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Northern Spain & Biarritz Escorted 2021

The Best of Northern Spain Escorted 2021
Bordeaux & Biarritz

8 Nights | 4 Rounds | May 17 – 25

*This Tour is Hosted by PerryGolf Co-Founder Gordon Dalgleish. Read More

Born and raised in Helensburgh, Scotland, Gordon Dalgleish attended the College of William & Mary on a Mark H. McCormack scholarship, where he graduated with a degree in Business Administration. In 1984, Gordon and his brother Colin founded PerryGolf with the intent to fully provide the most memorable golf travel experiences imaginable – and now for over 35 years, these two accomplished Scottish golfing brothers have continued to do exactly that.

An advocate for amateur golf, Gordon served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Junior Golf Association (1988 – 2000). Among many other personal golf successes, he was the Chinese Amateur Golf Champion in 1995. Gordon is recognized by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine as one of the Top Travel Specialists in the United States, serves as a panelist for GOLF Magazine Top 100 Courses, and is a committee member of the World Club Championship.

Gordon proudly supports countless philanthropic organizations both community-centric and worldwide. To no surprise, two of his many pastimes include playing golf and travelling around the world, but most of all he enjoys spending time with his family.

Gordon now resides with his wife, Marion and son, Sterling in Wilmington, North Carolina but will always maintain his roots in Scotland.

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This golf and wine vacation features the Basque country located in the western Pyrenees, straddling the border between France and Spain along 100 miles of the Bay of Biscay.  The inhabitants here are the oldest surviving ethnic group in Europe. Their traditions for excellent wine and pintxos, or tapas, will produce lasting memories of your visit along with a rich list of experiences.  We will tour the magnificent Guggenheim Museum in Bilboa.   Frank Gehry also designed the utterly unique Marqués de Riscal Hotel, one of the three 5-Star properties on the schedule that includes the Maria Cristina Hotel in San Sebastián, the address of choice for the international film industry when their annual festival comes to town in September.  We’ll tour two leading wineries for guided tastings at ... Read More.

the spectacular Txomin Etxaniz winery and Bodegas Baigorri winery which is one of the major producers of Rioja red wines.  Better still, we have four exceptional clubs scheduled for our golf.  While Spain’s Costa del Sol gets more attention, the game took shape here more than 50 years earlier. Neguri Golf Club was founded in 1911.   Pedreña Golf Club is a Harry S. Colt design that Seve Ballesteros called home.  Jon Rahm’s club at Larrabea plays through a heavily wooded site among streams, lakes and meadow. The Seignosse Golf Club near Barittz is a Robert von Hagge creation that isn’t long but requires accurate tee shots.

If you enjoy combining your love of golf with a passion for travel, you’ll find a relaxing and highly rewarding experience on this Escorted Tour for a party of 24 - 30. Every aspect is fully managed from the handling of your luggage and equipment to hotel and golf course check ins. Various meals, guided sightseeing, carts / caddies, local taxes, service charges and gratuities (excluding caddies) are included in addition to sandwiches, snacks plus an open bar for beer and wine during our time at each of the golf courses. Best of all, this PerryGolf vacation promises an ideal opportunity to join a group of like-minded new friends.

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Date Golf Sightseeing Social & Events Lodging
May 17 Arrival Bilbao   Welcome Dinner Gran Hotel Domine - Guggenhem View
May 18 Pedreña Santander    
May 19   Bilbao City Tour including Guggenheim Museum Lunch at San Mames Stadium  
May 20 Neguri Vizcaya Bridge & Getxo   Marqués de Riscal
May 21   Laguardia & Winery Group Dinner  
May 22 Larrabea Vittoria   Maria Cristina
May 23   San Sebastian & Getaria Wine Tasting & Lunch at Araeta  
May 24 Seignosse Biarritz & Saint-Jean-de- Luz Group Dinner / Zuberoa Restaurant  
May 25   Depart Bilbao Airport    

8 Nights | 4 Rounds | May 17 – 25

 

 




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Detailed Itinerary

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MONDAY, MAY 17: BILBAO, SPAIN

Arrive Bilbao where you will be met at the Bilbao airport by PerryGolf staff who will assist you to your private transfer awaiting to take you to your hotel .

Check-in to Gran Hotel Domine, a 5-star property overlooking the famed Guggenheim Museum. The rest of the day is free to relax.

Your Welcome Dinner at Bistró Guggenheim Museum Restaurant. The menu includes an appetizer, entrée, dessert, wine, petit fours plus coffee or infusion.

