Basque Country


This is a magical land, half French and half Spanish where they burst into song at the drop of a hat.


The Basques are warm and friendly – half mountain people and half sea people. The scenery is fabulous and the food divine. 

We start our tour in the perfect gastronomic city of San Sebastián – where we spend 4 nights exploring, eating pintxos (the most sophisticated tapas) and drinking Rioja.

We kick-off with a Ciderhouse welcome dinner, visit the Guggenheim, go on a pintxos tasting tour of the Old Town, visit the medieval town of Gaetaria, take a boat ride to the freshest seafood lunch you've ever eaten, and visit a txakoli vineyard for bubbles and name but a few things. 

On the morning of day 5 we head to the beautiful fishing town of St-Jean-de-Luz (about an hour away) where we spend the next 3 days eating yet more seafood, drinking Irouléguy and exploring the area.   We have a guided tour of the town and market, visit the famous village of Espelette, eat in starred restaurants and shop 'til we drop. St Jean is both enigmatic and welcoming with dramatic green mountains, white washed houses and fabulous beaches.  

San Sebastián has the most *** restaurants in the world and St-Jean-de-Luz is possibly the most beautiful seaside town in France. The Basque Country is a foodie's paradise. Come and experience it with me. 

IMPORTANT: For this tour you must be physically fit and healthy with no mobility issues. There is a lot of walking involved.

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check out peta on  tour in the basque country


Northern Spain / 
South Western France

27 June – 4 July


 € 3,775 per person
(based on twin share). 

This includes 7 nights accommodation, Peta and our local guides, internal transport, cooking classes, entrances, all meals & wine with meals. 

€495 single supplement subject to availability.

Maximum of 12 guests.


In San Sebastián we stay at
Hotel Astoria 7

In St Jean de Luz we stay at
The Madison Hotel

Our mission has always been to provide really authentic gastronomic and cultural experiences. We travel initially to lose ourselves and next to find ourselves, because travel cracks us open and so pushes us over all the walls and low horizons that habits and defensiveness set up.  

Behind every person and every household is a story of local traditions and daily life in villages and towns. Traditional food is about ancestral memories and looking back and holding on to old cultures – it is profoundly about identity.  Come with us and partake in the honesty, grace, generosity and fun that is a Peta Mathias tour. Suitable for fit and healthy gastronomic adventurers!

Travelling with Peta is more than just a cooking/dining tour. It is an all round experience of body and soul, blending food, eating, cultural traditions, personalities, music, styles and humour. I realised the people we met along the way opened their kitchens and homes and shared their passion for food, because of the connection and respect they personally had with Peta. I loved the laughter and the fact we ate at starred Michelin restaurants as well as an incredible spit roast lamb in a cave! It was an excellent blend of learning new techniques in preparing fish, exploring the art of eating pinxos, learning a bit of history and art and cooking our dinner together as a group. A holiday that seemed longer than the actual 7 days!
— Diane Imus, Wellington
It was quite possibly the best week of my life. The people I shared the tour with, the food, the Basque people and of course the incomparable Peta.
— Mary Ann Hills, Timaru