THE RIOJA AND THE LAND OF CASTLES

(Castilla & Rioja wine regions)

6 Days / 5 Nights

Self-Drive

Wine and villages full of history 

Day 1 : Madrid Airpot: Arrival to Madrid airport and direct departure to Burgos. Lerma:  (2hrs 30 minutes) If time available, we suggest a short stop to walk in exceptional main square from XVIIth century. Burgos:  Overnight at hotel 

Day 2: Burgos:  Breakfast, and overnight at Hotel. In the morning we suggest a walk in this well preserved middle age town, particularly its cathedral, maybe the best gothic building in the country.  Afternoon excursion to the village of Covarrubias filled with middle age atmosphere streets. Next, visit the Monastery Santo Domingo de Silo (very important in middle age as center of wisdom and culture). Presently it is one of the few places in the world where you can listen and watch mass in Gregorian rite, a ‘must’ for classic music lovers (timetable depends on season and day of the week). Return to the hotel. 

Day 3: Burgos: Breakfast. Santo Domingo Calzada: Important stop in the ‘St James’ Pathway. XII-XVIIth century cathedral. San Millan Cogolla:  Splendid monastery. First written words in Spanish, considered the birthplace of Spanish language. Najera: XV and XVIth century Santa Maria la Real remains when it was the capital of a middle age kingdom. Logrono: Overnight at hotel 

Day 4: Logrono:  Breakfast, and overnight at hotel. Today you will visit the ‘world’ of the Rioja wine. All in this region is in relation with the Rioja wine.  In the morning visit the area called ‘high Rioja’, its main village: Haro: there you will visit the museum of the wine, and technical institute of the wine. In Laguardia, you can visit Villa Lucia complex dedicated to wine. In the afternoon go to Labastida, a little village which the whole economy is in relation with Rioja wine. 

Day 5: Logrono: Breakfast. Calatanazor: Little village famous for a legendary Christian vs Arabs battle, almost unpopulated presently. Burgos De Osma: Important cathedral and old historical quarter, time to walk. Gormaz: About 5 kms before you arrive you will see the impressive shape of huge defensive castle (one of the largest in Europe, in space), curiously inside there is an almost empty little village. Berlanga Duero:  Again a nice village to discover by walking. Medinaceli: You must drive up the hill where the old village remains. A IIIIth century Roman arch will welcome you t o a village which is a National Monument from the first to the last stone of the village. Siguenza: Its Romanic cathedral, old university and several old palaces will be a good reason to walk around this village. On the top of it a sensational XIIth century castle transformed in a nice Parador. Alcala Henares: Overnight at hotel 

Day 6: Alcala Henares:  Breakfast. Don Quixote 400th anniversary was in 2005, Cervantes, the author was born here. It is a pleasant village to walk. Visit the house dedicated to Cervantes and the University. Madrid Airport: return rental car to the nearby airport (20 minutes).

Other itinerary suggestion: This itinerary could be available with slight modifications with arrival and departure Bilbao Airport – Stay a night in a XIIth century castle (Parador Siguenza)  a very nice experience or dinner at the castle and overnight in Alcala (1 hour time).

Inclusions:

  • 5 nights accommodation at Bed and Breakfast 
  • 6 days car rental 

**It is possible to customize your itinerary

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