OVERNIGHT: Gran Hotel Domine – Guggenheim View Room

TUESDAY, MAY 18: SANTANDER, SPAIN

GOLF: Today play Pedreña Golf Club. Many people think of the Costa del Sol as the place to play golf in Spain, and it surely is, but the game on the northern coast predates most of the Mediterranean courses by fifty years. One of the gems here, designed by none other than Harry S. Colt, is Pedreña, which happened to be the home club of none other than Seve Ballesteros. Opened in 1928, the course enjoys a spectacular setting on a small peninsula jutting into the Bay of Santander. While only 6,340 yards, Mr. Colt cleverly presents risk/reward opportunities that the thinking golfer will be challenged to master.

SIGHTSEEING: Non-Golfers will continue to Santander where a local guide take us on a leisurely private tour of this port city on Spain’s northern shore. Our walking visit will include Centro Botin (Botin Art Center, a Renzo Piano design) found on the tree-lined ‘Paseo de Pereda’ promenade and the Cathedral to see its octagonal cupola and Gothic cloister.

Non-Golfers will return to Pedreña to join the Golfers for lunch. After lunch, the group will return to Bilbao.

Enjoy dinner this evening on your own.

OVERNIGHT: Gran Hotel Domine – Guggenheim View Room

WEDNESDAY, MAY 19: BILBAO, SPAIN

This promises to be a memorable day as we tour the Guggenheim Museum. Our private guide lead us through one of the most admired masterpieces of contemporary architecture. Design by famed architect Frank Gehry, the titanium-clad structure opened in 1997 to a rare reception of unanimous approval. Afterwards, we’ll enjoy a walking tour of the Old Quarter. Bilboa was awarded the 2018 European City of the Year, in part surely because of the culinary experience. There are over 40 Michelin-starred restaurants in town and the surrounding Basque country!

Lunch at San Mames Stadium Restaurant.

After lunch, the remainder of the day is at leisure to relax or explore Bilbao on your own.

Enjoy dinner this evening on your own.

OVERNIGHT: Gran Hotel Domine – Guggenheim View Room

THURSDAY, MAY 20: ELTIZIEGO, SPAIN

Check out of the hotel.

Neguri Golf Club, or as it is known here, the Real Sociedad de Golf de Neguri. The club was founded in 1911, it has been at its present site since 1961.

The fairways are wide and the hazards are few on this layout that measure 6,900 yards from its championship tees. The nines are decided different. The front works its way along open terrain to the Cantabrian Sea where two holes play along 200 foot cliffs. The back is routed through a forest of towering Atlantic pines. Good luck on the 14th, a 211 yard uphill par three guarded by a single and magnetic bunker.

SIGHTSEEING: We begin at the Vizcaya Bridge which was built in 1893 as the world’s first transporter bridge. Fewer than two dozen were ever built, and only 12 still operate. The unusual design features a gondola suspended by cables about 30 feet above the Nervion River that can ferry six cars and several dozen people to the other side in 90 seconds.

Next, seaside in Getxo, we’ll walk narrow streets where taverns serve pintxos (tapas on bread) and banderillas (tapas on skewers) on our way to the Old Quarter in Algorta on Ereaga Beach.

There will be free time for shopping after which the group will return to Neguri to join the Golfers for a light lunch. After lunch the group shall continue to the Rioja Alavesa wine region for a tour and tasting of Spain’s most famous red wine in America.

Casual dinner at the winery this evening

OVERNIGHT: Marqués de Riscal - Deluxe Spa Room

FRIDAY, MAY 21: LAGUARDIA, SPAIN

This morning we visit Bodegas Baigorri winery, one of the leading producers of Rioja wines where we will enjoy a guided visit and hosted tasting of 4 wines accompanied by 4 tapas. The facility is striking. Production takes place on six underground levels crowned by a glass-walled room for meetings and events.

After the vineyard, we continue to Laguardia for a walking visit of this walled medieval fortress town founded in 1164 in a region with history documented to the twelfth century BC. One of the highlights is the Portico of Santa Maria Church which is made of stone and consists of a double Gothic arch that forms five archivolts, all of them elaborately decorated.

Dinner for the group will be at 1860 Tradición Restaurant including 6 courses, dessert, wine, coffee or tea.

OVERNIGHT: Marqués de Riscal - Deluxe Spa Room

SATURDAY, MAY 22: VITTORIA, SPAIN

GOLF: Today play at Larrabea Golf Club, the home course for PGA Tour star Jon Rahm. The course is played over uneven terraine in an estate sheltered from the north winds and overlooking the marshes of Urrunaga and Ullibarri. The fairways are generous but the green complexes are demanding. It’s a heavily wooded site where holes wind their way among streams, lakes and meadows.

