Taste Of Spain

Rioja & San Sebastian
August 26 - September 02, 2023
7 Nights
Starting at $6,882 /person

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2 Home bases
3 Destinations
Activity level
Light
Service level
Premium
Group size
Max
10
Journey designed by
Chef Kevin Fonzo
2 Home bases
3 Destinations
Group size : 10

Led by award-winning Chef Kevin Fonzo, discover the Rioja region together with San Sebastian and the Basque country of Spain. Combining flavorful cuisine with world-renowned wines, centuries-old architecture, and traditions, northern Spain has much to offer those seeking a multi-sensory experience.
This journey boasts incredible culinary experiences, including a cooking class, Michelin starred restaurants, and unique wine tastings. In addition to emblematic wineries, you will find fabulous wine museums, breathtaking landscapes, and ancient monuments worth visiting. This is combined with explorations of more recent, modern architecture that is both beautiful and steeped in cultural significance. In San Sebastian, we march along the cobblestoned old town (Parte Vieja), upscale shops neighborhood, and of course, visit the vibrant Pintxo bars, pairing local wines with bite-size regional specialties.
Upgrade in San Sebastian available - Check out the Add-ons section

What is Included

Nights
4 nights in Rioja (5 stars)

3 nights in San Sebastian (4.5 stars)

Meals
7 traditional breakfasts

5 lunches (including a Michelin-Starred one)

2 dinners with wine pairings (including a Michelin-Starred one)

Activities
6+ wine tours and tastings

Private pintxo bar crawl

1 cooking class with Chef Fonzo

Day trips and excursions as listed on the itinerary

And More
Private airport transfers

Services of two AIV journey directors

Luxury transportation throughout

All taxes

Highlights

A true feast for the palate

With incredible wine, Pinchos, and 1, 2 & 3-star Michelin restaurants in such a tiny region, you are about to give your palates a true feast! From wine tasting to cooking classes with local chefs (and your host) and Michelin-starred experiences along the way, we promise several unforgettable culinary moments.

Interesting and unusual art throughout

The Rioja region is the most famous wine-making area of Spain, but in more recent years has also become synonymous with some of the most exciting developments in modern architecture, as vineyard owners compete with one another to commission striking new bodegas from some of the world’s leading architects, including Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid and Santiago Calatrava.

History & century-old culture

Often a disputed territory throughout history, the Rioja region has been home to many different cultures (starting with the Romans and the Muslims) which can be reflected through its buildings and traditions, both to be discovered along your journey.

Discover the colorful and flavorful Basque region

By taking in San Sebastian and its coastal towns, we introduce you to the true (and proud) Basque culture and history. From its hilltop villages to its fisherman villages, the Basque region is inviting and rich in flavors and colors. It is one of, if not, the oldest culture in Europe, and is said to have existed long before the Romans arrived in 216 B.C.

Itinerary

B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner
|The itinerary as presented may need to be modified from time to time to address possible logistical and weather challenges.
The itinerary as presented may need to be modified from time to time to address possible logistical and weather challenges.
Welcome to Rioja - Basque region

Day 1- Welcome to Rioja - Basque region

Day 1 : Welcome to Rioja - Basque region

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Today, you are privately transferred to the property from Bilbao airport (or your hotel in San Sebastian/Bilbao for those arriving early). After an afternoon of discovering the grounds, the town and relaxing, we hold our welcome dinner at the property, paired with incredible regional wines.

Rioja: Briones - Logroño

Day 2- Rioja: Briones - Logroño

Day 2 : Rioja: Briones - Logroño

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This morning, we head out to Briones where you'll find the fantastic Vivanco. Over several floors and numerous rooms, you will learn all about the history and culture of wine and the various processes that go into its production.
For lunch, we take you to Vieja Bodega; one of the best restaurants in Northern Spain. The building that houses it used to be an old winery, hence its name in Spanish. Our day continues with the visit of quaint and charming Spanish villages, starting with captivating village of San Vicente de la Sonsierra, where we will stop for an exclusive wine tasting. Tonight dinner is at leisure, with our recommendations.

Rioja: Ollauri - Roda

Day 3- Rioja: Ollauri - Roda

Day 3 : Rioja: Ollauri - Roda

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Our chef departs for two local markets in local towns. Guests interested in joining him, may do so. As the day continues, we have planned an afternoon of wine tasting in the darling little wine hamlet of Samaniego. Discover its noble mansions, country church and stunning setting. We then depart for Bodegas Baigorri where we have lunch (own account) followed by a visit of the vineyard and wine tasting. Dinner is at leisure, with our recommendations.

