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Italy & Spain for Foodies

14 Days / 13 Nights

Venice, Bologna, Madrid, San Sebastian

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Indulge in a gastronomic adventure like no other with our two-week food and wine-centric itinerary through Venice, Bologna, Madrid, and San Sebastian. Your culinary journey starts in Venice, a gorgeous city to savor with all your senses. In La Serenissima, sample fresh seafood to your heart's content, washing it down with local prosecco. From there, head to Bologna, Italy's celebrated food capital. From rich handmade pasta dishes to top-quality cold cuts and delicious cheese, Bologna is a true feast for your tastebuds and the perfect farewell to Italy before you move on to Spain. In Madrid, don't miss the chance to mingle with locals in authentic tapas bars and century-old restaurants that serve traditional dishes that have stood the test of time. There's no better place to end this foodie odyssey of sorts than the beautiful coastal city of San Sebastian in Northern Spain, home to the world-renowned and delectable pintxos. Each destination offers a unique blend of flavors and experiences, making this journey a feast for the senses. It all adds up to an unforgettable epicurean escapade. One of our team members in Spain or Italy (depending on where you start your tour – this itinerary can be done in reverse) will be available to you leading up to and during your trip to answer any questions and arrange local services. You will receive access to your Guest Page, with its information on the best these destinations have to offer, including things to see and do, and other inside tips from restaurant recommendations to tipping advice. Upon request, we will provide you with an eSIM with data that you can use to reach your local JayWay contact (whom you will meet in person) throughout your trip. In all of our destinations, we offer a variety of memorable 3- to 5-star accommodation options, including boutique hotels and charming B&Bs. With our firsthand experience, we can ensure they are all clean, comfortable, and centrally located, with local ambiance.

Route for Venice, Bologna, Madrid, San Sebastian tour

3 Nights in Venice

3 Nights in Venice

4 days in Venice
4 days in Venice

3 Nights in Venice

Venice is a legendary city with a charm and atmosphere all its own. The city was constructed on more than 100 islands connected by a series of canals, most of which are lined with gorgeous palaces, beautiful churches, and all sorts of impressive architecture. While the city isn’t huge, it is packed with pedestrian-only streets and quaint, winding alleys that will keep you exploring for days. The city is very popular with tourists year-round, so you certainly won’t be the only travelers walking through the streets with camera in hand. This being Italy, the cuisine in Venice is delicious, and we can especially recommend the Cicchetti of Venice tour. Cicchetti are Venetian tapas, and this tour will introduce you to some of the city’s most iconic eateries and its most delicious recipes. If it’s your first time in Venice, we can organize a tour to show you all the most important sites. And since no trip to the city of canals is complete without a boat ride, we offer a number of ways for you to get a new point of view of the city and its magnificent architecture. It’s easy to while away your time in Venice, discovering new secrets around every corner.

Venice is a legendary city with a charm and atmosphere all its own. The city was constructed on more than 100 islands connected by a series of canals, most of which are lined with gorgeous palaces, beautiful churches, and all sorts of impressive architecture. While the city isn’t huge, it is packed with pedestrian-only streets and quaint, winding alleys that will keep you exploring for days. The city is very popular with tourists year-round, so you certainly won’t be the only travelers walking through the streets with camera in hand. This being Italy, the cuisine in Venice is delicious, and we can especially recommend the Cicchetti of Venice tour. Cicchetti are Venetian tapas, and this tour will introduce you to some of the city’s most iconic eateries and its most delicious recipes. If it’s your first time in Venice, we can organize a tour to show you all the most important sites. And since no trip to the city of canals is complete without a boat ride, we offer a number of ways for you to get a new point of view of the city and its magnificent architecture. It’s easy to while away your time in Venice, discovering new secrets around every corner.

Day 1

Day 1 - Arrival in Venice

Start your Venetian experience off in style by arriving in a private water taxi. We'll arrange a transfer by boat from Venice Marco Polo airport to the closest possible point to your hotel in Venice. Please note that porter assistance from the water taxi to the hotel is not included but can be arranged at extra charge.