SIGHTSEEING: This morning the full group will depart the hotel together for Larrabea Golf Club where the Golfers will play. Non-Golfers will continue to Vitoria, the capital city of the Basque region. Here we will meet our local guide for a private, walking tour highlighted by the medieval quarter home to the Gothic-style Santa María Cathedral with its sculpted facade and towering columns. The Church of San Miguel has a large, baroque altarpiece and houses a statue of the White Virgin, the city’s patron saint.

Afterwards, we’ll gather the Golfers for lunch before the group continues to San Sebastian.

Enjoy dinner this evening on your own.

OVERNIGHT: Maria Cristina Hotel – Deluxe Garden View Room

SUNDAY, MAY 23: SAN SEBASTIÁN, SPAIN

This morning we’ll meet our guide and depart for Getaria, a charming fishing village famous for its beaches and Txakoli white wine which enjoys a protected designation of origin and is wonderfully paired with grilled fish this town is known for. Our walking tour includes a visit to the workshop plus a tasting of Anchovy Maisor products. We conclude with a guided tasting at the spectacular Txomin Etxaniz Txakoli winery.

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Lunch at Araeta Cider House, traditional cider menu.

After lunch, we return to San Sebastián enjoying the panoramic views from bus before our walking tour of the cobblestoned streets of the Old Quarter (Parte Vieja) where you’ll find upscale shops and vibrant pintxo bars pairing local wines with specialty tapas. We will include access to Igeldo Mountain by road, Peine de los Vientos and La Concha Bay.

Enjoy dinner this evening on your own.

OVERNIGHT: Maria Cristina Hotel – Deluxe Garden View Room

MONDAY, MAY 24: BIARRITZ, FRANCE

GOLF: Today play Seignosse Golf Club, across the border near Biarritz, France.

Designed by Robert Von Hagge and located just a few kilometers away from the Bay of Biscay, you will experience an invigorating challenge in a beautiful setting. The course won’t take any prisoners as the winding fairways run through a huge valley with cork, pine and oak trees lining the fairways. There are also many natural, daunting water features and shots over ravines making this a sterling test of anyone's golf game.

SIGHTSEEING: Non-Golfers will enjoy a full-day tour of Biarritz and Saint-Jean-de- Luz.

Biarritz is an elegant seaside town overlooking the Bay of Biscay. It has been a popular vacation destination with European royalty since the 1800s who have been followed by modern global jetsetters even attracting the G7 summit held here in 2019. Biarritz is also a major surfing destination which has produced an interesting juxtaposition of swanky dinner jacket only restaurants with hip boutiques.

Eleven miles south is Saint-Jean-de- Luz. The town's fortune has long been linked to its fishing and its port. Today the enclave has managed to preserve its heritage while at the same time integrating modern creations. "Karrika Handi", or The Great Street, leads you to the church of Saint-Jean-Baptiste where King Louis XIV married Marie-Thérèse of Spain in 1660. Facing Saint-Jean-de-Luz is Ciboure, the birthplace of composer Maurice RAVEL, and its church Saint Vincent with its fortress-like appearance.

Farewell dinner this evening in the Michelin Starred Zuberoa Restaurant.

OVERNIGHT: Maria Cristina Hotel – Deluxe Garden View Room

TUESDAY, MAY 25: SAN SEBASTIÁN, SPAIN

Check-out and private transfer to the Bilbao airport or continue to Barcelona to join the Iberian Peninsula Golf Cruise.

Golf Schedule

PEDREÑA GOLF CLUB: PEDREÑA, SPAINPedreña Golf Club

Many people think of the Costa del Sol as the place to play golf in Spain, and it surely is, but the game on the northern coast predates most of the Mediterranean courses by fifty years. One of the gems here, designed by none other than Harry S. Colt, is Pedreña Golf Club which was the home club of none other than Seve Ballesteros. Opened in 1928, the course enjoys a spectacular setting on a small peninsula jutting into the Bay of Santander. While only 6,340 yards, Mr. Colt cleverly presents risk/reward opportunities that the thinking golfer will be challenged to master.

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NEGURI GOLF CLUB: GEXTO, SPAINNeguri Golf Club

Neguri Golf Club, or as it is known here, the Real Sociedad de Golf de Neguri, was founded in 1911 but has been at its present site since 1961. The fairways are wide and the hazards are few on this layout that measures 6,900 yards from its championship tees. The nines are decidedly different. The front works its way across open terrain to the Cantabrian Sea where two holes play along 200-foot cliffs. The back is routed through a forest of towering Atlantic pines. Good luck on the 14th, a 211-yard uphill par three guarded by a single and magnetic bunker.


