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An exclusive wine & food journey with

Seven Bridges Winery

Rioja & Basque Country, Spain

May 6 - 13, 2022

12-24

Guests

8 / 7

Days / Nights

16

Meals

Northern Spain is awash with gourmet cuisine, award-winning wines, stunning architecture, and modern works of art. In La Rioja, discover one of Spain’s most famous winemaking regions. Learn about the production of the indigenous Tempranillo grape from some of the region’s top winemakers and experts. Join us as we discover the old and new of Basque Country. From medieval villages to trendy San Sebastián, our epicurean experts will showcase this eclectic region where food and wine reign supreme.

Taste

exceptional wine, locally produced foods, and authentic pintxos

Explore

off-the-beaten-path in La Rioja, Bilbao, San Sebastián, and beyond

Discover

important works of art at the Guggenheim and some of the finest examples of modern architecture to be found

Day 1

Bilbao

Land in the Bilbao Airport and take a private transfer to your hotel, centrally located within walking distance to the Guggenheim and River Nervión. After checking in, we’ll have the opportunity to embark on a brief walk to explore the Basque port city of Bilbao. Our introduction to local Basque begins during a welcome dinner paired with regional wine.

Dinner

Overnight at Villa de Bilbao

Day 2

Bilbao

This morning, we’ll visit some of Bilbao’s most famed sites and attractions. Our first stop is the Guggenheim Museum, designed by American architect Frank Gehry. The architectural marvel is home to world-class pieces of art on permanent display. After, we’ll continue sightseeing– perhaps viewing the Zubizuri footbridge, the Vizcaya Bridge (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Santiago Cathedral, or the Mercado de la Ribera in the Casco Viejo neighborhood before tucking into a local restaurant for lunch together.

This afternoon we’ll travel south to our home for the next four nights in La Rioja. Upon arrival to the charming town of Logroño, we’ll have free time to explore the town's gastronomy scene or exceptional local wine bars.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Hotel Eurostars Fuerte Ruavieja

Day 3

Haro

La Rioja is one of Spain’s most important wine regions. We’ll begin our wine-filled journey in Haro, located in Rioja Alta. Haro is considered the wine capital of Rioja and holds important architectural heritage. Visit historic wineries in Haro, such as R López de Heredia Viña Todonia and enjoy a traditional lunch at a bodega in Casalarreina just outside Haro.

Before heading back to our hotel, we’ll visit the village of Santo Domingo de la Calzada— a vital stop on the medieval pilgrimage route to Santiago.

Tonight for dinner we’ll take part in an evening pintxos crawl down Calle del Laurel— a lively street packed with more than 50 tiny bars offering delicious bites and local tastes. Led by your Travel Director, do as the locals do and hop from bar-to-bar, sampling small plates and pintxos as you roam.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at Hotel Eurostars Fuerte Ruavieja

Day 4

Modern Rioja

Today we’ll set out on a full-day wine tour of Rioja Alavesa, whose high altitude and rich soil create one of the best wine producing areas of Spain. Enjoy insider access at Bodegas BAIGORRI, Ysios, and Marqués de Riscal. Enjoy a wine paired lunch before traveling to the medieval hilltop village of Laguardia. This ancient city was founded in 1164 and houses an underground network of interconnected wine cellars. Enjoy a walk through the well-preserved city where cars aren’t allowed.

Later, we’ll head back to our hotel to freshen up before heading out for a free evening to explore more pintxos bars, or grab a quick bite and enjoy the local scene.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Hotel Eurostars Fuerte Ruavieja

Day 5

Exceptional Rioja

Rioja is home to renowned wineries with wines that have been rated over 90 points by Robert Parker— the renowned wine expert and critic. We’ll discover exceptional wines with premium tastings at some of the region’s top wineries. Early afternoon we'll enjoy a wine-paired lunch together. Our visits may include Artadi, Remírez de Ganuza, Bodega Contador, or Marqués de Murrieta.

After returning to our hotel to freshen up, we head out this evening in the heart of Logroño to savor a delicious dinner and an impressive list of local wines.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at Hotel Eurostars Fuerte Ruavieja

Day 6

Getaria

This morning we make our way to the elegant seaside town of San Sebastián— or Donostia, as the city is known in Basque. En route, we’ll stop in Getaria, a scenic fishing village and one of three Txakoli wine-producing regions in the Basque Country. Here, we’ll sip Txakoli wine, learn to prepare traditional Cantabrian anchovies during a workshop, and enjoy fresh fish for lunch.

