Taste Of Spain

Rioja & San Sebastian
August 20 - 27, 2022
7 Nights, Starting at $5,485 /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

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.

Your Host

Chef Kevin Fonzo
Chef Kevin Fonzo

Nights

4 nights in Rioja (5 stars)

3 nights in San Sebastian (4.5 stars)

Meals

7 traditional breakfasts

4 lunches (including a Michelin-Starred one)

3 dinners with wine pairings, including one after the cooking class

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 Hosts (including one Chef)

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
Welcome to Rioja - Marques de Riscal

Welcome to Rioja - Marques de Riscal

Day 1

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

Rioja: Briones - Logroño

Day 2

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

Rioja: Ollauri - Roda

Day 3

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 - Etxebarri

Rioja - Etxebarri

Day 4

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 the mythical gourmet restaurant Etxebarri where we enjoy a tasting menu that is "out of this world". Chef Bitor Arguinzoniz is known as Spain's best Grill Master Extraordinaire, and indeed, all of the dishes there are cooked to perfection over the open fire. Your afternoon and evening are at leisure; possibly spent recovering from this excellent lunch experience!

Basque Country: San Sebastian

Basque Country: San Sebastian

Day 5

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

Basque Country: San Sebastian - Cooking class

Day 6

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 an excellent 3-course dinner paired with local wines.

Basque Country: Zarauz - Getaria

Basque Country: Zarauz - Getaria

Day 7

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 Redondo.

Why not extend?

Why not extend?

Day 8

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

Marques de Riscal Hotel-winery

Marques de Riscal Hotel-winery

ElCiego, Spain

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Gorka Boutique Hotel

Gorka Boutique Hotel

San Sebastian, Spain

Gorka Boutique Hotel looks out onto San Sebastián’s most beautiful plaza and checks all the boxes that matter to the modern traveler: hip décor, breakfast until noon, and comfortable rooms with lovely high ceilings. The lobby bar buzzes with guests and locals. The hotel sits right on the edge of one of San Sebastián’s most charming corners, the Plaza de Gipuzkoa. One block from the Old Town, but comparatively quiet and restful at night, it’s the perfect spot to stay
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Your Choices

King Deluxe | Rioja
King Deluxe | Rioja

Deluxe

$5,485 /person
Sold out
Based on double occupancy
Deposit: $1,000/person
Final balance due: 90 days before departure
Premium room | Rioja
Premium room | Rioja

Premium

$5,610 /person
Only one room left
Based on double occupancy
Deposit: $1,000/person
Final balance due: 90 days before departure
Premium Terrace | Rioja
Premium Terrace | Rioja

Premium Terrace

$5,922 /person
Sold out
Based on double occupancy
Deposit: $1,000/person
Final balance due: 90 days before departure
Riscal Suite | Rioja
Riscal Suite | Rioja

Suite

$6,516 /person
Only one room left
Based on double occupancy
Deposit: $1,000/person
Final balance due: 90 days before departure

Nights

4 nights in Rioja (5 stars)

3 nights in San Sebastian (4.5 stars)

Meals

7 traditional breakfasts

4 lunches (including a Michelin-Starred one)

3 dinners with wine pairings, including one after the cooking class

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 Hosts (including one Chef)

Luxury transportation throughout

All taxes

Add-Ons and Extension

Barcelona 2-night Extension

$1,162 /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)

$1,073 /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 Premium River View King Bed.

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.

How about extending?

Come early, or leave late. Allow our consultants to customize a pre- or post- extension to your journey.

Why travel with us?

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All listed retreats (hotels, villas and barges) are, at times, subject to changes. If replaced, 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.

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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