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Weekend Escape to San Sebastian

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  • Private
  • Spain,Basque Country
  • Theme: Food
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Availability: YEAR ROUND

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All tour pricing is based on two people traveling, unless otherwise noted. Discounts may apply for groups larger than two. Not all tours are available for single travelers. Prices and availability may change based on holidays and weather.

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When most people think of the Basque Country, they think of Spain. Bilbao began the Guggenheim effect; San Sebastian boasted of their Michelin stars; and Pamplona had their brawling bulls. But the Basque Country is made up of seven provinces, three of which are in southwestern France.

During this luxurious weekend escape, you’ll not only explore Sare, France, categorized as one of the most beautiful villages in the world, but also San Sebastian and its surrounding villages. Here, you’ll not only explore phenomenal regional Txakoli wines, but also exquisite dishes like premium Galician beef (chuleta) served with just the right amount of sear, alongside a pile of crisp fries and a side salad; Marmitako – a flavorful stew with tender chunks of tuna steak, tomato sauce and caramelized onion; and Xistorra – a perfectly seared Basque sausage often served as a Pintxo. And of course, let’s not forget the piles of fresh seafood and grilled fish!

Come join us for an unforgettable weekend away in Spain’s northern Basque Country!

Highlights

  • 1 night w/ breakfast at a boutique B&B in Sare
  • 1 night w/ breakfast at 5* Hotel in San Sebastian
  • Private Airport transfers with an English speaking driver
  • Private Guided day trip with lunch to Biarritz and Boutique Txacoli wine producers (lunch incl)
  • Private Guided day trip of Spanish Basque fishing villages Guipuzcoa and Zarautz  (lunch incl)

Well, we are back home in NY.  The trip was fantastic!!   Our friends had a wonderful time and will be talking about this trip for years…   Everything was top shelf….Thank you both so much!

Tour Itinerary

  • Settling into Sare

    Upon arrival the San Sebastian airport, we’ll head straight over the French border to the tiny and quaint little village of Sare, where you’ll stay in a 16th century maison overflowing with interesting objects and keepsakes. Outside, you can wander the four hectares of parkland planted with maples, conifers and camellias, or simply stay indoors to rest, relax and recharge before dinner. Dinner would be on your own in the village or in the hotel, where simple and unpretentious dishes are prepared using ingredients fresh from the vegetable garden. 

  • Basking in Food and Wine

    After breakfast, your private guide will begin your Basque Country experience with a drive to Biarritz. Today a luxury beach resort, Biarritz used to be a small fishing village famous for whale hunting until the mid 19th Century when many of Europe’s high nobility began to flock to this town, craving the wonderful sea side life it offered. In no time Biarritz became Queen of beaches and beach of Kings. Today, it’s a trendy beach resort nicknamed ‘small California’ and one of the most famous spot for surfers worldwide. The seaside boardwalk is reminiscent of the Belle Époque. 

    You will then head onto Hondarribia, a charming little town right at the border between France and Spain, where you’ll stroll the old port, see the beautiful Parador in town and then drive right outside the center to visit one of the top Txacoli producers in the area. This small boutique winery is famous for bringing Txakoli wine production back to Hondarribia and the native local grape varietal called Zuri. You’ll have a walk through the vineyards and learn about their wine production, followed by a wine tasting. We will then enjoy an excellent traditional meal on the terrace overlooking the vineyard. After lunch we will drive another 30min to reach San Sebastian.
     
    San Sebastián, otherwise know in the local language as Donostia, is a charming and dynamic city. Get a taste of the town on a walking tour that will cover the city’s many faces. San Sebastian is a world renown foodie destination, having one of the most impressive congregations of restaurants and tapas bars in the world. Your guide will point out some of the best ones for you to enjoy on your own for dinner, or we would be happy to make a reservation for you somewhere. We will then get you settled in your luxury boutique hotel in the center of the city to rest before your evening out!
  • A Coastal Tour

    For your last day of this extended escape your guide will meet you in the lobby before whisking you off on a morning coastal tour of the Guipuzcoa province. Here you’ll explore tiny fishing villages like Orio, and colorful beach side villages such as Zarautz where people from all around the world spend their summer enjoying the Basque culture, gastronomy and surf in the same town. Lunch will be served along the sea in a family run Michelin star restaurant excelling in all the fundamentals: excellent food beautifully presented, outstanding service and attention to detail, warm welcoming interior spaces in a charming building and overall gorgeous view!

    After your fabulous meal, your private driver will bring you to the airport (or your destination of choice in San Sebastian) with a belly full of flavors and a lifetime of memories to bring home. 

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INCLUDED

  • 1 night w/ breakfast at a boutique B&B in Sare
  • 1 night w/ breakfast at 5* Hotel in San Sebastian
  • Private Airport transfers with an English speaking driver
  • Private Guided day trip with lunch to Biarritz and Boutique Txacoli wine producers (lunch incl)
  • Private Guided day trip of Spanish Basque fishing villages Guipuzcoa and Zarautz  (lunch incl)

 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Personal Expenses
  • Gratuities

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