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Rioja Spain and Galicia


Suggested itinerary

Day 1 

Check in at your 4* historic hotel in the medieval heart of Santiago, at just 3 minute walk from the Cathedral. A former convent dating back to the 13th century, it’s now is a very comfortable hotel with an indoor swimming pool and spa.

Meet your local English-speaking expert guide for a first stroll through the center of Santiago, stopping at some of the best bars in town to taste tapas as dinner.

Night in Santiago.

Day 2

Start the day with a guided visit of Santiago’s main monuments, including its stunning Cathedral, and the most picturesque places such as the food market, where you will find the freshest seafood from the nearby fishing villages, as well as colourful vegetables and fruits, Galician cheeses, charcuterie…

Lunch will be at a very nice eatery located in the market, you will enjoy a tasting menu featuring Galicia classic dishes with a modern twist.

After some time to rest, we’ll ask you to roll your sleeves up for your private cooking class, where you will learn to prepare flavourful Galician recipes. Enjoy what you’ve cooked for dinner paired with Galician wines.

Night in Santiago.

Day 3 

Your local guide and chauffeur will pick you up at the hotel to transfer to the Ria de Arousa, about one hour South of Santiago.

Stop to visit the historic port village of Cambados. There, you will join the “mariscadoras”, (shell-fisherwomen) to participate with them in the shell picking activity on the Ria during the low tide.

Afterwards it’s time to enjoy a private boat excursion to admire the wonderful Ria de Arousa. On the boat you’ll be served a picnic lunch based on gourmet canned seafood specialties and “empanada gallega” (Galician pie), accompanied with a glass (or two!) of Galician wine.

Check-in at your cozy boutique hotel, at just 10 minutes from Ria de Arousa, the perfect base to keep exploring this Southern part of Galicia, called Rias Baixas.

Tonight you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch in O Grove, at what’s considered the best fish and seafood restaurant in Spain.

Night in Rias Baixas.

Day 4 

Today you’ll learn about and taste the two main Galician wines, right where they come from. First visit is to a prestigious Albariño winery, where you will taste their internationally acclaimed white wines. Then, you’ll continue to the Ribeiro area – where vineyards spread along the Miño river banks – for a private visit to one of the best Ribeiro wineries.

Continue to nearby Ribadavia, a medieval town with a strong Jewish heritage. There your guide will suggest a good place for lunch or to enjoy some tapas on your own.

In just over one hour you’ll be back in your hotel. You can relax before dinner or, if you wish, your guide can take you to visit the nearby Pazo de la Saleta, a

Galician stately home with beautiful gardens.

Tonight you’ll enjoy a very special farewell dinner at the excellent restaurant of your hotel.

Night in Rias Baixas.

Day 5 

Transfer to Bilbao the heart of the Rioja Wine region. 

La Rioja, World Renowned Architecture Combine With Wine, Gastronomy And Culture At Its Best

La Rioja, internationally famous region for its acclaimed wines and gastronomy and now emerging as a capital of avant-garde winery architecture

Santiago Calatrava, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Philippe Mazierres four giants of modern architecture and all with iconic masterpieces in Rioja. This tour combines an opportunity to see how the landscapes of Rioja embrace the brilliance of their concepts and how to experience the genius of Rioja itself; its sensational food, said to be the best in Spain, and its wine - both the well-known names and the paradigms of viticulture known only to the cognoscenti. In just four days, you will enjoy a feast of the unexpected joys and mysteries of this exciting corner of Northern Spain.

Afternoon guided visit to the famous Guggenheim Museum before transferring to your hotel for the next three nights. 

Day 6 

Guided visit to one of the oldest and prettiest Wine Estates in Europe: Lopez de Heredia in Haro. Tour conducted by one of the members of the family. Wine tasting. Visit to one of the oldest Rioja wineries still in the original family's hands, 129-year-old preserves the same architectural oddities on its groundsut for a jolt of 21st-century design.

The Lopez de Heredia family commissioned a freestanding tasting room and shop from architect Zaha Hadid, one of the world's premier architects and a winner of the Pritzker Prize. For Lopez de Heredia, Hadid wrapped a carved-wood kiosk, in sinuous gold-tinted steel. As shiny as a luxury yacht hull, it's shaped like a decanter and furnished with Hadid-designed benches made of wine-colored Corian.

Next, guided tour of Marques de Riscal centenary winery and hotel. Pioneer in the Rioja wine region. Its wines have earned some of the most distinguished international awards. Hotel designed and built by Frank O. Gehry, one of the world's most renowned architects and author of works of art like the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao. Wine tasting. After visiting this spectacular temple of wine and architecture will be delighted with a truly outstanding Gourmet lunch based on fresh ingredients.

Private guided tour conducted by local expert of one of the most astonishing medieval towns in Europe. Free evening in Logrono. Time to relax, enjoy the numerous tapas bars or we can pre-book recommended restaurants.

Day 7 

At Laguardia, private guided tour of Ysios, an architectural wonder giving home to one of the best wines in Rioja. Ysios is the work of another world-famous architect: Spaniard Santiago Calatrava, who designed the $2-billion New York's Ground Zero. The architect Santiago Calatrava designed it from the sublimation of the outline of a row of barrels. Wine tasting.

Visit to a fabulous Wine Estate, one of the most important wineries in Rioja for Its successful style of blending the modern technology with the wine-making traditional methods.

Spectacular views of the Rioja valley of vineyards and the Cantabrian mountains.

Superb typical lunch from the area.

Private guided tour of Bodegas Viña Real, from architect Philippe Mazieres. In this cellar, the French architect Philippe Mazieres, has been able to combine the concepts of man, nobility and modernity with the use of concrete, wood and stainless-steel, the main components of this new cellar. Vina Real is composed of an enormous building in the shape of an oak vat, of Red Cedar wood from Canada, a building and two enormous tunnels drilled inside the hill. Time to rest and to enjoy the great atmosphere of Logrono by night

La Rioja, internationally famous region for its acclaimed wines and gastronomy and now emerging as a capital of avant-garde winery architecture

• Unique architecture wineries: Marquess de Riscal, Ysios, Lopez Heredia, Vina Real: Designed by innovative, international architects: Frank Ghery, Santiago Calatrava, Zaha Hadid and Philippe Mazierres.

• Incredible Architecture beautifully merged in this tour with rural countryside.

• The juxtaposition of rich history and local heritage with "the shock of the new" truly gives La Rioja a character unique among both wine regions and international travel destinations in general.

• Spectacular landscape and walks through narrow, cobbled streets of one of the astonishing medieval towns in Europe: Laguardia.

• Logrono, the capital awarded this year the prize for the Gastronomic and Culinary Capital of Spain for 2012.

• Fabulous food, traditional and haute cuisine, some say food here is more sophisticated and varied than anywhere in Spain.

• Sample authentic tapas made with fresh food. Mix with the locals.

Price per person based on minimum of 16 people and Maximum of 30 

$3975 based on two people sharing. $650 single supplement. 

Price includes all transportation, most meals, accommodation in deluxe boutique hotels mostly converted historic buildings. wine tastings, excursions and events. 

Does not include international flights. Guide price Toronto $1050 inc tax. 

                                New York $1150 inc tax.