MADRID, LA RIOJA & SAN SEBASTIAN - Culinary and Wine Experience (06 days)

Visiting: Madrid, Burgos, La Rioja, San Sebastian

DEPARTURE ON SUNDAYS!

ITINERARYs ITINERARY:

MADRID

Arrival to Madrid airport or rail station and transfer to your superior category, centrally located boutique hotel. Balance of the day is at your leisure to get acquainted with Spain’s capital city. This evening enjoy a walking tapas tour of Madrid.  Meet your private guide in your hotel in the early evening. (Taxi, if necessary, from your hotel to the tour starting point is not included). Madrid is a delightful place to set out on a tapas tour. This tour aims at understanding and enjoying the informal yet sofisticated way in which Spaniards approach a tapas counter to order their drink and food. You will be in the company of an expert local guide who will help you navigate through the maze of bars and taverns to choose just the right spot for a tempranillo red and some acorn-fed Iberian ham or those incredible garlic shrimps paired with a local wines and beer.  And that's s one of the advantages of having a guide with you, let them know about your preferences and they will do the hard work of choosing and picking! Duration: 3 hours. Includes: Private guide, Tapas and Drinks


MADRID: PRIVATE WALKING TOUR OF MADRID WITH PRADO MUSEUM

Breakfast at your hotel.  Meet your guide at the designated meeting point for today’s walking tour. Bring your most comfortable walking shoes as the most authentic Madrid deserves to be visited on foot. Meet your local guide at the designated time and meeting place to begin this walking tour. You’ll see the Puerta del Sol in Old Madrid, the Gran Via, Cibeles Fountain, Palace of Comunicaciones, the Plaza de Neptuno, the Spanish Congress building and finally a visit to the world famous Prado Museum with its superb collection of Wester Art including the works of Spanish masters such as Goya and Velazquez, including entrance fees. After the tour, return to your hotel on your own. Afternoon is at leisure. 


MADRID – BURGOS – LA RIOJA - LAGUARDIA

Breakfast. Early this morning meet your English speaking driver for departure to historical Burgos, birthplace of Spanish folk hero “El Cid”, perhaps this beautiful city’s most famous citizens along with his wife Doña Ximena, and the magnificent Gothic cathedral where they are entombed. Free time to stroll through Burgos and perhaps to try some local tapas before continuing to La Rioja wine region (we try the famous “morcilla” (blood sausages).   We arrive in La Rioja in the early afternoon and check-in to our hotel for the night.  In the afternoon visit Laguardia,  he most important town in La Rioja of Alava, and one of the most beautiful. The region is famous all around the world because of its wines, and because it was the birthplace of fabulist Samaniego. Included is a guided regular tour of a traditional wine cellar with tasting.


LA RIOJA – WINE TASTINGS – SAN SEBASTIAN

Breakfast.  Meet your driver for departure this morning to San Sebastian. On the way, we’ll stop at two local wineries in the town of Elciego or surroundings and the city of Haro for accompanied regular tour including wine tastings.   Free time will be included in Haro for lunch at a local restaurant recommended by your escort (lunch is a-la-carte and not included).   After lunch we depart north to the Basque Country and the province of Guipuzcoa and its picturesque capital, the resort city of San Sebastian.  Check-in and accommodations at your hotel. Afternoon free in San Sebastian so you can experience the local "Pintxos" (what they call Tapas in this region) on your own in the city's Old Town.


SAN SEBASTIAN

Breakfast at your hotel. This morning meet your English speaking local guide at your hotel for today’s half day walking guided tour around San Sebastian to see the most iconic places in the city. This tour also includes a panoramic view from the top of Igeldo Mountain, which you access on cable car (tickets to access to the Igeldo Mountain on cable car included). Duration: 4 hours. Afternoon free in San Sebastian, to explore this amazing city on your own.


SAN SEBASTIAN

Breakfast at your hotel.  Meet your driver in the hotel lobby, at the designated time, for your private transfer to San Sebastian airport. End of services.