Day 2

Day 2 - Your First Full Day in Venice

First Time in Venice Private Tour

Introducing Venice: A Private Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Venice is a magical city, and today you’ll discover the best it has to offer, with a private three-hour tour with your own personal guide. You’ll get a feel for the layout of the city and appreciate some of its legendary landmarks. After being picked up at your accommodation, you’ll head toward the elegant Piazza San Marco, which is enclosed by buildings from the ancient republic. Before reaching the famous Rialto bridge you’ll stop by the square of San Giovanni e Paolo and pass the Marco Polo House. From the top of the bridge you’ll be able to take in the wonders of the Grand Canal. At this point you’ll be right in the market, where you'll conclude your tour in true Italian style, with the opportunity to delve into Italian wines and local recipes on your own.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 3 hours

Day 3

Day 3 - Your Second Full Day in Venice

Venice Street Food and Rialto Market Group Tour

Venetian Tapas and Wine Tours

Included in your vacation package price.

See Venice from a local's point of view! This tour explores the Santa Croce and Dorsoduro districts, areas normally untouched by the tourist crowds. This is a perfect chance to follow the same bar route that Venetians do after work, or during special celebrations. This tour's food tasting takes place in "Bacari," traditional bars that offer the best selection of local dishes and cicchetti (tapas), often containing delicious fish cooked in traditional yet creative ways. Every food sample is accompanied by a drink: a true Venetian experience calls for prosecco, wine, and grappa!


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours

Day 4

Day 4 - Traveling to Bologna by Train

It's time to bid arrivederci to Venice. We'll book you standard class tickets from Venice to Bologna. We've included standard class tickets in your package but an upgrade to a higher class is possible for an extra fee. We'll arrange a water taxi to pick you up from your accommodation or closest dock and take you to Santa Lucia Train Station. Please note that porter assistance from the hotel to the water taxi is not included but can be arranged at extra charge.

Bologna by Train

You can upgrade your transfer

Upgrade to Bologna by Private Transfer

Bologna by Private Transfer

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We also offer the following excursions in Venice

Ancient Crafts & Artisans' Workshops Tour
Light3 hours
Authentic Murano Glass Factory Private Tour
Light2 hours
Cortina and Dolomites Private Day Tour
Moderate8 hours
Cortina and the Dolomites Day Small Group Tour
Moderate8 Hours

3 Nights in Bologna

3 Nights in Bologna

4 days in Bologna
4 days in Bologna

3 Nights in Bologna

Bologna is the capital of Emilia Romagna and makes a fantastic base for exploring the legendary 'food valley'. The city's history stretches back a few hundred years before Christ and it is home to the oldest university in Europe. These facts are responsible for two of the nicknames Bologna owns with pride. La Dotta – 'the learned one' and La Grassa – 'the fat one'. Truly you're never far from a spectacular meal in Bologna, as long as you're not vegan. Emilia Romagna might not be a name that's as well known as neighboring Tuscany but its food specialties are renowned the world over. The king of Italian cheeses: Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma and traditional Aceto Balsamico are all from around here and a visit to see how they're produced is a must. Petrolheads will also find much to love in Emilia Romagna. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Ducati and Maserati are all produced close by and have museums or factory tours available. If 'slow food' and fast cars aren't your thing then Bologna still doesn't disappoint. A thriving arts scene means you'll easily find a more cultured diversion, from art galleries to operas. And if you want to work up an appetite, the gently leaning Asinelli Tower's almost 500 steps will help you burn some calories. From the top you'll see why Bologna has another nickname 'La Rossa' – the red one, as you gaze out over the red tiled roofs of the old city, which escaped WWII largely undamaged by Allied bombing raids.

