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La Rioja wine treasures tour (8 days)

A symphony of flavours in the Spanish Rioja region

A journey of discovery into the Rioja region and its amazing vineyards, guided by passionate specialists, into less known and unique wine cellars, where hospitable inhabitants buy their wines. A specific feature: villages are nestled in a timeless landscape where time seems to have stopped at a ceremonial pace. The art of living exists in the Rioja!

Logroño, the capital of a renowned wine-growing mecca, and other admirable places such as Santo Domingo de la Calzada, which displays its magnificent cathedral, San Millán de la Cogolla, Suso and the Yuso monasteries. The unexpected side of a land gifted with World Heritage sites from the 15th century, culture and wine go hand in hand, while traditional lifestyle and modernity are embodied in a wine full of character. By the time of your departure, you will appreciate the true story behind a bottle of Rioja, as the varieties of grapes and the wine-making process will be much less of a mystery to you.

La Rioja Wine Treasures

Day 1: Madrid-Sepúlveda-Burgos-Santo Domingo de la Calzada

Arrival and welcome at Madrid airport
Visit the historical town of Sepúlveda
Burgos – Santo Domingo de la Calzada
Accommodation: Santo Domingo

Day 2: Santo Domingo de la Calzada - Haro

Visit Santo Domingo de la Calzada, on the Camino de Santiago
Visit a hundred-year-old  bodega and wine tasting in Haro 
Dinner and accommodation in Haro or Ollauri

Day 3: Haro

Visit a Winery and vineyards, wine tasting
Walk and picnic in the vineyards
Dinner and accommodation in small town of Haro or Ollauri

Day 4: Haro-Briones-Rodezno-Haro

Visit a small and familiar winery, wine tasting – Briones
Wine Museum Dinastía Vivanco – Briones
Dinner in a traditional Bodega Olartia, Rodezno
Accommodation in Haro or Ollauri

Day 5: Haro-San Vicente de la Sonsierra – Laguardia - Ábalos

Visit the historic town of San Vicente
Afternoon: Visit the Medieval town of Laguardia and one of its most historical cellars
Accommodation in Ábalos, Logroño or Ollauri

Day 6: Ábalos-Fuenmayor-Logroño

Visit a Finca and modern winery , winetasting in Fuenmayor
Evening: tapas route in Logroño

Day 7: Logroño - Nájera –Badarán – San Millán de la Cogolla -Burgos

Nájera: visit the Monastries of Santa Maria la Real (11th century) and Santa Elena
Afternoon: Visit and wine tasting in a bodega since several generations – Badarán
San Millán Yuso y Suso (2 monasteries) where the Spanish language finds its origin
Dinner and accommodation: Burgos

Day 8: Burgos - Aranda de Duero – Madrid

Visit the Gothic cathedral in Burgos
Lunch in a typical grill house of Aranda, visit a winery
Final transfer to Madrid

Santo Domingo de la Calzada.

The town of Santo Domingo de la Calzada, on the Way to Santiago de Compostela, offers many accommodation possibilities. We have selected the very best for you. An historic Hostel, located in the town centre, which integrates part of the historic city wall. The rooms are designed with antique and modern furniture for your comfort. Breakfast is optional.

A luxury hotel in the Monastery of San Francisco, 800 meters from the historic town centre. The building is divided into three sections: a church, a workshop/museum and the guest house, which is where the hotel is located. The décor features predominantly contrasting elements, with red tones and blue-greys in the guest rooms, oil paintings with religious scenes and works by modern graphic artists.

In Haro, we offer a luxurious accommodation in a sixteenth-century convent that was later turned into a garrison, a military hospital, and a military prison until finally becoming a luxury hotel in 1989. The cloister is now fully covered for the convenience of visitors, offering an evocative ornamentation. All the rooms have been recently renovated and offer everything for your comfort and relaxation.

You might prefer a private apartment with a fully equipped kitchen and sitting room, in the very town centre. You will feels at home!

For 4 to 6 persons, we propose a boutique-style old townhouse in Ollauri. The house has 4 individual double bedrooms, a rooftop terrace, and a minibar in the shape of an antique fully stocked wine cellar. There are two fully equipped kitchens, an outdoor fireplace and BBQ, and internet access. The house was renovated in 2009, while maintaining the original features.

In Logroño your accommodation is a 16th century palace in one of the most emblematic streets of Logroño’s historic city centre. In the 20th century, this building served as a popular wine cellar and a lodging house before it was converted into a small urban hotel. It was renovated to reflect a boutique design and maintain the comfort features. There are interesting remnants of the original structure, including the Roman arch at the main entrance, the stone façade, the original staircase, the stone pillar and wooden beams. The modern decor offers a minimalist design that inspires relaxation.

