Vineyard in La Rioja, Spain

Madrid & La Rioja Tour: A Tale of Two Cultures Through Tradition, Food & Wine

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Countries Visited


Places Visited

Madrid, Toledo, Haro, Logrono...

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Suggested Duration

8 Days

Spain is a confluence of cultures that uniquely flow out of each region. Madrid boasts a contemporary and fast-paced atmosphere encased in a city of historic buildings. El Rioja is a region emblematic of vineyards and medieval towns spread throughout the countryside. This Madrid and La Rioja tour is custom-tailored to tell a tale of two cultures through tradition, food and wine. Visit elegant palaces and sip wine in a cellar with over 500 years of history. From paintings to cuisine, people to...

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Trip Highlights

  • Discover the vast cultural differences between Madrid and the northern villages of La Rioja Province
  • Visit the exceptional landmarks, from historical buildings to celebrated museums, of Madrid
  • Explore Toledo, and entire medieval city distinguished by UNESCO as a Cultural Heritage Site
  • Witness the world’s largest building at El Escorial, a stunning 16th-century edifice
  • Travel the La Rioja wine trail on guided visits to the local wineries
  • Stumble upon hidden restaurants and cafes in a distinctive food-centric medieval village
  • Stroll through the world’s largest wine museum

Detailed Description

Sip a fresh coffee as you sit in an open café surrounded by the façade of an old palace. Wander down a street known to have over 80 separate small restaurants, each offering unique and local cuisine. On this 8-day Madrid and Rioja tour you will experience two cultures through tradition, food and wine. Start your luxury Spain vacation in the capital, a city filled with fascinating heritage. The Royal Palace is alluring and the old quarter embodies the history of the entire country. Spend the first day on a privately guided tour of the city’s most exciting monuments. Visit Plaza Mayor and the Royal Palace. Spend time wandering through your preferred art museum of the golden triangle. Journey to Toledo for the day and enjoy a guided tour of the medieval city. Toledo is an amalgamation of cultural history, collecting distinctive art and containing legacies of palaces, fortresses, mosques, synagogues, and churches.

En route to Haro, you will stop at El Escorial, the largest building in the entire world. The complex is a combined palace and monastery that dates back to the 16th century. The opulent interior contrasts the sharp façade. Spend time enjoying Haro, a sleepy medieval town considered to be at the heart of the La Rioja wine region. Visit the largest wine museum compiled to date at Dinastia Vivanco. Learn about the history of wine cultivation and the importance of grape varietals and diverse landscape. Enjoy your private guided tour of the wineries and surrounding villages.

Each vineyard explains another aspect of wine production and offers fabulous samples of the regional wines that reinforce information with flavorful facts. Explore the broad regions of the countryside, the quiet charm of persistent medieval villages, and the exceptional cuisine along Calle Laurel, one of the most celebrated gastronomical streets in the country. Follow the footsteps of vintner pioneers and enjoy the stunning landscape around Elciego and Laguardia. If you don’t love wine at the start of your visit to La Rioja, you will certainly delight in its history and passionate followers. You have your preference of transferring to Bilbao or returning to Madrid for your flight home. You have experienced just the tip of Spanish culture and can always continue the exploration.

Starting Price

$2,491 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

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