Weekend: Essential Basque Country and Gastronomy
Unique & exclusive customized travel planning for small groups in the Basque Country
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Weekend: Essential Basque Country and Gastronomy
What could you discover in a weekend?
See the “Bizkaia Bridge” a world heritage site and experience the beautiful “Algorta Old Port”. Take “Bilbao Old town Tour”including a pintxos gastronomic route through the “Casco Viejo” (Bilbao’s old town); visit to the “Rioja Wineries and medieval villages” to enjoy the wine cultureand complete the weekend with a route to discover “The best of Biscay Coast and Villages”.
¡It will be a weekend to remember!
This program can also be used as a model, to be customized according to your group’s interests and time availability.
Pick up at the airport or other previously agreed point to visit the mouth of the Nervion River, from the “Bizkaia Bridge» (a World Heritage Site) to the “Algorta Old Port», a beautiful old fishing village and the perfect place to enjoy an appetizer.
Return to Bilbao and free time to visit the Guggenheim.
Exclusive guided tour to discover what we like the most about our city, tour Bilbao and sample Pintxos (creative small bites) tour in the Casco Viejo (Bilbao old town).
Transfer to Untza and accommodation in Ulle Gorri Baserria.
Healthy Breakfast at Ulle Gorri Baserria.
If you are food, wine and history lovers, Rioja is a destiny you can ́t pass up the opportunity to visit. Its wine-making tradition, the features of its soil and its climate have always yielded extremely high-quality wines that have earned international fame.
We will be visiting vineyards and wineries with Certificated Denomination of Origin “Rioja”, with special interest in those that have kept the family tradition, as well as some of the most surprising wineries due to its architecture, such as “Marques de Riscal” wine cellar by the architect Frank Gery and medieval wineries carved in the soil. A perfect day to enjoy wine tasting in the wine cellars. We will visit some the medieval village including Laguardia, recently included among the most beautiful villages in Spain and some interesting Neolithic Dolmens. 2 wineries visit and wine tasting.
Transfer to Ulle Gorri.
Healthy breakfast in the Baserri and check out. We will begin our route to discover The best of the Bay of Biscay Coast and Villages, visiting most amazing places of the coast including San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, a must see location for all visitors; Bermeo, a traditional fishing village; Mundaka a beautiful village famous for its great surf waves, the stunning Urdaibai Natural Reserve and Gernika town.
Transfer to the airport or to other previously agreed location.
From: 535 € per person
Extradays discovering the Basque Country on your own:
If the group wants to extend the stay to discover the Basque Country on its own, we can provide full board accommodation, with art cooking experiences, transfer to local mountain areas and hiking routes close to the farmhouse.
If the groups prefers to enjoy the fantastic local gastronomy, we can also provide half board accommodation prepared by Izar Gorria, and suggest and book extraordinary restaurants close to the house for lunch time.
Ask for the possibility to rent the minivan, Renault Combi for 8 persons, for your group to visit other places of the Basque Country on your own. We will provide with information to enjoy the routes and discover the best places and gastronomy.
Prices and Conditions
2 nights accommodation at Ulle Gorri Baserria – Etxea exclusively for your group
Art Cooking Experience Vegan & Live cooking (2 breakfast + 1 dinner)
-1 Gastronomic experience: Pintxos tour. 5 pintxos, 4 drinks per person
-2 Winery visit and wine tasting at La Rioja
Exclusive dedication of our Basque hosts
-Iron River Historic Tour: From Bizkaia Bridge to Algorta Old Port
-Bilbao & Pintxos Tour
-The Best of Bizkaia Coast Tour
-Rioja Wineries & Vineyards and Medieval Villages Tour
Liability Insurance and hiking activities insurance
All local transfers by Minivan included
Drinks are not included in the meals. Rioja Crianza Wine, Txakoli and craft beer can be bought at Ulle Gorri Baserria
Food and drinks not specified
Dates: Weekends throughout the year, except Christmas, Easter and Summer season (July & August ). Ask for our programs during these special seasons.
