Day 1 - Arrive Bilbao, Spain
Arrive in Bilbao, where you are met and transferred to your
hotel. This evening, gather for cocktails and a welcome
dinner at the hotel.
Day 2 - Bilbao
Begin with a tour of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Considered an architectural masterwork in and of itself,
the Frank Gehry-designed structure boasts a world-class
collection of modern and contemporary art. Next, embark
on a private boat trip to a wine cellar sunken more than 60
feet below the surface of the sea, where local wines are paired
with lunch aboard. Explore the fascinating streets of Bilbao’s
Old Town, then relax with an evening at leisure.
Day 3 - Guernica & the Coast
Depart Bilbao for nearby Guernica, a city inextricably
linked to the brutality of war and nationalism immortalized in Pablo Picasso’s masterwork, Guernica. Delve into the
poignant history that so deeply inspired the master, seeing
ground zero of the infamous bombing raid that leveled the
city in 1937. Next, explore the many stalls of Guernica’s
renowned market, one of the finest in all of Basque Country,
where growers from across the province display their freshly
harvested produce for locals and visitors alike. Later, proceed
to San Sebastián.
Day 4 - San Sebastián
After breakfast, set out for the countryside to visit a family-run
dairy farm and taste their fresh cheeses. Then, explore
San Sebastián’s local cider culture, learning how this
delightful regional staple is brewed, poured and quaffed in
the Basque tradition. Next, enjoy time at leisure to relax or
explore this sophisticated city of sun and surf on your own.
Later, join a Chef ’s Table experience preparing and tasting
Day 5 - Pamplona
Discover Pamplona — home to the annual festival of San
Fermín (the running of the bulls) that inspired Hemingway’s
classic The Sun Also Rises — strolling the city’s medieval
lanes with a local expert. After time for lunch at leisure,
return to San Sebastián. Tonight, you may opt to explore the
city’s world-renowned culinary scene independently, with
advice from A&K if you like.
Day 6 - Bordeaux, France
Cross the border into France, pausing to take in the scenic
fishing village of Saint-Jean-de-Luz. Continue into the
foothills of the Pyrénées, stopping to try the local peppers
of Espelette, an ingredient prized by chefs the world over. Proceed to coastal Bayonne, France’s home for cocoa since
the 17th century, for an indulgent chocolate tasting led by a
local expert. Continue northward to Bordeaux, where your
guide reveals the city as you walk to a local restaurant for
Day 7 - Bordeaux
Today, explore some of Bordeaux’s iconic châteaux, enjoying
privileged access to areas otherwise closed to the public.
Savor expertly curated tastings of some of the world’s most
coveted wines, and pause for lunch at one of the châteaux.
Day 8 - Bordeaux
Travel to Arcachon, a charming seaside town renowned for
its oysters. Join an oysterman to Ride Like a Local around
his beds, savoring fresh oysters plucked straight from the
sea. After lunch on board, head to shore for a guided tour of
The City of Wine, celebrating the region’s deeply rooted wine
culture with a Scenic Sundowner. Tonight, enjoy a farewell
dinner at your hotel’s renowned Gordon Ramsay restaurant.
Day 9 - Depart Bordeaux
After breakfast, you are transferred to the airport for your