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(Options: Weekend Tour, Customized Group/Individual Tours)
Rioja, Spain – 4 nights
Available year round

 

Welcome to La Rioja, an internationally famous region for its acclaimed wines and gastronomy. Join us for an outstanding gourmet wine vacation, tailor-made for groups or individuals who would like to enjoy excellent wine and amazing food. Visit La Rioja, one of the most famous and prestigious wine-producing areas in the world. Choose the fixed departure date for the actual Rioja Wine Festival which takes place annually in September or choose any other dates year round.

 

We visit an amazing range of wineries, all different with their own special features, from Chateaux-style and traditional wineries to boutique or avant-garde wineries all regarded as the current leaders in both the New Rioja and the Traditional Rioja. Winemakers and winery owners will guide you through their prestigious estates explaining their unique wine-making methods and sampling their renowned wines with you.

 

Gastronomy plays an important role in our thrilling wine journey. You will experience delicious gourmet meals in top wineries overlooking the vineyards, private clubs and distinguished  traditional restaurants. Renowned cooks will entertain you with their typical regional meals and new innovative culinary creations.

 

For accommodations you will be staying in a beautiful building founded as a convent, now its walls house a lovely hotel in which it is a true privilege to be a guest and a carefully selected boutique hotel, beautifully decorated with a truly impeccable service.

 

The visit to The Dinastia Vivanco Museum is a must on our tours. A privileged guided tour through the history and culture of wine not only in Spain but also in Europe. After visiting this astonishing temple of wine you will be delighted with a truly outstanding gourmet lunch.



We have also included a guided walking tour of two amazing cities and a unique medieval village full of wine history, landmarks, historic mansions, glorious views of the Cantabrian Mountains and surrounded by a valley of vineyards.

 

If you want to visit remarkable wineries, sample splendid wines, enjoy unforgettable meals in gorgeous surroundings, improve your knowledge about the history and culture of wine combined with striking medieval village tours, in one of the most tourist-free areas in Spain: La Rioja, this a journey that you must not miss.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS (FOR THE EXCLUSIVE LA RIOJA WINE TOUR)

 

HISTORIC-BUILDING 4 STAR   (First 2 nights in Haro)

 

Founded as a convent in 1373, Los Agustinos hotel is a beautiful and protected building, now its walls full of history play host to exceptionally comfortable facilities where it is a privilege to stay.

 

It has an impressive courtyard where you can relax reading your favourite book or having a glass of Rioja.
The rooms are decorated in a rustic style and enjoy all the modern comforts.

It offers one conventional, modern and regional cuisine based on fresh products from the area and also having an outstanding wine-list and everything in historic surroundings.

This four star property is located right in the historic centre of Haro, centre of the wine production in Rioja, surrounded by a valley of vineyards and the Cantabrian Mountains. Within walking distance you can experience numerous and excellent tapas. 

 

BOUTIQUE HOTEL (Last 2 nights in Logrono)

 

Situated in the historic and cultural centre of the town of Logroño, this emblematic building, built in 1911, was known popularly as Posada de las Animas (Inn of the souls).

 

In May 2004, Hotel Marques De Vallejo had a meticulous work of restoration, interior design and decoration, always with the aim of offering a more comfortable and pleasant stay for our guests. Nowadays they keep on working/betting on the innovation and the improvement of our services and facilities with the aim of satisfying each and every need of our guest.

 

This boutique hotel is located right in the centre, walking distance of the main gastronomic streets, where you can find the best pinchos and tapas in northern Spain, the old part with the cathedral and numerous churches and the outdoor dining area full of terraces where you can have delicious meals accompanied by excellent wines. 

 

 

 

EXCLUSIVE LA RIOJA WINE TOUR ITINERARY


 

day one

 

Arrival at Bilbao or Vitoria airport

 

You are welcomed and escorted by our guide to our carefully selected hotel in La Rioja in our vehicle.

 

Check in at our pre selected hotel in Haro

 

Evening free/Optional: Guggenheim museum visit in Bilbao (Subject to arrival time) 

 

 

 

 

Day Two

 

8.30-9.30 - Buffet Breakfast

 

10.00-12.00 - Extraordinary guided tour of the world’s largest wine museum, experiencing the wine culture of centuries. A unique experience learning the history of wine not only in Spain, but in Europe.

 

12.15-1.00 - Visit to the fabulous Remelluri Estate, one of the most important wineries in Rioja for its successful style of blending the modern technology with the wine-making traditional methods. One of the few Chateaux-style wineries in Rioja, located in a peaceful setting, at the base of the Cantabrian Mountains

 

1.00-3.30 - Superb typical lunch from the area, overlooking the vineyards and accompanied by the much acclaimed wines from Remellur 

 

4.30-5.30 - Private guided walking tour of Haro. The city of Haro is acknowledged as being the centre of Rioja wine production.

 

6.00-7.15 - (Optional) Tutored wine tasting of a selection of the best wines of La Rioja conducted by a wine expert at a historic building. You will learn different techniques to taste wine as well as the unique characteristics of the wines of Rioja wine region.

