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Discover Rioja: 3-day road trip


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Discover the best of La Rioja with this complete experience in which you will visit emblematic wineries and taste their wines, explore magnificent landscapes, taste the traditional gastronomy of Rioja, get to know its culture and curiosities, and enjoy activities related to the world of wine. We have carefully selected each of the services included to make this the best way to discover this wonderful region with the best price. You will not find this offer on any other site

Highlights

- A selection of quality 4* hotels with high user ratings to make your stay an unforgettable experience

- The best of Rioja gastronomy. You will enjoy the regional gastronomy in a popular restaurant of Haro, at a winery, as well as a picnic among the vineyards…all of this paired with the best wine of Rioja.

- Guided visits at prestigious wineries

- Guided visit at a small wine producer in Rioja with wine tasting

- The possibility to add an extra night at the emblematic Monastery of Yuso, birthplace of the Spanish and Basque languages

Included

  • 3 nights accommodation at 4* hotels
  • 2 hotel buffet breakfasts
  • 1 gastronomic Riojan dinner at a popular restaurant in Haro, including 3 courses with different options to choose from and Crianza wine
  • Guided visit to the prestigious Muga winery in Haro including guided tasting of 2 wines and gift
  • 1 meal at a winery including a traditional 3-course menu with wine
  • Guided visit at Marqués de Riscal winery in Elciego with guided tasting of 2 quality wines accompanied by a light aperitif
  • A picnic among vineyards. Visit to a family winery and beautiful wine caves, wine tasting, and lunch at the vineyards.
  • Option to add an extra night of accommodation in San Millán de la Cogolla at the Monastery of Yuso. Includes: accommodation, buffet breakfast, guided visit of the monastery, and quality Riojan dinner
  • 1 complete itinerary with all details, directions, timetables, and recommendations

Excluded

  • Breakfast at the hotel in Haro
  • Dinner in Laguardia (optional, see “Itinerary” tab)
  • Dinner in Logroño (optional, see “Itinerary” tab)
  • Transportation and transfers. This is a self-drive tour. A vehicle is required.
  • Travel insurance
  • Any service not expressly listed in the “Included” section

Please Note

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Price of the tour The price shown is estimated and can vary depending on the time of year, local holidays or special events that take place in the localities that are included. Please send us your request and we will confirm the price for your specific dates.

Wineries and driving? Our itineraries are built in such a way to minimize as much as possible the need to drive after a winery visit. In any case, please keep in mind that all wineries have spittoons available and it is absolutely not necessary to finish the wine that is served.

How do I book? To book this road trip, click on “Make an enquiry” under the calendar and fill out the form with your dates and number of people. We will get back to you as soon as possible to confirm availability and price. If booking far in advance, a 15% deposit is required to confirm your booking. If one month or less, full payment is necessary.

I like this trip but would like to make some changes. Our itineraries are flexible and can be adapted to your needs as long as the changes requested are not excessive. Fill out the booking request form with the changes you wish to make and we will let you know if it is possible.

I would like to combine this trip with another one on your site. No problem. If you combine 2 multiday trips, we offer a 5% discount on the second trip.

BOOKING PAYMENT
If booking more than 1 month in advance, a 15% deposit is required. The remaining balance is due 1 month before the start date. We will send you a payment link along with your detailed itinerary.
CHANGES AND MODIFICATIONS
Once the deposit has been made, any change request that impacts the whole of the trip will have an associated cost of 20€ plus possible additional expenses in some of the services included due to change of dates.
In the event that the changes requested are not possible for your dates and the traveler is not able to make the trip on alternative dates, the cancellation policy will apply.

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 purchasing Travel Insurance.

The hotels selected for this tour in La Rioja are as follows:

Day 1 – Hotel Los Agustinos 4*, Haro
Day 2 – Hotel Wine Oil Spa Villa de Laguardia 4*, Laguardia
Day 3 – Hotel Gran Vía Logroño 4*, Logroño
Day 4 (optional) – Hotel Hostería del Monasterio de San Millán 4*, San Millán de la Cogolla

If there is no availability at one or more of the above hotels, we will book an alternative hotel of the same category in the same area.

ITINERARY

Day 1 – Haro. After checking in at the hotel that we have specially selected for this getaway, a former convent converted into a luxury hotel located in the center of town, you will have time to enjoy Haro, explore the old town, the Plaza de la Paz, its palatial houses, the church of Santo Tomás, the Plaza de la Cruz, the area of La Herradura and take a walk through the Gardens of La Vega and visit its church.

