SARAGOSSA 70ºF - 73ºF - OLITE 57ºF - 63ºF - SANTO DOMINGO DE LA CALZADA 55ºF - 55ºF - NAJERA 61ºF - 61ºF - TRICIO 61ºF - 61ºF - LOGROÑO 57ºF - 63ºF
Welcome to your Europamundo Trip Style!!! The information about the meeting place and start time of your circuit can be found on your voucher.We left Zaragoza towards OLITE , municipality of Navarra where we could admire the greatness of its Royal Palace, headquarter of the Kings of Navarra during the Medieval times . Nowadays it is one of the most luxurious castles of Europe. ( Entrance not Included). We are going to continue our route to the heart of La Rioja to discover a population connected to Santiago’s road: SANTO DOMINGO DE LA CALZADA. This city was founded by the homonymous saint , to offer safety and refuge to the pilgrims on the French way. With our guide, we could have a walk in the city and in case you wish, you could visit the Cathedral where the Saint’s body is preserved and the famous gothic henhouse. (Entrance not Included) Time to have lunch. We continue crossing the landscape of Rioja to get NAJERA, another city where the pilgrims also use to cross. This village is divided by the river Najerilla and in one of its edge , there is a very important monument : the Monastery of Saint Maria the Real (Entrance included). There is one magnificent cloister of the Knights of XVI Century , where there is a combination of Gothic, Plateresque and Renaissance styles. It is time to have a coffee and walk. Not so far away from this city , we will stop in TRICIO, where we will find the Basilica of Santa Maria of the Arches,(Entrance included) the oldest religious monument of La Rioja. Its origin came from a Roman Mausoleum of III Century and has changed to a Christian Basilica in the V Century, recycling Tricio , the Great , which corresponded the current village of Tricio, Najera and other small near locations. We finish our day today in LOGROÑO Time to have dinner and accommodation.
LOGROÑO 57ºF - 63ºF
Our first stop in this wine tourist route will be in BRIONES where we will have the first contact with the vineyards of La Rioja. This location is situated on the top of a hill where the North slope is separated by the Ebro River. There is a very interesting Medieval urban style in the majority of the constructions which were built with granite stones. Continuing our wine tourist route, we will visit HARO, capital of the wine of La Rioja . Its wineries are very important and international recognized , as well as its artistic and architectural legacy : The City Hall , the Saint Thomas Church, plenty of Palaces and ancestral streets. We will visit one of the famous wineries to discover the process of its elaboration and ,of course, there will be also a tasting of delicious wines . (Entrance Included) We will have time to have lunch in this city full of taverns and restaurants. Next stop : LAGUARDIA, beautiful and unique , situated on the top of a hill surrounded by vineyards with walls and streets full of Historic events between the Kings of Navarra and Castilla. It is famous because its wines. Time to have a walk and with our guide we will visit the Adega Ysios, project of Santiago Calatrava . (Entrance not Included) Before we go back to Logrono , we will stop on the way to discover ELCIEGO, where its Palace houses, with a traditional architecture contrasts with a spectacular hotel projected by the architect Frank Gehry to the Adega Marquês de Riscal. We will come back to LOGRONO , where we will have time to walk around: the famous ride “ El Espolon”, the Cathedral of Saint Mary of la Redonda , the Convent of Mercedes and obvious , we will taste the “tapas” while we walk on the famous “Calle Laurel”. Accommodation
LOGROÑO 57ºF - 63ºF - VALVANERA MONASTERY - SAN MILLAN DE LA COGOLLA 57ºF - 57ºF - EZCARAY 52ºF - 52ºF - SARAGOSSA 70ºF - 73ºF
During this day we will appreciate beautiful views and monasteries. Between the mountains we will have our first stop in the Monastery of Valvanera (entrance Included). It is a center of pilgrimage where the Virgin of Valvanera is venerated and where we will also learn the elaboration of a local liquor made of camomile and juniper. At once, we will go to SAN MILAN DE LA COGOLLA, small municipality situated down the Demanda Mountains where we will visit the Monastery of Yuso (Entrance Included). It was declared as a World Heritage and where approximately one thousand years ago, one Monk wrote few words in the romance language and these ones are considered the first written words in Spanish. We will continue towards EZCARAY, last village in the high Rioja, center of cattle and wood production. It is located in a precious valley , very well -known because of Valdezcaray ski resort. We will have time to enjoy the city and have lunch. After we will go towards Zaragoza where we will finish our route. End of services. Our guide will drop you off at the agreed point.We hope you have enjoyed your circuit with Europamundo.
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