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Rioja & Basque

June 12 - 19, 2023

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. In the Basque Country, we discover the new and old— from medieval villages to trendy San Sebastián, our epicurean experts 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

Day 1

Bilbao

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

Dinner

Overnight at Hotel Míro

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. Afterward, we’ll continue sightseeing– 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.

This afternoon we’ll travel south to our accommodations for the next four nights in La Rioja. Upon arrival to the charming town of Logroño, we’ll check in and have free time to explore the town's gastronomy scene and exceptional local wine bars. Our Travel Director is happy to provide recommendations.

Breakfast, lunch

Overnight at Hotel Eurostars Fuerte Ruavieja

Day 3

Haro

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

Before heading back to our hotel,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 along the way.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Overnight at Hotel Eurostars Fuerte Ruavieja

Day 4

Exceptional Rioja

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

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 5

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 in Spain. Enjoy insider access at Bodegas BAIGORRI, Ysios, and Marqués de Riscal followed by 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 pedestrian-only city.

Later, we’ll head back to our hotel to unwind and have a free evening to explore more pintxos bars and enjoy the local scene.

Breakfast, lunch

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 take 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 Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra

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 and 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, stroll along the beautiful promenades, or visit 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 Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra

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

+ 3 days along Camino de Santiago

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Accommodations

The Fine Print

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Details

Dates

Program: June 12-19, 2023

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/agreement.


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

Rates*

Deluxe: $6,295
Jr. Suite: Contact for Availability

Single Occupancy: $7,695

Extension Rates*

Classic: Coming Soon

Single Occupancy: Coming Soon

*Rates are per person, double occupancy in US Dollars.


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

View our complete terms and conditions at https://experi.com/agreement.
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