauty of the most elegant town in the Atlantic Coast

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Enjoy exclusive access to some of the oldest wineries in Spain


Day 1

Exclusive Eat Northern Spain experiences:

  • Panoramic drive through the vineyards of the Golden Mile of Ribera del Duero, where one of the best wines in the world are produced
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Upon arrival to Madrid airport you will be welcomed by your guide and escorted to a private vehicle. Then you will enjoy a scenic drive to the Spanish countryside across Spain’s world-famous wine region Ribera del Duero.

At the heart of Ribera del Duero in the Golden Mile of this wine region where some of the best wines in the world are produced, you will sleep in one the best-preserved Cistercian monasteries of the 12th century in Europe. The whole property is a Spanish dream with clean stone walls, French oak floors and Berber rugs throughout, the effect is warm and inviting despite the scale of the property.

Relax for the rest of the evening at the five-star thermal spa which still draws mineral medicinal water from 1,200-foot-deep aquifer that the monks once used to irrigate the vineyards.

For dinner you will savour local specialities at the hotel's à-la-carte restaurant.


Day 2

Exclusive Eat Northern Spain experiences:

  • A private 4x4 drive through the"Ribera del Duero" vineyards & a wine tasting at one of the best wineries in Spain
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  • A visit to a traditional "asador" to savour roasted lamb slow cooked over an open fire 
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  • A panoramic drive up to Peñafiel's castle with commanding views over the vineyards of Ribera del Duero
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After a full delicious breakfast your guide and driver will pick you up from the hotel for a day of exploring Ribera del Duero.

Enjoy breath-taking views as we drive through the vineyards of Ribera del Duero, discover its world-famous wineries along the "Golden Mile" of this wine region where some of the best wines in the world are produced.

You will visit Abadia Retuerta, a hidden gem for a wine lover among the string of exclusive wine estates found along the Duero river that crosses Northern Spain.

A visit to Abadía Retuerta is more than just a winery tour: you’ll immediately realise that you are in a very special place: an estate steeped in history, a unique terroir, which has been carefully cherished over the years... you will go for a 4×4 private tour of the estate and the vineyards. After a lovely ride through the vines you will learn how wines are produced inside the winery followed by a guided wine tasting of Abadia Retuerta's famous wines.

After the visit, you will be driven to Peñafiel, the heart of this wine region. You will visit Peñafiel’s castle, at the top of a hill and with commanding views over the vineyards, is a must when visiting this region. 

Your gastronomic journey begins with an opportunity to sample the signature dish of the Ribera del Duero region, roast lamb slow-cooked using a centuries old technique, the local name is “Lechazo”. A selection of a-la-carte starters of local specialities will complement this fantastic meal. Of course, your meal would not be complete with an accompanying red wine from the region.

After lunch you will be driven back to the hotel to relax for the rest of the day. For dinner, you will indulge yourself at the hotel à-la-carte restaurant.

Day 3

Exclusive Eat Northern Spain experiences:

  • A private visit to El Capricho Farm-house to learn how oxen are raised to produce the best meat in the world
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  • A private tasting of the best "Jamón Ibérico de Bellota" hand carved by knife by a professional
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After a sumptuous breakfast it's time to say goodbye to Ribera del Duero, your guide and driver will pick you up to drive you to your next destination. Your journey will start with a trip along a beautiful stretch of land in North-western Spain to a small village called Jimenez de Jamuz (2h)

Your next stop will be Bodega El Capricho, a family-run farm house and grill restaurant acclaimed by the international press like Time, the Guardian, Stern or New York Times be the best place in the world to eat the perfect steak.

The film Steak Revolution proclaimed the “Galician Blond” steak from Bodega El Capricho as the best in the world. This will be the most intense meat experience of your life in a remote village on the back roads of Northern Spain

El Capricho’s owner José Gordón raises his own oxen from different Iberian native breeds in a piece of land where you can touch these enormous animals with up to seven feet tall, 1.400 kgs and up to 15 years old. Then the meat is dry-aged in temperature-controlled refrigerators to enhance its flavours up to 180 days.

After a visit to the farm to admire the oxen you will immerse yourself into an unforgettable experience of intense flavours at the restaurant, placed in a cave used hundreds of years ago as a wine cellar.

After the feast, you will enjoy a Spanish “siesta” experience in the car. Your driver will drive you back to your hotel in León (1h), Spain’s Gastronomy Capital, a lively historic town and an important milestone along the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route.

The world-famous architect Antoni Gaudí designed one of the few works he made outside Barcelona in this town, the impressive palace called “Casa Botines”, an architectural masterpiece at the centre of this charming town in Northern Spain.

You will check for tonight in a stylish boutique hotel at León’s Main Square just metres away from Gaudí’s “Casa Botines” and León’s spectacular Gothic Cathedral, one of the greatest Cathedrals in Europe.

For dinner, you will be part of a unique and highly personal experience: a Jamón Ibérico private tasting hand carved by knife in front of you by a Master Ham Carver.

You will learn how to distinguish all the different types of Hams in Spain and you will taste Jamon Ibérico directly from the knife of a qualified professional. Every paper-thin slice of this delicacy has a unique flavour you will have the chance to enjoy as they melt in your mouth.


