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Rioja & Basque Country (Spain & France) A Gastronomic Food and Wine Tour

In a class of its own, celebrating excellence in Wine & Spanish/Basque Cuisine

A Gastronomic Food Tour of  Rioja and Basque which will define your ideas of cuisine and culture…Don’t miss this Tour

The Rioja region offers a range of climates and landscapes which includes rolling wheat fields, Medieval villages and the lush green terrain of the Ebro River Valley, it is Spain’s best-known region both in Spain and around the world.

Arriving in Bilbao we transfer you to Laguardia,  a picturesque small medieval walled town, perched on a hill top. With our 4 night stay in our boutique luxury hotel  and over 300 wine cellars beneath spanning almost larger than the town itself,  this is where your Spanish immersion really starts.

A Gastronomic Adventure Awaits You

A cultural and culinary adventure of Spain awaits you on this Rioja and Basque Country Gastronomic Food and Wine Tour. Experience hands-on cooking classes, food tastings of artisan Basque products and cooking demonstrations in secret Societies with passionate locals.  Relish in world-class gastronomy, enjoying long lunches and multi course dinners from Michelin Star restaurants to relaxed seaside alfresco dining.  Sip on wines from some of the best wineries, with wine makers and chefs who work together to bring harmony to the table.

More Importantly, The Luxury Continues

Similarly as with all of our tours, luxury and the opportunity to give you the best of the best is paramount when selecting our accommodation. Sea views, large rooms, roof top pools, private ensuites and 4 and 5 star boutiqe and historic hotels have been personally selected for their modern luxury, charm, location and hospitality. We have dedicated as much emphasis on the accommodation as the rest of the tour so you feel, relaxed, comfortable and pampered when you retun to your room and the accommodation.  Here you will experience the contrasts of the regions and its landscapes immersing you in celebrating the best of the city, sea, and country.

Destination: Rioja & Basque Country

Travelling To:  Bilbao, Rioja, Laguardia, Logrono, Briones, Haro, San Sebastian, Zumia, Getaria, Hondarribia, Biarritz, St Jean de Luz, Pasajes

Dates: 24th September – 6th October  2021 

Tour Length: 13 days 12 nights

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This Tour in Detail:

A Taste of the Itinerary


We meet you in Bilbao airport  for a 5pm transfer to the hill top town of Laguardia, considered one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. Checking into our luxury boutique hotel right in the heart of the main square, you have time to relax before we meet in the underground wine caves for our welcome cocktail and canapes.  We enjoy a special dinner showcasing local produce and excellence in cuisine and celebrate the start of this incredible tour. Over night in Laguardia D


After a relaxed breakfast in the hotel we take to the streets for our guided walking tour of Laguardia. Laguardia is the most important town in La Rioja of Alava, famous all around the world because of its wines, and because it was the birthplace of fabulist Samaniego.  It is also an area with numerous archaeological sites, Paleolithic remains, as well as Roman and medieval artefacts. After our tour we visit the winery Marques de Riscal, then enjoy lunch in Micheline star restaurant Venta El Moncalvillo.  The afternoon is free for you to take a walk, relax or enjoy the spa at the hotel. We meet in the eevening for our Guided Tapas tour in near by town Logrono famous for its bars and tapa restaurants creating a maze like atmosphere of little streets designed for pedestrians only. Overnight in Laguardia B/L/D


After breakfast we meet for our visit to a local olive oil mill. We taste their exclusive range of first pressed oils with the chance to see the olives in production. After our dining experience in Logrono last night, we take you bak there for a more detailed guided walking tour including a visit to the local food market with our chef for the day. After picking up some ingredients we have the privilege to attend a private cooking workshop at one of the Gastronomy Societies in Logrono, a unique experience not offered on any tours as you have to know someone to be able to be invited. After the class and lunch we give you free time in Logrono for shopping and to have a wander around. Your evening is also free in Laguardia to sample some of the local restaurants and bars, relax with a drink in the square or enjoy an evening walk taking in some of the Rioja scenery. Overnight in Laguardia B/L

This tour is travelling for 13 days, 12 nights.

To discover more of this delicious journey contact me for the full itinerary.

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