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Madrid, La Rioja, and Basque Country Tour

Delicious wine, excellent food, and amazing art

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Madrid, La Rioja, and Basque Country Tour

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Travel time8 Days
Type of travelSelf-Drive
Best timeAll year
To destination6-9 hours

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Embark on a Madrid, La Rioja, and Basque Country Tour with Tourlane. This ten-day tour starts in Spain’s buzzing capital, and ends in one of our favorite regions: the Basque Country. By the end, you’ll have experienced the culture and history of Madrid, tasted some of the best Rioja wine in Spain, and eaten world-class pintxos (a traditional snack) in the beautiful San Sebastián. There’s also Bilbao to look forward to, where art meets Basque history, and where the colorful streets of La Casca explain why the northern region of Spain is one of its best. With Tourlane, book your flights, car rental, accommodations, and guides - all in one place, from the comfort of your own home!

  1. Madrid

  2. Haro

  3. San Sebastián

  4. Bilbao


Madrid, La Rioja, and Basque Country Tour

from

$1,799

pp excl. flights

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Travel Itinerary

1.  Madrid

Start your tour in Madrid, and get a real flavor for Spain’s fantastic capital city during a private panoramic tour organized by your Tourlane Travel Expert. Art enthusiasts will fall in love with the city’s legendary art institutions: the Museo del Prado and Museo Reina Sofia, home to Picasso’s Guernica. In the evening, you will gain a deeper understanding of Spanish cuisine during a tapas cooking class, organized on your behalf. Finally, head to the vibrant neighborhood of La Latina for a glass of wine to finish the evening.

2. Haro

Your next stop is Haro, a charming town in the heart of the La Rioja region—gear up to enjoy some of the best red wines in the world. Here, you’ll enjoy a private wine tour of a traditional winery that is more than 125 years old. After a tasting session, enjoy a gourmet lunch surrounded by the picturesque vineyard landscape: dig into some potatoes with chorizo and some traditional bacalhau fish—all topped off, of course, with a glass of red wine from the region.

3. San Sebastián

The Basque Country is yours next, and San Sebastián is one of its shining stars. Start your day with a walk down La Concha, an iconic beach in the shell-shaped bay. You will enjoy a private guided tour with an English-speaking guide to help you get to know this charming city. In the evening, a guided tapas tour is on the menu - prepare to eat your way through the best pintxos and anchovies of your life. 

4. Bilbao

Bilbao is the capital of the Basque Country, and today, you’ll see what makes the city a cultural epicenter of Spain. You’ll take a private walking tour where you’ll explore the meandering pathways of Casco Viejo, the city’s old quarter. For a dose of art, don’t miss out on the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum, one of the emblems of the art world, and the perfect way to say goodbye to this incredible city. 

Useful Travel Information for Your Madrid, La Rioja, and Basque Country Tour

All private guided tours, wine tasting sessions, cooking lessons, and tapas tours mentioned are included in the price of your tour. Your tour will start at Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD), which has direct flights to the USA. It will end at Bilbao Airport (BIO), which has one-stop flights via European hubs. Spain’s official currency is the Euro (€), and the official language in Madrid and La Rioja is Spanish. The Basque Country has two official languages: Spanish and Basque. Spain is located in Central European Time (CET). Americans do not need a visa to visit Spain for up to 90 days. 

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