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Madrid, San Sebastian and Barcelona gastronomy tour

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Get to know the wine regions of Ribera del Duero and Rioja with guided visits to some of the most interesting wineries of each region. You will enjoy Spain´s superb gastronomy in San Sebastian and will experience it in a variety of ways, from dining at a Michelin-starred restaurant to a fun and authentic walking tapas tour. The tour begins and ends in Spain´s largest cities, Madrid and Barcelona, 2 cities that are not to be missed and with plenty to see. Our vacations are customizable, so feel free to contact us if you are interested in something a bit different. Our experts are here to help!

Highlights

- Almost everything included and of top quality. No need to spend much more during your trip.

- A local expert travel consultant will organize your trip. Save time and ensure that your trip will be a success.

- Excellent hotels in each city and the chance to say you stayed in a castle (You can propose hotels you´d like to stay)

- Discover with an expert 2 of Spain´s most prestigious wine regions: Ribera or Rioja

- High quality meals including Michelin restaurants and food tours

- A personalized online itinerary for you to be able to access throughout your journey including ideas & suggestions

Included

  • 8 nights accommodation with breakfast at superb 4 star hotels chosen by our experts. The hotels are centrally located and of excellent quality.
  • Transfer in private car to your hotel upon arrival in Madrid and transfer to airport in Barcelona
  • Transportation to each city included in the itinerary – by private car or minivan except San Sebastian to Barcelona (by train)
  • 7 top quality meals (1 of which at Michelin-starred restaurants and 1 high quality walking food tours with a local expert
  • Private guided wine tour of Ribera del Duero (at least 2 winery visits) with a stop to see the highlights of the amazing city of Segovia
  • Private guided wine tour of Rioja (at least 2 winery visits)
  • Day excursion by private car to Hondarribia and San Juan de Luz (France)
  • 4 hours of customization time of your trip are included in the price
  • Our suggestions with recommended things to do during your free time and places to eat
  • A personalized online itinerary for you to access at every step of your trip

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Any other element not indicated in the included section
  • Transportation within each city is not included unless part of a guided tour or upon request

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 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 taking out Travel Insurance.

This is our recommended itinerary for this tour. We can adapt this tour to your special interests. By booking the tour you will enjoy 4 hours adaptation time by a local expert.
This tour offers an easy and fantastic way to discover amazing parts of Spain and enjoy authentic Spanish food and wine. No need for renting a car and inputting addresses into your GPS. Transportation by private luxury car or minivan is included throughout your journey with pickup from the entrance of your hotel. Leave it to the experts to plan your personalized itinerary and indulge yourself with the best gastronomy and wine of Spain.

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

Upon your arrival at the Madrid airport, you will be greeted by your driver for your transfer to your excellent 4* hotel in the city center. You have the day to explore Madrid´s most interesting sites before the start of your tapas food tour, during which you will visit local bars and taste the most typical tapas. You will enjoy the city´s gastronomy like a true “madrileño”.
Your personalised itinerary will include our top recommendations for things to see and do during your free time in Madrid.

DAY 2 - Segovia & Ribera del Duero

The day will start with an early breakfast at your hotel. You will be picked up by your local friendly guide for your private tour of one of Spain´s top wine regions, Ribera del Duero. On your way to Ribera del Duero in a comfortable luxury minivan, you will stop at the UNESCO World Heritage city of Segovia and take in the views of the famous Roman aqueduct, Alcazar castle, and cathedral. You will tour 2 or 3 fantastic wineries and have the opportunity to taste their high quality wines. Lunch will be served at either a winery or an excellent local restaurant.
Your tour guide will drop you off at your hotel after a fun day of wine and culture. Enjoy a good rest because Rioja awaits you.

DAY 3 - Rioja

After breakfast at your hotel, your guide will meet you at your hotel lobby for your private tour of Rioja. Your day includes visits to 2 of our favorite wineries and each tour will conclude with wine tasting. Lunch will take place at a unique location in an old cave of a charming small town where you will enjoy traditional Riojan cuisine.
During the day, your guide will also show you the beautiful vineyard landscapes and take you to some of the best spots to enjoy incredible views. Your private tour of Rioja will end with drop-off at your hotel, a fantastic ancient castle.
On this day, there are no dinner reservations. However, keep in mind that we will provide you with excellent recommendations for lunch or dinner where it is not already included.

DAY 4 - San Sebastian

On the morning of Day 4 of your journey, you will enjoy breakfast at your hotel and be driven from Rioja to San Sebastian, possibly the most beautiful and elegant city in the north of Spain.

After checking in to your beautiful hotel, you will have time to discover the city on your own: the lovely Playa de la Concha beach, the old fishing quarter, the elegant shops, and the cultural activities that take place in the Kursaal auditorium.

For the afternoon, we have selected a gastronomic dinner that includes food and wine pairing.

DAY 5 - Hondarribia and the French Basque coast

After breakfast this morning, you will be picked up by your driver and set off for the coast of France. Your day excursion will bring you to the charming walled town of Fuenterrabía (or Hondarribia in the Basque language). Hondarribia has 3 distinct personalities: an ancient medieval fortress (there are still canon holes in some of the buildings) that protected the local people against the French; a fishing port with colourful buildings and boats; and a holiday retreat by the sea. From its lookout points, you will be able to enjoy spectacular views of the bay that unites Spain and France.

After enjoying an exquisite meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant, you will continue by car to Saint Jean de Luz in France. There, you will be able to enjoy traditional French food, the streets full of little shops, and the market with its local gastronomic products before heading back to San Sebastian in your private car.

DAY 6 - San Sebastian

On day 6 of your journey you will have time to discover this beautiful City. We will provide you with recommendations and ideas to spend the day, including the best local tapas bars, best spots and views, etc.

DAY 7 - Barcelona

After breakfast and check-out from your hotel, you will take the train to Barcelona. Upon arrival, you will check in to your hotel and have time to relax in the hotel and enjoy a nice stroll on the interesting and charming streets surrounding your hotel.

Dinner tonight is at a restaurant next to the sea that offers probably the best paella in town.

DAY 8 - Barcelona

Having enjoyed a delicious breakfast at your hotel, you will be able to enjoy some of the many things to see and do in Barcelona.
Depending on your interests, your designated tour expert will recommend the best way to spend your day in Barcelona and discover this amazing city.
For the last night of your trip, we have selected for you a very special farewell dinner at a restaurant that offers spectacular views over the city and the mediterranean sea.

DAY 9 - Barcelona

Depending on the time of your flight, your driver will be awaiting you in your hotel lobby for your transfer to the Barcelona airport.
We trust that this is the end of a trip that has created lasting memories and that you will return to Spain soon to discover more of what this incredible country has to offer.

"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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