Tour code: 348404EBIRIVI
Discover the verdant vineyards and intriguing history of the Rioja wine region on a full-day tour from Bilbao. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, visit charming villages like Harn and Laguardia to see medieval monuments and admire spectacular views of the countryside. Venture to Vitoria in order to wander the sprawling vineyards and descend into atmospheric wine cellars to learn about complex manufacturing processes. Pleasure your palate with the refined taste of signature wines during a tasting session and enjoy a traditional lunch in a locally recommended restaurant (own expense).  

Highlights

  • Explore the Vitoria and Rioja region
  • Must-see for wine-lovers
  • Enjoy a guided tour of a wine cellar in the Rioja region
  • Panoramic tour of Victoria and walking tour in the old part
  • Local, knowledgeable guide

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What You Can Expect

Vitoria and the Rioja Wine Region

Vitoria and the Rioja Wine Region

Depart from your Bilbao hotel in an air-conditioned minivan and relax during the scenic journey south to Vitoria, the Basque Country’s capital city. Follow your guide on a picturesque and panoramic tour of the city, exploring the quaint historical quarter and visiting sites like the ambient Virgen Blanca Square and the colossal Cathedral of Santa Maria.   

After enriching exploration of Vitoria, return to the minivan and travel to Rioja, a bounteous region in which verdant vineyards sprawl and juicy grapes grow abundantly. Stop at the medieval village of Laguardia and explore the impressive monuments; stroll the ancient streets and navigate the ambient labyrinth of lanes in search of churches and house shields. 

Descend to the darkened depths of a traditional underground Rioja cellar to gain insight into the fermentation methods used to produce fine wines. Treat your taste buds to sumptuous samples of the wine then enjoy an afternoon of relaxed free time, dining in rustic restaurants recommended by your guide. 

Return to your hotel in Bilbao at the conclusion of the tour and relax during the scenic journey back to the city. 

Customer Reviews

sylviane b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

tHe only negative was that the guide spoke in Spanish 70 percent and English only 30 percent.We felt like second class citizens.

Paul P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

A very passionate and talkative guide! Great scenery. Vitoria was very interesting. The English speaking wine tour and sampling lasted an hour, and the winery guide was great.

François S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

I enthusiastically give a top rating to Viatour, and to the Vitoria and the Rioja Wine Region tour.
Everything started on the right foot. Viatour notified me a few days ahead that of the pickup time. Pedro showed up precise as clockwork.
The Vitoria leg was superb: gorgeous city. But Guardia was the real treat. A splendid village in a region of breathtaking beauty. Viatour had arranged a visit to a traditional winery, a very interesting tour. We then had lunch in an excellent restaurant.
And Pedro, our guide, is a pure gem. Knowledgeable, relaxed we are, after all, on vacation, and capable of discussing openly and honestly potentially delicate aspects of Basque politics and sociology. Plus ladies, take notice he is very handsome.
So there you have it: great scenery, great organization, great guide. I could never have arranged such a visit by myself. Next time the occasion shows up to take a Viatour excursion, I wont hesitate.

Peter C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent trip as an introduction to the Basque Country. Pedro, our guide was very good, informative and helpful.

sulava50

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our guide, Pedro, was excellent, very knowledgeable of the region and history. The tour of the winery was interesting and unique! We had a great time!

vvt

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Perfect trip that you should not miss.Pedro is very knowledgeable and very nice. Very well organized.

jeanette b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

very good. thoroughly enjoyed. Pedro the guide was incredible

Taru

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

June 2015
We had a wonderful time at this tour. Pedro, our guide, is very knowledgeable of the area and very attentive to his customers. Thank you so much!

Patricia R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Seeing the wine making process in El Guardia was really interesting. The town of Vitoria was really interesting. The guide was marvellous, a minefield of knowledge, friendly and happy to cheerfully answer all questions.

Debra M H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

There were just 3 of us, and it almost felt like a private tour! Mariano knew his history well and had plenty of little interesting stories and funny antidotes that made it all real. In every town we went he got us maps and pamphlets. The winery and wine tasting was really special and then we had a wonderful lunch at a restaurant he recommended . On the way back he made an un scheduled stop at at the hotel and winery Marques de Riscal, which Frank Gehry designed, and we went into the hotel and had coffee there. We ended up with getting an extra hour of the tour. A wonderful guide and an extraordinary tour.

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