LARRABEA GOLF CLUB: LEGUTIO, SPAINLarrabea Golf Club

Larrabea Golf Club is the home course for PGA Tour star Jon Rahm. The course is played over uneven terraine in an estate sheltered from the north winds and overlooking the marshes of Urrunaga and Ullibarri. The fairways are generous, but the green complexes are demanding. It’s a heavily wooded site where holes wind their way among streams, lakes and meadows.


SEIGNOSSE GOLF CLUB: SEIGNOSSE, FRANCESeignosse Golf Club

Across the border and close to Biarritz is Seignosse Golf Club. Designed by Robert Von Hagge and located just a few kilometers away from the Bay of Biscay, you will experience an invigorating challenge in a beautiful setting. The course won’t take any prisoners as the winding fairways run through a huge valley with cork, pine and oak trees lining the fairways. There are also many natural, daunting water features and shots over ravines making this a sterling test of anyone's golf game.


Accommodations

GRAN HOTEL DOMINE: BILBOA, SPAINGran Hotel Domine, Guggenheim View Room

The Gran Hotel Domine is the only 5-Star hotel located next to the Guggenheim Museum. Having been completely renovated in 2019, luxury can now be found in its spacious ambience, its extraordinary service, the passion for art and design, as well as an elegant and cosmopolitan style.

MARQUÉS DE RISCAL: ELCIEGO, SPAINMarqués de Riscal

Frank Gehry has out done himself yet again with the Hotel Marqués de Riscal. His vision was to create a 21st century château – with 43 rooms and suites, a spa and two restaurants – to accentuate one of the oldest wineries in the Rioja region, Vinos de los Herederos de Marqués de Riscal. It is very literally a luxurious work of accommodation art.

MARIA CRISTINA HOTEL: SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAINHotel Maria Cristina

Late in the 19th century San Sebastián turned from sleepy fishing village to playground for European royalty. This coincided with the height of the Belle Époque era, or Beautiful Age, which lead architect Charles Mewes (the man responsible for the Ritz in Madrid and Paris) to design and build the Hotel Maria Cristina in this style. It opened in 1912 and remains to this day firmly in command of its grand dame status in the Basque Country.

Ground Transportation

Your local ground transportation will be provided throughout by comfortable air conditioned motorcoaches ensuring a relaxing and safe travel environment. Your PerryGolf Host will accompany you throughout the tour and be present at all social functions, taking care of the finer details. This way you can relax with complete confidence that the logistics of your vacation are in expert hands. Your PerryGolf Host will be accompanied by a local English speaking guide as appropriate to the schedule.

Non Golfers will typically have organized touring options on golf days and dependent on the final numbers, an additional driver/guide may be added as required.

Pedreña Golf Club
Guggenheim Museum
Biarritz, France
Biarritz, France
Tapas Bar in San Sebastian
Tapas Bar in San Sebastian
Txakoli Txomin Etxaniz Vineyard, Getaria, Spain
Txakoli Txomin Etxaniz Vineyard, Getaria, Spain

 

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Tour Inclusions

  • 8 nights accommodations in Deluxe category rooms based on twin occupancy at selected hotels
  • 3 included dinners. 2 included lunches. Beer, wine & soft drinks with included dinners/lunches
  • Green fees for 4 rounds of golf including electric golf cart
  • Snack lunch and open bar for beer, wine and soft drinks during our time at each of the golf courses.
  • All privately guided sightseeing tours and admission charges
  • 1 cooking class
  • Wine Tasting
  • All airport transfers and ground transportation by luxury coach or equivalent
  • Train fare between Milan & Florence and Florence, Rome & Naples
  • Services of PerryGolf Tour Host/Manager throughout
  • All management of luggage and golf bag handling (luggage and golf bags will be transported separately between hotels)
  • All local taxes service charges and gratuities on included items

Not Included

Airfare to/from Italy, airport taxes, visa fees. | Drinks & any meals other than specified | Personal expenses

Important Information

Golf Handicap Limit: The golf courses we play around the world offer varying challenges. Players often require to be of a certain standard to properly and fully experience them in the company of likeminded fellow golfers. We therefore set a maximum permitted golf handicap to participate on our tours and cruises; The maximums are 28 for men and 36 for ladies.

Golf Courses: The included list may be subject to change in the event of any club accepting any conflicting national or international event, or for any other reason. Should such a situation occur, PerryGolf will endeavour to book a course of comparable standard, and all booked guests would be notified of the change and replacement venue at the earliest opportunity.

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