La Rioja is one of Spain's finest landscapes of medieval towns, monasteries, vineyards and wonderful food.
Spain's finest landscape of medieval villages and vineyards
Our Rioja Wine Lovers Experience is a voyage of discovery through the enchanting landscapes of Rioja Alta, Rioja Baja & Rioja Alavesa.
As you wind your way through a fairytale landscape, you encoutner countless vineyards on quiet, country roads. Stop off en route to visit traditional and ultra modern wineries, take vineyard tours, participate in wine tasting sessions, become an expert in all things Riojan at superb museums and enjoy our superb lunchtime culinary stops.
Local Travel Options
Due to the wine tasting element, we recommend that you use our transport services. Our professional local guide will show you the real Rioja that few have the chance to experience. Driving and parking can pose problems for visitors in the bigger towns. Also, you do not need a car to explore locally in each place that you are staying. The Rioja area is very beautiful and we believe that you will find your tour more rewarding without having to find your own way by hire car, reading maps and looking for parking spaces. Simply sit back and enjoy the views as your guide chauffeurs you to some of the best locations in the area.
If you wish to have a self drive car and simply meet your guide for the tours we will be happy to arrange that too.
Choose from 4 and 7 Night Itineraries
7 Night Option
2 nights Bilbao
4 nights Logroño, the regional capital and the home of the famous gastro experience that is "Calle Laurel". Our local Rioja guide will support some of your tours - as much as required - then leaving you to explore freely with recommendations when you wish.
1 night San Millan de la Cogolla
Our 7 Day Experience features a full day in Bilbao to visit the Guggenheim Museum and Gallery and indulge in some fantastic basque cuisine. Bilbao is a fine example of the urban regeneration in which Spain excels. The heart of the town is easy to explore on foot, it's hip, hospitable and the vibe is lively. Then you have 4 days of full on Rioja winery experiences with Logroño as your base, before heading to the San Millan valley for the final night.
4 Night Option
4 nights Logroño
Wine Lovers Tour of La Rioja ( 4 and 7 Day Options Available)
Day 3 Experience La Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa
Starting in Bilbao, wind your way through Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa on quiet country roads. Visit the Vivanco Museum, one of the best wine museums in the world, and learn all there is to know about Rioja wines.
After that, drive to Laguardia visiting several medieval villages on route. Sit down for a traditional Riojan lunch before exploring Laguardia on foot and touring the subterranean winery "El Fabulista".
After checking in at your hotel in the centre of Logroño, from where you can easily explore the old town, the pedestrianised hub with the famous Calle Laurel, a street packed with of tapas bars, vinotecas and restaurants for more formal dining.
Day 4 Ontañon Winery Experience
This is a special guided tour to visit some vineyards in the Rioja Baja region during the morning. Enjoy a glass of wine in one of the highest vineyards in La Rioja with spectacular views. Merienda is a later morning snack to accompany a tasting in an old winery built in a mountain cave. Then on to the Ontañon experience, with lunch in the Winery-Museum here before the tour and tasting. This Winery-Museum has an exhibition of paintings and sculptures on wine and wine mythology. Before your return to Logrono, stop off at a Modern winery to discover the approach of 21st century wine makers.
Day 5 Haro Station Wine Experience
Spend the morning in La Estacion, then have lunch in a restaurant or eating tapas in Haro and explore the town with a free afternoon back in Logroño to relax.
The Station District (Barrio de la Estación) is a landmark in the town of Haro, with possibly highest concentration of old wineries in the world. It is also known as the "Golden Mile of Rioja Wine". This is something of a journey back in time, following the evolution of wine and architecture during the last 100 years.
Choose to stay on exploring Haro and picking up some wineto take home. Alterntaively, spend the afternoon back in Logroño which has various museums and wineries to visit at your leisure - or perhaps enjoy an optional wine spa experience...
Day 6 Michelin Experience at Echaurren
Driving west, you will be shadowing the Camino de Santiago all the way to Santo Domingo de la Calzada which is an important Camino town and has an old town to exploreon foot. You will have a morning winery tour at Navarette on route, then from Santo Domingo it's a short detour to Ezcaray and the fabulous El Portal 2 Michelin Star restaurant of Francis Paniego - La Rioja's foremost creative chef. Choose from lunch or dinner here at the Echaurren Hotel which has a gastro tapas bar, traditional Riojan dining rooma as well as the El Portal 2* Restaurant. The town is a mini mecca for gourmets where you can stroll the back streets picking up wonderful produce to take home and try out some of your favourite Riojan recipes...
Day 7 San Millan de la Cogolla
Travelling on to your final La Rioja destination, your car will pick you up after breakfast and take you to San Millan de la Cogolla. You can take a tour of this extraordinary monastic settlement before your farewell dinner "Menu del Autor" and a change to visit the cellars.
Day 8 Onward Travel
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