Destination

Destination

Spain

Duration

7 Days

Price

From $4,598 pp

This 7-Day Self Drive tour of Spain is sure to delight any food and wine lover's appetite. Enjoy the freedom to drive at your own pace while taking in the many sights and flavours of this beautiful region. Arrive in Madrid, drive to the land of castles, Ribera del Duero, where you will sample delectable wines paired with savoury tapas. Enjoy a delicous lunch at a Michelin star restaurant. Continue to La Rioja where life is all about the wine. Explore charming villages, medieval castles, lush wine country and more. Continue to the seaside city of San Sebastian in Basque Country. This region has its own language, culinary traditions and distinct geographic and cultural landscape that are fascinating to explore.

Days Activities Accommodations
Day 1
Madrid - Ribera del Duero
  • Madrid Airport Arrival
  • Madrid - Ribera Del Duero (198 km, total 3 hrs drive with stops)
  • Self Drive - 8 Day Compact Automatic Group E
Monasterio de Valbuena - Deluxe
Bed and Breakfast
Day 2
Ribera del Duero
  • Ribera Del Duero Trail
Monasterio de Valbuena - Deluxe
Bed and Breakfast
Day 3
La Rioja
  • Ribera Del Duero - La Rioja (300 km, about 3 hrs drive plus stops)
Hotel Viura - Deluxe Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 4
La Rioja
  • La Rioja
  • Afternoon at Leisure
Hotel Viura - Deluxe Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 5
San Sebastian
  • La Rioja - San Sebastian (150 km, 2 hr drive plus stops)
NH San Sebastian Aranzazu - Superior
Bed and Breakfast
Day 6
San Sebastian
  • Walking Tour & Culinary Delight
NH San Sebastian Aranzazu - Superior
Bed and Breakfast
Day 7
Bilbao
  • San Sebastian - Bilbao
  • Airport Transfer (Depart)

Day 1
Madrid - Ribera del Duero

Welcome to Spain! Once you have cleared Madrid customs, locate the AVIS desk in the arrivals hall, where your reservation will be ready for you.

Madrid - Ribera Del Duero (198 km, total 3 hrs drive with stops)

A pleasant drive through the Land of Castles, takes you to Rueda Appellation of Origin to savour fine wines from two local wineries. Spain excels in many things, but two of the most important, and delicious, are wine and food. Today's visit combines these for an unforgettable experience that will elevate your taste buds to a level that wine or food alone cannot achieve.

Afterwards, continue along the Castilian countryside, to a humble village of not more than a thousand inhabitants, where you will experience a fantastic lunch at a Michelin star restaurant!

After a short drive, arrive in the heart of the Ribera del Duero wine region and check into your hotel located in a beautifully preserved Cistercian 12th century monastery.

Price is based on 8 Day Compact Automatic Group E BMW 1 Series - Compact Vehicle. Additional car types are available.

Hotel Castilla Termal Monasterio de Valbuena - Deluxe Room

Day 2
Ribera del Duero

Ribera Del Duero Trail

Today we continue along the world-renowned Golden Mile, where internationally acclaimed wineries, with hundreds of years of experience perfecting the art of winemaking can be found. Savor a selection of lush and captivating wines, in two local wineries. An ideal part of a leisurely wine country getaway in the heart of this famed winegrowing region.

This afternoon check into your hotel for some rest and relaxation. The hotel offers a lavish spa that you might enjoy before dinner.

This evening savor a traditional meal at a local restaurant in the heart of the Duero region, made with fresh-local ingredients and age-old recipes.

Hotel Castilla Termal Monasterio de Valbuena - Deluxe Room

Day 3
La Rioja

Hotel Viura - Deluxe Room

Ribera Del Duero - La Rioja (300 km, about 3 hrs drive plus stops)

This morning we depart Ribera del Duero as we drive to Castile, stopping in Burgos along the way. Burgos is an extraordinary city steeped in history. The city is famous for its astounding architecture, rich culture and delicious cuisine.

Afterwards continue to Rioja, arriving in the late afternoon. Life is all about the wine here, with many local Riojas to found. Travelous recommends you stroll or bike along the trails to explore the vineyards nearby.

Day 4
La Rioja

Today explore the medieval village of Laguardia, well preserved within its city walls. Stroll the cobblestone streets, admire the beautiful facades and old-world charm the village has to offer. Later visit one of the oldest wineries in the area, family run and still in full production. The visit is completed with a gourmet lunch deliciously paired with wines.

The afternoon is yours to enjoy at your own pace. Numerous activities are available in this area including: spa treatments, trekking, biking, air balloon, rafting, canoeing and more (not included).

Hotel Viura - Deluxe Room

Day 5
San Sebastian

Drive La Rioja - San Sebastian (150 km, 2 hrs drive plus stops)

La Rioja is internationally acclaimed for its fine wines, with over 500 wineries found in the province; however, the region is also closely linked to the famous Way of St. James, or El Camino as it is commonly known. Today will be spent exploring La Rioja, with its many interesting monuments like Santo Domingo de la Calzada Monastery where many legends and myths circulate, and San Millan with its many monasteries. This area is said to be the cradle of Spanish language.

Continue to the seaside city of San Sebastian in Basque Country. With stylish art nouveau buildings, ornate bridges, manicured parks and plazas which create a captivating backdrop to this coastal city. In case you are not aware, Basque Country is not like the rest of Spain, it has its own language, culinary traditions and distinct geographic and cultural landscape that is fascinating to explore.

