San Sebastian The Basque Country

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110 people

3 nights

Day 1

Morning

Meet & Greet at Stansted Airport for sole charter Boeing 737 flight to Bilbao.

Lunch

An upgraded gourmet menu was served during the flight (all seats had personalised headrests)

Afternoon

Arrival into Bilbao. Guided coach transfers to San Sebastian with separate luggage truck. Private check in area at the Maria Cristina hotel. Welcome drinks served and luggage delivered to the rooms.

Evening

Short walk across the bridge to the Kursaal, where a welcome dinner at Ni Neu was served.

This restaurant is located next to the Zurriola beach in the significant Kursaal building. It offers high-end cuisine with Mikel Gallo as head chef.

A gastronomic approach ranging from classic bistro to top-end dining. The views of the river and sea make the combination perfect.

Day 2

Morning

Sole charter Catamaran cruise around Concha Bay with coffee and snacks.

Lunch

PINTXOS DISCOVERY: We split the group into 10 smaller groups, each with their own food guide and took them on a discovery of 5 bars, where an array of local speciality Pintxos (similar to tapas) were served accompanied by local cider and Txakoli (sparkling white wine)

This was a fantastic introduction to San Sebastian life and huge fun for the guests.

Afternoon

Free afternoon.

Evening

Exclusive dinner at La Perla restaurant, which offers the most outstanding location right in the middle of the famous La Concha beach, this seafront restaurant offers views of the bay and contemporary cuisine based on traditional products.

Day 3

Morning

The Citroen 2 CV Challenge: This morning we took the guests to the top of Igelda Mountain where a rare sight of 30 vintage 2CV cars were lined up awaiting the group.

We had imported the cars from a supplier in nearby France and split the group into 4 people per car.

They then had the challenge of following a road book and answering clues and taking part in various photo tasks before eventually arriving at an exclusive Cider House located in the small village of Astigarraga.

Lunch

Full Cider House experience where cider is served directly from the barrels and wonderful steaks and cod omelettes’ accompany the drinks.

This was most definitely the highlight of the trip and people still fondly talk about their experience in the 2 CV’s.

Evening

Gala Dinner at the San Telmo Museum

Without any doubt the San Telmo Museum is the most spectacular venue of the city!

Located in an outstanding spot, right in the heart of the historic centre of San Sebastián, the San Telmo Museum is a former Dominican convent housed in a historic building that dates back to the 16th century.

On arrival, guests were welcomed with cocktails and canapés, whilst being entertained by typical Basque music, the Txalaparta.

5-couse gourmet dinner was served and the group danced late into the night with an International Dance band.

Day 4

Morning

A late start for the group today, as luggage was collected from their bedrooms at 10.30 hrs.

Check-out was 11.00 hrs and the group was then transferred to the very picturesque coastal town of Zarautz, where a traditional Basque farewell lunch was served at Aiten-Etxe.

Lunch

Founded in  1983 by the Lopetegui brothers, the restaurant is  recognised for their high quality service and magnificent food.

The cuisine is based on traditional Basque Cuisine with special mention to the fresh and excellent fish and seafood dishes.

Afternoon

Sole charter Boeing 737 return to Stansted airport.

Tim
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