Rioja and Basque Country Gourmet Tour

Guetaria
4 nights. Visiting: Rioja - San Sebastián - Bilbao (Ribera del Duero when driving from Madrid). 
This tour is all about wine and food in the north of Spain. Rioja for the wine and San Sebastian for the food and the beauty of the town. If you drive to Rioja from Madrid you can include a short visit to Ribera del Duero as well. Tour starts in Madrid and finish in Bilbao, but can start some place else.

Highlights: 4 nights (2 nights in Rioja and 2 nights in San Sebastian), lodgings with special charm and flavor, traditional food and modern gastronomy and Michelin star restaurants, tapas tour, winery visits combining modern and tradition, Guggenheim Museum and Dinastia Vivanco Wine Culture Museum. You can add extra nights in Madrid

Summary

Special tour combining Wine, Cooking, Gastronomy, Architecture and Art. The tour starts in Madrid and finish in Bilbao, covering Rioja, San Sebastian and Bilbao. The tour will take you through the wine, gastronomy and history of Spain, from the medieval towns in Rioja to the new Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, including the wonderful and flavourful town of San Sebastian. 

 Included: Accommodation in double room with breakfast for 4 nights, comfortable transport and English speaking guide with knowledge about wine and the area for the days of the tour, 5 days. Winery visits with wine tasting, and monument entrance fees, as per itinerary. Meals as per itinerary with wine 4 lunches. Extra meals can be added, price will depend on you budget.
Tour information and detailed itinerary. Taxes

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

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, WV – Winery visit. We can always customize the program for you

 Day 1. Ribera del Duero and Rioja. Night in Rioja (H, B, L, WV)
Depart Madrid and drive to Rioja through Ribera del Duero, visit winery in Ribera del Duero (2h) and lunch, visit Burgos cathedral (1h) and continue to Rioja. (1h 30min drive). Dinner on your own.

OPTIONAL: You can add an extra night in Madrid, with a guide tour and a tapas dinner in the historical part of Madrid. Airport transfer can be included as well

Day 2. Rioja. Night in Rioja (H, B, L, WV)
Two winery visits and lunch. Visit the Wine Museum Dinastia Vivanco and the medieval village of Laguardia. Dinner on your own

Day 3. San Sebastian. Night in San Sebastian (H, B, L)
Drive to San Sebastian (1h and 30 min), panoramic view of San Sebastian, tapas lunch and free time.
Dinner on your own, suggested Michelin star restaurants. We can make reservations for you.
Other options: Visit a winery in Rioja, lunch in Rioja and then drive to San Sebastian or Navarra and Pamplona. Visit the town of Olite in Navarra, a winery, and then go to San Sebastian through Pamplona

Day 4. San Sebastian and Basque coast. Night in San Sebastian (H, B, L)
Drive along the beautiful Basque coast, visit a txacoli winery and the fisherman village of Getaria, home of the Balenciaga Museum. Lunch in Getaria with fresh catch of the day.
Other options: Free day in San Sebastian with cooking class or visit the French Basque country with lunch in Biarritz

Day 5. Bilbao. (H, B)
Drive to Bilbao. Visit the Guggenheim Museum and Bilbao. Lunch on your own and transfer to the airport

Map

Approximate driving times:

Bilbao – San Sebastian: aprox 1 h
San Sebastian – Rioja: aprox 2h
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