Our final Wine Tour of the year is to La Rioja in Spain. This very popular trip has been modified in order to introduce some alternative vineyards and restaurants into the picture as well as re-visiting previous old favourites. It’s going to be the last tour before Brexit (where have we heard that before and are you holding your breath!!) so you can bring back loads of “samples”.
Sunday - We pick up as indicated below and drive to Plymouth where we catch the 1745 sailing to Santander. We have dinner together this evening.
Monday - On arrival in Spain at 1615 we head southwards to Logroño where we check into the Hotel Marques de Vallejo, ideally situated in the centre of all the action, for seven nights. We have dinner at a local restaurant
Tuesday - This morning we head to Samaniego to visit the prestigious Baigorri estate where we will have lunch after our tour. In the afternoon we travel to the outskirts of Haro to visit one of old time favourites, Ramon Bilbao. We then have a free evening to begin our exploration of Logroño, starting at Calle Laurel and quite probably ending there!
Wednesday - We drive to Sonsierra to visit and taste at Bodegas Classica and then have lunch at the estate. After time for sightseeing in La Guardia we continue to Navarette for a visit to Bodegas Corral. Free evening.
Thursday - Back to La Guardia this morning to visit Bodegas Vina Real. More sightseeing in this pleasant town then a visit to Bodegas Casa Primica. Dinner tonight at a local restaurant
Friday - We’re heading southwards today to Navarre and Vina Herminia. We have lunch at Fincas de Azabache and our final visit is to Bodegas Manzanos Azagre. Free evening
Saturday - This morning we drive to Haro and its outskirts where we visit Bodegas Bilbainas. We then drive to La Guardia for sightseeing and lunch at Hospederie Los Parajes. Our final visit of the day is at Bodegas Alcorta just outside Logroño. Free evening.
Sunday - You choose your own diversion today. Stay and mooch around Logroño or come on excursion to the lovely town of Burgos. We return in the late afternoon and have dinner in a local restaurant.
Monday - We leave the hotel and head back to the coast. We visit the Valle Real Hypermarket on the outskirts of Santander before continuing to Sardinero for our final sightseeing before catch the 1945 sailing to England. We have dinner together once we are on board.
Tuesday - Enjoy the sea airs as we cross the Bay of Biscay and sail into the Channel to arrive at Plymouth at 1545. After disembarkation the coach returns to the original pick up points.
Cost includes: ferry crossing with cabin, two breakfasts & dinners on board, seven nights’ 3* hotel accommodation with buffet breakfast in Spain; all visits & tastings as described; four lunches & three dinners, Tour Escort.
Single supplement - (Room & cabin) £280
Pick up points : Warwick-Bristol-Exeter-Newton Abbot-Plymouth
Shipboard options; 4-berth cabin for 2 persons - £90 per cabin(return)
4-berth cabin for 2 persons with porthole - £140 per cabin (return)