Taste of Spain: Rioja
Attributes of the Rioja region include: unspoiled natural beauty, historical towns and sites, cultural attractions, a colorful coastline, an incredible food culture and world-renowned quality wines. Have we given enough reasons for you to join?
1 Home Base
From USD 5,699 per person
Led by award-winning Chef Kevin Fonzo, discover the Rioja region during harvest season, together with San Sebastian and the Basque country of Spain. Combining flavorful cuisine with world renowned wines, centuries old architecture and traditions, northern Spain has much to offer those seeking multi sensory experiences.
This journey boasts incredible culinary experiences, to include a cooking class, Michelin star restaurants and unique wine tastings. In addition to emblematic wineries, you will find fabulous wine museums, breathtaking lansdscapes and ancient monuments worth visiting, combined with a more recent uprise of modern architecture. In San Sebastian, we march in the cobblestoned old town (Parte Vieja), upscale shops neighborhood and of course, visit the vibrant pintxo bars, pairing local wines with bite-size regional specialties.
Land dates, room options and rates
- Deluxe room $5699
- Upgrade in San Sebastia to Maria Cristina $6287
Rates displayed are per person per journey, based on double occupancy. Solo travelers are welcome for a small single supplement fee .
A true feast of the senses
With incredible wine, Pinchos and 1, 2 & 3-star Michelin restaurants in such a tiny region, how can you not feel you have landed in paradise? Our executive Chef Kevin will make you discover Rioja and its hidden gems with a completely new perspective.
Interesting and unusual art throughout
The Rioja region is the most famous wine-making area of Spain, but in more recent years has also become synonymous with some of the most exciting developments in modern architecture, as vineyard owners compete with one another to commission striking new bodegas from some of the world’s leading architects, including Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid and Santiago Calatrava.
History & century-old culture
Often a disputed territory throughout history, the Rioja region has been home to many different cultures (starting with the Romans and the Muslims) which can be reflected through its buildings and traditions, both to be discovered along your journey.
Discover the colorful and flavorful Basque region
By taking on San Sebastian and its coastal towns, we introduce you to the true (and proud) Basque culture and history. From its hilltop villages to its fisherman villages, the Basque region is inviting and rich in flavors and colors. It is one, if not, the oldest culture in Europe, and is said to have existed long before the Romans arrived in 216 B.C.
All activities are optional in attendance
Day 1: Welcome to Rioja - Marques de Riscal
Day 2: Rioja: Briones - Logroño
Day 3: Rioja: Ollauri - Roda
Day 4: Rioja - Etxebarri
Day 5: Basque Country: San Sebastian
Day 6: Basque Country: San Sebastian - Cooking class
Day 7: Basque Country: Zarauz - Getaria
OUR HOME BASE
Room Mate Gorka is a boutique, classically designed hotel in the heart of downtown San Sebastian. In its large, bright rooms you will be able to recharge your batteries so that you have all the energy needed to enjoy a perfect day in San Sebastian: walk along La Concha beach, have pintxos in the historical center, photograph the cliffs with the Comb of the Wind sculptures in the background.
And best of all, all of this is just a stone’s throw from the hotel thanks to its privileged location in Plaza Guipúzcoa!
Even in modern cities like Prague, Harford and Paris, Frank Gehry’s designs manage to stand out. But put one in the foothills overlooking a medieval village of 1000 people, and it’s downright otherworldly.
The titanium exterior is the hotel’s most eye catching feature but inside, god is in the details. Every element of the rooms and suites is designer made, and the curved wood walls, bright red leather furniture and marble bathrooms would make it look right at home in the pages of a designer magazine. Other perks include the hotel’s award-winning Spa Vinothérapie Caudalie Marqués de Riscal, which draws from the therapeutic properties of the grapes and vines from the surrounding vineyards and just like the hotel which houses it, it’s an experience you’ll find nowhere else.
For the gourmet’s the hotel’s Marques de Riscal restaurant, is a one Michelin Star eat that combines innovative cuisine with a vast – and excellent – selection of wine from the hotel’s cellars. Considering the fact that la Rioja is one of Spain’s best wine producers, you’re in for a treat.
THIS JOURNEY INCLUDES
4 nights in Rioja 3 nights in San Sebastian
7 traditional breakfasts 2 lunches (wine not included) 3 dinners with wine pairings, including one after the cooking class
6+ wine tours and tastings Private pintxo bar crawl 1 cooking class with Chef Fonzo Day trips and excursions as listed on the itinerary
As well as...
Private airport transfers Luxury transportation throughout All taxes
GOOD TO KNOW
All listed activities are optional in attendance Additional daily trips and excursions may be arranged for a small supplement. International flight may be arranged through us. Transfers are only included when arriving and departing from Bilbao Travel insurance is recommended (Art In Voyage partners with ALLIANZ) Price is based on a double occupancy. We charge a small single supplement. Space is limited to 8 with a maximum capacity of 10 guests
HOW ABOUT EXTENDING?
We would be happy to assist you in making this journey a small part of a bigger picture. Extend in Madrid or Barcelona prior to joining the group, or head to true Spain with the Andalucia region awaiting in all of its splendor.
WHY TRAVEL WITH US?
Expertise Flexibility Friends /Family Spirit /Small Groups Luxury Conditions Exclusive Experiences
All listed retreats (hotels, villas and barges) are, at times, subject to changes. If replaced, similar or higher standards will be upheld.
A refundable deposit* of $2000 per person is due at the time of your reservation. In case of a cancelation at more than 90 days prior to departure, your deposit will be returned minus a $250 per person administrative fee.
Solo travelers welcome for a small single supplement of $.
Your final balance is due 90 days prior to departure, at which point your journey becomes non-refundable.
NEW! Find a replacement at least 30 days prior to departure and your journey will be fully refunded, minus a $250 per person administrative fee.