Ribera del Duero and La Rioja wine and gastro tour – private
Experiment with your group or corporation the thrilling world of Spanish wines with an extremely fascinating wine tasting on this wine and gastronomic tour that will take you to the beautiful Spain Ribera del Duero and la Rioja regions, where world famous and great acclaimed wines are produced.
Tour available all year round upon request.
This tour is guided and on a private bus with a minimum of 6 people.
Of course we can customize this and any other tour.
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Amazing Ribera del Duero and La Rioja wine and gastronomic private tour in Spain.
During this fascinating and exceptional wine tour we will taste some of the most sophisticated and celebrated spanish wines and discover other superb wines of these regions, visiting wine makers world-wide famous for their quality. We will also visit some small wineries located in places of great historical and cultural value and stunning cellars, some of them dating back to the 1890`s.
We will journey north to Castile and Leon, the wine leading area in Spain and birthplace of one of the most acclaimed Designations of Origin for wine, “Ribera del Duero”, that will surprise you with beautiful historic and medieval towns with massive castles and ancient fortifications dating to Roman times.
We will visit the IXth century Peñafiel Castle which rises on what in the Middle Ages was the border between Arab and Christian lands, on a hill overlooking the Duero. Inside its Wine Museum will show you an interesting display on the culture of wine.
The next days we will visit the amazing region of la Rioja, one of the most important wine growing areas of Europe and Spanish oldest wine region. We will have wine tasting in gorgeous surroundings as we travel through the arcade streets to admire the stone mansions of amazing medieval towns, very important for the pilgrims in their way to Santiago.
Our hand-selected “wine” hotels will make your gourmet experience even more unique. Our hotel in Ribera del Duero is situated in a wine village considered to the “Golden Mile”, as it is home to such wine superstars as Vega Sicilia, Pingus and Viña Mayor. At the beautiful luxurious Hacienda-style five star hotel, built as an extension of its winery installations, you will enjoy fantastic views to the vines as well as walks right in the vineyards. At beautiful Laguardia, a completely preserved medieval village full of subterranean cellars under its stone streets, in the heart of La Rioja, we will stay at 4 star charming hotel overlooking the vineyards, which transmits an intimate and quiet environment perfect for you to relax.
This tour will offer you the opportunity to witness for yourself the old tradition of winemaking working hand in hand with the very latest technology, to learn the how, what and when of grape cultivation and harvesting, to walk among barrels and smell the wine as it ages, to enrich or update your knowledge during the tutored tasting sessions from top wine producers and of course, to discover the flavours of the superb Castilian, La Rioja and Navarra regional cuisines as we enjoy fabulous Gourmet meals.
A great enjoyment and unique experience for your senses.
- English speaking guide during the visits.
- 4 nights in 4 or 5 star hotels (2 nights at Rivera 5*, 2 nights at Laguardia 4*) in double standard ( double occupancy) if available.
- Buffet breakfasts daily.
- Lunches and dinners indicated in Itinerary. They include bottle of wine for two people and water (except indicated the contrary) 3 lunches and 2 dinners (one at Michelin Star).
- 5 wineries guided visits (3 at Ribera and 2 at la Rioja) including wine tasting.
- 1 guided tour of Logroño and tapas tour including drinks.
- 1 visit to Abbey Retuerta and 4×4 wheel vineyard tour.
- Visit to Peñafiel castle and wine museum.
- Local taxes.
- Travel information.
- Private Transportation or rental car for groups from 2 to 5 people.
- Medical or Travel Insurance.
- Meals and Drinks not specified.
- Extra nights.
- Booking at restaurants of your choice.
- For groups more than 7: Cooking class at La Rioja and/or tutored wine tasting ( 1-2 hours).
Transfer to 5 star wine hotel in Ribera del Duero
Transfer from Madrid or Bilbao Airport to our luxurious five star wine hotel in the Ribera del Duero region where you we will enjoy its elegant bedrooms with fantastic views of the vines, Jacuzzi baths, and pretty rooms full of antiques and wine paraphernalia and of course its winery and beautiful cellar.
This first day we are invited to visit one of the best and more modern wineries in Ribera and to enjoy unique tutored tastings. Arzuaga winery at the hotel.
Welcome Gourmet dinner at the hotel.
Visit of an Abbey winery and famous Peñafiel castle
Buffet breakfast and lunch included.
We will visit The Santa Maria de Retuerta Abbey and its winery, one of the most important Romanesque works of the 12th century. The first written references to the importance of the vineyards of Retuerta date back to the 17th century. These documents state that the wine was sold by the monks that lived in the monastery.
Here we will enjoy a guided visit to the monastery, its beautiful church, its cloister and winery as well as a great tour with 4×4 wheels vehicles around the vineyards, ending up with a wine tasting in one of is magnificent rooms.
We will then have a traditional Castilian lunch.
In the afternoon we head to Peñafiel, home of kings and nobles, to visit its Castle which spectacularly rises on a hill overlooking the Duero and whose ancient, battle-scarred history has left behind a historical and architectural heritage of great value and beauty.
We will visit its fabulous Wine Museum and learn more about this wine region and the methods of production. We will also scroll around the beautiful Plaza del Coso where bullfighting festivals have been held since the Middle Ages and with their unique balconies that display lovely wooden arabesques.
