Gourmet Rioja – Culinary Tour
8 Days / 7 Nights
Food, Fun, Wine
Overview: Wine Tasting and Cooking Tour of La Rioja Wine Region of Spain
A treasure trove of history and traditions, folklore and fiestas, there is much to see and do in the Rioja. While the gastronomy and culinary delights of the regions will thrill you, of ultimate importance in this region are the world-renowned wines. This is a guided tour where you can come alone and make friends or organize your own group, just set your dates and we’ll get you cooking! During the week you will participate in hands on classes. In these sessions you will learn to prepare several four course meals and then enjoy your feast. You’ll appreciate learning how to pair the incredible Rioja Wines with each dish you prepare. But you can be sure you won’t be in the kitchen all week! There are several hikes among the vines, a visit to the Rioja Wine Museum, a tapas night in the heart of Logrono and there are tours of hilltop villages, vine laden hills and plains and we’ll visit two legendary Wine Dynasties of the Rioja.
OUR ADVENTURE WILL TAKE YOU TO:
HARO, a charming town on the banks of the River Ebro with its lively cafes and elegant mansions.
LOGROÑO, The capital of the Rioja with its wide boulevards, cathedral and shops.
LAGUARDIA, A medieval hilltop town built within its fortress wall and dancing on top of many underground wineries.
OUR ACCOMMODATIONS: Our hotels are chosen for their history and authenticity. Castles, Monasteries and Manor Houses await you at the end of each day to provide you with the charm of an era gone by, but with all the modern conveniences and comforts.
Day 1: Meet in Pamplona
We meet in Pamplona and shuttle to a charming village complete with a castle for a warm-up ride and gourmet lunch with a few stops for wine tasting after the ride. Fairytale castles and lush landscaping are your introduction to this wine region.
We ride along gently rolling hills that ultimately take us to the city of Logroño, the capital of the Rioja region. Tonight we enjoy Tapas in the old town.
We ride to the Monastery of San Millan de la Cogolla, the cradle of the first words written in Spanish. Set at the foot of the Sierra de la Demanda, the journey takes us through lush vineyards and picturesque valleys and villages.
Today we ride to the capital of the famous Rioja Alta wines. Rolling hills with a patchwork of vineyards and high mountains in the background, add to the pleasure of this adventure. The hotel we stay in tonight is a converted monastery.
When we arrive at Santo Domingo de la Calzada, a stop into the cathedral will leave you surprised and delighted to relive in this day and age, the legend of the Rooster and the Hen.
The today ride will take us to Castile after crossing the legendary mountain pass of Montes de Oca where bandits and wolves made it the most dangerous journey of the Camino de Santiago. After a stop at the Monastery of San Juan de Ortega we will continue to Burgos formerly the capital of Castile and home of Spain’s favorite son El Cid.
A trip to Burgos is not complete unless you take time out to visit the Cathedral. This morning we enjoy a guided visit to the Cathedral of Burgos, led by a prominent art historian. This evening we meet for our farewell celebration which will take place in a historical restaurant and raise a glass to us, to the Rioja and to a wonderful week on a Spain Adventure!
Day 8: Departures after breakfast
We wish you a great journey home and wherever the road may lead you. Buen camino!