Priorat, Montsant, Girona/Costa Brava
These three regions are all about one and a half hours from Barcelona and the following are your best options for arrival:
- Train – Both to Priorat (Marçà-Falset station) and Empordà (Figueres station) you can take a train to the region. It’s between 1.5 to 2 hours each way. Priorat has a bit more limited schedule but both are about 25-30€ round trip. While you may be told that there is a high speed AVE to Priorat, it stops in Camp Tarragona which is about one hour more to Priorat by car and isn’t a good option. Likewise, the AVE/TGV to Figueres-Vilafant stops about 5km to the west of the center of Figueres and isn’t terribly convenient–plus it’s very costly to take in an ad hoc manner. Pick up can then be arranged from these stations.
- Car with a Driver – While offering the ability to sit back and enjoy the ride, these are typically very expensive and run about 600€ for the day whether it’s a car for four people or more. If you’re a larger group it can be decently economic, but still costly. They can sometimes be found for less, but please make sure that the driver has the proper license and the vehicle the proper insurance for commercial transport.
- Rental Car – This is generally the best of both worlds as it’s the most economic form of transportation as well as giving you a good deal of freedom to move about and see what you like. With gas, tolls, and depending on which car you rent, it will generally be about 150€ for a day (albeit a bit more in summer.) We can provide detailed directions on how to get to the regions if you choose this option. There is a Europcar office in Vila Olimpica, Barcelona that we’ve used often as they’re just off the Ronda Litoral that gets you out of Barcelona. While not the cheapest, they don’t mess about in hidden costs and you can return the car quite late to their 24 hour parking lot. Be very, very careful of companies at the airport, especially Gold Car which is simply horrid and shouldn’t even be allowed to have a business license.
Note that the tours listed in Georgia and its wine regions include transportation once guests have arrived to Georgia. One note of exception is that while we will always prefer to use taxis in Tbilisi, at times traffic makes this less than ideal to reach destinations and so we may use the Metro where there is a definite advantage. You will be guided through the system however and all will be included in the cost of the tour.
- Train – From the Zurich area or the airport to our region by non-stop train is 55 min (Zurich Mainstation to Sargans)
- Bus – As there are no direct trains to Istria, you will most likely arrive by bus where you can be met in any Istrian town on the coast or in the hinterland, including Pula, Rovinj, Poreč, Novigrad, Motovun, Buzet and others.
- Rental Car – Unfortunately renting a car is one of the best ways to explore Istria but for the wine tours all transportation is included and we will meet you in all locations on the peninsula to begin and end the tour. We can even arrange transfer from Rijeka and Opatija.
- Airplane – From April to October Pula airport is well connected to major European cities and low cost companies each year increase their number of flights to Istrian peninsula. From summer 2015 there are also seaplanes of European coastal airlines that connect Pula with Split and Mali Lošinj island and offer panoramic flights with landing right in the Pula port.
- Ferry – Again only in warmer months (April to October) Venezia Lines ferries connect Venice with Pula, Rovinj, Poreč and Umag.
- Train & Bus – The main train station is Glavni Kolodvor and is in the center of Zagreb. The bus station is a little further out and called Autobusni Kolodvor (this is also where the airport bus arrives). From here you can be picked up and taken to the wine regions.