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Rioja: Private Wine Tasting Tour

1. Rioja: Private Wine Tasting Tour

This tour is designed to guide you into one of the oldest traditional "cave-cellars" in the area, dug 7-8 meters (23-26 feet) deep under the houses. This is a fabulous experience not to be missed! This activity also includes  tasting wines in one of the most famous local wineries. You can also tour 'Marques del Riscal' winery cellar/hotel, which was designed by Frank Gehry, the architect who designed the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. You will also walk along the medieval streets of Laguardia, one of the most charming towns in La Rioja area, before discovering local home-made food for lunch in an off the beaten track, non touristy restaurant.

From Bilbao: Mountains and Sea Full-Day Tour

2. From Bilbao: Mountains and Sea Full-Day Tour

Depart Bilbao and head for Vitoria-Gasteiz to explore the capital city of the Basque Country. Take a guided walking tour through the center to see the cathedral, parliament and historical monuments of Plaza de la Virgen Blanca. Discover a medieval quarter in Plaza del Machete and admire the Church of San Miguel. Go to the Salinas de Añana salt flats and learn the history of the landscape. Continue to Orduña village and enjoy lunch at a typical restaurant in the medieval village of Balmaseda. Venture through the Ayala Valley and the mining area of ​​Bizkaia (Biscay) to reach the coast at Santurtzi and Portugalete, where you will cross the Vizcaya Bridge to Getxo.

San Sebastián: La Rioja Day Tour

3. San Sebastián: La Rioja Day Tour

Discover the immense beauty and delicious tastes of the La Rioja wine area on this guided day tour. Experience local wineries and exquisite wines, visit medieval towns, have a 4-course Riojan meal, and more. The tour starts at the Barrio de la Estación de Haro, known for its many wineries, close to the railroad tracks in order to transport wine barrels more easily. Visit a wonderful 100-year old winery and taste a selection of its best wines, from the classic to the new and daring. Wine is not the only magical liquid produced in these lands, La Rioja is also a producer of olive oil – here you’ll enjoy a delicious tasting of this liquid gold. It’s then time to visit 2 charming villages. First, San Vicente de la Sonsierra, built on top of a hill. Take in the unbeatable views over the Ebro river, the sea of vines, and the hills that dot the valley. Next, it’s on to the popular Briones for a bit of Spanish authenticity: streets suspended in the past, an imposing Gothic church, and old sandstone buildings. In La Rioja, lunchtime, and gastronomy in general, is a sacred thing. Visit a restaurant that specializes in traditional Riojan cuisine. Partake of a delicious menu and enjoy more excellent local wine. Next, visit a small family winery to learn its working method, which adds great value to Spanish wine culture. Enjoy a tasting and see why this winery is considered one of the most prestigious producers in the country.  Finally, be driven back to your accommodation satisfied with a truly Spanish experience.

From Pamplona: Añana Salt Valley & Vitoria Tour with Lunch

4. From Pamplona: Añana Salt Valley & Vitoria Tour with Lunch

Start with pickup from your hotel in the city of Pamplona and travel west to the Añana Salt Valley. Stop in the Alavese locality of Añana and discover one of the most spectacular and best-preserved cultural landscapes in Europe. Visit the former salt factory and learn about the production of "white gold" from the salt flats on a 90-minute guided visit with an expert local guide. Next, travel to the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz, the capital of the Basque Autonomic Region. Enjoy a traditional Basque lunch in the city. After lunch, explore the medieval Old Town with your guide. Situated on the top of a hill overlooking the rest of the city, see notable landmarks including Santa Maria Cathedral, and the churches of San Miguel, San Vicente, and San Pedro. After about 2 hours in Vitoria, depart at 4:00 PM and return to Pamplona.

From Getxo: Private Winery Tour with Tastings in Rioja

5. From Getxo: Private Winery Tour with Tastings in Rioja

Tour the wineries in la Rioja region. Bespoke tastings in the wine valley, all guided by an expert in the area. This full day tour combines top wine tasting in the world renowned Rioja area, walking tour along the medieval streets of Laguardia, admiring the stunning "Marques del Riscal" winery (designed by Frank Gehry, the architect who built the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao), along the tour, discove the hidden oldest cellar-cave in town. All easy and adapted to your rythm or need. Lunch option could be discussed on the way, as we do not take travellers to touristy or fixed restaurants, we are flexible to adjust it to your wish.

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What people are saying about Álava

Great way to see the Basque region

This tour packs a lot in, and the in between coach travel bits are just as interesting. Our guide was excellent , dealing proficiently with a dual Spanish and English understanding audience. Pick up was as notified - all comms in advance were clear and in good time. The coach was modern and we felt safe on the many winding mountain roads. To pack in everything was a feat in itself - Vitoria quick tour, Salt springs tour, Quick Ordana stop, lunch in a beautiful converted nunnery, and crossing the Vizcaya Transporter bridge. Highly recommended

Very didactic and very beautiful.

It was an excursion to frame, everything that was offered to us was fulfilled and more The companions of excursion made unforgettable since they respected the schedules, the Gia and driver a 10. Really what took me a pleasant memory.

Daniel our guide was very nice, the day was beautiful and the wine fabulous

Amazing and beautiful tour with the best guide ever Pedro !

I think our guide did an excellent job balancing a very good day.

I would recommend this to others. A highlight of our trip.