Back at the hotel, evening free for a walk thorough the vineyards, read and relax at its fabulous dining rooms, and free dinner if you wish at its gorgeous restaurant.
Superb wine tasting and arrival to the magical medieval town of Laguardia
Buffet breakfast and lunch included.
Check out and departure towards La Rioja. Just half an hour away, still in the Ribera del Duero region, we will visit a winery that has won impressive awards because of its extraordinary architecture. Then taste their superb wines.
Arrive to the magical medieval town of Laguardia where we will check in our fabulous and charming hotel.
Lunch will be at a prestigious restaurant.
We will then head to the largest underneath cellar in Laguardia, to see the contrast between a modern and an ancient winery and learn the different wine processes using several production methods.
We will see a winery on the ground floor of the cellar, where 32,000 litres of wine are elaborated annually in a traditional way, treating the grapes like in ancient times. We will also have a tutored tasting by a professional.
Afterwards you will have some time on your own to explore this charming cobblestoned village.
You can enjoy dinner at one of its many fine restaurants or at your exquisite hotel.
Logroño tapas tour and luxury Marques de Riscal hotel dinner
Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
In the morning we will to visit a famous winery, not only for the quality of its wine but for its fascinating modern architecture. Tasting will follow .
We will then head to Logroño, visit its marvellous cathedral and enjoy a tapas tour at its famous “Laurel” street full of renowned taverns.
Rest and afternoon at leisure.
Farewell dinner will be at the spectacular and luxury Marques de Riscal hotel at its Michelin star restaurant. This is a must at La Rioja Alava, the only hotel in the world designed by famous Canadian architect Frank Owen Ghery.
Last breakfast and private airport transfer
Last buffet breakfast.
Private transfer to airport.
End of services.
We wish you a safe trip back home.
2 nights at 5 star hotel in Rivera.
2 nights at 4 star hotel in Laguardia.
Both in double standard room with double occupancy.
For a group of minimum 4 people the prices including 4* hotels per person are:
- Low season: 1.025 Euro.
- Mid season: 1.100 Euro.
- High season: 1.215 Euro.
- For large groups price upon request.
- For other hotel category price upon request.
- Single room supplement: Price upon request.
Low season: January, February, March (except Easter), November and December (except bank holidays indicated in High Season).
Mid season: April, May , June, July, August (except Easter and bank holidays indicated in High Season).
- 30 April to 3rd May.
- September and October.
- 9-10 November.
- 4-8 December.
Terms and conditions as indicated by the Madrid located travel company (read: “we, the agent”) regarding prices and bookings, as well as the cancellation policy & refunds in case of booking of this tour:
Prices and bookings: Once we receive a request, we´ll quote you a tour, excursion or activity and check on availability and departure dates. Payment will be in Euros.
In order to confirm your reservation an upfront deposit of 10% of the trip total per person is due at least 60 days before date of departure and 90 days for dates during high season.
Payment in full is required within 30 days prior to the tour’s start date. If payment is not received at the due date, we, the agency, will understand that you desist from reservation and keep the deposit as cancellation expenses.
Cancellation Policy & Refunds:
We, the agency, strictly adhere to its cancellation policy and cannot make exceptions. In the event you cancel your trip you will compensate the agency for management expenses in the following way depending on cancellation notice:
Before 30 days of departure, you will forfeit the 10% deposit.
Between 30 and 15 days, 15% charge of total price.
Between 15 and 7 days, 25% of total price.
In the prior week before departure, 40 % of total price.
The same day, 100%.
If you do not want a cancellation penalty we can offer you a “cancellation credit” for future tours, valid for one year from the start date of the originally scheduled tour.
We, the agency, are not responsible for expenses incurred in the eventuality of cancelled trips, such as airline tickets.
We, the agency, are not responsible if the client arrives late at the designated place and time of departure.
We reserve the right to cancel a tour if the number of reservations is not large enough to operate without a loss. In that case the agency will give the choice, 15 days prior to departure, to either being fully refunded or accepting a group surcharge and continue with your tour.
There will be no refunds for any unused portion of the tour decided by the client or if he/she arrives late at the designated time and place or leaves a tour early.
We, the agency, will revert on the client those economical consequences caused by cancellation of any services not given during the tour, if this was clearly explained in the publicity of the route or was clarified when making the reservation.
Change of hotels or services: The agency reserves the right to modify itineraries and/or substitute services, hotels, restaurants or wineries of equal quality, according to availability.
Guests must provide a signed “Release of Liability and Assumption of All Risks” prior to trip departure to be permitted to join the trip.
Tour Insurance Protection:
We highly recommend you purchase a Travel Insurance to prevent cancellation charges in case of illness, accident, or other situations causing you to cancel your holiday.
We count on our clients to be physically healthy, however we require that you have a Medical Insurance covering full medical expenses, personal accident, accidental loss, public liability and damage to property, before joining us on a booked tour.
We accept no responsibilities for these items.
Menus will be not “a la carte” and will be fixed before hand by the travel agency. If there is any food you are allergic to or cannot eat, please inform us before your travel.
The order of days in itinerary or schedule of activities can be modified by the supplier. The customer will receive the confirmed itinerary prior to travel.