2 Week Wine Tour In Spain! 
With Your Host Howard Friedman of South River Importers
10th Anniversary Tour!
Explore the wine country of Northern and Western Spain. Visit Basque country with a tour of the Guggenheim Museum. Meet winemakers and taste fabulous Spanish wines, some in the "Top 100". Enjoy great food and stay at 4 and 5 star hotels in this exclusive  2 week tour limited to 24 people.
Highlights:
Sanitago de Compostela
Basque Cooking Class
Guggenheim Museum
Wine Tastings at 8 Wineries

Itinerary & Links To Hotels
9/12 Depart the USA

9/13 Arrive  in Madrid before transferring to Santiago de Compestela (transfer cost additional). The rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight: Hotel NH Collection, Santiago de Compestela

9/14 After breakfast, visit the cathedral of Santiago de Compestela, the final destination for pilgrims for over 1000 years. After lunch on your own, depart for O Rosal and a wine tasting and tour at Altos de Torona. Then journey to Baiona, where we will enjoy a cocktail hour and a wonderful dinner.
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Overnight: Parador of Baiona, Baiona
 
9/15 After breakfast,take a short ride to OGrove, where we will travel by boat to visit a barge harvesting mussels and taste some of their fresh treats. Upon returning to the dock we will go the Restaurant Yayo Daporta, aados Michelin starred restaurant in Cambados for a fine lunch paired with regional wines. Afternoon on  your own for shopping or strolling.
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Overnight: Parador of Baiona, Baiona

9/16 After breakfast, depart for Ponferrado, stopping along the way for a delicious lunch and wine pairing at Bodegas Do Campo in Ribadaviaat a 400 year old farmhouse.
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Overnight: Arroi Bierzo Plaza, Ponferrada

9/17 After breakfast we will enjoy a tasting and vineyard tour by tractor at Casar de Burbia in Carracedelo, Bierzo. After our tour we will return to Ponferrada for a grilled steak luncheon at Venecia Restaurant which imports beef from around the world. After lunch we will tour the town of Leon, where one of Gaudi's earliest buildings is located.
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9/18 After Breakfast we travel to Castro Urdiales, a lovely seaside village.  Then its on to Santillana del Mar foc lunch on your own in this perfectly preserved medieval village. Next we travel to Bilbao in the Basque country, where we will tour the Guggenheim Museum.
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Overnight: Silken Gran Domine, Bilbao

9/19 Today you are free to explore Bilbao on your own, or perhaps take a bus to San Sebastion
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Optional Excursion: Lunch at Asadore Etxbarri
Overnight: Silken Gran Domine, Bilbao

9/20 After breakfast we will visit the Bodega Katxina vineyard where we will taste their wine and enjoy a variety of Pintxos from their extraordinary  kitchen. After this we will stroll through the seaside town of Hondarribis where we will lunch on our own.
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Overnight: Silken Gran Domine, Bilbao

9/21 After breakfast you will don your chef's hat as we travel to Txoko in San Sebastion to participate in a cooking class which will include a delicious lunch. There will be time to stroll around San Sebastion before we  will move on to the wine producing region of Rioja.
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Overnight: Los Augustinos Hotel, Haro

9/22 After breakfast we visit the world famous bodega and vineyards of Cune where we will enjoy a tour and a wine tasting.
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Overnight: Los Augustinos Hotel, Haro

9/23 After breakfast we travel to Bodegas Valduero for a tour of the cellars, a wine tasting and lunch. Then we will travel to Burgos. The cathedral in Burgos is a UNESCO world heritage site where the have the tomb of El Cid, Spain's greatest national hero.
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9/24 After breakfast we will travel to Pedrosa de Duero for a tour of the fabulous cellars of Pago de los Capellanes and a wine tasting.
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Optional tour: Tapas tasting in Burgos
Overnight: Hotel NH Palacio de la Merced, Burgos

 9/25 After breakfast we will visit the Bodega Javier Sanz for a tour of this 18th century vienyard and a tapas lunch. If time permits, we will stop in Segovia enroute to Madrid.
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Overnight: Wellington Hotel, Madrid

9/26 Enjoy a day on your own in Madrid to enjoy the museums, shop, visit the Royal Palace take a segway tour or watch Flamenco dancers after a visit to the Plaza Mayor.
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Overnight: Wellington Hotel, Madrid

9/27 Another day on your own to do the things you didn't do the day before.
Overnight: Wellington Hotel, Madrid

9/28 After breakfast, transfer to the aiport for your return flight home (transfer cost not included)

Your Best Connection Travel  Planner   Rosie Cavin  410-224-4555
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