The Castles & Vineyards of Northern Spain

Resort: The Castles & Vineyards of Northern Spain
Operator: Cox and Kings
Destination: Europe
Price From: £1720.00

Overview

Travel through the beautiful landscapes of northern Spain visiting medieval castles and exploring some of the country’s most prestigious wine regions. Spend time in the historic cities of Bilbao and San Sebastian, the wine capital of Rioja and the lesser-known hilltop town of Olite.

Itinerary

Day 1: Madrid Ribera del Duero La Rioja

Fly to Madrid with British Airways. Collect your
hire car and drive to La Rioja. En route, stop
in the Ribera del Duero area and visit a wine
cellar that dates back to the 16th century.
Visit Peafiel Castle and enjoy a wine tasting.
Continue to La Rioja, staying the Parador of
Sigenza (or similar) for 1 night. (N)

Day 2: La Rioja

Full day to discover the wine region of Rioja.
Visit a 125-year-old family-run winery and have
lunch at the Vivanco Museum of Wine Culture,
surrounded by beautiful vineyards. Afternoon
at leisure to enjoy the historic town. Stay at
Parador Santo Domingo de la Calzada (or
similar) for 2 nights. (B, L)

Day 3: La Rioja Olite

Drive to Marques de Riscal, one of Spains finest
wineries. Enjoy a gourmet lunch in its Michelinstarred
restaurant. Drive on to Olite, a historic
town with magnificent castles and palaces. Stay
at Parador de Olite, a converted 15th-century
castle and now a national monument. (B, L)

Day 4: Olite Castle of Javier Hondarribia

Morning at leisure to explore the ancient
streets of Olite. Drive to Hondarribia, visiting
the Castle of Javier en route. Free time to enjoy
Hondarribia, a coastal town on the French
border. Stay overnight at the majestic The
Parador de Hondarribia, set in an impressive
10th-century castle overlooking the Bidasoa
estuary. (B)

Day 5: San Sebastin

Make the short drive along the Basque coast
to the town of San Sebastin. Sample some
of the fabulous food on offer in the citys bars
and taverns on a pintxos tour with a local guide, followed by time at leisure to explore
independently. Stay overnight at the Villa Soro
(or similar). (B, L)

Day 6: Bilbao

Drive along the coast to Bilbao. Free time to
enjoy the city including the world-famous
Guggenheim Museum and the museum of
Basque wine, known as txacoli. Overnight in
Bilbao, staying at the Barcel Bilbao Nervin
(or similar). (B)

Day 7: Fly home

Drive to Bilbao airport, drop off your hire car
and fly home. (B)

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