Savour Spain

Savour Spain

Day 1 Madrid

Arrival in Madrid where you are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Tonight enjoy a Wine and Tapas small group tour. There are two "Madrids": the one you can't help but see, and the one you need a local person to show you. We'd like to invite you to enjoy the experience of "ir de tapas", as madrileños do. You will discover hidden spots with atmosphere, dishes with a history, and diverse types of wine, strolling along Madrid's 17th century streets. You will visit three or four bars in the old part of Madrid. Overnight.

Day 2 Madrid

Free morning at leisure to perhaps visit one of the city’s world renowned galleries. Then, a highlight as you enjoy a Spanish cooking class at a cooking school inside a market. You will learn to prepare Spain’s flagship dishes, such as paella, and tortilla, after a guided walk around the market. Afterwards enjoy a lunch of your prepaired dishes paired with different wines and or sangria. Free afternoon at leisure after the tour to enjoy the old quarter at leisure and perhaps visit the impressive Royal Palace. Overnight.

Day 3 Madrid - Siguenza

Today pick up your rental car and head north east to Siguenza. Siguenza offers important Romanesque Architecture, in particular the town Cathedral which boasts a stunning ceiling carved with cherubins and floral patterning. The mark of history can be seen in later additions of Gothic like cloisters. Dinner at the Parador tonight. The region is famous for its pastoral cuisine, featuring game meats, river trout and more. Overnight.

Day 4 Siguenza - Soria - Laguardia

Depart Siguenza and continue north to La Rioja, Spain’s wine growing region, via Soria. When talking wine, the name La Rioja really refers to the banks of the Rio Ebro. Much is in fact produced on the Pais Vasco side of the river, known as La Rioja Alavesa. The historic walled town of Laguardia, strategically placed upon a small hill looking out over the plains of the Rioja Alavesa, is the perfect base from which to explore the region. Overnight.

Day 5 Laguardia

Full free day. The town itself is perfectly preserved and a joy to wander around; the visitor can visit among other things several bodegas, fortifications and the amazingly well preserved polychromic archway in the church of Santa Maria. There is a good selection of bars and restaurants and interesting shopping, especially for those with an interest in wine. Today Laguardia is a pedestrian town, as vehicles cannot enter the town walls due to the risk of its many underground cellars caving in! This afternoon a short drive will take you to visit Bodegas Marques de Riscal. Designed by renowned architect Frank O. Gehry, this spectacular hotel/ Winery is his second masterpiece in Spain, after Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum. Overnight.

Day 6 Laguardia - San Sebastian

Today travel north to San Sebastian, the gastronomic capital of Spain. On arrival drop off your rental car. Gloriously situated on a neat, shell-shaped bay, San Sebastian is the most elegant and fashionable Spanish seaside resort. At either end of the bay is a tower-topped hill - Monte Urgull and Monte Igueldo. Between the two lies a small island, the Island of Santa Clara. Overnight.

Day 7 San Sebastian

Morning free. This evening is a special night as you will enjoy a memorable experience as you head out on a Pintxo Tasting tour. A special small group dining experience, sampling the very finest pintxos (tapas) in San Sebastián. Using our expert, up to the minute knowledge, we guide you on an informal and inspiring culinary experience, hopping-from-bar-to-bar on an evening of eating and drinking your way around the old town of San Sebastián. Overnight.

Day 8 San Sebastian

Farewell the city as you head to your next destination. You can take direct trains to Barcelona or Madrid or across the border into southern France.