Rioja
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Rioja Wine Tour

Nestled deep in a valley of the Sierra Cantabrian mountain range, bathed by the warm Mediterranean breezes, La Rioja, Spain produces some of the richest red wines to ever tempt a palate. The region, bordered by Basque country, produces an array of fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and meat which mingle to create a mouth-watering buffet of flavors.
To know this region of Spain is to witness yesterday and today come together. Architecture and art, wine making, artisan cheese, and family farms ripe with traditional agriculture offer a landscape for the senses. You may expect to see a shepherd guiding his flock along the pastoral hillsides overlooking the rivers and streams that feed the valley of La Rioja.

Modern roadways replace cattle trails and shepherds paths, providing access to the unique and diverse towns of  La Rioja. Spend time with the locals and you’ll feel at home in this regional bridge between Basque and Castellan cultures. Enjoy the food, wine and fellowship of the Riojan people and you’ll soon be planning your return.

ITINERARY

Day 1 – Idiazabal, San Sebastian, Tapas tour
Our group will assemble in the lobby for an 8:00 pick up. We’ll make our way toward the Basque country until we reach our destination of an Idiazabal cheese farm. Sheep graze along the hillside, complementing this idyllic setting. The farmhouse is over 500 years old, and the farming method has been passed down through the generations. Sampling this magnificent cheese is a much-coveted opportunity. This artisanal, aged sheep’s-milk delight is made only in Basque country.

We’ll continue our way along the ruggedly breathtaking, windswept coastline, passing secluded beaches and quaint, picturesque fishing villages until we arrive in San Sebastian. This seaside town is rich in history and lore and our local tour guide will no doubt keep us entertained as we stroll the streets of San Sebastian, tapas hopping in the historic quarter. As one of the world’s top culinary destinations, you’ll enjoy sampling the tapas and delight in the flavors of this seaside jewel.

In the late afternoon we will make our way to Rioja. Enjoy the scenic drive through the beautiful craggy landscape, marveling as the lush green foothills ascend to the majestic mountains, as we make our way toward our wine tour in Rioja. Known as one of the most prolific and celebrated wine regions in the world, Rioja is home to several wonderful wineries.

After you check into your magnificent castle-like hotel, located in a 13th century walled, medieval village, be sure to visit the magical underground cellar where you can sip a lovely glass of wine and sample some tasty tapas.

Enjoy your evening in the wine country.

Day 2 – Rioja Wine Country
We”l start the Rioja Spain wine tour itinerary gathering at 10:00 in the lobby to meet our tour guide. most prolific and celebrated wine regions in the world, Rioja is home to several wonderful wineries. Our tour begins in the historic barrio del La Estacion where we will be tasting wines from one of the most renown wineries in the Rioja region. The bodega is known for it’s exquisite wines as well as the handcrafted barrels created on site.

From La Estacion (the Railway Station in Haro) we’ll stroll to a boutique winery where we’ll delight in a private tour. Lunch is sure to be a memorable experience when we savor sumptuous food as a tasting lunch, with 4 different wines, in a one-of-a-kind winery. This modern marvel, designed to resemble an empty glass box, sits underground and is split into several levels.

Later that afternoon, after you check into your magnificent castle-like hotel located in a 13th century walled, medieval village. Once you’re settled, and refreshed, be sure to visit the magical underground cellar where you can sip a lovely glass of wine and sample some tasty tapas.

Free evening.

Day 3 – Rioja Wine Country
After you enjoy breakfast, we’ll begin our day at 9:30 am when we gather to meet our tour guide in the lobby.

Rioja is lush with bodegas and small boutique wineries. Our first visit will be to a family run boutique winery, which has been passed down through the years. After our private wine tasting, we’ll embark on a walking tour of the charming old-world town of Laguardia. Below this beautiful town lie caves and cellars from ancient times. Inside these underground grottos we’ll find some of the oldest wineries in operation. We’ll learn how the first wines of Rioja were made and taste 4 distinct wines , each made with a single variety of red grape indigenous to Rioja.

It’s off to a spectacular lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch you will visit a winery that was built like a French chateau, surrounded by vineyards. The visit will be followed by a wine tasting.

Your tour guide will drop you of at your hotel for an evening at leisure.

Arrival Details

  • Airport city:

    Seville

  • Pick-up Location:

    Airport

  • Pick-up time:

    1:00 pm

Departure details

  • Airport city:

    Extra charge

  • Drop off location:

    Logrono train station

  • Drop off time:

    07:15 am

The program includes:

  • 3 night accommodations
  • 3 full days tours
  • Breakfasts
  • Lunches
  • Winery visits
  • Wine tasting
  • Transportation according to the itinerary
  • Local tour guides (English speaking)

The program does not include

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expense
  • There is a train from Logrono to Madrid only once a day early morning.
  • Anything not mentioned in the program

TERMS & CONDITIONS

A deposit of $500.00 per person is required at time of booking to guarantee the space on the tour.
Balance of the full amount is due 90 days prior the first day of the tour.

CANCELLATION

Your deposit is refundable within the first 30 days of your deposit, so long as you have booked more than 180 days before the start date of the tour. If you book within 180 days of the start date of the tour, your deposit is immediately non-refundable. 90 days or less before the start date of the tour, the tour is non – refundable unless we are able to rebook another participant for the date/tour you are booked on.

Food N wine vacations, Inc reserve the right to re-calculate prices due to currency fluctuations. For full terms and conditions refer to Terms and conditions page.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Your hotel in Rioja is located in a beautifully preserved tiny walled town from the 13th century. The hotel has an impressive underground cellar curved in the 16th  century which makes it a great spot to enjoy Rioja wine. It also has two restaurants and a spa. Each of the rooms at the hotel  has a different decor and includes mini bar, Climate control, Free wi-fi Plasma TV.