Bologna is the capital of Emilia Romagna and makes a fantastic base for exploring the legendary 'food valley'. The city's history stretches back a few hundred years before Christ and it is home to the oldest university in Europe. These facts are responsible for two of the nicknames Bologna owns with pride. La Dotta – 'the learned one' and La Grassa – 'the fat one'. Truly you're never far from a spectacular meal in Bologna, as long as you're not vegan. Emilia Romagna might not be a name that's as well known as neighboring Tuscany but its food specialties are renowned the world over. The king of Italian cheeses: Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma and traditional Aceto Balsamico are all from around here and a visit to see how they're produced is a must. Petrolheads will also find much to love in Emilia Romagna. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Ducati and Maserati are all produced close by and have museums or factory tours available. If 'slow food' and fast cars aren't your thing then Bologna still doesn't disappoint. A thriving arts scene means you'll easily find a more cultured diversion, from art galleries to operas. And if you want to work up an appetite, the gently leaning Asinelli Tower's almost 500 steps will help you burn some calories. From the top you'll see why Bologna has another nickname 'La Rossa' – the red one, as you gaze out over the red tiled roofs of the old city, which escaped WWII largely undamaged by Allied bombing raids.

Day 4

Day 4 - Arrival in Bologna

Bologna's train station is on the edge of the historic center of the city where your hotel is located. We'll arrange for our driver to pick you up from the platform and take you to your centrally located accommodation.

Bologna Private Walking Tour

Bountiful Bologna

Included in your vacation package price.

Visit Bologna's most famous monuments: the Piazza Maggiore and the Neptune Fountain, which is considered one of the most elegant Renaissance fountains in Italy. On this tour, you'll also see St. Petronio Basilica with its treasures, and the Archiginnasio Palace. The first permanent seat of the oldest university in the world, this place is famous for its frescoed walls and its Anatomical Theater. Then you'll get to see the Two Towers, St. Stephens Square, and more!


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours 30 minutes

Day 5

Day 5 - Your First Full Day in Bologna

Bologna Group Walking Food Tour

Bologna Small Group Food Walking Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Delve into the gastronomy of Bologna with a walk through the Quadrilatero market, the real beating heart of the local specialties. Enjoy three tastings in the company of a local guide while learning fun facts about typical Bolognese food. At the end of the tour, spoil yourselves with a sweet treat.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours

Day 6

Day 6 - Your Second Full Day in Bologna

Food Valley Private Gourmet Experience

Food Valley Private Gourmet Experience

Included in your vacation package price.

The tour will start in the morning, when we will pick you up to visit a Parmigiano Reggiano dairy. This cheese is exclusively produced in the central part of Emilia. Since the production process begin every morning with fresh milk, the tour will start quite early. You will have the chance to watch every step, starting with the milk and ending up to the final aged wheel. In the end, a tasting will show you the differences and the evolution of the flavour depending on when they were produced. Later on, you will reach a Traditional Balsamic Vinegar in Modena. The production of this traditional aromatic vinegar only takes place in this specific area of Emilia and it requires at least 12 years of ageing. You will visit an ageing room and have a vinegar tasting, followed by tasting of local products. In the afternoon, you will go to the town of Parma, where you will taste the renowned Prosciutto di Parma which is made only in few nearby hillside towns. There you will learn the preparation and aging process that creates one of the best cured hams in the world.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 8 hours

Day 7

Day 7 - Traveling to Madrid by Air

Say arrivederci to Italia, your next stop is Madrid, the Spanish capital. We'll arrange for a driver to pick you up at your hotel in Bologna and transfer you to the airport, around a 20-minute journey. The best option is a direct flight to Madrid with a low-cost airline. The flight takes around two and a half hours. We've included tickets with a standard luggage allowance in your package. Suggested Flight: Departure: Arrival: Please note that the flight included in your package is non-refundable. In case you would prefer more flexibility, we can check the flexible fares for you and let you know about the price difference. In addition, the price of the flights is subject to change until we receive your deposit.

