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Madrid is one of the world's great capitals. Discover the Old Madrid, visit the Royal Palace, great art museums: The Prado, The Thyssen-Bornemisza, and The Reina Sofia. Explore Toledo, a fabulous city, a World Heritage Site, and a melting pot of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish culture. Get to see the world's largest building: El Escorial, built in 1563. A fabulous treat; literally! Experience La Rioja's wine and gastronomy heritage, Haro, the wine capital of La Rioja and Logrono, the capital with its board boulevards, and the famous Calle Laurel with more than 80 small bars offering different tapas!
Accommodation will be in these hotels or in others of similar categories. The hotels will be confirmed when making the booking. Upgrades are available on request.
A traditional and at the same time, contemporary hotel, for those who enjoy elegance, good taste, and exquisite service. The hotel is set in the cultural heart of Madrid at walking distance to the most important museums such as the Thyssen-Bornemisza. The Plaza del Sol, Plaza Mayor, and Retiro Park are also nearby.
The best service, the most distinguished cuisine, and its Roman mosaics make the Villa Real a magnificent hotel. Facilities include a business center, limousine service, car park, 24-hour room service, late breakfast up to 1 p.m., complimentary national and international press, laundry, and pressing service. Access to the Hotel Urban swimming pool (50 meters away).
Would you like to eat with Andy Warhol? At the hotel restaurant. The most delicious cuisine and the most delightful tapas. Mosaics, original sculptures from Ancient Rome, and a collection of Greek ampullas belonging to one of the most important private collections in Spain make the Villa Real a distinguished hotel.
All these works of art decorate the noble areas of the hotel, together with contemporary art by Guinovart, Warhol, and TÃ pies, which illuminate the remaining areas.
115 bedrooms including suites and duplex suites, enabling you to separate leisure and business. Magnificent views of the city, the most distinguished service, pure luxury. All parquet flooring bedrooms are totally soundproof and have a direct telephone line, mini-bar, music center, TV with Canal Plus and satellite channels, and safe box. There is also wireless internet access in each room and you will find a hairdryer in the bathroom as well as a welcome gift.
This four-star property is located right in the historic center of Haro, the center of the wine production in Rioja, surrounded by a valley of vineyards and the Cantabrian Mountains. At walking distance, you can experience numerous excellent tapas.
Founded as a convent in 1373, Los Agustinos Hotel is a beautiful and protected building, now its walls full of history play host to exceptionally comfortable facilities where it is a privilege to stay. It has an impressive courtyard where you can relax reading your favorite book or having a glass of Rioja.
Particular mention should be made of the Las Duelas Restaurant; the Bistrot de las Duelas; Bar-Cafeteria; 24-hour room service; and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. They offer conventional, modern, and regional cuisine based on fresh products from the area and also have an outstanding wine list and everything in historic surroundings.
There are 62 guestrooms, most of which are outward-facing, whilst the hotel's most salient feature is the impressive, glass-domed cloisters, which are air-conditioned and enclosed. All rooms are decorated in a rustic style and enjoy all the modern comforts: satellite TV, Wi-Fi, and a private bathroom with a hairdryer. Guests also have access to the hotel's fitness center.
This boutique hotel is located right in the center, in the historic and cultural heart of Logrono, at a walking distance of the main gastronomic streets, where you can find the best pinchos and tapas in northern Spain, the old part with the cathedral and numerous churches and the outdoor dining area full of terraces where you can have delicious meals accompanied by excellent wines.
Built in 1911, it was known popularly as Posada de las Animas (Inn of the souls). In May 2004, Hotel Marques De Vallejo had a meticulous work of restoration, interior design, and decoration, always with the aim of offering a more comfortable and pleasant stay to their guest. Nowadays they keep on working/betting on the innovation and the improvement of their services and facilities with the aim of satisfying each and every need of their guests.
The 50 contemporary rooms at Hotel Marques de Vallejo feature parquet floors and air conditioning. They contain an LCD TV, and the private bathrooms come with a hairdryer. Wi-Fi access, a safe, and temperature controller, as well as a minibar are also available in the rooms.
During this holiday, you will be able to visit the largest wine museum, Dinastia Vivanco. Diverse and extraordinary wineries, boutique, and avant-garde producers. Some in idyllic settings and some in the foothills of the Cantabrian mountains. Get to see Laguardia, a medieval hilltop village with towers and fortified gateways. Eat at the finest restaurants with the gourmet specialties of the region of La Rioja and enjoy a unique Tapas tour with the local atmosphere and stay at a selection of a mixture of luxury and charming hotel accommodations.
The first three days are spent discovering Madrid, both the Old Madrid, Los Austrias, and the newer Bourbon city, founded in the 18th century following the War of Spanish Succession in the area known as the Prado (meadow). In the old city, you will see the lavish Royal Palace and Plaza Mayor, the scene of the inquisition, a massive square decorated by small bars and restaurants around its perimeter.
The Bourbon city tour starts with a visit to one of European's most beautiful statues, the Goddess Cybele in her chariot. She stands imperially at the head of the tree-lined Paseo Del Prado. From there, you can saunter to any of the great art museums, the Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza, Reina Sofia, and others.
The third day takes you to the Roman city of Toledo. A melting pot of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish cultures, the city is concentrated around serpentine streets rich in history, art, and architecture. No visit to Madrid would be complete without a visit to the world's largest building, El Escorial, built-in 1563. A fabulous treat, literally! It is at once a royal palace, a church, museum, monastery, art gallery, and the mausoleum of the kings of Spain.
The last three days are spent discovering the joys of La Rioja, its wine, and gastronomic heritage. start with a tour of the Dinastia Vivanco, the largest wine museum in the world. Then on to chateau-style wineries, boutique and avant-garde producers; some well-established, some making a name for themselves; some in idyllic rural settings, some in the foothills of the Cantabrian mountains, and one underground in a fortress city.
