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Bends, Art and Culinary Delights.

Duration: 7 days

Tour highlights:

  • Drive through the wine region of La Rioja, on winding mountain roads and along the Atlantic coast
  • Visit the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao
  • Witness extraordinary architecture
  • Guided tour and tasting on exquisite wineries
  • City tour in Pamplona
  • Experience the culture and landscapes of the Basque Country

Bilbao, Pamplona, San Sebastián – the melodic names of the cities of northern Spain promise an exciting holiday. And they sound almost as beautiful as a Porsche. Discover architectural highlights, breathtaking scenery and culinary delights along winding roads that are made for a sports car from Zuffenhausen.

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Your itinerary

Day 1
Bilbao

Bilbao is an architectural work of art, consisting of traditional and avant-garde buildings that are truly unique. And so the view wanders in all directions from Bilbao Airport to the Gran Hotel Domine. The 5-star hotel, which was completely redesigned in 2019, is particularly impressive because of its exceptional location directly opposite the Guggenheim Museum. The large hotel terrace offers spectacular views of the extraordinary, deconstructivist-style building and is the perfect place to enjoy an aperitif. The Porsche Experience team takes this opportunity to give an exciting overview of the coming days. This will be followed by dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Did you know...? Jeff Koons is well known in Bilbao for a brightly coloured dog. His most famous work of art 'Puppy' - a giant topiary dog - stands between the Gran Hotel Domine and the Guggenheim Museum.

Day 2
Bilbao – Elciego

The next morning begins in typical Spanish laid-back style, with a relaxing breakfast. Late in the morning, a guided tour through the world-famous Guggenheim Museum provides an interesting insight of its outstanding collection, known in particular for its installations and video art. After lunch at the stylish museum bistro, the Porsche models are on hand to spoil their drivers according to the great art of driving. The traditional Basque Country and Urkiola Natural Park are a delight with their winding roads and picturesque views. And although the journey itself is the destination, today’s stage ends in Elciego. The oldest town in the La Rioja region is famous for the Hotel Marqués de Riscal, designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry. A guided tour of the wine cellar together with a wine tasting will build an appetite for more, so the fine cuisine at the Michelin-star Restaurante Marqués de Riscal will bring the day to the perfect end.

Did you know...? Despite its striking appearance, the hotel is a perfect symbiosis of design and landscape. In the exterior made from titanium and stainless steel, Frank Gehry integrated the colours of the wine-growing estate of Herederos del Marqués de Riscal: pink, representing red wine; gold, representing the bottle netting; and silver, representing the bottle cap.

Day 3
Elciego –
Casalarreina – Elciego

The legendary wine-growing region of Rioja is one of the most famous in all of Europe, thanks in part to its soil which is predominantly made up of white limestone and reddish-grey clay. Today, after a quiet start to the day, the black asphalt of Rioja plays host to the world-famous sports cars from Zuffenhausen. A thrilling adventure of the roads, past picturesque vineyards, is topped off with lunch in an idyllic setting. After returning to Hotel Marqués de Riscal in the early afternoon, there is plenty of time to review the impressions of the day. The evening will also be dedicated to the famous wines: with a guided tour of the nearby Campillo wine-growing estate, which has created a unique connection between contemporary art and the art of grape harvesting in the form of the CAMPILLO CREATIVO exhibition.

Did you know...? The great ‘wine battle’ is celebrated in the La Rioja region on 29 June each year. The ‘batalla del vino’ is said to date back to a dispute between the neighbouring villages of Haro and Miranda de Ebro. During the battle, which is recreated today, the ‘rivals’ fling litres of wine at one another, before celebrating a reconciliation at Plaza de la Paz over a feast together. Those who really want to be part of it come to this festival dressed in white.

Day 4
Elciego –
Pamplona – Bidarray

The morning stage to Pamplona is all about driving pleasure in the midst of an idyllic landscape. The route from Elciego to Pamplona via Logroño is enough to make the heart of every Porsche driver and panorama fan beat faster. Pamplona provides an opportunity to refuel – with lunch at Restaurant Zanpa directly at Plaza del Castillo. It’s also worth spending a little more time in the almost 2,000-year-old city and experiencing its beauty with a guided tour. Those who wish can also take a stroll around and explore the city for themselves. Next, heading towards France, the winding mountain roads of the Pyrenees provide further driving pleasure, where the performance of a Porsche really comes into its own in style. Bidarray has further attractions to offer at the Auberge Ostape hotel, including the private Porsche museum L’Ècurie Ostape owned by Henri Parent. Those who are able to tear their eyes away from the 918 Spyder, 911 R and other legendary Porsche models will enjoy an elegant dinner on the terrace of the hotel restaurant, accompanied by magnificent views.

