• The Cathedral of Madrid
  • Medieval houses in Peñafiel, with the castle as background
  • Burgos
  • Vineyard in the hills
  • View of city Bilbao, Spain

Vineyard ventures from Madrid to Bilbao

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Explore romantic castles, stunning architecture and some of the finest gastronomy in Spain on this fascinating self-drive tour from Madrid to Bilbao (or vice versa).

Discover the beauty of majestic Madrid, the architectural splendours of Segovia, and the lush wine regions of Rioja and Ribera del Duero, before culminating in one of Spain’s most interesting cities – Bilbao.

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
  • Buffet style breakfast
  • 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 Madrid-Bilbao or vice a versa with EasyJet, Ryanair and others, from most major UK hubs and many regional airports.

Best time to go

We recommend you visit in April-June or September-October as this is when the weather is best for visiting the vineyards in northern Spain.

Bespoke Service

Let us know your interests, ideal dates and duration, and preferred flights, and we’ll create the perfect vineyard venture just for you.

DAYS 1 & 2


Check-in at your hotel then spend the afternoon exploring the galleries, museums and attractions of Spain’s vibrant capital. Whatever your interests, we can advise you of the best things to do during your time in Madrid. From the Baroque to the brash, and from the cultural to the culinary, our tours in Madrid have been carefully created to highlight the many different faces of this unique city.

In the evening, take a table at one of our personal favourite restaurants, hand-picked according to your tastes.



After a leisurely breakfast, head northwest to Segovia, a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring medieval walls and architecture. Star of the show is the two thousand-year-old Roman aqueduct towering above the modern city, but you’ll find plenty of other breath-taking attractions worthy of exploration, including the fairy-tale Alcázar, said to the be the inspiration for the castle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, plus the magnificent cathedral overlooking the Plaza Mayor.


Ribera de Duero

Next stop, Ribero del Duero, home to one of Spain’s favourite wines. Here, we’ve arranged a visit to a winery, including lunch in a cave restaurant. You’ll also have time to visit the city of Peñafiel, famous for what some consider the most astounding castle in Spain, and the Plaza del Coso, a quaint medieval square framed with traditional wooden balconies.



Drive further north to the ancient city of Burgos, a living museum of extraordinary architecture including the 13th century cathedral and the Cartuja de Miraflores Abbey, and named gastronomic capital of Spain in 2013. Have lunch at any of our recommended restaurants and you’ll taste why!

From Burgos, drive to Haro for one-night stay and a traditional evening meal at a beautiful family-owned hotel housed in a former convent at the heart of La Rioja wine country.


La Rioja

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel then take a stroll along the narrow streets of Haro to a winery where you can sample the labels and learn about the history of wine production in this area.

Late morning, collect your car and travel on to Laguardia, a fascinating medieval town overlooking the River Ebro. Lunch has been arranged at a beautiful castle, followed by a tour of an underground winery that dates back over 400 years.

DAY 7 & 8


The penultimate day of your self-drive tour is spent in lovely Bilbao. It goes without saying that one of the highlights of the city is that marvel of contemporary architecture, the Guggenheim Museum. Depending on your interests, we can recommend other great things to see and do in and around the city.

On the 8th and final day, we’ll provide transport to the airport for your flight home. Alternatively, if you’d like to extend your stay in Spain, we’re happy to make arrangement for extra nights at your Bilbao hotel and/or beyond.

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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