La Viva Loca
Day 1Welcome to Barcelona! After getting settled in your hotel, get ready for fun and a fast-paced tour that includes the most important sights of Spains second largest city and the Capital of Catalonia. After you tour, prepare for an enjoyable dinner at a lively local restaurant. Dinner reservations will be provided for you.
Day 2Today is all about Spanish art and culture. Your first tour includes a market walk to learn about the gourmet food of Spain. Explore the secrets of the Catalan gastronomic culture as you sample food in specialty shops while on your tour. You will even wander through a famous roaster, known for its specialty coffee bean and nuts. Then its off to your Catalan cooking class, where your creation is served during lunch. In route to your hotel, walk through the Picasso Museum for a fascinating view of the exquisite art displays.
Day 3Its off to wine country today. Taste the delicate sparkling Cava wines on your private winey tours in the Penedes wine region. Your day will also include a wonderful winery lunch! This evening you will check into a 4 Star winery lodge, where you will relax and prepare for a lovely dining experience.
Day 4Taste the bold wines of the Priorato wine region today, as you make your way up to Emporda on the Costa-Brava coast. Your winery excursions will be very exclusive and cover the best wineries in the region. Before dinner, walk along the beautiful sandy seashore that very near your hotel.
Day 5Its off to Bilbao today, the most northern tip of the Rioja wine region. Your day of travel includes a refreshing welcome wine tasting when you check into your hotel. Freshen up and bring your appetite for an authentic Basque dinner.
Day 6Begin your day with a visit to the Guggenheim museum before tasting magnificent wines in the area. Lunch will be included! Then enjoy the evening at your leisure.
Day 7Taste your way to Burgos while savoring the most delicious wines of Rioja. Upon arrival in Rioja, you will be guided on a delightful tour of Burgos. This evening take the time to explore this marvelous city by night.
Day 8The Ribera del Duero has more incredible wines for you to taste. The Ribera del Duero is a beautiful vineyard region and also has a variety of delightful restaurant options for lunch.
Day 9The scenic drive to Madrid is pleasing. Upon arrival you will check into a 4-star hotel, conveniently located near many visitor attractions. Take the rest of the day to become familiar with your surroundings while strolling through the streets window shopping at the many specialty and boutique stores. Dinner tonight is authentic Tapas and a Flamenco show.
Day 10Enjoy your guided city tour of Madrid this morning, stopping at the Prada Museum and the Royal Palace. Your afternoon may include souvenir shopping for family at home.
Day 11Spend the day taking in the sights of Toledo today with your private guide. Toledo is a National Monument to Spains art and history, combining Arabic, Mudejar Gothic and Renaissance architecture. The city is surrounded by the River Tajo and the atmosphere of the walled town will surely be a highlight on your wine country vacation. Return to Madrid for dinner for a special wine tasting and Farewell dinner.
Day 12Your airport transfer contact will meet you in the hotel lobby for a peaceful drive to the Madrid airport, where you will begin your journey home.