Encounter a land rich with medieval castles, noble palaces and stunning wine country on this voyage through Central Spain. Your cultural exploration will take you to Europe’s largest royal palace and to the UNESCO heritage burgs of Avila, Salamanca and Segovia, before welcoming you to the illustrious vineyards of Ribera Del Duero.
Central Spain’s Castles, Palaces & Wine Country
Sample 8-Day Private Trip Itinerary
Madrid, Toledo, San Lorenzo de Escorial, Ávila, Salamanca, Valladolid, Ribera del Duero, Peñafiel, Segovia
Upon arrival in Madrid, be greeted by your private chauffeur and be transported to your luxury 5-star hotel located just steps from Thyssen-Bornemisza and Prado museums. After settling in, partake in a privately guided visit of Madrid’s Royal Palace, Europe’s largest royal palace, with a local expert. In the evening, dine at the world’s oldest known restaurant where you’ll indulge on their renowned suckling pig and roasted game, as well as other typical dishes prepared in the traditional Castilian way.
Depart on a scenic train ride to the UNESCO world heritage site of Toledo, rich in Christian, Jewish and Moorish influences, architecture and cultural treasures. Your local expert will take you on a unique walking tour of the city’s hidden streets, while stopping along the way to visit its marvelous Gothic Cathedral and Synogogue de El Transito. Stop for a lunch of Toledo’s signature dishes including venison stew and other local specialties at a historic eatery. In the afternoon, admire El Greco’s triumphant Burial of the Count of Orgaz in the church of Santo Tomé before visiting the Monasterio de San Juan de Los Reyes. End your day with a sweet repose where you’ll sample Toledo’s typical marzipan confections, a treat descended from the city’s Moorish roots. In the late afternoon return to your hotel in Madrid for a free evening.
Depart Madrid in the late morning for a scenic chauffeured drive through the countryside of Castilla y Leon. Stop at the quaint town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial and enjoy a visit to the UNESCO world heritage site of El Escorial with your local expert. Explore the intricacies of this iconic building, which remains today a functioning royal palace, monastery, school, and museum. Afterward, make your way to the historically rich city of Ávila and enjoy an abundant lunch of typical dishes. In the afternoon take a guided exploration of the city’s UNESCO honored historic core, including the Puerta de San Vicente, 12th century Gothic Cathedral of Ávila and perfectly preserved medieval walls. From Avila make your way to your ancient convent turned five-star hotel in Salamanca’s wine country where you can relax the rest of the evening. Pamper yourself with a deluxe wine therapy spa treatment or take in the serene nature of wine country.
Spend the day visiting the ancient city of Salamanca with a local expert where you’ll explore the oldest part of the city, also declared a UNESCO world heritage site. Discover Spain’s oldest university that dates back to 1218 before exploring the Tower of Clavero and Salamanca’s Roman bridges. Stop to savor lunch at a historic restaurant in the city center then meander through Salamanca’s charming streets at your leisure before returning to your wine country hotel in the evening.
In the morning, depart via private chauffeur for Valladolid, the former 16th century capital of the Spanish Kingdom. Roam its picturesque Plaza Mayor and stop for an intriguing visit to the House of Cervantes where the noted author completed his literary masterpiece, Don Quixote. Tour Columbus’s final residence where you’ll have the chance to survey the many documents and artifacts pertaining to the exploration of America that are on display. Enjoy lunch on your own at one of Valladolid’s many quaint bodegas and eateries. In the afternoon depart via private car for Ribera Del Duero’s Golden Mile and settle in at your luxurious five-star wine estate. Relax amidst your hotel’s lush vineyards before dining on an exquisite tasting menu comprised of modern Spanish creations paired with estate produced wine.
Start your day of chauffeured wine tasting at one of Ribera del Duero’s most famed wineries known for their high quality Reservas made from Tinto Fino Tempranillo grapes. Afterward, be transported to the town of Peñafiel where you will enjoy lunch at a historic asador. After lunch, spend the afternoon exploring Peñafiel’s 9th century castle, its medieval wine cellars and its famed wine museum at your leisure. Return to your hotel via private chauffeur in the late afternoon.
Depart the quaint Ribero Del Duero countryside via private chauffeur for the mighty city of Segovia, a UNESCO world heritage site. Relive the city’s ancient history while touring its perfectly preserved Roman aqueduct built in 50 AD. Enjoy a private tour of the city’s Alcazar, the most important fortress of the province and onetime residence of the Kingdom of Castile’s nobility. Savor a lunch featuring the area’s celebrated olives and local charcuterie before your chauffeur takes you to Madrid for check-in to your five-star city center hotel to enjoy a final night in the city.
