Explore the world of Spanish cutting edge design and wine

For food and wine lovers as well as culture vultures, Spain is an outstanding country to visit. For design and architecture, Spain is experiencing a Renaissance and an atmosphere of creativity and investment has attracted superstar architects from around the world to build design wineries including Frank Gehry, Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid, Philippe Mazières as well as local celebrity architects like Santiago Calatrava and Rafael Moneo. We have created this gourmet tour with an extra special focus on painting, sculpture and architecture – a luxury tour for wine lovers who also love art and design.

This tour commences in Madrid where you will stay in a chic boutique hotel located in the art triangle (Prado, Thyssen and Reina Sofia museums) facing the lovely Retiro Park and Gardens. You´ll explore Madrid with your own private art guide who will show you around the Picasso and Salvador Dali collections of the Reina Sofia, and the Velazquez and El Greco galleries of the Prado. A Spanish Wine Masterclass food and wine extravaganza will be organized for your arrival night, taking you on a wine flight of Spain and concluding with gourmet Basque tapas.

The prestigious wine regions of Ribera del Duero and Rioja are next and you will taste wines in a 13th century Romanesque Abbey, visit one of Europe’s most beautiful Gothic Cathedrals, and stay in an outrageous ultra modern hotel designed by Frank Gehry in a small medieval hamlet. While in Rioja, one of Spain´s prettiest wine regions, you´ll take in some excellent restaurants with up-and-coming chefs such as at the stylish La Galeria in Logroño. The scenery changes dramatically over the next couple days as you travel into Basque Country, with lush hills, pine forests and dramatic coastlines along the Atlantic. You´ll visit aristocratic San Sebastian with its postcard-perfect, tidy half-moon bay and charming old town. San Sebastian is gourmet paradise and has more Michelin starred restaurants per inhabitant than Paris. We’ll organize a gastronomic tasting menu for you at our favorite three Michelin starred eatery Akelarre- expect an amazing lunch overlooking the ocean!

Frank Gehry´s tremendous Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao is on the agenda, before flying to bohemian Barcelona. You´ll enjoy a special private wine tour to the high-end boutique cellars of Priorat, and private guided art tours in Barcelona’s best contemporary art museums such as the Picasso museum and Joan Miró foundation. You´ll stay in the most glamorous designer hotel in Barcelona, right on the elegant Passeig de Gracia and conclude this unforgettable art, wine and design tour with a farewell dinner in a very romantic venue.

Tour Highlights:

  • Visit top wineries in Ribera del Duero, Rioja and Priorat
  • Private Chauffeured Mercedes
  • Reina Sofia, Guggenheim and Picasso Museum Tours
  • Stylish Design Hotels
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Below is a suggested Day By Day Itinerary for your private Spanish Art Wine & Design Tour


Day One - Private Tour of Prado & Riena Sofia Museums

The outstanding Reina Sofia art museum in Madrid

The outstanding Reina Sofia art museum in Madrid

Your charming driver guide will be waiting for you in Madrid´s airport arrivals hall, and you´ll head into downtown Madrid by elegant and comfortable Mercedes. Check into your fashionable hotel located just steps from Madrid’s major art museums and beautiful Retiro Park.

In the afternoon, your own private guide will take you on an art tour of Madrid. You´ll visit the Prado Museum, Spain´s most famous museum, and take in various galleries focusing on the Spanish masters like El Greco, Goya, Zurbarán and Velazquez. Carry on to the Reina Sofia to see a collection of modern Spanish masters like Picasso (including Guernica), Salvador Dalì, Antoni Tàpies, Juan Gris, Eduardo Chillida, and avant-garde sculptor Pablo Gargallo.

After your art tour, enjoy the evening on your own in Madrid with our suggestions. For dinner you have a range of authentic Spanish restaurants serving hearty fare at classic such as Casa Lucio, as well as creative eateries offering innovative tasting menus like at our favorite Viridiana.

Overnight: 5* Luxury Boutique Hotel, Madrid

Meals Included in Price: None

Transfers: Madrid airport- downtown


Day Two - Private Wine Tasting Class in Center of Madrid

Spanish Wine Masterclass

Spanish Wine Masterclass

Today you can sleep in and enjoy a late breakfast at your luxurious hotel. The day is yours to explore Madrid on your own. There are a variety of wonderful museums to visit such as the Impressionist Sorolla museum (one of Madrid´s best kept secrets), the pretty Decorative Arts museum (with furniture, crystal and tapestries dating back to the 15th century) and of course the Thyssen Museum (private art collection spanning everything from 11th century Italian painting all the way to Pop Art). Madrid is also home to some excellent contemporary galleries such as the new Caixa Forum and the trendy Casa Encendida.