Did you know...? The famous bull run through the old city of Pamplona, the Encierro, is the highlight of the festivities in honour of San Fermín. Almost all residents and visitors to the city dress in white with a red scarf for the controversial spectacle, where they cheer on the brave runners who have come from all over the world. The ‘Mozos’ attempt to reach the bullfighting arena located 875 metres away ahead of the charging herd. Mucha suerte, or good luck!

Day 5
Bidarray –
Larrau – Bidarray

After a hearty breakfast with magnificent views, it is nice to be spoilt for choice. Those who wish to spend a day in Biarritz can make a stop in the elegant port city. Those who wish to wrap their hands around the wheel can take a drive in their Porsche to the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in France and the Navarra region in Spain. While the dynamic stretches of road satisfy the hunger for curves, it is time to treat the palate with a delicious lunch in Larrau. Bon vivants can also look forward to stopping off at the cigar museum in Hedon on the way back. And those who would like to take advantage of the amenities at the Auberge Ostape hotel at their leisure can stay on in Bidarray. However the guests choose to spend their day, a relaxed barbecue for dinner is not to be missed.

Did you know...? Elegant Biarritz, host city of the G7 summit in 2019, is particularly known for its beaches and surf spots, as well as for its practically endless shopping opportunities. Whether it is stylish designer boutiques, multi-brand stores, jewellers or the Galeria Lafayette, the main shopping street Georges Clemenceau and the surrounding alleyways have everything visitors could possibly desire. The market hall then offers the perfect opportunity to refuel. This temple of local delicacies reflects the way of life in Biarritz and the soul of Basque cuisine like nowhere else.

Day 6
Bidarray –
San Sebastián – Bilbao

Still in France in the morning, but in Donostia-San Sebastián in Spain in time for lunch. In a Porsche, every drive seems too short, whatever the distance. A culinary pit stop can at least stave off the end of the trip somewhat. But before that, the focus is once again on the driving pleasure and the view of the contrasting landscape of the Basque Country - from the green hills around Bidarray to the rocky Atlantic coast. Sadly, the exquisite lunch in the outskirts of Donostia-San Sebastián will be over too soon. At the last view over the sea some would like to stop the time. Fortunately, the drive in the Porsche to Bilbao comforts the farewell. After arriving at Gran Hotel Domine and a relaxing break, a short walk leads to a Basque restaurant in the evening in order to enjoy the last day of the journey in an authentic ambience as long as possible.

Did you know...? Spain is made up of 17 autonomous communities. The most famous of these is the Basque region, which includes a Spanish part and a French part. After years of oppression during the Franco dictatorship, the language of the Basque people, Euskara, has once again become an integral part of the local culture thanks to successful support initiatives. So, offering a friendly ‘kaixo’ (hello) will certainly draw a surprised smile in these parts.

Day 7
Bilbao

Northern Spain cannot all be seen in just one trip. But today it is time to say ‘agur’ (goodbye)! We hope to see you again soon. But first it is time for everyone to return to Bilbao Airport via individual transfer and then back to their respective homes, bringing with them a whole host of precious new memories.

Did you know...? Those who still have a little time for a stroll through Bilbao should stop by the Azkuna Zentroa. The former corn exchange was transformed into a unique cultural centre in 2010 under the guidance of renowned architect Phillippe Starck. Particularly worth seeing is the entrance hall with its 43 different types of columns, which represent the myriad of cultures, architectures, wars and religions all across the world, as well as the significance of art.


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Contact Information

For more information, please call
+49 711 911-23360
or e-mail travel@porscheexperience.de.

Additional Information

Minimum number of participants:

16 people

Package includes:

  • 4 days driving experience in a provided Porsche (2 people per vehicle)
  • Airport transfers from/to Bilbao Airport
  • Guided tour of the Guggenheim Museum
  • Wine tasting in the famous wine-growing region of Rioja
  • Visit to Hedon cigar museum
  • Optional half-day tour by Porsche or visit to Biarritz
  • 6 nights' accommodation with breakfast
    • 2 nights at Gran Hotel Domine
    • 2 nights at Hotel Marqués de Riscal
    • 2 nights at Hotel Auberge Ostape
  • Lunch on 5 days, dinner on 6 evenings
  • Luggage shuttle
  • A welcome gift