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Rioja Reverie: 5 Days of Wine, Food, and Culture in the Rioja Wine Region

Rioja Reverie: 5 Days of Wine, Food, and Culture in the Rioja Wine Region

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Trip Overview:

Welcome to "Rioja Reverie: Five Days of Wine, Food, and Culture" – a remarkable journey that promises to indulge your senses and awaken your spirit. Nestled in the heart of northern Spain, the Rioja wine region is a treasure trove of culinary delights, world-class wines, and rich cultural experiences waiting to be discovered. Ove...

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Trip Summary:

5 night/ 6 day exploration of the Rioja wine region from a single base in delightful Laguardia. No packing and unpacking! Experiences and activities including `meet the locals´ and chat with winemakers, varied winery visits, superb guided tours including by e-bike, tapas tours, fun outdoor activities, first class dining experie...

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Access:

The Rioja region is just over an hour from Bilbao Airport.  From Madrid city, it is just over 3hrs & 30 mins by road.  There are other options too by rail and with private driver.  Contact your Totally Spain Travel Advisor to discuss the best option for you.

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Tour Itinerary

Wine, Dine, and Time Travel: Unveiling Laguardia´s Charms on Your First Day in Rioja,

Arrival in Laguardia, Rioja

This morning, enjoy a private transfer from Bilbao to Laguardia, situated in the heart of the Riojan Wine Countryside. Check into your charming 4-star accommodation. The journey from Bilbao is very scenic, and you'll be on excellent roads. You'll know you're entering the wine region when you view the splendid Sierra de Toloño and when cypress trees and vineyards start to appear.

Laguardia is a charming medieval walled town nestled among vineyards and surrounded by the picturesque landscapes of the Riojan wine country. Renowned for its rich history, well-preserved architecture, and connection to the world of wine, Laguardia's origins date back to the 10th century. The town's defensive walls, which still encircle the historic center, are a testament to its medieval past. Beneath the town are over 300 wine caves and tunnels.

At Totally Spain, we love Laguardia. It's a place we have been sending our valued clients to for over 20 years. Here, it feels like stepping back in time, and you'll find it hard to believe that towns like Laguardia still exist and remain completely authentic, not at all spoiled by tourism.

This afternoon, you will enjoy a delicious lunch, your first taste of Riojan cuisine, at an 'asador' or typical Riojan grillhouse. Wine is included.  You will also visit the wonderful Villa Lucia wine center and museum, providing a great introduction to the region and its wines. This will be complemented by a visit with tasting to the first architect-designed, chateau-style winery in Rioja, Bodegas Campillo. Surrounded by 50 hectares of vineyards, at Bodegas Campillo you will also have the chance to appreciate their unique collection of art.

Time to relax and enjoy the facilities at your hotel before being joined by your local Riojan tour guide for a fun evening discovering the bars and Tapas Scene in Laguardia. You'll be very surprised by the different venues we've chosen. All food and drink consumed during this tour is included.

 

Activities & Services Included Today:

- Private transfer from Bilbao to Laguardia
- Visit to the award-winning Villa Lucia wine center
- Guided visit with tasting at chateau-style Bodegas Campillo
- Private Guided Tapas evening in Laguardia.
- 4-star quality handpicked hotel in a standard room with full breakfast included.

Meals Included Today:

- 3-course lunch with wine at a traditional Riojan Asador.
- Tapas and drinks during the tour are included.  Will constitute an evening meal.

Wine Symphony: A Day of Elegance, Legacy, and Hidden Gems in Rioja,

Today embark on a journey that promises not just a day, but a symphony of experiences, as you set out on a leisurely exploration of the enchanting Rioja wine region. Picture this: a day that begins in comfort, with your private driver guiding you through the undulating wine countryside, ascending the sierra to unveil the breathtaking Rioja Balcony. Here, atop this vantage point, let your gaze wander across a tapestry of vineyards stretching as far as the eye can see, while charming hill towns emerge like jewels in the distance. It's a sight to behold, a panorama that whispers the tales of the Rioja wine region.

