On this active and culinary journey into the heart of Northern Spain, experience the full terroir of Basque and Castile culture from food and wines, to Guernica and the Guggenheim. From the port town of Bilbao, the culinary capital of Basque, to Burgos the historic capital of Castile, we venture into the highland wine region of La Rioja, and conclude in the charming historic coastal town of San Sebastian. Throughout the journey be introduced to farmers, cheese makers, authors, celebrity chefs, wine makers, and sommeliers. Join tastings in the vineyards and bodegas of Spain's top winemakers from high tech, cutting-edge big producers, to exclusive encounters with new winemakers who are rediscovering the region's indigenous strengths and traditional practices. And, enjoy dining experiences from award-winning haute restaurants, to outdoor bodega lunches, and pintxos tasting menus at local wine bars. Hike among vineyards and castles, into national parks, and join pilgrims on two segments of the Camino de Santiago. Come hike, shop, taste, explore and celebrate a life of adventure! Ask about a pre-trip extension in Madrid and post-tour of Barcelona.