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Why Us

“The great contacts you have with winery owners and personnel, and the obvious warm rapport you have established with these people, made us feel like we could not have been in better hands.”

Pat & Tom Swaney, California

In June we went on a trip to Portugal & Galicia with Iberian Wine Tours. It far exceeded our wildest expectations. Each day we knew the experience couldn't be topped and each day Jeremy and Simon would move the bar even higher. The trip was over the top and we anxiously await our next tour."

Clifton & Constance McDerby, Food & Vine Time, Houston ,Texas

Is this a tour for me?

Wine tours should always be joyful and sumptuous. We pride ourselves on running tours that are local to wherever you are, meeting great characters in unique places. Our hosts often remark that our groups are unpretentious but knowledgeable, curious and interested but happy to share, respectful but lively and intent on having a very good time.

Our connections enable us to show you the very best of every place we go but we like to build a little flexibility into our itineraries and overall approach. We take the view that if you’re independently minded enough to come on one of our tours, that freedom of spirit will need a little nourishment along the road.   

Style of the tour

We pride ourselves on an informal and fun approach to wine (as well as the food and culture of the country we are in). We hope that everyone learns a lot about the wine, food and culture of each country we visit, but limited knowledge is no barrier to enjoying the tour. If you’re enthusiastic about the trip and interested in learning, we’d love to host you.

If you answer yes to most of the following questions, our tours are probably for you:

  • Do you enjoy travelling independently but are open to small group travel to open the door to experiences you’d love but could not access any other way?
  • Do you enjoy meeting fellow travellers from other countries and backgrounds that share some of your passions and enthusiasms?
  • If and when travelling in groups do you prefer smaller sizes of 10-20 to larger groups?
  • If you forget your itinerary by day 5 of a trip and can’t remember what day it is, does that make you happy?
  • Do you like to learn about the culture, history and people of the places you visit on your travels and hear their stories, as well as maybe telling them yours?
  • Are you as happy discovering a great wine that costs €10 as you are when tasting an iconic wine?
  • Are you happy to hand over the worries about a trip to someone else and be happy that they are taking care of it?
  • When you get home do you talk more about the experiences you’ve had than the places you’ve seen? 
 

How the tour works

After final payment and confirmation we will send out pre-trip information to you regarding the finer details of the tour. On the day the trip starts we will meet you at a pre arranged destination, usually a city centre hotel, to begin the tour. From there we will provide the itinerary that has been agreed with you.

As a land only operator, we do not offer flight booking or insurance directly. However we can advise about possible flight routes and options and if you would like someone to book these for you we can recommend a partner to do this. We also recommend that you consider taking out travel insurance.

Financial Protection

In accordance with “The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992” all passengers booking with  Iberian Wine Tours are fully protected for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of all monies paid to us, including repatriation if required, arising from cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Iberian Wine Tours.

Our tours are almost all-inclusive. Full details of what is and isn’t included, including further details about financial protection, are detailed in the FAQ section below.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

In accordance with “The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations1992” all passengers booking with  Iberian Wine Tours are fully protected for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of all monies paid to us, including repatriation if required, arising from cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Iberian Wine Tours

There is no requirement for Financial Protection of day trips, and none is provided.  This insurance is only valid for packages booked that DO NOT include flights.

Consumer aware: Your booking is insured by IPP Ltd and its panel of insurers. – This insurance is only valid for passengers who book and pay directly with/to Iberian Wine Tours.  If you have booked and/ or paid direct to a Travel Agent for a holiday with Iberian Wine Tours please request proof of how the booking is secured.  For further information please go to www.ipplondon.co.uk

This Insurance has been arranged by International Passenger Protection Limited and underwritten by Insurers who are members of the Association of British Insurers & Lloyds Syndicates.

CLAIMS PROCEDURE:

Download Claims Form from www.ipplondon.co.uk

Any occurrence which may give rise to a claim should be advised within 14 days to:

International Passenger Protection Limited

Claims Office
IPP House
22-26 Station Road
West Wickham
Kent BR4 0PR
United Kingdom

Telephone:  +44 (0)20 8776 3752
Fax: +44 (0)20 8776 3751

In order to deal promptly with any claim hereunder it is essential that you retain all bills, receipts and other documents relating to your travel arrangements.

 CLAIM FORMS MUST BE SUBMITTED WITHIN SIX MONTHS OF DATE OF INSOLVENCY

If you cancel more than 60 days before the tour you lose your deposit, although we offer the chance to transfer the deposit to another person or to another tour the same year. If you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the tour, there is a 50% cancellation charge, if you cancel 29 days or less before the tour, there is a 100% cancellation charge.

If a tour is fully booked, the tour listing will show wait list only. In this case you can register to be on the waiting list and if there are cancellations, you will be offered the chance to book a place on the tour. If a tour shows as available, please follow the booking process to secure a place or send us a request for information if you would like to check the tour status. Don’t assume that if you are on wait list status that places will not become available, so if you are interested please register.

 

If you are ready to book, click on the tour listing and then click on the book now button and follow the steps through to completion, after which you will have a booking confirmation. If you are not ready to book, but would like further information, click on the information request button on the home page and tour listings page.

You can check our website where the current tours are always listed. If you would like to be on our mailing list, please fill in the request form on our homepage.

Tour deposits can be paid by cheque or Paypal. Tour balances can be paid by cheque, wire transfer or Paypal. We accept payment in sterling, US dollars or euros and if you can’t see the price in your currency, please ask.

Flights and insurance are not included. Meals not specified in the itinerary, optional excursions or extensions, extras in the hotel (such as phone calls and laundry), extra drinks that are not offered by our hosts at meals (such as cocktails), arrival and departure airport transfers and hotel bag delivery to room services (unless otherwise specified) are not included.

Each tour is slightly different in the number of meals included but usually all breakfasts and both lunch and dinner some days and just lunch or dinner others. Local transport, a tour host, all specified visits, tastings, excursions and wines (including with meals) and water on the bus are included. Tips for meals and hotels are included, tips for the bus driver and tour host are discretionary.

We do run tours for private groups. We recommend this for groups of 8 upwards who would like a customised experience, whether that be very specific dates, places or visits. Although possible for smaller groups, there is a premium for the smaller size and we suggest considering joining one of our open tours.

As a land only operator, we do not offer flight booking or insurance directly. However we can advise about possible flight routes and options and if you would like someone to book these for you we can recommend a partner to do this. We also recommend that you consider taking out travel insurance.

Although our tours regularly welcome people involved in the wine industry, we pride ourselves on an informal and fun approach to wine (as well as the food and culture of the country we are in). We hope that everyone learns a lot about the wine, food and culture of each country we visit, but limited knowledge is no barrier to enjoying the tour. If you’re interested in and enthusiastic about the trip, we’d love to host you.

Groups on our tours are international, we have had travellers from the USA, Canada, Mexico and Panama, UK, Ireland, Norway, Holland, Belgium, France, Turkey, Switzerland, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore, China, Japan, Spain, Portugal and many other countries besides. Most open tours have a good proportion of North Americans. The age range is very broad, from early 20s to 90s, typically our open tours probably have an average age in the early 50s. We are delighted that we also have a lot of repeat travellers and most tours feature a healthy proportion of familiar faces.

Typically you need to be 18 or over to come on one of our tours but there is no upper age limit. However, we expect anyone coming on a tour to be in reasonable physical condition and to be fit enough to enjoy walks around vineyards and cities. We can usually accommodate people with restricted mobility and particular health conditions but it is important that we know about this at the time of booking so that we can plan accordingly.

Typically our tours have between 10 and 20 people on them, occasionally trips have larger or smaller numbers than that.