Basque Food Tour. Your gastronomy trip begins
Basque Food Tour takes place between the impressive mountains of the Basque Country and the coastal landscape of Cantabrian Sea, tothe overwhelming landscape for the beauty of its vineyards in La Rioja. This is a journey through the fascinating history and the fabulous gastronomic experiences of both regions. They are historically joined by the art of gastronomy and the tradition of its people around food. Because it is probably the place in the world where the autochthonous population has the most culinary culture in the world.
GASTRONOMY FOR SYBARITES IN SAN SEBASTIAN AND EZKARAY
The experience will guide you from the elegant city of San Sebastian to the medieval village of Ezcaray. This will be an immersion in gastronomy recognized worldwide in two gastronomic styles: one more sophisticated. And the other more familiar, butboth an emblem of quality, cuisine and good taste. You will taste the amalgam of flavors of the “pintxos”. Pintxos are snacks of culinary art opposed to tapas; and you will enjoy the “txotx” ritual with a classic cider house menu. You will delight at Akelarre Restaurant and you will have the privilege of a dinner at El Cuartito. Meals marinated with the worldwide recognized wines of La Rioja.
Start the experience with a stay at a gastronomic hotel in San Sebastian. Dinner at the Akelarre Restaurant, where, from that magical shore of the Bay of Biscay. Its artistic capacity at the kitchen’s master and its constant work have taken it to the culinary top, so that its cuisine is now recognized around the world.
The day of this gastronomic experience for gourmets begins with a tour around the city, a reminder of the beautiful Belle Époque in the decades before the First World War. After opening your appetite, enjoy your first taste of the Basque country with a delicious tour of «Pintxos». Unlike tapas, they are not food rations as such, and they do not substitute a lunch. They are small bites that take a work of culinary art in which flavors, colors and textures fuse in the palate.
During your tour gastronomy for sybarites, you will enjoy the best “pintxos” that San Sebastian has to offer while touring the vibrant neighborhoods of the city with our expert guide. An explosion of wonderful colors and flavors awaits you in this gourmet tour strictly for gourmets. Make your way through San Sebastian while your guide. He tells you some tasty stories about the culinary habits of Donostia as well. From elegant classics to highly creative newcomers. Make a visit to the food market, where our guide will accompany you through the stalls full of colour to the oil one. Finally, an Oleo-Tasting will be carried out by the hand of the master oil, to learn from his expert hand the secrets of «liquid gold». An immersion in the rich cuisine of the city.
You will be taken to a typical cider house lunch or “Sagardogegi”, at one next to San Sebastian, where you will be initiated in the “Txotx” rite. Going to a sagardotegia to taste its menu is an ancient and very traditional event among the people of the Basque Country. The traditional cider house menu has to offer some basic dishes. Cod omelette, chorizo and chorizo (optional), cod with peppers, ribeye, cheese and nuts for dessert and kupela cider
BASQUE FOOD TOUR AND THE “TXOTX”
“Txotx” is the action of opening the tap of the “kupela” or barrel to serve the cider in the glasses. Therefore, when we are in a cider house eating the traditional menu, all the diners get up to the scream of “txotx!”. Because it means that the person in charge of the cellar is going to open one of the “kupelas” or barrels. At that moment, everybody, glass in hand, leave the table to stand in line and, in an orderly manner, place their glasses under the tap, one after the other, so that not a single drop of the cider is wasted. Thus, until the last of the retinue is served and the “kupela” is closed.
After breakfast at a gastronomic hotel in San Sebastian, your last stop in Gipuzkoa will be in Idiazabal, a small town. Discover a different way of living with your guide. As it will show you the way Basque shepherds lived and live nowadays in the green pastures, constantly taking care of “latxa” sheep. This small town has given its name to the famous Idiazabal cheese, one of the best known products of Basque cuisine. Taste buds tingle, they will take you to the cheese factory. The expert cheesemaker will teach you to distinguish the intense flavor of the cheese with a glass of txakoli wine, which perfectly completes the intense flavor of the cheese.
You will be taken to the heart of La Rioja. At a gastronomic hotel where you will enjoy the variety of flavors offered by basque and riojan cuisine, prepared with fresh and quality products. Your restaurant has two Michelin stars, and prepare menus for its neighbour Marques de Riscal Hotel. You will have the privilege of having lunch at «El Cuartito». This stay was the place where the children of the family ate when they arrived from school, the hotel area full of memories of Echaurren Restaurant.
Today you will make the trip Basque Food Tour through the best wineries in Spain. You will participate in guided tours in three wineries and their vineyards. You will visit Ysios, and avant-garde winery, and traditional Muga winery, a classic in the station quarter. Each participant will receive a magnum bottle of one of their wines. You will walk through incredible landscapes of vineyards and medieval villages. You will go with our guide through the medieval town of Laguardia. Lunch will be served at Muga winery, with a typical Rioja’s menu, always with the relaxed and familiar atmosphere that a traditional and emblematic place like this one offers.
Optionally, in a unique experience and composed only of two people, you can enjoy a master class of gastronomy in the kitchens of the restaurant with two Michelin stars (subject to the calendar).
After the pleasant breakfast at the gastronomic hotel, you will have free time to walk through the medieval village of Ezcaray. You will be transferred to the airport for your departure trip
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL BASQUE FOOD TOUR
May – June – July – August – September – October
DETAILS OF THE EXPERIENCE BASQUE FOOD TOUR:
DURATION: 5 days + 4 overnight stays. (including day of arrival and departure)
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: Max.16 participants per group
REQUIREMENTS: Prior knowledge is not required for this Eno-Gastronomy trip.
BASQUE FOOD TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:
- Dinner at Akelarre Restaurant
- Pintxos tour with pintxo tasting in the old part of the city (3 pintxos, 3 Txakoli or Rioja wines) Oleo-tasting with 1 drink (Txakoli or Rioja)
- Visit and tasting Idiazabal cheese
- Sagardotegi (cider house) cider tasting with typical cider house lunch.
- Txakoli wine tasting with 2 «pintos»
- Dinner at «El Cuartito», Echaurren Restaurant
- Visits «From the avant-garde to antiquity», 2 wineries with wine tasting (avant-garde and traditional)
- 4 Overnight stays with full board.
- High-end private vehicle transport
- Support team and private guide expert in gastronomy.
- Guaranteed payment certificate
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