Destination

Destination

Spain

Duration

8 Days

Price

From $1,298 pp

This scenic 7 day self-drive journey, combines the freedom to explore the spectacular Spanish countryside at your own pace, with nightly stays in historical Paradors - Castles and historical buildings that have been converted into elegant accommodations along the way. See Medieval Castles and Romanesque churches from the 12th century, wander La Rioja's idyllic wine country, visit lovely towns with old world charm. Explore some of the most beautiful locations of Spain, hidden deep among in the hills and valleys of the nation. Take in rich cultural treasures, and immerse yourself in Spain's historical past.

Days Activities Accommodations
Day 1
Salamanca
  • Aiport Arrival - Salamanca (258 km 2hrs 43 min)
Castillo del Buen Amor - Standard Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 2
Zamora
  • Drive Salamanca - Zamora (65 km, 45 min)
Parador de Zamora - Standard Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 3
Burgos
  • Zamora - Valladolid- Burgos (217 km, 1 hrs 59 min)
Hotel Senorio de Olmillos - Standard Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 4
Olite
  • Drive Burgos - La Rioja Wine Area - Olite (219 km, 2 hrs 38 min)
Parador de Olite - Standard Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 5
Alcaniz
  • Drive Olite - Alcaniz (248 km, 2 hrs 36-turnpike)
Parador de Alcaniz - Standard Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 6
Alarcon
  • Drive Alcaniz - Alarcon (314 km, 4 hrs)
Parador de Alarcon - Standard Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 7
Alarcon
  • Explore Alarcon
Parador de Alarcon - Standard Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 8
Madrid
  • Drive Alarcon - Madrid - Depart (189 km, 2hrs)

Day 1
Salamanca

Aiport Arrival - drive to Salamanca (258 km 2h 43 min)

Welcome to Spain! Once you have cleared Madrid customs, locate the AVIS desk in the arrivals hall, where your reservation will be ready for you.

After a briefing with Avis, drive towards Avila for a comfortable 2-hour drive. Avila's walls are said to be among the best-preserved medieval buildings in Europe and is an ideal location for a scenic stroll.

Follow the road to Salamanca, which is an ideal location to stop for lunch or dinner before continuing to your first accommodation, Castillo del Buen Amor, near Salamanca, which remarkably dates back to 1227.

Castillo del Buen Amor - Standard Room

Day 2
Zamora

Drive Salamanca - Zamora (65 km, 45 min)

Depart Salamanca as you commence the drive to Zamora. Located near the frontier with Portugal, Zamora is intersected by the Duero river, which runs some 31 miles downstream as it reaches the Portuguese border. With its 24 characteristic Romanesque style churches of the 12th and 13th centuries, Zamora has been called a "museum of Romanesque art" as it has the most Romanesque churches in all of Europe.

Parador de Zamora - Standard Room

Day 3
Burgos

Zamora - Valladolid- Burgos (217 km, 1 hrs 59 min)

Today, you will explore the heart of Spanish history. Drive through Castile on a scenic route that takes you to medieval castles. Consider stopping along the way to visit interesting spots like Tordesillas or Medina del Campo where the Castillo de la Mota can be visited. Continue to Burgos, famous for its medieval architecture. In one of its endless castles, you will spend the night.

Senorio de Olmillos stands proud of its long history, dating back to 15th Century and offers a first-class restaurant that is highly recommended!

Hotel Senorio de Olmillos - Standard Room

Day 4
Olite

Drive Burgos - La Rioja Wine Area - Olite (219 km, 2 hrs 38 min)

Today's journey takes you through Rioja wine country, where a visit to the local wineries is highly recommended. Travelous also suggests a stop in the walled-town of Laguardia, where you can stroll the cobblestone streets and admire the old-world charm.

Your tour ends today in Olite, in an impressive Royal Castle converted into a dream Parador.

Parador de Olite - Standard Room

Day 5
Alcaniz

Drive Olite - Alcaniz SD (248 km, 2 hrs 36-turnpike)

Drive to Zaragoza, the capital of the Region of Aragon, located on the banks of the Ebro River. Consider wandering this compact city on foot as its boulevards, avenues and pedestrian areas are perfect for a stroll. A long legacy of monuments with vestiges of Roman, Moorish, Jewish and Christian influences have left their mark on this remarkable city.

Later continue to the Castle and Convent of Alcaniz. The castle was founded in 12th Century and its domineering Tower still stands as a sign of a wealthy past.

Parador de Alcaniz - Standard Room

Day 6
Alarcon

Drive Alcaniz - Alarcon (314 km, 4 hrs)

Explore some of the most beautiful locations of Spain, hidden deep among in the hills and valleys of the nation. Take in rich cultural treasures and truly medieval history as you tour locations like Albarracin or Mora de Rubielos. But the journey is not complete until you reach your hotel, the amazing Alarcon Castle, with more than thirteen centuries of history behind it, nestled in a scenic setting and offering grandiose rooms for your relaxation.

