Classical Wines Gourmet Tour - Semiguided

Semiguided. 4 days/3 nights or 5 days/4 nights.  Visiting: Ribera del Duero- Burgos - Rioja
With this semiguided tour you can discover the two most representative Spanish wine regions, Ribera del Duero and Rioja with a one day guided tour on each of them. In your free time we help you design the tour like a visit to Burgos or Wine Museum in Rioja.

HIGHLIGHTS: three nights, two in Rioja and one in Ribera, 4 to 6 winery visits, 2 lunches, 2 full guided days of wine tours, planning of the itinerary, restaurant reservations and suggestions.

Summary

You will depart Madrid to Ribera del Duero and your guide will be waiting for you at the hotel for a wonderful guided wine tour. You can also arrive to Ribera the night before the tour. Spend the night in Ribera. The next day drive to Burgos and Rioja on your own, night in Rioja. Get up on the third day to enjoy another guided wine tour of the Rioja wineries. Night in Rioja. The last day you are free to go back to Madrid or continue your vacation.

Included:  3 or 4 nights accommodation with breakfast in double occupancy. Two nights lodging in 4* hotel in Rioja and one or two  nights in Ribera del Duero. 2 days of guided wine tour, one in Ribera and one in Rioja. Each wine tasting day includes, lunch with wine and winery visits, and a guide with transport. Meals as per itinerary with wine, 2 lunches. Winery visits with wine tasting included. Organization of your trip and planning. All documents and information needed for the tour. Taxes

These  tours can be done starting with 2 people. And we can customize them for your group. 
More information about Rioja and about Ribera del Duero.

If you want more information about this tour, or you want us to customize the tour for you please contact us.

NOTES:

  • Wineries will be selected depending on availability and your personal preferences, we can always try to include the ones you prefer
  • Usually you will taste a minimum of two or three wines on each winery; more extensive tastings can be included.
  • Although this is a private tour we do not guarantee that the winery visit will be just for your group unless specifically requested. Please let us know if you prefer to have a private tour and tasting.
  • Please keep in mind that Sunday is the worse day to visit wineries, Saturday is not great either but better than Sunday. However, we could arrange for a tour those days as well.
  • If you have a specific budget let us know, we can consider it.
  • These  tours can be done starting with 2 people.
  • If for any reason any given establishment is not available during the dates requested, we will change the winery, hotel or restaurant for a different one within the same category and level of service.
Itinerary
Legend: L – Lunch, D – Dinner, H – Hotel, B - Breakfast. We can always customize the program for you

Day 1. Guided wine tour in Ribera. (H, B, L, WV) Night in Ribera del Duero.
 You can drive to Ribera the previous day and sleep there making it a 4 night tour. If you are spending the night in Ribera you can get up and have breakfast and start the tour earlier, if you are spending the night in Madrid or other places you have to drive to Ribera del Duero on your own to meet with your guide (You should leave Madrid around 8.30).

Your guide will pick you up from your hotel to start the wine tour. Then you will have a guided wine tour where you will visit two or three wineries and have lunch (one or two wineries before lunch and another winery after lunch). For lunch you will enjoy the typical meal from Ribera, roasted lamb in a wood fired oven with Ribera del Duero wines in one of the best restaurants of the area. Depending on the time and if you don’t mind visiting less wineries you will have time to visit the small walled medieval town of Peñaranda or the castle of Peñafiel. Dinner on your own.

Day 2: Burgos and Rioja. (H, B) Night in Rioja
 Drive to Burgos and visit its cathedral, begun in the 13th century and completed in the 15th and 16th centuries. Our Lady of Burgos sums up Gothic architecture in all its beauty with a unique collection of reredos, tombs, choir, stalls, stained glass, etc. It has been also declared World Heritage monument by UNESCO. Lunch on your own. Depart to Rioja

In Rioja you can visit for example the new Wine Culture Museum Dinastia Vivanco. You can also dedicate some time to visit the small towns of Rioja like: Medieval walled village of Laguardia (13th century), capital of La Rioja Alavesa. Under the stone paved streets and homes of Laguardia it is full of old subterranean bodegas, and over them there are many historic monuments and sites, like the Gothic facade of Santa Maria de los Reyes church from the 14th century.
NOTE: You can skip the visit to Burgos and just drive from Ribera to Rioja in the morning and skip this day. To help you decide here is the approximate driving distances: Ribera del Duero – Burgos: 1h. Burgos – Rioja: 1h and 30 min

Day 3: Guided wine tour in Rioja. (H, B, L, WV) Night in Rioja
Guided wine tour. Visit two or three wineries in Rioja and have a traditional lunch. One can be a traditional winery with wine tasting in Haro or nearby villages. The tradition of Rioja is very well represented by these centenary wineries that keep in their cemeteries bottles from the time of their founders. The other one will be a more modern winery.

Day 4: En of our services. (H, B).
 Breakfast and end of our services. OPTION. Drive to Bilbao and visit the Guggenheim while you are in Rioja (Bilbao – Rioja: 1h 20 min)

 SUGGESTED HOTELS:
 RIOJA – Hospederia los Parajes in Laguardia http://www.hospederiadelosparajes.com
Extra for Marques de Riscal Luxury Collection i Elciego
RIBERA DEL DUERO: Hotel Villa de Aranda ****. http://www.hotelvilladearanda.com/
Map

Rioja – Bilbao: aprox 1 h 30 min
Rioja – Burgos: aprox 1h 30 min
Burgos – Madrid: aprox 2h 30 min
Burgos – Ribera del Duero: aprox 1h.
Rioja – Madrid: aprox 3 h 30 min