We also offer the following excursions in Bologna

Bologna Group Walking Tour
Light2 hours
Bologna Private Bike Tour
Light2 hours
Bologna Private Cooking Class
Easy3 hours
Ferrari Full Day Experience Semi-Private Tour
Light7 hours

3 Nights in Madrid

3 Nights in Madrid

4 days in Madrid
4 days in Madrid

3 Nights in Madrid

The capital, as well as the geographical and cultural center of Spain, Madrid has long enthralled visitors. Since Prince Phillip II made Madrid the capital in the mid 16th century the city has become home to the largest functioning royal palace in Europe, as well as many museums, cafes, parks, universities, and cultural attractions. Although tourism in the city is growing, Spain's many other attractions mean the city is able to maintain its authenticity and you'll find local character and charm in each of its different neighborhoods. Madrid is perfectly located as a base for day trips to UNESCO-listed towns in central Spain and well connected for traveling onward to any corner of the country for further exploration.

The capital, as well as the geographical and cultural center of Spain, Madrid has long enthralled visitors. Since Prince Phillip II made Madrid the capital in the mid 16th century the city has become home to the largest functioning royal palace in Europe, as well as many museums, cafes, parks, universities, and cultural attractions. Although tourism in the city is growing, Spain's many other attractions mean the city is able to maintain its authenticity and you'll find local character and charm in each of its different neighborhoods. Madrid is perfectly located as a base for day trips to UNESCO-listed towns in central Spain and well connected for traveling onward to any corner of the country for further exploration.

Day 7

Day 7 - Arrival in Madrid

We'll arrange for a driver to meet you at Madrid's airport and take you to your centrally located accommodation. Duration of the drive is about 30 minutes.

Madrid Private City Tour

Madrid Private City Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

Uncover the city's highlights, secrets, and charm in a compact yet enriching experience. Are you ready?


Take advantage of your vacation in Madrid to discover the city in one of the best ways, on a private walking tour with an english speaking guide. You will discover the history of Madrid from the 16th century until today. The tour lasts 2 hours starting from your hotel. You will love the unique insights into Madrid's history and will have the chance to discover hidden gems for dining, shopping, and entertainment that will be useful during your stay.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours

Day 8

Day 8 - Your First Full Day in Madrid

Spanish Traditional Villages & Wineries Group Tour

Spanish Traditional Villages & Wineries Group Tour

Included in your vacation package price.

On this tour, delve into Spain's rich wine heritage, where you will journey from Colmenar de Oreja's rustic cellars to Aranjuez's regal reserves. Experience the tapestry of flavors and stories from two contrasting bodegas: the village's heart and an estate vineyard. Your day starts in the picturesque town of Colmenar de Oreja, where Bodega Peral, a third-generation boutique winery run by its owner, stands as a beacon of local winemaking. From the village charm, the tour moves to Aranjuez, where history meets harmony. And here, in its heart, is Finca El Regajal, an extensive 400-hectare estate in Aranjuez, where you will discover 14 hectares of organic vineyards featuring Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, and Petit Verdot grape varieties, cultivated using environmentally friendly biodynamic practices. This small, state-of-the-art winery crafts artisanal wines aged in French oak barrels.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 6 hours

Day 9

Day 9 - Your Second Full Day in Madrid

Paella and Tapas - Madrid Group Cooking Class with Market Visit

Paella and Tapas - Madrid Group Cooking Class with Market Visit

Included in your vacation package price.

Uncover the secrets of the traditional paella and other regional dishes on a journey across the tastes of Spain without ever leaving the country's vibrant capital, Madrid. After a guided visit to a local market, in the company of your small group, you will head to a unique private cooking space reserved just for you at one of the quaintest restaurants in Madrid. During this cooking class, an expert local guide and chef will guide you through the fascinating process of preparing a mouthwatering homemade lunch of Spanish staples, such as paella and tapas.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 3 hours 30 minutes

Day 10

Day 10 - Traveling to San Sebastian by Train

You're leaving Madrid behind today and heading to San Sebastian. We will arrange a transfer to the train station and economy class tickets. There are a few train departures to San Sebastian daily, so you can choose your preferred departure time. Then just sit back and relax on the 5.5-hour journey. An upgrade to the first class is available for an additional fee.