 

7.30 - Free evening. Time to relax in your hotel or to enjoy the numerous bars and restaurants around the city. We highly recommend the restaurant: Las Duelas, situated by the impressive hotel courtyard. 

 

Day Three

 

8.00-9.00 - Buffet Breakfast and check out of hotel

 

10.00-11.30 - Spectacular guided tour to one of the best wineries in Rioja. Situated in a medieval village in Rioja Alavesa wine region. Tour of medieval winery (entirely made of stone) and walks around its vineyards. Wine tasting

 

12.00-2.00 - Guided visit to one of the oldest and prettiest Wine Estates in Europe: Lopez de Heredia. Tour conducted by one of the members of the family. A visit to this traditional wine estate will demonstrate more clearly than a thousand words or pictures just what tradition in the making of fine wines really means in the 21st century. Wine tasting 14.15-16.30  Traditional restaurant in La Rioja. One of the best to experience the art of combining traditional and nouvelle cuisine.

 

5:45-6.45 - Guided tour of the old quarter of Logrono, capital of La Rioja, visiting Calle Laurel one of the most famous gastronomic streets in Spain. A unique guided tour seeing hundreds of small bars, each one specializing in a different tapa (small portions of food, an authentic delicacy)

 

7.00 - Check-in at our second hotel.

 


Free evening in Logrono, the capital of La Rioja with bars and restaurants recommended

 

Day Four

 

8.15-9.00 - Buffet Breakfast 

 

10.00 -11.30 - Guided tour of the one and only Marques de Riscal, Pioneer in the Rioja wine region. Its wines have earned some of the most distinguished international awards including the amazing Hotel Marques De Riscal designed by world renowned architect Frank Ghery. Wine tasting

 

12.00-2.00 - Private guided tour conducted by local expert of one of the most astonishing medieval towns in Europe. Located on a hill, surrounded by a valley of vineyards, overlooking the back-drop of the Cantabrian Mountains. You will walk through the narrow-cobbled streets of the town enjoying stunning views as well as visiting small wine/food shops and bars.

 

2.30-4.30 - Gourmet lunch in a private club of wine estate owners and entrepreneurs.

 

4.30-7.30 - Free afternoon. Time to relax in the hotel or go shopping in Logrono 

 

8.00-10.00 - (Optional) Guided tapas tour of the best tapas of the area some of them never seen before. You will sample authentic fresh food from the North of Spain, while you mix with the locals. 

 

 

Day Five

 

8.00-9.00 - Buffet Breakfast 

 

Return to Airport 

 

Optional: Private guided tour to The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao (subject to flight times) 

 

*The content or order of the itinerary may change depending on dates, availability of services or activities, local festivals/holidays, weather constraints, etc. Menus are samples and may vary according to the season

 

 

 

 

 

GROUP SIZE

 

A minimum of 2 participants is required to run this tour and the tour is limited to a maximum of 18 participants.

 

(The number of participants refers to how many persons are required to run the tour, not to how many persons you must have in your party. Please inquire.)

 

 

 

HOW TO ARRIVE

 

Closest international airport is Bilbao situated about 100 kilometres from Haro (the first hotel is in Haro and the Haro has a train station connected to train stations in Logrono  45 km (capital of La Rioja), Bilbao (100 km) and San Sebastian (180 km)

 

*These details are provided as additional information. Please check below to see if transfers are included in this tour.

 

 


 

BOOKING INFORMATION

 

2018 Fees Per Person

EXCLUSIVE LA RIOJA WINE TOUR

  

Based on Two Persons/US$1995


*Please inquire about lower pricing for 4 or more persons

 

Single Supplement/US$375

 

Available year round upon request

 

*There will be a US$150 supplement per person for those wishing to do either the Traditional or Exclusive Tour during the actual La Rioja Wine Festival September 19-23, 2018

 

TRADITIONAL LA RIOJA WINE TOUR

 

(*The difference between the Traditional and the Exclusive Rioja Wine Tour lies in the rating of accommodation for the last two nights, quality of meals, upmarket wineries, restaurants and type of vehicle for the transport).

  

Based on Two Persons/US$1875

 

*Please inquire about lower pricing for 4 or more persons

 

Single Supplement/US$375

 

Available year round upon request

 

*There will be a US$150 supplement per person for those wishing to do either the Traditional or Exclusive Tour during the actual La Rioja Wine Festival September 19-23, 2018

 

LA RIOJA WINE FESTIVAL PRICING (These prices are if you participate during the actual event which is September 19-23, 2018)

 

Double Room/US$1375
Single Supplement/$350

Available September 19-23, 2018 Only

 

*Pricing may vary depending on market fluctuation or season

Deposit

After availability is confirmed, a non-refundable deposit of 30% and the completed and submitted registration form will secure your reservation. Final payment is due in full 75 days before your arrival date. 