This evening, we have some fabulous food and wine in store for you. You will enjoy a private Spanish wine masterclass with your own sommelier and chef. You´ll start with an aperitif of cava before taking your wine flight of Spain´s wine regions such as Toro, Bierzo, Rias Baixas and the Penedès. After your tasting, a selection of tantalizing Basque Pintxos and Tapas will be served, enjoy!

Overnight: 5* Luxury Boutique Hotel, Madrid

Meals Included in Price: Full breakfast, Spanish Wine Masterclass and Basque Tapas dinners

Transfers: None


Day Three - VIP Wne Tasting at Abadia Retuerta

Stunning Dining Room at Abadia Retuerta

Stunning Dining Room at Abadia Retuerta

Today you will hit the road, destination- wine country! Travel north into the plains of Spain crossing the plateaus of Castille and visiting a stunning winery such as Abadia Retuerta, run by the charismatic New Yorker Donald Cusimano.

You´ll visit the vineyards by 4X4, check out the modern machinery worthy of the CSI forensics lab and taste Cru wines in a 13th century monastic dining hall in the Romanesque Abbey- priceless Highlights include the Reserva Selección Especial (winner of best red wine in the world at the London Wine Challenge) and the sexy Pago Negralada wine. This estate also produces gourmet wine infused salt, and you´ll receive one as a gift. A Gourmet lunch is next in Abadia Retuerta´s spectacular dining room.

And after a satisfying wine lunch, sit back in the Mercedes and travel on to Burgos, your base for the evening and the location of one of the world’s most spectacular gothic cathedrals. After checking in to your beautiful boutique hotel set on the river facing the old town, your driver guide will take you on a short walk to the cathedral for you to enjoy on your own (it is huge and absolutely merits an hour of your time to visit). The evening is free in Burgos.

Overnight: 4* Luxury Historic Hotel, Burgos

Meals Included in Price: Full breakfast, Lunch with wines

Transfers: Madrid- Ribera del Duero- Burgos


Day Four - VIP Wine Tasting at Lopez de Heredia & Roda

Zaha Hadid´s Pavillion

Zaha Hadid´s Pavillion

Make an early start today from Burgos, and travel further north into the historic wine producing region of La Rioja, with its fairy tale hamlets and gentle rolling hills. Your first stop is to the landmark López de Heredia Winery known for its Viña Tondonia brand. This is one of the classic wine estates of Haro and the property dates back to the 1800´s. It is also home to a new and futuristic design extension created by Zaha Hadid. Enjoy a private tour and tasting of a few of the flagship reserva wines, and continue on to another of our favorite wineries like Roda.

Roda has created the cult wine Cirsion, one of the priciest wines in the region. You´ll tour the beautiful and contrasting estate and finish with a tasting of Roda, Cirsion and their excellent olive oil Dauro. Lunch is in a converted wine cave in the medieval hill town of Briones, a traditional affair with lamb chops roasted over grape vines, marinated piquillo peppers and homemade dessert.

After lunch, visit the darling church and handful of streets in Briones and take in the views of the vineyard-covered valley below. There is an enormous wine museum in Briones that you will visit on your own in the afternoon.

In the early evening, arrive to El Ciego, a tiny hamlet where the Marques de Riscal winery and luxury new design hotel is located. The décor is ultra modern and apart from the hotel you also have a Caudelie wine spa (of Bordeaux fame). The evening is yours to dine in the hotel´s gourmet restaurant.

Overnight: 5* Luxury Design Hotel, Rioja wine region

Meals Included in Price: Full breakfast, Lunch with wines

Transfers: Burgos- Haro- Briones- El Ciego


Day Five - Private Wine Tasting at Ysios & Creative Cuisine Menu

Santiago Calatrava´s Ysios

Santiago Calatrava´s Ysios

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the “wine city” as the Riscal hotel is called, and begin your day with a visit to a Laguardia winery like beautiful Campillo. Your private tour will include a walk in the vines, followed by a technical tour and tasting of select wines.

On the drive to medieval Samaniego, you´ll also see the dazzling Ysios estate. Stop for some photos, this is one of the most beautiful wineries in Spain. Resembling a battleship, the aluminum titanium-esque roof reflects the sunlight off the limestone of the Cantabrian mountains. Your wine tasting tour of La Rioja will conclude with a private tour and tasting at the high-end Remirez de Ganuza estate. The Trasnocho wine is magnificent!

After a morning of wine, design and beautiful scenery, you´ll be famished! We´ll have a creative tasting menu lunch waiting for you in the wine town of Logroño, sit back and relax! In the late afternoon before returning to your hotel you will spend some time exploring lovely Laguardia. Probably the most preserved medieval village in la Rioja, you can enjoy some free time to walk along the ancient wall, have a coffee outside in the plaza, take in the views, and see its collection of splendid country churches. The evening is free at your hotel.

