The Rioja Tour

4th – 7th May 2017

Taste some of the most famous and delicious red wines in the world. Savour local gastronomy and the lively tapas bars of Logrono. Enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Sierra Cantabria mountains.

* Price includes:

£750 sharing a room
+ £150 single supplement
£75 Upgrade to a Junior Suite (per person, double only)

  • 3 nights’ accommodation with buffet breakfast in the 4 star Hotel NH Herencia, Logrono
  • Transport throughout in a spacious executive coach
  • 4 lunches with wine at wineries or local restaurants
  • Tastings at 7 different wine producers
  • Services of Christos Ioannou as Wine & Tour Guide
  • Extra

    • Flights to/from Bilbao
    • Meals not mentioned in the program
    • Tips and Gratuities
    • Personal extras and incidentals

Itinerary

DAY 1 Thursday 4th May:

Join the group at Bilbao airport at 11.30 am (see further details FLIGHTS/TRAVEL). A coach will meet us at the airport and then we drive approximately 1 ¼ hours to our first winery appointment, the family winery Remelluri in the village of LaBastida. Here we will have a tour, tasting and lunch.

Late afternoon we drive to the town of Logrono, the capital of the Rioja region, and check into Hotel NH Herencia, our base for the next 3 nights.

This evening is free to explore the old town, a few minutes’ walk from our hotel, and its MANY tapas bars - there are literally dozens of them so you will be spoilt for choice!

DAY 2 Friday 5th May:

After breakfast we rejoin our coach and drive the short distance towards the town of Haro, which has a number of traditional wineries. We will visit 2 of these and have lunch at one. On our shortlist is Muga, Roda, La Rioja Alta and Lopez de Heredia.

Late afternoon we will head back to our hotel in Logrono and this evening is free to sample more of the tapas bars and restaurants in the old town.

DAY 3 Saturday 6th May:

After breakfast we drive to the villages of Samaniego and Briones. Today we will visit 2 boutique producers, Valserrano and Miguel Merino, where we will meet the owners and winemakers at both wineries, and have a tour and tasting. Lunch today will be at a local restaurant.

Late afternoon we head back to Logrono for our final evening in this vibrant town.

DAY 4th Sunday 4th May:

Sunday 7th May: after breakfast we check out and today we will visit 2 more wineries – a family winery and then an extraordinary modern gravity-fed winery built on several levels into the hillside where we will have lunch.

Late afternoon we drive back to Bilbao airport arriving by 18.00 latest and check in for our flights back home.

TOUR ENDS

Travel

FLIGHTS: You will need to book your own travel to/from Bilbao for this tour. The recommended flights are:

Thursday 4th May BA 466 departs London Heathrow 08.35, arrives Bilbao 11.30

Sunday 7th May BA 469 departs Bilbao 19.40 arrives London Heathrow 20.30

If you make alternative travel arrangements you will need to meet the group at Bilbao airport at 11.30 on 4th May. Our coach will bring us back to Bilbao airport by 18.00 latest on 7th May.

Accommodation

Hotel NH Herencia is a 4 star hotel located in the heart of Logroño, just 5 minutes’ walk from the old town, the shopping district and the ‘El Laurel’ area with its traditional wine and tapas bars. There is a bar and a spacious restaurant where the extensive breakfast buffet is served.

The hotel has 83 spacious rooms. All of them are light and modern, with chic contemporary décor, flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. The rooms are 22 m2, whilst the two Junior Suites are 37 m2 and come with a large, comfortable living area. For more details see: http://www.nh-hotels.com/hotel/nh-logrono-herencia-rioja .