The Wine, Food and Wonders of Northern Spain – Navarra and La Rioja

Sunday, September 21 – Saturday, September 27, 2025

Two Spaces in Two Rooms Available

Sunday September 28 – Saturday, October 4, 2025


Sunday – We greet you in Pamplona at the rail station and transport you to the Palacio. After a quick tour of the Palacio, you will be shown to your rooms. Then we will meet together for a Welcome Toast and hors d”oeuvres. After, you will have time to get to know each other before you are welcomed to the dining room for your first Chef prepared multi course Gourmet Dinner by Chef Walter with wine pairings assisted by Fred and Chris.

Monday – Friday After a delicious homemade breakfast, Kim, Chris and Fred will accompany you on your day of exploration. The possibilities are endless. Leave it to say, we have something planned for everyone!

  • A visit to a medieval Spanish town with it’s ancient castle, and in the afternoon, a visit to a local winery in the area with Fred and Chris

  • A morning guided orientation tour of Pamplona with its gorgeous Cathedral and then an afternoon free for self exploration, lunch*, famous for tapas shopping or museums

  • A trip to the nearby La Rioja wine region of Spain for another wonderful wine tasting with Fred and Chris, then enjoy a local village visit with exploration and lunch.*

  • Visit a local winery of Navarra with Fred and Chris, making your own blends to share, walking in the vines and visiting the estate’s medieval chapel and grounds

  • Discover Basque salt harvesting – not from the sea – with hands on salt harvesting experience

  • Travel into Basque country for a Basque mountain cheese farm visit and tasting

  • We will not be exploring Barcelona, so we encourage you to arrive early in Barcelona before the Adventure, or stay later in Barcelona after the Adventure

  • Every evening when we arrive back at the Palacio, you will enjoy homemade Canapes, and Cocktail of your choice before your gourmet dinner.

  • Average temperature low 70s during the day and lower 50s at night. Altitude 1,476 – 2029 ft.

  • Currency – The Euro

Itinerary subject to minor changes.

*Lunches are not included in Adventure fee

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The beginnings of construction date back to the end of the 15th century, when the west tower was built. In the following century, it reached its current state when the complex was completed with the central body and the east tower. Since then, the building has remained unchanged. It did not have a place in the Armoury Book of the Kingdom of Navarre but belonged from its beginnings to notable families.

The building has a quadrangular floor plan, with a central body and two side towers. To the north there is a courtyard enclosed by stone walls. To the south was the orchard of the place, with a well, now unused but which still retains the marks of the ropes on its stones. Between the building and the orchard there is a section, paved with cobblestones brought from Estafeta Street in Pamplona, when this street was pedestrianized.

Among the owners of the building in these centuries of history are the Royal Collegiate Church of Santa María de Roncesvalles, the Ochoa de Olza family, the Elio Doussinague family and the Mencos family, the current owner. It was also ceded for a few years to a community of Benedictines, which is why the building is still erroneously known as a “convent”.

Formal Dining Room

The Living Room

The Bedrooms and Private Bathrooms

Your home for the week is an amazing three story, 500 year old, palacio which has been renovated to designer standards including an elevator! We have five luxurious, double occupancy bedrooms, each having its own state of the art ensuite bathroom. Bedrooms are for two guests, single occupancy available at ‘twice the price’ of double occupancy. Many of the rooms have comfy twin beds suitable for sharing with a travel companion.

Capacity of 10 Adventurers per week so it is a small group.

Each bedroom has a hairdryer and spa robes for your use while you are staying in the Palacio.

The Grounds

We will meet you at the Pamplona Rail station and escort you by private van to your Palacio home for the week, and take you back to the Pamplona Rail station at the end of the Adventure.

The Artistic Gourmet Adventures’ driver’s greeting time is 5pm at the Pamplona Train Station on Sunday. For the comfort of you, and our other travel weary Adventurers, it is preferred that arrival times be planned for the drive back to the Palacio. You will all be traveling together to the Palacio and from the Palacio. The Palacio will not be ready until after 5pm on Sunday, so we cannot accept early arrivals.

Please plan for a 08:00 am departure from the Palacio on Saturday, the last day of your Adventure, back to the Pamplona Rail Station. You will all be traveling together to the Rail Station.

Included in your Adventure Fee.

  • Gourmet homemade breakfasts and multi course gourmet dinners are included and are prepared by Le Cordon Bleu, Paris trained Chef Walter Eagleton and staff with wine pairings chosen by Fred and Chris.

  • All ground transportation during your Adventure is included via our private driver in a state of the art mini coach. Kim, Fred and Chris will be with you everyday as your liaison.

  • All excursions, entrance fees and wine tastings are included.

Not included:

  • Airfare

  • Transportation to Pamplona greeting area

  • Travel Insurance, highly recommended

  • Lunches are “as you please” and at one or two of the recommended local restaurants, all together or on your own, while we are out for the day and are not included in the fee.

  • Personal expenses, lunches and after dinner wines are not included.

  • If you are an after dinner wine sipper, please feel free to purchase your own bottles during our excursions. Wine outside of dinner is not provided by Artistic Gourmet Adventures.

Proof of Travel Insurance is requested and can be bought on line from

$6280 pp double occupancy

Bedrooms are for two guests, single occupancy available at ‘twice the price’ of double occupancy. Many of the rooms have comfy twin beds suitable for sharing with a travel companion.

A Non-refundable deposit of $1000 pp is due upon booking.

Your balance is due 90 days prior to the first day of your Adventure. (We will send out a reminder letter)

After you book, we will send you an informational letter with more information and tips.

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