Depart Madrid for your return flight home or the next leg of your trip.- As part of our Enriched Booking process your customized itinerary will be designed with the assistance of a CountryBred specialist. - This trip can be specifically tailored for organizations, associations and corporate incentives.
The recommended trip length for this sample itinerary is 8 days/7 nights with pricing options beginning at $5,950/person based on double occupancy. Please note that the “Share Bred With Friends” preferred pricing program will be applied to travel parties of four or more.
The final price of your custom trip will be determined by your travel party size, departure dates, trip length, amount of meals included, percentage of guided time requested, cities chosen in your itinerary and signature CountryBred excursions selected. This sample itinerary can also be crafted for solo travelers.
Included in this sample CountryBred Encounter are:
- 7 Nights at CountryBred approved, four and five-star boutique accommodations
- Deluxe and/or Superior room stays
- Private luxury chauffeur for all intercity travel, day trips and excursions
- Airport / Train station transfers with baggage assistance
- Private touring with professionally licensed local guides and cultural experts
- Flexible guided time with local experts based upon your preference
- 2 Gourmand dinners
- 5 Regionally authentic lunches
- Exclusive winery visits and tastings
- Daily breakfasts
- Museum tickets & entrance fees
- All gratuities & taxes
- Traveler welcome package including customized Culture Guide
- Please note that transfers to airports other than Madrid Barajas for arrival/departure are available upon request for an additional, supplemental fee. Airfare is not included.
Featured Deluxe Hotels
A distinctive five-star luxury property showcasing Art-Deco and avant-garde architecture, Urban Hotel embodies the modern and vibrant culture of Madrid. Located minutes from the Puerta Del Sol in the heart of the city, Urban Hotel is nestled in the “Golden Triangle” within a short walk to the famed Thyssen-Bornemisza, Prado and Reina Sofia museums. Guests of the hotel will find modern amenities such as in-room Wifi, LCD TV and marble bathrooms while being pampered with such premium amenities as an outdoor rooftop pool, solarium, gym, sauna and exotic art collection. For the gourmands at heart, the property houses the Europa Deco Restaurant which serves creative Mediterranean market fresh cuisine while the hotel’s more casual Glass Bar features fresh oysters, local seafood and Japanese inspired seafood tapas.
The culmination of an illustrious history, fine winemaking tradition and breathtaking views of the Duero Valley, Hacienda Zorita is a wine country gem set at the beautiful banks of the Rio Tormes. Located just outside the cultural capital of Salamanca, Hacienda Zorita began its noted history as a 12th century estate turned Dominican monastery in the 1300’s. Long a retreat for Salamanca’s university intelligentsia, the estate was also known for being visited by Christopher Columbus en route to embarking on his voyage to the New World. Today the estate has been converted into a five-star luxury accommodation where history, wine, gastronomy and natural beauty come together exquisitely in the warmth of a traditional hacienda setting.
Where the bountiful vineyards of Ribera del Duero meet the fertile banks of the Duero River, Abadia Retuerta Le Domaine is an oasis of tranquility and taste amidst the dramatic landscapes of Castilla y León’s premiere wine producing appellation. Today a luxurious five-star wine estate, the origins of Le Domaine will be forever intertwined with the historical fabric of the region. Punctuating the mythical landscape, Le Domain is the soul of the estate and housed within what was the property’s original 12th century abbey, revered for centuries as a Spanish cultural treasure. Ancient and of aristocratic origin, the land on which Le Domain now stands was previously owned by the Lord of Valladolid.
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Experiential travel takes time, passion and local ingredients to make something truly special. When you travel with CountryBred, you can look forward to the following:
- A personalized and private travel experience, whether you’re a solo voyager, a couple, group of friends, family or an organization
- A well crafted itinerary that is a reflection of your cultural interests, which we bring to life through our unparalleled insider knowledge, local access and dedicated team
- A thoughtful travel pace that leads you down roads less traveled while leaving time to enjoy the quiet moments that make for remarkable memories
- Enriching activities that immerse you in local culture and traditions
- Premium accommodations that are distinct reflections of the regions they reside in, with real histories and real people behind them
- Regional ambassadors and local cultural experts that go beyond educating, to invite you into their community and introduce you to their unique corner of the world.
- Authentic dining that ensures you enjoy the finest in regional culinary traditions from quaint family owned eateries to innovative Michelin-starred restaurants. Each meal is in itself a work of art, passionately prepared and uniquely local.
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