Parador de Alarcon - Standard Room

Day 7
Alarcon

Explore Belmonte Castle, located just outside of the village of Belmonte in La Mancha. Built by Don Juan Pacheco in the 15th century, this well-preserved Gothic-style castle is perhaps one of the most emblematic of Spain. Uniquely designed in the shape of a star, the palatial interiors are luxuriously decorated. Belmonte Castle provides a cultural visit along the history of the monument from the fifteenth century to the present.

Parador de Alarcon - Standard Room

 

Day 8
Madrid

Drive Alarcon - Madrid - Depart (189 km, 2hrs)

Unfortunately, you say farewell to Spain today. Begin your journey back to Madrid International Airport and keep the memories alive. We hope to see you again soon. Stay Travelous!

Castillo del Buen Amor

Castillo del Buen Amor is a 15th-century castle, set in the Castillian countryside. It has been carefully restored to keep its structure and many of its features are exactly as they have been for centuries. It offers lovely views of the countryside and features a seasonal outdoor pool, seating areas and a library. Legend has it that the name of the castle comes from one of its former owners, the Bishop of Santiago, who stayed there with his secret lover. Having been forced to part by the church, it is said that the couple now haunt the castle.

Each room has been adapted to the original construction of the Castle creating warm, welcoming and unique spaces.

Parador de Zamora

In the historic town center of the capital of Zamora, a beautiful palace awaits. Built on the site of an old Muslim citadel, today it houses a Parador. The hotel provides the opportunity to discover all the beauty of the natural, historical and artistic riches of this region. The medieval feel of the interior, which you will note in the armor, fine tapestries and canopy beds, blends with the Renaissance style of the courtyard, glass enclosed wooden gallery and coats of arms. The hotel also offers two conference rooms, a refreshing swimming pool and excellent traditional cuisine.

The interiors of the Parador de Zamora include wooden floors and stone walls with tapestries. All rooms have air conditioning and private bathrooms, and many have views of the town. Free Wi-Fi available throughout.

Hotel Senorio de Olmillos

The Castle of Olmillos presents a jewel of the military medieval architecture of Burgos built by D. Pedro de Cartagena. The construction of the Olmillos Castle began in 1446 when Don Pedro de Cartagena, a converted Jew of Burgos, founded the primogeniture. After many centuries and different owners, Olmillos Castle is now converted into a fantastic and charming hotel of 28 rooms with a lounge, dining room, and meeting rooms.

Rooms are spacious and comfortable with exquisite decoration to provide guests a relaxing stay. All rooms have heating, air conditioning, analog and digital television and internet connection.

Parador de Olite

The town's Parador is located within stone walls that conceal medieval treasures, in a section of the majestic Palace-Castle of Olite, which has been declared a national monument. The interior offers amazing stained glass windows, arcades and other characteristic medieval features. The palace is the most important example of Gothic non-ecclesiastical architecture in Navarre, and one of the most outstanding in Europe. Within these ancient stone walls, you will find yourself immersed in an oasis of peace and tranquility.

All rooms are air-conditioned, feature a flat-screen TV, a mini bar and a private bathroom with a hairdryer. Each room is uniquely decorated to bring the mythical legends of the once upon a time castle to life.

Parador de Alcaniz

This castle/monastery dates from the 12th-13th centuries. The keep, belfry, sacristy and a section converted into an Aragonese palace have all been preserved. Contemplating its Gothic wall paintings, Plateresque sepulcher and baroque facade and strolling through the peaceful garden offer many pleasures for your senses. The Teruel town of Alcaniz conceals secrets beyond your wildest imagination. You will be astonished by the beauty of its medieval underground passageways, the Fountain of 72 Spouts and the Gothic Lonja (market).

All rooms feature a mini bar and air conditioning with premium toiletries and flat-screen TV's. They all have private bathrooms and showcase traditional room decor.

Parador de Alarcon

With more than 13 centuries of history, the Parador de Alarcon will transport you back to the Middle Ages with its historic features, especially the castle which has elegant red and orange textiles. Perched high atop the craggy Pico de los Hidalgos, the Parador overlooks one of Spain's loveliest villages. Small and charming, Alarcon has been declared an Area of Artistic-Historical Importance due to its beauty and harmony.

Rooms at the Parador Alarcon are spacious and comfortable. They are decorated with warm colors and luxury fabrics. They all have a private bathroom, air conditioning and a TV.

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What's Included:

  • Accommodation, Activities, Transfers, Meals, and Fees as indicated on your itinerary. Local and international traveler assistance during your tour. Specialised and personalised services.

What's not Included:

  • Airfare to/from the Tour start point, including domestic or inter-country connecting flights, unless otherwise stated in itinerary.
  • tips and gratuities
  • items of a personal nature such as incidentals, excess baggage charges
  • airport taxes/entrance fees, port charges, foreign government departure taxes
  • Visas (unless otherwise indicated), Inspection, Customs, Immigration and Naturalization fees Additional fuel surcharges on cruises
  • Travel Insurance including Medical, Lost Baggage and Trip cancellation
  • Optional activities (golf, watersports, etc.)
  • any other activities or items not explicitly advertised as included in the price of a Tour

 

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B.     A deposit of 30% of the Tour price (minimum $250 per person), is due immediately upon booking.

C.     The full balance of the trip cost is due ninety days (90) before the trip departure date.

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