Multi-Day Tour | Private

A Culinary Journey Through Northeastern Spain (10 days)

Made for Spain and Portugal - Spain

Bilbao, Spain To Barcelona, Spain

Valid for Departures Now Through: 13 Feb 2019

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Bilbao, Spain
Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao None

Your driver will pick you up at the Bilbao airport and take you to your plush hotel for some relaxation after your journey. Once you’re ready for lunch, head out to one of our favorite local restaurants before going on a tour of the best of Bilbao, including the Guggenheim Museum, the Old Town and the city center.

Day 2
Bilbao, Spain
Gran Hotel Domine Bilbao Breakfast

Spend the morning at leisure before your driver picks you up to take you north to Plentzia, where you will visit the world´s first undersea winery. Tour the laboratory, learn all about the innovative project and taste some of their products along with local pintxos. Once the tour has finished, you will head back to Bilbao to enjoy the city at night.

Day 3
San Sebastian, Spain
Hotel Maria Cristina, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Sebastian Breakfast

It´s time to say goodbye to Bilbao and move on to its glamorous sister, San Sebastian. Your driver will take you straight to the Basque Culinary Center for a private tasting of local olives, olive oils, sausages, ham and wine accompanied by one of the teachers from the center. Next, transfer to the city center to check into your hotel before a night of pintxo-hopping with your local host to get to know the classic bites of the city.

Day 4
San Sebastian, Spain
Hotel Maria Cristina, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Sebastian Breakfast, Dinner

Explore San Sebastian this morning with your expert guide, wandering through the Old Quarter and the more modern parts of the city, learning all about its history and local culture. In the evening, you will be treated to a private dinner in the “secret” kitchen of a Michelinstarred restaurant. The chefs will prepare a special menu just for you in front of your eyes, making it a once-in-a-lifetime way to experience the Basque cuisine.

Day 5
Elciego, Spain
Hotel Marques de Riscal, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Elciego Breakfast, Lunch

Check out of your hotel and hop in the car to go south to the La Rioja wine country. Your first destination is a Michelin-starred restaurant hidden in a tiny Rioja town, where you will enjoy a local aperitif and help the chef collect some seasonal ingredients to help prepare your meal. Enjoy a fabulous lunch straight from the garden, with a wine pairing, of course!

Day 6
Elciego, Spain
Hotel Marques de Riscal, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Elciego Breakfast

It’s time to get to know the famous wineries of La Rioja. Today you will visit three of our favorites, sipping on their products and learning about the process used to make some of the best wines in the world. You will also enjoy a gastronomic experience with a fabulous lunch and wine pairing at a top wine hotel. Stop in Laguardia on your way back to the hotel to experience the stunning architecture of the Ysios winery.

Day 7
Barcelona, Spain
Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona Breakfast, Dinner

Take the train to Barcelona where your driver will pick you up and whisk you off to your new hotel. Once you’ve recovered your energies, head out for a traditional Catalan cooking lesson where you will prepare a three-course dinner to enjoy paired with fine Spanish wines.

Day 8
Barcelona, Spain
Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona Breakfast, Dinner

Get to know the best of Barcelona on a walking tour with your local expert guide. Visit the Sagrada Familia, Paseo de Gracia, the Historical Quarter, Santa Maria del Mar church and the Picasso Museum. The day will end with a food and lifestyle experience as two local couples will invite you to a “moveable feast” with a homemade dinner in their charming apartments. This is a fantastic opportunity to get to know how local foodies enjoy their city.

Day 9
Barcelona, Spain
Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona Breakfast, Lunch

Meet your driver in the lobby to go to the Penedés wine region where you will visit a local wine cellar and taste three wines accompanied by a lunch made of local products and some cava. This is a delicious way to spend your last day in Spain, in the Catalan countryside!

Day 10
Barcelona, Spain
None Breakfast

Meet your driver for a private transfer to the airport to catch your departing flight. Buen viaje!

