Madrid, San Sebastián & La Rioja tour

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Travel Style: Array Full on
Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
7 days
From: $ 6,660 $ 951 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Visit two of Spain's most acclaimed museums on a guided tour of the Prado in Madrid and Guggenheim in Bilbao.
  • Visit the highlights of Spain’s historic capital, Toledo, which is famed for its Moorish, Jewish and Christian heritage.
  • Explore the Ribera del Duero and Rioja wine regions with guided tours and tastings.
  • Sample the pintxos of the Basque Country on a tasting tour of San Sebastián.

Short Description

Arrive in Spain's capital city of Madrid where, after checking into your hotel, you'll take a panoramic tour of the city. Explored with your guide and had some free time, make your way back to Madrid, stopping in a countryside winery for a tour and tasting.

Style Private guided tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions All internal ground transport
Start City Madrid
End City San Sebastián

Destinations

Spain

Attractions & Cities Visited

Basque Country Bilbao Madrid Toledo

Activities & Interests

Historic sightseeing History Winetasting

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Itinerary

Day 1: Madrid

Accommodation options: Tótem Madrid, NH Collection Madrid Suecia, Catalonia las Cortes & Only YOU Boutique Hotel

Arrive in Spain's capital city of Madrid where, after checking into your hotel, you'll take a panoramic tour of the city. Wander through the heart of the city on foot before being whisked to the outskirts of the city by car to explore further.

Day 2: Madrid

Accommodation options: Tótem Madrid, NH Collection Madrid Suecia, Catalonia las Cortes & Only YOU Boutique Hotel

Venture outside of Madrid to visit Spain's historic capital, Toledo, where you can explore its medieval streets and unique architectural styles. Once you've explored with your guide and had some free time, make your way back to Madrid, stopping in a countryside winery for a tour and tasting.

Day 3: Haro

Accommodation: Hotel Los Agustinos

Head north from Madrid today to La Rioja, one of the country's crucial wine regions. Along the way, visit a local winery for lunch accompanied by a selection of local vintages.

Day 4: Haro

Accommodation:  Hotel Los Agustinos

Rioja is best known for its wines and you'll spend a full day experiencing several of the vintages that come from the area. Take tours and enjoy tastings at a selection of different wineries throughout the region, enjoying a curated wine-tasting lunch along the way.

Day 5: San Sebastián

Accommodation options: Villa Soro, Hotel Akelarre, San Sebastian, Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra & Hotel Maria Cristina

Head north from La Rioja to San Sebastián in Spain's Basque Country, known for having one of the highest concentrations of Michelin stars per capita.

Day 6: San Sebastián

Accommodation options: Villa Soro, Hotel Akelarre, San Sebastian, Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra & Hotel Maria Cristina

This morning you'll have some free time to relax and enjoy San Sebastián's beaches before experiencing the city's renowned food culture through a tasting tour of pintxos (Basque small plates).

Day 7: Return home

Journey west of San Sebastián today to visit Bilbao and its art museums, including the Guggenheim. After your time in the city, head to the airport to catch your flight home.

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Price Per Day: $ 951 per day

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Ewan was fantastic in helping me arrange a US trip for me and my Fiancée. Gave me all the top spots and recommendations on what to do, when all I really had to start with was a broad idea of where I wanted to go.
The locations were perfect and the activities made the experience extra special.
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Unfortunately, I can't review our TRAVEL experience with Audley Travel, but can comment on their non-responsiveness.

I contacted Audley as they came recommended by Wilderness Travel, the company we traveled with previously.

I left multiple messages for their regional specialist Adam -- voice messages through his co-workers (Alec and Jacky), email, website inquiry -- he didn't reply. I finally spoke to another specialist at the office (Lydia) and pressed her to not take yet another message for Adam, but tell me honestly if they are interested in working on our itinerary or we should move on. She then told me that they are busy. Well, wish they had some integrity to tell me on the first call, so I didn't have to loose time on trying to contact their "specialist".

p.s. They sent their automated marketing message with ALL their trips listed in response to my website inquiry. In this message they included: "When you are ready...". I replied that, indeed, we are ready, as I explained in my inquiry -- ready, know where and when we want to travel and are inquiring if you are interested in creating a private journey for us. No reply! Instead, they sent another marketing message the next day (and after Lydia already told us that they are very busy and won't be able to make reservations.) The second marketing message had no option to "unsubscribe". Again, I replied to that message and asked them to stop spamming me with marketing materials.

UPDATE: Audley's Client Experience Executive reached out to me in response to this review. She apologized profusely and wanted me to know that my "feedback is being heard". She said that she spoke with the employees' manager to "ensure mistakes like this don’t happen again and provide additional training to support their growth." She also promised to ask the marketing to delete my name from their marketing list. I took her at her word.

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Unfortunately Audley Travel are so arrogant they don’t believe anyone else can provide a better holiday at lower cost

I’m booking for South Africa and they simply can’t accept that another company can provide a better itinerary at a lower price - even to the point of asking for the other quote and saying this is usual practice in the industry!! ( rubbish) . Totally unprofessional behaviour. Furthermore , sending me emails knocking my choice of hotel and safari park while at the same time promoting hotels that clearly have issues as evidenced by poor ratings on the major sites

I use another well known travel provider that actually provide high quality at a decent price

Audley are simply interested in selling the highest price hotels etc that give them the maximum profit rather than what is right for you

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Where do I start, a trip of a life time, with experiences and memories for all my family. Every detail of our amazing journey in Cambodia & Vietnam was exceptional. The key was the guides provided, local, knowledgable and flexible, they all became friends over our stay. Engaging in the culture, experiencing life from food to travel, to luxury and amazing people. I would like to thank Mark Hotham for creating such special trip with many memories, to all the guides, Sophea, Tien & Tan and the drivers. Will I be booking another trip with Audley - yes, my only problem is what location
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We were planning a special family holiday in Thailand to celebrate our Golden Wedding anniversary. We were a party of 11, coming from the UK and Australia at slightly different times.
Mark Hotham at Audley Travel helped us to put together the holiday of a lifetime. He helped us through the complexity of different start dates, advised on a suitable hotel and arranged a terrific trip to the Elephant Hills camp in the jungle.
The arrangements worked splendidly, the hotel in Khao Lak was first class and the Elephant Hills trip was magical.
Nothing was ever too much trouble for Mark and every effort was made to deliver the holiday we were looking for.
We have already recommended Audley travel to our friends and they will be our first choice of travel agency from now on.
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This was our first time using Audley to organise a holiday for us and Ewan did a simply fantastic job. From the very first contact call, where we explained what we hoped to see and do, to wishing us 'Bon voyage' as we stepped on to the plane, Ewan was always there, helping and guiding. He selected exactly the sort of hotels and experiences we were looking for as well as the flights and car hire in one seamless operation. We will definitely be using Audley again !
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Flight & Transport Inclusions

All internal ground transport

Group Size

Intimate Group - 12 max

Trip ID#:

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