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Luxury Gastronomy Tour: Madrid, Northern Spain & Barcelona

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A perfect luxury tour to get to know some of the most famous wine and gastronomy regions of Spain. As part of this tour, you will visit the best wineries of both regions and enjoy the gastronomy of San Sebastian by dining at a Michelin-star restaurant and taking part in a genuine tapas tour. You will experience the two biggest cities of Spain; Madrid and Barcelona whilst realizing how both are very different to one and other; nevertheless still charming in their own unique way. Our luxury tours can be customized, therefore if you wish to change anything – don´t hesitate to contact us

Highlights

- Discovering terrific wine orchards at wineries in Spain´s two most famous wine regions: Rioja & Ribera del Duero

- Having almost everything included and not needing to spend much more during your stay

- A professional travel expert to carefully plan your trip, enabling you to save valuable time but also guarantee you an unforgettable time

- Deluxe meal at a Michelin-star restaurant and genuine food tours

- Staying at comfortable boutique hotels - one of them being a castle (you have a choice of accommodation depending on your desired preferences)

- A customized online itinerary

Included

  • Accommodation for 8 nights at excellent, centrally-located 4-star or boutique hotels, carefully chosen by our professional team
  • Transportation to every destination included in this itinerary (by luxury minivan/private car besides San Sebastian-Barcelona which is by train)
  • Transfer to hotel when you arrive in Madrid and also to Barcelona´s airport (at the end of the trip)
  • 7 quality meals (including one at a Michelin-star restaurant and the other a genuine food tour)
  • Private wine tour of Ribera del Duero and a visit to 2 wineries with a brief stopover in Segovia to see its stunning monuments
  • Private wine tour of Rioja and a visit to 2 wineries
  • Day trip to Hondarribia, situated in the Basque country with a breathtaking view over to France, and also to Saint-Jean-de-Luz (in France)
  • Recommendations from our professional team for additional things to do in your free time and also good restaurants to eat at
  • A customized online itinerary tailored to your preferences
  • 4 customizable hours of the tour included

Excluded

  • Anything not present in the section above
  • Transportation within each city itself (which is not a part of the tour)
  • flights

Please Note

Price of the tour
95% of the time the price quoted for the tour will be as on the tour page. However, in Spain there are a number of special festivals and holidays which may raise the price of certain local services, such as Easter, the Festival of San Mateo or San Fermines, etc. If you would like to make your reservation over some of these dates, this may mean that the given price may change. It would be a good idea to check your dates with us first or make your reservation in advance.

How do I make my reservation?
To make your reservation contact us. We will require a 15% deposit to hold your reservation.The remaining amount can be paid when we send you your trip itinerary, or at least 30 days before the start of your trip.

I would like to do this trip, but I would like to make some changes
Absolutely, we would be happy to incorporate your preferences. Your reservation already includes 4 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 to extend the trip and add another tour of yours that I like

Yes, of course. Please get in contact us with us with your preferences. Additionally, if you add another Multi-day tour to this one, you will receive a 5% discount on the second tour.

Cancellation and changes policy

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 purchasing Travel Insurance.

Any change request made by the customer after already having booked and confirmed the dates of the trip may imply an additional administration fee of 5% and may also impact the overall trip price due to provider price changes. Cancellation of the trip may be necessary if date changes impact availability (in which case, the cancellation policy will apply).

The itinerary below is a typical example, however we are always open to make changes according to your preferences and you are also entitled to 4 customizable hours if you book this tour. An amazing opportunity to explore ravishing cities whilst immersing yourself in Spanish wine and gastronomy. You will be chauffeured around from each destination to the next and always have a pickup and drop-off at your hotel in a private minivan or car.

Day 1 Madrid
Day 2 Madrid-Segovia-Ribera del Duero
Day 3 Ribera del Duero-Rioja
Day 4 Rioja-San Sebastian
Day 5 San Sebastian
Day 6 San Sebastian
Day 7 San Sebastian-Barcelona
Day 8 Barcelona
Day 9 Barcelona


DAY 1 - Madrid

On day 1 you will be received at Madrid´s airport by your driver and transferred to the elegant 4-star hotel we have chosen for your first night in the vibrant city-center. You will have time to gallivant around Madrid´s energetic streets and discover its hidden charms before beginning an exciting tapas tour at various local bars. By the end of this food tour, you will feel like a true Madrileño (a native from Madrid). Additional recommendations will be provided on your personalised itinerary for things to do and visit in your free time.

DAY 2 - Segovia & Ribera del Duero

After your early morning breakfast, it will be time to begin the adventure. Your tour guide will receive you at your hotel and you will head to Segovia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to have a brief look at the soaring Roman aqueduct overlooking the town, gothic cathedral (one of the last constructed in Spain) and a fairy-tale-like castle. The journey will then continue to one of Spain´s most beautiful wine regions: Ribera del Duero where you will visit either 2 or 3 wineries and taste their fine reds. After the wine tasting, you will be served a delightful lunch at a local nearby restaurant or winery.
After enjoying a day full of cultural exposure and wine, you will be dropped off at your hotel in Burgos by your tour guide. Burgos has one of Europe´s most amazing Cathedrals and a fantastic main square. Get ready, because in the morning – it is time for Rioja!

