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Spain's Rioja and Navarra Wine Route

Travel Talk with Ed Finn

Saturday, January 8th, 2022 - 9 minutes

On today's Travel Talk we chat about the lifting of the antigen and PCR test requirements on arrival to Ireland.  Some New Year StayCation deals to blast away the January blues with the travel expert, Sarah Slattery (thetravelexpert.ie) and we discover Spain's Navarra and Rioja wine route in this majestic part of Spain,  world-class wineries and historic delights vie for your attention.

Starting with Bilbao, a true tour de force of modernist beauty exemplified by the Guggenheim Museum, you’ll take it all in with stays in the regions’ charming towns. Here, medieval castles, centuries-old monasteries and charming tapas bars open out onto endlessly rolling undulations of vineyards and wineries. Along the way, you’ll be driving scenic country roads as you stay in a collection of beautiful properties that range from luxury city-centre hotels to palace-castle paradors. You’ll even pair your wines with the chance to sample the region’s delightful gastronomy, on a series of included dinners.  This holiday is also available as a fly-drive itinerary.   


  • Taste your way through some of Spain’s finest oenological offerings, matching them with dinners that showcase the regions’ traditional dining
  • Contrast Bilbao’s modernist masterpieces with northern Spain’s medieval past, best found in its towns’ castles, cathedrals and welcoming plazas
  • Stay in contemporary, city-centre luxury and a collection of paradors that range from castle palaces to 12th century hospitals
  • 1 Night Bilbao
  • 1 Night Calahorra
  • 1 Night Olite
  • 1 Night Santo Domingo de la Calzada



Sarah Slattery Offers 20 Last Minute Hotel Deals in January – Prices from €40pp - The Travel Expert

Doolin street, Clare, Ireland

Book one of these last minute hotel deals in Ireland in January. With prices from just €40 per person, why not treat yourself to an overnight escape.

Fancy a quick getaway that won’t break the bank? Why not treat yourself to a Full Irish breakfast, a swim or even a spa treatment! These last minute hotel deals are based on one night stays in January. If you want to stay longer, or if the dates I have chosen don’t suit, simply edit the dates to suit your requirements – there are lots more dates available at the same price.



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