Day 4

Exclusive Eat Northern Spain experiences :

  • A guided sightseeing tour of León historic old town
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  • A  delicious tapas bar crawl in León's old town
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After a full breakfast, this morning you will enjoy a relaxing stroll around Leon’s city centre and a guided tour of Leon’s Gothic Cathedral, a masterpiece dated from the 13th century that will take your breath away. You’ll be transported back in time inside a magical place where you will be touched by the beauty of the sunlight crashing through one of the finest stained-glass windows in the world.

Enjoy this spectacular display of light and colours with the company of hundreds of pilgrims that arrive to this place every day after walking along the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route.

León is probably the best Spanish town to enjoy a tapas bar crawl.

For lunch, you will dive into this amazing town in Northern Spain to discover the biggest concentration of bars in the country where you will enjoy creative and delicious tapas paired with Spanish wines from Rioja and Ribera del Duero world leading wine regions.

Brush shoulders with the locals to find the best bites in town for a culinary adventure you will treasure forever. We will visit small and lively bars that serve everything from crispy-on-the-outside-fluffy-on-the-inside patatas bravas, to perfect ham and cheese croquettes, to the most flavoursome chorizo you’ve ever tasted.

After lunch you will say goodbye to León and you will enjoy a scenic drive to your next destination: Rioja. La Rioja is without a doubt Spain’s most beautiful wine region and an absolute treat for the food and wine lover! The landscapes are of gentle rolling vineyard-covered hills, pretty medieval hamlets and the backdrop of the majestic Cantabrian Mountains.

The afternoon drive to your next hotel provides a perfect opportunity for your next experience of local culture, the siesta! 3 h later, you’ll arrive at the Hotel Viura, in the picturesque stone village of Villabuena de Álava This unassuming hamlet sits in the heart of La Rioja and has barely 300 inhabitants — yet over 40 wineries. Before dinner, you can pop into the wine shop in Hotel Viura and taste some of the incredible local selections. The hotel will impress you with its modern rooms, all with floor-to-ceiling windows. 

For dinner, you will indulge yourself in the hotel's a-la-carte restaurant and you will try some of the most delicious wines Rioja produces in the area.


Day 5

Exclusive Eat Northern Spain experiences :

  • A guided tour of one of Spain's oldest wineries
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  • A delicious lunch with local food in a medieval monastery
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After breakfast, you will enjoy short drive acrross the vineayrds to Haro, Rioja's most important twon to visit to one of the oldest wineries in La Rioja. The strategic situation of their vineyards, the exceptional quality of the plantings, and the varieties used are essentially complemented by a magnificent winery, whose creation process was similar to the planting of the vineyards: slowly, with maximum care and attention. Among other features, the winery is noted for being one of the few bodegas in the world with its own traditionally crafted cooperage with 3 master coopers constructing and repairing a hundred percent of the barrels they use. Their wines are internationally recognised as one of the most unique of the region. You will sample them in a beautiful setting inside the winery.

After an unforgettable visit for the wine aficionado, you will be escorted to Haro's old town for an intimate lunch surrounded by the old walls of an imposing Augustinian monastery which will be your home for tonight. The "Claustro de Los Agustinos" restaurant will offer to you a varied selection of products: from a casual meal of tapas and morsels prepared on the spot to the most elaborate dishes of modern cuisine.

You will have the rest of the afternoon at your own leisure to relax at the hotel.

For dinner, you will indulge yourself in the hotel's a-la-carte restaurant and you will try some of the most delicious wines Rioja produces in the area.


Day 6

Exclusive Eat Northern Spain experiences:

  • A guided visit to Marqués de Riscal, a stunning winery producing one of the best wines in the world
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  • A traditional lunch in a local restaurant in LaGuardia, a medieval town enclosed by walls and built on the 13th century
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  • Sleep like a king during an exclusive night in a fairy-tale palace with more than 600 years of history
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After a reinvigorating sleep and a full breakfast, you will be driven to Elciego (15 min) to visit probably the most spectacular winery in the region: Marqués de Riscal. Founded in the mid-18th Century, Marqués de Riscal is steeped in tradition, being one of the proudest and oldest wineries in Spain, yet it has never rested on its laurels, always keeping an eagle eye on the future; an outlook arguably exemplified no better than its stunning, Frank Gehry-designed winery – a ground-breaker of its time.

You will enjoy a visit of the winery and wine tasting of its world-famous wines.

Next to the winery, you will find probably the most beautiful town of the Rioja region, LaGuardia. Built at the beginning of the 13th century, the whole urban centre of Laguardia is enclosed by walls. You will enjoy lunch at one of the most traditional restaurants in town with delicious delicacies from the fertile surroundings.

After lunch you may want to enjoy a peaceful stroll around the town centre as it constitutes an interesting historic and artistic site. As you walk you may stop in any of its numerous cellars to taste or buy some of the magnificent local wines.

In the afternoon, you will say goodbye to Rioja and you will be transferred to a magical place (1h 30 min).

