Experience the Basque Country and Cantabria

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Our tour guides

Holger Christmann, Art-Journalist (Germany)

Holger Christmann, Art-Journalist (Germany)

Holger Christmann studied art history, history and Romance studies at universities in Germany and Italy, he was for many years editor of FAZ and editor-in-chief of Weltkunst, the art magazine of ZEIT. He has a leading position in the magazine business, advises luxury companies and regularly publishes in well-known art magazines.

REGISTRATION  Deadline: 8 April 2018


Art trip
26 - 29 April 2018

Culture and pleasure in the north of Spain: from the world famous Guggenheim Bilbao to the new Centro Botín by Renzo Piano in Santander

The Basque Country is home to famous sculptors such as Eduardo Chillida and Jorge Oteiza and the autonomous region of northern Spain has been a pilgrimage destination for art lovers from all over the world - now more than ever since the opening of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao in 1997. Even 20 years later city planners admiringly talk about the "Bilbao effect" when they want to describe the energy that the construction of a spectacular museum can give a city. On our three-day bus tour, we visit the city of Logrono and La Rioja wineries, which appear as sculptures in the landscape, and the collection of the Museo Würth La Rioja. The crowning glory of the trip: a detour to the Centro Botín, which opened in summer 2017 in Santander, the capital of Cantabria. The museum, which seems to float above the earth, shows the collection of the Spanish banking family Botin and is the work of the Italian architect Renzo Piano, who also built the Paris Center Pompidou. Between the visits there is time to experience Spain's flourishing northern region and its culinary specialities.

Program details

Day 1 – Thu, 26.04. Meet & greet

The program begins at 19:00 in the hotel lobby.
Meet and greet your travel companions to break the ice and enjoy a first dinner together.

Day 2 – Fri, 27.04. From Bilbao to Logroño

Guggenheim Museum by Frank O. Gehry
Day 2 – Fri, 27.04.	From Bilbao to Logroño
Bodegas Marques de Riscal by Frank O. Gehry

Walk along the river to the Guggenheim Bilbao.
Arrive at the museum, visit the outdoor sculptures Puppy - Flower Statue and Anish Kaapor Tall Tree and The Eye.
Guided expert tour of Guggenheim Bilbao with a focus on contemporary sculpture.

Bus trip in direction Logroño.

Stopover to visit two vineyards with spectacular architecture: Bodegas Ysios and Bodegas Marques de Riscal. Swiss/Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and American architect Frank O. Gehry are sculptors among architects. In the Rioja region they each re-built a famous vineyard. Bodegas Yisos (Calatrava) and Bodegas Marques de Riscal (Gehry). We will see both of them and can discuss how much architecture and sculpture have in common.

Visit of the artist studio of José Antonio Olarte and artist’s talk.

Possibility for a walk in the city of Logroño and visit of the art festival Concentrico that takes place in the streets.

Day 3. Sat 28.04. Logroño, Castro Urdiales and Santander

Centro Botin by Renzo Piano, Santander
Day 3. Sat 28.04.        Logroño, Castro Urdiales and Santander

Tour of Museo Würth with a focus on contemporary sculpture, guided by a museum expert.

Bus trip in direction Santander with stopover and lunch break at Castro Urdiales, short walk in the old town. Castro Urdiales is the oldest harbour city in Cantabria and is a picturesque town with a reputation for good seafood restaurants.

Visit to Centro Botin in Santander, the new museum built by Renzo Piano. The guide will be a museum expert. In addition to visiting the permanent collection, we will also have the chance to see the special exhibition about Juan Mirò as a sculptor.

Visit of the Palacete del Embarcadero and free time in the city center.

Day 4, Sun, 29.04. End of program

Bus back to Bilbao


Please note the trip begins and ends in Bilbao.
The journey to and from Bilbao must be organized by the participant himself/herself and is not included in the price.


  • Normal price: 899,- €
  • Special price for sculpture network Members: 749, - €
  • Single room surcharge for 3 nights: 110,- €

Min. number of participants: 20

We offer early bird rates for bookings before 1 March 2018

Early bird Normal price: 839,- €
Special early bird price for sculpture network Members: 699, - €

Take advantage of our reduced member prices for our trips. When you register to become a member now and book a trip you won’t pay the
30 € registration fee.

Services included in prices:

  • Travel group of max. 40 people from different countries, a nice mix of artists, curators and friends of the arts -  guarantees exclusiveness
  • 3 nights in 4 star hotel in a double room, including breakfast
    (Single room surcharge for 3 nights 110,00 EUR)
  • 2 lunches (Friday and Saturday)
  • 3 dinners (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) in typical restaurants
  • Bus trip in comfortable modern coach
  • All entrance tickets and guided tours
  • Tour guides in English
  • Tour assistance in English and German

Cancellation policy:

Cancellation after 27 March 2018 results in the loss of your down payment. Cancellation after 15 April 2018 results in the loss of your complete payment. Min. number of participants is 20 people. If the minimum number of participants is not reached by 27 March, the organizer can cancel the trip.
We, therefore, advise you to open an insurance policy covering travel withdrawal.

REGISTRATION  Deadline: 8 April 2018

To confirm your reservation you must make a down payment of 50% of the total fee. An invoice will be issued and once payment has been received, confirmation of participation and a receipt will be given. The remaining sum is due two weeks prior to the tour. We will send you an invoice.


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