Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Summer 2014 Wine Tour in La Rioja with The Spanish Touch

As promised, The Spanish Touch is proud to present its newest wine and food extravaganza, a week-long festival for your taste buds that will take you into the heart and soul of Spain's most famous wine region. Tours available  From June 29 - July 5 and July 5 - July 12, 2014. Contact The Spanish Touch for more information on this unique opportunity. 
The tour includes:
Bilingual Spanish touch Tour Leader with 24-hour availability
All tastings, entrance fees and guided tours as per itinerary
Meals as per itinerary  
All transportation as per itinerary in a luxury mini bus. 
Accommodation as per itinerary in Luxury Bed and Breakfast or 4/5 star hotels.

June 29) Pick up from Madrid Barajas Airport and transfer to La Rioja.Stop along the way for a quick breakfast at a local restaurant as your tour leader goes over the week’s itinerary with  you.
Stop for lunch in a traditional Spanish Medieval village. After lunch, continue on to La Rioja. Dinner at Luxury Bed and Breakfast followed by a brief overview of the week’s activities.

June 30) After breakfast, morning excursion to Briones, La Rioja, amedieval Village with an lovely city center to visit the Winery of Vino Dinastía Vivanco, one of the traditional Rioja wineries. Lunch in a restaurant housed in a 12th century building which was originally built as a wine celler. After lunch head to the capital city of Logroño for aguided tour of the city center. Enjoy a  typical tapas dinner on Logroño’s most famous tapas street, Calle Laurel de Logroño y San Juan. After dinner return to the Bed and breakfast. 

July 1) After breakfast, transfer to San Sebastián.  Drop off your luggage at the hotel before taking a walking tour of one of Spain's most beautiful towns.Lunch in the Michelin-starred restaurant of Juan Mari Arzak , KarlosArguiñano or Martin Berasategui, followed by an informal meet and chat with the chefIn the evening, take a gourmet Wine and Tapas Tasting tour where you will discover some of the secrets of the region’s cuisine and get hands-on experience as you create your own tapas plates. Night in San Sebastian Hotel.

July 2) 9 Breakfast at hotel. Morning trip to BilbaoShopping excursión at the Municipal Market for tonight's dinner cooking course. Visit to theGuggenheim Museum followed by lunch at Etxanobe  headed by Michelin starred chef  Fernando Canales, receipient of the distinguished Premio Euskadi de Gastronomía. After lunch enjoy a meet and greet with the chef. On the way back to the bed and breakfast , stop at a local farmet's market to pick up the freshest ingredients that we will use to reproduce the flavors, colors, textures, etc. of the traditional foods we have discovered at the various restaurants thus far. Night in La Rioja. 

July 3) Morning visit to Bodegas Muga "tradition and vanguard". Winery and vineyards visit followed by lunch at the winery restaurant and a chance to meet and talk to chef Rafa Arroyta, one of the most promising Young chefs of the Rioja.  In the afternoon take a visit to an olive oil factory,Almazara de aceite Valle del Iregua, Albelda for a tasting and dinner. Night in La Rioja.

July 4) Morning at leisure in Torrecilla. Around noon head up to the town ofEzcaray (45 minutos), a charming village in theOja Valley famous for its cuisine. Lunch at El Portal de Echaurren, owned by the Paniego Family, owners of the first Michelin star in La Rioja.  Creative local cuisine. After lunch, a meet and greet with chef Francis Paniego. Night in La Rioja. 

July 5)After breakfast, transfer to Madrid for your last day in Spain. After arriving in Madrid and checking in at your centrally located hotel, take aMadrid city center tour around the Madrid de los Austrias, including the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor and the Puerta del Sol.  Evening at leisure to explore or just have a refreshing "cafe con leche" in the Plaza Mayor before our Farewell dinner. Night in Madrid. 

July 6) Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Madrid Barajas airport for return flight to the USA.

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