Day 01 – Bilbao - Arrival
Arrival at Bilbao airport, where your local hostess is waiting for you to take you to your accommodation. After leaving your bags, you will take a short walk to La Arboleda, an old mining area with beautiful landscapes from where you can see and learn about the history of the city with a more natural and green approach. After the guided visit, you will enjoy a traditional “alubiada con sacramentos” for lunch, a local bean stew with varied meats. Afternoon free to walk around the city center or visit some museums. Dinner not included today, but we can offer you some suggestions.
Day 02 – Urdaibai
After breakfast you will head to Urdaibai, an extraordinarily beautiful nature park declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. You will visit the marshes, a crossing point for migratory birds with a multitude of small beaches at low tide. At lunch, you will visit a local txakolineria, a family winery where you can eat a sartenada, a dish cooked in a frying pan with local produce. In the afternoon, you will get a transfer to the nearby town of Gernika, ti visit the Museum of Peace to learn about how the town played a key role in the Spanish Civil War. The museum is very interactive and you can even listen to the sound of sirens warning for booms. To end the day, you will dine at the accommodation after collecting food from the garden itself. Accommodation in a charming rural lodge.
Day 03 – Getaria
After breakfast, you will head to the beautiful town of Getaria to take a walk around the streets leading to the port. You will then take a boat to see from the sea the impressive geological phenomenon of the Flysch. Return to Getaria and enjoy some free time to eat and enjoy this picturesque town. In the afternoon, you will visit a family-owned canning company, where you will learn how to prepare canned anchovies together with this family who has been doing this job for decades.
Day 04 – Goierri
After breakfast you will go to Goierri district, in the heart of Gipuzkoa, to visit a local cheese factory where you will learn how to make this product and enjoy a tasting. At lunch, you will eat in a typical cider house, where you can taste and pour cider straight from the barrel and find out about the txotx culture! Goierri is a destination full of surprises, and you will experience some of them, like the Zerain jail, built in 1711, together with the town hall. The jail still conserves the rings and shackles to chain the prisoners, examples of the conditions in which prisoners lived at that time. Accommodation in a rural lodge.
Day 05 – Vitoria-Gasteiz
After breakfast, a private transfer will take you to Vitoria-Gasteiz, the Basque capital. You will take a guided tour and visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria, an iconic building of the city, where you will see the skeleton of this historic cathedral and the towers, offering a panoramic view of the city. As a good Vitorian, you will visit a gastronomic society where a professional chef will cook you typical Basque dishes. Afternoon free to visit the city on your own and try the wonderful and emblematic pintxos. Accommodation in a “Parador”.
Day 06 – Salina de Añana
After breakfast, you will head to Salina de Añana, a salt valley and one of the most amazing landscapes in the Basque Country. You will enjoy a guided tour of the area, relax in a saline footbath and even taste the salt of the valley itself. At lunchtime, you will head to Rioja Alavesa to visit the famous olive trees of the area. You will visit the town of Moreda de Álava and you will take a walk to the olive grove area, where you will learn about the olive tree culture. In addition, you will enjoy a superb campero lunch in the grove, with sausages and Rioja Alavesa wine.
Day 07 – Laguardia - Return
Last day to enjoy this beautiful region. After breakfast you will visit Laguardia, a medieval town surrounded by thick walls. To end your trip, you will visit a traditional and ecological family-owned winery, where you will enjoy a farewell wine tasting and some small bites. End of services.
"Great program, fantastic guides, very good hotels and food - everything perfectly organized. This was our first trip with Spain Yourway, and we are already planning and looking forward to the upcoming trips."