Gourmet Tour in Northern Spain

Length: 8 Days

Init: Madrid

Min age: 2+

Availability : All Year Round

Groups: 10-50

DAY 1. MADRID AIRPORT – MADRID: Arrival at

Barajas Airport and departure to Madrid. Hotel and accommodation in Madrid. We can enjoy the rest of the day to discover this amazing city.

DAY 2. BURGOS – CANTABRIA:

Breakfat. We’ll start our trip towards Burgos. Our first stop is Pe- ñafiel, where we can experience a Wine Museum of Valladolid (included), a walk through the history and culture of wine. Then we visit a Ribera del Due- ro DO Wine Cellar followed by a tasting (included). Lunch by the costumer and in the afternoon we con- tinue our journey to Burgos where our local guide will take us trough this city historic landmarks; the Cathedral of Burgos (declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984), seat of the Metropolitan Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Burgos, Las Huelgas Reales Monastery and Miraflores Charterhouse. A large number of churches, palaces and other buildings from the medieval age remain. Later in the evening we continue to Cantabria. Hotel in Santander and accommodation.

DAY 3. SANTOÑA / CABÁRCENO:

Breakfast at the Hotel. Today we move towards Santoña, a fishermen village on the north coast of Spain. We stroll along the streets and then we visit an Anchovy Cannery, where we’ll see the anchovy fillets tradi- tional handling elaboration process, in an Anchovy Factory. that are a gourmet delicacy exported to the four corners of the world. Today for lunch today we have the opportunity today to enjoy a grilled sardine based tasting session on a typical traditional restau-

rant, “Casa Pascual”(included). In the afternoon we continue to Cabárceno natural Park, a naturalized space reclaimed from 750 hectares (1,900 acres) of a former open pit mine to the primitive beauty of the karst landscape. It is home to about 100 animal species from the five continents, which can be seen practically in the wild, as they are housed in large areas in completely natural settings. The circuit is designed to offer a sighting of all the animals with views of beautiful gorges and peaceful lakes on the way. It also has an environmental classroom and a reptile house with numerous varieties of snakes. Re- turn to the Hotel and accommodation in Santander.

DAY 4. BILBAO / BALMASEDA:

Breakfast at the Hotel and today we’ll devote the day to Vizcaya and visit Bilbao with our local guide. The old town it was declared UNESCO World Heritage site: Las sie- te calles (the seven streets), La Plaza Nueva, the Ribera Market, and Etxebarría Park, where we can enjoy the magnificent views of the city. Then we of course will also have time to “potear”, time for wine with some pintxos, a basque gourmet pleasure that we can’t miss. Afterwards we move to Mauri, whe- re in Restaurante Lekuona (included) will enjoy a “alubiada with sacramentos”. The peculiarity of this dish lies in the quantity and quality. This delicious dish is normally served in a casserole right in the middle of the table where you can help yourself as much as you like. The dish ingredients are: beans, chorizo, pork ribs, blood sausage, the greatest com- plementary ingredient are cayenne peppers. In the afternoon we continue to Cantabria. We make a stop on the way where we visit Balmaseda. This place gained recognition and was named first “villa” (a town with certain privileges granted by the crown) in Biscay. Located in between the coast and the inland. We stroll along this villa medieval old town with our local guide discovering its main sights. Hotel in Bil- bao and accommodation.

DAY 5. SAN SEBASTIÁN:

Breakfast. Today’s tour will take us to San Sebastián through the town and its old quarter. There will be time to visit the local market La Bretxa (1870), a showcase for the pro- ducts that are at the foundation of Basque cooking. Lunch will be a pintxos (included) tour through the old quarter. In the afternoon, our challenge will be a private pintxos workshop with the Chef of one of the town’s premier restaurants. Having experienced this artistic and delicious way of eating you will now have the chance to put your own ideas into practice. After dining on the fruits of your labour, you can enjoy a good Txacoli. Hotel and accommodation in Bilbao.

