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Madrid & the Vineyards of Spain

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Madrid & the Vineyards of Spain
April through October

9 days / 8 nights

Enjoy two days in Madrid before traveling north into the vineyards. Our tour for wine lovers will expand your knowledge of wines from the Rioja appellation and also from around Spain. The route winds through glorious vineyard country by way of medieval villages, historic bodegas, and new wineries of avant-garde design. Food, wine & art go together-- along the Wine Roads you'll visit private collections and public art, taste from the barrel, and experience nueva cocina/nouvelle cuisine of northern Spain. The pace is unhurried, with time to soak in an open- air spa and stroll through history.


Day 1

Rendezvous at your Madrid hotel. Meet your guide for a late afternoon City Tour, followed by an early light dinner in colorful Plaza Santa Ana. Overnight: Hotel Vincci Soho D


Day 2

After breakfast, meet your local art historian guide for a visit to the Prado Museum. Continue to the Sunday Rastro/Flea Market. Afterwards, sit down to Sunday lunch in an historic coaching inn in the heart of old Hapsburg Madrid. Free afternoon and evening. Overnight: as above B Tapas


Day 3

After breakfast, depart for Spain's best known wine country, Rioja. Hotel check in and welcome lunch. After lunch, take a walking tour of medieval walled Laguardia, with its complex network of underground wine caves and remarkable parish church. This evening, visit a wine theme center for a brief seminar on the Wines of Rioja, followed by a tour of one of the subterranean bodegas, where wine is still made the artisanal way. Enjoy Rioja reservas and Tapas in the cueva. Overnight: Hotel Villa Laguardia B L Tapas


Day 4

This morning, you'll compare styles on private hosted tours & tastings in the alava subzone-one winery producing new style Riojas in award-winning facilities designed by Santiago Calatrava, and the other producing classic-style wines made in one of the region's most historic bodegas, Bodegas Remellurí. Enjoy lunch at the bodega, under the shadow of an ancient convent before continuing to Bodegas Ontañon. Here you'll experience the marriage of wine & art in this very unique bodega, followed by a select tasting. Early evening, explore Logroño, the region's marketing capital, on a history walk to include the city's famous street, Calle Laurel, known for its many tapas bars. Sample appetizers & wines amidst the crowd of locals, before transfer back to Laguardia. Overnight: as above B L Tapas

"Good grief! How can a guide be fluent in Spanish as well as Basque. Also an art historian. Also a gastronome. Also a student of oenology. I swear she knows everyone in Spain—and they all love her. She had a thorough knowledge of every place we visited and a charming person to boot. My highest compliments!"
Susan Barton with Triple A, Janesville, WI

Day 5

Transfer today into the subzone Rioja alta. On a morning visit to two distinct wineries and including a chance to see a cooperage, choose to tour the vineyards on horseback, by bike, or on foot. Picnic with a Rio Oja view beside dolmens and stone lagars/medieval wine vats. After lunch, visit the Dinastia Vivanco Wine Museum, the most comprehensive and enjoyable in Spain, near the beautiful wine town of San Vincente de Sonsierra. Free time in the village before an evening Tasting Course on the Wines of Spain, followed by dinner. Overnight: Hospedería de Briñas B Picnic D


Day 6

Transfer to the subzone Rioja baja for a bodega tour and tasting in an area bounded by high desert. Follow the Cidacos river, sheltered by red cliffs where eagles soar, to the spa town of Arnedillo. Light lunch by the river with its hot pools. Soak your feet in the river, or enjoy a swim in the mineral pools, before continuing to Enciso, known for its dinosaur remains and old water mills; desert excursion by jeep to see the remains. Return via Santo Domingo de la Calzada, on the historic Camino de Santiago, a town famous for its shrine in the Cathedral and a celebrated hen house. Dinner in a nearby village this evening with a renowned Michelin chef. Overnight: as above B L D


Day 7

Transfer this morning into the bucolic Valley of San Millán to visit the monasteries of Yuso & Suso with their rich history linked to the wine industry. Continue to Vitoria, capital of the Basque Country, and an environmental-award winning city. Lunch in an historic restaurant, followed by a walking tour of the beautifully preserved old quarter and a private hosted tour with an archaeologist of the Cathedral under restoration. Short drive on into Bilbao. Free evening in Bilbao. Overnight: Hotel Sheraton B L


Day 8

This morning enjoy a guided tour of the famous Guggenheim Museum. Afterwards, on a walking tour, you'll appreciate some of the other new architecture in this phoenix-like city. Enjoy a free afternoon, exploring and shopping. Farewell dinner on the Cantabrian coast with Bay of Biscay views. Overnight: as above B D


Day 9

End of tour after breakfast.



  • Hotels based on double occupancy, with buffet breakfast
  • English speaking guide
  • Meals per itinerary
  • Land transfers
  • Luggage limited to 1 standard case per pax
  • Private hosted visits, tasting fees & notes
  • Entrances & events per itinerary
  • Pre-trip information

Be a Group Leader: reserve a private trip for your local wine society and Saranjan will reward you for your efforts.



  • On request
  • No scheduled departures
  • Custom groups only
  • 4 pax minimum

Contact us for smaller or larger groups. All prices subject to currency fluctuation adjustment.


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