From Bilbao: Vitoria and Rioja Day Tour
- Pickup available
- Duration: 8 hours
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This was a combined English/Spanish tour, with 3 English speakers (including us), and around 15 Spanish speakers. The guide (Stephane) was good and spoke a lot about Basque culture and the region. The Vitoria portion was okay - but not that special. The Rioja portion took us to Laguardia, which was a nice place to visit. However, the timing of our winery tour plus lunch (not included) took us into siesta time (2:30 - 3:30), where everything seemed to be closed. The guide had recommended visiting a particular church, but when we got there, it was closed, re-opening at the time our bus left the town. Nice scenery on the bus ride down the mountains, and we stopped at a good picture location. Some nice picture spots around Laguardia as well.
This was a really fun tour. We had a wonderful guide who gave us good information and made it very enjoyable. The wine tour they provided of a small boutique winery was exceptional. We also loved having some time on our own to explore these two marvelous towns and enjoy a very delicious lunch. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to get a general feel for the area in a one day span. It made us all want to return to the region and explore more.
Various places were visirted with a nice and longer stop in fisherman village Bermeo and a good visit and history explanation in Gernika in the Basque parliament. Some stops wit a castle and a chapel at a sea cliff were mere photostops and would have bene nice for a longer visit and sightseeing, but time was restricted. The guide was nice and gave a lot of background !
This was a great tour because the destinations were remarkable and the tour guide provided so much additional insights/depth. I was disappointed that we could not walk along the stairs at Gaztelugatxe - it would have been good if the description of the tour (upon booking it) made that more clear and identified an option where that aspect was incorporated in the tour.
This was an excellent tour. Vitoria is a lovely city and very well covered by Stefan our guide. The route to la guardia has breath taking views of the wine region. A very nice tour of the winery and la guardia itself is a beautiful town.