DAY 6. SANTILLANA DEL MAR, COMILLAS, BÁR- CENA MAYOR – GIJÓN:

Breakfast at the Hotel and start of our journey towards Santillana del Mar, one of the most beautiful town in Spain; situated on the northern route of the Pilgrim’s Road to Santiago de Compostela, It’s a medieval town which was develo- ped around the collegiate church of Santa María. Its one of the most important historical areas of Canta- bria. We continue to Comillas, one of Cantabria’s most symbolic places and one of its most interesting from an architectural point of view. The beauty of the lands- cape is imposed on the senses. In the space of a few years, the town was transformed with buildings by the modernist architects of Catalonia, like Antonio Gaudí, who designed a palace in neo-Arabic style known as the “Capricho de Gaudí” (Gaudi’s whim). We continue towards Bárcena Mayor to enjoy a “Cocido Montañés” for lunch (included). This dish is made with two vege- tal ingredients, dried large white beans (soaked over- night before use) and collard greens. The rest of the elements of this recipe are known as compangu which refers to the meat ingredients from the pig slaughter, bacon, pork ribs, rice black pudding and chorizo. In the afternoon we continue to Gijón (Asturias). Arrival at the Hotel in Oviedo and accommodation.

DAY 7. OVIEDO / CUDILLERO, GIJÓN:

Breakfast. Then we move towards Oviedo with our escorted guide. Oviedo contains a very rich architectural history. We start with the best examples of Pre- Romanesque asturian art: Santa María del Naranco and San Miguel de Lillo. Then we stroll along the old town where the main highlights are Las Plazas de la Escandalera, The Cathedral with its beautiful tower, the bustling Trascorrales Square and we end our tour at the Fontan Old Market. Lunch by the customer. In the afternoon we head into Cudillero, a small fishing village. The houses, painted in varying pastel sha- des, cascade down to a tiny port on a narrow inlet. Later in the afternoon we go back to Gijon, where we have the pleasure to enjoy a “Espicha” dinner (included), asturian style food accompanied with asturian cider. This kind of dinner has become very fashionable nowadays, arising from the celebration that was done on the winepress on the day the cider was made. Food such as cured Iberian pork products, tortilla, squid and cachopos. Arrival at the Hotel and accommodation in Oviedo.

DAY 8. LEÓN – CARRIÓN DE LOS CONDES – MADRID AIRPORT:

Breakfast and in the morning we head into Leon. Our local guide will take us through León old town, is home to many churches and cathedrals noted for their architecture and art. Among them is the Gothic 13th-century Catedral de Léon, with its towers and flying buttresses and the Romanesque Basílica de San Isidoro, known for its frescoes and royal tombs. At the end of this visit we continue to Carrión de los Condes where we stop in a local restaurant to taste a delightful “Asado Caste- llano” (included): garlic soup, baby lamb and salad. In this area they use only milk-fed lamb, weighing less than kg. In the afternoon we go back to the Air- port. End of the tour and our Services.

Includes

1 Night at Hotel ***/**** in Madrid or surrounds
2 Nights at Hotel ***/**** in Santander or surrounds
2 Nights at Hotel ***/**** in Bilbao or surrounds
2 Nights at Hotel ***/**** in Oviedo or surrounds
• Meal Plan as indicates in the itinerary
• Wine and water included in all dishes
• Group assistant during all the tour
• Lunch at typical restaurant in Santoña
• Lunch at Restaurant “Lekuona” in Bilbao with typical dish of “alubiada with sacramentos”
• Lunch at restaurant in Barcena Mayor with typical dish of “Cocido Montañés”
• Dinner at restaurant in Gijón with typical “Espicha”
• Lunch at restaurant in Carrion with “Asado Castellano”
• Local guide in Burgos
• Local guide in Bilbao and Balmaseda
• Local guide in Oviedo
• Local guide in Leon
• Entrance into “Museo del Vino” in Penafiel
• Visit a wine cellar with tasting D.O. Ribera del Duero

Does not include

Official guides, nor entrance to museums or monuments, except contrary order

Included trips

Ribera del Duero, Burgos — full day
Santoña, Cabárceno — full day
Bilbao, Balmaseda — full day
San Sebastian — full day
Santillana del Mar, Comillas, Bárcena Mayor — full day
Oviedo, Cudillero, Gijón — full day
León, Carrión de los Condes — 1⁄2 day

Local guide / Lunch at restaurant / Dinner at restaurant

Planned or similar hotels

Madrid
Hotel Príncipe Pio ***
Hotel Florida Norte **** — centre

Santander
Hotel Abba Santander ***
Hotel Santemar **** — centre

Bilbao
Hotel Ilunion Bilbao ***
Hotel Holiday Inn Bilbao **** — centre

Oviedo
Hotel Astures ***
Hotel AC Forum **** — centre

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