PRICE PER PERSON: Pasaporte

From $2,950 + Airfare and taxes

THE TOUR INCLUDES:

  • NO AIRFARE included, in tour price
  • NO AIRPORT TRANSFERS included in this trip
  • BILINGUAL tour guide
  • Ticket Admissions (as indicated)
  • Lunch and/or Dinner, as indicated in detailed itinerary
  • Train ride (see itinerary)
  • Accommodation with buffet breakfast daily: 2 nights in Madrid, 1 night in La Rioja and 2 nights in San Sebastian
  • Arrival transfer from Madrid Airport to Hotel in Madrid
  • Private guided tapas tour in Madrid (Max. 3h)
  • Private guided walking tour in Madrid (Max. 4h)
  • Prado Museum entrance tickets
  • Day 3: Private vehicle with driver for full day for transfer Madrid - Burgos - Rioja
  • Private guided walking tour of Burgos (Max. 4h)
  • Burgos Cathedral entrance tickets
  • Regular guided tour to a winery in the Laguardia area with wine tasting
  • Day 4: Private vehicle with driver for full day transfer Rioja - San Sebastian
  • Regular guided tour to Marqués de Riscal with wine tasting
  • Regular guided tour to a traditional winery in Haro with wine tasting
  • Private guided walking tour in San Sebastian (Max. 4h)
  • Round trip tickets to Monte Igeldo tram
  • Private departure transfer from Hotel in San Sebastian to San Sebastian Airport

DETAILS:

The price does NOT include visas, additional taxes at the border and/or airports, excess baggage (some airlines allow less than 23Kg per suitcase) gratuity to the guide & driver.  Also NOT included are tips and drinks at restaurants (even if tour included the meal), meals outside of the ones mentioned, porter service, travel insurance, optional excursions, or anything that is not mentioned in writing. Check-in time to hotels worldwide is between 2:00pm-4:00pm and based on how quickly they can clean & sanitize rooms for the next guest. If the flight arrives early, you can leave your bags at the concierge and go for a walk or eat, while the rooms are ready.

When a passenger decides NOT to use nights in planned hotels, NOT participate in any excursion or DO NOT take any meals included in the program during the course of the tour, there will be NO refund.

Price is per person, in a double room, subject to availability. Viatur Travel System, Inc and/or the Tour Operator reserve the right to change the sequence of the program and/or planned hotels. There are many factors that can cause the order of the itinerary to change, without prior notice or that some services are replaced by others or totally eliminated.  The tour Operator and ourselves will always try to provide equal value or better for any unexpected change.  Providing satisfaction and quality of the tour has always been our main objective and that has characterized VIATUR since 1995.

$500 pp of initial DEPOSIT is required to book the Land Tour + the cost of the air ticket (if not included in price). In cases where the package does not include airfare, it must be booked and purchased within 24 hours of making your airfare reservation. Sometimes the airlines make price changes beyond anyone's control, they do not allow us to assign seats in advance and they charge for transporting bags, food, blankets, headphones, etc. In case you decide not to buy the air ticket through Viatur, there will be an additional administrative fee of $ 35 per passenger for processing your information. We accept Discover, Visa, Mastercard, American Express and PayPal for the initial deposit of your reservation ($500 pp). It is the policy of our company that given the nature of our services, the balance is settled with cash, cashier's check, bank deposit or bank wire in the name of our company VIATUR TRAVEL SYSTEM, INC. However, as a customer convenience and alternate form of payment, you can settle the balance with your credit card or PayPal, but in that case there will be an additional convenience charge.  With our LAY-AWAY PLAN: You can make monthly payments, without any additional fee for tours that have a departure date of 10 to 13 months into the future.

Please look at our LAY-AWAY PLAN information, under the ENGLISH tab - TERMS & CONDITIONS.   

ATTENTION: All tours have LIMITED SPACE & RESERVATION DEADLINE, the price may increase a minimum of $250 p.p.

