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From Bilbao: Vitoria and Rioja Day Tour

1. From Bilbao: Vitoria and Rioja Day Tour

The famous Rioja Wine region is a must for wine lovers visiting Spain. Located in the south of the Basque country, you will visit the village of Haro, the unique medieval village of Laguardia. Of course, you will visit a traditional wine cellar for a wine tasting, and a guided walking tour of Vitoria. Follow the highway towards the south, until you arrive at Vitoria, the capital city of the Basque Country, where you will have a panoramic tour through the city. It is considered to be one of the best cities in Spain for quality of life, and is the city in Europe with the most green square meters per inhabitant. You will do a walking tour through the old part of the city where you will see such sights as the old Inn 'el Portalon' from the XV century, the Virgen Blanca square, the Machete square and the Cathedral of Santa Maria among others. After your walking tour, you will head towards the south and arrive finally into the land of Wine, to Rioja.You will stop at Laguardia, a unique medieval village that still keeps the real atmosphere of the old times, with the two churches, the walls, the house shields and the narrow medieval streets among others. You will visit in this village, a traditional underground Rioja wine cellar, carbonic maceration with open pools and do a wine tasting at the end of the visit. Afterwards, there will be free time for lunch and your guide will suggest a selection of recommended local restaurants. Finally you will return directly back to arrive to Bilbao in the evening

La Rioja: Group Winery Tour and Tasting

2. La Rioja: Group Winery Tour and Tasting

Experience La Rioja's wines with this small group tour. Travel to a winery in Alfaro to tour a local winery and try two wines paired with some small dishes. Head to a a winery in Alfaro that has been set up in what was once an old hanger. Be welcomed by your sommelier and guide. Learn about the tradition of winemaking in the area. Gain insight into centuries-old traditions. Follow your around this unique space. Stop to save 2 fine red wines which are complimented by a carefully selected snack. Let the flavors like coconut-scented American oak and the plush red tempranillo grape roll over your tongue. Discover well-aged wines with the best values in the world, when compared with comparably aged wine from France or Italy.

From Bilbao: La Rioja Wine Tasting Tour with Hotel Pickup

3. From Bilbao: La Rioja Wine Tasting Tour with Hotel Pickup

Take an all-inclusive tour of 2 wineries in La Rioja, a wine producing region recognized worldwide for the excellence of its wines. After pickup from your hotel, travel the short distance from Bilbao to La Rioja as you admire the beautiful scenery. Enjoy a relaxing walk through the vineyards and learn the wine-making process, from the grape harvest to the aging. Finish your tour of each winery with a tasting session. Savor some of the best Rioja wines, and learn to appreciate the difference between the varieties. To complete your gastronomical experience, the tour includes a visit to the charming medieval village of Laguardia to try 2 types of pincho (a local snack) along with more quality wines.

Rioja: Private Wine Tasting Tour

4. 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: Vitoria and Rioja Region Tour with Wine Tasting

5. From Bilbao: Vitoria and Rioja Region Tour with Wine Tasting

Explore the capital city of the Basque Country, Vitoria, on a guided tour departing from Bilbao. Then, discover the La Rioja wine region with a visit to the town of Laguardia and a traditional wine cellar. Enjoy tasting regional wines in a charming setting. Start with pickup from your hotel in Bilbao by bus. First, travel to the city of Vitoria where you will take a guided walking tour of its historic center. Learn about its history and modern-day importance as the capital of the Basque Country. Taste a typical sweet of the region at an artisanal sweet shop. Next, travel to the La Rioja region, the heartland of Spain's wine industry. Admire the views of a sea of vineyards set on rolling hills. Stop at the quaint town of Laguardia for a walking tour around the historic quarter. Then, enjoy a guided visit to a traditional winery located in a scenic location. Learn about the production of wine in the region, with tasting included. Afterward, relax on the journey back to Bilbao, with drop-off at your accommodation or hotel.

From Bilbao: Basque Country 3 Cities 6-Day Coach Tour

6. From Bilbao: Basque Country 3 Cities 6-Day Coach Tour

See the highlights of the Basque Country on a tour of the cities of Bilbao, Vitoria and San Sebastian. Benefit from guided panoramic tours and walking tours to get a complete picture of each destination. Journey through an amazing landscape of dramatic sea views, typical fishing villages and vast forests of oak trees. Day 1: Bilbao Benefit from pick-up and transfer to your hotel to get a full tour program about the Basque Country. Day 2: Bilbao - San Sebastian Depart Bilbao and journey through the mountains towards San Sebastian. See the old tower houses of Azkoitia and visit the shrine at the Sanctuary of Loyola before making your way to the coastal town of Zumaia. Get magnificent views of the Bay of Biscay and stop in the medieval fishing village of Getaria. Continue to San Sebastian via the resort town of Zarautz. Take a panoramic bus tour of San Sebastian and see highlights such as Kursaal Palace on arrival. Enjoy some free time for lunch before taking a walking tour of the Old Town, and stroll past typical pintxo bars and the 18th-century Basilica of Santa Maria de Coro. Get tips on what to do with the rest of the evening and the following day at leisure. Day 3: San Sebastian Enjoy a free day to explore San Sebastian at your own pace. Day 4: San Sebastian - Rioja - Vitoria Take the highway towards Vitoria, passing the old town of Tolosa. Arrive at the village of Ordizia and go for a stroll before going to Oñati and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Arantzazu. Visit the former salt mining town of Salinas de Leniz, and then enter the wine producing area of Rioja Alavesa. Admire typical villages such as Labastida and Laguardia, where you will get some free time to explore the town and enjoy lunch independently. Continue to Vitoria for a panoramic tour of the capital of the Basque Country. Marvel at monuments such as the Cathedral of Santa Maria and Casco Viejo, and avail of free entry to the Artium Museum of Contemporary Art. Day 5: Vitoria - Bilbao Journey through the rural landscape of Alava en route to Salinas de Añana, where you will learn about the historic salt mining industry. Continue to the village of Orduña, surrounded by the mountains of the Sierra Salvada, and take a guided walking tour of the town. Get back to nature in Ayala and discover vast forests of oak trees. Stop for lunch in Balmaseda, and then go to the coastal town of Santurtzi, known for its seafaring traditions. Continue to Portugalete to cross the transporter bridge to Getxo, where you can go for a walk along the seafront and get a magnificent view of the Bay of Biscay. Continue to Bilbao and take a panoramic tour on arrival. Day 6: Bilbao Explore Bilbao at your own pace with a day at leisure. Get useful information from your guide to help you plan your day. Enjoy some free time in the city before your transfer to the airport.

