Active Gourmet Holidays
Active Gourmet Holidays

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(Options:  Optional Activities, Longer Stays, Custom Itineraries, Cycling Holidays)
Basque Country, Spain - 3 nights
Available March to December


San Sebastián (known as Donostia, in Basque language) has become a virtual Mecca for the modern gastronaut. World-class gourmands flock to this lovely seaside city, in search of exquisite restaurants, fashionable pintxos bars and renowned culinary societies. The elegant cultural atmosphere on display here is not unfounded: no other city in the world has as many Michelin stars per capita. Our gastronomy extravaganza provides a few truly astonishing culinary experiences and the chance for some hands-on practice at the art of la buena cocina. This three night tour may be easily combined with a visit to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao or any other tour in Northern Spain.





Day One 


Arrival in San Sebastián 


From pintxo to pintxo, from 9 p.m. to midnight. This evening, your tour begins by exploring the historical city center of San Sebastián, in a fabulous atmosphere which resembles a giant cocktail party. With the help of an expert local guide, you’ll sample some of the tastiest Basque tapas available, served up (in style!) with sparkling txakoli.



Day Two


Cooking class: creating pintxos 



Expert instruction today, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. First you hit the market, to shop for the freshest ingredients. Then it’s on to your cooking class, where you have the luxury of trying your luck first-hand. You’ll learn to create a dozen or so delicacies. As a reward, a tasty meal made of your own culinary artwork, served with wine.



Day Three


Excursions in / near San Sebastián 


Explore the city on a tapas tour of your own design, hit the beach or visit the nearby sculpture garden-museum of Eduardo Chillida. Optional extra: book a gastronomical experience of grand dimensions and immerse yourself in high-tech Basque cuisine. We can book you a table at renowned restaurants such as Mugaritz - a Michelin 2-star restaurant, awarded third place among the world’s 50 best restaurants in 2008.


Day Four


Your culinary tour comes to an end today after breakfast.


You will have the option of booking extra nights in San Sebastián, or at other Green Spain destinations like Asturias or Bilbao (Guggenheim Museum).







A minimum of 4 participants is required to run this tour and the tour is limited to a maximum of 16 participants. (*Please inquire regarding larger groups)


(The number of participants refers to how many persons are required to run the tour, not to how many persons you must have in your  party. Please inquire.)






Convenient airports: Bilbao (also Oviedo or Santander)


Extension hotels: Oviedo, Bilbao


*These details are provided as additional information. Please check below to see if transfers are included in this tour.





2017 Fees Per Person


*Please inquire


*Program is based on a minimum of 4 participants; please inquire about a similar program for smaller or larger groups


*Pricing may vary depending on market fluctuation




After availability is confirmed, a 20% deposit and the completed and submitted registration form will secure your reservation. Final payment is due no later than 75 days before your arrival date. 


2017 Dates

Available upon request with start dates from March 1 to December 15





*Three nights' accommodation at a 3-star hotel in the city (double, twin and single rooms available)
*All breakfasts 
*City tour of pinxtos bars with local guide (all food and drinks included) 
*All transfers according to program
*Expert gourmet guide
*Class in pinxto-making led by a master chef (wine included)
*Detailed cultural information in English 




*Flights and transfers to and from San Sebastián
*Travel insurance
*Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
*Any items not specifically mentioned in the program


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Please contact us for cancellation policy information. Travel insurance is highly recommended.




K.W. and K.A., Denmark


"Last summer you arranged for us a 15-day walk in the Picos de Europa. We were very pleased with the arrangement and your helpfulness - it was a marvelous tour. We have been looking at your website for another trip this summer in July. . ."


B.W. and J.W., Spain

"We are very pleased we found your company, you have been so kind and helpful. "


T.M., Chico, California

"We wanted you to know how much we enjoyed our trip in Asturias. The routes provided allowed us to see the wonderful natural beauty of the area along with the historic villages, with their many churches and squares. The directions were clear and easy to follow. The degree of difficulty was just right for our level of fitness. Each of our hosts at our accommodations along the way were friendly and the rooms and meals they provided were excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip and we thank you for helping to arrange our vacation in Spain."






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"It was an absolutely marvelous week. The accommodations were superb. I loved the course, the host, and the Chambre d'Hote which is a lovely country house equipped with everything one could possibly need. I was incredibly pleased to when dealing with AGH. All in all, a fantastic experience that I hope to be able to repeat, perhaps in Italy next time." Anita D., Encinitas, California

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