NOTESEl Mundo

There are several pricing options.  If you wish, we can offer you land services only or with airfare included.  We can also provide price with airfare from another city or country, for any questions, please contact us at 1-888-284-2887 or info@viatur.com  If you choose to obtain your own airfare, there will be an administrative fee of $35 pp   DO NOT FORGET TO BUY TRAVEL INSURANCE at the time of making your reservation to cover Pre-Existing Conditions (diabetes, high blood pressure etc). This insurance will give you peace of mind when traveling and protection against severe cancellation penalties. In addition, it will cover medical expenses, theft or loss of luggage including if airline's fault. Please call your travel advisor at 1-888-2-VIATUR (1-888-284-2887) for more information or by E-mail: info@viatur.com  FINAL PAYMENT IS DUE 60 DAYS BEFORE DEPARTURE.  FAILURE TO PAY ON TIME, MAY CAUSE A $50 SURCHARGE or LOSS OF RESERVATION AND DEPOSIT.   All reservations are subject to cancelation penalties, depending on when we receive written notification of your cancellation. Air tickets generate penalties for any change and are NOT refundable and are NOT transferable to another person, nor can the flight itinerary be changed. These penalties, established by the airlines are NOT negotiable, nor are they within our control.  Please read the General Conditions in detail enclosed in your documents and/or on our website www.ViaturTravel.com

Check-In at hotels is worldwide between 2:00 pm-4:00pm, your understanding is requested, in case your flight arrives very early and you have to wait for your room to be ready. You are recommended to leave your luggage with the Hotel Concierge and go to eat or walk while the room is ready. Do not leave anything valuable, since neither the hotel nor Viatur are responsible for any loss. Check-out is normally between 11:00 am-12:00pm 

THE PASSENGER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HAVING TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION NEEDED. THE PASSPORT MUST BE VALID FOR AT LEAST 6 MONTHS, AFTER RETURN DATE AND THE NAME ON THE AIRLINE TICKET MUST BE IDENTICAL TO THE PASSPORT. DO NOT FORGET TO VERIFY THE VISA AND /OR VACCINES REQUIREMENT FOR THE COUNTRIES YOU ARE VISITING, EVEN THOUGH YOU MAY BE ONLY PASSING-THROUGH THAT COUNTRY'S AIRPORT. TRAVEL IMMIGRATION REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRY, DEPEND ON YOUR NATIONALITY. VIATUR DOES NOT PROCESS VISAS, WE CAN ONLY GIVE YOU SOME BASIC GUIDANCE OF THE PROCESS. 

BEFORE ISSUING AIRLINE TICKETS FOR RESERVATION:  VIATUR WILL REQUIRE a LEGIBLE & COMPLETE COPY OF THE 1ST PAGE OF YOUR PASSPORT (including picture and signature).  We will also need a fully filled-out SIGNED Reservation Form, 

TRAVEL ALONE? - NEED A TRAVEL PARTNER?

Viajando Solo

Reserve as soon as possible and we will try to get you a (same gender) Room-Share travel partner (applicable to most tours) and therefore, you will save the high cost of the "Individual Supplement" (extra cost for having a room to yourself). Contact us at 1-888-284-2887 or by email at info@viatur.com, to inform us of your interest in a Room-Share travel partner.  Make your $500 deposit, as soon as possible, to have a better chance of finding a roommate. Be aware that his option has pros and cons.  The "pros", If it all goes well, you will save money and hopefully have a pleasant and courteous travel partner, who might even become a friend or travel partner for other trips.  The "con" is that after finding you a roommate, that person might turn out to be someone, not as pleasant (you can share a room, without having to socialize during the day).  The most worrisome case "con" is that person may decide to cancel the trip for personal reasons or decide to travel with someone else known to him/her at last minute and is no longer be available to share the room.  In that uncommon scenario, you will be responsible for paying the Individual Supplement, but you will be able to have the room to yourself.  If you cancel, we will refund you as much as possible, but this depends on when does is the cancellation processed (within 60 days of departure date, it gets more complicated).  Also, if airline tickets have been issued, the airline will not refund any money and the tickets are non-transferable.  This situation happens rarely, but it's always a possibility, so its always best to consider the scenario of that extra expense.  We will make the Single Supplement, as affordable as possible, but it's based on what the Tour Operator charges, how long is the tour and the destination, because some countries are far more expensive than others.


