San Sebastian or Bilbao to Madrid Private Tour - San Sebastian or Bilbao to Madrid Private Tour -

San Sebastian or Bilbao Private Tour to Madrid


Tour description

Traveling by plane is good but enjoying wine country on your way to Madrid from the North of Spain is simply amazing! With this 2 day tours, you will enjoy 2 fantastic private wine tours, one in Rioja and a second one in Ribera del Duero. You will enjoy the company of expert bilingual local guides. Beautiful scenery, top-rated wineries and vineyards, excellent food, and a great hotel for your night in Rioja…

  • Enjoy real Spain while you travel from Bilbao or San Sebastian to Madrid

  • Wine country at 2 of Spain´s top region

  • Senior, friendly local bilingual guides

  • Top quality vehicles, excellent meals (including the Bistro restaurant at the iconic Marqués de Riscal hotel), and great wines

  • A fantastic hotel in Rioja

This Private tour from San Sebastian or Bilbao to Madrid includes

Professional Guide

A friendly local tour guide on both days

Top quality vehicle

Private transportation to Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Madrid in high quality mini-vans or sedans with A/C

Top quality meals

2 high quality traditional meals to enjoy local specialities. In Rioja the lunch is at the Bistro restaurant at the iconic Marques de Riscal hotel. In Ribera del Duero we always try to book lunch at a winery.

Exclusive winery visits and tastings

English guided tours at 5 different wineries with excellent wines tasted

Great landscapes and cultural highlights

Stops on the route to enjoy great landscapes and views

Excellent hotel

1 night accommodation with breakfast at a superb hotel in Rioja

Taxes, Tolls & services

21% Spanish Taxes (VAT). Complimentary water

Hotel Pickup & Drop-off

Pick-up at your hotel or accomodation in San Sebastian or Bilbao and drop-off in Madrid

Practical information & Dietary restrictions

Hotel pick-up and itinerary: Estimated pickup time is shown below. You will be sent your detailed itinerary details and guide details before the start of the tour.

San Sebastian or Bilbao to Madrid private tour - Itinerary

This is probably the best way to get from Bilbao or San Sebastian to Madrid. Spain´s real character is discovered in small villages like the ones covered in this tour, which offers a comfortable way to enjoy in 2 days amazing scenery and local traditions.
Roads in Spain are very safe. Part of the tour uses motorways, part high-quality local roads.

What follows is the most typical itinerary through some variations in the wineries and hotel chose may happen depending on availability at the time of booking.

  • Day 1: San Sebastian or Bilbao – Rioja
  • Day 2: Rioja – Ribera del Duero – Madrid
DAY 1 - San Sebastian or Bilbao to Rioja
You will picked up at around 08:00-8:30 by your friendly expert guide. After a short drive through motorway the landscape will change and Rioja wine country will welcome you. The wine tour will start in Haro, a landmark in Spain´s wine map. From Haro you will be driven towards Rioja Alavesa to enjoy some of the most spectacular landscapes in Rioja, with the impressive Sierra de Cantabria mountain range protecting the vineyards located at both sides of the Ebro river. You will enjoy wine tastings at 2 different wineries in Rioja. The wineries sill have been selected to ensure a great mix of wines and also different philosophies. You will also enjoy a high quality Riojan meal at the Bistro restaurant of the superb Marques de Riscal hotel. The tour will include a short visit to the beautiful walled village of Laguardia. Once the wine tour is finished you will be dropped off at your fantastic hotel for a well-deserved rest.
DAY 2 – Rioja - Ribera del Duero - Madrid
On day 2, you will be picked up from your accommodation in Rioja and be driven to your next destination; Ribera del Duero where you will enjoy 3 different wineries. The first one is an amazing historical winery where you will be amazed by the beauty of its cellars and also by the explanations from the owner. After this first visit your local guide will take you to 2 more wine estates and you will enjoy your meal with views over the wine barrels. The menu will include local special dishes and we believe will be one of the highlights of your trip to Spain. Afer lunch you will safely be driven to Madrid, your end destination. Your guide will be able to provide you ideas and suggestions on the best way to spend your time in Madrid.

