2024 Spain Rioja Wine Trip

  • Spain

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The Rioja Wine Tour, An Immersive Wine Experience...

One of the reason we are excited about this trip is the fact that, like many of Europe’s famous wine regions, Ancient Romans were the first to start viticulture in Rioja wine region, which means that once we start traveling, we will discover traces of its rich and ancient history.

Rioja wine region boasts of beautiful countrysides dating back to medieval times, a breathtaking hilly landscape dotted with fortresses. In addition to this, here, you will be able to discover fabulous wine museums, wineries with modern architecture, great restaurants, and hotels.

Logroño - your city of stay

The Itinerary

For this trip, we will based at the heart of the Rioja Valley in the city of Logroño, from where the beauty and flavors of this incredible wine region.

Over eight days, we will visit nine wineries and experience different ways of enjoying wine while eating and dining at selected places. We will also visit World Heritage monuments, explore Roman ruins, and spend a day in the beautiful city of Pamplona (not to be running against the bulls!).

This trip features visits to many different Rioja wineries (9 in total), where, besides wine tastings or wine pairings at lunch, you will also enjoy experiences around it: spending part of your day at the vineyards to know its growing and caring secrets; verifying how colors influence your palate, or putting your culinary abilities to the test, all in all, always with a glass of wine in your hands.

Besides all these incredible places and experiences, we will also visit World Heritage sites, quaint villages, and well-known cities (Pamplona), having time to relax or feel inspired by this amazing wine region.

And enjoy Basque Nightlife’s narrow streets with tapas, pintxos, and wine.


spain rioja trip

Tucked between the Basque Country and the Castilla-León region, Rioja has incorporated elements from these gastronomic traditions (Basque + Spanish), always enhancing them with its wine heritage & knowledge. Not only will you be able to enjoy the rich and exquisite flavors of Pintxos (Tapas) while walking Calle Laurel & San Juan (in picture) – where wine can be handed out through the glass windows – but also sitting at the table slowly flavoring gourmet appetizeres & plates in the Rioja tradition, with curated wine choices or, last but not least, test your culinary abilities holding a wine glass. ​


What's Included

  • Hotel – 7 nights accommodation
    • Marques de Vallejo Hotel included
    • Fuertes Ruavieja Hotel ($300 upgrade)
  • 16 meals: 7 breakfasts and 10 lunches/dinners with wine
  • Transportation within Spain
  • 9 wine tastings
  • Wine tasting course, Wine & Colour wine experience, A day at the vineyard, Rioja culinary workshop w/ wine tasting

What's Not

  • Flights to/from Spain
  • Some meals
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses


Hotel Upgrade

For an extra $300, stay at the super lux Marques de Vallejo Hotel

Deposit Required

Save your spot with $1000

Antonio - Your Guide

Antonio has been working in the Portuguese Hospitality and Event Industry since 2016. He was born in Lisbon and has lived in different parts of the country throughout his life, acquiring a good knowledge of its culture, heritage. His background is law. He speaks Spanish, Portuguese, English and French. He has you covered linguistically while in Spain!


This trip costs $3495 for each guest sharing a room. There is a $600 supplement for guests who want a single room. 

Deposit Requirement: With each booking request, a $1000 deposit is required immediately. A booking cannot be guaranteed without a deposit.

Deposits can be made by PayPal, Venmo, or Zelle

Trip Costs: This trip must be paid in full at least 3 months before the start date. If you book within this time, the total balance is due. If trip fees are not paid within this time frame, trip deposits will be forfeited.

Refund Policy:  All reservations will incur a 10% non-refundable fee per person. This trip is only 50% refundable if the request is made within 3 months of departure. If a cancellation request is made after, no refund will be issued. This is due to the strict booking policies for hotels & transportation.

Tour Cancellations: We reserve the right to cancel any trip for any reason and will notify each guest as soon as possible. In such an event, all deposits and monies paid will be refunded 100%. 

These policies are strictly enforced due to logistical partners in-country and reservations made with local hotels and providers.


The itinerary is already set. If, due to some unforeseen event, the schedule does not go according to plan, the commitment is to present and move towards options for the same price and quality level that were initially presented.

A $1000 deposit is required to secure your spot.

With the exception of the day we arrive and depart (pick up in Madrid and drive to Logroño – 3 ½ hour drive) every other day, we will have a 30 to 40-minute commute to the places we will be visiting. The longest commute will be to Pamplona (last day), which will take around an hour.

Yes. There are free afternoons and evenings to enjoy. Also, morning activities and visits will not start before 10.30 am, which may also give some R&R time.

The Spanish meal schedule is quite different from the one in the U.S. since, in Spain, lunch or dinner is usually not served before 1.30 pm or 8.30 pm. Some exceptions may be found, but this is the schedule for restaurants and other places to eat on a regular basis.

No. You can pay an extra fee ($600) to have an individual room.

Both of the hotel choices are 4-star hotels in Logroño – one of them being a converted fortress-like building – at the heart of the city center and a 5-minute walk from the Cathedral and the Calle de San Juan and Calle De Laurel streets where the Rioja Wine culture and gastronomy is up for grabs. The Spanish hotels (and the 4-star ones) offer high-quality accommodation and hotel amenities. Both hotels have gym & spa options for guests and other activities that can be purchased at the hotel (like wine tastings) but are not included in the tour price.

The upgraded hotel – Fuertes Ruavieja Hotel – is an extra $300 per person.

No, no discounts are being offered on this trip.

Yes, we have several dates scheduled for 2025.

  •  Week of 19th through 26th of April 2025
  • Week of 3rd through the 10th of May 2025
  • Week of 17th trough the 24th of May 2025
  • Week of 27th October to 3rd November 2025

We recommend buying a wine suitcase or brining wine sleeves and an extra suitcase

Yes, travel insurance is required. We recommend World Nomads for this trip.

A policy for an American traveling to Spain for 8 days will cost around $77.

We recommend Bilbao airport as it is 1.5 hours from Logroño. However, guests can fly into Madrid but they are responsible for getting to the hotel in Logroño.

For all guests flying into Bilbao, we will provide airport pickup and drop-off.

For anyone arriving earlier or leaving later, you will have to arrange your own transportation. We are happy to assist you with this if needed.

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