Single Room Supplement : Ask your agent

Visiting: Madrid, Burgos, La Rioja, San Sebastian

DEPARTURE ON SUNDAYS!

ITINERARYs ITINERARY:

MADRID

Arrival to Madrid airport or rail station and transfer to your superior category, centrally located boutique hotel. Balance of the day is at your leisure to get acquainted with Spain’s capital city. This evening enjoy a walking tapas tour of Madrid.  Meet your private guide in your hotel in the early evening. (Taxi, if necessary, from your hotel to the tour starting point is not included). Madrid is a delightful place to set out on a tapas tour. This tour aims at understanding and enjoying the informal yet sofisticated way in which Spaniards approach a tapas counter to order their drink and food. You will be in the company of an expert local guide who will help you navigate through the maze of bars and taverns to choose just the right spot for a tempranillo red and some acorn-fed Iberian ham or those incredible garlic shrimps paired with a local wines and beer.  And that's s one of the advantages of having a guide with you, let them know about your preferences and they will do the hard work of choosing and picking! Duration: 3 hours. Includes: Private guide, Tapas and Drinks


MADRID: PRIVATE WALKING TOUR OF MADRID WITH PRADO MUSEUM

Breakfast at your hotel.  Meet your guide at the designated meeting point for today’s walking tour. Bring your most comfortable walking shoes as the most authentic Madrid deserves to be visited on foot. Meet your local guide at the designated time and meeting place to begin this walking tour. You’ll see the Puerta del Sol in Old Madrid, the Gran Via, Cibeles Fountain, Palace of Comunicaciones, the Plaza de Neptuno, the Spanish Congress building and finally a visit to the world famous Prado Museum with its superb collection of Wester Art including the works of Spanish masters such as Goya and Velazquez, including entrance fees. After the tour, return to your hotel on your own. Afternoon is at leisure. 


MADRID – BURGOS – LA RIOJA - LAGUARDIA

Breakfast. Early this morning meet your English speaking driver for departure to historical Burgos, birthplace of Spanish folk hero “El Cid”, perhaps this beautiful city’s most famous citizens along with his wife Doña Ximena, and the magnificent Gothic cathedral where they are entombed. Free time to stroll through Burgos and perhaps to try some local tapas before continuing to La Rioja wine region (we try the famous “morcilla” (blood sausages).   We arrive in La Rioja in the early afternoon and check-in to our hotel for the night.  In the afternoon visit Laguardia,  he most important town in La Rioja of Alava, and one of the most beautiful. The region is famous all around the world because of its wines, and because it was the birthplace of fabulist Samaniego. Included is a guided regular tour of a traditional wine cellar with tasting.


LA RIOJA – WINE TASTINGS – SAN SEBASTIAN

Breakfast.  Meet your driver for departure this morning to San Sebastian. On the way, we’ll stop at two local wineries in the town of Elciego or surroundings and the city of Haro for accompanied regular tour including wine tastings.   Free time will be included in Haro for lunch at a local restaurant recommended by your escort (lunch is a-la-carte and not included).   After lunch we depart north to the Basque Country and the province of Guipuzcoa and its picturesque capital, the resort city of San Sebastian.  Check-in and accommodations at your hotel. Afternoon free in San Sebastian so you can experience the local "Pintxos" (what they call Tapas in this region) on your own in the city's Old Town.


SAN SEBASTIAN

Breakfast at your hotel. This morning meet your English speaking local guide at your hotel for today’s half day walking guided tour around San Sebastian to see the most iconic places in the city. This tour also includes a panoramic view from the top of Igeldo Mountain, which you access on cable car (tickets to access to the Igeldo Mountain on cable car included). Duration: 4 hours. Afternoon free in San Sebastian, to explore this amazing city on your own.


SAN SEBASTIAN

Breakfast at your hotel.  Meet your driver in the hotel lobby, at the designated time, for your private transfer to San Sebastian airport. End of services.




