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Northern Spain: Rioja, Navarra and Basque Country

PRICE: From € 929.00 p/p DURATION: 7 days WHEN: May Jun Sep Oct NEAREST AIRPORT: Bilbao

Tour Summary

Tour Highlights                                                                                    Book Now
  • This tour focuses on prestigious wine estates, excellent gastronomy, medieval and fishing villages, delightful seaside towns and gorgeous countryside in La Rioja, Navarra and San Sebastian.
  • Spectacular landscape
  • Visit unique wine estates in Haro and Elciego with the flamboyant hotel designed by Frank Gehry; the largest wine museum in the world: Dinastia Vivanco
  • Navarra and the royal fortress city of Olite.
  • Freshly harvested, tender Tudela Artichokes, fresh Garlic or succulent White Asparagus, Lodosa's lusciously sweet Red Peppers or artisan Roncal and Idiazabal Cheeses are some of the best known dishes in the gastronomy of Navarre.
  • San Sebastian and Bilbao, two magnificent cities, home of the best gastronomy in Spain and a chance to visit the Guggenheim Museum of Modern Art.
  • San Sebastian cuisine and chefs boasts 16 Michelin stars. The town reminds somehow the French "Belle Epoque", the great Golden Age.
  • La Rioja and its capital Logrono. The Pilgrims path to Santiago de Compostela crosses the river Ebro in Logrono.
  • A memorable feast of history, religious culture, beautiful scenery, gorgeous wine and gourmet food, said to be the best in Spain.

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It Is Far Better To See It Once Than To Hear Of It A Thousand Times

This tour shows you three amazing regions in green Spain: Rioja, Navarra and the Basque Country, focusing on prestigious wine estates, excellent gastronomy, medieval and fishing villages, delightful seaside towns and gorgeous countryside. Each area has its own characteristics and unique individualities.

It is a voyage around the best of Basque country including the Atlantic coast, Rioja and the ancient Kingdom of Navarra. The River Ebro rises in the Cantabrian Mountains and flows to the Mediterranean dividing Rioja from Navarra and feeding Spain's most prolific orchards and market gardens. The pilgrims path to Santiago de Compostela crosses the river at Logrono, capital of the wine growing region. It all adds up to a memorable feast of history, religious culture, beautiful scenery, gorgeous wines and gourmet food, said to be the best in Spain.

PLACES

Haro, a graceful town on the banks of the River Ebro, has a lively old quarter where elegant wine mansions meet lively pavement cafees. You will visiting Elciego, the home of Marques de Riscal Winery and showing off its flamboyant hotel designed by Frank Ghery. Laguardia is a romantic hilltop fortress with medieval mansions and cobbled streets flanked by bodegas and tapas bars. On to Navarra, seat of kings thence to the royal fortress city of Olite with its fairytale turrets, battlements and twisting lanes. From there you will be driven to San Sebastian, Spain's most fashionable resort set on a crescent bay between two tower-topped hills and a tour of the local fishing villages. Finally Bilbao, and a chance to visit the Guggenheim Museum of Modern Art before your flight home.

WINES

To set the scene, you will be guided through the world's largest wine museum, The Dinastia Vivanco in the medieval village of Briones. On to the distinguished Marques de Riscal Estate, pioneer of the region and master of the Tempranillo grape. In Laguardia, there is a fascinating underground winery on three subterranean levels. Finally, the spectacular vineyards of Navarra producing wines from Tempranillo, Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay grapes. Wine tasting and tapas, gastronomic meals served with the best regional wines are irrisistable!

FOOD

It is the combination of outstanding food and scenic ambience that makes this tour one to remember. A private reception with wine and tapas before an epicurean lunch at a Laguardia' traditional restaurant and, in the evening, a tour of the towns tapas bars; a lunchtime banquet served in a Parador. In San Sebastian we can recommend : dine atop Mount Igueldo overlooking the city on the freshest Basque seafood in its infinite varieties. The next day, you can visit the picturesque seaside villages and lunch on delicious grilled fish.
This 5-day accompanied cultural food and wine tour starts and finishes at San Sebastian and allows plenty of time to go exploring on your own.
If you are really passionate about experiencing world class gastronomy, sampling outstanding wines, admiring unique medieval villages, in the wine country, appreciating spectacular scenery, whilst being a guest of renowned wine estates and above all exploring regions of Spain not yet really touched by mass tourism, guided by committed local experts then you must take this opportunity.

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Itinerary

DAY ONE- Bilbao-Haro                                                                      Book Now
  • You are welcomed and escorted by our guide to our carefully selected hotel in La Rioja in our vehicle. Check in at our pre selected hotel in Haro. Evening free.
  • Optional: Guggenheim museum visit in Bilbao Subject to arrival time.

