rioja cuvee with ana fabiano
October 21-27, 2024
7 Days / 6 Nights
Limited to 12 Spots
(for double occupancy)
hallowed vines & exalted cuisine inspired by the riojana terroir
Join award-winning author and foremost expert of the Rioja region, Ana Fabiano, for a connoisseurs’ journey through the fine wines and fabled food traditions of Rioja. Together we’ll explore its iconic Tempranillo terroir, from the vines of Alavesa to the Alta, as we sip luscious reds and visit the storied bodegas of this winemaking paradise of Spain’s Ebro River Valley. Paired alongside the finest DOC wines, our exquisite voyage will introduce us to Rioja’s rustic culinary origins from garden to table and family farm to asador, while savoring the star-studded kitchens that are defining contemporary Riojan cuisine.
October 21-27, 2024
(7 Days / 6 Nights)
Limited to 12 Spots
Part of our exclusive Cuvée Collection, limited-edition expeditions hosted by the most acclaimed names in wine & spirits.
based on double occupancy*
based on single occupancy* **
*Airfare not included. **The number of single occupancy rooms is extremely limited and subject to availability at time of booking
Garden to Gourmet
Roll up your sleeves for an immersion into Rioja’s fresh from the garden ingredients and rustic food traditions alongside some of the region’s finest food experts.
Taste of the Terroir
A love letter to the Riojana terroir, from the Alavesa to the Alta we’ll savor the artisan bounty and vineyard delights that make Spain’s Ebro River Valley an iconic culinary paradise.
Back to the Future
An architectural feast for the eyes where modernity meets the medieval, we’ll rest our heads at Rioja’s most sumptuous stays, from the Frank Gehry designed masterpiece, Hotel Marqués de Riscal, to the restored 16th century manor house, Hotel Santa María Briones.
meet the tastemaker
HOTEL MARQUÉS DE RISCAL
HOTEL SANTA MARÍA BRIONES
- Elegant handpicked stays with gourmet spirit, including five-star Hotel Marqués de Riscal & four-star Hotel Santa María Briones
- Full-time assistance of a Palatum Trip Leader
- All ground transportation from pick-up to drop-off
- Select touring with local guides & epicurean experts
- Daily breakfast
- Seasonally inspired lunches & dinners showcasing regional wines
- Exclusive dining at awarded gastronomic restaurants
- Hands-on cooking experiences highlighting heritage recipes
- Premium winery visits & tastings at storied producers
- Special visits with acclaimed food artisans & organic farmers
- Tastings of local delicacies unique to each region
- Signature cultural touring & all associated tickets/entrance fees
- Palatum Welcome Package in advance of departure
What's Not Included
- International or regional airfare
- A-la-carte food orders, alcoholic beverages or wines outside of pre-arranged menus during organized meals
- Any meals or beverages during free time
- Hotel incidentals including room service, laundry services and hotel bar tabs
- Hotel room upgrade requests and/or fees/supplements incurred from any room changes
- Personal expenditures and personal spending money
- Expenses for activities/excursions not included in the tour itinerary
- Transportation expenses incurred during free time, such as taxi or bus fares
- Travel insurance including health, accidents, lost baggage and trip cancellation
- Passport and Visa expenses
- All other items that are not mentioned or included in the tour itinerary
Reserve your spot today with a deposit and completion of our booking form.
Looking for a privatized experience or specific dates? Look into booking a Private Palatum Expedition.
your trip specifics
The group rendezvous point for the start of the tour is Bilbao-Abando Train Station. It is strongly recommended that you arrive in Bilbao one or two days prior to the commencement of the tour, to allow for any delays or rerouting that may occur while in transit to Bilbao. Please note that all participants must arrive by 11:00 AM to Bilbao-Abando Train Station on October 21, 2024 to take advantage of the group transfer to Rioja Alavesa. Participants who choose to arrive earlier or later than the outlined group transfer time can contact The Palatum about private transfer options, which can be arranged at an additional cost.
Suggested Airport: Bilbao Airport
Pick-up Location: Bilbao-Abando Train Station
Pick-up Time: Approximately 11:00 AM
The end date of the tour is October 27, 2024 with group drop-offs at 8:30 AM at Bilbao Airport and 9:15 AM at Bilbao-Abando Train Station. If you are planning to depart from Bilbao Airport on October 27, 2024 we would strongly recommend that you book a departing flight that leaves no earlier than 10:30 AM, to allow for ample time following the scheduled drop-off. Likewise, if you are planning to depart from Bilbao-Abando Train Station on October 27, 2024, we would strongly recommend that you book a departing train that leaves no earlier than 11:00 AM, to allow for ample time following the scheduled drop-off.
