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Self-Guided - 7 Day Tour Madrid & North of Spain

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Discover an authentic Spain in 7 days by travelling from Madrid to Bilbao on a self-guided tour, through the fantastic areas of La Rioja and Ribera del Duero. Let us take care of organising you an unforgettable trip with Spanish castles, medieval fortresses and Avant-Garde architecture, accompanied by the best high quality wine and gastronomy, as you drive at your leisure

Highlights

- Discover the hidden gems of Madrid, away from the tourist routes

- Experience the fascinating Roman aqueduct in Segovia, a UNESCO World Heritage site and also the best place to try traditional roast pork

- Sleep in an authentic castle in Ribera del Duero, complimented by a visit to one of the area´s best wineries

- See the impressive Cathedral in Burgos, one of the most famous in Europe

- Visit century old wineries in Rioja and experience the region´s beautiful countryside

- Finish your trip in Bilbao, famous for its delicious tapas, and the Guggenheim museum

Included

Includes
  • 6 nights staying at highly rated 4* hotels
  • 6 hotel buffet breakfasts
  • 1 guided tapas tour in Madrid
  • 1 high quality gastronomic evening meal in Madrid
  • 1 traditional, high quality lunch in Segovia
  • 1 visit to a Premium winery in Ribera del Duero, with wine tasting
  • 1 traditional, high quality Riojan lunch in Haro
  • 2 visits to wineries (small producers) in Rioja, with wine tasting
  • 1 high quality, Riojan lunch served in a Castle
  • 1 traditional, high quality Basque evening meal
  • Wines of high quality served at every lunch and dinner (except when indicated in the itinerary)
  • 1 complete itinerary with all of your trip details, addresses and travel tips
  • Personalised trip design time work to adapt the trip to your specific needs and taste (2 hours

Excluded

Not included
  • Flights
  • Hire car or transport within Spain (although we can help with car hire reservation if you would like, please contact us for more information)
  • Drinks or wines not in the ´Included section´ or hotel minibar access
  • Trip insurance
  • Anything not expressly listed in the ´Included´ section

Please Note

Frequently Asked Questions

- Can I do wine tastings and still drive?
Our itineraries are planned so that driving is minimised whilst visiting wineries, for example by booking wineries that are within walking distance from each other. In any case, wine tasting etiquette does not require that you drink and it is perfectly acceptable not to do so. There will be spittoon buckets available for your use at each winery.

- How do I make my reservation?
To make your reservation proceed to the booking page by clicking on ´BOOK´ and filling out your dates and details. We require a 15% deposit to hold your reservation.

- I would like to do this trip, but I would like to make some changes
Absolutely, we would be happy to incorporate your preferences. If changes are minimal and would not change too many details, please do go ahead and book your tour through the BOOK portal, leaving us a note with your preferences. Your reservation already includes 2 hours extra ´personalised tour design´ work by one of our advisors, which should be enough time to make reasonable changes to the itinerary (see Included/Not Included section above)

- I would like more time in the starting and ending points of the tour (Madrid and/or Bilbao)
Yes, this is definitely possible. Please leave us a note with your preferences when you make your your reservation.

-I would like to extend the trip and add another tour I´ve seen that I like
Yes, of course, please get in contact us with us with your preferences. Additionally, if you add another tour to this tour, you will receive a 5% discount on the second tour.

Reservation
To make your reservation, please click on BOOK to select your dates and number of people. There is a 15% deposit of the total service to reserve the tour. The remaining amount can be paid when we send you your trip itinerary, or at least 30 days before the start of your trip.

Cancellation
If cancelled more than 30 days before the trip starts, 15% of the total trip price will be deducted to account for tour organisation and administration costs. If cancelled less than 30 days to the trip start date, a 30% fee will be deducted. Trips cancelled 7 days or less before the trip start date are non-refundable. We recommend taking out Travel Insurance.

DAY 1- Arrive in Madrid
After checking in at your hotel, you will have time to explore Madrid (depending on your arrival time), with its wealth of art galleries, shopping streets, museums and the beautiful Retiro Park. Tonight look forward to a special guided Tapas tour, to really eat like a native of Madrid.

