Get to know the amazing nation of Spain through its incredible wines and unique gastronomy. Spain has a fascinating history influenced by the many tribes and nations who have called the Iberian Peninsula home over the last several thousand years. This is reflected in the food and culture which is so vibrant today. Food and architecture from the Moors who came from the Middle East and North Africa mix with Catalan, Basque, and Castellano culture from the north. Provincial specialties will marvel you and you’ll be surprised by all the things you never knew existed in Spain.
The bustling capital, Madrid, will show you what modern, cosmopolitan life in Spain is all about: Squares and side streets filled with people and lined with restaurants, museums with the works of the European masters such as Goya and Picasso, and indie fashion and coffee culture. Late nights can be spent just as easily having churros and chocolate as they can be in a trendy nightclub dancing your cares away till sunrise.
Rioja is the centre of Spanish Wine Making. As the home of Tempranillo and Grenache, here they produce some of the worlds’ best blends for aging and the reserva system in Spain ensures top quality. Gorgeous rolling hills with vines running across them and charming old towns will capture your heart before your first sip of wine or your first bite of jamón ibérico.
San Sebastián, even for Spaniards, is a very special place. Nestled between two bays, and built right next to some of the best beaches in the country it offers an opportunity for swim or surf. International surf competitions are held here every year. Aside from the sea, San Sebastián offers excellent shopping, lovely sight-seeing, and a glimpse into the Basque Culture. Pinxos originate from this region and thus some of the best food and bar-hopping in the country can be sampled. Here you’ll understand the term La dulce vida.
Day 1- Madrid
Arrive any time on day one and check into your centrally-located hotel.
Explore on your own during the afternoon but be sure to attend our welcome dinner where you can enjoy your first batch of Spanish delicacies and wine. Mix and mingle with the other guests with whom you will be sharing your experience and get to know your expert guides.
Day 2- Madrid
Breakfast at San Gines. San Gines is renowned in Madrid for having the best churros (a long thin fried doughnut) and chocolate (for dipping and drinking) in the city and has been serving locals for generations. Join in on a tradition not to be missed and enjoy breakfast the european way- sweet.
Mercado San Miguel Walking Tour- Get to know the city through sight, smell, sound and taste. This walking tour of the centre will highlight the best of Madrid included the Palacio Real, Plaza del Sol, and Buen Retiro Park. Finish off the afternoon with a gourmet lunch at the trendy Mercado San Miguel.
Flamenco Dinner- Get yourself dolled up for the night's entertainment. Enjoy dinner and a show with a passion-filled night of Flamenco, Spain’s traditional dance.
Day 3- Rioja
We will leave for Rioja just after breakfast. A private coach will take us to the charming town of Haro where we will stay at the Marqués de Fiscal Vineyard and Hotel, designed by Frank Ghery and host to a Michelin Star Restaurant.
Before checking in, enjoy typical Rioja-style cuisine and a tour and tasting at the renowned Bodega Muga.
Have the evening to relax, visit the spa for vino therapy, have a fine dinner, or explore the nearby towns of Haro and Logroño.
Day 4- Rioja
Sleep in a bit and enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Perhaps vino therapy is in order too.
First stop we’ll visit the incredible Viñedo Bodeguero where you’ll be treated to another regional lunch at the vineyard as well as tutored tasting and guided visit of the vineyard.
A tour of Bodegas Francoespañolas will be accompanied with another wine tasting in the late afternoon. This picturesque winery is a stone’s throw from the city of Logroño.
At night you have the choice to relax at the hotel and in nearby Haro or As a group we’ll enjoy a stroll around Logroño to see the sights. Then take advantage of free time to relax, shop, and dine in the city. Transportation will be provided back to the hotel at the end of the evening.
Day 5- San Sebastián
After breakfast, pack your things to travel to San Sebastián.
However, it’s never too early to enjoy some wine. Enjoy our final tasting in Rioja at Marqués de Fiscal, where you’ll have stayed for the past two nights.
After a quick lunch the group will get on the road and head to San Sebastián.
Check in to the hotel and freshen up before our Pinxos pub crawl. The Basque region is where pinxos (small bar tapas usually served on bread) are best and San Sebastián’s old town has one of the best Tapas scenes in all of Spain. As a group we’ll head into the centre to sip and snack our through of the city. Taste regional specialties such a salt cod, as well as popular flavours from across Spain.
Feel free to stay out and enjoy the cities night life.
Day 6- San Sebastián
San Sebastián has so much to offer, to try and do it all in one day would be impossible. We can definitely help you try though.
There will be an optional walking tour and visit to the city’s popular food market where you can get your hands on some of the freshest fish and produce as well as prime cheeses and goods from the Basque region.
If you want to shop, surf, or lie on the beach we will help you find your way.
In the evening meet up back at the hotel for our final wine event. The Basque region grows some native grapes that you won’t find anywhere else. Txakoli is the best known- fruity, fresh, and crisp. Refreshing white wine will be required after a day at the beach or as a celebration of your newest purchases.
We’ll visit Txakoli Rezabal vineyard for a guided visit, tasting, and dinner. Situated on a hillside and over-looking the vines and the sea you can’t get a more picture-perfect evening.
Day 7- Return to Madrid
Tie up your final affair in San Sebastián and after breakfast we will be driving back to Madrid. Along the way we will stop at some quaint towns and monasteries.
The evening in Madrid will be left to your leisure. You may choose to fly out that evening or anytime the following day.
We suggest that if you choose to leave this day to make sure your flight is no earlier than 6pm.
Day 8- Adios Madrid
Breakfast will be included at the hotel in Madrid.
All guests will depart on this day.
$3 500 CAD- Based on double occupancy.
$3 950 CAD- Based on single occupancy with private room.
$500 CAD Down payment is required to reserve your spot. Pay the remainder one month before your travel date.
8 Nights hotel accomodation
All ground transportation in and between cities.
Walking tours and activities in each city.
Professional bilingual guides.
7 Breakfasts + San Gines Churros experience
5 Winery visits, tours, and tastings.
Flights not included.
Museum and Palace Admissions in Madrid.
Hotel transfers to and from the airport.