SPANISH WINE TOUR RIBERA DEL DUERO – RIOJA – LA MANCHA 08 DAYS
This tour is perfect for people who want to experience Spanish wine and Spanish culture. The lodging would be in small places with special charm and flavor. It includes visits to wineries in three main regions of Spanish wines: Ribera de Duero, Rioja and Toledo and an extensive introduction to the excellent Spanish gastronomic. The tour will also take you through the history and art of Spain, from the Roman Aqueduct in Segovia to castles, monasteries, cathedrals, including the gothic cathedral of Burgos, one of the most beautiful in Spain. While Rioja represents the tradition in Spanish wines, the wines produced in Ribera del Duero are the modern wines that are considered the Spanish wine revolution. But both regions produce some of the finest in Spain. In Toledo you can find some of the most innovative wines in Spain. These three regions are located in the heart of Spain, a trip to the countryside with small and médium sise towns along the three greatest rivers of the country, Ebro, Duero and Tajo.
Day, 01.- Madrid Airport – Madrid
Meet your tour director at the Madrid Airport and transfer to the Hotel.
Afternoon Madrid City sightseeing with the local Guide, including entrance fees to the Royal Palace. Free time for shops.
Special Welcome tapas dinner at the typical local Restaurant, including tasting of various typical wines from the Madrid area. After transfer to the hotel, lodging
Day, 02.- Madrid – Segovia and Ribera de Duero Area.
After Breakfast in the morning drive to Segovia, visit the Alcazar, Typical lunch included at the local Restaurant. After lunch drive to our headquarters in Ribera de Duero. There, after checking in our hotel, we will visit a family-owned winery that has cellars from the 16th century. Taste the different wines. Lodging at the Hotel.
Day, 03.- Ribera de Duero Area
After breakfast we will visit two of the most representative wineries of Ribera de Duero, admiring in the way this beautiful rural region.
Visit the town of Peñafiel, and its magnificent castle from the 11th century, home of a newly opened wine museum.
Relax for some time in the hotel before enjoying a magnificent gourmet dinner accompanied by more wines from Ribera de Duero where you will try the traditional and famous roasted lamb of Ribera, perfect companion of the Ribera wine. Lodging at the Hotel
Day, 04.- Ribera Area / Burgos / Rioja Area.
Drive to Burgos and visit its cathedral, begun in the 13th century and completed in the 15th and 16th centuries. Our Lady of Burgos sums up Gothic architecture in all its beauty with a unique collection, tombs, choir, stalls, stained glass, etc.
Continue our trip north to Rioja. After arrival and checking in our hotel we will get ready for some wine tasting and dinner in a traditional winery, where we will start getting acquaintance with the Riojan wines and traditional Riojan food.
Day, 05.- Rioja Alta.
Visit to a traditional winery with wine tasting in Haro or nearby villages. The tradition of Rioja is very well represented by these centenary wineries that keep in their cemetery’s bottles from the time of their founders.
Short drive to San Millán de la Cogolla (10th century village), where we will visit the Human Heritage monastery.
Tour of Santo Domingo de la Calzada, a small picturesque medieval town very important for the Pilgrims in their way to Santiago. Just a stroll through the arcade streets to admire the stone mansions with their coats of arms. The cathedral is famous because of its beauty and its legend of the «Cock and Hen».
Some rest in the hotel before a gastronomic dinner experience in the hotel where a number of Riojan wines will be paired with delicious dishes.
Day 06: Rioja / Madrid.
Guided tour in the medieval walled village of La Guardia (13th century), capital of La Rioja Alavesa. Under the stone paved streets and homes of La Guardia it is full of old subterranean bodegas, and over them there are many historic monuments and sites, like the Gothic facade of Santa Maria de los Reyes church from the 14th century.
Visit two beautiful bodegas with wine tasting included. One of them is part of the new Riojan wineries that have bet for the production of what is called wines of high expression or wines of author. The result is outstanding! The other one combines perfectly tradition with the new tendencies in Rioja, with remarkable result. Typical Riojan lunch in bodega or nearby premium restaurant. After lunch we’ll start the drive back to Madrid. Lodging at the Hotel.
Day, 07.- Madrid / Toledo / Madrid.
Travel to Toledo to visit to a winery, 45 minutes away from Toledo. The visit will also include a tasting of all the different wines produced there. Typical lunch included at the local Restaurant.
Guided visit of Toledo, the imperial city, the city of the three cultures, Christian, Jewish and Islamic. Before driving back to Madrid we’ll stop in for a refreshing drink in the Venta Del Alma. Lodging at the Hotel.
Day, 08.- Madrid Airport
Breakfast at the Hotel and transfer to the departure airport. End of the tour and our Services.
- 1 Nights at Hotel ***/**** in Madrid or surrounds
- 2 Nights at Hotel ***/**** in Valladolid Area
- 2 Nights at Hotel ***/**** in Logroño
- 2 Night at Hotel ***/**** in Madrid or surrounds
- Bed and breakfast
- Transport by coach
- Group assistant during all the tour
- Local Guide in Madrid
- Entrance into the Royal Palace
- Special Tapas Dinner at t he local Restaurant in Madrid
- Typical lunch at the local Restaurant in Segovia
- Local Guide in the Alcazar
- Visit a typical cellar with different wine tastings from the Ribera del Duero area
- Visit the Peñafiel Castel
- Special Dinner at the local cellar including differents wines from the ribera del Duero area
- Local Guide in Burgos
- Entrance into the Burgos Cathedral
- Special Dinner included at the Traditional Rioja Cellar including wines from the Rioja area
- Walking tour with your tour director around San Millán de la Cogolla and Santo Domingo de la Calzada
- Visit a Cellar with different wine tastings from the Rioja area
- Special Gastronomic dinner at the local Restaurant
- La Guardia walking tour with your tour director
- Visit a Cellar in la Guardia with different wine tastings
- Special lunch included at the local Cellar
- Local Guide in Toledo
- Entrance into St. Maria and St. Tome
- tasting of typical La Mancha products and wines
- Special Typical lunch at the local Restaurant
- Refreshing drink before return to Madrid at the Venta Del Alma