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Food Lovers’ Road Trip through Spain

San Sebastian, Basque Country & La Rioja

Best time to Travel
May – Oct
Ideal length
8 nights
Perfect for
All
From (incl flights)
€3,699 pp

At a glance

  • International flights from Dublin to Biarritz and home from Bilbao.
  • Private airport transfer as well as 5 days' pre-arranged car rental.
  • 8 nights’ luxury accommodation in San Sebastian, Elciego and Bizkaia.
  • Enjoy privately guided tours of Bilbao and its iconic Guggenheim.
  • Authentic experiences throughout, including a tour of a traditional Cider House and a premium Rioja tour.
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Introduction

Discover Basque Country and La Rioja on a voyage of Michelin-starred cuisine, glorious wine and distinctive culture, exclusive to Spain’s northern regions. Start in Basque Country, an autonomous community sitting on the border of France and Spain which maintains an awe-inspiring mountainous landscape of luxuriant greenery tumbling into coastal beauty. On this self-drive suggested itinerary, we will guide you on a celebration of food and wine, towards everything the regions of Basque Country and La Rioja have to offer, whilst still allowing for your own exploration along the way.

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Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to Biarritz.

Your private driver will be waiting to transfer you to your grandiose accommodation on the outskirts of the culinary hotspot of San Sebastián. Here you will spend three nights in a luxury hotel that is within walking distance of both the sandy beach and the city centre.

Spend days exploring at leisure.

Wander into the city, where there are more Michelin star restaurants per capita than anywhere else in the world. Make sure to stroll down to the golden sandy beach, spending days relaxing on one of Europe’s best beaches.

Dine at the Michelin starred Eme Be Garrote restaurant
We have arranged a tour of a traditional Cider house.

See how the famous Sagardoa (cider) is made by an expert using traditional and authentic Basque methods. Take in the culture, history and delicious cider. To finish off the evening, we’d be happy to reserve a table at one of our favourite restaurants.

Enjoy a private tour of a traditional cider house
Drive to Elciego.

Enjoy the stunning sights as you journey to your hotel, an architectural masterpiece overlooking the gorgeous vineyards. Spend days at the spa or experience what the hotel is all about as you enjoy a glass of wine and exceptional cuisine at one of the hotel restaurants, one of which is Michelin star.

Hotel Marqués de Riscal
Delight in the Rioja region.

Your luxury hotel takes its place in the celebrated Rioja region, Spain’s most famous wine-grape region. We have arranged a tour and wine-tasting, where you will get to know the world-renowned wine followed by a delectable lunch.

La Rioja vineyard
Your next stop is Bizkaia.

Here, you will spend three nights in the heart of Basque Country’s Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve. Venture to one of the many beaches for a day of sun-soaking or wander along the scenic riverside trails.

Urdabai Biosphere
Tour the city of Bilbao and its iconic Guggenheim Museum.

Uncover the marvellous mix of modern metropolis architecture and cultural art during a privately guided tour of the city. Continue to visit the avant-garde Guggenheim Museum where works by many contemporary artists are housed.

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao
Drive to the international airport for your flight home.

Drop off your rental car and board your flight. Arrive in Dublin.

Tailoring your holiday

OROKO Itineraries are created with you in mind and no two are the same. These can be used to help plan your trip - or we can design a completely different itinerary to suit you.

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Accommodation

Where to rest your head

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Castillo de Arteaga

Castillo de Arteaga

Castillo de Arteaga’s luxury boutique hotel lies in the heart of Basque Country’s Urdaibai Nature Reserve. Holding a wealth of history, the property is set within an imposing neo-gothic building.

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Villa Soro

Villa Soro

Villa Soro offers supreme elegance and grandeur in the outskirts of San Sebastián. Housed within an opulent mansion, interiors are classically furnished.

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Hotel Marqués de Riscal, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Hotel Marqués de Riscal, a Luxury Collection Hotel

Overlooking the celebrated vineyards of its namesake lies the ultra-modern Hotel Marqués de Riscal. Its contemporary exterior, designed by architect Frank Gehry, is avant-garde and undeniably artistic.

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What people are saying

Dara at OROKO booked the most fantastic trip for my daughter and I to Athens. It was our first time in Greece. Between Acropolis, museum, and gallery visits, to quiet times at a beachside boutique hotel, it was the most perfect Easter break for us both. Thanks OROKO.

Fiona & Ava – Athens, 2022

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