We were not sure whether to head this section as “Mini Wine Tours “or Holidays with Wine” but felt that they would not be taken seriously if we did that! We are accustomed to thinking La Rioja, Ribera del Duero or Catalonia when we think of Wine from Spain but up and coming vineyards abound all over the country and none more so than in the Northern Provinces such as Cantabria and Euskadi (Basque Country). This year we are arranging a couple of short visits (for those who are time-poor or who will book a longer tour as well) to these regions and we feel sure that not only will your wine knowledge be enhanced but you’ll enjoy an interesting break. The format is the same for both tours- overnight crossings from Plymouth to Santander starting on a Sunday and returning overnight Wednesday back to Plymouth. A 2-berth cabin is provided and breakfast and dinner on board on both sailings are included.
Sunday - We have an overnight crossing from Plymouth to Santander. A 2-berth cabin is provided and breakfast and dinner on board on both sailings are included.
Monday - We reach Santander at 1500 and after disembarkation, meet the Spanish Coach and we set off eastwards and just out of town we make our first visit to Bodegas Igarmi at Heras. After our tasting here we continue to San Sebastian, one of the most elegant seaside resorts in Europe. Our hotel is about 300m from Ondaretta Beach which is next to the more well known La Concha.We stay for two nights, with dinner on the first night only.
Tuesday - We drive the short distance to Getaria. Our first visit and tasting will be at the most famous vineyard in the area, Bodegas Txomin Etxaniz. Afterwards we’ll drive into the small town itself. You’ll have time for sightseeing and the opportunity to take lunch in one of its many restaurants where fish is a principal ingredient. In the mid-afternoon we drive to Bodegas Gaintxa for visit and tasting before returning to San Sebastian. You’ll have a free evening and we suggest a visit to the harbour area where there are many restaurants and tapas bars.
Wednesday- We leave the hotel and our first visit and tasting is at Larrabetzu with Bodegas Gorka Izagirre folllowed by what could be the highlight of the trip for gastronomes, lunch at Restaurant Elkano, a Michelin starred establishment. We resume our drive to Santander in the afternoon and there’ll be time for sightseeing before we take the overnight ferry to England. We are not laying on dinner tonight as it may be a little over the top after a memorable lunch!
Thursday - Breakfast is included as you enjoy the sea airs across the Bay of Biscay and into the English Channel. We arrive in Plymouth at 1630
The cost includes: ferry crossing with 2-berth cabin; two breakfasts and one dinner on board; two nights 4* hotel accommodation in Spain with breakfast and dinner with wine on one night and B & B on the other; lunch at the vineyard on one day; all transportation by Spanish coach; visits and tastings as described; Tour Escort.
|September 6th||Cost £565|
Single supplement (Cabin & Room) £125
Joining point : Plymouth Ferryport