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Food & Wine
  • Sightseeing

Description

If there’s one thing northeastern Spain is known for, it´s our food and our wine. There are 48 Michelin Stars in the Basque Country alone, and its neighbor to the south, La Rioja, produces what are widely recognized as some of the best wines in the world. It is no surprise that the north is a destination for foodies and wine connoisseurs alike. Start your visit in Basque Country where you will visit an underwater winery, the Basque Culinary Center and fabulous restaurants, before moving on to La Rioja for an unforgettable gastronomic experience and many winery visits. You will end up in Barcelona, where you will get to know the city´s history and architecture, learn to cook local delicacies and taste cava in its home region. Whatever you do, don´t forget your appetite!

It is our pleasure to share this sample itinerary to give you an idea of what we could create together. Each detail of the itinerary is entirely customizable based on the needs and wishes of your clients!

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Unless otherwise specified, 25% of total cost of the trip is requested as deposit to secure and confirm a booking. Additionally, some suppliers require 10%-20% deposits to secure bookings. All services and itineraries, unless otherwise advised, should be prepaid fully 45 days before arrival. If bookings are made within 45 days of departure, full payment must be received immediately to secure and confirm a booking. For bookings 1,500 euros or less full payment is mandatory at time of booking. If other arrangements are required, Made for Spain and Portugal will consider them on a case-by-case basis. If payments are not made in a timely manner, Made for Spain and Portugal reserves the right to refuse to confirm the booking, or to impose a last minute reasonable fee to cover costs. Bookings including tickets only may include other fees.

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The Way to Go!!!

By: Katinka


Reviewed on: 05 Nov 2014

Made for Spain: The best day of our entire trip was spent in Lisbon!!! We had a wonderful guide and driver. We really got to see Lisbon; its tiny narrow cobblestoned streets; a beautiful church and cloister and we even had time for lunch in a beer garden. Our guide was full of information...not just ordinary things..but a tremendous knowledge of history, art, etc. What a great day. Also, for our other three tours, in every single situation, the driver or the guide, usually the driver, assisted my husband (who uses a wheelchair) in getting in and out of the van. The drivers and guides were kind, informative, and willing to assist my husband in any way that they could.
Travel Advisor:  Jane Edwards

Highly recommend!

By: SteveB


Reviewed on: 19 Jun 2015

If you are going to Spain and want to really experience this fantastic country, look no further than Made for Spain. Highly professional and speculator pleasant people.
Travel Advisor:  Amy Rectenwald

Wonderful service

By: richard32


Reviewed on: 23 Oct 2016

We only booked a pickup for the airportmmfeom our lodging which was 2 hours away.Our driver arrived 15 minutes before the scheduled time in a large, luxurious mercedes. He was very courteous and spoke very good English. We arrived at the airport at exactly the time he predicted. Very stress-free travel!
Travel Advisor:  Sharon Johnson

top notch service

By: mary


Reviewed on: 01 Jun 2017

Made for Spain connected us with personable, experienced and fun guides and drivers. They were readily available via email and phone to make on-the-spot reservations and recommendations for (wonderful) restaurants during our trip - especially helpful since we did not speak the language. Everything they provided and planned for us was fun and high quality. Could not recommend them more highly.
Travel Advisor:  Tracy Federico

Nothing but fabulous

By: Tom C


Reviewed on: 08 Jun 2017

We had two separate guides over two days. Both of them were excellent. We had one guide for the first two days (Marta Roige) and another one (Carlos Perez) on the third day. The first two days were a whirlwind (in a good way) of sight seeing and visiting various attractions. On the third day, we were having trouble remembering what we saw the first two days. We remembered the bigger sites easily, Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, Palau de la Musica Orfeo Catala, etc. However, Barcelona is peppered with so many Gaudi attractions, it was hard to remember which ones we had been to. Our second guide called our first guide to make sure he did not duplicate what we had seen in the first two days. He did not disappoint us and took us to sights we had not seen the previous two days. We enjoyed both guides greatly. The cars that the tour agency used were clean and well appointed; the drivers were courteous and helpful. I would use again and recommend Made of Spain and Portugal
Travel Advisor:  Marcie Kotler