Rioja - Michelin Experience

Day 4- Rioja - Michelin Experience

Day 4 : Rioja - Michelin Experience

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Today is a special day. We treat you to two lovely wine tours and tastings at two of the best producers in the region. Then, we head to one of our favorite (and one of the few) Michelin-starred restaurants in the region. We enjoy an incredible tasting lunch paired with some of the best wines of the region. Your afternoon and evening are at leisure; possibly spent recovering from this excellent lunch experience!

Basque Country: San Sebastian

Day 5- Basque Country: San Sebastian

Day 5 : Basque Country: San Sebastian

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This morning, after breakfast, we depart for San Sebastian. Our short journey will take us past some of the iconic vineyards and towns that we visited on the previous days. After checking in, our local foodie experts await to take us on a private Pintxo lunch crawl. You will be discovering 5 to 6 excellent Pintxo bars, all with a unique style and approach to their cuisine. Tonight, dinner is at leisure with our recommendations.

Basque Country: San Sebastian - Cooking class

Day 6- Basque Country: San Sebastian - Cooking class

Day 6 : Basque Country: San Sebastian - Cooking class

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This morning is at leisure, or for those of you eager to hone their culinary skills, join our very own Kevin Fonzo as he strolls around two of San Sebastian’s famous markets for his cooking class. Although the secret to San Sebastián’s typical mouth-watering cuisine is the loving care and know-how that goes into it, the biggest secret lies in the quality of the raw materials used and its seasonal produce. Your cooking class with Chef Fonzo will end with a lovely lunch paired with local wines. Tonight, dinner is at leisure with our recommendations.

Basque Country: Zarauz - Getaria

Day 7- Basque Country: Zarauz - Getaria

Day 7 : Basque Country: Zarauz - Getaria

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This morning, we meander to the coast and local villages of the Basque region. We start with the blissful beachfront views of Zarauz. We then reach Getaria to explore the impressive monuments of the medieval fishing village, which was home to famous figures such as Juan Sebastian Elcano (the first man to travel the world by sea) and designer Cristobal Balendiaga. Our lunch (included) takes place at the famous Kaia Kaipe. From here, we continue on, following the winding coastal road, and arrive at the picturesque Sanctuary of Loyola, a provincial gem home to the Saint Ignatius of Loyola, where a visit to the Basilica is a must. Tonight, we hold our farewell dinner at the impressive Michelin starred Arzak

Why not extend?

Day 8- Why not extend?

Day 8 : Why not extend?

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Today, private transfers to the airport are being organized for our guests. Interested in extending in Spain, or beyond? Let us know and our expert will provide the best recommendation for a memorable experience.

Accommodations

King Deluxe | Rioja

Marques de Riscal Hotel-winery

ElCiego, Spain

Even in modern cities like Prague, Harford, and Paris, Frank Gehry’s designs manage to stand out. But put one in the foothills overlooking a medieval village of 1000 people, and it’s downright otherworldly.
The titanium exterior is the hotel’s most eye-catching feature but inside, god is in the details. Every element of the rooms and suites is designer made, and the curved wood walls, bright red leather furniture, and marble bathrooms would make it look right at home in the pages of a designer magazine. Other perks include the hotel’s award-winning Spa Vinothérapie Caudalie Marqués de Riscal, which draws from...

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Even in modern cities like Prague, Harford, and Paris, Frank Gehry’s designs manage to stand out. But put one in the foothills overlooking a medieval village of 1000 people, and it’s downright otherworldly.
The titanium exterior is the hotel’s most eye-catching feature but inside, god is in the details. Every element of the rooms and suites is designer made, and the curved wood walls, bright red leather furniture, and marble bathrooms would make it look right at home in the pages of a designer magazine. Other perks include the hotel’s award-winning Spa Vinothérapie Caudalie Marqués de Riscal, which draws from the therapeutic properties of the grapes and vines from the surrounding vineyards and just like the hotel which houses it, it’s an experience you’ll find nowhere else.
For the gourmet’s the hotel’s Marques de Riscal restaurant, is a one Michelin Star eat that combines innovative cuisine with a vast – and excellent – selection of wine from the hotel’s cellars. Considering the fact that la Rioja is one of Spain’s best wine producers, you’re in for a treat.

