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Bilbao, Spain
Vitoria and the Rioja Wine Region
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Overview

Discover the verdant vineyards and intriguing history of the Rioja wine region on a full-day tour from Bilbao. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, visit charming villages like Harn and Laguardia to see medieval monuments and admire spectacular views of the countryside. Venture to Vitoria in order to wander the sprawling vineyards and descend into atmospheric wine cellars to learn about complex manufacturing processes. Pleasure your palate with the refined taste of signature wines during a tasting session and enjoy a traditional lunch in a locally recommended restaurant (own expense).  
  • Explore the Vitoria and Rioja region
  • Must-see for wine-lovers
  • Enjoy a guided tour of a wine cellar in the Rioja region
  • Panoramic tour of Victoria and walking tour in the old part
  • Local, knowledgeable guide
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Hotel pickup and drop off
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Transport by air-conditioned coach or minivan
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified

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9:00 AM
Depart from your Bilbao hotel in an air-conditioned minivan and relax during the scenic journey south to Vitoria, the Basque Country’s capital city. Follow your guide on a picturesque and panoramic tour of the city, exploring the quaint historical quarter and visiting sites like the ambient Virgen Blanca Square and the colossal Cathedral of Santa Maria.   

After enriching exploration of Vitoria, return to the minivan and travel to Rioja, a bounteous region in which verdant vineyards sprawl and juicy grapes grow abundantly. Stop at the medieval village of Laguardia and explore the impressive monuments; stroll the ancient streets and navigate the ambient labyrinth of lanes in search of churches and house shields. 

Descend to the darkened depths of a traditional underground Rioja cellar to gain insight into the fermentation methods used to produce fine wines. Treat your taste buds to sumptuous samples of the wine then enjoy an afternoon of relaxed free time, dining in rustic restaurants recommended by your guide. 

