Europe offers some of the most breathtaking vineyards, luscious grapes, and flavorful wines in the entire world. It’s no wonder people travel from near and far to taste and experience the best European wines. Pour a glass and enjoy a few of Europe’s beautiful regions on this detailed wine-tasting trip.

Day 1-4
Distance: 565km / 350mi

Porto to Madrid

  • Start in Porto, Portugal and enjoy the world-famous wine of the region: port.
  • Bite into an authentic Frencesinha Sandwich.
  • Board a boat to follow the wine trail between Porto and Regua.
  • Walk the historic center of Ribeira, but for more contemporary culture visit the Fundação Serralves
  • Stop and savor the breathtaking views in the Alto Douro wine region on your way to Madrid.

Day 5-8
Distance: 550km / 340mi

Madrid to Logroño

  • In Spain’s capital, go out for tapas at any of the hundreds of outside terraces
  • Explore the wine cellars of Madrid’s old town tunneled deep beneath the Plaza Mayor.
  • Feed your soul on some of the masterpieces at the Prado, Thyssen and Reina Sofía museums.
  • Wander the Wine Trail of Valdepeñas in La Mancha, the largest wine-producing area in Europe.
  • A stop in Logroño is a must for gastronomic delights. Explore the capital and hub of the La Rioja region where many Spanish wineries were founded.
  • The Rioja vines surround countless Romanesque churches and monasteries. Peer inside one on this once main route for pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela.

Day 9-12
Distance: 440km / 275mi

Logroño to Bordeaux

  • Discover the famous vineyards of Saint-Emilion by bicycle and ride along the region’s vineyards and famous chateaux.
  • Shop the famous rue Sainte Catherine of Bordeaux and devour the latest fashions.
  • Join a tasting class in a Medoc Chateaux for a quick education in wine.
  • Finally, treat yourself to a relaxing stay in a luxurious Chateau.

Before you go

  1. Familiarize yourself with the EuroRail train system.
  2. Pack for varying climates (coastal, mountain, temperate, etc.).
  3. Check your home country’s custom limits and regulations (especially when bringing home a wine souvenir).
  4. You need to be older than 18 years old to taste wine or any alcoholic drink in Spain, France and Portugal.
  5. It’s better if you book your visits to vineyards before your trip.
  6. You cannot drive if you drink alcohol.
  7. Ask for a VAT-refund when shopping. You’ll need to get the refund processed before your flight back home.
  8. Cell phone roaming in Europe can be very expensive. Use an unlocked phone with an European SIM card.
  9. Check your trip-cancellation or interruption insurance before you go.

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