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Walking and Wine in Northern Spain

Walk among the vineyards and drink in the scenery

Next Tour: Fall 2021


6 days / 5 nights




Private Group


The Basque Country
The Wine Regions
Kingdom of Navarra

Walking and Wine in Northern Spain

Dive deep into the part of Spain where ancient routes cross fields and traverse medieval cities. Walk through the prettiest parts of the Rioja, where rolling vineyards flank legendary paths leading to monasteries tucked away in the hills. We hike the gentle ups and downs of the green foothills in the Navarran Pyrenees, and along the wind-swept, sparkling Basque Coast. This journey through the North of Spain is full of sensory delights and authentic experiences. From Michelin-recommended foodie experiences to rustic farm-fresh meals, the food and wine of the region are unparalleled.


Best Time to Visit

April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November



  • Traverse the Rioja Alta wine region. 
  • Visit and dine at award-winning wineries in Rioja and Navarra, some of which were founded in the 16th century.
  • Relax and luxuriate at the Frank Gehry designed Marques de Riscal Hotel and Spa. 
  • Walk among caves and megalithic dolmens in the Navarran foothills. 
  • Enjoy a culinary extravaganza of Basque Iberian dishes, composed of a 14-course sampling menu.
  • Revel in San Sebastian’s lively food and wine-filled nightlife. 

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Walking and Wine Tour – Availability

This enchanting territory and our immersive tours are well worth the discovery, and we can make your vacations unique and memorable, so come and join us on one when it’s optimal for you.

Best Time to Visit

April through November



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Bilbao - Haro - El Ciego - Ezcaray - Pamplona - San Sebastián

* NST itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotel substitutions, and other modifications.

Day 1Welcome to Legendary Spain

Our journey together starts in Bilbao’s downtown where your Northern Spain Travel guides will welcome you. We transfer to the Rioja region and spend the morning walking an epic Rioja trail with exquisite views of the region before we stop for lunch in the “capital del Rioja” town of Haro in the majestic heritage hotel Los Agustinos. In the heart of the wine region, our afternoon pleasures are no less than private visits and wine-tasting in exclusive wineries for wine tastings in the region in charming, authentic bodegas. We lunch at a fourteenth century convent now turned four star hotel in Haro.

Food: Lunch and dinner
Travel: The best portions of Bilbao to Haro
Sleep: Four Star Hotel ****
Estimated walking Time: 2.5hrs /3 hrs
How far: 5.3 miles / 8.6 km elevation gain: 450 meters
Even farther: 16 miles / 25 km elevation gain:750 meters

Day 2Medieval Roadway

We hike one of the prettiest medieval pathways of la Rioja, through rolling hills and vineyards, stopping at the twin 11th-century monasteries, Yuso and Suso, in San Millan de la Cogolla. We stop along the way for a classic “pintxo and wine” lunch for traditional Rioja cuisine and then visit a magnificent winery for a wine tasting before we transfer to our final destination, Elciego. Luxuriate at the Marques de Riscal Spa and enjoy a tour of the famed winery. Opt for a dinner-trip on your own to sample the local pintxos at the medieval town of Laguardia which is perched on top of 300 cellars carved out of the rock.

Food: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Travel: Najera / San Millan de la Cogolla / El Ciego
Sleep: Hotel Marqués de Riscal ****
Estimated walking time: 2,5/3 hrs
How far: 5.3 miles / 8.6 km elevation gain: 450 meters
Even farther: 16 miles / 25 km elevation gain:750 meters

Day 3Luxury and Fine Dining

Leaving Marques de Riscal, and after reaching a peak that offers excellent panoramic views of Ezcaray, we head to town where we dine at the two-Michelin star restaurant El Portal, and enjoy the Rioja mountain air. This is a light walking day, with time to spend your afternoon relaxing, shopping – including a company and store that makes top of the line shawls, scarves, sashes and blankets – a walking tour of the enchanting town and interesting urban town center. Lastly, explore the local tapas bars for dinner at your leisure.

Food: Breakfast and lunch
Travel: The best portion of Elciego to Ezcaray
Sleep: Four Star Hotel ****
Estimated Walking Time: 1.5 hrs
How far: 10 miles / 16 km elevation gain: 200 meters

Day 4The Land of Carboneros

We explore the natural botanical splendor of the mysterious and little-known Lokiz mountain range on foot. Complete the morning among vineyards to visit the historical landmark ruins of Villamayor castle and Castillo de Monjardín bodega in the foothills of the Pyrenees to sample Navarra wine and have an aperitivo. This castle was an important stronghold for the Kingdom of Navarra in the 12th-century, and is steeped in history. The evening is topped with a food and wine pintxo tour in the winding cobblestone streets of Old Town Pamplona.

