Salamanca, Zamora, Valladolid & Burgos

Explore the impressive history of Spain sleeping in castles

Upon arrival in Madrid, Spain you will be met by your private driver-guide in the Arrivals Hall, then head towards Avila.  

Avila for a very comfortable 2 h drive from Madrid. Its walls are said to be among the best-preserved medieval buildings in all of Europe, so a stop here for a walk is worth your while. 

Following your road you reach Salamanca, setting of the oldest University in Spain and with an astonishing Main Square. Ideal stop for lunch or dinner, you should dedicate no less than 2 h to tour the old town before retiring to your first accommodation, which is today the *Castillo del Buen Amor, near Salamanca, from which we can trace written evidence as far as 1227.

Overnight in Salamanca.

Breakfast at the hotel and start your drive to Zamora.

It lies on a rocky hill in the northwest, near the frontier with  Portugal and crossed by the  Duoro river, which is some 50 kilometers (31 mi) downstream as it reaches the Portuguese border. With its 24  characteristic Romanesque style churches of the 12th and 13th centuries, it has been called a “museum of Romanesque art.” Zamora is the city with the most Romanesque churches in all of Europe. The most important celebration in Zamora is Holy Week. 

Overnight in Zamora.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Today you will explore the very heart of Spanish history, touring the memorial stone for the foundation of the country: Start your drive through Castile on a scenic route through medieval castles and cereal plains. Your drive might include a stop on the way to visit interesting spots like Tordesillas or Medina del Campo (which great castle is to be visited: Castillo de la Mota), and more, before heading for Burgos, in one of its endless castles we will sleep today: Señorio de Olmillos stands proud of its long history, dating back to 15th Century and also offering a quite nice restaurant you would not wish to skip! 

Overnight in Burgos.

After breakfast, you will begin your day traveling through one of Spain’s main wine regions: Rioja. We recommend a stop in Laguardia for a short visit of its unique fortified old town, including a magnificent main gate of the Church of our Lady and maybe s stop at any of the many great design wineries, like Marques de Riscal. Your tour ends today in Olite, with its impressive Royal Castle converted into a dream hotel, *Parador de Olite.

Overnight in Olite.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Drive to Zaragoza for a visit to the Basilica complex and cathedral before you head for your destination today, the Castle and Convent of Alcañiz. Founded in the 12th Century, the original tower still stands as a signal of a rich past.

Overnight in Alcañiz.

Breakfast at the hotel. You will be surprised today for sure by some of the most beautiful locations of Spain, hidden deep among our rich heritage. Be sure your day will be full of surprises when you tour locations like Albarracin or Mora de Rubielos. Great gastronomy will be the perfect squire of your trip. But the journey is not complete until you reach your hotel, the amazing *Alarcon Castle, with more than thirteen centuries of history behind, nestled in a scenic setting and offering quite lovely rooms for you to relax.

Overnight in Alarcon.

Breakfast at the hotel. We have left for the end what is probably the best-preserved castle in Spain: Belmonte, very close to Cuenca (that deserves a complete visit, no doubt) will be the perfect finish to your trip to Spain.

Overnight in Alarcon.

Breakfast at the hotel. You will make your way to Madrid, where you will drop our car off and get ready for our flight back home. Your voyage is finished, but your memories will surely last forever.

*All accommodations are subject to availability

Highlights:

    • Castle accommodations
    • Wine tasting and vineyard tours
    • Shop the markets of Salamanca
    • Explore medieval villages and immerse yourself in Spanish history and culture
    • Daily breakfast
    • Private Driver-Guide

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