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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

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

2. 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.

Ocón Valley: Rural 2-Night Stay and Cultural Tour

3. 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.

From Getxo: Private Winery Tour with Tastings in Rioja

4. 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.

From Logroño: Bilbao & Guggenheim Museum Small-Group Tour

5. From Logroño: Bilbao & Guggenheim Museum Small-Group Tour

Begin the tour with pick up from your hotel in Logroño. Then, board a comfortable vehicle and set off towards the historic city of Bilbao, the economic powerhouse of the Basque Country. Enjoy a small-group tour for a more intimate experience.  When you arrive in the city, set off on a guided walking tour to get acquainted with the city's historic past. Starting from Arriaga Theater, follow your guide to Ribiera Market along the Bilbao estuary. As you stroll, learn all about Bilbao's historical importance in the Basque Industrial revolution. See many of the main sights in the Old Town and downtown, listening to the informative commentary from your guide. After that, head over to the spectacular Guggenheim Museum to discover world-class modern art exhibits and architecture. Spend some time exploring the collections with your entrance ticket included in the tour price. Finally, return to the vehicle where you will be dropped off back at your hotel and the tour concludes.

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What people are saying about La Rioja

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.

It was an extraordinary tour! Fantastic landscape with a great scenery! Fun to see the grapes the winecellars.

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.

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