Castilla-La Mancha, Valencia, and Scenic Spain 2022

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6 Days / 5 Nights
Availability : May to October
Start: Madrid, Spain
End: Barcelona, Spain

Castilla-La Mancha, Valencia, and Scenic Spain: 2 nts Cuenca, 3 nts Valencia

From its royal riches to its timeless landscapes, this tour takes you on a journey through the heart of Spain.

The palace of Aranjuez unveils the lives of kings and queens, the Parque Natural de la Serranía de Cuenca enchants you with unearthly geological structures, and Valencia keeps you up a little too late with a mix of delicious restaurants and bohemian bars.

Join this trip from Madrid to Barcelona and discover the essential scenes of Spain.

6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS / MAX 16 GUESTS

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected] to book this small group tour Castilla-La Mancha, Valencia, and Scenic Spain.

Tour Details
Places you explore

Cuenca – Marvel at the hanging houses of this medieval city stacked on a promontory between two gorges

Aranjuez – Once an old medieval hunting lodge; now a royal palace of over 300 rooms. Discover the history of the royals at this legendary estate

The ‘Enchanted City’ – A landscape of stones shaped like faces, crocodiles and mushrooms. A coincidence of nature or magic?

Utiel Requena – Wine has been produced here since 7th century BC. Sample the produce and savour the history

Valencia – The birthplace of Paella and one of Spain’s most liveable coastal cities

Peñíscola – Surrounded by lavender and the ocean, the ‘City in the Sea’ is a true Mediterranean marvel

Pick Up Location & TIme

Madrid  (Google Map)
9:00am – Hotel Porcel Ganivet, C. de Toledo, 111, 113, 28005 Madrid, Spain

Drop off Location & Time

Barcelona  (Google Map)
6:15pm – Hotel Evenia Rocafort, C. de Rocafort, 23, 25, 08015 Barcelona, Spain

Price Includes

  • 5 nights 3/4 star hotel accommodation
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • Daily breakfasts
  • The stories and services of an English-speaking driver-guide
  • Entrance to Aranjuez Royal Palace and Gardens
  • Entrance to Lapis Specularis Mine
  • Entrance to Villar del Humo cave paintings
  • Requena wine tasting

Meals

  • 5 breakfasts
  • 0 lunches
  • 0 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Entry fees to visitor attractions/Optional Activities
  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Explore in 16 seat mini-coaches, always taking the scenic route, you have great views through large windows, and you’re free to sample the local tipple without worrying about driving. Our driver-guides are famous for their knowledge, facts, quirky stories, history, and fairy-tales. They truly take you beyond the guidebooks and into your adventure. You make your trip your own. We provide the timetable; and you can choose where you want to eat and which attractions you pay to see. So, if you want to skip a castle and read your book by a mountain view, you can.

A good night’s sleep is often needed for a good day of travel. So we’ve hand-picked three-star to four-star hotels in remote coastal villages, bustling towns, and mountain valleys. Your accommodation is included in the tour price.

Most people can comfortably enjoy our tours, but it’s worth bearing in mind that we often include optional short walks in scenic locations. Please also be aware that many of the old European towns are built on steep hills with cobbled lanes, and you may have to carry your own luggage at times.

We’ve arranged experiences for you on your tour. The ‘included activities’ are already booked and paid for as part of your trip, whereas you can purchase ‘optional activities’ while on your tour. You also have free time in many destinations to pick and choose which attractions you visit.

Pack comfortable shoes for walks up to beautiful views. Carry swimwear and a towel for swimming spots. Your holiday’s more fun when you protect yourself from the sun.

Itinerary
Castilla–La Mancha, Valencia, and Scenic Spain

Day 1Madrid - Aranjuez - Villarejo de Salvanés - Torrejoncillo del Rey - Cuenca

  • Discover 500 years of the Spanish royal family at Aranjuez
  • Arrive in a town that’s carved into the cliffs, Cuenca

You’ve heard the Concierto de Aranjuez. This morning, it’s time to travel from Madrid and discover its inspiration.

Aranjuez was the spring home for the Spanish royal family for 500 years and is a fairground for culture vultures, art-lovers, and history buffs. You can snap panorama photos of the huge palace, wander through the fountain-strewn gardens, and ponder over the ancient bull ring.

You continue your journey through Castilla-La Mancha, the heart of Old Spain. This stunning region boasts gentle landscapes, lush nature, and unrivalled Manchego cheese. It’s also where Cervantes set the fictional journeys of Don Quijote in his novel that laid the foundation for modern European literature.

Your next stop is Villarejo de Salvanés. This small town boasts an unusual castle and archaeological sites that pre-date the Romans.

You travel the short distance to Torrejoncillo del Rey. Back in the 1950s, a resident from here sought treasure. They dug deep into a Roman well and uncovered a 2,000-year-old Lapis Specularis mine, the material the Romans used for windows. Tickets to go into the mine and discover its history are included in your tour.

Clinging to the cliffs of a limestone hill, you find Cuenca. A medieval town of cobbled paths and superior crafts. You overnight here for two evenings.

Included Activities: Entrance to Aranjuez Royal Palace and Gardens, and Entrance to Lapis Specularis Mine

Accommodation: Hotel Exe Cuenca or similar, Cuenca

Day 2Cuenca - Parque Natural de la Serranía de Cuenca - Cuenca

  • Traverse the natural stone sculptures and scenic heights of Parque Natural de la Serranía de Cuenca

Today, you explore one of Castilla-La Mancha’s finest nature reserves – Parque Natural de la Serranía de Cuenca, a 73,000-hectare wildlife paradise.

