Treat yourself to the unique flavors of northern Spain on this 9-day journey along the Rioja Vineyard Trail. The beauty of the countryside is only matched by the care that goes into the food and wine. The curvature of the Guggenheim Museum creates open bright spaces. The Rioja Vineyard Trail brings you into the valley and has you exploring the foothills and tasting all the spellbinding flavors of the countryside. Enjoy panoramic views and ancient monasteries, customized tasting menus and a unique...
Bilbao – Almost Touching the Vine
Welcome to Bilbao, a city in northern Spain that has combined the beautiful romance of narrow walkways with the modern architecture of the Guggenheim. The Old City is filled with cobblestone streets. Away from the historic center palm trees line the esplanade and you can hear the water lapping against the sea walls. The city is rich with earthiness and maintains a strong dedication to its role as a major European art center. The Nervion River divides the cityscape and you can see the pastel colors of the buildings that run along its banks.
Casco Viejo is the old quarter which brings you to the city’s jovial cafes. The aromas of pinchos, which are similar to tapas, fill the streets of Las Siete Calles, the city’s original seven streets. Bacalao, a traditional dish made of cod and roasted potatoes is succulent and often accompanied by a crisp white wine. The city opens itself up to you with friendly arms and a charm unique to Bilbao’s history. In the evening you can watch the sunset reflect off of the sweeping, glistening walls of the Guggenheim Museum.
Rio Ebro Valley – Connect the Morning
Rio Ebro Valley – A Matter of Taste
Rio Ebro Valley – Wrapping Around the Vine
Arnedillo – Deep in the Ground
Arnedillo – The Colors of the Woods
San Millan – The Rioja Alta
Trapagaran – A Sculpted Forest
Bilbao – An Ending Trail
- Indulge in the decadent flavors of special menus that will bring out the spectacular tastes of each ingredient
- Enjoy a private wine tasting course with a celebrated winemaker
- Discover the exceptional exhibits at the Dinastica Vivanco, a wine museum with an inclusive botanical garden filled with diverse varietals
- Visit Coll de Nargó, home to the oldest dinosaur nesting site in Europe
- Relish in the thermal baths of Arnedillo Village
- Explore the Monasteries of San Millan, cradle of the Bask and Spanish languages
- Take a romantic stroll through the Sculpture Forest around the hills of the Bizkaia Region
Embrace the hillside and the traditional small dishes known as pinchos as you experience an ineffable romance through the famous Bask Region of Spain. Venture through the Rioja Vineyard Trail to savor the flavors of the wine and the cuisine. This custom tailored tour will bring passion to the glass and the plate as you taste your way through remarkable wineries and magnificent villages. Stroll through the combination of forestry and sculptures, and explore antique cellars located deep beneath the sprawling vines. Step onto the trail to find the majesty and intimacy of Rioja.
Your Spain tour begins with your arrival in Bilbao. The city is an amalgamation of medieval history and grand modern architecture. In the morning you will have time to visit the fabulous Guggenheim Museum. The edifice twists and curves to allow the sunlight to naturally flow through the glass windows. In the afternoon you will sit on the edge of Mirador de Tolono to look out over the Rioja valley and witness its precious microclimates. The following day you will venture out to the surrounding wineries to discover the charming flavors of Rioja wine.
The region is filled with boutique vineyards which have received accolades both nationally and internationally. The valley is wide and open to the view of the surrounding mountains, including a panorama of the castle at Davalillo. In the evening, partake in a three-hour private wine tasting tour with one of the region’s foremost experts. The wine museum of Dinastia Vivanco contains related artifacts and exhibits that offer insight into viniculture and brings winemaking into a brand new light. Venture to the summit of Sierra de San Lorenzo for a beautiful vista of the valley at large. Outside of the village, you will discover the largest dinosaur nesting area in all of Europe at Coll de Nargó, filled with fossilized eggs and footprints.
Explore the beech forest at Hayedo de Santiago and spend the afternoon indulging in the thermal baths of Arnedillo Village. Journey to the ridge that houses the monasteries of San Millan. The charming nearby town and the ancient monasteries offer insight into the culture and heritage of the region. The Meatzalde Goikoa Parkea is a sculpture park that creates a unique mixture of natural forest and sculpted artwork, oftentimes even blending the two together. Eventually, you will return to Bilbao to make the flight home but the majesty of the Bask countryside and the Rioja trail is endlessly magnetic.
$2,155 per person (excluding international flights)
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