|Type of Tour:||Multi Region|
|Guide Price:||From £970 to £1637 per person|
|Number of Meals:||4 breakfasts + tapas run (payable locally) + 2 dinners|
|Number of Winery Visits:||2 wineries and 1 tasting session|
|Number of Wines Tasted:||Approximately 18|
|Tour Transport:||1 full day guided and transported tour + a food tour and a dinner on foot in San Sebastián|
|Dates / Availability:||Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year. Please note that the Hotel Viura is closed between January and Mid-February.|
This 5 days Rioja and San Sebastián break offers an in-depth and comprehensive discovery of the world-famous wines of Rioja followed by a delicious immersion in the renowned Basque gastronomy. Good food, good wines and sunny beaches, what more could you wish for?
After a welcome dinner in your hotel’s restaurant and a relaxing evening, an English-speaking specialist guide will pick you up after breakfast on day two and accompany you throughout the day. Our Spanish Tour Manager was born and bred in the region and not only will she entertain you throughout the day with fascinating historical and cultural anecdotes, she will also share with you her extensive wine knowledge. You will be taken to two wineries for tours and tastings including a visit of a small producer where you will have the opportunity to taste directly from the barrel. You will then have time to participate in the traditional tapas run. Please note that the Tapas will be payable locally. You will also enjoy a tasting session of three premium Rioja wines. At the first estate, guests will marvel at the centuries-old cellars and enjoy a private wine tasting session, whereas the second winery is more modern, offering a complete contrast. At the end of the day your guide will drop you back to your hotel.
After a refreshing sleep and a leisurely breakfast, check out of the hotel. You will be transferred to your hotel in San Sebastián. Check into your room at your chosen hotel and enjoy a free afternoon and evening to do as you please. You may wish to relax at the hotel. Alternatively, you may prefer to explore San Sebastián independently or take a dip in the deep blue sea.
In your travel pack will be a comprehensive list of recommended restaurants. We would be very pleased to reserve a table for you at any of these for dinner.
On day four, you will meet a specialist local guide for a 2.5 hour pintxos and wine tour as part of a small group. You will be taken on a stroll to discover the city’s best pintxos bars in the old town and learn the fascinating history of the region’s complex and unique cuisine. You will taste some of the best pintxos of the city paired with delicious Spanish wines in some renowned local establishments. After such an enlightening tour, you will have a free afternoon to relax and enjoy your lovely surroundings.
To end your stay in true style, a superb gourmet tasting dinner with drinks will be served in one of the city’s Michelin starred restaurant.
(ii) The outline itinerary is indicative and is subject to minor changes depending on supplier availability. Availability cannot be guaranteed until we have received a confirmed booking, together with the deposit payment (or payment in full where the dates of travel are in less than 60 days). If the named accommodation / visits are not available, we will endeavour to find suitable alternatives of a similar grade; this may be subject to a supplement or a rebate depending on the price available.
Bring friends and spend less! A discount of £200 per person applies to groups of four people or more who are travelling together on this break.
If you would like to make your Grape Escapes holiday even more special, there are a number of additional activities that we can arrange for you. To complement the experience, these could be arranged to fit in/around your current itinerary or we can arrange additional nights and room upgrades at your hotel, as well as your travel arrangements, a stop-over en route and even a visit to another part of the country! See below for some of the most popular upgrades.
Given the wide range of travel options, the package prices do not include travel to Rioja and from San Sebastian. Please contact us for further information.
For more information about our Multi Region breaks please see our Multi Region Breaks page.
To secure your booking, a 20% per person deposit is required. Your remaining balance will then be due 60 days before you travel. Please call us on +44 (0) 1920 46 86 66 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to request a booking form.
The whole trip was well organised, well executed and great fun. Our tour guide was absolutely superb with a fantastic knowledge of the wine and the La Rioja region, and an obvious passion for the subject matter. On top of that, she was excellent company. In short, I think that the trip was, simply, faultless.
Matthew- London, UK