Suggested Airport: Bilbao Airport
Drop-off Locations: Bilbao Airport & Bilbao-Abando Train Station
Drop-off Times: Approximately 8:30 AM (Bilbao Airport) & Approximately 9:15 AM (Bilbao-Abando Train Station)
Your trip balance is due no later than July 31, 2024 (approximately 75 days prior to the tour start date).
Payments may be made by MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover, or by check made payable to The Palatum.
more to know
This tour may at times be physically active and interactive, so you must be in good health to participate. If you have any physical, mental, visual, or other medical impairment that may hinder your ability to successfully complete this Palatum small group tour, you must submit a letter from your physician stating that you are able to safely participate in the tour at least 90 days prior to departure. The Palatum reserves the right to decline any Participant whose condition, in The Palatum’s opinion, may negatively affect the health or safety of that Participant, other Participants, our staff/agents, or third parties.
The Palatum has crafted this exclusive epicurean tour to highlight seasonal vinicultural and gastronomic experiences of the highest caliber. As this tour has been specially designed to take you off the beaten path and introduce you to authentic local food and wine experiences, it may require that necessary adjustments be made to the tour schedule either prior to departure or during the tour. Rest assured, we will make every effort to provide you with the touring experience outlined in the itinerary. Please be advised that we cannot provide refunds for any touring days, activities, excursions, tastings, etc., that you have chosen not to participate in, or any costs associated with opting out of a planned activity or excursion (i.e. taxi or bus fare).
If you cancel by or before March 1, 2024: You will receive a 100% refund of your paid deposit minus a $500 processing fee.
If you cancel between March 2, 2024 and April 30, 2024: You will receive a 50% refund of your paid deposit.
If you cancel between May 1, 2024 and July 31, 2024: You will receive a 25% refund of your paid deposit.
If you cancel after July 31, 2024 all monies paid will be non-refundable.
Trip cancellation must be made by calling The Palatum at 1-888-466-4381, and must be followed up by written confirmation via email or mail.
the palatum way
Palatum tours feature the full-time assistance of a Palatum Trip Leader, as well as select touring with local guides and experts in gastronomy and oenology.
Every Palatum tour is designed to celebrate the culinary traditions, seasonal produce, and local food products that make the regions being visited, such diverse gastronomic destinations. During the tour you will enjoy a wide variety of gourmet foods, as well as both typical and creative dishes, intended to delve deep into the authentic food landscapes we will be exploring. This means that you can look forward to sampling regional delicacies that highlight a cornucopia of ingredients, from the familiar to the unfamiliar. As culinary experiences and organized meals are planned well in advance, it is important that you advise The Palatum of any food allergies and/or dietary restrictions you may have, so that we can do our very best to meet your needs.
You can look forward to receiving an online link to your digital Palatum Portfolio approximately two weeks prior to departure. Your digital Palatum Portfolio will include the final, detailed tour itinerary, providing a more granular portrait of your travel experience, including daily touring schedules with times and all pertinent details, as well as other supplemental travel information, such as weather resources, emergency contact information, and other useful travel tips.
An amuse-bouche for the feast that awaits, your Palatum Welcome Package will include some gourmet surprises to get you dreaming about your upcoming trip, which will be mailed out to arrive prior to your departure on the tour. Once shipped, you will be notified via email and provided with the tracking number for your package.
Optional travel insurance is available to provide peace of mind during your travels in the event of accident, sickness or unexpected cancellation. In evaluating travel insurance options you may want to review all forms of insurance coverage for your upcoming trip, such as your credit card or medical and homeowner’s insurance company benefits, in addition to other third party insurance providers. Trip insurance can also be purchased through The Palatum’s preferred provider Travel Guard®. If you are interested in obtaining a quote or purchasing a policy, you can email The Palatum at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today’s travel landscape offers many resources available for booking airfare. As such, we encourage you to explore your options, such as booking your airfare through a trusted ticketing agent, an online airline resource, or using your frequent flier miles or credit card rewards points. As you research your preferred flights, you will want to review your pre-tour and post-tour travel plans, and select airline routes that make sense logistically with regard to the start and end dates of the tour.
All Palatum tours require a valid passport, with a minimum 6 months validity. As visa and entry requirements can vary from country to country, and change with little or no notice, it is your responsibility to contact your local embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, and to carry the proper travel documents.
Each tour participant is allowed a total of one medium sized suitcase (25” to 27” inches) and one standard carry-on. Please note that this luggage allowance will be strictly enforced, as the size of the tour vehicle will only accommodate the set number of tour participants and the outlined luggage allowance per participant. Any deviation from the outlined luggage allowance will result in unnecessarily cramped tour bus conditions.
Arriving before the start of tour, or perhaps staying after? Just let us know and we can provide you with pricing for a pre- or post-tour extension, such as private transfers and additional nights at hotels included on the tour.