At night, you will enjoy a quality dinner at a restaurant in the historic center of Haro. 3-course menu, with different options to choose from. Rioja wine

Day 2 – Haro – ElCiego – Laguardia. Today, you can go by car or walk through the alleys of Haro until you reach the famous Barrio de la Estación where you will visit the prestigious Muga winery and taste its wines, a winery that takes great care of the quality of its wines and maintains traditional methods of elaboration. You will learn about the interesting history of Rioja wine and you will be able to see one of the few cooperages that remain in operation in a winery.

For breakfast in Haro, we recommend going to Plaza de la Paz, just 5 minutes walk from your hotel, where you will find a wide variety of cafes for a good breakfast to start the day.

After your visit in Haro, it´s time to head to the locality of Elciego. On the way to Elciego, you will enjoy Riojan gastronomy and the experience of eating at a winery. 3-course menú and Rioja wine.
Continuing on your journey discovering Rioja, you will arrive at Elciego where you will visit the emblematic winery of Marqués de Riscal and taste its wines. Marqués de Riscal is an icon in Rioja wines because of its reputation and its role in the transformation of Rioja into what it is today.
Elciego is a small Riojan town located in Rioja Alavesa. Among its historic sites are the Church of San Andrés and the beautiful Plaza Mayor where the main events of the town are celebrated. Also of historical importance are some palaces like that of Ramírez de la Piscino of the Casa de los Hierros.
After visiting Marqués de Riscal and exploring the cobbled streets of Elciego, you will continue your road trip to the village of LaGuardia, considered one of the most beautiful medieval villages in Spain. You will stay in a fabulous hotel located just 5 minutes from the center of Laguardia.
You will have time to explore its streets filled with houses with interesting facades that transport you to another era. You can also enjoy the stunning landscapes and beautiful views of the Sierra de Cantabria, the Plaza Mayor, the church of Santa Maria de los Reyes, and even walk among the neighboring vineyards.

Dinner is not included today. In Laguardia, you will find a good number of restaurants and pintxos taverns where you can taste top quality products and great wine, of course. If you prefer, we can add a dinner at your hotel or at one of the best restaurants in Laguardia located in a castle. Just let us know that you would like this included before booking.
Day 3 – Logroño. After breakfast at your hotel in Laguardia and before arriving in Logroño, you will enjoy one of the most original oenological experiences included in this trip. In a privileged natural environment, you will visit a family winery that conserves its fascinating caves and ample centenary underground cellars where they age their wines. Similar to the French chateu style, the winery is surrounded by 60 hecates of vineyards where you will enjoy a traditional snack next to vineyards served in the true country style with wicker basket, plaid tablecloth and wineskin. The picnic basket contains: Spanish omelette, chorizo, cheese, bread and fruit. All of this paired with Crianza wine of the winery.
(If the picnic cannot be enjoyed in the vineyard due to inclement weather, it will be enjoyed indoors in a private dining room).

After this experience, you will make your way to the capital of La Rioja, Logroño. For your stay in Logroño, we have selected a hotel with a perfect location, situated on the main street of Logroño and just a 5 minute walk from the old town and the famous Calle Laurel.
There are many things to do in Logroño like visiting the old town, the Plaza del Mercado where you will find the Concatedral de la Redonda with its Torres Gemelas (twin towers), the Plaza de Abastos where you can find quality local products, the Museum of Rioja located inside Palacio de Espartero…and other buildings of the city such as the town hall, the Tabacalera, the Palacio del Marqués de Legarda, the Palacio de los Chapiteles, the Riojaforum (Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones), etc.

Dinner is not included today. Logroño has countless places where you can enjoy tapas and wine. If you prefer, we can include a dinner at one of the best taverns of the popular Calle Laurel. Just let us know if you would like this added to your itinerary before booking.

Day 4 (optional) – San Millán de la Cogolla. As an option, you can choose to add an extra night to your road trip in Rioja with a cultural aspect. You will stay at a hotel whose walls have witnessed a lot of history, enjoy a magnificent environment declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO , and visit the famous Monasterio de Yuso, cradle of the Castilian language. In addition, you can end your stay with a quality Riojan dinner .

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