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Basque Rioja Inn to Inn Walking Holiday

Walking, wine and world class cuisine. That's what you can expect from this exclusive route through the quiet valleys, vineyards and villages of Basque Rioja.

All your questions answered

Helping you find the right holiday for you is important to us, so here's a few common questions about this trip to help. If there's anything you'd like to know that's not covered here, send us over a message or you can also give us a call on +44 1273 676 712 and we'd be only too pleased to help.

What flexibility will I get with any Covid-19 restrictions?

First thing to say is that throughout the pandemic we have frequently been praised by Which? as a tour operator to trust, so you're in good hands. Your safety is always our top priority and we want you to be able to fully look forward to and enjoy your holiday with peace of mind.

Even as restrictuons ease, our policy remains as it always has - we view quarantines as a travel restriction on a par with lockdown, in-country restrictions at your destination or FCDO advice against travel, and we will offer the same flexibility as in those situations; defer to new dates or a full refund at the point at which your trip is imminent. In these cases, we define imminent travel as a month prior to departure.

Read more: Covid-19 FAQs

What is the payment process and is my money completely safe?

We take a 15% deposit to secure your holiday, with the remainder due four weeks before your departure, rather than the usual eight weeks.

Your money is 100% protected through our ATOL licence if your trip includes a flight booked through us, or through our ABTOT bond if it does not. Either way, this protection provides a cast iron financial guarantee and helps you book with complete peace of mind. Because the contract between us exists here in the UK, you get this protection regardless of where you live

When is the best time to go?

This trip can start any day of the week, from May into July and September through October. During these times, daytime temperatures will range between 15°-25°c.

What will the weather be like?

The best months tend to be spring and autumn. The summer months of July and August will likely be too hot to really enjoy the walks. May and June tend to be showery, but this is also one of the most beautiful times to visit. The driest month is usually September, with harvest usually towards the end of the month. October gradually gets more changeable but benefits from the beautiful colours of the autumnal forests.

When is peak season?

Peak season is from mid July to end of August but we do not generally offer this trip during that period as the area is busier with summer holiday makers from Spain, and it is too warm for this trip to be enjoyable.

How far ahead should I book?

We do guarantee only one departure a day, so if you have a limited travel window and specific dates we suggest you book around nine months ahead. If you are flexible with dates, then three to four months ahead should be fine.

Which are the best airports for this holiday?

This trip begins in Pamplona and ends in Logroño, both of which have good rail connections to major cities in Spain. Madrid and Barcelona are both 3-4 hours away from each by high speed AVE train. If you're not sure about what's best for you, just let us know and we'll happily advise.

How much carbon is produced on this trip and how is it mitigated?

Total carbon generated on this trip: 356kg per person
Carbon mitigated by us:
570kg per person

As Yvon Chouinard, of Patagonia, Inc. rightly declared: “To do good, you actually have to do something.”

Therefore, for every kilometre travelled by road, air and sea on your Pura Aventura holiday, we carbon balance it by a mile - i.e. by 160% of your trip's carbon, from your front door and back again, irrespective of whether we book your international travel or not.

This is one of the travel industry's most ambitious and innovative schemes and has recently been praised by Wanderlust, Condé Nast Traveller and The Independent.

Is this trip suitable for solo travellers?

In common with all of our Inn to Inn walking holidays, most of the costs of the tour are fixed so going solo will usually mean you pay nearly the same for one person as you would for two.

If you enjoy walking alone and time to yourself then the experience itself will be absolutely lovely, and safe.

How long will I be walking each day?

You can expect most days to be walking around five to six hours at a comfortable pace with time for breaks.

The walk to Laguardia is the longest at 24 km but it is mainly flat and can be shortened. It is followed by a much shorter walking day.

Are there any steep ascents or descents?

Not particularly, this route is largely flat with some rolling hills. There are a couple of longer hills on two of the days, with a maximum 350m gain in one go, and 650m accumulated height gain over the day.

How do I navigate?

We provide detailed OS maps, walking notes and a smart phone with a GPS-enabled navigation device - your route is pre-loaded.

Most of our guests like to navigate using maps and written notes but appreciate having the reassurance of the GPS just to check if they feel unsure at any point.

What if I get lost?

With all of the navigational tools at your disposal, and the friendly locals, you are unlikely to get lost but if you do get into any difficulties, simply call the local support number - we are always on hand 24/7.

What happens to my bags?

Your main luggage is transferred ahead for you each day you move on. This is the case with all our Inn to Inn trips. You just carry a day pack with what you need for the day. The hotels are very familiar with this system.

Can I opt out of a walk if I feel tired?

Yes, it's usually possible to skip a walk on any given day if you are tired, the weather is being unkind or you want to give your knees a rest.

You can hop in with the luggage transfer and travel to your next hotel by vehicle. It's best to let us know the night before if you can so we can let everyone know.

You can of course use the circular routes as rest days and opt out of the walk that day and explore the local area instead. Your guide will be able to talk you through the different options during the briefing.

How comfortable will I be?

You can expect to be very comfortable. This holiday is based on a carefully chosen collection of very comfortable hotels, but most importantly we believe they offer variety and character, making your accommodation a key part of your holiday. Most of the hotels are historical buildings that have been renovated, maintaining the cultural heritage of the area. As well as traditional properties you can also enjoy some modern architecture.

Will I meet the locals?

Yes. One advantage of the slow pace of an Inn to Inn walk is that it allows you to enjoy not only nature but the rich rural culture of the area. Although the way of life has been changing quickly in the last 50 years, a lot of people still live from the land and traditions are alive and well.

What might I not have thought of?

The food! The wines of this reason are well known but the vegetables grown in this area are the ones that Spaniards consider to be the very best, especially the asparagus, peppers and artichokes. You will also be able to try traditional dishes as the gorrín (roasted pig) in Estella or a fresh menestra (vegetable stew), but also you will find contemporary and innovative gastronomy which can really surprise and delight.

Can I make changes to this trip?

This holiday can be tailored to suit you in certain ways though as an Inn to Inn walk, we can't easily deviate from the route without compromising the trip.

Extending the trip is perfectly possible. The mountains of the Picos de Europa are only a couple of hours away, the Pyrenees is not far away. To the west, there are various routes to Santiago de Compostela which you can pick up. Moving south, you can walk the beautiful Ebro River canyon or go further to walk the villages of Andalucía.

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