There will be wine tastings, tapas, and pinchos tours, traditional dining on regional specialties said to be the finest in Spain. The tour will take you to Haro, where elegant wine mansions meet lively pavement cafes, Laguardia, a medieval town encircled by ramparts, and finally, Logrono, with its broad boulevards.
You will eat at the finest restaurants and dine on the gourmet specialties of the region. In Rioja, you will experience a unique combination of fine local produce and the heritage of haute cuisine. The difference is something to savor! The wines will be specially chosen by experts to complement the food. In Rioja, you will also get a chance to pick your way through the infinite delicacies of tapas and pinchos
Arrival in Madrid Airport. You are welcomed and escorted by a representative to the carefully selected hotel in a vehicle. Evening at your leisure.
You will start your day with a private guided tour of main Madrid attractions including the Retiro Park, Moncloa, Plaza Mayor, Puerta de Alcala, Palacio de la Zarzuela, Austrian district, and Cibeles, where Real Madrid supporters celebrate their team success. Private guided visit of the magnificent Royal Palace, former residence of several Spanish Kings. Lunch around the Plaza Mayor, full of little bars and restaurants.
After lunch, continue with your private guided visit of some of the most international museums in Madrid: Prado Museum, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Reina Sofia Museum. The guide will advise about which museum to see subject to your preferences.
Private full-day guided excursion to Toledo. One of the Spanish cities with the greatest wealth of monuments. Known as the city of the three cultures because Christians, Arabs, and Jews lived together there for centuries, behind its walls, Toledo preserves an artistic and cultural legacy in the form of churches, palaces, fortresses, mosques, and synagogues. Your guide will inform and advise you of any performances (musicals, zarzuela, or opera) held at the famous Teatro Real in Madrid.
You will visit one of the biggest buildings in the world and declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site, The Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, built by Juan de Herrera and ordered by the Spanish Monarch, Felipe II in the 16th century to commemorate the Battle of San Quintin.
Private transfer to Haro in La Rioja to start your 4-night wine culture adventure. Check-in at your historic-design hotel in Haro. Welcome drink in the spectacular courtyard. Free evening.
Extraordinary guided tour to the world's largest wine museum, Dinastia Vivanco, experiencing the wine culture of centuries. A unique experience learning the history of wine not only in Spain but in Europe. Visit one of the most important wineries in La Rioja such as Remelluri or Rioja Alta.
Some of the wineries in La Rioja use modern technology to produce wines and many others use the wine-making traditional methods. Superb typical lunch. Private guided walking tour of one of the picturesque villages in the area, such as Haro, Briones, or San Vicente. Free evening. Time to relax in your hotel or to enjoy the numerous bars and restaurants around the city.
Second visit to a renowned winery in La Rioja. Some of the wineries in the region are famous for their constant research in perfecting the wines as well as experimenting with the grapes, some are very modern and some are considered the oldest and prettiest wine estates in Europe. Spectacular guided tour to one of them followed by wine tasting.
Lunch at a traditional restaurant with a great variety of dishes and products from the region. Guided tour of the old quarter of Logrono, capital of La Rioja, visiting Calle Laurel, one of the most famous gastronomic streets in Spain. A unique guided tour seeing hundreds of small bars, each one specializing in a different tapa (small portions of food, an authentic delicacy). Free evening in Logrono. Bars and restaurants are recommended.
Guided tour of one of the pioneers' wineries in the Rioja wine region. Its wines have earned some of the most distinguished international awards. Wine tasting. Private guided tour conducted by the local expert of one of the most astonishing medieval towns in Europe. Located on a hill, surrounded by a valley of vineyards, overlooking the backdrop of the Cantabrian Mountains.
Privileged visit to one of the best underground cellars in the medieval town of Laguardia. Gourmet lunch provides superb dishes based on fresh ingredients and excellent service. Back to Logrono, free afternoon. Time to relax in your hotel or go shopping in Logrono.
Private transfer back to Madrid airport or to Bilbao airport.
Madrid, one of the world's great capitals, has a cosmopolitan population but there are important differences: its centuries-old palaces, squares, and works of art have largely escaped the ravages of war; it also mirrors the passionate identities of the 13 provinces that stretch from the mountains of the north to the deserts of the south. After four days, you'll move on to La Rioja where the wine and culinary arts have established a reputation unsurpassed in Spain.
To mention just one of the selected hotels, Los Agustinos Hotel, in Haro, is a protected building built around a quiet courtyard. You will enjoy the luxury of a spacious en suite room with all modern amenities. In Logrono, you will stay at the Hotel Marques De Vallejo in the elegance of a deluxe en suite bedroom. The hotel is in the historic center of the city, an easy stroll from the best tapas and pinchos in Northern Spain.
Haro is a graceful town on the banks of the River Ebro. It has a lively old quarter where elegant wine mansions meet lively pavement cafes. Logrono, the region's capital, has wide boulevards reminiscent of Bordeaux from where the migrate winemakers came. Laguardia is a medieval hilltop city with encircling ramparts, towers, and fortified gateways. Its narrow cobbled streets are flanked by bodegas and tapas bars.
Seven full buffet breakfasts, five exclusive wine estate visits, three wine tastings, and three lunches including wine are all included in this holiday.
Just as the wines of Rioja have a unique character, so does the regional gastronomy. Some say the food here is more sophisticated and varied than anywhere else in Spain. So, as you dine in fine restaurants, tapas bars, and the famous gastronomic societies of Rioja, it will dawn on you how Rioja's food and wine really is a marriage made in heaven.
Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport
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