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Vitoria and the Rioja Wine Region
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Vitoria and the Rioja Wine Region

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Discover the verdant vineyards and intriguing history of the Rioja wine region on a full-day tour from Bilbao. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, visit charming villages like Harn and Laguardia to see medieval monuments and admire spectacular views of the countryside. Venture to Vitoria in order to wander the sprawling vineyards and descend into atmospheric wine cellars to learn about complex manufacturing processes. Pleasure your palate with the refined taste of signature wines during a tasting session and enjoy a traditional lunch in a locally recommended restaurant (own expense).  
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Dyegourmet wrote a review Jan 2020
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We joined a tour given in Spanish but were handed audio guides in English which worked very well.This was an extremely interesting and well researched tour, taking you down into the crypt and showing the area beneath the vast cathedral pillars, explaining the history of the site, the building itself and the necessary work (currently 20 years - and running) which has taken place to stabilise it for the future. It seems that 1960s renovations weren't too helpful. The tour takes visitors (who must don fetching hair covers and hard hats) into the body of the cathedral, up to the triforium and the parapet and into the bell towers before finishing with a visit to the portico and the beautiful set of arches. Don't scorn the hard hats. Some of the arches you pass beneath are very low and it would be all too easy to graze or thump you head. It's not advisable if you suffer from vertigo - and some of it would be tough-going if you can't climb stairs easily. However, some areas are accessible by lift and I noticed one elderly visitor who had negotiated parts of the tour this way. Don't miss this tour. It's unique, informative and extremely professionally presented.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Maria Larripa wrote a review Dec 2019
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I went on November with my school and I didn't expect much from it, I'm usually not very fond of this cultural visits, but I was pleasantly surprised. The guided tour was excellent, the explanations of the evolution of the cathedral were very complete, as well as the ones of its history. Also they explained the reconstruction that is currently being carried out and the main reasons of it. I shall underline the eagerness with which our guide spoke, it really showed how much she liked her job. I would definitely come again!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Alba Iturriagagoitia wrote a review Dec 2019
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Last November we went on a school trip to Vitoria. We visited the Cathedral and the Ameria museum in order to complete and do a project based on the information given at the visit. After the presentation, we had some free time to walk and see the sights of the city. On one hand, visiting the foundations of the cathedral allowed us to realize how difficult it has been to make the cathedral a totally safe place. This visit helped us to understand how smart and careful the architects needed to be, due to the fact that the building presented a wide variety of serious structural problems. The cathedral was overall a very pretty place and the visit was interesting and fascinating. In addition, the views and some places in the city were beautiful and we had a good time. Overall, it was a pretty good trip because we had fun with friends and also got the chance to learn some historical data and information of Vitoria.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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KMB wrote a review Dec 2019
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Over all, the visit was interesting and thought out in a way that a visitor wouldn’t miss the most important parts of the cathedral. The visit began in the undergrounds, where we were introduced to it’s history with a short video. Next, we went upstairs to see the support pillars, where’s a display with all the stages the edification went through in order to become what it is today. We were explained what was made to help the structural stability and what threatened it. Later, we went to the main church, an architectonic beauty, however, I regret not having enough time to see it all I did manage to catch a glimpse of many interesting objects and patterns. Following we were given helmets and went up to see the towers and some passages above the cathedral’s ground. To finish the visit we were shown a projection of the changes in decoration in one of the murals all the way since 1400 up to today.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Diego M wrote a review Dec 2019
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Santa Maria’s cathedral might be one of the most breathtaking churches I have never been to. I went there a few days ago with my school and, through a certainly well-developed visit, we were able, not only to learn about Romanesque and Gothic art, but also to understand how this building was made. Furthermore, the keenness of the guide, together with the adaptation of the building to visitors, allowed us to enjoy the greatness and magnificence of the cathedral, as well as to discover some of the secrets of this ancient temple. Simply wonderful! A completely different way to traverse the path of our history and feel linked with our past. Don’t waver and live the experience!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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