This Escape is Led by Sam Garza
Join Sam Garza in Madrid and then journey to three of Spain's famous wine regions.
- A small group of 8-12 people, more than half the size of most European tours.
- Sam Garza as a full time guide and escape facilitator.
- All entrances listed in the itinerary. This includes museums, palaces, wineries, walking tours, food tours... and more.
- 9 nights' accommodation in hand-selected boutique hotels in central locations.
- All breakfast, lunches, and dinners.
- Local maps.
- Guaranteed spot on the escape once your $400.00 deposit is received.
- The ability to transfer and cancel your escape. Read our cancel policy to learn more.
NOTE: You are responsible for the cost of your bar drinks and activities not listed on your itinerary. See WTT's Escapes Terms & Conditions for important information before paying your deposit.
WTT Escapes involve a lot of walking. There is no better way to see the parts of Europe than on foot. On this escape, you will be expected to:
- Carry your luggage up stairs at some hotels.
- Be able to walk and stand (be on your feet) for more than three hours in diverse weather conditions.
- A security and city orientation briefing will be provided to you upon arrival and you will need to be able to navigate the streets of the city on your own (your guide will always be available to assist you).
Physical Level 3 out of 5
WTT Escapes do not include airfare, however you can work with one of our travel agents to book your flight separately. Read our WTT's Travel Agency Policy before booking with our team. Call 703-655-2820 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Your escape will begin in Madrid and most escape participants choose to fly in at least a day before the start of the escape to adjust to the time change and avoid missing the first day of your escape due to plane delays.
If you would like to book a room before or after your escape, you can find the name of the hotel in your email that you will receive with your full itinerary which will be sent to you 30 days before the start of your escape.
Spring & Fall 2020
See Spain's world-renowned wine regions with Sam Garza in the Fall and Spring of 2020. Begin your journey in Madrid and then travel to Toro for two fun-filled nights exploring the region and visiting some of Sam's favorite wineries. Your next stop will be the Ribera del Duero region to taste some amazing wines and learn about the regions historic past. After two nights in Penafiel, we will travel to La Rioja wine region. Stay in charming castle hotels and enjoy some of Spain's famous dishes. You will not want to miss this amazing opportunity.
All tours begin on Sundays | Dates May 17 - 26 | October 11 - 20 |
8-12 Persons Per Tour
$4,195.00 per person + Flight
Spanish Culture & Wine Escape Highlights
Video of Sam's Visit to La Rioja Alavesa
Countdown to Madrid
We will explore many historical, cultural, authentic, and breathtaking sites.
You will visit the “Gate of the Sun” Puerta del Sol in Madrid. The Oso or Bear is the symbol of Spain's Capital.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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 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, Toro, Burgos, Laguardia,
The beautiful city of Penafiel is the capital of the Ribera del Duero. Penafiel is famous for its wine and its Plaza de Coso.
Just down the road from Penafiel, is Curiel de Duero where you will stay in the recently renovated Castle Hotel.
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.
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.
Working with our partner, Rioja Wine Trips, you will be guided by local wine experts on a full day wine journey through Rioja Alavesa.
Every evening, you will join Sam Garza on the tower of the castle hotel and sip delicious red wine and watch the sunset.
Videos of Ribera del Durero, Toro, & Rioja Alavesa
“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!”