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“Ultimate Foodie Tour”

A Taste of Spain Culinary Day Tours - Basque Country
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Owner description: Experience the foods and cuisines of Spain with the local culinary experts: private cooking classes, market visits, tapas sessions, customized food & wine tours... in the Basque Country and throughout Spain. Since 1999, we specialize in organizing genuine culinary experiences for international foodies willing to savor the authentic Taste of Spain. Small - private groups, starting from 2 people. A Taste of Spain is recommended by National Geographic on "Food Journeys of a lifetime" as local tour operator providing expert knowledge in the Spanish culinary scene; and is a member of the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) and Slow Food.
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“Ultimate Foodie Tour”
Reviewed 30 October 2012

The entire tour throughout Spain was simply perfect. Every detail was carried out by our guides and Miguel-the owner-with the utmost attention to detail. Every city, including San Sabastion, was perfectly executed and thouroughly entertaining . From tours of wineries to cooking classes to fabulous meals always hosted privately with chefs and owners. I can't mark anything down. I would certainly do it again and if you are even considering it, go. Feel free to contact me if you like. Fabulous, fabulous, trip. From Madrid to San Sabastion, Bilbao, Barcelona, and Seville ( a private tour thety booked for me after the tour concluded. Thanks, Miguel, you rule!!!!

Visited October 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“THE Ultimate Foodies Tour!”
Reviewed 30 October 2012

A Taste of Spain delivered in more ways than one and everyone on the tour had a fantastic time enjoying the wonderful introduction to the delights and specialities of Spain.

For those of you who like a little more detail, read on: The tour kicked off in Madrid where we all met for a welcome dinner at the hotel, the next morning we had a walking tour of the city with our impressive tour guide Cesar who knew all things historic and culinary. We stopped off for our first culinary delight for breakfast...Churros con Chocolate…a spanish doughnut served with thick hot chocolate, this got us all going and ready to face the day. We enjoyed a walking tour of the city and saw most of the monuments, establishments, plaza's and the Palace. We visited the Corpus Christie monastery, a closed convent. As this is a dying tradition and special to Spain the nuns make their living by baking various sweets and selling them to the public behind closed doors, you don't see the nun only hear her and you place your money on the lazy susan and swing it around to find your little package of sweets, very charming. We then enjoyed an Ibérico themed lunch at Mesón 5J, a specialised restaurant located in Madrid's Plaza Mayor. The food is served in courses and we had 6…the servings are very generous and there is always plenty of bread on the table. The Ibèrico Ham is amazing…the Ibèrico pig is fed on only acorns for the last 6 months of it's life which creates the sweet nutty fat for what it's famed for. A real delight. The meal was paired with sherry wines, dry and sweet. As you can imagine we all rolled out both from the food and drink.

We had some free time in the afternoon and I took a visit to the Prado, well worth the 11 Euro entrance fee.

In the evening we enjoyed a live flamenco performance at the famous Casa Patas, well that was an experience I will never forget. The room was small with only 100 people and A Taste of Spain had reserved front row seats for us. The performers were nearly in our laps and their passion and skill was awe inspiring. The guy was a spanish replica of Fabio and all the women were swooning.

Then we hit the road early to drive North with our destination being San Sebastian. On the way we drove through La Rioja wine region and stopped off at a family run winery Marquès de Arviza where we walked through the underground cellars dating from the 16th century. Quite an experience. Of course we had a private wine tasting followed by a tasty country style lunch including a plate of the biggest tomatoes I have ever seen, about the size of a grapefruit. We had croquets, a tradition in Spanish food, a chorizo stew, lamb chops and cheese and quince to finish off. Then we were back on the mini coach to make our way through the winding Basque mountains to San Sebastian.

San Sebastian was a real treat, it's a big city but manageable compared to Madrid. The cobbled streets and alleyways are charming and the coastline is truly picturesque. We had the evening to ourselves and a couple of us explored the old city and had a wonderful dinner at La Fábrica, highly recommended.

The next morning we had a walking tour of the city (and walk we did, thank goodness for the walking element of this tour as I am sure its worked off all the food and drink we have consumed) and we went to the famous food market to see all the farmers and their produce and to also buy special spanish sausage and more grapefruit sized tomatoes. We then walked our way up a large hill for a private cooking class at the historic Gastronomic Society, a perfect way to experience a traditional members only (traditionally men only) cooking clubs unique to the Basque country. We were also invited to visit the private library which contained cook books and paintings from the 17th century and then we cooked beautiful seafood and a prawn paella with baby clams and a traditional spanish desert which I can't remember what's it called but who cares, it was delicious :) We then walked off the lunch and a couple of us hiked further up the mountain for birds eye views of the city and some beautiful photography opportunities, we also stumbled across a 17th century cemetery with 4 head stones of soldiers in their 30's. Quite eerie but beautiful.

By the time we walked back to our hotel it was time to meet again for an evening walking tour of the city and a tasting of the local 'Pintxos' the basque version of Tapas. You just would not believe your eyes with all these bars with amazing plates of delicious little bites all over the bar for you to choose from. And it's an honesty system, you choose your bites and eat them and when it's time to pay you tell the barman what you ate. Delicious delicious.

The next morning we headed to The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, an architectural structure to behold and some very interesting interactive sculptures on the ground floor. It was impressive to hear the history of the city and how the museum changed Bilbao for the better and for forever. After we had our art fix we were treated to a lunch with a modern twist at Bitoque de Albia, a gastro bar run by a very talented Basque chef born in the UK, I had the best duck I have ever eaten, I will be dreaming of it for years to come!

Our tour guide Cesar really made this tour with his knowledge and humour, and thanks to all at A Taste of Spain for creating a wonderful foodies tour that allowed us to see parts and areas of the Basque Country that we wouldn't have if travelling on our own. Thank you, this tour truly was the ultimate!

Visited October 2012
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New York City, New York
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“A Taste of Spain Delivers!”
Reviewed 12 October 2012

A Taste of Spain delivers exactly what it advertises: an introduction to the food of Spain. In addition, knowledgeable tour guides give you historical detail on all the locales you visit: two major cities Madrid and Barcelona; as well as side trips to San Sebastian, a beach paradise; and Bilbao, home to the Guggenheim museum.

Due to the meticulous coordination of the tour, there seems to be adequate time to get just enough of a "Taste of Spain" to want to return.


Superbly coordinated culinary romp though the cuisine of Spain!

Visited September 2012
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Del Mar, California
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“More than a taste”
Reviewed 12 October 2012

"The ultimate foodie culinary tour of Spain" certainly lived up to its name. We tasted and visited the "best of the best." Our delightful and knowledgeable guide Ceasar made the tour ever so enjoyable.

Visited October 2012
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NYC
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“A Taste of Spain”
Reviewed 12 October 2012

We had amazing cuisine and were also able to sample the local culture with our experienced tour guides, including an amazing flamenco performance.It was quite a whirlwind from Madrid to Bilbao to San Sebastian to Stiges to Barcelona, but very well organized.We cooked, we ate, drank wine and made merry. What more could one ask?
Perhaps a little more time- might even be better as a 10 day tour.

Visited October 2012
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