Wine & Castles Tour IC3

Rioja to Salamanca route

Based on 7 nights self-drive independent tour in Spain

Hop from castle to castle and wend your way through Spain’s most prestigious wine regions, names to conjure with Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Toro and Rueda. Visit the great wine centres of Laguardia, Haro, Logroño, Peñafiel and  Valladolid and ‘drink in’ the traditions and beautiful landscapes.

It’s not all about the wine – authentic castles, each different and charmingly restored, will be your home at each stop and you’ll find plenty to visit from historic villages to the monumental university city of Salamanca and plenty more besides.

The example route takes one week but you can do as little, or as much, as you like.

Tour Highlights:

  • Rioja, Ribera de Duero, Toro & Rueda wine regions
  • Romantic castle hotels from start to finish
  • Walk or cycle amongst the vines
  • Laguardia, Peñafiel, Torredesillas & many more
  • Monumental Salamanca, Spain’s greatest university city
  • Prehistoric dolmens to ultra-modern bodegas

£500 - £650* per person

* Indicative prices (including car hire – flights not included).

El castillo

Day 1 & 2 – La Rioja Alavesa

  • Prestigious vineyards of La Rioja
  • Riojan & Basque cuisine – excellent local ingredients
  • Stunning modern architecture among the vines
  • Medieval Laguardia and Labastida
  • Dinastia Vivanco museum of wine culture
  • Enjoy your own Rioja wine tours on the enobus
Ribera stage

Days 3 and 4 – Ribera del Duero

  • The ‘Golden Mile’ – legendary wine route including Vega Sicilia
  • Castle, wine museum and historic town of Peñafiel
  • Cycle or wander along the banks of the Duero river
  • Historic Lerma and the old part of Valladolid
  • Roman ruins of Clunia
  • Traditional gastronomy with delicious roast lamb
salamanca stage

Days 5 to 7 – Salamanca

  • Salamanca – truly monumental university city
  • Toro, Rueda & Sierra de Salamanca wines
  • Delicious jamon from Guijuelo
  • Historic Tordesillas, Toro & Zamora
  • Cruise on the river in the Arribes del Duero Nature Park
  • Visit the Sierra de Francia & villages of Las Batuecas
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What’s included…

The itinerary includes the following:

  • Accommodation in our listed hotels – 2 sharing 1 std. double ensuite, B&B
  • Economy 4dr car hire
  • or ferry crossings with Brittany Ferries (car + 2 berth interior cabin)
  • Guide book to Spain
  • Restaurant guide covering regions en-route
  • Instructions to find all accommodation & regional road map

Not included:

  • Flights – but we are able to advise
  • One-way car hire charges, where applicable (see your quote email)
  • The following car hire extras – these can be added at pick-up point
    • extra driver
    • child seats
    • GPS
  • Garage parking where applicable (mostly city stops) – please ask us about parking charges

What’s included…

The itinerary includes the following:

  • Accommodation in our listed hotels – 2 sharing 1 std. double ensuite, B&B
  • Economy 4dr car hire
  • or ferry crossings with Brittany Ferries (car + 2 berth interior cabin)
  • Guide book to Spain
  • Restaurant guide covering regions en-route
  • Instructions to find all accommodation & regional road map

Not included:

  • Flights – but we are able to advise
  • One-way car hire charges, where applicable (see your quote email)
  • The following car hire extras – these can be added at pick-up point
    • extra driver
    • child seats
    • GPS
  • Garage parking where applicable (mostly city stops) – please ask us about parking charges

Getting there

A point-to-point itinerary, this route is best enjoyed flying in to Bilbao and back from Madrid – or vice versa – the best options are:

To / from Bilbao

  • Stansted or Manchester with Easyjet
  • Heathrow with BA
  • Gatwick with Vueling
  • Dublin with Aer Lingus

To / from Madrid

NB There are many connections with Madrid.  Please call us for help and advice if you don’t see you nearest airport here:

  • Gatwick, Luton, Bristol, Liverpool & Edinburgh with Easyjet
  • Stansted Manchester, Liverpool & Dublin with Ryaniar
  • Dublin with Aer Lingus

NB: Flights are not included

If these flights don’t suit the route can be adapted to suit a single port of entry and return.

Santander or Valladolid airports may be also be of interest or the route can be adapted to tie in with ferry travel to Spain – please ask about other options

Getting around

For passengers travelling by air we will include a hire car as part of the package. Normally we include a 4 door economy class car but please let us know if you would like something different.

Should you prefer to come by ferry we can adapt the itinerary to suit We can include ferry travel at  advantageous rates

What our clients say

Excellent – touring northern spain

Client 2018

Very helpful, well organised, good hotels and excellent at providing a bespoke itinerary.

Client 2018

Salamanca

Lovely

Castles and wine tour in the Rioja and Ribera de Duero regions. We stayed at three castles, 3 days in each and toured several bodegas. It was marvellous fun and we fitted in other visits to museums and a bullfight.

Client 2018

We have toured with Casas Cantábricas last year in Galicia and loved it. That was in small hotels and B&Bs this time we stayed in castles which was grander and also very good.

Client 2018

Rioja to Salamanca in images