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Rioja Wine Tour

Highlights

  • 4 nights in 3*, 4*, or 5* hotels, incl. breakfast

  • Visit a winery in Ribera de Duero

  • Visit of La Rioja with wine tasting

  • Visit the new landmark of the Marques de Riscal region

  • Experience the wine region’s dreamlike surroundings

Description

Get to know the beauty of the Spanish wine region on this 5-day trip. This round trip takes you from the Spanish capital, Madrid, to La Rioja and the cities of Bilbao and San Sebastian. Look forward to trying the exquisite wines from the regions.

Destination

Europe

Madrid - La Rioja - Bilbao - San Sebastian - Madrid

Welcome to Spain's capital, Madrid. Discover the culture of a modern city, as well as the charm and elegance from its past history.

Whether you've already enjoyed your stay in the city, or have just landed in Madrid, today's exciting tour of the picturesque wine regions around La Rioja is waiting for you. The destination is the Ribera Del Duero wine region, where you can enjoy the first views of the romantic vineyards. Discover the numerous relics of the past, like the churches, monasteries, and churches? The region seems to stand still in time and attracts numerous visitors with its ancient wineries.

Visit one of the wineries and taste three different varieties. Which one do you like best? Not far away, you'll immerse yourself in traditional life as you visit an authentic medieval Spanish village, where you'll also see an underground cave dating back to the 16th century. A visit to the winery on the Golden Mile is also a must.

Afterwards, head back to your vehicle and drive to La Rioja. Here you will be offered much more than just delicious wine. The region is fascinating and will captivate you with its breathtaking landscapes and unspoiled small villages that retain art, culture, and history from centuries past.

Experience the authentic charm as you stroll through the alleys, past the brick houses and narrow streets.

Journey duration Madrid - Ribera Del Duero: approx. 2 hours / approx. 180 km

Journey duration Ribera Del Duero - La Rioja: approx. 2 hours / approx. 200 km

1 night stay with breakfast in La Rioja, Spain

After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, you will set out again on an exciting tour of La Rioja. You will visit a traditional winery where you can taste the typical Rioja wines. You will visit a 125-year-old winery run by the direct descendants of the founding family. After a short guided tour, you will of course also participate in a wine tasting in the estate.

Would you like to learn a little more about wine, its history and origins? Then look forward to the city's wine museum, which vividly exhibits and informs about numerous grape, vine, and wine varieties from all over the world across 9000m². After all that learning, you truly deserve a gourmet lunch in the museum's restaurant. Enjoy the wonderful views of the wine country that surrounds the museum and is dotted with numerous old buildings, and taste the selected wines that will pair perfectly with your dishes.

Take advantage of the afternoon, which you will have at your leisure, to get to know the city a little better or simply take in the fascinating landscapes. There is something soothing about this region and it will make you forget the daily stresses of life back home.

1 night with breakfast in La Rioja, Spain

After a restful night and a well-balanced breakfast, you will be well strengthened to start the day. Today's route takes you to the north of the country - to Bilbao. On the way there, you will visit the new landmark of the Marques de Riscal winery. Even from a distance you can spot the sinuous and colorful formations surrounding the building, designed by architect Frank O. Gehry. The building, where modern art meets historic architecture, is a treat for photography enthusiasts. Park the car and take a close look at the winery.

Of course that, besides extraordinary architecture, here you will also find a selection of different wines, which you can experience during a wine tasting.

After a relaxing stay, continue your journey until you arrive in northern Bilbao, where you can end the day in a relaxed way.

Journey duration La Rioja - Bilbao: approx. 1 hour 30 minutes / approx. 150 km

1 night with breakfast in Bilbao, Spain

After breakfast, depart for your drive to picturesque San Sebastian - the city you won't be able to take your eyes off and whose flair you're sure to fall in love with. Explore the fascinating city on your own or immerse yourself in the lively city life when you join a typical tapas tour with your guide.

What would Spain be without its tapas? Your local guide is the perfect partner if you want to experience the lifestyle, as they can give you interesting insights into everyday life while introducing you to Basque pintxos - the Basque version of the famous tapas. Discover bars, taverns, and even entire neighborhoods that specialize in the Spaniards' favorite dish - there's no easier way to experience the culture.

Stops include a traditional tasca or meson and a pintxo bar where you can take the mystery out of tapas.

Journey duration Bilbao - San Sebastian: about 1 hour / about 100 km

1 night stay with breakfast in San Sebastian, Spain

After breakfast, it's time to leave for the last leg back to Madrid. Enjoy your last moments in Spain. Or would you like to spend some more time in Madrid? The capital holds numerous sights that are just waiting to be discovered by you. Talk to us about your wishes before or after the trip, we will be happy to customize the stay before and after the Rioja wine tour for you.

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La Rioja:

3* Hotel: NH Herencia

4* Hotel: Los Agustinos

5* Hotel: Parador Santo Domingo

Bilbao:

3* Hotel: NH Deusto

4* Hotel: NH Villa de Bilbao

5* Hotel: Grand Domine

San Sebastian:

3* Hotel: Europa

4* Hotel: Amara Plaza

5* Hotel: Villa Soro

Duration of the trip: 5 days / 4 nights

Including

  • 4 nights in the aforementioned accommodations or similar, including breakfast
  • 24 hours availability of our partner on site

Experiences included

  • Ribera del Duero: Visit a winery incl. wine tasting
  • Ribera del Duero: Visit an authentic medieval Spanish village
  • Ribera del Duero: Visit the underground caves from the 16th century
  • Rioja: visit a winery incl. wine tasting
  • Rioja: visit the wine museum incl. gourmet lunch in the restaurant
  • Rioja: Visit the Marques de Riscal tourist attraction
  • San Sebastian: Tapas dinner tour

Excluding

  • International flights
  • Transfers
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the scope of services
  • Personal expenses, such as minibar and tips
  • Travel protection

Notes

  • Availability upon request
  • Surcharges may apply during trade fairs and congresses
  • We recommend booking a rental car

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