As the morning unfolds, your journey leads you to the heart of the celebrated train station district in Haro, preserving the legacy of some of Rioja's oldest and most esteemed wineries. Stepping into the halls of Bodegas Cvne, founded in 1879, you'll traverse the historical bodega, soaking in the rich narrative of this centennial winery. Immerse yourself in the legacy as you sip on two of their world-renowned wines complemented by carefully selected cheeses.

But the adventure doesn't end there. Venture off the beaten path to a quaint Riojan town, a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Here, a family-owned boutique winery in the Rioja Alta awaits, ready to open its doors to you. Meet a member of the family, a living embodiment of the winery's heritage, and indulge in a specially prepared home-style lunch, each bite a celebration of local flavors, perfectly paired with the winery's own creations. A highlight etched in the memory of your day for sure.

As the day winds down, return to the charming enclave of Laguardia, where the evening unfolds at your leisure.
 

Activities & Services Included Today:

- Private driver for touring all day
- Visit with tasting to an award-winning winery in the historical Haro Train district. (90 mins)
- Visit to a charming, family owned boutique winery with a traditional lunch included.
- 4-star quality handpicked hotel in a standard room with full breakfast included.

Meals Included Today:

- Full buffet breakfast
- 3-course lunch with wine at a traditional family-owned Riojan winery.

A Day of Spa Indulgence, Vineyard Vistas, and Culinary Enchantment in Rioja,

This morning, after breakfast, picture yourself basking in the soothing embrace of a pre-booked hydrothermal spa session at your hotel, where a world of rejuvenation awaits. Traverse a dynamic pool adorned with invigorating jets, indulge in the blissful warmth of a Jacuzzi, and surrender to the serenity of micro-bubble beds. Dare to plunge into the refreshing cold water pool, pamper your feet in a delightful footbath, and invigorate your senses with contrast showers. The pièce de résistance awaits in the form of a Finnish sauna and Turkish bath, a symphony of relaxation that promises to leave you truly refreshed - a morning treat like no other!

Emerge feeling utterly restored, ready to embark on the next chapter of your Riojan journey. A driver will whisk you away to a modern winery, a hidden gem where the convergence of tradition and innovation takes center stage. As you step into the spectacular glass viewpoint, a panorama of vineyards unfolds before your eyes, inviting you to savor a special tasting lunch paired with exquisite wines. The restaurant, a harmonious blend of local charm and contemporary elegance, curates a menu that showcases the finest seasonal produce. With each delectable bite, relish the views of sprawling vineyards and the ambient glow of the barrel cellar, perfectly complemented by the winery's own exceptional wines.

The enchantment continues as you venture to the family-owned Bodegas Luis Cañas, a short distance away. Here, the warm welcome and captivating visit promise to be the ideal continuation of your gastronomic journey. Immerse yourself in the charm of the surroundings, where each moment becomes a memory to treasure.

As the day gracefully unfolds, return to the charming town of Laguardia, where the magic continues into the evening. Dine at a carefully chosen restaurant nestled in the heart of Laguardia, boasting an underground cellar that adds a touch of mystery and allure to your culinary experience. Let the evening unfold with a symphony of flavors and ambiance, a perfect finale to a day filled with relaxation, gastronomic delights, and the warm embrace of Spanish hospitality.

 

Activities & Services Included Today:

- Morning spa session at your hotel (90 minutes)
- All private transport for today’s activities
- Visit to a modern Riojan winery with lunch
- Visit to a charming, family owned winery with tasting.
- 4-star quality handpicked hotel in a standard room with full breakfast included.

Meals Included Today:

- Full buffet breakfast
- Special tasting lunch with wine at a modern Riojan winery.
- Dinner at a traditional restaurant in Laguardia with wine

Vino Vanguard: A Culinary Odyssey from Marques de Riscal to Logroño´s Tapas Delight, Spain

In the company of your private driver-guide this morning, you'll set off to discover one of the most famous and eye-catching Riojan wineries, Marqués de Riscal. Located in Elciego, Bodegas Marqués de Riscal boasts a storied history dating back to 1858, making it one of the oldest in the Rioja region. The winery complex is distinguished by the avant-garde architecture of the onsite hotel, designed by the same creator of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Frank Gehry, in 2006. The hotel's striking titanium panels reflect the surrounding vineyards, creating a visually captivating contrast. Nestled in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa, the winery owns extensive vineyards cultivating classic grape varieties. Marqués de Riscal is celebrated globally for its high-quality wines, with the Marqués de Riscal Reserva earning particular acclaim. Your visit includes exploring the underground wine cellars, experiencing the fusion of tradition and innovation, and a wine tasting.

