10-Day Spanish Red Wine Escape

This Escape is Led by Sam Garza

Join Sam Garza in Madrid and then journey to two of Spain's most famous wine regions. 

Spring & Fall 2020

See Spain's world-renowned wine regions with Sam Garza in the Fall of 2019.  Begin your journey in Spain's capital city, Madrid.  Then travel to the Ribera del Duero and La Rioja wine regions.  Stay in charming castle hotels and enjoy some of Spain's famous dishes.  You will not want to miss this private and exclusive opportunity.  


All tours begin on Sundays | Dates May 3 - 12 | October 11 - 20 |

6-10 Persons Per Tour

$3,995.00 per person + Flight 

 

Spanish Red Wine Escape Highlights

  • You will spend seven nights in Madrid, Ribera del Duero, and La Rioja sightseeing and dining in a custom experience.
  • Begin your journey in Madrid with airport transportation straight to your hotel.
  • Visit the Prado Museum, the Royal Palace, and other famous sites in Madrid.
  • Arrive in the Ribera del Duero and check into a beautiful castle hotel.
  • Experience three amazing wineries and visit Penafiel's famous castle.
  • Travel to Laguardia, Spain where we will visit more wineries for two days.
  • Return to Madrid for the grand finale!

Video of Sam's Visit to La Rioja Alavesa

Countdown to Madrid

Madrid

We will explore many historical, cultural, authentic, and breathtaking sites.

Puerta del Sol
Valley of the Fallen & Escorial
Plaza Mayor
Gran Via
Prado Museum
Parque del Retiro
San Miguel Market
Santa Maria de la Almudena Cathedral
Plaza Santa Ana
The Royal Palace
Puerta del Sol

You will visit the “Gate of the Sun” Puerta del Sol in Madrid.  The Oso or Bear is the symbol of Spain's Capital.  

Valley of the Fallen & Escorial

The Valley of the Fallen (dedicated to all the souls lost in the Spanish Civil War) is where General Franco is buried.  Inside the mountain is the largest cathedral in the world.  

Plaza Mayor

The Plaza Mayor in Madrid is rich in history from executions, weddings, bullfights, tournaments, and inquisitions.  However, it is now home to cafes, shops, bars, concerts, art, and many singular events.

Gran Via

The Gran Via is known for its ornate design and upscale shopping. Commonly referred to as “The Spanish Broadway” it is an extremely popular choice for nightlife in all of Europe. The “street that never sleeps” has theatres, shopping centers, and a display of early 20th-century architecture such as Vienna Secession and Art Deco styles among many others.

Prado Museum

The Museo del Prado is considered the home of one of the premium art collections in the world. It presents thousands of European paintings, sculptures, and other works of art.

Parque del Retiro

"The Hidden Park" offers cultural leisure, sports, historical, and architectural happenings.  It’s most prevalent scenes are the Lake, the Velazquez and Glass palaces, both belonging to the Phillippine Exhibition of 1887.

San Miguel Market

The Mercado de San Miguel is a covered market, built in 1916.  The Market is known for its popularity and location in central Madrid.  It is within walking distance of Plaza Mayor, and a gourmet tapas market with an abundance of vendors who sell an assortment of authentic foods and drinks.

Santa Maria de la Almudena Cathedral

The Cathedral which is consecrated to Santa Maria de la Almudena, a name which has Arabic origins: al mudayna, means "the castle". Has plenty of deep and rich roots in history. Including that of Toledo.

Plaza Santa Ana

Together with nearby small streets that forge the Huertas district, is one of Madrid's more energetic squares, with hundreds of tapas bars, terrace cafes, pubs, restaurants, and even Irish bars. Plaza Santa Ana is located within a short walk from the Plaza Mayor and the Puerta del Sol.

Plaza Santa Ana with your hotel, ME Madrid by Melia.
The Royal Palace

The Palacio Real is One of Spain's many royal palaces.  However, it is not the official residence of his Majesty the King of Spain, but rather where state ceremonies and official banquets take place.

Note:  Flights to Madrid are not included in this package.  Local transportation, hotels, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and activities are all included in the cost. Book now to learn more. 

Penafiel, Burgos, Laguardia, and Bilbao

Penafiel
Curiel de Duero
Laguardia
Ysios Winery
Rioja Wine Trips
Castle Tower Sunset Wine Tasting
Penafiel

The beautiful city of Penafiel is the capital of the Ribera del Duero.  Penafiel is famous for its wine and its Plaza de Coso.  

 

Curiel de Duero

Just down the road from Penafiel, is Curiel de Duero where you will stay in the recently renovated Castle Hotel.  

Residencia Real Castillo De Curiel
Laguardia

After two nights in the Ribera del Duero, your next stop will be Laguardia.  Laguardia is a stunning medieval small town located in the Basque country.  

Street in Laguardia, Spain.
Ysios Winery

The famous Ysios Winery is just a few minutes from your hotel and it will be one of the first bodegas you visit in La Rioja.  Designed by Santiago Calatrava, the winery sits on the foothills of the Cantabrian mountains and it is designed to blend into the landscape.  

Ysios Winery

 

 

Rioja Wine Trips

Working with our partner, Rioja Wine Trips, you will be guided by local wine experts on a full day wine journey through Rioja Alavesa.  

San Vicente De La Sonsierra.
Castle Tower Sunset Wine Tasting

Every evening, you will join Sam Garza on the tower of the castle hotel and sip delicious red wine and watch the sunset. 

Sunset photography in Laguardia, Spain

Videos of Ribera del Durero & Rioja Alavesa

Take a journey with Sam in October 2019. 

"After dropping off my luggage at a nearby nicely appointed room in a small B&B-like apartment building arranged by Sam, we set out on foot to “walk about town”.  The post-siesta evening was fun- filled.  We visited a few local pubs and had dinner at the oldest restaurant in the world.  During my trip, I also met some of Sam’s friends including owners and staff at several establishments. Each new day was marked by things to do such as long walks and visiting places like the Prado Museum. I am thrilled that I had Sam as my guide!"

Dan Foley

“We consulted with World Travelers Today about whether or not to cancel our trip to Spain following a terrorist attack that happened near the hotel we booked. Sam helped us weigh our options and provided excellent advice on how to become cognizant travelers without missing out on the adventures we were anticipating. We felt confident and safe throughout our whole trip thanks to Sam's highly detailed guidance. He knew the area like the back of his hand and was able to route us to incredible experiences we may have otherwise missed. The trip culminated with a rooftop proposal in Barcelona--a memory we'll never forget. We have Sam to thank for encouraging us to seize our opportunity to experience this extraordinary city and culture. We'll have memories and stories to tell for a lifetime! Thanks, WTT!”

Rachel and Kevin

“We had the best time traveling with Samuel Garza…we will definitely return to Spain and use his services again. Fabulous family vacation, always felt safe, secured, and informed.”

Almaraz family