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My husband and I had a wonderful time on our two-day tour. We visited three wineries each day, and we were pleased that there were a mix/variety of settings, ranging from a intimate/family-owned boutique winery to more commercial/established wineries with stunning facilities and scenery. We felt welcome at each location, and enjoyed tasting some excellent wines (a good mix of whites and reds). We've done quite a bit of wine tasting (Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles, etc), and we were not disappointed at all in the quality and variety of the wines we were able to enjoy during this tour. Additionally, the opportunity to learn more about the history and culture of the area was fantastic. Raul is a knowledgeable, engaging, and professional guide. He made sure we stayed on schedule, but never made us feel rushed. One of the many highlights of our experience was lunch at Ribera del Duero -delicious lamb straight out of the wood-burning oven, fresh rustic bread and a crisp salad, plus a locally produced digestif. Our overnight stay in Burgos was lovely, and we enjoyed our evening wandering the town and eating tapas This tour was well-organized and immensely enjoyable- we would repeat it again in a heartbeat.
Tasting at Dinastis Vivanco winery in Rioja
C Tovar
The tour was incredible! We had the best time thanks largely to Hugo! He's a great guy and very knowledgeable about Spain
Winey in Laguardia, Rioja Alavesa
Ted S.

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If you like this private itinerary but it does not totally match your travel plans, please find out more private trip ideas in this section. Some of them are great to be combined and you will also find longer trips on it.

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Why with us and Terms

  • Dietary restrictions.  The tour can accomodate nearly all possible dietary restrictions. You will be requested to provide dietary restrictions through the booking process.
  • What it the pick -up time in San Sebastian or Bilbabo? Pick-up is typically at around 8:00-08:30 AM but it is confirmed on a case by case basis
  • At what time will we be in Madrid on day 2? At around 19:30. Arrival depends on the traffic found 
  • Can I be picked up at the airport? Yes, but  you should be ready at the airpot to be picked up no later than 9:00 AM to ensure the itinerary is the same. Contact us in case of doubts.
  • Can the itinerary be extended in wine country? Let us know about your ideas and we will try to adapt the itinerary to best suit your travel plans
  • Can I pay with Amex? You need to contact us to be able to book with Amex
  • Can I play with a paypal account? You need to contact us if you wish to pay using Paypal

  • Can I have the name of the wineries we will visit? We do not advertise the names of the wineries visited and prefer not to provide them to ensure we keep the exclusivity of the tour to its maximum for our customers. We only visited small, top wineries that fit perfectly well into the schedule for the day.  

  • Can I propose which wineries to visit? We understand you may love some wines and would like to visit the winery where they are produced. We are happy to listen to your preferences but please bear in mind that some wines are great, but the wineries not worth visiting. Please bear also in mind that some wineries do not accept visits or are not available on many days. Lastly, visiting certain wineries may imply a huge detour. The local team is expert in Ribera del Duero and Rioja and will ensure your tour includes amazing wineries. is the most secure, easy and best way to experience the fantastic wineries of Ribera del Duero and Rioja during your stay in Madrid. Not only can we save you the time and effort of organising your winery visits in English, we can also offer you the opportunity to explore the area in luxury and comfort with your own experienced wine expert guide for the day, and really get to know the wineries and high quality wines in the area.

We only work with the best guides and wine producers in Ribera del Duero and Rioja. We are experts in the region and our customers count on our knowledge to build the perfect tour on the chosen day.

You can make your reservation by selecting an available date from the calendar. Then select the number of people. To proceed to the payment page click «BOOK NOW».  You can pay the Full booking value or a 20% deposit to get your booking confirmed.

If you are booking well in advance you may prefer to pay a 20% deposit to reserve your date. If you book for less than 30 days we recommend you book paying the full amount. Full balance is requesterd 4 or 3 weeks prior to the starting tour date.

If cancelled 30 days before the start of your trip, 15% of the total services cost will be deducted. For cancellations within 30 days of the starting date of the service, 30% of the total cost will be charged. Tours cancelled 7 days or less prior to the first day of your trip are non-refundable. We advise that you consider purchasing Trip Cancellation / Travel Insurance.

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