Have you ever slept in Castle with more than 600 years of history? Today will be be your chance. Welcome to Olite, a small town in the centre of Navarre just 42 kilometres south of Pamplona that was the seat of the Royal Court of the kingdom in the Middle Ages, the town will take you back to an era of tournaments, kings and princesses, wizards and jugglers, falconers and archers.

The sleek and harmonious silhouette of the Castle-Palace stands out against the skyline of Olite. The thick walls and crenellated towers of the Palace were home to monarchs and princes. Declared a national monument in 1925, it is the best example of civil Gothic architecture in Navarre and one of the most notable in Europe. 

A walk through the narrow streets of Olite will take you past noble stone houses with coats or arms on their facades and grandiose wooden eaves, medieval galleries and splendid churches, and the Roman wall surrounding the town.

Tonight, you will sleep in the Parador de Olite, a hotel located within stone walls that conceal medieval treasures, in a section of the majestic Palace-Castle of Olite. The hotel common areas and some of the guest rooms are located inside the palace, where the interior offers amazing stained glass windows, arcades and other characteristic medieval features. 

For dinner, you will enjoy a traditional meal in the hotel's restaurant.  The brick columns and arches in the dining room are an excellent showcase for local ingredients and dishes such as Navarre asparagus, piquillo peppers, cordero al chilindrón (lamb in tomato and pepper sauce) and bacalao ajoarriero (cod in garlic pepper sauce). You can savour fresh produce from the farms of Navarre, including artichokes, asparagus and pocha beans.


Day 7

Exclusive Eat Northern Spain experiences:

  • A visit to Northern Spain's most spectacular museum: the Guggenheim in Bilbao
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  • Traditional Basque meals in selected restaurants with plenty of delicious Spanish comfort food
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This morning, and after a delicious breakfast, your guide and your driver will help you check out from your hotel and they will drive you to another Spain’s landmark: the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao designed by the world-famous architect Frank Gehry.

After the drive (2h 15 min), you will arrive in Bilbao, the heart of the Basque Country, a vibrant city where traditions and cutting-edge architecture live in perfect harmony. You will enjoy a visit to the Guggenheim Museum, a spectacular exhibition centre at the heart of the city.

For lunch, you will enjoy a traditional a-la-carte Basque restaurant where you can sample one of the Basque specialities like kokotxas, croquettes, steak or cod Basque style.

After lunch you will be driven to your next stop in this epicurean journey (1h 15 min) : San Sebastian, the pearl of the Cantabrian sea, is the most elegant coastal town in Spain, 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 recognised therapeutic properties of sea bathing.

A traditional afternoon stroll along the boardwalk offered 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.

Serendipitously this urban blossoming occurred at the height of the Belle Époque era, and today most buildings flanking the famed La Concha beach, including the city hall, Victoria Eugenia Theatre and the Hotel Maria Cristina are constructed in this style.

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


Day 8

Exclusive Eat Northern Spain experiences:

  • Guided pintxos bar crawl and a visit to the local market in San Sebastian
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  • An authentic cider house tour paired with delicious local food & cider straight from the barrel
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After a delicious breakfast, your guide will pick you up from your hotel and you will enjoy a walking tour around this magnificent town. The striking beauty of San Sebastian’s mountains and beaches is its calling card. You will experience it in a fuller way with this tour, which gives you a more in-depth taste of the city’s eye candy.

You will stroll with your private guide through the Old Town’s endless narrow streets, learn about architecture, history, and of course the famous food culture of San Sebastian in situ, passing by famous landmarks, churches, plazas and bars.

You will enjoy a walking tour of the most 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 be guided to the most interesting spots to sample “pintxos” during a pintxos bar crawl. You will taste innovative pintxos made with local ingredients as well as the most traditional bites.

After lunch you will enjoy a stroll along San Sebastian beach where you can stop in a bar for a coffee or a drink.

Basque Country is a big producer of apple cider. We have designed for your last evening a farewell plan for lovers of cider and Basque gastronomy including a guided tour of traditional cider house followed by a magnificent traditional menu including chorizo sausage cooked in cider, salt cod omelette, salt cod with peppers, bone-in ribeye steak, Basque cheese, quince jelly, walnuts, almond tiles and cigarettes from Tolosa. All washed down with our cider, served directly from the kupela or barrel in true txotx ritual fashion.


Day 9

It’s time to say goodbye to your Spanish trip. At the designated time, you will be driven to the airport on time to take your flight home. Enjoy your last day in the Basque Country at your own leisure. It’s time to do some shopping to take home.


  • ABOUT THE TOUR

Dates

Depature  Saturday September 28th 2019

End               Sunday October 6th 2019

Group size

12 people max

Starting Point

Madrid'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 -- RIBERA DEL DUERO - Monasterio Valbuena 5* 
    •    1 night -- LEON -- NH Collection Plaza Mayor 4*
    • 2 nights -- RIOJA -- Hotel Viura 4*
    •    1 night -- OLITE -- Parador Castle of Olite 4*
    • 2 nights -- SAN SEBASTIÁN -- Hotel Silken Amara Plaza 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 dinners & 7 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 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