La Rioja may be one of the smallest autonomous communities in Spain in size, but its is a grandiose land. This apparent contradiction is easily resolved by unveiling its great historical, cultural and natural wealth. Bordered by four other autonomous communites La Rioja takes the best from each one of them to form a melting pot with an identity of its own. To the north lies the Basque Country and Navarre, to the east, Aragón, and to the south Castilla y Leon. All of them are similar in some way to La Rioja but all can find something to envy it for. La Rioja receives its mild temperatures from the Atlantic, the warmth from the Mediterranean and harshness from the centre of the Iberian Peninsula. The influence of the north is felt more in the northern part of the region, called Rioja Alta or Upper Rioja, and the Mediterranean influence is more evident in the southern area, called Rioja Baja or Lower Rioja.
The fertile land is cultivated with special care and provides excellent produce: fruits, vegetables, etc. And grapes for wine; a wine considered one of the best in the world. Art and history (the famed pilgrimage route to the final resting place of St. James the Apostle called El Camino de Santiago), cuisine, a restful peace, nature at its most fertile and vibrant, merry festivals and anything else you might be searching for can all be found in La Rioja. A perfect tour for family, couples, etc. looking for a VIP Wine Escape!
Day 1: Bilbao - Haro - Laguardia (Rioja wine country)
This morning your Specialist English-Speaking Chauffeur will pick you up from Bilbao airport or from a city centre hotel if you have opted to stay overnight in Bilbao (Note: Pick up time is best around 09:00AM - 10:00AM. You must advise your flight times if you will be arriving this morning. If you will be staying at a hotel other than we have offered for a pre-tour stay you must advise hotel name). Departure from Bilbao to Haro in the Heart of Rioja Alvesa wine country. Enjoy a visit of the old quarter of the town and a tour/tasting of a Rioja winery. Then for lunch a Tapa tour in selected bars/taverns along Barrio de la Herradura. After lunch meet up with your chauffeur and continue driving through the rioja wine country arriving at Laguardia a charming wine town. Check-in Hotel. Then a guided visit of the quaint village of Laguardia. "Welcome Dinner" in the Restaurant of the hotel with fine Riojan Cuisine and Wines. Overnight in Laguardia. Includes: (L), (D).
Day 2: Laguardia - Elciego - San Millan De La Cogolla - Ezcary - Santo Domingo De La Calzada – Laguardia
Breakfast. Your private English Speaking Chauffeur will meet you in the lobby. Start the day off by visiting the famous Bodega Marques de Riscal. Then in San Millan de la Cogolla visit to the Human Heritage Yuso Monastery (XI century), birthplace of Castilian language. Then you will enjoy Riojan cuisine for lunch in a renowned Restaurant Echaurren. After this drive to Santo Domingo de la Calzada to visit this famous village on the Pilgrimage Route to Santiago with a XIII century cathedral. Return to back to your hotel in Laguardia. Free time before dinner. Dinner in a well-renown restaurant of Pousada Mayor De Migueloa, also a winery with excellent wines which, will accompany our meal. Overnight in Laguardia. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Laguardia – Bilbao
Breakfast. In the morning visit the Thematic Wine Center (Villa Lucia) where you will visit the wine museum and have a basic Rioja wine tasting. Then your chauffeur will take you back to Bilbao. Drop off and final goodbye in Bilbao city center or airport (Note: It is also possible to be transfer to San Sebastian, inquire for details). Includes: (B).
Notes: Prices above are per person based on 6 people traveling. This tour is available for as little as 2 people. Please inquire for exact prices. When you book your vacation, an agreement is made between you, our company and others who provide services. Upon request we can provide you with our general terms and conditions governing the provision of these holidays. A non-refundable upfront initial deposit of € 200 Euros is due within 7 days of the initial booking request. Final payment is due 45 days before the tour departure. Within 45 day full payment is due upon booking request. All prices, itinerary etc. listed are subject to change without notice.
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