Afterward, it's on to Logroño, the charming capital of La Rioja. Nestled along the banks of the Ebro River, this picturesque city seamlessly blends rich history with a vibrant modern spirit. Here, you'll stroll through cobblestone streets lined with tapas bars, where the tantalizing aroma of local delicacies mingles with the sweet scent of Rioja wine. Logroño is a tapestry of medieval architecture and contemporary energy. The iconic Concatedral de Santa María de la Redonda, with its stunning Gothic spires, stands as a testament to centuries of history, while the bustling Calle del Laurel invites you to indulge in the region's culinary delights. The Camino de Santiago, the famed pilgrimage route, passes through Logroño, infusing the city with a unique blend of spiritual energy and international camaraderie.

Mingling with the locals, you'll enjoy an included tapas & wine experience, as you move from bar to bar, just like a native, tasting what's best and freshest on the menu today. Afterwards, you'll have free time to explore at leisure, do some shopping, and discover more of this charming city.

Later you'll return to your hotel and the remainder of the evening is yours to enjoy independently.

 

Activities & Services Included Today:

- Private guide for the day
- All private transport for today’s activities
- Guided group visit to Bodegas Marques de Riscal with tasting
- Finest Tapas with wine in Logroño
- 4-star quality handpicked hotel in a standard room with full breakfast included.

Meals Included Today:

- Full buffet breakfast
- tapas style lunch with drinks.

Riojan Reverie: A Day of Countryside Exploration, Culinary Delights, and Unforgettable Moments,

Wake up to a promising morning filled with activity and discovery. Your day begins with an exclusive adventure through the picturesque Riojan countryside, made even more enchanting by the whir of your electric bike. Your knowledgeable guide will lead you through the heart of this scenic landscape, providing a close-up encounter with its breathtaking beauty.

The highlight of your morning awaits in the charming historical town of Briones, where you'll be warmly welcomed by a local winemaker. As you savor the fruits of his labor, you'll also immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of the region.

The adventure continues as you venture to the captivating town of San Vicente de la Sonsierra, renowned for its unique Easter celebrations. Dive into the local traditions, soaking in the vibrant atmosphere that makes this town truly special.

After a morning of exploration, return to the comfort of your hotel, where you'll have the luxury of free time for a leisurely lunch and relaxation. Recharge and prepare for an evening that promises to be nothing short of extraordinary.

As the sun sets on your final evening in Rioja, indulge in a culinary experience like no other – a delightful 0km meal paired with exquisite wines at the renowned Bodegas Eguren Ugarte. Established in 1870, this award-winning winery provides the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable evening. The location itself is a masterpiece, set against a backdrop of rolling vineyards and historic charm.

To ensure you fully relish the moment, convenient transfers to and from the winery have been arranged, allowing you to unwind and revel in the magical atmosphere without any worries.  Enjoy reminiscing about your Riojan journey and all the wonderful places and faces you will have met over the past 5 days.

Activities & Services Included Today:

- Private guide for morning e-bike tour
- All private transport for today’s activities
- Electric bike hire (4hrs)
- Visit to a family winery with tasting
- Special evening dining experience with transfer to and from winery
- 4-star quality handpicked hotel in a standard room with full breakfast included.

Meals Included Today:

- Full buffet breakfast
- Special farewell dinner at a stunning Riojan winery with wine

Departure,

Following breakfast you will be met by your private driver and transferred to Bilbao for your departure.

Activities & Services Included today

  • Private transfer from your hotel to Bilbao airport

Meals Included today

  • Full Buffet Breakfast

Additional Information

This suggested Rioja tour does not have any fixed departure dates.  It may be taken, subject to availability, on whichever dates you wish.  We would suggest that the ideal time of year to enjoy this tour would be from late April to mid-November.

