Wessex Continental 2018

Wine Tours La Rioja - Lite, Spain 5 days

Ever popular, ever successful, our wine tour programme would not be complete without a visit to La Rioja where quality and value go hand in hand. Over the years we have tried to ring the changes so that it appeals to those who love the region and once again we’re trying a new format . It’s always difficult to arrange a visit and tasting at the weekend hence our title - LITE. So we’ve abandoned those essentially wasted days and concentrated on making each day count and ensuring a superb value for money experience.

Sunday - We pick up as shown below and sail from Plymouth at 1545 on the “Pont Aven”. We’ll have dinner that evening together in Le Flora restaurant.
On Monday we reach Santander at 1215 and after disembarkation we head east towards Bilbao then south to La Rioja. Our first tasting with be at Bodegas Ramon Bilbao at Haro. We continue to Logroño check in to the central Hotel Marques de Vallejo in the Old Quarter where we stay for two nights. Dinner will be at a nearby restaurant and afterwards you’ll be able to explore the famous Calle Laurel.
On Tuesday we head out of town to the charming hilltop town of La Guardia, for a visit and tasting at the ultra modern Bodegas Ysios. We now go into the town itself for a stroll then lunch at Restaurante Hospederia Los Parajes. In the late afternoon we will drive to San Vicente Sonsierra where we visit Bodegas Ramirez de la Piscina. After our visit we return to Logroño for a free evening and another opportunity to wander around Calle Laurel.
On Wednesday we set off to Navarrete for a visit at Bodegas Corral. After this visit we travel towards Haro, the wine capital of Rioja for sightseeing. In the afternoon we have lunch at Bodegas Remelluri where we’ll have a chance to sample their wines. Afterwards we set off for Santander before we board the ferry for the 2115 sailing to Plymouth. We have dinner together this evening in Le Flora restaurant on board.
Next day, Thursday, continue taking advantage of the sea airs. The ship arrives in Plymouth at 1615 and after disembarkation the coach returns to the original pick up points.

Cost includes:
Ferry crossing with cabin, two breakfasts & dinners on board, two nights’ 3* hotel accommodation with buffet breakfast in Spain; all visits & tastings as described; two lunches & one dinner, Tour Escort.

Departure date

May 13th £590

Single supplement - £95 (Room & cabin)

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Pick ups : Exeter - Newton Abbot - Torbay - Plymouth