Boutique Basque

October 15-20, 2018

Ongi etorri! Though Barcelona was my home for so many years, San Sebastian is possibly my favorite city in Spain. The combination of sea, nature, and beautiful old architecture is enough in itself, but the food just can’t be beat. Join us and get a peek into Basque culture, which the locals are so proud of, especially the food! Take advantage of the free time to eat in some of the most famous Michelin-starred restaurants in the world. We look forward to welcoming an exclusive group of adventurous enthusiasts to explore, eat, and enjoy with us at the table!”

-Chef Camila 

San Sebastian is the foodie city to top all foodie cities; not only does it boast the most Michelin stars per capita in the world, all of its inhabitants are extremely proud of their local food tradition, and love to share it with newcomers.

The Basque country is also renowned for its idyllic rural landscape, and Sobremesa Culinary Tours is excited to show you some of that as well, always using the food scene as our guiding theme.

For this exclusive 5-day trip, our home base will be San Sebastian, which is not only known for its food, but also hosts one of the most important film festivals in Europe, and has traditionally served as a luxurious summer vacation spot. Though it’s a well-known town, it still remains somewhat of a hidden gem, so we suggest you seize this opportunity to discover it while the massive tourism industry has still not taken over.

Our expert team will guide you through the culinary highlights of this romantic coastal city. We will offer you two day trips to the rural Basque bliss: one to our favorite cheese producer and another to a traditional Basque cider house including a hearty traditional lunch menu, highlighting some of the best T-bone steak ever, and a classic salt cod omelet as parts of the meal.

We will also offer you a couple of free nights in case you just can’t get enough food and want to dine at more of the world-famous restaurants in the area (and we will give you recommendations for those as well).

San Sebastian (or Donosti, as the locals call it) is just a lovely train ride away from Barcelona (and thus a great combo with our Boutique Barcelona trip) or Madrid. Although it does have a small airport, we recommend taking the train from a main Spanish city. If you need more transportation recommendations, please don’t hesitate to ask.

What's included?

  • 5 nights accommodation in a modern 4-star boutique hotel with local buffet breakfast
  • All meals, except 2 free nights to explore on your own
  • Expert recommendations for free time
  • Local wine with meals 
  • 2 cooking lessons
  • Guided excursions outside of the city
  • Cheese making
  • Cider tasting
  • Guided market visits
  • Ground transportation to excursions
  • Full-time dedicated staff to assist and guide you
  • Small group (8 people max!) to make you feel comfortable and taken care of

Here's some more detailed info on our itinerary (all subject to change): 

After everyone has arrived and checked into our hotel, on day 1 we will gather for a meet & greet and then a bar-hopping dinner of pintxos in the old town (paired with the local wine txakoli, of course). 

On our first full day, day 2, we will start out with a guided tour of La Bretxa market to stock up on ingredients for our cooking lesson. Then it's off to a lunch at a hidden gem of a restaurant that Camila loves. We will dine on the fruits of our labor after our first cooking class. 

Day 3 brings our first out of town excursion to the (hard) cider-producing town of Astigarraga. We will visit a traditional cider house and learn about its production and then dine on a typical cider house menu, complete with some surprises that will allow you to see a vision of the culture you would never have imagined! Complete with all the cider you can stomach. In the evening it's back to home base to enjoy some free time (perhaps a dinner at one of those life-changing Michelin-starred restaurants, if you are still hungry, that is). 

On day 4 we visit another local market, San Martin, completely renovated in 2005, but still hosting all the traditional goodness, in the midst of a modern shopping mall. For lunch we will have our second cooking class with chef Camila. Free time in the evening so make sure you book ahead! 

On the next day we leave the city again, this time to an artisanal cheese producer nearby. We will get to see the sheep andmake cheese first-hand! And then be served a stunning, abundant local menu. Please make sure to save space for our farewell dinner! or at least walk it off in the afternoon, while you either hike up one of San Sebastian'shills, or shop till you drop during free time.

We will say our goodbyes after breakfast of the last day, 

What's not included?

  • Airfare

  • Airport transportation

  • Meals on free nights

  • Personal shopping expenses

Cost

$3,690 per person in double room

$4,350 per person in private room

 

Terms of Payment
Payment in three installments:
1. Deposit due upon registration (non-refundable): $750
2. 50% (minus deposit) due Feb. 1, 2018
3. Remaining 50% due June. 1, 2018