Hotel NH Aranzazu - Superior Room

Day 6
San Sebastian

San Sebastian was once a fishing village which grew to a market town and military fort until it was chosen by Queen Isabel II as Royal Family's summer residence. Today San Sebastian is a cosmopolitan coastal city with a strong Basque characteristic and exquisite gastronomy. Its excellent restaurants boast a total of 16 Michelin stars.

Enjoy a stroll around the old town of San Sebastian, famous for having the highest concentration of bars in the world, the perfect place to sample typical pintxos (pronounced "peen-chos"). Pintxos are similar to Tapas, held together by toothpicks. Accompanied by cider, txakoli, beer or wine pintxos will satisfy the most demanding palates.

Leave room for dinner, just in case you would like to try one of the many Michelin star restaurants. Travelous recommends strolling along La Concha Beach with its iconic railings, for an unforgettable sunset.

Hotel NH Aranzazu - Superior Room

Day 7
Bilbao

Drive San Sebastian - Bilbao (100 km, 1 hr)

This morning depart San Sebastian. Travel along the coastal road to discover cozy fishing villages until you reach the largest city in the Basque Country, Bilbao. Stroll the medieval old quarter of Bilbao, popularly known as the Seven Streets. Strolling around its cobbled streets, charming corners and squares, with emblematic buildings.

The tour would not be complete without the visit of the Guggenheim museum, where you may also have a nice lunch either at a casual bistro or at its Michelin starred restaurant.

Unfortunately, you say farewell to Spain today. Begin your journey to Bilbao International Airport and keep the memories alive. We hope to see you again soon. Stay Travelous!

Hotel Castilla Termal Monasterio de Valbuena

Located in the heart of the Ribera del Duero, the hotel Castilla Termal Monasterio de Valbuena, the first 5-star resort in Castilla y Leon, is located in one of the best preserved Cistercian monasteries in Europe. Its building dates back to the 12th century, an exclusive tourist complex on the Golden Mile, the Monastery of Santa Maria de Valbuena has 79 spacious and luxurious rooms.

All the rooms preserve the charm and elegance of the 12th century monastery. This historical environment offers modern decorations, integrated with the vintage furniture without breaking the harmony and identity of this impressive building. Free Wi-Fi, bath robe, slippers, shower cap, and bath products made with mineral-medicinal water of the hotel's Olmedo spa.

Hotel Viura

Composed of whimsically superimposed cubes that seem to surge forcefully from the center of the earth; punctuated by French windows that flood the rooms with views of the relaxing scenery. Viura is a pioneer in supporting a sustainable and eco-friendly development. The promise is to offer a service of the best quality and comfort according to the highest standards of environmental responsibility.

Spacious rooms with beautiful views of Villabuena de Alava and Sierra de Cantabria, fully equipped with everything you may require during your stay at Viura. Individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, underfloor heating in the toilet, hair dryer and vanity mirror, minibar with wine from the region.

Hotel NH Aranzazu

Located in the upmarket Ondarreta district of San Sebastian, the NH Collection San Sebastian Aranzazu hotel, puts you 5 minutes from one of the region's best beaches. There are plenty of bars and restaurants dotted throughout the area, with the city center a pleasant 30-minute stroll along the promenade. The Basque Culinary Center is also in easy reach.

Rooms are airy and bright, with stylish modern decor and home-from-home comforts such as free Wi-Fi and a flat screen TV. The hotel is in a quiet residential area so you won't be disturbed by the hustle and bustle of city noise.

Terms and Conditions

What's Included:

  • Accommodation, Activities, Transfers, Meals, and Fees as indicated on your itinerary. Local and international traveler assistance during your tour. Specialised and personalised services.

What's not Included:

  • Airfare to/from the Tour start point, including domestic or inter-country connecting flights, unless otherwise stated in itinerary.
  • tips and gratuities
  • items of a personal nature such as incidentals, excess baggage charges
  • airport taxes/entrance fees, port charges, foreign government departure taxes
  • Visas (unless otherwise indicated), Inspection, Customs, Immigration and Naturalization fees Additional fuel surcharges on cruises
  • Travel Insurance including Medical, Lost Baggage and Trip cancellation
  • Optional activities (golf, watersports, etc.)
  • any other activities or items not explicitly advertised as included in the price of a Tour

 

Reservations/Booking and Deposits:  To book a Tour, each Traveler (or leader of a Group of Travelers) must submit:

 

A.     A completed booking form signed electronically by the main Traveler. By submitting the booking form on the payments page, the traveler accepts our full Terms and Conditions.  

B.     A deposit of 30% of the Tour price (minimum $250 per person), is due immediately upon booking.

C.     The full balance of the trip cost is due ninety days (90) before the trip departure date.

D.      If you book your trip with us ninety days (90 days) or less before the departure date, the full cost of the trip is due at that time.

E.      In the instance payment is made by certified check or wire transfer, reservations will only commence once the check is cleared.

F.      Availability of Services and Accommodations cannot be guaranteed until a Tour is booked.  We will exercise our best efforts to book the Services and Accommodations described in the Tour Itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of Tour date, we may be forced to offer substitutes.  In this instance we will notify you as soon as possible and try to substitute comparable Services and Accommodations based on availability.

G.     Ticketing & credit card processing for international transport and other select domestic airfare pertaining to a specific country is done by a 3rd party and not included in your total land package price unless otherwise stated.

H.     Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $250 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.

       *NOTE: Certain destinations require a 30% non-refundable deposit at the time of booking and therefore, would supersede our standard cancellation policy prior to 90 days in this instance.

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