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Spain's Wine Regions

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
7 days
From: $ 1,886 $ 269 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Experience the Rioja wine region where you will get a real taste of the local flavor.
  • Enjoy the perfect balance of guided tours and free time on your own in each city.
  • See a little bit of everything: lush landscapes, pristine beaches, and vibrant cities.
  • Discover the history and beauty that lives in Madrid from the Royal Palace to the Tapas bars!
  • Visit the Marques de Riscal Winery and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, both designed by world-famous architect Frank O. Gehry.

Short Description

This 6-night self-drive vacation package to Spain enables you to visit the vibrant city of Madrid and so much more. Stroll along the beautiful beaches of San Sebastian, navigate your way through bustling Bilbao, and sip your way through the Spanish winelands.

A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Trip Type Self-guided / Independent Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Madrid
End City San Sebastian

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare into Madrid (MAD), out of Bilbao (BIO)
  • Manual economy car rental for duration - upgrade to automatic available
  • Breakfast daily
  • Accommodations in the following hotels or similar:
  • 1 night in Madrid at the Hotel Tryp Atocha
  • 2 nights in Rioja at the Hotel Agustinos
  • 1 night in Bilbao at the Hotel Silken Indatxu
  • 2 nights in San Sebastian at the Hotel Silken Amara Plaza
  • Tours & Excursions
  • Ribera del Duero Winery visit and tasting
  • Rioja winery and tasting
  • Rioja wine museum visit with gourmet lunch
  • Marques de Riscal winery visit
  • San Sebastian tapas tour with dinner

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Madrid!

Accommodation: TRYP Madrid Atocha Hotel

The capital of Spain offers the culture and appeal of a sophisticated modern city, while retaining the charm and elegance of its early years. Upon arrival, pick up your rental car and make your way to your hotel.  From here, you’re free to begin exploring the city.

Stroll through the fascinating Buen Retiro Park, then treat yourself to a first-night dinner near Plaza Mayor!

Day 2: Madrid - Rioja

Accommodation: Hotel Los Agustinos

Drive north to Spain's world-famous Rioja region. This vastly beautiful area is home to over 500 wineries, Mediterranean forests, high-mountain areas, as well as the Sierra de la Demanda and the Sierra de Cebollera Nature Reserve.

Once you settle into your luxurious accommodation, head to Ribera del Duero Winery and enjoy your very own visit and tasting.

Ribera del Duero Winery Visit and Tasting

Visit Ribera del Duero wines and villages with an English-speaking driver! Taste the Ribera del Duero wines and view the landscapes of the region, which boasts testaments to its past through the various monasteries, churches, and castles.

Includes:

  • Winery visit with 3 wine tastings and appetizer in the countryside
  • A visit to an authentic medieval Spanish village
  • A visit to underground caves that date back to the 16th century
  • A visit to an actual winery located in "Golden Mile"

Day 3: Rioja

Wake up, look out your window at the beauty that surrounds you, then enjoy an energizing breakfast. Make your way to the famous Rioja winery and enjoy a complimentary tasting. Stroll through the winery's beautiful grounds, then visit its museum and learn all about the process of wine-making and the variety of the finished product. Finish your visit to Rioja Winery with a scrumptious gourmet lunch!

Continue the fun at the modern, architectural masterpiece that is the Marques de Riscal winery.

Rioja Winery and Tasting

Visit a traditional winery and taste Rioja wines!

The Rioja offers much more to visitors than excellent wine. It is a fascinating region to visit, a wonderland of stunning landscapes, and unspoiled villages full of art, culture, and history. Visit a traditional winery of 125 years that is still run by the direct descendants of its founding family. Enjoy a complimentary wine tasting at the end of the day!

Rioja Wine Museum Visit With Gourmet Lunch

Visit the wine museum and enjoy a gourmet lunch with stunning views of the surrounding landscape!

Tour the wine museum, which occupies a surface space of 9000m, wines from around the world, and extensive vineyards. Head to the restaurant an enjoy a gourmet lunch, paired with wine, of course. Look out the window and feel surrounded by the breathtaking vineyard landscape.

Marques de Riscal Winery Visit

Visit a new landmark!

Enjoy a visit to the newly iconic Marques de Riscal Winery, designed by renowned architect Frank O. Gehry. Learn how this winery uses contemporary techniques in such a unique building. Then, taste the finished product!

Day 4: Rioja - Bilbao

Accommodation: Hotel Silken Indautxu

Next, drive to bustling Bilbao. After you settle into your comfortable accommodation, get out and explore the city! Visit the magnificent Guggenheim Museum, a Frank Gehry masterpiece, then relax in the charming Plaza Nueva.

Stroll through the Doña Casilda Iturrizar Park, then treat yourself to an authentic meal of paella. Don't forget churros con chocolate for dessert!

Day 5: Bilbao - San Sebastian

Accommodation: Silken Amara Plaza San Sebastián

Head to the breathtaking coastal city of San Sebastian! Feel the sand between your toes and take a walk along La Concha Beach. Stare out into the bright blue-green ocean, then treat yourself to an authentic meal of Spanish cuisine at a local seaside restaurant.

Day 6: San Sebastian

Start your day with an exciting hike up Urgull, a lush hill that's nestled right in-between the ocean and the heart of the city. See unforgettable views of this Spanish splendor! After you make your way down, stroll over the beautiful Maria Cristina Bridge and head back into town.

In the evening, enjoy an included tapas tour that's followed by a delicious dinner. Taste local flavors, try traditional dishes, and discover new favorites.

San Sebastian Tapas Tour With Dinner

The most inescapable element of Spanish cooking is tapas - small plates that have become popular all over the world.

Enjoy a tapas tour and experience true Spanish culture while being accompanied by a local guide who will point out the country's less-known cultural details. Discover bars, taverns, and even entire neighborhoods that specialize in tapas. You'll feel like a native in no time!

The stops include:

  • A traditional tasca/meson
  • A pintxo bar, where you'll discover the secrets of the tapas craze

Day 7: Depart Spain

Pack your bags, say goodbye to the beautiful views, and make your way to the airport. Spend your flight home scrolling through priceless photos and dreaming about your next adventure.

Fly home!

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