DAY TWO- Haro- Labastida- Haro
  • Extraordinary guided tour of the world's largest wine museum, Dinastia Vivanco, experiencing the wine culture of centuries.
  • First guided visit to a winery, you will either visit one of the most prestigious wineries in La Rioja for its successful style of blending the modern technology with the wine-making traditional methods or one of the most reputable, traditional and oldest wineries in La Rioja with very high quality.
  • Superb typical lunch from the area. After lunch we will have a private guided tour to one of the pintoresque villages of the area: Haro or Briones.
  • Optional. Tutored wine tasting of a selection of the best wines of La Rioja conducted by a wine expert at a historic building. You will learn different techniques to taste wine as well as the unique characteristics of the wines of Rioja wine region. Free evening.

DAY THREE- Haro- Logrono
  • Second visit to a winery. Spectacular guided tour to one of the best wineries in Rioja and Spain and wine tasting.
  • Next your third visit to a winery. A visit to this traditional wine estate will show you what tradition in making wines means nowadays.
  • Lunch at a traditional restaurant.
  • Guided tour of the old quarter of Logrono, capital of La Rioja, visiting Calle Laurel one of the most famous gastronomic streets in Spain. A unique guided tour seeing hundreds of small bars, each one specialising in a different tapa (small portions of food, an authentic delicacy). Free evening in Logrono. Bars and restaurants recommended

DAY FOUR- Logrono-Elciego-Laguardia
  • Fourth visit to a winery. Guided tour of one of the pioneers wineries in the Rioja wine region. Its wines have earned some of the most distinguished international awards. Wine tasting.
  • Private guided tour conducted by local expert of one of the most astonishing medieval towns in Europe. Located on a hill, surrounded by a valley of vineyards, overlooking the back-drop of the Cantabrian Mountains.
  • Privileged visit to one of the best underground cellars in the medieval town of Laguardia. Gourmet lunch providing superb dishes based on fresh ingredients and excellent service. Free afternoon. Time to relax in the hotel or go shopping in Logrono.
  • Optional Guided tapas tour of the best tapas of the area some of them never seen before. You will sample authentic fresh food from the North of Spain, while you mix with the locals. Highly enjoyable.

DAY FIVE- Logrono -Puentelarreina-Olite-San Sebastian

  • Departure to Navarra. The sixth and privileged private guided visit to a wine estate located in a astonishing valley. Formed by several manors, this Señorío has mastered throughout the years the wine-making of reds, whites and roses in an area between Rioja and Bordeaux. Wine tasting.
  • Guided visit to Puentelarreina. Puentelarreina, "the crossroads of the ways", is a medieval town where the two main routes on the Pilgrim's Way to Santiago de Compostela converge.
  • Visit to Olite Castle which some parts has been preserved as in the Middle Ages. (Private guide on request). A 12th-century German traveller wrote his impressions in his diary, now conserved in the British Museum in London: "Surely there is no king with a more beautiful castle or palace and with so many gilded rooms". Gourmet Lunch in a charming restaurant of a medieval town located in a castle.
  • Transfer to San Sebastian.

DAY SIX.  San Sebastian
  • Definitely one of the most adored places in all of Spain with majestic buildings, beautiful beaches and mountains that form a perfect set. A beautiful city with touches of the Belle Epoque initiated in the second half of the 19th century, becoming the most cosmopolitan city in Europe with a remarkably high level of cultural activity.
  • If you are a culture lover you have countless museums and attractions to visit. If you are a good food lover San Sebastian will be your paradise. On the other hand you have fifteen famous restaurants in the city or close by, with several Michelin stars run by some of the most prestigious chefs in the world. Remember as well that San Sebastian is known for been the capital of the pintxo (tapas).
  • Relax and enjoy San Sebastian.
  • Optional. We can offer collective or private guided excursions either in San Sebastian or to the coastal towns like Hondarribia, Zarautz, Guetaria including St Jean de Luz in neighbouring France. We can also offer cooking classes and demonstrations, guided tapas tour and make a reservation on any restaurant including the numerous Michelin Stars (we can e-mail you our recommendations)

DAY SEVEN.  Departure

If you are flying from Bilbao, there are plenty of trains and coaches from San Sebastian. Alternatively we can provide private transfers on request.
 
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Prices & Dates

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TRADITIONAL RIOJA WINE TOUR, NAVARRA DAY TOUR AND TWO NIGHT ACCOMMODATION IN SAN SEBASTIAN

COST per PERSON (p.p) IN EUROS 

                                                    2 persons        4 people       6 people       8 people

6 Nights/7days                               1549.00          1239.00         1049.00        929.00        (per person)

The difference between the Traditional and the Exclusive Rioja Wine Tour lies in the rating of accommodation, quality of meals, upmarket wineries and type of restaurants.


EXCLUSIVE
RIOJA WINE TOUR, NAVARRA DAY TOUR AND TWO NIGHT ACCOMMODATION IN SAN SEBASTIAN

COST per PERSON (p.p) IN EUROS 

                                                     2 persons       4 people       6 people        8 people

6 Nights/7days                                1649.00          1339.00       1129.00         999.00        (per person)

Supplements
189.00 Euros single supplement
129.00 Euros per person supplement. Wine festival 20th-24th September 2017

In Navarra is only included the transport and guide, entrances and lunches excluded

This tour operates every week from April to October. November to March on request.