Overnight: 5* Luxury Design Hotel, Rioja wine region

Meals Included in Price: Full breakfast, Lunch with wines

Transfers: El Ciego- Laguardia- Samaniego- Logroño- hotel


Day Six - Gastromonic Dining at Akelarre, San Sebastian

Design Hotel

Design Hotel, Bilbao

Today’s highlights include gourmet cuisine and coastal scenery. From La Rioja, travel north into Basque Country and spend the day in beautiful San Sebastian. The most elegant and charming town apart (next to Santiago de Compostela) in Northern Spain, San Sebastian is a haven for gourmets and foodies. The town is the epicentre of the Nueva Cocina Vasca, or new Basque Cuisine. Chefs like Juan Mari Arzak, Pedro Subijana and Martin Berasetegui (all holders of three Michelin stars) have firmly placed San Sebastian on the gastro-travellers map.

Your driver will first take you to Igueldo mountain for you to take in the breathtaking views of San Sebastian below, don´t forget the camera! Then, head down to the parte vieja (old town) and enjoy a scenic walk along the beach and an aperitif of Txakoli wine at one of the myriad tapas bars. After free time to explore, your driver will take you to Pedro Subijana´s gastronomic temple of Akelarre where a vanguard tasting menu lunch awaits. Your table directly looks over the sparkling sea, and today’s lunch will be quite a memorable treat.

In the late afternoon after a long lunch, travel west to Bilbao where you will stay the night in a design hotel that directly faces the cutting edge Guggenheim. Free evening in Bilbao with our suggestions.

Overnight: 5* Luxury Design Hotel, Bilbao

Meals Included in Price: Full breakfast, Lunch with wines

Transfers: La Rioja- San Sebastian- Bilbao


Day Seven - Excursion to Guggenheim & Lunch Paired with Regional Wines

Guggenheim Museum

Guggenheim Museum

Wake up to views overlooking the shimmering and undulating titanium waves of Frank Gehry´s masterpiece museum- the Guggenheim Bilbao. You´ll enjoy a free morning to see this exceptional contemporary museum on your own. See prime examples of Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art and Arte Povera. Lunch is at the museum’s gastronomic restaurant whose consulting chef is famed Martin Berasetegui.

After a superb wine lunch, you´ll take a short 45-minute flight to Barcelona, and switch gears for the bustling and glamorous streets of Barcelona’s Eixample quarter tonight. Your local driver will be waiting for you at the airport and you will be chauffeured to your luxurious hotel right on the elegant Passeig de Gracia.

Tonight is yours to relax and enjoy on your own in Barcelona. Catalonia is on a par with Basque Country regarding high-end and exciting cuisine and you have an array of wonderful Michelin starred eateries, as well as enchanting local seafood restaurants.

Overnight: 5* Luxury Design Hotel, Barcelona

Meals Included in Price: Full breakfast, Lunch with wines

Transfers: Bilbao Flight- Barcelona- Hotel


Day Eight - Private Art Tour of Barcelona

Miro Museum

Miro Museum Barcelona

An art tour of Barcelona is planned for today. With your own private driver and separate art guide you will discover the highlights of Barcelona including the Picasso Museum, the Miró Museum, and Gaudi´s Parc Guell.

Begin the day with a visit to the pretty Picasso Museum, spread out over five Catalan Gothic palaces. While there are other museums dedicated solely to Picasso in Málaga and Paris, the Barcelona Picasso Museum has the biggest collection of works- almost 4000! Paintings and prints include his formulative years, the Blue Period and his Las Meninas series. You´ll see the “best of” with your guide before carrying on to the Joan Miró foundation in leafy Montjuic.

Joan Miró was a surrealist painter and sculptor and joined many other Spanish artists in exile in Paris during the terrible Spanish civil war. Some of his colleagues included Man Ray, Max Ernst, Jackson Pollock. The foundation houses over 11,000 of his pieces from paintings to sculptures and textiles to ceramics, and you´ll see the most significant masterpieces. Lunch is up next very close to the Miró foundation and you´ll enjoy exquisite Mediterranean cooking in a sophisticated restaurant with panoramic views over Barcelona.

Before returning to your hotel, your driver and guide will take you to the whimsical Parc Guell, a park landscaped by Modernista master Antoni Gaudi from the year 1900-1914. The park is enormous and offers various treats such as views over Barcelona, as well as some very photogenic mosaics. In the late afternoon, you will be dropped back at your hotel for a free evening. If you want to do more sightseeing we suggest visits to the Casa Batllò and the unfinished Sagrada Familia.