Once settled at our centrally located hotel in San Sebastián, we'll join together for a walk through town, discovering beaches, promenades, and Belle Époque architecture. Dinner tonight is free to explore the many options in one of the world’s top gastronomic destinations.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at San Sebastián Aránzazu

Day 7

Old Town, San Sebastián

Spend the morning in San Sebastián at your leisure. We suggest that you start the day wandering through La Bretxa, a traditional food market in the Old Town. It’s the perfect place to taste the region's seasonal offerings— from fresh fruits and vegetables to jamón and sheep’s milk cheese. Enjoy the boutique stores and artisan shops lining the streets and the beautiful promenades or walk Playa de la Concha, one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe.

This evening, we’ll sit down for a memorable farewell dinner at a renowned restaurant featuring one of the world’s best wine selections.

Breakfast, dinner

Overnight at San Sebastián Aránzazu

Day 8

San Sebastián

Savor a final breakfast in Basque Country and check out of the hotel. Take a private transfer to the San Sebastián Airport for departures home. Not quite ready to depart? Extend your stay with us in San Sebastián! Ondo ibili!

Breakfast

Extend your trip

+ 4 extra days in San Sebastián & Bilbao

Day 8

Enjoy an open day to stroll the promenades, sip the local wine, and soak up the culture in between fabulous meals. Take the funicular up Monte Igueldo on the western end of La Concha Bay for spectacular views from one of San Sebastián's favorite lookout points or visit tiny Santa Clara Island, in the middle of the bay, just a short ferry ride away. Another option is the San Telmo Museum, housed in a 16th Dominican convent, which showcases the rich heritage of the Basque culture. For dinner, perhaps you would like to consider dining at one of San Sebastián's Michelin star restaurants or alternatively, checking out a Basque cider house.

Breakfast

Overnight at San Sebastián Aránzazu

Day 9

Today, venture east to Hondarribia, a charming coastal village, lying just on the Spanish side of the border with France. Take in the lively sights of the fisherman's quarter in the Marina District before heading up the hill to the walled old part of the city. Stroll the picturesque cobbled streets lined with ornate churches, shady plazas, and colorful manor houses. Lunch will be at a typical Basque restaurant before returning to San Sebastián for the evening.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at San Sebastián Aránzazu

Day 10

Check out late morning and travel west along the Bay of Biscay, returning to the port city of Bilbao where your Rioja and Basque journey began. Enjoy a little extra time to wander the charming Old Town at your own pace before savoring a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Breakfast, dinner

Overnight at Villa de Bilbao

Day 11

After breakfast, take a private transfer to the Bilbao Airport for flights home.

Breakfast

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Dates

Program Date: May 6 - 13, 2022

Flight Information

If you would like assistance with reserving your flights, please contact us at guestservices@experi.com, and we can refer you to an air ticket travel agency.

Activity Level

This trip has been designed to include daily exploratory walks that range from one to three hours. Each day, whether touring a city or winery, guests should be prepared to be on their feet for multiple continuous hours. Guests should feel comfortable strolling along cobbled surfaces, walking up and down stairs, and sauntering down uneven nature paths. Europe tends to have Old World infrastructure (narrow cobblestone streets, lack of elevators, etc.) which can leave some areas inaccessible — if you require any walking assistance, please inquire with our guest services team. Typically, our more invigorating walks are included as optional activities. Please contact us at guestservices@experi.com if you have questions.

Note: Group maximum is based on double occupancy. The itinerary is subject to change or substitution at any time. You can learn more at experi.com/terms.


Included

  • Seven nights accommodations, including all taxes and fees
  • Meals as listed on the itinerary: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 4 dinners, plus wine pairings with most major meals
  • All private excursions described in the itinerary along with services of local speakers, guides, entrance fees, and transportation
  • Gratuities for travel director, local guides, drivers, porters, and included meals
  • Full guiding services of a dedicated Travel Director
  • Private airport transfers with porterage on the first and last scheduled days of the program

Not Included

  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities
  • All types of personal insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional alcoholic beverages beyond what has been arranged by Experi to pair with the included major meals

Program Rates*

Classic: $4,995
Jr. Suite: $6,095

Single Occupancy: $5,995

Extension Rates*

Classic: $2,495

Single Occupancy: $2,995

*Rates are per person, double occupancy in US Dollars. All categories subject to availability. Call to discuss availability and rates for triple accommodations.


Deposits

A $1,000 non-refundable deposit per person reserves your space for this program. Final payments are due no later than 90 days prior to departure. An additional $500 non-refundable deposit is required per person for extension reservations.

Travel Insurance

Experi highly recommends you consider travel insurance. Learn more about travel insurance and how it can help you prepare for the unexpected at https://experi.com/travelinsurance/

Travel Terms & Conditions

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