Rioja and Bilbao

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    Join us on this tour and enjoy all that traditional and modern Spain has to offer in Wine, Gastronomy and Architecture. We invite you to fly with us to Bilbao and join us on this fantastic tour. The wine/ gourmet tour will develop your appreciation of Riojan wines while enjoying some of the landmarks of the regions history, art and culture.

    The tour starts with one of the highlights of this tour- a visit to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. The tour will be guided through the traditional and modern bodegas giving you a broad understanding of Riojan wines, while developing your palate through several wine tastings and all in a convivial atmosphere.

    Tour description

    A sample tour to Rioja will be for 3-4 days. The tour will be for 8-16 people.

    Day 1 -Dublin/Bilbao.

    Arrive in Bilbao Airport, designed by the renowned architect, Calatrava. Bilbao, an industrial city is the capital of the Basque region. Check in to city centre hotel. Welcome drinks reception. Gastronomic dinner in restaurant of typical character.

    Day 2 – Visit to the iconic landmark of contemporary art

    Frank O Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum. This museum, together with the landscaping and buildings that surround it, is considered to be one of the best in Spain today. Altogether a very worth while experience spending some time admiring architecture at it’s best.

    A walk along the banks of the Nervian river spanned by the Calatrava bridge, gives a good insight in to the new image of modern and artistic Bilbao.

    Depart for the vineyards of Rioja and enjoy it’s breathtaking views with it’s long history and extensive wine culture.

    Lunch in a traditional restaurant in the Wine Culture Museum followed by a visit to the museum which is one of the largest wine museums in the world. Wine tasting in the renowned bodega Dinastia Vivanco, adjacent to the museum.

    Transfer to Rioja hotel. Dinner in a typical restaurant in Logrono in the heart of Rioja.

    Day 3 – Depart for the vineyards of Rioja

    Visit and wine tasting in the renowned bodega, Vina Real, winner of the 2004 and 2005 Wine Tourism awards. Lunch in Laguardia, a 13th Century medieval walled town, matching the local tapas with the local wine. Enjoy a walk through the stone paved streets of Laguardia, and visit the 14th Century church of Santa Maria de los Reyes.

    Visit to historical bodega and wine taste in their underground cellars.

    Return to hotel in Rioja. Dinner in city centre restaurant matching the Basque cuisine with the Riojan wines.

    Day 4 – Depart for Haro the capital city of Rioja

    Visit to world renowned bodega adjacent to the railway station where most of traditional bodegas are located, followed by a wine tasting.

    Light lunch. Depart for Bilbao for late afternoon flight to Dublin.

    Testimonials

    Maria,

    Just to say a big thank you for putting together a fantastic wine tour to Rioja for my son and I this June.

    It was really special as it was exactly what we were looking for.

    We visited such a varied array of wine properties ranging from the avant garde to centuries old bodegas. It was all so easy given your attention to detail.

    With a well planned itinerary, you saw that we made full use of our time.

    Hugh, June 2015

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