San Sebastian by Train

You can upgrade your transfer

Upgrade to San Sebastian by Private Transfer with a stop in Burgos

San Sebastian by Private Transfer with a stop in Burgos

Upgrade for an additional cost
We also offer the following excursions in Madrid

Avila and Segovia Full Day Private Tour
Moderate9 hours
E-Bike Madrid Essential Premium Group Tour
Moderate3 hours
El Escorial Private Tour
Moderate5 hours
Express Private Tour of Madrid by Electric Tuk-Tuk
Easy1 hour

4 Nights in San Sebastian

4 Nights in San Sebastian

5 days in San Sebastian
5 days in San Sebastian

4 Nights in San Sebastian

San Sebastián is rightfully known as one of the most beautiful cities in northern Spain. It flourished in the early 20th century as a holiday resort for aristocrats and to this day attracts visitors to its famed beaches. San Sebastian is also a haven for foodies. A landmark for gastronomy, San Sebastian has more Michelin Star restaurants per capita than anywhere else in Europe! But it’s not all about white table cloths and silver service. The bars in the quaint Old Town have the most delicious pintxos – the local take on tapas – which you must try while in San Sebastian. San Sebastian’s best-kept secret might be its cider houses. The cavernous sidrerias are where the locals can be found of an evening.

San Sebastián is rightfully known as one of the most beautiful cities in northern Spain. It flourished in the early 20th century as a holiday resort for aristocrats and to this day attracts visitors to its famed beaches. San Sebastian is also a haven for foodies. A landmark for gastronomy, San Sebastian has more Michelin Star restaurants per capita than anywhere else in Europe! But it’s not all about white table cloths and silver service. The bars in the quaint Old Town have the most delicious pintxos – the local take on tapas – which you must try while in San Sebastian. San Sebastian’s best-kept secret might be its cider houses. The cavernous sidrerias are where the locals can be found of an evening.

Day 10

Day 10 - Arrival in San Sebastian

When you arrive at San Sebastian's train station, we will have a driver there to meet you and take you to your accommodation.

Pintxo Tasting Paired with Spanish Wines Small Group Tour

Pintxos: it's Basque for Tapas

Included in your vacation package price.

'Pintxos' is the Basque take on tapas and they significantly differ from the Spanish variety. Local delicacies are presented on a small piece of bread secured by a toothpick—a delightful bite bursting with flavor. Enhance your understanding of Basque gastronomic traditions and heritage by participating in a food tour.


Activity Level : Light
Duration : 2 hours 30 minutes

Day 11

Day 11 - Your First Full Day in San Sebastian

Farm and Cider Cellar Small Group Tour with Transport Included

Farm and Cider Cellar Small Group Tour with Transport Included

Included in your vacation package price.

This tour immerses you in the time-honored cider-making process with a lineage stretching back 500 years. The tour commences with a visit to Igartubeiti, a structure dating to the mid-16th century, epitomizing the golden era of Basque farmhouse architecture. Renowned for its impeccably preserved original wooden framework and internal cider pressing apparatus, Igartubeiti provides a window into the historical art of cider production. Here, guests savor freshly pressed, delectable apple juice. Subsequently, the itinerary proceeds to a contemporary cider house, where modern cider production techniques are unveiled. Finally, you will indulge in the natural flavors of Basque cider paired with a traditional cider house culinary offering.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 6 Hours

Day 12

Day 12 - Your Second Full Day in San Sebastian

Rioja Wine Tasting Small Group Tour from San Sebastian

Rioja Wine Tasting Small Group Tour from San Sebastian

Included in your vacation package price.

