Ribera del Duero Wine Tour

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Ribera del Duero
Our first tour to Ribera del Duero and Rueda! Ribera del Duero, just a couple of hour’s drive from Madrid and located on a plateau by the banks of the Duero River, is one of Spain´s most reputed wine producing regions. In 2012 it was named Wine Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. As well as hundreds of wineries there is avant-garde architecture, impressive castles, monasteries and ancient, underground cellars. Its unique personality and rich history make it a must-visit for Spanish wine enthusiasts. Tempranillo is king here and the local gastronomy is delicious and a perfect match for the powerful red wines. For a contrast we’ll also visit the next-door region of Rueda which produces aromatic, refreshing whites.

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Itinerary
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Itinerary

Day 1: Wednesday 21st September
Arrival, Welcome Winery Lunch and Tasting
Meet at Madrid airport around 11.15 (see further information in Travel tab). Group transfer by coach to Ribera del Duero (2½ hours), late lunch at a winery near Penafiel followed by a tour and tasting. Late afternoon continue to the town of Valladolid and check in at Hotel Gareus, our base for the next 4 nights. Free evening to explore the town and its restaurants and bars

Day 2: Thursday 22nd September
Ribera del Duero ‘West’
This morning after breakfast drive around 45 minutes back towards the town of Penafiel and visit two wineries today. This morning a tour and tasting at a family winery. Continue to a prestigious winery for a tour and tasting followed by lunch. Mid-afternoon a guided tour of Penafiel Castle overlooking the town. Late afternoon return to Valladolid. Free evening.

Day 3: Friday 23rd September
Rueda
This morning after breakfast drive 45 minutes south-west to the region of Rueda. They specialise in white wines, a welcome contrast to the ‘big reds’ of Ribera. Visit two wineries today with tours and tastings at both, with lunch included at one. Late afternoon return to Valladolid. Free evening.

Day 4: Saturday 24th September
Ribera del Duero ‘East’
This morning drive back along the main east-west road passing the town of Roa and on to Aranda del Duero, about 1½ hours from Valladolid. There are many wineries concentrated in this part of Ribera and we’ll visit two of them. This morning a tour and tasting at a family winery. Then a tour, tasting and lunch at a very modern winery, renowned for its extraordinary architecture.
Late afternoon drive back west to Valladolid. Free evening.

Day 5: Sunday 25th September
Segovia, Lunch and Farewell
This morning some free time to explore the town of Valladolid. Around midday set off to the historic town of Segovia for lunch and a tour of some of the historical monuments. Late afternoon continue to Madrid airport, check-in by 7pm latest for return flights to London.

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Please note that some winery visits are subject to confirmation and we may need to change the order of visits. Also, bus journey times are approximate.

Travel

Travel

Please note that flights are not included in the cost of the tour so you will need to book your own travel to/from Madrid airport.

The recommended group flights are with British Airways or Easyjet from Heathrow and Gatwick respectively:

  • Wednesday 21st September BA 458 departs London Heathrow 07.20, arrives Madrid 10.50 OR Easyjet 8275 departs London Gatwick 07.20, arrives Madrid 11.00
  • Sunday 25th September BA 465 departs Madrid 20.45, arrives London Heathrow 21.55 OR Easyjet 8280 departs Madrid 20.40, arrives London Gatwick 22.05

Transfers by coach between Madrid airport and the wine regions are included and will tie in with the above flights.

If you make alternative travel arrangements you will need to be at Madrid airport by 11.15 am on 21st September. The tour will end at Madrid airport by 7pm on 25th September.

Travel throughout the tour will be in an air-conditioned executive coach.

Accommodation

Accommodation

For all 4 nights of the tour we will be based at Hotel Garreus in the town of Valladolid.

Situated in the historic centre of Valladolid close to the town’s popular landmarks, this stylish 4-star hotel offers 41 rooms decorated in bold colours. The spacious, modern rooms come with a private balcony, flat-screen TV and air conditioning. The en-suite bathrooms include a hairdryer. There is a restaurant, bar/lounge and a snack bar/deli. Other amenities include free wi-fi, a business centre and dry cleaning.

Room Types: There are two main room types and the tour is costed on the basis of:

  • ‘Standard’ rooms 237 square feet for single travellers;
  • ‘Executive’ rooms 323 square feet for 2 people sharing a double or twin room.
  • In addition – Room Upgrade to Junior Suite 570 square feet, for 2 people sharing a double room (two available).

If all the ‘Executive’ rooms are not booked by those sharing, they will be available for single travellers for an additional supplement (on request).

Pricing Information

Pricing Information

Price includes:

  • £1250 per person sharing a double or twin room.
  • Ground transport throughout in a spacious, air-conditioned coach.
  • Four nights’ accommodation with breakfast in a double or twin room with en-suite facilities.
  • Five lunches with wine
  • Tours and tastings at 7 wineries
  • Entrance ticket for Penafiel Castle
  • Services of Tour/Wine Guide from Criterion Wine Tours.

Supplements:

  • Single occupancy of a ‘Standard’ double/twin room (limited number of single rooms available): £175
  • Room Upgrade to Junior Suite (2 rooms available for 2 people sharing a double bed): £125 per person

A non-refundable deposit of £350 per person is payable when booking. The remaining balance is due eight weeks before the start of the tour. Your money will be held in a secure Client Deposit Account and is fully protected.

21-25 September 2022