Day 1 – (Hotel in Bilbao Centre as near to train station as possible)
You need to arrive in central Bilbao before 19hrs. If you wish to meet the group for a complimentary drink, hosted by your leader for the week.
You’ll be given clear directions of how to get from the airport to the centre of Bilbao and if you arrive early enough, what to see in and around the city. Dinner not included, but suggestions given.
Day 2 – “Cuzcurrita vineyard walk” (Hotel / Haro)
After breakfast we’ll rendezvous at Bilbao – Abando train station to travel south to La Rioja region with our destination Miranda De Ebro about an 1 hour 20 mins away. One train south for whole group, leaving about 10am from Bilbao.
On arrival our transport will be waiting to take us the short distance to Haro the capital of wine country where we’ll stay for two nights. After dropping our bags and settling in we’ll follow the River Tiron and walk as far as Cuzcurrita to visit a family run vineyard and yes we walk back before you ask? (2.5hrs walking) Dinner included.
Day 3 – “Ermita de Toloño” (Hotel / Haro)
La Rioja vines stretch for miles and are protected by a large massif of rock (Sierra De Cantabria) to the north, with the ruins of an old religious dwelling (Toloño) looking out far into the distance. The walk travels along forest tracks, through woods and up onto a spectacular rocky outcrop, before dropping down the other side to complete a circle. After the walk, we’ll drop down into the hamlet of Rivas De Tereso for a rewarding drink in a lovely setting. (Walking 5hrs approx) Dinner not included, but suggestions made.
Day 4 – Half day walk / Monastery and Marques de Riscal vineyard (Hotel / Nájera)
Our day starts after breakfast in Haro with the journey to our next venue, the historic pilgrim town of Nájera with the vibrant Najerilla river running slap through the middle.Today is about exploring this community and we start with the Monastery of Santa Maria La Real dating back to 1032 and built impressively into the hills which overlook the town. Local aristocracy tombs from the birth of the kingdom of castile provide a fascinating insight into the world that shaped this area. Those hills at the back of town provide the walking and have ruined fortifications and a great view, so why not? After lunch we head to El Ciego to visit the modern and world famous Marques De Riscal vineyard with the dramatic architecture of Frank Gehry (Guggenheim) to feast your eyes on. (Walking 3hrs approx) Dinner included.
Day 5 – “Anguiano – Tobia – Matute” (Hotel / Nájera)
About 30 mins drive south we arrive at Anguiano surrounded by wonderful rolling hills and after a morning coffee in this charming village we set off on a superb circular path that takes in the villages of Tobia and Matute along the way. (Walking 8hrs approx) Dinner included.
Day 6 – “Leza Canyon / Trevijano”. (Hotel / Logroño)
Today we head to the capital of Rioja / Logroño for the last two nights and, after dropping our luggage at the hotel, we set off to Leza Canyon. Leza has some truly breathtaking terrain and resembles a mini North American canyon but the highlight has to be watching the vultures circle and swoop close enough below to see the sunlight bring out their wonderful colours. The trip starts and finishes at Soto En Cameros village (Walking 5hrs approx) Dinner not included, but suggestions made.
Day 7 – “Clavijo Castle / Visit to Laguardia and cave wine cellar ” (Hotel / Logroño)
After breakfast we drive to one of the most famous landmarks in the area Clavijo Castle located on top of an imposing rock and the scene of a famous battle between Christians and Muslims with the Christians well outnumbered, like Davy Crockett at the Alamo, but somehow valiant. Later in the day we’ll visit the one and only Laguardia with its stunning network of streets and vistas for as far as the eye can see and then take time to journey under the streets for a cave wine tasting.
(Walking 3hrs approx). Dinner included.
Day 8 – Departure day!
Last breakie together then it’s time to head back north to Bilbao.
Please note: There may be some variation to the basic tour plan depending on weather conditions and group interests.