Premium Sae View | San Sebastian

Lasala Plaza Hotel

San Sebastian, Spain

The sea in San Sebastián is not only blue. It changes from deep turquoise to lead grey. Our bay can change in a flash from almost tropical calm to the wildest of Atlantic squalls. And it’s there, facing a port dating back hundreds of years, that you’ll find the Lasala Plaza Hotel. A space where luxury doesn’t stop in the rooms.
Lasala Plaza aspires to be a hotel that embraces and highlights the best of Donostia-San Sebastián: its culture, its love of gastronomy and the sea, the art of knowing how to live, and, above all, its people.
A San...

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The sea in San Sebastián is not only blue. It changes from deep turquoise to lead grey. Our bay can change in a flash from almost tropical calm to the wildest of Atlantic squalls. And it’s there, facing a port dating back hundreds of years, that you’ll find the Lasala Plaza Hotel. A space where luxury doesn’t stop in the rooms.
Lasala Plaza aspires to be a hotel that embraces and highlights the best of Donostia-San Sebastián: its culture, its love of gastronomy and the sea, the art of knowing how to live, and, above all, its people.
A San Sebastián they want to share with their guests so that you too can live in the city like a real local.
Their iconic Premium Sea View rooms are located on the highest floors of the hotel. This great window to the sea is their best proposal for the visual delight of their natural landscape. Soar to the heights of their spectacular natural bay; elevated by the high bourgeoisie as the symbol of the Belle Époque Donostiarra.

Your Hosts

Chef Kevin Fonzo
Chef Kevin Fonzo
Executive Chef
Senior Journey Director
Katie Barratt
Katie Barratt
Wine Educator & Journey Director

On Offer

Premium room | Rioja
Premium room | Rioja
Premium Sae View | San Sebastian
Premium Sae View | San Sebastian

Premium Package

$6,882 /person
Based on double occupancy
Deposit: $750/person
Final balance due: 90 days before departure
Riscal Suite | Rioja
Riscal Suite | Rioja
Premium Sae View | San Sebastian
Premium Sae View | San Sebastian

Suite Package (in Rioja Only)

$7,533 /person
Only one room left
Based on double occupancy
Deposit: $750/person
Final balance due: 90 days before departure

What is Included

Nights
4 nights in Rioja (5 stars)

3 nights in San Sebastian (4.5 stars)

Meals
7 traditional breakfasts

5 lunches (including a Michelin-Starred one)

2 dinners with wine pairings (including a Michelin-Starred one)

Activities
6+ wine tours and tastings

Private pintxo bar crawl

1 cooking class with Chef Fonzo

Day trips and excursions as listed on the itinerary

And More
Private airport transfers

Services of two AIV journey directors

Luxury transportation throughout

All taxes

Add-Ons and Extension

Barcelona 2-night Extension

$1,262 /person
Enjoy Barcelona pre-or post journey with a domestic flight included, 2 nights at one of our favorite 5-star properties, daily breakfast, airport transfers, private guided tour and all taxes

Upgrade to Maria Cristina (San Sebastian)

$1,473 /person
In San Sebastian (3 nights), indulge and stay at the Maria Cristina, a short walk from our host hotel. You'll be accommodated in a Deluxe garden view room (upgrades available on request)

Important Information

Good to know
All listed activities are optional in attendance

Our property selection is always subject to change as these are privately owned. In such rare instances, it will be substituted for one of equal or great value offering similar features and amenities.

Additional daily trips and excursions may be arranged for a small supplement.

International flights to and from Spain may be arranged through us.

Travel insurance is recommended

Price is based on double occupancy.
Smallprint

Our day-to-day itinerary may, from time to time and prior to departure, need to be altered or slightly modified to address possible unforeseen logistical and weather challenges. In such rare instances, Art In Voyage guarantees delivery of the content of the itinerary yet, in a different order.

All listed retreats (hotels, villas, and barges) are, at times, subject to changes. In such rare instances, similar or higher standards will be upheld.

In case of a cancelation at more than 90 days prior to departure, your deposit will be returned minus a $250 per person administrative fee.

In case of a cancelation within the penalty period: Find a replacement at least 30 days prior to departure and your journey will be fully refunded, minus a $250 per person administrative fee.
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