Major added value

By: Let'sgo


Reviewed on: 16 Jul 2017

We had Made for Spain guides meet us in several cities and it was really worth the time and money. Their English was really good and they all had advanced degrees in the subjects they were telling us about. Very kind-no question is stupid-and great tips for the rest of our time in their city. We would use them again and probably book a longer tour.
Travel Advisor:  Margaret Nichols

A Great Tour Guide Can Bring Attractions to Life

By: DWAR8816


Reviewed on: 27 Sep 2017

In addition to the airport arrival pick-up, Made for Spain organized a 1.5 day private tour of Barcelona & Surrounding Attractions to align with our interests. Although their services are pricy, their selection of a tour guide for us was completely on the mark! We had expressed an interest in history, architecture and developing a better understanding of the Catalonian culture. Our guide, Carles, did a superior job in accomplishing his mission for our day and a half.
Travel Advisor:  Marci Oakley

Spain

By: Susan


Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2017

Except for two missing drivers trip was great
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush

South of Spain.

By: Ken


Reviewed on: 23 Oct 2017

This was a fairly complex trip which was tightly scheduled and they handled the arrangements almost flawlessly. We had a last minute change that had to be made and they handled it very well. They are clearly respected by providers in their market (hotels, drivers, guides...).
Travel Advisor:  Joy Cottrill

Tour Operator

By: Chickie


Reviewed on: 12 Dec 2017

We had a variety of tour guides, drivers, etc. for each city we visited. All were excellent!
Travel Advisor:  Julie Harris

Spain and Portugal Spring 2018

By: Louise


Reviewed on: 07 Apr 2018

The accommodations made through Made for Spain and Portugal were great. The information provided was very helpful as well as the resource material. We did not work directly with them, but through Carissa Guylas.
Travel Advisor:  Carissa Gulyas

Excellent

By: R&A


Reviewed on: 14 May 2018

The guides were informative, interesting, entertaining, friendly and accommodating. The drivers were courteous and attentive. The sites and venues recommended were in keeping with our interest
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush

12 days in portugal

By: karin212


Reviewed on: 22 May 2018

The guides were local experts who spoke flawless English. One of the recommendations our guide made for lunch (a tiny restaurant with 8 tables!) was the best meal we had on the trip! All the car service was late model Mercedes sedans (very comfortable) and drivers and guides all showed up early. A+ service
Travel Advisor:  Kim Shraibati

Spain/Morocco

By: Ray


Reviewed on: 16 Jun 2018

Almost all of the arrangements made in Spain were seamless, guides and experiences incredible and memorable, pick ups, transfers, etc (with the exception of missing the timing of the car p/u to airport travel Barcelona to Seville). We LOVED Hotel Magestic - location, service, tradition - but the hotel in Seville I would not recommend to anyone traveling at our level of expense or experience. Tour groups in and out. Asphyxiating aroma throughout. Guide in Barcelona energetic and adventurous. Gave us a true Gaudi perspective. Cooking experience lovely/homey with the mother/daughter and appreciated the market education. Daughter is special. We were surprised how much we enjoyed Seville - walking tour upon arrival a great idea - a walking city which we enjoyed exploring on our own. AMELIA is a gem - on all levels. What a treat! But cooking paella twice (though from different regions) not creative for us. Loved that Amelia had a map of spain to educate us about where/how/why cuisine evolv
Travel Advisor:  Cliff Morgan

Barcelona

By: TL


Reviewed on: 05 Jul 2018

Very good, all details taken care of....made our stay more enjoyable.
Travel Advisor:  Laura Wallace

Trip to Portugal

By: BCS


Reviewed on: 15 Jul 2018

Made for Spain worked with our travel advisor to help plan a wonderful trip to Portugal for us. They are also extremely responsive and client service-oriented.
Travel Advisor:  Lisa Cohen-Dumani

Excellent tour operator

By: Jane and Les


Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2018

Very professional service, with high quality recommendations for accommodation and transportation choices provided for anyone looking to travel within Portugal.
Travel Advisor:  Kate Winslow