DAY 3 - Rioja

After breakfast, your guide will meet you at the hotel lobby and you will then enjoy a relaxing drive to Rioja, through the placid countryside, where you will have a private tour. Once again, we have chosen 2 of the best wineries for you to visit and have a tasting of their finest selection of wines. When your appetite is at its peak, you will be served a typical Riojan Lunch at an old cave restaurant.

Your day will also be spent with your guide exploring the uneven, serene landscapes filled with beautiful vineyards and stupendous mountains deep within the horizon – a truly visually stunning part of the tour.

The day will end with a drop-off at a castle – your hotel for the night. Despite no dinner booking for tonight, you will be provided with fantastic recommendations on where to eat.

DAY 4 - San Sebastian

After a scrumptious breakfast at your hotel, your driver will be waiting outside to take you to San Sebastian, a magnificent costal city containing one of the most alluring, golden beaches in the north of Spain.

Following check in at your hotel, you will be able to explore the famous shell-shaped Playa de la Concha (beach) and its surrounding modern shops and fishing quarter or even have a relaxing stroll along the promenade.

Dinner will be at an exemplary gastronomic restaurant, where you will enjoy food and wine pairing.

DAY 5 - Hondarribia and the French Basque coast

Today you will visit the quiet, coastal town of Hondarribia (also called Fuenterrabía), nestled on the Northern-Eastern tip of the Basque country. The town is composed of different personalities, making it a place that sparks curiosity in all its visitors. You will notice it´s cannonball-riddled, medieval fortress along with its picturesque fishing port filled with varicoloured buildings and vessels. Looking out across the bay, you will have a phenomenal view of France.

After lunch at Michelin-star restaurant, you will be driven to Saint Jean de Luz, a small town situated in South-West France. You will have time to walk through its streets and discover the gastronomic market with local food products.

The day will conclude with your driver taking you back to San Sebastian.

DAY 6 - San Sebastian

You will be given free time today to finally discover more of San Sebastian and learn about the city´s culture. To ensure you don´t miss out on the must-sees, we will give you recommendations on places to visit including tapas bars and some of the city´s spots with extraordinary views.

DAY 7 - Barcelona

After your morning breakfast and check-out, it is time to catch the train for Barcelona! You will be able to relax whilst observing the enchanting scenery along the way. Once you have arrived in the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona, you will check in at the hotel we have booked you at, situated in a superb district and perfect for a wander through its streets.

Tonight you will enjoy dinner with the calming sound of crashing waves from the beach, at a restaurant known for its authentic Paella.

DAY 8 - Barcelona

Following breakfast, Barcelona´s exciting attractions await you. According to your preferences and interests, your travel expert will provide you with recommendations on what to visit and do in order to get a true feel for this dynamic city.
As it is your last night, we have booked dinner at a restaurant, which not only offers you pleasant views over the vibrant city, but also over the calm Mediterranean Sea.

DAY 9 - Barcelona

According to your requested pick-up time, a driver will be waiting for at the hotel lobby, ready to take you to Barcelona´s El Prat Airport.

We hope you enjoyed the end to this trip and that you come back to Spain to explore its other amazing parts.

"I wanted to reach out to thank you for organizing the most amazing trip my husband and I have had the pleasure of experiencing in our entire lives! Every single day got better by the minute. The food and wine were beyond amazing and I really stepped out of my comfort zone trying some new dishes that are now some of my new favorite foods!

Every location we visited had a unique charm to it and all of the tips you were kind enough to provide us with for the downtime were very much appreciated. I will be dreaming about the trip for years to come and look forward to another trip in Spain in the near future. Also, I wanted to give a special thanks to David – our tour guide for the wine regions! He was extremely knowledgeable and made sure we had two wonderful days exploring the wine and history of each region" Catherine, Philadeplphia - USA

"Traveling with Wine Tourism Spain was the perfect way to tour the wine country of northern Spain. My husband and I were looking for a guided tour from Madrid to Barcelona by way of Rioja, Ribera del Duero and San Sebastian. The staff at Wine Tourism Spain were extremely helpful and professional. They listened to our wants and came back with an itinerary that we modified to tailor our trip exactly as we wanted. They were always prompt in returning emails and happy to accommodate our changes when requested.
Upon arrival in Madrid, we were met at the airport and taken to our hotel to check in before our first of many walking tapas tours (with an english speaking guide). The next day we were picked up by our tour guide and driven into the wine country. His knowledge of the region and of wine was superb and his english was nearly flawless. We spent several days traveling through two wine regions. The wineries that were chosen for us to visit gave us a deeper understanding of both the traditional and modern winemaking in Spain. We discovered some beautiful wines that we are now trying to find in the US. The juxtaposition between the still used traditional methods and the state of art modern methods was quite interesting, while meeting the winemakers was priceless!
The accommodations chosen for us fit our expectations perfectly, again with a mix of charming older facilities (two monasteries stood out especially!) and more modern hotels. The restaurants were also outstanding and, similar to the wineries included both traditional and nouveau experiences. All in all, it was an superb experience and I cannot say enough good things about this operation. Our tour guide especially was exceptional and we hope to return to Spain to do another trip with Wine Tourism Spain in the future."
-Sheila (USA)

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