Return to your hotel in Bilbao at the conclusion of the tour and relax during the scenic journey back to the city. 
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Vitoria-Gasteiz
Walking tour
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Laguardia
Free time for lunch and guided tour
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Bodega El Fabulista
Guided regular tour
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Chldren will have 50% discount if accompained by 2 adults, from 2 to 12 years old.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Servicios Turisticos Integrales
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Vitoria and the Rioja Wine Region?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Vitoria and the Rioja Wine Region?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Vitoria and the Rioja Wine Region?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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star-5
Great taste of the Rioja region!
Kerry_D
, Jun 2022
So glad I did this! Traveling solo, I usually explore on my own, but the area requires a car. Estefan was a fantastic guide, giving us plenty of interesting details along the way. It was a small group which was nice. We saw so much in a day! The winery was a small family one in the middle of town, so we were able to explore LaGuardia as well. We also stopped to see architectural gems by Gehry and Calatrava along the way, a nice extra! If you like medieval villages this is a great tour as well. 100% recommend!
star-2
Meh 2.5 stars
Elizabeth S
, Oct 2019
Wine tours are expensive. This one was the cheapest and I feel like we basically paid for the petrol to get to the region and back. Vittoria is a nice place has alot of history and apart from it being close to the wine region and green city of the year 2012 there was not much else to see. Due to the altitude of Vittoria it was also much colder than Bilbao and everyone was underdressed. The tour guide had to split his tour into English and Spanish for the two members of the group that were Spanish speaking which didn't seem fair for anyone including especially our guide as he explained alot of detailed historical facts. La Guardia, the walled was town in the wine region, was genuinely fascinating and well worth a visit but the tour only covered one taster glass of wine, each additional glass cost 2€, no food was included in the cost at all. It wasn't all bad we got to see the region paid the extra and tasted great wine and learned alot, but it should have been advertised properly as a historical tour no food and wine included!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear client, Thank you for your feedback. Please note that all our regular tours are run on english and spanish basis. Regarding to the wine tasting, we only include one wine tasting, all the aditional food or drinks are available to add and pay on spot. We hope you will have a lovely time in our area.
star-5
Great tour
Barbara_E
, Sep 2019
It was a great tour with a knowledgeable guide. He not only showed us the listed destinations but also drive us to some additional photo stops and recommended some places for lunch.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear client. Thank you for your comments. We will transfer your comments to our guide!
star-4
Pleasant day tour
Garth_H
, Aug 2019
Our guide Stephan did a great job presenting the tour in two languages. Both destinations were very interesting and the scenery was great.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear client, thank you for your feedback. We hope you will comme back and enjoy other of our tours!
star-4
Much more than a wine tour
Renny_T
, Jun 2019
We chose this tour as a way of exploring the area beyond Bilbao where we were staying. Booking was easy and a pickup location was arranged by the tour company phoning us promptly after booking. The transportation was in a small bus, clean comfortable and the guide, Stephan was very informative and spoke to the tour group in English, Catalan, and Spanish. He organised the tour well giving each language group attention and time. En-route to Vitoria-Gasteiz, he told us about the Basque heritage, culture and language, as well as pointing out landmarks. The tour of Vitoria-Gasteiz was informative and allowed time for us to explore ourselves. The visit to LaGuardia was next with information about the history and culture. The tour of the wine caves was interesting, though don’t expect it to be a large scale industrial tour with multiple tastings, more a small family business with old-fashioned practices. Again there was ample time allowed to eat lunch and explore the walled town. A key point to note is that most of the shops closed promptly at 2.30pm, leaving only bars and restaurants for food. Return to Bilbao by around 17.00hrs.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear client, Thank you for your comments. We are glad to read that you had a wonderful time.
star-4
Fun day in Wine Country
Cathy_M
, Jun 2019
Highlight was the tour and history of the wine cellars. Our guide, Stephan, was knowledgeable and helpful. Vitoria is a beautiful city and we loved it's environmental awareness.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear client, Thank you for your comments. We will be happy to welcome you again in our area!
star-5
Nice introto Rioja wine
Bill386
, Apr 2019
The trip included a stop in Vitoria. The city was very interesting with the stories told about the churches, the festive annual celebration and the walking about in the narrow, old streets. Next stop was Laguardia where we learned the history of the city and visited a winery. There was a nice intro given by the winery person, which followed by going deep into the ancient cellar and tasting the Rioja wine. Our tour guide Stefan did an excellent job telling about Vitoria, Laguardia and Rioja wine in the area.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear client, Thank you for your feedback.
star-5
Amazing tour of southern Basque...
Christopher S
, Mar 2018
Amazing tour of southern Basque country. Wonderful sights and really worth the day. Out tour guide Stefan was knowledgeable, friendly, and clearly passionate about his job and the area. Wish were back there!
star-4
Our guide was great!! The tour...
Peter H
, Nov 2015
Our guide was great!! The tour was interesting but not much different than similar tours in other countries.
star-5
tHe only negative was that the guide...
sylviane b
, Oct 2015
tHe only negative was that the guide spoke in Spanish 70 percent and English only 30 percent.We felt like second class citizens.
star-5
A very passionate and talkative...
Paul P
, Oct 2015
A very passionate and talkative guide! Great scenery. Vitoria was very interesting. The English speaking wine tour and sampling lasted an hour, and the winery guide was great.
star-5
Excellent trip as an introduction to...
Peter C
, Sep 2015
Excellent trip as an introduction to the Basque Country. Pedro, our guide was very good, informative and helpful.
star-5
I enthusiastically give a top rating...
François S
, Sep 2015
I enthusiastically give a top rating to Viatour, and to the Vitoria and the Rioja Wine Region tour. Everything started on the right foot. Viatour notified me a few days ahead that of the pickup time. Pedro showed up precise as clockwork. The Vitoria leg was superb: gorgeous city. But Guardia was the real treat. A splendid village in a region of breathtaking beauty. Viatour had arranged a visit to a traditional winery, a very interesting tour. We then had lunch in an excellent restaurant. And Pedro, our guide, is a pure gem. Knowledgeable, relaxed we are, after all, on vacation, and capable of discussing openly and honestly potentially delicate aspects of Basque politics and sociology. Plus ladies, take notice he is very handsome. So there you have it: great scenery, great organization, great guide. I could never have arranged such a visit by myself. Next time the occasion shows up to take a Viatour excursion, I wont hesitate.
star-4
A very interesting tour. Our guide was...
Robert Y
, Sep 2015
A very interesting tour. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable.
star-5
Our guide, Pedro, was excellent...
sulava50
, Aug 2015
Our guide, Pedro, was excellent, very knowledgeable of the region and history. The tour of the winery was interesting and unique! We had a great time!
star-5
Perfect trip that you should not...
vvt
, Jun 2015
Perfect trip that you should not miss.Pedro is very knowledgeable and very nice. Very well organized.
star-2
The tour of Vitoria was a waste...
Barbara G
, Jun 2015
The tour of Vitoria was a waste. Not a very interesting or pretty place to be. Would have preferred going to two wineries rather than spending time in an undistinguished city.
star-5
very good. thoroughly enjoyed. Pedro...
irene_m
, Jun 2015
very good. thoroughly enjoyed. Pedro the guide was incredible
star-5
June 2015 We had a wonderful...
Taru
, Jun 2015
June 2015 We had a wonderful time at this tour. Pedro, our guide, is very knowledgeable of the area and very attentive to his customers. Thank you so much!
star-5
Seeing the wine making process in El...
Patricia R
, Nov 2014
Seeing the wine making process in El Guardia was really interesting. The town of Vitoria was really interesting. The guide was marvellous, a minefield of knowledge, friendly and happy to cheerfully answer all questions.

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