From Vitoria: La Rioja Winery Visit With Traditional Lunch

7. From Vitoria: La Rioja Winery Visit With Traditional Lunch

Explore the world-famous La Rioja winemaking region on this full-day trip from Vitoria. Meet your guide in your hotel lobby and hop in the air-conditioned car that will take you to the local winery. Stop in the village of Laguardia to witness the famous medieval walls and underground bodegas. At the winery, enjoy a relaxing stroll through the vineyards and learn all about the winemaking process from harvest to aging. Finish the experience with a delicious lunch showcasing the best local products, all washed down with 4 different wine varieties.

From Bilbao: Rioja Architecture and Wine Tour

8. From Bilbao: Rioja Architecture and Wine Tour

Discover both the ancient and modern beauty of Bilbao's surrounding towns on an insightful excursion. Visit the Marques de Riscal and Ysios wineries to gaze at the innovative architecture and taste some Rioja wines. Explore the medieval town of LaGuardia and enjoy a traditional pintxos lunch. Depart from Bilbao to tour the Marques de Riscal winery, designed by one of today's leading architects, Franck Gehry. Admire the breathtaking structure made of titanium, stainless steel, wood, and sandstone. Taste their white wine, their Crianza red wine, and their award-winning Rioja Reserva. Move on to the Ysios cellar and observe a structure with many architectural features, such as the roof, meant to resemble the Sierra Cantabria. Enjoy a brief introduction to the winery and their winemaking process, followed by a guided tasting of two of their exceptional wines with an apéritif. Take a walk through the walled medieval city of LaGuardia, one of the most beautiful towns in the Rioja Alavesa region. Look at the fortified walls and winding cobblestone streets surrounded by vineyards and mountains. Finally, enjoy a Riojano lunch of 3 traditional 'pintxos' with Rioja wine.

Ocón Valley: Rural 2-Night Stay and Cultural Tour

9. Ocón Valley: Rural 2-Night Stay and Cultural Tour

Enjoy the hospitality of the Ocón Valley, and discover the charm and magic of this area known as the Tuscany of La Rioja in a unique weekend. Meet our family project of livestock and production of organic Spanish Jamón and meat in the Ocon Valley, one of the hidden gems of La Rioja. Live an authentic experience in an environment that still retains the genuine charm of rural life in the heart of the World Biosphere Reserve. Discover how we raise our happy piglets in the organic farm 'El Encinar' and how we produce our organic artisan meats and sausages. Complete your experience in the Ocón Valley enjoying all the attractions offered by this hidden treasure of La Rioja: nature, heritage, landscapes, gastronomy, wine tourism, apitourism... And stay in a charming rural house where you can enjoy the hospitality of María and Fernando. We want you to live something unique, a different experience to recover the memory, the flavors and aromas of yesteryear and to value the local gastronomy, the rural environment, the circular economy and our environment.

Bilbao: La Rioja Winery with Tasting and Traditional Lunch

10. Bilbao: La Rioja Winery with Tasting and Traditional Lunch

Spain is widely famous for its wines' high quality. Discover the cradle of these wines - the land that provides its name to the DO of La Rioja, which is easily reachable from Bilbao. Enjoy a visit to a winery (bodega), taking a relaxing walk through the vineyards whilst learning the wine-making process from the grape harvest to the maturation. Following that, finish your experience with a wine tasting of 4 wines accompanied by an expert local. After your tasting, a complete traditional lunch consisting of local products and the best wines will be served in the winery or in a local restaurant. Your day also includes a visit to the Laguardia medieval village, which is famous for its medieval walls and underground family-owned wineries.

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5.0 / 5

based on 2 reviews

Perfect excursion to get an impression of the Basque Country.

Attentive tour guide, well organized in view of the shortage of time. Good gastronomic tips without obligation. The excursion fully met my expectations.

Stefan our guide was excellent. Very cordial, attentive and knowledgeable about the topics of the tour.

Our guide Steven was awesome! There were two of us on the tour and it was a very informative day.

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

Stefan was a brilliant tour guide. Very informative and good fun!!