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The Castles & Vineyards of Northern Spain

Private Travel | General interest | Self-drive 8 Days & 7 Nights Lead-in price: £1720

Travel through the beautiful landscapes of northern Spain visiting medieval castles and exploring some of the country's most prestigious wine regions. Spend time in the historic cities of Bilbao and San Sebastian, the wine capital of Rioja and the lesser-known hilltop town of Olite.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Explore traditional wineries & taste Rioja wines
  • Gourmet lunch at one of Spain’s finest wineries
  • Pintxos tour in San Sebastian
  • Stay in 4- & 5-star accommodation
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Madrid • Ribera del Duero • La Rioja

Fly to Madrid with British Airways. Collect your hire car and drive to La Rioja. En route, stop in the Ribera del Duero area and visit a wine cellar that dates back to the 16th century. Visit Peñafiel Castle and enjoy a wine tasting. Continue to La Rioja, staying the Parador of Sigüenza (or similar) for 1 night. (N)

Day 2: La Rioja

Full day to discover the wine region of Rioja. Visit a 125-year-old family-run winery and have lunch at the Vivanco Museum of Wine Culture, surrounded by beautiful vineyards. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the historic town. Stay at Parador Santo Domingo de la Calzada (or similar) for 2 nights. (B, L)

Day 3: La Rioja • Olite

Drive to Marques de Riscal, one of Spain’s finest wineries. Enjoy a gourmet lunch in its Michelinstarred restaurant. Drive on to Olite, a historic town with magnificent castles and palaces. Stay at Parador de Olite, a converted 15th-century castle and now a national monument. (B, L)

Day 4: Olite • Castle of Javier • Hondarribia

Morning at leisure to explore the ancient streets of Olite. Drive to Hondarribia, visiting the Castle of Javier en route. Free time to enjoy Hondarribia, a coastal town on the French border. Stay overnight at the majestic The Parador de Hondarribia, set in an impressive 10th-century castle overlooking the Bidasoa estuary. (B)

Day 5: San Sebastián

Make the short drive along the Basque coast to the town of San Sebastián. Sample some of the fabulous food on offer in the city’s bars and taverns on a pintxos tour with a local guide, followed by time at leisure to explore independently. Stay overnight at the Villa Soro (or similar). (B, L)

Day 6: Bilbao

Drive along the coast to Bilbao. Free time to enjoy the city including the world-famous Guggenheim Museum and the museum of Basque wine, known as txacoli. Overnight in Bilbao, staying at the Barceló Bilbao Nervión (or similar). (B)

Day 7: Fly home

Drive to Bilbao airport, drop off your hire car and fly home. (B)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Superior tour

This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Single supplement

Available on request.

Tailor-made travel

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £1720 per person

High season from £1920 per person


Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
    • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
    • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

Destinations on this tour

  • San Sebastian

    Enjoying a stunning setting on the Bay of Biscay in Spain's mountainous Basque...

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  • Bilbao

    Bilbao is the largest city in the Basque region and its principal industrial centre. Wit...

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