On this tour, you will visit two different wineries (also known as bodegas), have a relaxing walk through the vineyards, and learn the process of wine-making from the initial picking to the slow creation of the wine itself. You will finish the experience by tasting the wine in each winery and sampling some of the best Rioja wines. Two wineries are visited to learn the difference between each winery. During the day, you will also see the charming medieval village of Laguardia.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 8 hours

Day 13

Day 13 - Your Third Full Day in San Sebastian

Hondarribia and Gastronomic Society Private Experience

Hondarribia and Gastronomic Society Private Experience

Included in your vacation package price.

You will be picked up from your accommodation and taken on the Hondarribia and Gastronomic Society Private Group Experience, where you will go beyond the obvious tours and have a delicious two-in-one experience that combines a cultural journey to the medieval times of fortified Hondarribia and the quintessence of the Basques’ affection for food – the Gastronomic Society! After visiting various locations, an experienced chef will cook you a glorious meal. With the gastronomic society, there will be a unique opportunity to actively participate in local culture - cook, eat, sing, and laugh as if you were Basque for a day! Then, you will be driven back and dropped off at your accommodations.


Activity Level : Moderate
Duration : 6 hours

Day 14

Day 14 - Departure Day

The driver will pick you up from your accommodation in San Sebastian and take you to the Bilbao airport for your departing flight. Duration of the drive is about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

We also offer the following excursions in San Sebastian

Basque Culture and Traditions - Group Walking Tour with Boat Ride & Food Tasting
Light4 hours
Biarritz and French Basque Coast Small Group Tour
Moderate8 hours
Bilbao, Guggenheim and Gaztelugatxe Small Group Tour
Moderate9 hours
Guggenheim Museum Private Tour from San Sebastian
Moderate8 hours

What's Included

Here are all the services provided as part of your complete vacation package. See what every JayWay trip includes.
Please let us know if you'd like to upgrade any transfers or add any additional tours or excursions to your itinerary.

Venice

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Venice Marco Polo Airport Transfer
First Time in Venice Private Tour
Venice Street Food & Rialto Market Group Tour
Venice Water Taxi Santa Lucia Train Station Transfer
Venice - Bologna Standard Class Train Tickets

Bologna

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Bologna Train Station Transfer
Bologna Private Walking Tour
Bologna Small Group Food Walking Tour
Food Valley Private Gourmet Experience

Madrid

3 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
Madrid Airport Arrival Transfer
Madrid Private City Tour
Spanish Traditional Villages & Wineries Group Tour
Paella and Tapas - Madrid Group Cooking Class with Market Visit
Madrid Railway Station Departure Transfer
Madrid - San Sebastian Train

San Sebastian

4 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast (hotels only)
San Sebastian - San Sebastian Railway Station Transfer
Pintxo Tasting Paired with Spanish Wines Small Group Tour
Farm and Cider Cellar Small Group Tour with Transport Included
Rioja Wine Tasting Small Group Tour from San Sebastian
Hondarribia and Gastronomic Society Private Experience
San Sebastian - Bilbao Airport Departure Transfer

package excludes:


  • Flights to and from Europe.
  • Tips for Tour Guides, Drivers and Local Reps.
  • Meals (other than breakfast if included in room rate and meals listed as included in food tours and excursions, unless explicitly stated otherwise).
  • Parking fees for your Rental Car (if you are booking one with us) unless otherwise indicated. Some hotels provide free parking facilities.
  • Travel Insurance. See the insurance link on our website
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A choice of hand-picked hotels and excursions

We've personally inspected and tested all the hotels and local tour providers we work with to ensure quality.

Detailed pre-trip preparation to make the most of every day

Your Europe-based Tour Manager will be in touch by email and phone a month before you arrive to finalize timings.

On-trip Concierge Service to smooth out any bumps in the road

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Packed with detailed information and recommendations curated by locals on the best things to do, see and eat.
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