Food: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Travel: The best portions from Lokiz to Monjardin to Pamplona
Sleep: Heart of Pamplona Apartments
Estimated Walking Time: 3 hrs
How far: 5 miles / 8km elevation gain:740 meters
Even farther: 10 m / 16 km elevation gain: 940 meters

Day 5The Holy Grail of Iberian Ham

We hike on paths running high in the mountains through beech tree forests, mythology, dolmens and legends under our footsteps, while soaking up the stunning views of the Urbasa-Andia mountain range. We arrive to a twelfth century Romanesque sanctuary named for Saint Michael, who was said to have slayed a dragon at that site. At a special local free range farm, find out why the Euskal-txerris, or Basque pigs, are a delicacy and one of Spain’s best kept secrets. We sit down to enjoy a culinary extravaganza of Basque Iberian dishes, composed of a 14-course sampling menu. We enjoy an after drink in an authentic nearby cider farm village and country stroll. In the afternoon we venture over into the heart of San Sebastian to sample all the best of the world-renowned pintxos paired with spectacular wines and to revel in the lively and exciting atmosphere.

Food: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Travel: The best portion of Pamplona to San Sebastián
Sleep: Four Star Hotel ****
Estimated Walking Time: 1.5 hrs
How far: 4.5 miles / 7km elevation gain: 740 meters

Day 6Morning to Relax and Say Farewell

After a fine breakfast, we will be transferred to Pamplona city center. We’ll assist in arranging your transportation to the nearest airport or train station for your onward travels.

Food: Breakfast
Travel: San Sebastián



  • Select hotels that reflect the uniqueness of each destination


  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, nutritious snacks, and cocktail hour
  • Gourmet dinners at our hand-picked restaurants and culinary events
  • Unlimited local wine, or beer with every meal


  • NST local guides
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points


  • Wine tastings and activities as indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events

Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Dinners on free evenings
  • Gratuities for guides
  • Extra services not outlined in the itinerary
  • Hotel de Londres ****

    Back to the Belle Epoque

    The Hotel de Londres is a pretty boutique hotel in San Sebastián with a La Belle Epoque feel. It has views to the Concha Bay and the city center. Luxury, modern facilities and a high level service make this historic building one of the best hotels in San Sebastián.

  • Hotel Relais & Châteaux Echaurren ****

    A 19th Century Stage Post

    Since 1898, this remodeled stagecoach post is family establishment passed from parents to children, making Echaurren a centenary building. The hotel has widened their culinary and experiential offer, which includes a traditional cuisine bistro and a two Michelin stars restaurant, which is among the best in Spain.

  • Hotel Marqués de Riscal *****

    Visionary Architecture. Vintage Experiences.

    Designed by internationally renowned architect Frank Gehry, this 5-star hotel is truly an adventure of a lifetime. Prepare to savor a one-of-a-kind experience including a Vinothérapie spa session and Michelin-starred meal overseen by Chef Francis Paniego. The hotel has exceptional designer touches and enviable views of the countryside, medieval town of Elciego or the striking architecture.

  • Heart of Pamplona Apartments

    Apartments Heart of Pamplona

    City Center of Pamplona

    Located in the center of the capital of the province of Navarra, Heart of Pamplona Apartments are ideal for visitors to Pamplona, Navarra or the Basque Country. HOP apartments are located right by all the necessary services for a pleasant stay. They are silent corners in the middle of lively streets, in the most popular areas of restaurants and bars.

Tour Designers

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Stephanie Mutsaerts

Founder of Northern Spain Travel & Heart of Pamplona

Stephanie, the dynamo of our organization, is a Canadian who has fallen in love with this region of Spain. She is enterprising, innovative and has an endless amount of energy to design unique outstanding travel plans, making her passion her profession. She has the firm conviction that until the product standards are exceptional, they should not be offered.

“Our goals are two: one is to dazzle our visitors and another is to share with them what we find so extremely enchanting about this region of Spain”.

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Oliver Blazquez

Product Manager & Public Relations

Oliver is our greatest ambassador of Pamplona. Oliver has it all: charm, conversation and deep knowledge of his Basque culture. You will feel like you’ve made a new friend during one of his energetic tours. Oliver is always on the beat searching for the perfect pintxo and exciting, outside-the-box experiences. He is dedicated to designing the most exclusive events for our guests, such as the Hemingway to the Basque Coast tour, or a walking tour of the Running of the Bulls course with an international bull runner.  He knows the all the best destinations and activities on the off-the-beaten cultural track.

“This is our essential hallmark that sets us apart from any other events agency”.

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