The Basque Country is definitely a landmark destination for travellers and tourists of all kinds looking to enjoy an alternative and authentic destination. This unique Programme that combines a selection of accessible spaces with the best culinary offer will allow any traveller, regardless of his or her disability, to enjoy a surprising and mysterious destination, with an attractive cultural offer, the best cuisine, evolving cities, nature and wild coastline, accessible infrastructures and public spaces, and a whole range of leisure and adventure activities. Basque cuisine is considered by many experts as the heir to the throne as the best cuisine in the world. It is really amazing to see how so much diversity and quality of dishes and culinary offer are concentrated in such a small area. You can enjoy the best traditional cuisine in local taverns, from the famous pintxos that are miniature haute cuisine, enjoy a menu with Michelin stars with one our Top-Chefs, learn more about the culture of wine tasting the best local wines (Txakoli, Rioja Alavesa) in the wineries themselves, and experience the atmosphere that survives in private gastronomic societies. You will discover Bilbao, a surprising city in constant renovation that has become an icon and international benchmark for urban transformation. You will be amazed by Donostia, the pearl of the Bay of Biscay, an elegant city that looks out to the sea from the stunning La Concha bay, a real tourist symbol and a delight for residents and visitors. And you will be surprised with the beauty of Vitoria, capital of the Basque Country, which will take you back to medieval times. Cities, coastal towns, natural green spaces surrounded by mountains, its own language and cultures... in short, a society open to the world with a unique and authentic idiosyncrasy.
Welcome to Bilbao! Arrival at Hotel and check in (accessible rooms). Welcome dinner and accommodation. Bilbao is the metropolitan capital of an area with more than one million inhabitants and the focal point of the socio-economic development and modernisation of Bizkaia. An incredible architecture and large infrastructure projects have made the dazzling transformation of the city possible.
Bilbao, Guggenheim, Hanging Bridge… Breakfast at Hotel. Visit to the Guggenheim Museum and its surroundings, for lovers of the history of cities, architecture and art: discover the inside of this fascinating building, its collections of contemporary art and peek outside, to enjoy both the works and the transformation of the city. It includes admission to the museum and guided audio tour. Pintxos Tour in Bilbao: Local pintxos and wine tasting route discovering the most attractive parts of the city (Santiago Cathedral, Plaza Nueva, San Antón Church, La Ribera Market (the largest in Europe)... Guided tour where culture and cuisine come together to take you around the Casco Viejo, the origins of the city, and the Ensanche of Bilbao, an area with a gastronomic setting. The traveller can delight with the 5 senses enjoying this deep-rooted local tradition. Departure of adapted coach to the coast to Getxo (15 km). Visit to the Hanging Bridge, declared World Heritage by UNESCO, with the possibility of crossing to the other side in the gondola for people who cannot cross by foot using the overhead walkway. Stroll around Neguri, Getxo marina... Free time. OPTIONAL: visit to the Getxo Pelota Court to see a game of Basque Pelota, the game par excellence of rural sports in the Basque Country (Herri Kirolak) Return to Bilbao Dinner on your own. OPTIONAL: Restaurant with 1* Michelin Star
San Sebastián, Getaria, Cider House. Breakfast and departure in coach to San Sebastián. Getaria- Balenciaga Museum Txakoli and Pintxo tasting in Zarautz (Karlos Argiñano Restaurant) Visit and lunch in Cider House City Tour San Sebastián Return to Bilbao. Dinner on your own.
Vitoria, Rioja Alavesa, Wineries in Laguardia. Breakfast at Hotel and departure in coach to Vitoria-Gasteiz. City Tour Vitoria: Old Town, Cathedral… Wine Museum in Briones: Includes a visit to the Museum, wine tasting and sensory 4D experience where you will enjoy wine with all your senses. Lunch in the walled city of Laguardia: enjoy a wonderful meal, based on traditional local cuisine in a setting that will not leave you indifferent. Surrounded by vineyards and the best Wineries of La Rioja, this medieval town is the very heart of the renowned Rioja Alavesa wine. This unique landscape has been nominated to be part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Photographic tour: photo in the stunning and modern Ysios and Marqués de Riscal Wineries Return to the hotel in Bilbao and accommodation. Day 5: Departure Breakfast at Hotel Morning free: Shopping, stroll around the city… Farewell and end of the Programme.
ACCESSIBILITY: Adapted accommodation and the best selection of suppliers
PERSONALISATION: Availability of Technical Aids and Personal Assistance upon request of the customer
EXCURSIONS: Visits to Casco Viejo, Guggenheim Museum, Hanging Bridge (UNESCO heritage), San Sebastián, Getaria, Vitoria, Rioja Alavesa...
LOCAL TRADITION AND CUISINE: Pintxos, Wineries tour…
OPTIONAL ADAPTED ACTIVITIES (NATURE AND RURAL CULTURE): Shepherd experience for a day, Jai Alai - Basque Pelota, Ball, Participative workshops...
Departure and arrival dates: 2015/2016
Base prices per person: From €535/person
(Calculated for a group of 12 pax in DR)
Minimum and maximum number of people: 4-30 pax
(Consult supplements and availability)