Rioja and San Sebastian

5 days Rioja wine tour and San Sebastian food experience

Rioja wine tour

At a glance

Region:Multi Region
Type of Tour:
Duration:5 Days
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.

Trip Summary

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.

Rioja wine tour

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.

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Outline Itinerary

Day One

  • Upon arrival in la Rioja, check into your room at your chosen hotel.
  • In the evening, a welcome dinner will be served in the hotel’s restaurant, alongside local wines, water and coffee.

Day Two

  • After breakfast, an English-speaking guide will collect you from the hotel and accompany you throughout the day. Your tour day will comprise of:
  • Tours and tastings at two Rioja bodegas.
  • Your guide will join you in the famous tapas run, the meal will be payable locally)
  • You will have a tasting session with tapas.
  • You will be taken back to the hotel at the end of day.
Rioja wine tour
Bodegas Bilbainas 2 Rioja wine tour

Day Three

  • After breakfast, check out of the hotel.
  • You will be transferred to San Sebastián by a private chauffeured vehicle.
  • Upon arrival, check into your room at your preferred hotel.
  • The remainder of the day and evening will be free for you to relax and explore the city independently.

Day Four

  • At midday, enjoy a 2.5 hour pintxos and wine tour in San Sebastián. You will try some of the city’s top pintxos (small snacks typically eaten in bars) paired with Spanish wines.
  • The afternoon will be free for you to do as you please.
  • In the evening, a tasting dinner paired with wine will be served in a local Michelin starred restaurant.

Final Day

  • After a leisurely breakfast, check out of the hotel.

 

(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.

 

Accommodation

Package Prices

  • These prices are per person and based on two people travelling together and sharing a twin or double room.
  • These are realistic guide prices, based on travel in standard season (usually April to the end of October). Considerable discounts often apply for travel out of season (usually November to the end of March) or if there are more than two of you travelling together. Please let us know your preferred travel dates for a definitive price.
  • Although we propose specific hotels as part of our standard packages, we enjoy excellent relationships and preferential rates at the majority of the hotels in each of our featured destinations. Therefore if you would prefer to stay in a different hotel, this can be arranged. Please contact us for the relevant supplements/discounts.
  • Other room grades are available at most of the hotels that we work with. Just let us know which hotel you prefer and we will send you the relevant supplements for the various room grades.
  • Single supplements and extra night prices are available upon request.

 

Hotel NameRoom GradeStar RatingDurationPrice Per Person
Rioja and San Sebastian Hotels - Elegant GradeElegant4*5 Days£1637Book Now

Special Offers

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.

Playa de la concha©Turespaña
Playa de la Zurriola - SurfistasSan Sebastián

Enhance your Experience/Tour Upgrades

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.

  • Stay longer! Just let us know your preferred hotel and room grade, and we will provide you with the relevant supplement for extra nights with breakfast.
  • Additional tours and activities! We would be delighted to provide inspiration for more wine tours and cultural activities. The possibilities are endless!
  • Experience the region’s gastronomy. The wine regions are brimming with unique gastronomic dining opportunities and what better way to enjoy a glass than with a mouth-watering meal? We offer a variety of menus to suit every budget. Contact us for prices.
  • Tailor-made tour extensions. The team at Grape Escapes have travelled extensively in Europe, not just in the wine regions and can therefore recommend and arrange tailor-made tour extensions to other regions and cities, for example Paris in France or Bilbao in Spain.
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Further Information

Further Information

Travel to your Rioja Wine Tour and San Sebastian

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.

About Multi Region Breaks

For more information about our Multi Region breaks please see our Multi Region Breaks page.

Further Information / To Book

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 info@grapeescapes.net to request a booking form.

Bodegas Bilbainas

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

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