This travel package was created to satisfy the gastronomy and wine connoisseurs among you. We place our focus on visits to different types of wineries (with dégustation!), pairing these with select foods in the typical Spanish restaurants around the northern part of Spain. Interestingly, this area is famous for its gastronomy!
The tour will cover Barcelona, the Peñedes wine region, and Zaragoza. We will also visit Rioja, a world-famous wine production region with its capital, Logroño; and San Sebastian, a marvelous city by the Atlantic Ocean and the culinary “capital” of Spain. You will have an opportunity to visit Bilbao and the Guggenheim Museum; Santander - another Atlantic pearl, and later we pass through Castilla-y-Leon and finish the tour in Madrid, the capital and largest city in Spain.
You will have the opportunity to view the production of red, white and sparkling wines. We will also explore the making of cider, a low-alcohol drink which uses apples instead of grapes and is a much-loved beverage in Northern Spain. You will tour five different ''bodegas'' (wineries), from large, world-famous wineries to small, authentic and family-owned establishments.
The tour is on the Full Board base, where breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. Buffet breakfasts are always eaten in the hotel, while lunches and dinners are mostly served in authentic, traditional, high-quality restaurants. Some lunches will be held at the wineries. Drinks (water and wine) are always included for your pleasure and comfort.
In this package, winery visits are combined with a proper tour of the cities you´ll visit, so you have the opportunity to learn about the history, culture and heritage of Spain.
The tour starts in Barcelona and ends in Madrid.
The names included here are samples.
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights.
Day 1. Barcelona
Arrival. Meet´n´Greet at Barcelona's airport by our representative
Depending on your arrival time, you will go on a morning or afternoon half-day tour around Barcelona. On the tour we will see many highlights in this beautiful city - Plaza Catalunya, Passeig de Gracia, casas (houses) Mila & Battlo, basilica of Sagrada Familia, Plaza España, Monjuic mountain, Port Vell and Vila Olimpica
Hotel check-in (before or after the tour)
Some free time to refresh and recover after your long flight
Later in the evening, enjoy a wonderful dinner in a typical Spanish restaurant - a full course with fantastic wine.
This will conclude your first night in Barcelona.
Day 2. Barcelona - Montserrat - Peñedes wine region (Codorniu)
Breakfast. We travel to the Montserrat mountain to visit an old Benedictian abbey, where a symbol of Catalunya: the Virgin of Montserrat (Black Madonna) is located.
Tour of the monastery and a chance to explore in your free time.
Later we´ll proceed to the local rural restaurant, - Vinyanova, where you will try a traditional Spanish lunch.
After we´ll head to the world-famous winery, the Codorniu, that specializes in producing Cava or sparkling wine, similar to French champagne. A tour and degustation is included.
In the early evening, you will travel to one of the rural hotels in Peñedes.
Check in, enjoy dinner and this concludes your 2nd night, in Peñedes.
Day 3. Peñedes - Zaragoza
Breakfast in the hotel.
We will start our day with a visit to one of the typical small wineries of Peñedes, an authentic and family-owned winery called Mas Comtal, that specializes in red, white, rose and sparkling wines.
Degustation with lunch is included at the end of the tour through the winery.
We travel on to Zaragoza, the capital of the community in Aragon.
Arrival, check in and dinner in Zaragoza.
Day 4. Zaragoza - La Rioja - Logroño
Breakfast. Enjoy an excursion around the city to see its impressive Cathedral (tour included).
Lunch. We continue onward to the world-famous region of La Rioja, with its concentration of wineries in the hundreds. This is Spain’s most famous wine region where most of the quality wines are produced.
In Rioja, we'll pay a visit the one the largest and world-known wineries: Marques de Riscal or Marques de Murietta.
After the tour and degustation, we’ll continue on to Logroño.
Check in and dinner concludes your 4th night.
Day 5. Logroño – San Sebastian
Breakfast. We visit the Museum of Wine, then move onward to another winery in the La Rioja area, this time the smaller and more exclusive, producers of top-notch wines. Samples include: Marques de Terran, Amezola or Don Jacobo. Enjoy a proper tour, dégustation and lunch.
In the afternoon, we’ll proceed to the gastronomy ''capital'' of Spain - San Sebastian.
Arrival, check-in and dinner in one of the local restaurants.
This concludes your 5th night, with a stay in San Sebastian.
Day 6. San Sebastian - Bilbao - Santander
Breakfast in the hotel, then a 2-hour city tour around the city of San Sebastian to see its most important highlights: the Cathedral (La Catedral del Buen Pastor) and ''Oyster'' beach (Playa de la Concha).
After, we’ll pay a visit to the cidery, - Petritegi, located some 20 min outside San Sebastian. Petritegi is one of the most famous and largest cider production establishments in Spain.
During the private tour, our group will be taken through the process of cider-making and sample some of Petritegi's fine beverages. Enjoy lunch at this location.
Later on, we head to another important city in northern Spain, beautiful Bilbao with the Guggenheim museum and “Art district”. The Guggenheim houses large-scale sculptures by many famous artists. Look out for Puppy by Jeff Koons, giant spider Mamen by Louise Bourgeois, and Tall Tree and the Eye by Anish Kapoor.
After photo opportunity and a chance to walk around, we continue on to Santander, another pearl in northern Spain located by the Atlantic Ocean.
Arrival, check-in and dinner.
This is the tour's 6th night.
Day 7. Santander - Madrid.
Breakfast. We spend the first half of the day in the city, exploring its best highlights: beautiful beaches, like Playa de la Magdalena and “El Sardinero”, as well as the historic city center.
After, we will enjoy lunch at the local restaurant and, completing the circle in the Northern Spain, head to Madrid.
Arrival check and dinner. End of day 7.
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport.
If you want to extend this travel package for one more day, we’ll be happy to show you the best highlights in Madrid: the gorgeous Royal Palace, Plaza de España with the monument of Don Quijote, Puerta del Alcala, Plaza de Cibeles, Puerta de Toledo, Stadium Santiago Bernabeu, Debod Temple, Paseo de la Castellana and Gran Via streets.