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6 Days / 5 Nights
Availability : April to November
Start: Madrid, Spain
End: Barcelona, Spain

Valencia & the 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.

Xàtiva Castle regales you with legends and stories, 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 dhtour@dhtour.ca to book this small group tour Valencia & the Scenic Spain.

Tour Details
Places you explore

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

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

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)
8:30am – Hotel Porcel Ganivet, C. de Toledo, 111, 113, 28005 Madrid, Spain

Drop off Location & Time

Barcelona  (Google Map)
6:30pm – abba Sants Hotel,  C/ de Numància, 32, 08029 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
  • Visit of Belmonte with Spectacular Castle
  • Visit of the Ruins of the Roman Settlemen
  • Requena wine tasting
  • Walking tour of Cuenca including entrance to the Cathedral
  • Visit Ciudad Encanada
  • Visit to Monastery of Santa Maria del Puig

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 - Cuenca

  • Arrive in a town that’s carved into the cliffs, Cuenca

You say adiós to Madrid and start 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 first stop is Villarejo de Salvanés. This small town boasts an unusual castle and archaeological sites that pre-date the Romans.

You’ll make your way to Cuenca, where you’ll get the chance to learn more about this medieval town on a walking tour. Explore the cobbled streets and marvel inside the 12th-century-built Gothic cathedral (ticket included).

From Cuenca, you’ll 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.

You return to Cuenca where you’ll stay for two nights so you can discover its gravity-defying hanging houses and delicious cuisine.

 

Included Activities

  • Walking tour of Cuenca
  • Entrance to Cuenca Cathedral
  • Entrance to Ciudad Encantada (Enchanted City)

 

Accommodation 

Hotel Exe Cuenca or similar, Cuenca

Day 2Cuenca - Belmonte - Cuenca

  • Revel in the ruins of a Roman settlement at Segóbriga

Today starts with a visit to the former Roman city of Segóbriga. Travel back in time as you explore one of the most important archaeological sites of the Spanish Meseta.

After you’ve wondered at the well-preserved ruins of the amphitheatre, public baths and temples, you’ll travel south to Belmonte.

Here you’ll have free time to try out some local Spanish delicacies for lunch before a visit to Castillo de Belmonte. This magnificent 15th-century castle is known for its unusual design, with a triangular courtyard and a six-pointed star shape.

Back in Cuenca, you can admire natural wonders and see dinosaurs at the Paleontological Museum if it’s open. Or, you can scroll through your images from the day over tapas and red wine before enjoying a well-earned rest.

 

Included Activities

  • Entrance to the Roman settlement at Segóbriga
  • Entrance to Castillo de Belmonte

 

Optional Activities

  • Entrance to Castilla-La Mancha Paleontological Museum

 

Accommodation

Hotel Exe Cuenca or similar, Cuenca

Day 3Cuenca - Alcala del Júcar - Winery in Requen - Valencia

  • Savour the flavours of the wines and cuisines of the region
  • Relish paella at its birthplace in Valencia

You leave Cuenca and travel to the fascinating town of Alcala del Júcar. Built deep into natural caves, it’s located on a rocky slope between the castle and Júcar river. Here you’ll have time for lunch.

Later on, you head 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.

 

Included Activities

  • 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 (ticket included). 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 - Cullera- Valencia

  • Lose yourself in the history and narrow streets of Xàtiva
  • Enjoy panaormic views of Cullera coastline

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 start off with visiting the castle, orientation tour and free time to delve deep into all this history. The ticket to the fortress is included in your tour.

You’ll then embark on a journey to the lovely town of Cullera. You’ll have free time here to soak up the sun on one of the long sandy beaches or take in the panoramic views from the castle vantage point. The emblematic medieval structure dates back to the 13th century.

You return to Valencia in the afternoon and can join an optional guided tour of the city combined with a tasty tapas experience.

 

Included Activities

  • Entrance to Xàtiva Castle

 

Optional Activities

  • Guided city walk and tapas experience in Valencia

 

Accommodation

Hotel Eurostars Rey Don Jaime or similar, Valencia

Day 6Valencia - Peñiscola - Sitges - Barcelona

  • Admire a fusion of artistic and architectural styles in Sitges

You depart Valencia in the morning 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. Choose to visit the fortress, which stands on the highest point of the peninsula, and admire the panoramic coastline. Or take a dip in the tranquil seas to cool off. You’ll also have time here for lunch.

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.

 

Optional Activities

  • Entrance to the Papa Lunas Castle in Peñiscola
Dates and Prices - Hotel accommodation
Departure Dates and Days Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2024: April 22 $2,610 $3,100
2024: May 6, 20 $2,760 $3,130
2024: June 3, 17 $2,760 $3,210
2024: July 1, 15, 29 $2,610 $3,040
2024: August 12, 26 $2,610 $3,100
2024: September 9, 23 $2,760 $3,140
2024: October 7, 21 $2,610 $3,130
2024: November 4, 18 $2,610 $3,220

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 dhtour@dhtour.ca  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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