Basque Country & La Rioja Wine Tour

Basque Country & La Rioja Wine Tour

Journey to Spain’s rival cities, Madrid and Barcelona.  Experience all that Madrid, Toledo, and Barcelona have to offer.

2-6 people

Madrid & Barcelona Tour (Seven Nights)

  • Spend seven nights in Madrid & Barcelona sightseeing and dining in a custom experience
  • Visit Toledo on one of our day trip’s and all the majestic historical landmarks it has to offer, along with exquisite cuisines.
  • Puerta del Sol, San Miguel Market, and the Royal Palace are just a few sights to behold in Madrid.
  • Barri Gotic, Segrada Familia, Casa Batllo, Boqueria Market, and The Barcelona Cathedral are several of the amazing destinations you will set your eyes upon in Barcelona.
  • Take in the rich aromas of custom and locally authentic dishes your taste buds will never forget!
  • Be immersed into a true, cultural, experience with a personal tour guide, who personally lived in Spain for years, while knowing the highest levels of travel security are being maintained always by our personal team.

Madrid

We will explore many historical, cultural, authentic, and breathtaking sights

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

We will visit the “Gate of the Sun” Puerta del Sol

Valley of the Fallen & Escorial

which is known for its 16th century austere and extravagant architecture commissioned by King Felipe II, as well as the Valley of the Fallen’s cross (dedicated to all the souls lost in the Spanish Civil War)

Plaza Mayor

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

Gran Via

(The Great Way) 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

known as the Museo del Prado is considered 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

some would say is the very life of Madrid. It 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

known as 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 from Plaza Mayor, and a gourmet tapas market with an abundance of vendors who sell an assortment of authentic foods and drinks.

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.

The Royal Palace

a historical landmark itself. Although not the official residence of his Majesty the King of Spain, but rather where state ceremonies and official banquets take place.

Places where we will dine:  Restaurante Botin (oldest restaurant in the world), La Casa del Abuelo, Casa Alberto, and La Bola to name a few.

Barcelona

We will explore many historical, cultural, authentic, and breathtaking sights

Barri Gotic
La Rambla
Segrada Familia
Casa Batllo
Boqueria Market
Port Vell
History Museum
Barcelona Cathedral
Castell de Montjuic
La Pedrera
Park Guell
Barri Gotic

(Gothic Quarter) The historic and cultural heart of Barcelona. The Gothic Quarter has a little something for everyone to include: shopping, dining, historic venues, fun, and a bit of cocktails with dancing if you partake.


La Rambla

is a street in central Barcelona that contains a tree lined pedestrian mall. Federico Garcia Lorca, a Spanish poet said that “La Rambla was the only street in the world which I wish would never end”.

Segrada Familia

by far the most iconic and popular edifice to observe in Barcelona. While in its incomplete form the fantastic structure, with rainbow-hued stained glass windows, remains an utter must-see for every visitor that enters the Catalan capital.

Casa Batllo

(Where you can experience the home of the Batllo family, the unusual chimneys and 'Dragon Black' a model that illustrates the dragon slain by St. George.).

Boqueria Market

The Boqueria Market dates to 1217. Today you can visit Boqueria Market to adore an unbelievable contrast between colors and activity. It is also ideal if you are looking to discover why Mediterranean cuisine is internationally known thanks to its ingredients.

Port Vell

a waterfront harbor around since the 4th century in Barcelona and Catalonia, Spain. It is now a crucial point of Barcelona as it encompasses the Maremagnum, The IMAX of Port Vell, and the largest aquarium in Europe. Plus, many more wonders and events.

History Museum

also known as the Barcelona City History Museum, or its acronym MUHBA is a city museum that conserves, studies, connects, and exhibits the historical heritage of Barcelona. It is in a series of beautiful buildings with various exhibits. The Roman archeological ruins are among peak interests.

Barcelona Cathedral

is the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Barcelona, Spain. The roof is prominent for its gargoyles, highlighting a wide range of animals, both native and mythical. The high altar is raised, allowing a clear view into the crypts.

Castell de Montjuic

an imposing castle that dominated the city since 1640. It was primarily used to repress the people of Spain during two centuries under the Franco regime. Castell de Montjuïc offers a spectacular view over Barcelona, the port, and the sea from Barcelona's high mountain. Today it contains the museum of military history and is a popular attraction on the Montjuïc.

La Pedrera

is the last civil work of Antoni Gaudí, La Casa Milà. Partially because the cliffs near Barcelona were the inspiration of the great architect, but also due to the appearance of the wavy facade of the building. With no gratitude from the locals of the city who covered it with sobriquets, Gaudí pursued legal action. A riotous history for what is a monument of Catalan modernism.

Park Guell

one of Gaudí’s chief works in Barcelona, located in the upper part of the city offers remarkable views of Barcelona. Park Guell is a public park system composed of gardens and architectonic elements located on Carmel Hill.

Places where we will dine:  Comerc 24, Can Culleretes (Barcelona’s oldest restaurant), Bodega la Plata, and the Four Cats to name a few.

“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” before a first day siesta, and covered landmark spots such as Plaza Mayor, Puerto Del Sol, the opera house, and Teatro Real. The post-siesta evening was fun filled, hitting a few local pubs and meeting many of Sam’s friends including owners and staff at several establishments. Each new day was marked by things to do in walking and visiting places like the Prado Museum with its incredible artwork and historical paintings.  I also visited the Naval Museum, which shares Spain’s rich history.  Retiro Park was an entire afternoon of walking around beautifully landscaped gardens, fountains, monuments, and a very large pond. Sam also guided me to the historic city of Toledo with its walled medieval town with an amazing history all brought to light by Sam’s knowledge of the history, geography and language, which made for a rewarding experience each day out, and for a most memorable week. Alas, I’m already thinking of planning another trip next year to Barcelona with great expectations for another fantastic tour guide experience with Samuel Garza.”

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