Spain | La Rioja Itinerary
(Host City: Pamplona, Spain (PNA)/ Miranda de Ebro or Logroño, Spain (VIT))
Day 1: Pamplona/Puente La Reina/Olite
Day 2: Ujué/Olite
Day 3: Enciso/Calahorra
Day 4: Laguardia/Haro
Day 5: Bilbao/Haro
Day 6: Santo Domingo de la Calzada/Ezcaray
Day 7: Miranda de Ebro/Logroño (departure)
Quotes from the Field:
"A wonderful balance of activities, adventures, culture, and regional dining."
Julia Jackson - Walnut Creek, CA
Spain Bike Tours
Unspoiled landscapes, fine cuisine, and remarkable history in the Navarra and Rioja provinces of northern Spain
Venture to the foothills of the Pyrenees, where fortified castles and colorful cloisters create a landscape of timeless beauty and tell the captivating story of Spain’s vibrant past.
...or call 800.575.1540
- Imagine the sound of thundering hooves as you follow in the footsteps of the “running bulls” on a guided tour of historic Pamplona
- Explore picturesque villages along the ancient pilgrimage route, Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James), en route to Olite, the wine capital of the Navarra province
- Keep an eye out for purple heron and marsh harrier in the Pitillas wetlands before climbing to the hilltop town of Ujuè for postcard-worthy vistas
- Cruise along the cliffs overlooking Rioja’s breathtaking Cidacos valley, traversing almond groves and sheep-studded meadows and marveling at the footprints of dinosaurs on your way to Calahorra
- Enjoy a glass of oak and vanilla-infused Rioja at one of Haro’s premier bodegas
- Stroll beside medieval town walls along the Paseo del Collado in the village of Laguardia
- Sit down at the end of the day with a well earned sampling of Spanish wines and local specialties: fresh artichokes, Piquillo peppers, cordero al Chilindrón (lamb), and bacalao ajo arriero (salted cod)
Click here for more information on Austin Adventures' Spain vacations:
Spain: Spain | Biking in Catalonia
Spain: Spain | Catalonia
7 days/ 6 nights
Night 1: Hotel Tres Reyes
Hotel Tres Reyes is located in the Taconera Gardens, between the Old Quarter and the modern part of the city.
Nights 2 & 3: Parador de Olite
The former Kingdom of Navarra has had a very turbulent past. The area used to be inhabited by the Vascons but they were driven northwards by the Moors and are the ancestors of the present day Basques.
Night 4: Parador de Calahorra
This new hotel lies at the end of a lateral garden running the length of the main street of the town. Calahorra is one of the towns on the plains of the Ebro river that flows from west to east to the south of the Pyrenees mountain chain that forms the border between Spain and France.
Nights 5: Hotel Los Agustinos
This hotel is set in a beautiful edifice protected by the government of La Rioja. Founded as a convent in 1373, the building went on to be used as a military garrison, hospital, prison, school until finally, in 1989, it was converted into the incomparable, first-class Hotel Los Agustinos.
Night 6: Hotel Palacio Azcárate
The Hotel Palacio Azcárate is located in a renovated 18th century palace. Offering old world charm and modern conveniences, the hotel offers the perfect place from which to explore Ezcaray, one of Rioja’s most famous towns.
A few more reasons why you've gotta go...
1. The Ochoa Vineyard knows their wine. The Ochoa family has a recorded history dating back to 1370, in which a bill was sent to the Queen of Spain for wine from the wine merchant Ochoa de Ayantz!
2. The stunning Cantabrian Mountains, which you can admire from the Paseo del Collado in Laguardi, stretch over 180 miles and have several peaks over 8,000 feet.
3. The city of Pamplona, famously known for the running of the bulls in July, was a military camp for Pompey during the winter of 75-74 BC. The city was Pompaelo after him, which translated to Spanish became Pamplona.