The hotel in Burgos is in the heart of the city, by the River Arlanzón and a few minutes’ walk from the famous Gothic cathedral. The building is as impressive as the setting, a magnificent Gothic creation built in the 16th and 17th centuries. The rooms are spacious and stylish, with elegant interiors to ensure the highest levels of comfort.

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from 1485 € per person

Price inclusive:

  • Mainland transportation to all places
  • Expert English-speaking local guide
  • Welcome drink with tapas
  • Deluxe private bus for all transfers
  • Entry fees to wineries and performance as per the itinerary
  • 7 dinners as per the itinerary, all accompanied with half a bottle of selected Spanish wine
  • Between 3-5 wines for each tasting sessions
  • All the scheduled meals of a half board program
  • Accommodation in shared room
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • All local taxes and tips

NOT included in the price:

  • Airfares (Airline tickets) to/from the pick-up or drop-off locations
  • Transfers from/to the airport for those arriving out of schedule
  • Meals, services not specified as per itinerary
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry, telecommunications, mini bar, spa treatments
  • Wellness treatment & Spa sessions
  • Travel insurance
  • Lodging before or after the trip   

> Single room supplement: 225 €
> also available (for an extra fee)  

  • Transfers from/to the airport for travelers arriving out of agreed schedule

All prices advertized or quoted are expressed in euro (€) and are per person, based on shared room.
The advertized price on the webpage is only indicative. It is calculated on an average party size (5-6 pers), qualitative hotels out of peak season, and no extras.
It takes a bit of customization to include the holidays request and nature of the group before coming up with a tour proposal that meets your interests and expectations. The price quoted to you can be adjusted upwards to reflect possible increases in transportation costs (including fuel), government taxes (including VAT). On any specific tour, a constituted group of 5 travelers (or more) means a different quote per person than 2 travelers, as we've elaborated the tour package on an average group size of 6 (guided) and 4 (self drive).

The information you provide us through the Get a Quote or Booking Form is important for us as it containts useful elements such as period of the year, accommodation type, group or party size, if all participants will share room or not. These points are essential to us to complete the quote in line with your budget. When we are asked to adjust itinerary or arrange tours in special periods of the year, prices can go slightly down or up, we try to moderate the price fluctuation by entering into agreements with our service providers. The accommodation availability is the main factor that can affect the advertized price of the original program.

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  • Some of the most capturing aspects of the Rioja region
  • Each place is nicely associated to the other through selected elegant wines
  • Picturesque medieval towns of: Santo Domingo de la Calzada, on the Santiago pilgrimage route
  • Picture-perfect towns of Laguardia and Elciego in the pure medieval tradition
  • World Heritage Sites of Yuso, Suso and San Millán de la Cogolla
  • The delighting Rioja towns: Haro, Briones, Rodezno, San Vicente de la Sonsierra, Logroño
  • Haro: a small capital in the World of wine
  • Places where you can learn a few practical aspects of traditional winemaking
  • Travel back in Medieval Spain: the 15th century monasteries of Yuso and Suso
  • The peaceful Rioja way of life among vineyards hosting some of the most emblematic bodegas
  • Prominent and less typical Rioja wine cellars and vineyards

Pierre Balsam
Over the years,  I have consistently progressed into wine and wine-making, multiplying experiences in the world of wines, either in wineries or simply writing articles for lifestyle and travel magazines. Prior to this I have worked in operations and logistics assignments involving seamless material flows between production plants. I guess my organisation skills come from these years.
My interest in wine started like an affair with sparkling wines, particularly Champagne and then Cava. It triggered a learning process on all possible wine topics. I am constantly thrilled by the intriguing chemistry betwen the wine and the people behind wines.  This is so true for oenology. We understand the underlying wine culture with a bit of time, a stroll in the vineyard as we exchnage with the winemaker. Wine through travelling is also very rewarding, time and time again, it fuels fantastic discoveries. 
I am a keen promoter of wine escapes, convinced this entertaining approach fits everyone's taste.
I have enthusiastically embraced Slowwines travel venture, leading small groups on more than 15 different destinations.
No doubt this is a great project with a great future.
 

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8 days - La Rioja wine treasures tour

from €1.745 pp

Places of interest

  • Picturesque medieval towns of Sepúlveda
  • Medieval monasteries of Santo Domingo de la Calzada on the pilgrimage route to Santiago
  • Laguardia, Nájera
  • World Heritage Sites of Yuso, Suso and San Millán de la Cogolla
  • Rioja towns: Haro, Briones, Rodezno, San Vicente de la Sonsierra
  • Fuenmayor, Badarán, Logroño
  • The Gothic Cathedral of Burgos
  • One of the most comprehensive wine museum in Spain: Vivanco
  • Typical Rioja wine cellars and vineyards
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