- Tour: La Rioja to San Sebastian via Navarra
- Experience: San Sebastian Tapas Tour
Abba San Sebastian Hotel
- Meals: B
La Rioja to San Sebastian via Navarra
This morning after check out, your guide will meet you at the hotel and take you on the road towadrs San Sebastian.
En route, take take a detour to the winegrowing area of Navarra. Traditionally associated with the production of crisp, fruit-driven rosé, Navarra is beginning to attract attention for its high-quality red wines made mainly from the Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grape varieties.
Enjoy a visit and tasting at an estate such as Pago de Larrainzar. The vineyard is the soul of the Bodega with Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Garnacha, from different clones and stocks, making up the vineyard’s 13 hectares of stone and pebbles, clay and sand.
Next, you will be welcomed at Bodega Otazu, or similar. Located in an idyllic setting not far from Pamplona, the winemaking tradition here dates to the Middle Ages. Its extraordinary masterpieces of contemporary art highlight the natural beauty of a vineyard certified with the highest category in Spain: Protected DO Pago wines. Enjoy a tour of the Bodega and tasting of their wines.
After your visit, you will be brought to the unviserity town of Pamplona for lunch at a local restaurant. With its grand cathedral, archaeological treasures and 16th-century fortifications, there’s much history hidden in these atmospheric medieval lanes. And with its lush parks and picturesque city centre full of vibrant eating and drinking spots, it’s easy to see why so many – Hemingway included – have fallen under Pamplona’s spell.
Later this afternoon, your guide will deliver you to your hotel in San Sebastian for check in.
Take your time to settle in and get ready for your tapas tour this evening.
San Sebastian Tapas Tour
This evening, join your local guide for a small group tour tasting the best tapas in town. You will find Pintxos (Basque tapas) line every bar in San Sebastian’s famed Old Town, but knowing where to find the best ones is an art. While it’s hard to have a bad meal in town, knowing exactly where to go for the best, and most exciting pintxos takes local, insider knowledge. Do this afternoon in San Sebastian like a local, led by our friendly and knowledgeable Basque guides.
We dive straight into the culinary heart of the city for an afternoon of eating and drinking. From fresh prawns to line-caught baby squid to perfectly charred steak, the pintxo hunt changes daily but always features a range of traditional spots and chic, avant-garde bars. Come thirsty, too, as we’ll be pairing each pintxo with the perfect pour, from cider to local whites and reds.
You will be brought back to your hotel at the end of the evening.