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The San Sebastian Jazzaldia Festival and Spain's Basque Country
Core Program
July 19-26, 2016
(Optional Madrid Extension: July 26-30)

As a crossroads of several civilizations, Spain boasts a number of historical cities and towns of fascinating diversity as evidenced by its people, its varied countryside and its rich history.

The diversity of cultures that have left a mark on Spain are vast, including the Romans, Moors, Phoenicians, and Gypsies. As a result of such cultural richness and varied landscapes, each region of Spain could easily be considered a country all its own.

Similarly Spain's culinary heritage is equally varied and as we will have the opportunity to experience and appreciate, the Basque cuisine will provide yet another exciting dimension to this trip during which a meal in any restaurant can be turned into an exceptional and exquisite experience.

Indeed our journey to Spain will surely deliver on this promise as we make our way to San Sebastian, one of the crown-jewels of the Basque Region and the undisputed top gastronomic destination in the entire country, boasting the second largest concentration of Michelin-starred restaurants per square meters in the world!

Our home in San Sebastian will be one of the great hotels on Concha Beach, in the heart of the old town. This location will also allow us to access within walking distance major points of interest, the festival's venues and great restaurants as well as affording us opportunities to enjoy "pintxos", bar finger food which in this town has been elevated to a culinary art form! Indeed a favorite pastime amongst friends is to "ir de pintxos" or "txikiteo", a "refined" version of a pub crawl!

Enhancing our experience and indeed the main focus for this trip, will be the world-class Jazzaldia Jazz Festival for which arrangements have already been made to secure tickets for all the concerts.

As we have done on several of our past WBGO jazz-focused trips, the evenings will be devoted to the jazz concerts but during the six glorious days of the core portion of our trip, we will have the opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful and iconic locations in the coastal, north-eastern part of Basque Country.

Not to be missed is the magnificent town of Bilbao which reinvented itself in the nineties and has evolved into one of the region's most cosmopolitan cities, boasting international avant-garde architecture as well as the world-renowned Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

A ferry ride will take us to the town of Getaria, a coastal village known for its exquisite and refreshing Txakoli wine, a perfect pairing to the local seafood specialties.

On yet another day we will venture further east along the Basque coastline all the way to Biarritz on the French Côte Basque where we will realize why this entire coast was the destination of choice for Europe's royalty and gentry alike, looking to renew their health and energy in the Mar Cantábrico, known for its curative properties.

Also featured the charming town of Hondarribia, one of the most beautiful villages on the Basque coast and another highly sought after culinary destination, a perfect spot for our lunch!

Over the last few years we have had the privilege to enjoy world-class jazz in some of the most beautiful and evocative locales in the world, there is no doubt that San Sebastian and the Basque Region of Spain will rank at the very top of our list, one that we are certain will enrich our lives and deepen our appreciation for an ancient and exquisite culture!

Tour Features:

  • Accommodations:
  • Airfare:
    • Round-trip economy fare on Iberia via Madrid from New York's JFK Airport.
    • Outbound July 19, 2016:
      Departure from New York JFK on IB6250 at 5:05PM
      July 20 Arrival Madrid Barajas Airport at 06:20AM
      July 20 Departure from Madrid on IB8314 AT 8:30AM
      July 20 Arrival in San Sebastian Aeropuerto de Fuenterrabia at 9:45AM
    • Return July 26, 2016:
      Departure from San Sebastian Aeropuerto de Fuenterrabia at 1:55PM
      July 26 Arrival Madrid Barajas Airport at 3:10PM
      July 26 Departure from Madrid Barajas Airport on IB6253 at 4:50PM
      July 26 Arrival in New York JFK at 7:05PM
  • July 26-30, 2016: Optional extension to Madrid, Toledo, Avila and Segovia at the end of the core program. Please contact Shop Wine and Dine for additional information.

  • Meals:
    • Daily lunch including beverages and local wines
    • 1 Dinner consisting of "pintxo" tastings with local wines
  • Sightseeing, Activities & Additional Services:
    • Privately guided tours of:
      • San Sebastian
      • Bilbao including a visit to the Guggenheim Museum
      • Getaria including a visit to a Txakoli wine producer and tasting
      • Hondarribia
      • Biarritz on the French Cote Basque
    • 1 Day's entry at the La Perla Centro Thalasso or optional beach cabana and chairs on day of arrival
    • Cooking class followed by lunch with wines
    • Hosted by WBGO
    • Services of Shop Wine and Dine Tour Manager
    • Private transportation throughout including round-trip transfer from/to San Sebastian airport.
  • Price per Person:
    • Twin/double occupancy: € 4,950 (approx. US$5,440)
    • Single occupancy € 5,690.00 (approx. US$6,250)

Not Included:

  • Dinners except as noted
  • Tips for restaurants, guides and drivers
  • Concert tickets
  • Please Note: once the full concerts' schedule is available, it will be provided along with the cost for each show. Shop Wine and Dine will coordinate and pre-order/purchase of all tickets requests for which payment will be made prior to the start of the tour.
  • Incidentals and personal expenses


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*VERY IMPORTANT: When booking, please advice of any allergies or any other dietary restriction due to health or religious reasons so that we may make the appropriate substitutions to menus. No other substitutions allowed for any other reason at the time of the meals.

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For additional information and booking please contact Anna Maria Sorrentino: annamaria@shopwineanddine.com 973-467-4418

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