Basque Mountains + Rioja Winery

Basque Cities & Mountains + Rioja Winery

–Visit Rioja Wine Cellar
–Gorbeia Natural Park
–Bilbao – San Sebastian – Vitoria
-Nervión Waterfall

Wine, nature, mountains and friends… the most essential elements of a good holiday!

During this trip you will have the chance to taste the best wine of Spain: RIOJA, while enjoying the atmosphere of the mountains in the Basque Country. We will visit the highest waterfall of Spain: Nervión Waterfall, as well as the city of Bilbao, Vitoria, and San Sebastian, which are perhaps the most beautiful cities in Spain.

What you can see on this trip:

  • Bilbao, Vitoria and San Sebastian
  • Logroño and Haro
  • Gorbeia Natural Park
  • Nervion waterfall (the highest waterfall in Spain)
  • A RIOJA wine cellar (The famous CVNE)

LOGROÑO, HARO AND TWO WINERIES OF RIOJA

Logroño: this is the capital of the Community of La Rioja and located on the riverside of the Ebro River. The city is most famous for its wine culture, gastronomy, the Camino de Santiago, and the Old Town center. It is not surprising that the city has a rich wine culture since it is the capital of the wine culture in Spain. After visiting the city and having lunch, we will go to Haro, where we will visit the famous winery.

PARQUE NATURAL DE GORBEIA

Gorbea Natural Park is the most popular and well-known part of the Basque mountains. This mountain is basically the boundary between the territory of Biscay and Alava with its 1482 meter hight.
The two main attractions in the Natural Park are the Itxina Protected Biotope and the Gujuli Waterfall. At this time of the year the park looks like covered with a red blanket since the color of the leaves.

Bilbao

Bilbao is internationally known for its cultural and urban transformation during the past few years. There are many things to see and discover in the city, such as the Guggenheim Museum, which is a great international symbol and a gateway to the universe of Basque culture. The good news is that we will visit this Museum on the 3rd day of our trip with an official city guide (optional visit).

SAN SEBASTIAN

If you are a fan of the “Belle époque”, the historical cities and the ocean, you will fall in love with San Sebastian. Many things are waiting fo ryou here, such as the beaches, the Victoria Eugenia Theater or the Miramar Palace. San Moreover San Sebastian is internationally known as the city of cinema. The good news is that we are going to explore this city on the 3rd day after Bilbao.

Vitoria

Walking in Vitoria is like traveling back in time because it has a beautiful medieval history. Currently, it is among the Spanish cities where we can find the best quality of life in the country. Vitoria has a well-kept historical center surrounded by large, beautiful green areas and we can find an imposing cathedral and a lively Plaza Mayor as well.

SALTO DE NERVIÓN

Salto de Nervión is the highest waterfall in Spain. 
Peninsula: Salto de Nervión, with more than 270 meter of waterfall.
This is a magical place located between the provinces of Alava, Burgos and Bizkaia.

Description of the hikes

Route 1: Gorbeia Natural Park

Option 1. Gorbeia Mountain from Canteras (Medium high, 800 ascent)
Option 2. Otzarreta beech forest (Medium, 400 ascent)*

*Option 2 only in case of bad weather

Distance: 11-13 km (depends on the weather) 
Positive difference in altitude: 800 m / 400 m
Technical difficulty: Moderate
A negative difference in altitude: 800 m/400 m
Maximum altitude: 1.500 m / 900 m
Type of route: Circular
Route 2: Viewpoint Salto de Nervión (The highest waterfall in Spain)
Distance: 7 km
Elevation gain: 401 m
Technical difficulty: Moderate
Maximum altitude: 805 m
Type of route: Circular 

Our hotel

Our hotel is carefully chosen, located in the center of Bilbao so you can visit the nature in the morning and go out at night. Also, it has a central location for all the routes and cities that we will visit during our stay. We will stay at Ibis Budget Bilbao City. The rooms are double rooms but you can ask for single or triple rooms.

Brief trip itinerary

Saturday 04/11
We leave from Valencia in the very early morning. We go directly to Logroño where we arrive approximately at 11:00 AM. After visiting this charming town, we will have lunch in La Rioja. In the afternoon we visit the famous winery (CVNE), and after the visit, we end our day in Bilbao. Our hotel is based in Bilbao where we arrive around 19:30-20:00 PM. In the rest of the day we have the chance to take a rest or go for a walk in the center of Bilbao.
Sunday 05/11
After having our breakfast together, we will go for a beautiful 11-13 km long route (moderate level) with lakes and waterfalls in the Natural Park of Gorbeia. After the route, we go to Vitoría, a beautiful city full of life. After having our dinner in Vitoría, around 21:00 PM we return to Bilbao.
Monday 06/12
On the third day, you can plan the day for yourself. You have several options: You can wake up early and enjoy Bilbao or you can wake up later and take a rest. At 16:00 PM we are going to San Sebastian but if you prefer you can staying in Bilbao to discover more. We will be in San Sebastian until 21:00 PM, where we will have dinner and around 22:00 PM we will be back in Bilbao.
Tuesday 07/11
On our last day we will wake up a bit earlier to go for a 7-8 km long hike to see the Salto de Nervión (the highest waterfall in Spain). We will explore an incredible natural place. The best time of the year to visit this waterfall is at this time because it rains a lot so we can see the beauty of this waterfall. After the route we return to Valencia, but will make a small stop to visit a nice village and have a good meal there. This way we will say a proper goodbye to the Basque Country.

Meeting Point: Avenida Aragón 31 (In front of Mestalla)

COVID-19 Safety Measures:

In order to travel and enjoy safely we will have to follow these protocols to travel with VLE / Wexcursion. First of all, if you feel some symptoms like fever / cough / respiratory problem you should not participate to the trip. Use of a mask will be mandatory at all times on the bus. The bus will be sanitized before and after each service. Before boarding the bus, temperature control will be done. We will give you a disinfecting wipe so you can safely clean your seat. Do not print a ticket to avoid handling paper, show us the QR code on your mobile or just tell us your name and surname. During the guided tour everybody will wear the mask.

Todos nuestro viajes están organizado por agencia de viaje Wexcursion, con numero de licencia. CV-m-1881-V

All our trips are organised by Travel agency, Wexcursion, under licence number CV-m-1881-V.

                                                                                                        Important & Cancellation policy

Cancellation policy of the trip to Selva Irati Up to 3 weeks (21 days) before the refund of 80% of the total amount Up to 2 weeks before (14 days) (60% of the total amount) Up to 10 days before 50% of the total amount. After 10 days, we cannot refund any money unless it is due to government restrictions. If you are late to the meeting point, we will not refund your money and you will lose it, The program is designed with a lot of experience and guides but there may be changes due to traffic, weather or a better alternative (we will inform you by mail and WhatsApp group). The amount of the reservation and the activities are not refundable.

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