Terms and Conditions
Booking deposit: 30% when confirmed. The balance will be paid 30 days before the departure date.
Cancellation policy: 50% cancellation fee between 30 and 45 days, 75% between 15 and 30 days and 100% with less than 15 days.
Accommodation: Baserri Ulle Gorri is a rustic home, exclusive use for the group.
Breakfast will be prepared by Izar Gorria in the Rustic Home for the group.
Dinner will be prepared by Izar Gorria exclusively for the group. Live Vegan Art Cooking experience .
Pintxos Tours: includes 4 pintxos and 4 drinks per person (Zurito (small beer), Rioja Crianza (Red wine), Txakoli (Basque white wine), Mosto (non alcoholic grape drink).
Sidrería: Typical Cider house in the Basque Country. A gastronomic Basque experience not not be missed.
Hiking/Nordic Walking Routes. The routes are suitable for anyone with a regular physical condition, with or without experience in Nordic Walking techniques. For those who want to experience their first Nordic Walking route, a basic guidelines will be provided to perform the exercise effectively. The aim is for all the group to enjoy the trail, so there will be stops to regroup and to give explanations along the way.
Hiking recommended equipment: Mountain boots, basic hiking equipment (back pack to carry the water and some food), proper clothes for walking, change of clothes, and depending on the season, warm clothing, raincoat, etc.
Travel program. It's a different, exclusive, relaxing and carefree experience in the Basque Country, based around an "off-the-beaten-path" philosophy but also focusing on the “must-see" spots that you'll love to talk about when you return home. The travel program may have some variations due to scheduling changes at monuments, climatological issues, unexpected events, improvements to the travel program according to the host-guide's criteria or the group's condition. Very important: the hiking activity will depend on the mountain and climatological conditions, in the case that the weather is not suitable to do the activity, an alternative experience will be scheduled.
Remember that this is not a tourist package, but an experience based trip to enjoy the nature, the gastronomy and the culture in The Land of the Basques.
Ulle Gorri is a beautiful basque farmhouse, situated in an ideal location to explore The Land of the Basques with a small group of friends and/or family. The house is rented entirely and exclusively for the group.
“Baserri" or “caserío" is a traditional basque farmhouse. Ulle Gorri has been specifically restored recovering old original materials, to give the house a unique personality that seduces our guests. The restored antique furniture, the magnificent doors and the precious earthen pottery, which belonged to an ancient palace in the area, make Ulle Gorri a very special place to rest and enjoy.
Great location: less than 20 minutes from Vitoria, 40 minutes from Bilbao and La Rioja and only an hour and 15 minutes from Donosti (San Sebastián) or Pamplona and with easy access just 10 minutes away from the motorway exit.
It has a large living room with a fireplace, a beautiful kitchen and 5 double bedrooms with 4 bathrooms distributed across two floors. On the lower floor a bedroom with a double bed and an ensuite bathroom. On the upper floor a suite with a double bed, a bathroom and a small hallway, a bedroom with two single beds and a bathroom ensuite and two double rooms with two single beds. The rooms on the top floor have views over the countryside.
Both the interior of the house and the outdoor area with a fantastic meadow with fruit trees and a flower garden, are equipped to allow your mind and body to rest and to be able to enjoy everything without stress: listen to music with a selection of CDs, read books or magazines and take a look at maps and tourist information of the area.
Ulle Gorri Baserria has the category of Rustic Home registered at the Basque Country Tourism Department, that means that the house installation accomplish the requirements of safety and protection to our guests . He have also obtained the Certified of Commitment with Tourism Quality SICTED for both, the rustic house and the Travel Agency Ulle Gorri Travel. And we are adapting our environmental protection procedures to obtain the European Ecolabel in 2019 .
Minivan Renault Traffic Combi
Renault Traffic Combi
Rented minivan for 8 travelers to be used by the group during the days exploring the Basque Country on your own.
Full risk insurance with no excess.
Important note: The driver assigned by the group to drive the minivan during the days it is used, will be responsible for any possible traffic fines and their payment.