PRICE PER PERSON:

From $2,950 + Airfare and taxes

THE TOUR INCLUDES:

  • NO AIRFARE included, in tour price
  • NO AIRPORT TRANSFERS included in this trip
  • BILINGUAL tour guide
  • Ticket Admissions (as indicated)
  • Lunch and/or Dinner, as indicated in detailed itinerary
  • Train ride (see itinerary)
  • Accommodation with buffet breakfast daily: 2 nights in Madrid, 1 night in La Rioja and 2 nights in San Sebastian
  • Arrival transfer from Madrid Airport to Hotel in Madrid
  • Private guided tapas tour in Madrid (Max. 3h)
  • Private guided walking tour in Madrid (Max. 4h)
  • Prado Museum entrance tickets
  • Day 3: Private vehicle with driver for full day for transfer Madrid - Burgos - Rioja
  • Private guided walking tour of Burgos (Max. 4h)
  • Burgos Cathedral entrance tickets
  • Regular guided tour to a winery in the Laguardia area with wine tasting
  • Day 4: Private vehicle with driver for full day transfer Rioja - San Sebastian
  • Regular guided tour to Marqués de Riscal with wine tasting
  • Regular guided tour to a traditional winery in Haro with wine tasting
  • Private guided walking tour in San Sebastian (Max. 4h)
  • Round trip tickets to Monte Igeldo tram
  • Private departure transfer from Hotel in San Sebastian to San Sebastian Airport

DETAILS:

The price does NOT include visas, additional taxes at the border and/or airports, excess baggage (some airlines allow less than 23Kg per suitcase) gratuity to the guide & driver.  Also NOT included are tips and drinks at restaurants (even if tour included the meal), meals outside of the ones mentioned, porter service, travel insurance, optional excursions, or anything that is not mentioned in writing. Check-in time to hotels worldwide is between 2:00pm-4:00pm and based on how quickly they can clean & sanitize rooms for the next guest. If the flight arrives early, you can leave your bags at the concierge and go for a walk or eat, while the rooms are ready.

When a passenger decides NOT to use nights in planned hotels, NOT participate in any excursion or DO NOT take any meals included in the program during the course of the tour, there will be NO refund.

Price is per person, in a double room, subject to availability. Viatur Travel System, Inc and/or the Tour Operator reserve the right to change the sequence of the program and/or planned hotels. There are many factors that can cause the order of the itinerary to change, without prior notice or that some services are replaced by others or totally eliminated.  The tour Operator and ourselves will always try to provide equal value or better for any unexpected change.  Providing satisfaction and quality of the tour has always been our main objective and that has characterized VIATUR since 1995.

$500 pp of initial DEPOSIT is required to book the Land Tour + the cost of the air ticket (if not included in price). In cases where the package does not include airfare, it must be booked and purchased within 24 hours of making your airfare reservation. Sometimes the airlines make price changes beyond anyone's control, they do not allow us to assign seats in advance and they charge for transporting bags, food, blankets, headphones, etc. In case you decide not to buy the air ticket through Viatur, there will be an additional administrative fee of $ 35 per passenger for processing your information. We accept Discover, Visa, Mastercard, American Express and PayPal for the initial deposit of your reservation ($500 pp). It is the policy of our company that given the nature of our services, the balance is settled with cash, cashier's check, bank deposit or bank wire in the name of our company VIATUR TRAVEL SYSTEM, INC. However, as a customer convenience and alternate form of payment, you can settle the balance with your credit card or PayPal, but in that case there will be an additional convenience charge.  With our LAY-AWAY PLAN: You can make monthly payments, without any additional fee for tours that have a departure date of 10 to 13 months into the future.

Please look at our LAY-AWAY PLAN information, under the ENGLISH tab - TERMS & CONDITIONS.   

ATTENTION: All tours have LIMITED SPACE & RESERVATION DEADLINE, the price may increase a minimum of $250 p.p.

TRAVEL ALONE? - NEED A TRAVEL COMPANION?

