This travel package, meant specifically to Spanish wine and gastronomy lovers. It has a strong focus on visits to different types of wineries (always with degustation!) and trying different types of food in the typical Spanish restaurants in the Northern part of Spain. Trip will covers Barcelona, Penedes region (Catalunya), Zaragoza, San Sebastian, Logrono and Rioja region, also Bilbao, Castilla-y-Leon, and finally - Madrid.
Yo will explore and learn the production of red, white and sparkling wines, and also cider - a low-alcohol drink, typical or the area of Northern Spain. You will visit five different ''bodegas'' (wineries), from large and world-famous to small, authentic and family-owned. Four of them produce wine and one - cider.
Tour is on the Half Board base, where buffet breakfast is always served in the hotel and other meal is dinner or lunch (depending on the day) - and will be always held in authentic, traditionl and high quality restaurants. Drinks (water and wine) are always included.
Also, in this package wineries visits are combined with a proper tours of the cities you´ll visit, so, introducing you to the history, culture and heritage of Spain.
Tour starts in Barcelona and finishes in Madrid.
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights.
Minimum: 20 people
Day 1. Barcelona
Arrival. Meet´n´greet at Barcelona's airport by our representative. Four-hour orientational city tour, with a breakfast included! We'll try a tradional Spanish ''churros'' - type of pastry, diped in the chocolate. On a tour we will see and stop by many beautiful highlights of Barcelona - Plaza Catalunya, Passeig de Gracia, casas (houses) Mila & Battlo, basilica of Sagrada Familia, Plaza Espanya, Monjuic mountain, Port Vell and Vila Olimpica. Hotel check-in in the mid-afternoon. Some free time to refresh and recover after a long flight. Later in the evening - a welcoming dinner in a typical Spanish restaurant, - a full meal course with wine. First night in Barcelona.
Day 2. Barcelona - Montserrat - Penedes wine region (Codorniu) - Barcelona
Breakfast. Transfer to Montserrat mountain - to visit an old Benedictian abbey, where a symbol of Catalunya - Virgin of Montserrat (Black Madonna) is located. Tour to the monastery and some 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 large and world-wide famous winery - Codorniu, that is specilize in producing sparkling wine, which is similar to Champagne. A tour inside and a degustation included (degustation will be included in all wineries that we'll visit during our eight-day trir). In the early evening - transfer to Barcelona, some free time in the evening for souvenirs and a second, last for Barcelona, night.
Day 3. Barcelona - Penedes - Zaragoza - San Sebastian
Breakfast in the hotel. We will start our day with a transfer to Penedes - area where majority of Catalan wines are produced, - to visit small, auhentic and family-owned winery called Mas Comtal, that specialize on red, white, rose and sparkling wines. Degustation with some snacks are included. Relocation to Zaragoza, with a short 2h tour to see it's impressive Cathedral (with an entrance inside). Some free time for lunch and continuation to San Sebastian. Arrival in the evening, check in to the hotel and a dinner in the restaurant (typical Basque Country food). Our third night - in San Sebastian.
Day 4. San Sebastian - La Rioja - Logrono
Breakfast in the hotel. Visit to cidreria Petritegi , located just few minutes outside of San Sebastian - one of the most famous and largest cider production in Spain. During the private tour group will be shown process of cider's elaboration as well as it's degustation at the end. After, we'll do a 2h panoramic tour around San Sebastian, to see famous La Concha beach, Cathedral and Basilica of St. Mary, and some time for lunch will be given. Soon after, we'll proceed to very well-known for its wine, - land of ''La Rioja'', where are hundreds of wineries, large and small, - are concentrated. It's the most famous Spanish wine region, most of the wine produced in Spain - produced here. In Rioja today we'll pay a visit the one the largest wineries called Marques de Riscal or Marques de Murietta (depending on the day). Degustation and dinner in the winery. Tansfer to th city of Logrono, check in to the hotel. Night in Logrono.
Day 5. Logrono - Bilbao
Breakfast in the hotel. Two hour city tour to visit Logrono's con-cathedral of Santa Maria de la Redonda and a historical center. Later transfer to Bilbao and tour around it, including the outisde of world-famous Guggenhaim museum and the Old Town (Casco Viejo). Check in to the hotel. Free second half of the day. Dinner in the typical resaurant in Bilbao at night.
Day 6. Bilbao - La Rioja - Madrid
Breakfast in the hotel. This day we are heading towards Madrid, passing by again thru the area of La Rioja, this time paying a visit to small and family-owned winery Amezola, where, after the tour you will have a country-style lunch with wine. In the late afternoon continuation to Madrid. Arrival, check in and free evening.
Day 7. Madrid
Breakfast. 6h City tour around Madrid. Main highlights to see: Plaza de España, with monument of Don Quijote, Puerta del Alcala, Gran Via street, Plaza de Cibeles, Puerta de Toledo, Stadium Santiago Bernabeu (from the outside), Debod Temple, Bull ring Arena, Paseo de la Castellana. You will also enter and will have a tour inside the Royal Palace, as well as around historical center of Madrid. Free second half of the day, followed by the big Gala-dinner in one of the local restaurants.
Day 8. Madrid
Breakfast as usual. Transfer to the airport to take a flight home.