Rioja & the Basque Country

11-17 September 2017

Gourmet Tour Brand

The Basque country has long been a culinary hotspot as well as wonderful place to visit. We will explore the breadth of Basque cuisine during the tour, from gourmet tapas to excellent seafood through to succulent aged beef cooked on the special Basque grill. We are delighted that renowned chef and restauranteur Karen Bell will be co-hosting the tour to give an expert overview on the wonderful world of Basque gastronomy, set alongside the very finest Riojan and Basque wines.

Rioja & the Basque Country

11-17 September 2017


  • Michelin star meal in Rioja
  • Charcoal grill beef masterclass near Gernika
  • Visit to Tree of Gernika and Parliament
  • Gourmet pintxos tour of San Sebastian
  • Visits to top class wineries Muga, Roda, Remelluri, Talai Berri, Bodega Berroja
  • Shepherd experience and cheese tasting in Atxondo
  • Lamb charcoal grill masterclass in Rioja
  • Dinner at one of the world’s top 5 wine cellars
  • Cookery class and lunch in Bilbao
  • Visit to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao
  • Blend your own wine in Bodega Urbana, Bilbao
  • Walk the San Fermines bull run in Pamplona
  • Optional tapas tour in Bilbao

What's Included & Extensions

This price includes all accommodation, visits and tastings at wineries, all breakfasts and 10 meals (6 lunches and 4 dinners) during the trip (for other meals you are free to make your own plans), all wine at meals, a tour manager and local transport. Flights, insurance and tips are not included.

Single supplement $750

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Managing Director and Tour Host

Jeremy Shaw

Jeremy couldn’t resist a spell in Spain in 1993 just before he started working as a lawyer in London. He had studied at the Sorbonne and then worked in the wine industry for Steven Spurrier in Paris but the sunny days in Salamanca in that first half of 1993 changed his life. As well as meeting wife Marisa, Jeremy developed a love for Spain and the Spanish that has permeated his life ever since.

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Tour Host

Karen Bell

Karen began her culinary career in Milwaukee while studying culinary arts at the Milwaukee Area Technical College and furthered her education with a culinary grant from MATC at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. After finishing her studies, she moved to Chicago where she helped open Vong Restaurant, and worked at Charlie Trotter’s. She then spent three years at San Francisco’s prestigious seafood restaurant Farallon, where she was promoted to Sous Chef and Chef in charge of private dining.

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