Your hotel in Seville is a boutique hotel that is located in an ancient palace dating back to the late fifteenth century. Despite substantial restoration the building has maintained the original structure and architectural features such as columns, capitals and polychrome coffered ceilings which can be found in several communal areas, as well as in some of our rooms. You can also enjoy our typical indoor Andalusian courtyard which is covered in flowers and plants, and features the building’s original well. The building’s location is second to none: It just 200 metres from Seville Cathedral and surrounded by all of the city’s major landmarks. It’s surrounded by a huge variety of shops, tapas bars and restaurants where you can spend many a wonderful evening.

DATES & PRICES

Available from May to October based on availability.

Price per person in a double room based on 2 people

Looking for a Private Group Tour?
We can accommodate private groups year round

We highly suggest purchasing travel insurance to protect your travel investment. Many travel products are non-refundable.

You can get a quote here

Emergencies happen when you least expect it. Travel protection provides coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Medical and Dental, Emergency Assistance and Transportation, Baggage, Baggage Delay, Travel Delay and much more. Plus, we offer our exclusive One Call 24-hour Traveler Assistance Service to help you with emergency situations that arise during your trip.

You may also consider ‘Cancel for no reason’. It may seem costly, but if you are deeply concerned about things like Hurricanes, strikes, Coronavirus outbreak, terror attack and such, you should look into that.

For pre existing condition, it’s important to purchase a policy within 10 days of your deposit.

FAQ about Travel Insurance

The closest international airport is Bilbao.

There is a train from Madrid to Logrono (4 hours ride).

If you combine a visit to Rioja with other parts of Spain – Consult with us. We provide a complimentary consulting with your pre or post travel plans.

It’s better to combine a tour to Rioja with other parts of Spain.

We provide a complimentary consulting with your pre or post travel plans.

Walking pace is like walking around town.

You will be walking in cobblestone streets and some uneven roads.

we try to start the days after 09:00 am – 09:15 am.

Get ready to drink and eat….

What should I wear?

Stay casual and comfortable. Mornings and evening are chilly but during the day it’s warm. Even in full summer, hot days can quickly turn into cool evenings. Be prepared with a light sweater during the summer months, and something a little heavier in spring and fall.

You won’t need to dress up anywhere you go. If you would like to try to blend in with the locals as much as possible, think “smart casual” or “preppy” for men, and “light and stylish” for women. Italians are very fashion conscious, but not formal.

In the summer months, you will most likely want to wear shorts. Make sure they have good pockets. However, always make sure you also have some long pants

Bring flat shoes, as you will be walking in medieval towns with cobblestone streets or farms with unpaved roads.

If you want to dress up for dinner, dress as if you are having dinner with friends.

How many bags can I bring?

We recommend bringing one medium suitcase and another small bag or trolley.

Please check our packing advice.

Packing

We advise you to pack light. We also recommend planning what you need based on each day of your travels.

You will need the extra space for souvenirs. You may not think about it now, but believe us; you’d want to take home that tasty olive oil, a bottle of wine that you can’t find at home, local specialties, or ceramics.

On that note, the best advice we can give you is “bubble wrap”. Bring bubble wrap with you. It’s cheaper and more convenient to bring it from the U.S and you will probably never leave home without it.

We highly recommend you use packing cubes for efficient packing and to keep things organized. You can search for videos on YouTube to learn more about it.

Do I need a passport?

Yes!

Copy of passport

We strongly suggest that you to make a copy of your passport.

Should I bring my cell phone?

It is a good idea to bring a cell phone. See our tips for communications while on a tour down below.

Do I need converters or transformers?

European power outlets run at 220 volts. You must buy a transformer to avoid shorting out and/or causing permanent damage to your devices. You will need it for cell phones, cameras, tablets, and other US-made electronics.

Tip: If your electronics can be powered by either 120 volt or 220-volt outlets (the device will usually have this listed in the technical specifications in a format like 120/240 volts, meaning the device can be powered from any power outlet around the globe), you will only need a plug adapter. Please note that a plug adapter is not a transformer, and using one with a device not capable of handling 240 volts will cause permanent damage and may even render the device unusable.

Money

We find that a debit/credit card of a credit union bank has low rates for an ATM withdrawal or credit card charges. In addition to credit union banks, here is a list of cards that offer a low or no foreign transaction fee: Capital one no fee hassle card, Chase Sapphire preferred, Chase ink business card, United mileage plus, Barclays arrivals world, Amex platinum card, Capital one venture reward, bank Americard travel reward, Marriott, Southwest, Barclaycard arrival plus, United mileage plus, Citi Hilton honors.

It is also important to let the credit card company or your bank know what country you are traveling to and the exact date

Communications

It is recommended to have a cell phone with you, however, if you plan to bring your smart phone, make sure to turn off mobile data right before you board the plane. If the data is not turned off, your mobile provider may charge you hundreds of dollars for using their services outside the U.S. On certain phones, you may be able to disable data roaming (phones that support this feature will most likely have it turned off by default). This will automatically turn off data outside the U.S.

You may want to check with your cell phone provider what data/voice/ text they offer when you travel to Europe. Things are changing for the better. For example, if you have an unlimited plus plan with AT&T you can pay $10 a day and continue using your phone in Europe as if you were at home.

WhatsApp is a free service that lets users message one another seamlessly between mobile and desktop devices.

WhatsApp is known for its enhanced privacy features, like end-to-end encryption, and its free, web-based international calling. Read on to find out how you can leverage the Facebook-owned messaging giant to make free international calls.

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