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Bilbao to Bordeaux: Celebrating Cuisine & Culture 2020


9 days from $9,295 per person

Limited to 18 guests

Immerse yourself in a cultural and culinary exploration of Spain’s vibrant Basque country and France’s celebrated Bordeaux region, two spectacularly scenic destinations renowned the world over for their fine food and wine.

A&K Advantages

  • Tour the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, a Frank Gehry-designed architectural icon
  • Visit Guernica, the city that inspired Pablo Picasso’s most celebrated masterwork
  • Explore local flavors with a cooking class in San Sebastián, the cradle of Basque cuisine
  • Go behind the scenes in some of Bordeaux’s finest châteaux
  • Cruise the coastal waters of Arcachon Bay, enjoying oysters plucked fresh from the sea

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1
Arrive Bilbao, Spain
Day 2
Guernica & the Coast | A Legacy of Remembrance
Day 3
Bilbao | Masterworks of the Guggenheim
Day 4
San Sebastián | Sun, Surf & Cider
Day 5
Pamplona | Hemingway’s Haunts
Day 6
Bordeaux, France | Duet of Spicy & Sweet
Day 7
Bordeaux | Wines of the Châteaux’s Cellars
Day 8
Bordeaux | Delicacy of the Coast
Day 9
Depart Bordeaux
Day 1
Arrive Bilbao, Spain

Arrive in Bilbao, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. This evening, gather for cocktails and a welcome dinner at the hotel.

Gran Hotel Domine
Meals: Dinner
Day 2
Guernica & the Coast | A Legacy of Remembrance

Depart Bilbao for nearby Guernica, a city inextricably linked to the brutality of war and nationalism immortalized in Pablo Picasso’s masterwork, Guernica. Delve into the poignant history that so deeply inspired the master, seeing ground zero of the infamous bombing raid that leveled the city in 1937. Continue to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, a towering islet capped with a 10th-century hermitage. Walk the islet’s switch-backed causeway, a stunning setting some may recognize from the series Game of Thrones. Next, embark on a private boat trip to a wine cellar sunken some 20 meters below the surface of the sea, where local wines are paired with lunch aboard. Return to Bilbao for a brief orientation tour. Enjoy an evening at leisure.

Gran Hotel Domine
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3
Bilbao | Masterworks of the Guggenheim

Begin the day with a tour of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Considered an architectural masterwork in and of itself, the Frank Gehry-designed structure boasts a world-class collection of modern and contemporary art. Have lunch and proceed to San Sebastián, where you settle into your hotel. Tonight, experience one of the city’s renowned restaurants.

Hotel Maria Cristina
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4
San Sebastián | Sun, Surf & Cider

After breakfast, explore San Sebastián’s local cider culture, learning how this delightful regional staple is brewed, poured and quaffed in the Basque tradition. Next, enjoy time at leisure to relax or explore this sophisticated city of sun and surf on your own. Later, join a private cooking class exploring regional favorites.

Hotel Maria Cristina
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5
Pamplona | Hemingway’s Haunts

Set out for the countryside to visit a family-run dairy farm and taste their fresh cheeses. Continue to Pamplona, home to the annual festival of San Fermín (the running of the bulls) that inspired Ernest Hemingway’s classic, The Sun Also Rises. After lunch at leisure, your local expert reveals the city’s medieval lanes. Return to San Sebastián, where your evening is at leisure.

Hotel Maria Cristina
Meals: Breakfast
Day 6
Bordeaux, France | Duet of Spicy & Sweet

Cross the border into France, pausing to take in the scenic fishing village of Saint-Jean-de-Luz. Continue into the foothills of the Pyrénées, stopping to try the local peppers of Espelette, an ingredient prized by chefs the world over. Next, explore the time-honored chocolate-making tradition of coastal Bayonne with a tasting led by a local expert. After lunch at leisure, continue northward to Bordeaux. Here, your guide reveals the city as you walk to a local restaurant for dinner.

InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7
Bordeaux | Wines of the Châteaux’s Cellars

Today, explore some of Bordeaux’s iconic châteaux, enjoying privileged access to areas otherwise closed to the public. Savor expertly curated tastings of some of the world’s most coveted wines. Pause for lunch at one of the châteaux, before returning to the city for an evening at leisure.

InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8
Bordeaux | Delicacy of the Coast

This morning, travel to Arcachon, a charming seaside town renowned for its oysters. Join an oysterman for a boat trip around his beds, savoring fresh oysters plucked straight from the sea. Following a lunch on board, head to shore for a guided tour of The City of Wine, a museum celebrating the region’s deeply rooted wine culture. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel’s renowned Gordon Ramsay restaurant.

InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9
Depart Bordeaux

After breakfast, you are transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

Meals: Breakfast


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

  • 2020
  • Jun 14 - Jun 22
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Journey Details

Minimum age is 10 years.

First group event: welcome briefing at 6:00 p.m. on Day 1.

Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:30 p.m. on Day 8.

Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.


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