Explore the gastronomy of Rioja at your leisure with a self-driven trip across the region, to wineries, vineyards and cooking classes.

Highlights of this Wine Tour

4 days from £1159pp
  • Drive at your leisure through the unfolding hills from Bilbao airport to the capital of ‘La Rioja’ with 4 day car hire
  • Rest your head in a hotel in the heart of Haro in a 4 star boutique hotel, with breakfast
  • Explore in style with two chauffeured private tours, visiting numerous estates, a chorizo sausage factory and an oil mill
  • Feast and learn in a cooking class on traditional Riojan dishes and sample much of the local produce
  • Brush shoulders with locals in a guided, lively tapas crawl with accompanying wine

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A Sample Itinerary

  1. Self drive through the rolling hills from Bilbao airport to the capital of ‘La Rioja’ and stay in central hotel in Haro.
  2. Your day starts with a private guided wine experience with an English speaking driver / guide, including visits and tastings at a selection of boutique wineries around La Rioja and a tapas lunch with accompanying wine.
  3. This day will show you that the Rioja region is much more than wine. Visit a traditional chorizo sausage factory where you will learn about one of the most famous spicy sausages in Spain, basic ingredient for Riojan cuisine, and finish with a tasting of it. Next, enjoy a cooking master class on traditional Riojan dishes and modern tapas. Not quite full? finish the day with a visit a centenary oil mill and taste their extra virgin olive oil with local cheeses. In the evening, enjoy a guided tapas crawl – taste 5 wines with accompanying Pinchos! These bar snacks are irresistible!
  4. Before driving back to the airport, visit the Old Town, and walk along streets that form part of the Camino de Santiago, and tick off the four monumental churches that stand majestically in the capital of La Rioja.

Need to know: This is a tailor-made itinerary based on 3* hotel that we can happily adapt to suit your requirements. Please note upgrades are also available – please ask for details. All our suggested packages are completely flexible and designed to give you some ideas and inspiration of what we can offer.

Nearby Wine Regions: Did you know that just two hours south of Rioja is the wine region of Ribera del Duero? – A superb cousin to the reds you’ve been sampling and boasting some of the most stunning food and scenery in Spain. Or perhaps hearty Bordeaux’s are a better match? Just five house north of Rioja is Bordeaux – the heartland of French wine and another world-renowned wine region to tick off your list. Why not take a few extra days to do them all?  – We’ll sort the details!

Need to know: This is a tailor-made itinerary based on 3* hotel that we can happily adapt to suit your requirements. Please note that the wine tour and tutorial is semi-private which means that there may be up to seven other wine enthusiasts with you – still allowing for an informative and intimate experience with the winemakers. Private tours can be arranged for special occasions.  All our suggested packages are completely flexible and designed to give you some ideas and inspiration of what we can offer. SmoothRed is ABTA and ATOL bonded which guarantees financial protection on all your travel bookings.

Nearby Wine Regions: Did you know that just two hours south of Rioja is the wine region of Ribera del Duero? – A superb cousin to the reds you’ve been sampling and boasting some of the most stunning food and scenery in Spain. Or perhaps hearty Bordeaux’s are a better match? Just five house north of Rioja is Bordeaux – the heartland of French wine and another world-renowned wine region to tick off your list. Why not take a few extra days to do them all?  – We’ll sort the details!

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Getting Here: Bilbao Airport is the closest main airport to the Rioja region. Flights arrive into Bilbao from Heathrow (with British Airways), Gatwick (with Vueling) and Stansted, Manchester and Bristol (with EasyJet), as well as from a number of other European airports. La Rioja is just southwards of Bilbao, and Logroño and Haro are no more than a few hours away by train or by car.

Trains run daily from Bilbao-Abando station to Logroño directly, which is a stop 2½ hours away on the journey from Bilbao to Barcelona. Trains also occasionally run from Bilbao-Abando to Haro, and take about 2 hours directly. The journey between Logroño and Haro (which can also be made directly) takes between half an hour and an hour.

From Bilbao by road, Logroño is 1½ hours away, and Haro is an hour. From Logroño to Haro or vice versa will take no more than half an hour along the Autopista AP-68. The more scenic route via the N-232, which will take you through Briones, Torremontalbo and Fuenmayor, should add on no more than an extra ten minutes to that time.

 

 

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SmoothRed organised an amazing holiday for my Mum and I- we went to Bordeaux for three nights and stayed in a wonderful hotel. We had the perfect mixture of trips and free time and the visits to the Chateaus were wonderful. From start to finish, my experience of booking the holiday was great- excellent customer service and I loved the travel pack that was sent before we departed. I will definitely be booking another trip with SmoothRed again!

Clare Whitehall
Clare Whitehall

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posted 2 weeks ago

We had a great visit to Bordeaux with Smooth Red, whilst we were there they organised a cycling tour of the vineyards and the village of Saint Emilion. The whole day was amazing, Soline our guide was fantastic, fun to be with and very knowledgeable. We visited two vineyards which were very different, one was a family run Chateau whilst the second was more commercial, although it was great to see both the family run Chateau Cote de Baleau was our favourite. We had a fabulous lunch in their gardens accompanied with great wine, cannot praise them enough. And the village of Saint Emilion is somewhere not to be missed.