Your first stop in the natural park is in the ‘Enchanted City’. This location boasts some of the strangest rock formations you’ll ever see. Wander around this magical landscape and spot mushroom-shaped stones and faces glaring at you from limestone.

You continue your journey through this landscape and stop at the stunning Mirador de Uña viewpoint.

After lunch, there are a variety of optional activities for you to choose from. Go kayaking, hiking, or visit more vibrant villages. Your guide will help you pick which one suits you best.

Back in Cuenca, you can scroll through your images from the day over tapas and red wine before enjoying a well-earned rest. (B)

Optional Activities: Various outdoor leisure activities in Parque Natural de la Serranía de Cuenca

Accommodation: Hotel Exe Cuenca or similar, Cuenca

Day 3Cuenca - Fuentes - Villar del Humo - Utiel - Winery in Requen - Valencia

  • Study the symbols of ancient cave paintings in Villar del Humo
  • Savour the flavours of the wines and cuisines of the region

You leave Cuenca behind and travel to Fuentes. At this stop, you get to stretch your legs and admire a few… dinosaurs. Yes, you read that right. This region is famous for palaeontology, and there are a few realistic life-sized models to help transport you to the land before time.

From the Jurassic period, you travel a few thousand years to the Neolithic period in Villar del Humo. Here, you can study the details and symbols of ancient cave paintings on a visit included in the tour price.

You stop at the tiny village of Utiel for a rustic lunch. This region is famous for seafood, pumpkin dishes, and the best oranges in the country – great nourishment for all that time travelling!

Later on, you travel to a winery in Requena for an included wine tasting which will invigorate your taste buds. The delicious beverage has been produced in this area since at least the 7th century BC, so you know it’s going to be delicious.

You then travel to Valencia; the home of paella, laid-back nightlife, awesome architecture, and your accommodation for the next three nights. (B)

Included Activities: Entrance to Villar del Humo cave paintings, and Requena wine tasting

Accommodation: Hotel Eurostars Rey Don Jaime or similar, Valencia

Day 4Valencia - Albufera Natural Park - Valencia

  • Learn about Monastic life at the Monastery of Santa Maria
  • Roam through the unique wetlands of Albufera Natural Park

Today, your journey takes you on a half day trip that combines monastic knowledge with fantastic nature spots.

In the morning, you can choose an optional visit to the Monastery of Santa Maria in El Puig. This large building combines cloisters with defensive structures and has been used as a temple, a school, and even a prison.

It’s now time to explore the rice paddies that gave birth to the paella in the Albufera Natural Park. Your visit here also gives you a chance to spot the unique flora and fauna around a large freshwater lagoon.

You arrive back in Valencia in the afternoon. Here you can join an optional guided tour of the city combined with a tasty tapas experience.

Use the evening to either enjoy the city’s famous nightlife or prepare for the next day of your adventure. (B)

Optional Activities: Guided city walk and tapas experience in Valencia, and Monastery of Santa Maria in El Puig

Accommodation: Hotel Eurostars Rey Don Jaime or similar, Valencia

Day 5Valencia - Xàtiva - Los Charcos de Quesa - Valencia

  • Lose yourself in the history and narrow streets of Xàtiva

Xàtiva, the town of ‘a thousand fountains’ lies upon the slopes of Monte Vernissa. A castle crowns the hills, and the location is famous for ancient paper production, educational institutions, and the notorious House of Borgia. This morning, you travel here and have free time to delve deep into all this history and more.

In the afternoon, you embark on a journey to Los Charcos de Quesa. We hope you have packed your swimwear, because this scenic nature spot boasts natural pools and waterfalls for you to dip your toes in.

You return to Valencia in the early evening. (B)

Accommodation: Hotel Eurostars Rey Don Jaime or similar, Valencia

Day 6Valencia - Sagunto - Peñiscola - Sitges - Barcelona

  • Imagine an ancient Roman play at the theatre of Sagunto
  • Admire a fusion of artistic and architectural styles in Sitges

Sagunto is your first destination this morning. You have time here to roam around a well-preserved Roman theatre, climb to the top of a 2,000-year-old castle complex, and explore the famous Jewish quarter.

You leave this historic town and make your way to the seaside town of Peñiscola. This place is known as the ‘City in the Sea’ and boasts a castle built by the Knights Templar. It’s also the delightful location where you have your lunch today.

A little further along the Mediterranean coast, your journey takes you to Sitges. A happening cultural hotspot, a menagerie of modernist architecture, and a few fascinating museums make this a great preparation for the big city.

You arrive in Barcelona in the evening. (B)

Dates and Prices - Hotel accommodation
Departure Dates and Days Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2022: May 23 $1.960 $2,210
2022: June 6, 20 $1,960 $2,210
2022: July 4, 18 $2,040 $2,360
2022: August 1 $2,040 $2,360
2022: August 15, 29 $2,130 $2,490
2022: September 12, 26 $1,960 $2,210
2022: October 10, 24 $1,960 $2,210

All guaranteed departures.

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on twin/ double occupancy.
Rates are in $ CAD.

 


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected]  to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline.

 

Notes
Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Luggage: You’re restricted to 20kg (44lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small bag for onboard personal items.

Want to extend your stay in Madrid and/or Barcelona?  Ask us for a hotel package. 

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