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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
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The Parador Santo Domingo de la Calzada dates back to the 12th century and was once a hospital. It stands on the pilgrimage route to Santiago, beside the banks of the Oja river, close to the cathedral, Plaza de España and the Way of St James interpretive centre. Its elegant style exudes a warm and pleasant atmosphere with superb gothic arches and exquisite decor. The parador provides fantastic La Rioja cuisine and prime Rioja wines in its choice of two restaurants.Features: 61 rooms, 2 restaurants, bar, laundry facilities. <br>Room amenities: Television, minibar, safe, hairdryer.
Housed in the famous Bishop's Palace of Siguenza, a key Castilian historic monument, Parador de Siguenza is a superior property furnished to a high contemporary standard. The property nonetheless retains a traditional charm and classic design, with cobbled courtyards and stately dining rooms. The Parador's restaurant prides itself on showcasing the cuisine of the region with the food served being of the highest standard. Outside of the hotel, the centre of Siguenza, including the cathedral, are within easy walking distance.Features: 81 rooms & Suites, restaurant, bar/lounge.<br>Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, minibar, Wi-Fi.
Overlooking the Bay of Chingudi, a short distance from the French border, Parador de Hondarribia is a historic property housed within a former fortress. known locally at the Castle of Charles V. Decorated to a high modern standard, while still retaining the key traditional features one would expect of a Spanish Parador. A number of facilities are available on-site including a bar/lounge, shop and private gardens. The main town is also situated within easy walking distance and offers numerous bars and restaurants serving an array of local cuisine.Features: 36 rooms & suites, terrace, bar/lounge, shop, private gardens<br>Room amenities: television, minibar, hair dryer, telephone
Located in the centre of San Sebastian, Hotel Villa Soro consists of two classical buildings, one of which has been accredited with historical heritage building status. The property provides a great base for enjoying this culinary rich area with the beach and the old part of the city within five minutes' walk. Features: 25 rooms, bar, gym, bicycle rental, beach towel rental, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Television, safe, hairdryer, air conditioning, bathrobe.
Overlooking Bilbao's river Nervión, Barceló Bilbao Nervión is located 200 metres from Calatrava Bridge and 10 minutes' walk from the Guggenheim Museum. The Ibaizabal restaurant serves Basque and international dishes. The B-Lounge serves snacks and drinks. Rooms are fresh and modern with open-plan bathrooms and are a good size for such a centrally located hotel.Features: 350 rooms & suites, gym, restaurant, bar, coffee lounge.<br>Room amenities: Room service (during restaurant hours), air conditioning, safe, minibar, Wi-Fi.
Low season from £1,720 per person
High season from £1,960 per person
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*Itinerary: Note that for the 06 Feb 2014* departure date only the itinerary is different to the regular 2014 tour, with a visit to the countryside in Mai Chai and an extra night in Hanoi, and one less night in Hoi An.
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