• Vineyard in the hills
  • Vineyard Sormontano
  • codorniu bodega
  • wine harvest
  • olives harvest priorat

Discovering the wines of Northern Spain

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Taking in the fascinating cities of Barcelona and Bilbao, this self-drive tour within Spain’s northern wine region offers the perfect opportunity to combine the best of Mediterranean wine-ing and dining with beautiful urban and rural scenery. As well as the more famous wine areas such as La Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Cava, the itinerary also offers visits to the lesser-known vineyards in Somontano and Priorat where you can sample the rich flavours of boutique wines.

For more information or to talk to a friendly expert who knows the ins and outs of this trip email us.

8 day trip as described, guide price £995pp

What’s included

  • 7 nights’ accommodation in a selection of fantastic 4* hotels
  • Half board (Breakfast & Dinner)
  • Economy 4dr car hire for the duration
  • Point to point directions
  • Personalised travel App and e-Document manager
  • All attractions and activities shown in your personalised itinerary
  • Our own personally recommended restaurants guide

What’s not included

  • Flights (can be quoted separately)
  • Travel insurance - we are happy to advise
  • Car hire extras or garage parking

Travel Info

Fly direct to Barcelona-Bilbao with EasyJet, Ryanair and others, from most major UK hubs and many regional airports.

Best time to go

We recommend you visit Northern Spain in April-June or September-October as this is when you can appreciate the vineyards.

Bespoke Service

Our expert team will help you plan your trip to Northern Spain, creating a route to fit with your preferred flights and dates.

Day 1


Officially this tour starts in Barcelona and ends in Bilbao, but it can actually be taken in the reverse direction if it suits you better.

After arriving at the airport, collect your rental car and drive to your hotel. The afternoon has been left free for you to relax and enjoy the city.

We can arrange a walking tour of Barcelona if you want to get up close and personal straight away, taking in many of the major sights such as the atmospheric Gothic Quarter, the famous Gaudi monuments and the buzzing Las Ramblas avenue.


Monserrat & Penedes

Visit the astounding Benedictine monastery clinging to the side of the Montserrat Mountain, followed by an exclusive tasting session of bubbly at the contemporary Cordorníu winery in the lush Penedès cava region.

At the monastery you can hear the famous boys’ choir, take a guided tour of the 11th century monastery and visit the famous sanctuary of the Black Virgin.

Day 3


The remote, slate landscape of the hilly Priorat wine region is renowned for its intense reds, and it’s here you head today to find out why its wines have an almost revered reputation (and often a lofty price tag).

It’s not just fine wine that this small region is famous for though. You’ll also have a chance to visit an ancient olive mill, witness ancient cave paintings and perhaps head underground at the Bellmunt Mines where lead was excavated until as recently as the mid-1970s.

Day 4


Somontano in the province of Huesca is one of the most beautiful wine regions in the whole of Spain. Stretching from the foothills of the Pyrenees to the Ebro Valley, as well as delectable wines, this dreamy area is home to preserved medieval villages, romantic Roman castles, and a unique dramatic landscape.

Day 5 & 6

La Rioja

Perhaps the most famous of all Spain’s wine regions, La Rioja is home to hundreds of wineries, both modern and historic. Spend the day walking through the vineyards with a local wine expert; sample two of the area’s most emblematic labels; and visit an ancient village for a traditional Riojan feast.

If you want to get more hands-on, we can help arrange a grape harvesting experience or other vineyard activities.

Day 7 & 8

Bilbao & Txakolina

The last days of the tour take you to beautiful Basque country where you’ll find incredible scenery, amazing beaches and magnificent cuisine, as well as a unique and proud culture, and the wonderful, slightly fizzy Txakolina (or Txakoli) wine that’s produced in the area.

It goes without saying that one of the highlights of your guided city tour is that marvel of contemporary architecture, the Guggenheim Museum. Depending on your interests, we can recommend plenty of other great things to see and do in and around the city.

At the pre-arranged time, a taxi will pick you up and transfer you to the airport for your flight home.

Get in touch

We don’t deal in one-size-fits-all holidays. We build amazing journeys tailored just for you. But before we can do that, we need to know about you – what excites you, what are your ‘must-sees’ and ‘must do’s’, and conversely, what do you want to avoid or what makes you feel indifferent. We don’t do indifferent, and neither should you!

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