For the travelers who prioritize delicious culinary treats just as much as they seek out the history and culture of a destination, Hidden in Spain has launched its new Michelin-Starred Restaurant Food Lovers’ Tours.
Available in 4- and 5-night options, as well as longer stays based on clients’ needs, the customizable tours provide a wide range of gastronomic experiences that take travelers across Spain to sample the cuisine of some of the world’s finest restaurants. Typical tours include a day of sightseeing and planned activities, capped by dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant.
“Spanish cuisine is deeply rooted in the rich historical and cultural heritage of the country, where many European nations have left their unique imprint,” said Luis Fernandez de Vega, founder of Hidden in Spain, in press materials. “Spanish people take as much pride in the simplest dish as they do in the most complex fare. Our Food Lovers’ tours are both an experience in gastronomic excellence, as it is an exploration of this country’s striking and complex culture.”
The new Michelin-Starred Restaurant Food Lovers’ Tour starts in Bilbao, where guests will be met with private transportation that will take them to San Sebastian. Along the way, guests will stop in La Concha Bay, where one highlight of the day includes riding the 100-year-old Igeldo funicular railway to Mount Igueldo, which offers picturesque views overlooking the town. The day ends with dinner at San Sebastián’s Akelarre, an establishment owned by chef Pedro Subijana that has retained its coveted three Michelin stars since 2006.
Next, guests can also visit the historic San Anton Bridge, a popular vantage point to see San Anton Church, a Gothic structure that was built more than 140 years ago, and the Arriaga Theater, a building that resembles the Paris Opera. Guests will then dine at the one-Michelin-starred Nerua Guggenheim Bilbao. The titanium-clad restaurant is located within the Guggenheim museum and is overseen by Spanish chef Josean Ajila.
Other tour highlights include visits to the coastal fishing port of Santander, where guests will dine at El Serbal, a restaurant serving northern Spanish dishes with a modern touch, and a stop in Leon, where dinner will be served at Cocinandos, the only Michelin-starred restaurant in that city.
“If guests haven’t had enough of fine dining, they can extend their stay to sample Michelin-starred restaurants in other cities of Spain that could include Santiago de Compostela, Zamora, and Madrid,” noted Fernandez de Vega in press materials. “Of course, we can also create a Food Lover’s tour that can provide guests with the completely opposite dining experience, offering them the opportunity to taste some of our most popular regional specialties at local restaurants.”
Customized itineraries are provided at net price to travel advisors, who set their own prices for clients. For preplanned tours, travel advisors can earn 15 percent commission when booked by April 30. Rates start for the preplanned version of this tour start at $2,522 pp dbl.