Reserve as soon as possible and we will try to get you a (same gender) Room-Share travel partner (applicable to most tours) and therefore, you will save the high cost of the "Individual Supplement" (extra cost for having a room to yourself). Contact us at 1-888-284-2887 or by email at info@viatur.com, to inform us of your interest in a Room-Share travel partner.  Make your $500 deposit, as soon as possible, to have a better chance of finding a roommate. Be aware that his option has pros and cons.  The "pros", If it all goes well, you will save money and hopefully have a pleasant and courteous travel partner, who might even become a friend or travel partner for other trips.  The "con" is that after finding you a roommate, that person might turn out to be someone, not as pleasant (you can share a room, without having to socialize during the day).  The most worrisome case "con" is that person may decide to cancel the trip for personal reasons or decide to travel with someone else known to him/her at last minute and is no longer be available to share the room.  In that uncommon scenario, you will be responsible for paying the Individual Supplement, but you will be able to have the room to yourself.  If you cancel, we will refund you as much as possible, but this depends on when does is the cancellation processed (within 60 days of departure date, it gets more complicated).  Also, if airline tickets have been issued, the airline will not refund any money and the tickets are non-transferable.  This situation happens rarely, but it's always a possibility, so its always best to consider the scenario of that extra expense.  We will make the Single Supplement, as affordable as possible, but it's based on what the Tour Operator charges, how long is the tour and the destination, because some countries are far more expensive than others.


Single Room Supplement : Ask your agent

NOTES

There are several pricing options.  If you wish, we can offer you land services only or with airfare included.  We can also provide price with airfare from another city or country, for any questions, please contact us at 1-888-284-2887 or info@viatur.com  If you choose to obtain your own airfare, there will be an administrative fee of $35 pp   DO NOT FORGET TO BUY TRAVEL INSURANCE at the time of making your reservation to cover Pre-Existing Conditions (diabetes, high blood pressure etc). This insurance will give you peace of mind when traveling and protection against severe cancellation penalties. In addition, it will cover medical expenses, theft or loss of luggage including if airline's fault. Please call your travel advisor at 1-888-2-VIATUR (1-888-284-2887) for more information or by E-mail: info@viatur.com  FINAL PAYMENT IS DUE 60 DAYS BEFORE DEPARTURE.  FAILURE TO PAY ON TIME, MAY CAUSE A $50 SURCHARGE or LOSS OF RESERVATION AND DEPOSIT.   All reservations are subject to cancelation penalties, depending on when we receive written notification of your cancellation. Air tickets generate penalties for any change and are NOT refundable and are NOT transferable to another person, nor can the flight itinerary be changed. These penalties, established by the airlines are NOT negotiable, nor are they within our control.  Please read the General Conditions in detail enclosed in your documents and/or on our website www.ViaturTravel.com

Check-In at hotels is worldwide between 2:00 pm-4:00pm, your understanding is requested, in case your flight arrives very early and you have to wait for your room to be ready. You are recommended to leave your luggage with the Hotel Concierge and go to eat or walk while the room is ready. Do not leave anything valuable, since neither the hotel nor Viatur are responsible for any loss. Check-out is normally between 11:00 am-12:00pm 

THE PASSENGER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HAVING TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION NEEDED. THE PASSPORT MUST BE VALID FOR AT LEAST 6 MONTHS, AFTER RETURN DATE AND THE NAME ON THE AIRLINE TICKET MUST BE IDENTICAL TO THE PASSPORT. DO NOT FORGET TO VERIFY THE VISA AND /OR VACCINES REQUIREMENT FOR THE COUNTRIES YOU ARE VISITING, EVEN THOUGH YOU MAY BE ONLY PASSING-THROUGH THAT COUNTRY'S AIRPORT. TRAVEL IMMIGRATION REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRY, DEPEND ON YOUR NATIONALITY. VIATUR DOES NOT PROCESS VISAS, WE CAN ONLY GIVE YOU SOME BASIC GUIDANCE OF THE PROCESS. 

BEFORE ISSUING AIRLINE TICKETS FOR RESERVATION:  VIATUR WILL REQUIRE a LEGIBLE & COMPLETE COPY OF THE 1ST PAGE OF YOUR PASSPORT (including picture and signature).  We will also need a fully filled-out SIGNED Reservation Form,