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Wine Connoisseurs Tour of Spain & France - Insight Vacations

Wine Connoisseur’s Trip of Spain & France

Private Custom Group

Duration: 14 days • Countries visited: Spain, Portugal, France
Group trip type: Food & Wine

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Day to Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Welcome to Barcelona

    On arrival at Barcelona airport, you will be met by your Travel Director and transferred to your hotel. This evening, join your fellow guests and Travel Director for a Welcome Drink.

  1. Day 2: Priorat Red Wine Region & Barcelona

    This morning, we visit the vineyards and wineries of the nearby Priorat region, one of Spain’s trendiest wine regions. Since the 1990’s, this region has produced some of the most sophisticated and sought-after reds coming out of Spain. We’ll be visiting Cellar Laurona in the Monsant region, as well as Clos Figueras Priorat. Later this afternoon, we enjoy a sightseeing excursion in Barcelona, alongside a local guide. Wander through the narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter, visit the ancient Cathedral and see the famous Las Ramblas with its open-air markets and cafes.  In contrast to the old part of town, drive along the broad, elegant avenues of the Eixample District to admire some of Gaudi’s extraordinary architecture, including his unfinished creation, the Sagrada Familia Cathedral. (BB)
  1. Day 3: Logrono & Winery Dinner

    Today we travel via Zaragoza to Logrono, a city rich in history and traditions, which has been preserved since the middle ages.  On arrival, you have free time to relax before dinner is served at the Bodega Juan Alcorta winery. (BB)

  1. Day 4: Wine Regions Around Logrono

    After breakfast, we visit a range of regional vineyards. We’ll learn about the fascinating history of Rioja wine, which reflects the long and varied winemaking traditions of the La Rioja region dating back to the  first Phoenician settlers in the 11th century BC. Enjoy a local lunch in Haro. (BB)

  1. Day 5: Ribera de Duero & Riverside Valladolid

    Today we travel to one of Spain's most legendary winemaking regions, the pristinely-rural Ribera de Duero, which is home to some of the world's best and most exclusive red wines. Here we will visit Bodegas Alion and enjoy lunch and a tasting at Bodegas Vegas Sicilia. We then continue to the city of Valladolid on the River Pisuerga. Take time to explore the city’s interesting collection of Renaissance buildings in its old quarter, comprising of residential homes, palaces, churches and its highly-symbolic Cathedral. (BB)

  1. Day 6: White Wine Mecca of Rueda & Valladolid

    After breakfast, we explore two of the top wineries in the Valladolid region, before continuing to the popular wine appellation of Rueda in the afternoon. Wine has been produced commercially in the Rueda region since the 11th Century. These days, the winemakers of Rueda are highly successful in producing good value-for-money fruity white wines that are regularly compared to French Sancerres and New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs. We then return to Valladolid for dinner. (BB)

  1. Day 7: Maritime City of Pontevedra & Rias Baixas Wine Region

    We travel today to the city of Pontevedra with its long maritime and trading traditions, boasting one of the largest and most elegant historic quarters in the whole of Galicia. The old town extends into a network of streets and squares and contains major civic and religious buildings. During our stay, we will visit the nearby Rias Baixas region, known for its flagship Albarino wine. The extraordinary qualities of this wine, including its crisp and young character, make it well worthy of the international prestige it has acquired. Dinner is served at Bogega Granbazan. (BB)

  1. Day 8: Douro Valley in Portugal – Home of Port

    Today we visit the Douro Valley in Portugal, home of port wine. This spectacular valley is known for its rolling hills covered with terraces of vines that fall steeply down towards the river. In addition to port wine, regular red and white wines are also produced in the valley. We visit the Warre’s Quinta da Cavadinha Winery and vineyards, and taste some of the world’s finest port. The scenery in the valley is spectacular with variations of colour perfectly reflecting the seasons. We then return to Pontevedra for dinner. (BB)

  1. Day 9: Porto, Flight to Paris & Transfer to Reims

    Today we head back to Portugal to the city that gave port wine its name – Porto. Soak in the vibrancy of this modern and lively city. You’ll quickly discover that Porto’s traditional importance as an industrial centre has not diminish the charm and character of its old quarters or even of its newer,  busier avenues, shopping centres and quiet residential blocks. After exploring the city, we transfer to Porto Airport for a flight to Paris. On arrival in Paris, we board our luxury coach en route to the Charmpagne-Ardenne region in the north of France. Our hotel for the next 2 nights is located in Reims. (BB)

  1. Day 10: Reims & Epernay – The Heart of Champagne

    Rich in traditions and centuries-old know-how, Reims is a modern and lively regional capital. With the refined atmosphere of the Champagne Houses, it has a town centre which offers both the elegance of its Art Deco facades and its relaxed atmosphere prevailing in the streets and on the café terraces. Apart from its status as champagne capital of the world, Reims possesses one of the most impressive Gothic cathedrals in France. The Cathedral of Notre Dame was built on the traditional coronation site of the Kings of France and is one of the greatest monuments of Gothic art and architecture. Marvel at its grandeur on a guided visit, before we make our way to Epernay, the heart of champagne.  Sitting below vine-covered hills, Epernay is the ideal location from which to discover various local producers. Start your journey on the Avenue de Champagne to see the grand champagne houses, including Moet et Chandon and Mercier. There are also many smaller producers to visit. Today we are treated to lunch at Moet & Chandon. (BB)

  1. Day 11: Paris at Leisure & Illuminations Trip

    Today we travel back to the glittering French capital of Paris with its grand boulevards and world-famous landmarks. The remainder of the day is free for you to relax and explore at your own pace. Tonight we enjoy a sparkling illuminations trip to the ‘City of Light’ – the perfect introduction to Paris! (BB)

  1. Day 12: Paris at Leisure

    Today is at your leisure to explore this fabulous city. Perhaps meet the enigmatic Mona Lisa in the Louvre, ascend the Eiffel Tower by elevator, or travel up the hill of Montmartre by mini-train for superb panoramic views! (BB)

  1. Day 13: Paris at Leisure

    Enjoy the last stretch of your journey at your leisure. While in Paris, don’t miss the chance to go shopping in the Galleries Lafayette or the elegant designer boutiques of the Left Bank. (BB)

  1. Day 14: Farewell Paris

    Today we bid farewell to fellow travellers, as our memorable trip comes to an end. (BB)

Meal guide: BB = Buffet Breakfast, HD = Highlight Dinner, D = Hotel dinner, HL = Highlight Lunch, WR = Welcome Reception

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