DAY 2- Madrid
Today after enjoying your delicious buffet breakfast, you can really have time to explore Madrid. You can dedicate the day to cultural activities, shopping, sightseeing or simply exploring the streets perusing whatever takes your fancy. We can help you plan your day depending on your interests, and your itinerary will include recommendations of things to do in Madrid written by real Madrid residents. For the evening, we have handpicked a high quality restaurant where an excellent gastronomic menu awaits you, to enjoy the end of your day in Spain´s capital city.

DAY 3- Segovia and Ribera del Duero
After breakfast in Madrid, you will drive with your hire car towards Segovia, a spectacular UNESCO World Heritage site. After a short comfortable journey of just over an hour, you will arrive in the city for a traditional, high quality lunch. Following a stroll around the city, you will head off for your next destination, Peñafiel. Often signalled as the heart of the Ribera del Duero region, Peñafiel is a city protected by one of the most beautiful castles in Spain. We have reserved for you a guided visit in English at one of the best wineries in the area, which is located very close to your hotel. Tonight you will sleep in a real 11th Century castle, complete with all the modern commodities.

DAY 4- Burgos and La Rioja
After breakfast in your castle hotel, you will have some free time to visit the highlights of Peñafiel, the ancient castle and its unique main square Plaza del Coso. The little doors of Peñafiel´s traditional houses will no doubt prove a photo opportunity, along with the ancient architecture. Next, you will move on to the fantastic city of Burgos, where one of the most beautiful Cathedrals in the world awaits. Your journey will then continue on to Haro, where tonight you will sleep in a magnificently renovated old Convent, which is now a luxury hotel.

Day 5 La Rioja
After breakfast at your luxury hotel, you can wander the charming winding streets of Haro on your way to the winery that we have booked for you, which is one of the most interesting in the area and produces high quality Riojan wine. Here you will learn about the interesting history of wine production in the region and taste some of the wines produced at this ´bodega´. After a delightful stroll around the town, you will head off to La Guardia, where you will get to enjoy one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Spain. Here we have organised for you a traditional lunch in a romantic castle, as well as a tour of a winery that is located in an ancient cave with more than 400 years of history. You will have time to walk the cobbled streets and gardens of LaGuardia, or even stroll amongst the vineyards. You will spend the night in Haro.

DAY 6 Bilbao
On the last day of your trip, you will head off to the fantastic city of Bilbao, where sea, mountain, gastronomy, art and culture combine. As a city that has experienced monumental change over the last 15 years, Bilbao city centre offers one of the best areas to find tapas in Spain and boasts both traditional, seasonal and cutting edge gastronomy, with fantastic wines to match. There is also a wealth of art museums and galleries to see, including the famous Guggenheim. We can help plan a day in Bilbao, according to your interests and preferences.

DAY 7 Bilbao
Breakfast at your hotel before you continue with your trip. End of our services.

At the end of your trip, you will have experienced a wealth of Spanish culture, tried fantastic wines and local food, and really explored the hidden gems of northern Spain. With Bilbao airport conveniently at your doorstep, you will have the freedom to fly back home, or continue exploring Bilbao or another region of Spain. We also offer a 5% discount for booking a consecutive tour or activity with us from the end of your trip, please contact us if so.

While we usually do all of our own planning and itineraries, this turned out to be such a welcoming, relaxing change. Correspondence with Jennifer from start to finish was always prompt and professional. We had started in Madrid, then hired a rental car and drove North to the Rioja region. Our hotels and winery visits were planned ahead of time, and daily breakfast and either lunch or dinner (with wine and water included) was part of the package. The itinerary included suggestions/recommendations during our free time or when a meal was not planned. We were able to add an extra day in Madrid and pick a different hotel other than what was offered without a problem. Each night before dinner (over a glass of wine, of course) we'd take out our itinerary and see what was planned for the next day, and check what else we wanted to see and do. We used their suggestions and also brought along a guidebook so we were covered for just about everything. The whole trip had a very nice, easy pace to it, and we really felt like we could unwind. It was an outstanding way to spend a week discovering a part of Spain. We would not hesitate to book another trip in the future.
- Brianna (South Carolina, USA)

Everything was great. We enjoyed all our stops. Each winery was very different with a unique process and lovely wines. The accommodations were also nice and very different. Gracias!
- Paul & Rochelle (Canada)

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