An itinerary designed for lovers of good food and the world of wine. During a 7 days trip we will discover Barcelona, a city which stands out for its gastronomic culture and La Rioja, a region world-famous for its wines and wineries. Two very different but very attractive destinations for those who like to travel through the palate. Signature restaurants, visit to century old wineries, tasting of some of the best wines from Spain with expert sommeliers, creative tapas routes, walk through vineyards… and more. 7 days to learn, savour, enjoy and relax.
Arrival – At the appointed time
Arrival in Barcelona and transfer by private vehicle to the hotel. Time to settle in.
Afternoon – Free at leisure
We suggest strolling along the elegant Paseo de Gracia Avenue to have a first contact with the city.
Evening- Dinner at “La Torre de Altamar”
We will have dinner at an amazing restaurant located 75m above sea level where we can enjoy some of the best views of the city while tasting dishes that won’t leave us indifferent. Author cuisine, Mediterranean style.
Mañana – Essential Barcelona Tour
During this morning we will carry out a tour along the most essential Barcelona. We will visit the main attractions of the city such as the Sagrada Familia, the Gothic Quarter or the mountain of Montjuïc. An ideal tour to take a first impression of Barcelona, its culture, its lifestyle and its history.
Lunch – Restaurant specialized in “paellas” and fish
After the tour, we will head to a traditional restaurant located in front of the port to discover some of the best “paellas”, fish and seafood of Barcelona, all this accompanied by fine white or red wine or Catalan champagne.
Afternoon – Free at leisure
Evening – Tapas & Wine Tour
In the afternoon we will carry out a tapas tour along one of the most historic neighbourhoods of the city. During the tour we will visit some of the most unique bars to taste these little creations accompanied by fine wines. We will be accompanied by a gastronomic expert who will explain us many curiosities of the Mediterranean cuisine and the history of tapas. Between bar and bar, we will walk through the streets of the historic centre of Barcelona, where our guide will be revealing us the secrets and stories of the history of the city.
Morning – Trip to la Rioja
By train or plane, we will travel to La Rioja. A private vehicle will pick us up at the station / airport and take us to our hotel. We will stay in a special hotel located in a small and authentic village.
Afternoon – Bike ride & Wellness
After enjoying lunch at the hotel, we suggest taking a bike ride around the hotel to have a first contact with the area and begin to contemplate the beautiful landscapes that form the vineyards and villages of the region. After doing some exercise, we will give ourselves a very healthy treat. A specialist will give us a massage or treatment in which we will relax body and mind. Natural products will be used and we will take advantage of the curative properties of the grapes. After the massage, we will have dinner in the hotel’s gastronomic restaurant.
Full day – Wineries and villages of la Rioja
Today we will discover the essence of the largest wine region of Spain through its wineries and its villages, accompanied at all times by a wine expert with which we will learn about the world of wine. We will start the route visiting one of the most historic and famous wineries of La Rioja, in the region of Haro. We will visit the winery, its vineyards and we will enjoy a tasting of its wines.
After the visit to the winery, we will discover the town of Labastida, of medieval origin, where we will stroll together with our guide through its monumental old town. We will visit another winery, in this case a small family-owned winery specialized in developing signature wines of great quality. We will taste several of their wines with an appetizer. For lunch, we will enjoy a delicious gastronomic experience in a signature restaurant with a tasting menu with the chef’s best specialties and local wine.
After lunch we will walk through the narrow streets and the walled village of Laguardia. We will finish the day visiting another winery, in this case one of the oldest in the world. It has caves and ancient fermentation lakes… we will learn about the history and origins of winemaking. After the visit we will have a tasting before returning to the hotel.
Morning and lunch – Modern Architecture and avant-garde wineries
Today we will visit surprising wineries that stand out for their innovative designs and modern architecture. Throughout the day we will be accompanied by a wine expert. The first winery we will visit will be Yisios, a winery with an impressive modern building designed by the architect Santiago Calatrava. We will enjoy the outside of the building, located in a spectacular location among vineyards at the foot of the Sierra de Cantabria. The next visit will be at a modern winery in Samaniego equipped with the latest technologies and a stunning architecture. The winery is formed by an empty glass box in which, descending and underground, the space is organized in different levels. We will have lunch in the winery, surrounded by barrels and magnificent views, based on a tasting menu paired with 4 different wines from the winery. After lunch we will return to the hotel.
Afternoon / evening – “Pintxos” cooking classes with wine pairing
During the afternoon we will carry out a cooking class with wine pairing together with a local chef and sommelier. During the class we will learn to prepare traditional Basque “pintxos”, a hallmark of the Spanish gastronomic culture. We will elaborate up to 12 different pintxos, which we will be tasting and pairing with Rioja wines. After the session, we will be given the 12 recipes. This way we will be able to surprise our guests once back at home.
At the appointed time – Private transfer to the airport of Logroño
End of the trip. ¡Goodbye Spain!
Optional extension – Bilbao
Morning – Trip to Bilbao
Transfer by private vehicle to Bilbao. Just 1h 30 mins from La Rioja, we can find Bilbao, one of the most architecturally progressive cities in Spain. We will stay in a trendy boutique hotel located opposite the famous Guggenheim Museum.
Morning – Guggenheim Museum visit
After enjoying lunch freely around the area of the hotel, we will take a guided tour through the Guggenheim Museum. The building where the museum is located was designed by Frank Gehry and is considered one of the most fascinating architectural works of Spain and the world. We will carry out the visit with an art expert. A unique opportunity to enjoy the art collections, the museum’s history, discover the keys of the expositions and the reason of the selected pieces. After the visit, we will suggest have a walk through the old town of Bilbao and finish enjoying dinner at a restaurant specialized in Basque cuisine.
At the appointed time – Private transfer to the airport of Bilbao
End of the trip. ¡Goodbye Spain!
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