Many elements of this trip may be customized too.  We can include other wineries.  We can arrange alternative activities such as hiking through the vineyards, walking along the camino de Santiago, canoeing on the Ebro River, picnics in various natural areas, additional cultural sights, hot air balloon ride and more.

Please discuss all the options with your Totally Spain Travel Advisor who will be happy to help.


PRE & POST TOUR OPTIONS

This 5 night Rioja tour may be taken as is or it may be combined with a multitude of convenient pre & post touring options.  These include but are not limited to:

  • Bilbao - where modern architecture meets rich Basque culture along the banks of the Nervión River.

  • San Sebastiannestled on the Bay of Biscay, captivates with its picturesque beaches, Michelin-starred cuisine, and vibrant Basque culture.

  • Vitoria - A charming blend of medieval architecture and modern sustainability in the heart of the Basque Country.

  • Madrid - Spain's vibrant capital where historic charm meets modern energy, showcasing art, culture, and lively street life.

  • Barcelona - the vibrant Mediterranean city renowned for its stunning architecture, rich cultural heritage, and passionate embrace of art, football, and gastronomy.

  • Burgos - where medieval charm meets modern vitality in a city steeped in history and adorned with awe-inspiring Gothic architecture

Bilbao Airport is well connected with airports around Spain and Portugal too, making it easily feasible to combine your visit to Rioja with other distant places in Spain and Portugal. Just ask your Totally Spain Travel Advisor for more information.

TAILORMADE RIOJA TOUR OPTIONS

This tour may be taken as described or may be customized to suit your exact travel needs and available travel dates.

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What's included

Accommodation (based on 2 people sharing)

  • 5  nights accommodation in a quality 4-star hotel in a standard room. Upgrade options available on request.

Meals Included

  • Full Buffet breakfast daily
  • 3-course lunch with wine at a traditional Riojan Asador in Laguardia (day 1)
  • Tapas style dinner in Laguardia. All food and drink included. (day 1)
  • 3-course lunch with wine at a traditional family-owned Riojan winery (day 2)
  • Special tasting lunch with wine at a modern Riojan winery. (day 3)
  • Dinner at a traditional restaurant in Laguardia with wine (day 3)
  • Tapas style lunch in Logroño. All food and drink included. (day 4)
  • Special farewell dinner at a traditional Riojan winery with wine (day 5)

Transport Included (comfortable, air-conditioned. modern vehicles)

  • Private transfer from Bilbao to Laguardia (day 1)
  • Private driver for touring all day (day 2)
  • All private transport for activities as indicated above
  • Private transfer from Laguardia to Bilbao (day 6)

 

Experiences, Guided Tours and Activities Included

  • Visit to the award-winning Villa Lucia wine center (includes a glass of Rioja wine)  (day 1)
  • Guided visit with tasting of 3 wines with snacks at chateau-style Bodegas Campillo (day 1)
  • Private Guided Tapas evening in Laguardia including underground winery (day 1)
  • Visit with tasting to an award-winning winery in the historical Haro Train district. (day 2) 
  • Visit to a charming, family owned boutique winery with a traditional lunch and wine included. (day 2)
  • Visit to a modern Riojan winery with lunch and wine included(day 3)
  • Visit to a charming, family owned winery with tasting (day 3)
  • Private driver-guide for the day (day 4)
  • Guided group visit to Bodegas Marques de Riscal with tasting (day 4)
  • Private guide for morning tour (day 5)
  • Electric bike usage (4hrs) (day 5)
  • Visit to a family winery with tasting (day 5)

Special Highlights

  • Morning hydrothermal  spa session at your hotel (90 minutes) (day 3)

Other inclusions

  • Comprehensive personalized trip documentation including local maps, guides, tourist information, restaurant suggestions and more.
  • Totally Spain's specialist trip planning service and support
  • Spanish Government tax

NOT INCLUDED

Flights, Personal Travel Insurance, Porterage (not commonly available in Spain), Tips, Meals, drinks or hotel extras other than those described above. Anything else not specified above.

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3216 EUROS PER PERSON

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