Overnight: 5* Luxury Design Hotel, Barcelona

Meals Included in Price: Full breakfast, Lunch with wines

Transfers: Barcelona hotel- Barri Gotic- Montjuic- Parc Guell- hotel


Day Nine - VIP Wine Tasting at Coster del Siurana

Fine food in Priorat´s winelands

Fine food in Priorat´s winelands

The famed wine region of Priorat is the highlight of the day. Located about an hour and 45 minutes south of Barcelona, the Priorat (also called “Priorato”) is the most expensive wine region in Spain and home to cult producers like Alvaro Palacios, Costers del Siurana and Mas Doix. The region is located within a lush protected national park, and the vineyards grow on picturesque mountain terraces reminiscent of the Portuguese Douro Valley.

Your driver and wine guide will take you on a sumptuous wine tasting experience in the Priorat and you´ll begin your tour with a visit to our favorite estate, Costers del Siurana, famed for their Clos de l ´Obac brand. With the owners themselves, visit the vineyards by jeep, to really understand the nature of Priorat winemaking (old vines, harvesting by hand, etc). Tour the winery and then finish with a tasting of 4-5 of the best wines.

Lunch is in the same hamlet of Gratallops at the Costers del Siurana´s tiny winemaker’s restaurant, fantastic. After lunch, stretch your legs and get some fresh air in Scala Dei where the remains of the 11th century priory are located (this is the symbol on the Priorat appellation label). Carry on to Barcelona for a free late afternoon.

This evening your private driver will collect you from the hotel and chauffeur you to your farewell dinner, at an utterly atmospheric and wonderful eatery in the Eixample.

Overnight: 5* Luxury Design Hotel, Barcelona

Meals Included in Price: Full breakfast, Lunch with wines, Farewell dinner with wines

Transfers: Barcelona- Priorat- Barcelona hotel- one way dinner transfer


Day Ten - Depart Barcelona

Beautiful Barcelona

Beautiful Barcelona

- At your preferred time today, your private driver will transfer you to the airport for your outbound flight.

- This concludes an extraordinary art, wine and design tour of Spain!

Meals Included in Price: Full breakfast

Transfers: Barcelona hotel- airport


What's Included

  • Accommodation for 9 nights in charming 5* & 4* Hotel
  • 9 Full breakfasts
  • Private Airport Transfers and all transfers as per the itinerary by luxury Mercedes and English speaking chauffeur
  • Bottle of top Spanish wine in your room upon arrival
  • 1 Spanish Wine Masterclass
  • 1 Basque Tapas Dinner in Madrid
  • 3 Wine country lunches with wines
  • 1 Gastronomic Lunch at 3 Michelin starred eatery San Sebastian
  • 1 gourmet lunch Bilbao with wines
  • 1 sophisticated lunch with wines in Barcelona
  • 1 High-end Farewell dinner, with wines
  • Private Art Guide and museum tours in Madrid
  • Private Art Guide and museum tours in Barcelona
  • Entrance fees to the Prado, Reina Sofia, Guggenheim, Picasso museum and Miró Foundation
  • VIP Winery Tours in Ribera del Duero, Rioja and Priorat
  • 6 Wine estate visits and tastings
  • Private wine guide for Priorat tour
  • 1 keepsake itinerary with maps and ample information on Spain, food and wine, and all locations visited
  • Cellar Tours Gourmet Gift
  • All Local Taxes

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Meals and Drinks not Specified
  • Personal Expenses such as Telephone, Minibar, etc
  • Tips and Gratuities (Guides, Restaurants, etc)
  • Travel Insurance (Strongly recommended)
  • Cancellation Insurance

Prices:

This is a SAMPLE TOUR ITINERARY. Please note that our private chauffeured luxury tours are totally customized to your needs and price varies according to the number of people in your group (please note tours require minimum 2 guests), specific suppliers included, number of services included,specific dates, transport type etc. Contact us today for more information and we would be delighted to get started on a tailor made detailed itinerary with pricing for you.

  • Final price depends on chosen style of accommodation and dining. Please contact us with your group size (minimum 2 guests, no maximum group size), travel dates and preferences and we will send you custom pricing.
  • Discounts available for larger groups
  • Please note that our tours are available upon demand for PRIVATE GROUPS and are not scheduled tours for mixed groups.

More Information:

All of our tours are available year round upon request for your private group of minimum 2 people. If you would like us to customize a luxury tour of Spain for you, contact us with your requirements, and we can send you a free itinerary and quote with no obligations. We organize packages from 1 day, to weekends to longer food and wine discoveries throughout Spain.

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