2018 Dates

 

*Fixed Departure Date for the Actual Annual Festival/ September 19-23, 2018 - La Rioja Wine Festival 

 

Traditional and Exclusive Tours : Available year round upon request 


*Also available year round for individual or group custom departures; please inquire about alternate pricing

Included

 

EXCLUSIVE LA RIOJA WINE TOUR

 

*Transport for 3 full days
*Transfers from and to Bilbao Airport
*Personalised English/Spanish speaking expert guide throughout the tour
*Four (4) nights Accommodation based on double occupancy with private bath. 
(Two nights in a convent/conversion hotel and two nights in a boutique hotel)
*Four (4) full breakfasts
*Five (5) exclusive wine estate visits
*Three (3) premium wine tastings
*Three (3) gourmet lunches including wine
*Visit to the world largest wine museum  
*Three towns and medieval villages guided walking tours
*All Taxes

 

TRADITIONAL LA RIOJA WINE TOUR

 

*Transport for 3 full days
*Transfers from and to Bilbao Airport
*Personalised English/Spanish speaking expert guide throughout the tour
*Four (4) nights' accommodation based on double occupancy with private bath
(Two nights in a convent/conversion hotel and two nights in a three star hotel in Logrono)
*Four (4) full breakfasts
*Five (5) exclusive wine estate visits
*Three (3) wine tastings
*Three (3) lunches including wine
*Visit to the world largest wine museum
*Three towns and medieval villages visits
*All Taxes

 

Airfare, personal expenses, travel insurance, meals not specified in itinerary and tips are not included.

 

 

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CANCELLATION POLICY

 

Please contact us for cancellation policy information. Travel insurance is highly recommended.

 

 

 

CLIENT REMARKS

 

Anna K., Brooklyn, New York

"Active Gourmet Holidays helped us to plan a one of a kind honeymoon. Everything was so simple and stress free, from initial inquiries and booking to the actual trip. I know we will be talking about our amazing experience in La Rioja over and over again. Thank you so much!"  

Stephen A.

 "Thank you for the excellent organisation of the Rioja winery tour. The guides you found for us were good-humoured, charming and professional. I wish you all the best with your future projects".  

Bev and John C., Ontario, Canada

 "Hi, JoAnn - We’re back to the daily grind after a wonderful vaca in Spain, and thought I would share some comments. All your paperwork was perfectly set up for us—not one issue. An excellent trip overall, and have many memories that we’ll keep for a lifetime. Thanks for all your work on our part, and please pass on our compliments to Ramon." 

Marti S.

 "Thanks Jo-Ann, We had a fantastic time!  Our group experienced all the best that the region has to offer thanks to our guides. We are absolutely delighted with the diverse winery selections, the exceptional food and the beautiful scenery. The cooking class in Bilbao was also a lot of fun. Lots of memories on this trip." 

Christine

 "We enjoyed the trip very much - the choice of wineries to visit couldn't have been better. I think we went at the best time of the year to see the beautiful colours of the region - certainly a lovely part of Spain to visit. I especially enjoyed the lunch on the Saturday in the traditional winery - set against the backdrop of the mountains. Many thanks." 

Anthony H.

 "The Gods have certainly gifted La Rioja with perfection in all things - the sun, the gloriously fire-coloured vines covering such a dramatic landscape, the amazing buildings so fearlessly set into the very best that nature can offer, the gorgeous wines we tasted which were so plentifully offered and the wonderful food .... and here I am running out of superlatives to describe what was for us one of the most pleasurable trips we have ever taken. Our thanks to you for the excellent organisation and I have already been recommending you to friends and colleagues who were interested in hearing about the trip." 

Michael K.

 "We really enjoyed the wine tour of Rioja. The hotels, the food, and especially our guide, Alberto, were fantastic! One of my favourite things was the interesting contrasts of style, size, and philosophies that the selected wineries illustrated. I also was relieved that it was a very non-snobby approach to appreciating wine. I hate the pretentious way some people talk about wine. We had dinner the first night at the restaurant (Las Duellas) at our hotel. My mother and I were both shocked at the quality of the seafood at this restaurant--as good or better than any I have had in Los Angeles, or even on Kauai, which certainly has some of the best fish in the world. So I am extremely satisfied with the tour, and will definitely be recommending you to my friends. Thanks so much." 

Kylie

 "I just wanted to say a BIG thank you for organising my parent's wine tour  - they had an absolutely fabulous time and were so over-excited when I got home from Ibiza, that it was hard for them to contain themselves!!!!  Thanks so much for making it wonderful for them!!! I will definitely recommend your tours to anyone else looking for something similar in Spain. Many Thanks again."  

 

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MAP*

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CINQUE TERRE COOKING & WALKING

"Believe me we were impressed...very impressed...I don't know how we could possibly top this vacation...any suggestions? Active Gourmet did good. Everyone we came in contact with was superb. Friendly, professional, efficient, accommodating,fantastic. What a pleasure having them assist us with our vacation....it was the best vacation I ever had. Thank you." Fran and Daniel U., Torrance, California

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