- For the scaled pricing system, the total number of people in the tour refers to how many are actually booked for the particular week, and not to how many people you must have in your party. For example if you call to book two people and we already have four people booked, you will be paying the price designated to six people, if at a later day we book two more clients you will eventually pay the price designated to eight people.

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(*) SPECIAL PRICES for groups 
 
Departures for Scheduled Tour:

May 2017                       3rd May - 10th May - 17th May - 24th May – 31st May

June 2017                      
7th Jun - 14th Jun – 21st Jun – 28th Jun

September 2017
             6th Sep - 13th Sep – 20th Sep - 27th Sep
 
October 2017                  4th Oct - 11th Oct – 18th Oct - 25th Oct


Other days on request
 
 
Hotel supplements or reductions

189.00 Euros single supplement
129.00 Euros per person supplement. Wine festival 20th-24th September 2017
Upgrade of Accommodation on request.
 

Price Includes
  • Transport for 4 full days
  • Transfers from Bilbao to Rioja and from Rioja to San Sebastian.
  • Personalised English/Spanish speaking expert guide throughout the tour excluding San Sebastian
  • Six nights Accommodation based on double occupancy with private bath
  • Six full breakfasts
  • Six wine estates visits. (Entrance to winery visit in Navarra not included)
  • Six wine tasting
  • Four gourmet lunches (Lunch in Olite not included)
  • Visit to the world largest wine museum.
  • Three towns guided walking tours.
  • Visit to Olite Castle (entrance not included)
  • In Navarra is only included the transport and guide, entrances and lunches excluded
  • All taxes
What Is Not Included
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights (Bilbao or Vitoria airports)
  • Entrance to winery visit in Navarra not included
  • Entrance to Olite castle
  • Tips
  • Meals not specified
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional visits
  • In Navarra is only included the transport and guide, entrances and lunches excluded

Note: If any of the published accommodation, range of wineries or restaurants in the tour becomes unavailable, others of similar category will be allocated.

Note: Upgrade of wineries and/or restaurants will have a supplement. Please request.

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Accomodation

EXAMPLES OF ACCOMMODATION USED IN LA RIOJA, NAVARRA AND SAN SEBASTIAN (*)

Hotel LOS AGUSTINOS
(Haro-LA RIOJA)
HISTORIC-BUILDING, 4 star

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This four star property is located right in the historic centre of Haro, centre of the wine production in Rioja, surrounded by a valley of vineyards and the Cantabrian Mountains.
Walking distance you can experience numerous and excellent tapas.

General Facilities
Founded as a convent in 1373, Los Agustinos hotel is a beautiful and protected building, now its walls full of history play host to exceptionally comfortable facilities where it is a privilege to stay. It has an impressive los agustinos lariojacourtyard where you can relax reading your favourite book or having a glass of Rioja.
Particular mention should be made of the Las Duelas Restaurant; the Bistrot de las Duelas; Bar-Cafeteria; 24-hour room service; and free WIFI throughout the Hotel.
They offer conventional, modern and regional cuisine based on fresh products from the area and also having an outstanding wine-list and everything in historic surroundings.

The rooms
There are 62 guestrooms, most of which are outward-facing, whilst the Hotel's most salient feature is the impressive, glass-domed cloisters, which are air-conditioned and enclosed.
All rooms are decorated in a rustic style and enjoy all the modern comforts: satellite TV, wifi, private bathroom with hairdryer. Guests also have access to the hotel's fitness center.

HOTEL MARQUES DE VALLEJO                                                      
Logrono
BOUTIQUE HOTEL
 
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This boutique hotel is located right in the centre, in the historic an d cultural heart of Logrono, at a walking distance of the main gastronomic streets, where you can find the best pinchos and tapas in northern Spain, the old part with the cathedral and numerous churches and the outdoor dining area full of terraces where you can have delicious meals accompanied by excellent wines.
 
General FacilitiesBuilt in 1911, was known popularly as
Posada de las Animas (Inn of the souls). In May 2004, Hotel Marques De Vallejo had a meticulous work ofrestoration, interior design and decoration, always with the aim of offering a more comfortable and pleasant stay to our guest.marques de vallejo larioja 3bNowadays they keep on working/betting on the innovation and the improvement of our services and facilities with the aim of satisfying each and every need of our guest.

The roomsThe 50 contemporary rooms at Hotel Marques de Vallejo feature parquet floors and air conditioning. They contain an LCD TV, and the private bathrooms come with a hairdryer.
Wifi access, safe and temperature controller as well as mini bar, are also available in the rooms.
 

San Sebastian 

4 star hotel
Tryp Orly, hotel sansebastianb
Silken Amara Plaza 
or Monte Igueldo.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

(*)Accommodation will be in these hotels or in others of similar category. Will be confirmed when making the booking. Upgrade available on request.
 
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