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well researched Basque food trip in June--help fine tuning?

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well researched Basque food trip in June--help fine tuning?

Honoredb | Jun 1, 2014 10:07 PM

Thanks to all those who have provided me with invaluable information as I plan my trip, which begins in Madrid on June 6. Below if my itinerary. Is there anything I ought to change?

Sunday, June 8
Drive to San Sebastian
Lunch: Akelarre
Dinner: pintxos (La Cepa, Cuchara de San Telmo, etc)
Hotel: Maria Cristina

Monday, June 9
Lunch: Elkano
Drive to France:
visit Hondarribia, Zigarramurdi, Espelette, Ainhoa, Aldudes, Sare?
Hotel: dine and stay at Hotel Arcé (or Freres Ibarboures or Ithurria?)

Tuesday, June 10
farmers' market in St. Jean de Luz
Lunch: lunch at Totta or or Chez Mattin or Kaiku (or somewhere else?)
visit Espelette, Ainhoa, Aldudes, Sare?
Return to Spain:
Dinner: Mugaritz
Hotel: Hotel Londres or Villa Soro

Wednesday June 11
Drive from San Sebastian to Extebarri
Lunch: Etxebarri
Dinner: ???
Hotel: Iturregi versus Castillo de Arteaga versus Mendi Goika versus return to San Sebastian versus Bilbao

Thursday, June 12
Lunch: Azurmendi
Drive to Bilbao
Dinner: pintxos? Zortziko? Extanobe?
Hotel: Carlton

Friday, June 13
fly out of Bilbao for Copenhagen (last hurrah dinner at Noma!)

Other restaurants I wonder if I should consider:
Zuberoa
Kokotxa
Casa Julian

I wonder where we should spend the night following our lunch at Etxebarri--whether we should return to San Sebastian for a light dinner, stay at Iturregi and go to Elkano (instead of for lunch Monday), stay at Castillo de Arteaga and eat there or somewhere nearby, or simply stay and dine at Mendi Goikoa. (Or maybe there's something I'm not thinking of.) Any ideas about the above--things to add, change, or omit--would be much appreciated.

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