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7 nt Self Drive Spanish Wine & Monasteries tour featuring Paradores in Soria, Santo Domingo, Calahorra, Olite, Sos del Rey

<span>parador in Soria</span>parador in Soria
<span>parador in Santo Domingo</span>parador in Santo Domingo
<span>parador in Calahorra</span>parador in Calahorra
<span>Parador in Olite</span>Parador in Olite
<span>Parador in Sos</span>Parador in Sos
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From 664 euros p.p. sharing

  • 7 nights accommodation in a standard double room with ensuite bathroom.
  • The meal option of your choice. Breakfast only or Breakfast & lunch or dinner (Half-Board).
  • 7 days Group A Car Rental with unlimited mileage, collision damage waiver and theft insurance.
  • Comprehensive documentation including: road and city maps, guides and suggested itineraries.
  • All taxes

Flights are not included and must be booked by separately by each client. FLIGHT INFORMATION FROM THE UK & IRELAND.

SEE FULL ITINERARY, PRICE DETAILS AND CONDITIONS BELOW.

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SPANISH WINE REGIONS AND HISTORICAL MONASTERIES TOUR

ITINERARY

Day 1: Sunday

HIGHLIGHTS: Must-sees in Soria include two cultural and monumental points of reference which are characteristic of the city: San Polo and San Saturio, with a poplar-lined avenue along the riverbank. The nearby towns of Almarza, Narros, Golmayo and Arnacon have all retained their rural appearance. In Garray, less than 15 kilometers from the provincial capital, you will find the fascinating Numancia archeological site - a former CeltIberian settlement - which includes educational facilities. Also of interest are Burgo de Osma town with itīs impressive cathedral and city walls and the nearby Rio Lobos Nature Reserve.

Day 2: Monday

HIGHLIGHTS: The town of Santo Domingo is an excellent setting-off point for discovering the Upper Rioja wine region and its wealth of heritage linked to wine and viniculture, famous throughout the world. We recommend a visit to the Ontanon Winery/Museum (Logrono), the Haro Enology Station in Haro, the incredible Dinastia Vivanco Winery & Museum in charming Briones, as well as some of the vineyards in the Upper Rioja region which are open to visitors. Another possibility is following the Wine Architecture Route (Gehry, Calatrava & Moneo are just some of the architects who have designed wineries in Rioja). In Santo Domingo you can explore the exenta, or stand-alone, cathedral tower, the cathedral itself (high altar, the saint’s mausoleum, hen’s cage (thereīs a famous story related), cloister). Nearby lies the important town of San Millan de la Cogolla home to Yuso & Suso Monasteries containing the first written texts in the Spanish and Basque languages. Other highlights include the monastery of Santa Maria La Real in Najera and the monastery of Santa Maria del Salvador in Canas.

Day 3 and 4: Tuesday and Wednesday

HIGHLIGHTS: Rioja is the land of wine, an exceptional place where this product achieves its greatest expression. Near Calahorra you can discover the wineries of the Lower Rioja, including Torres Librada (Alfaro) and Vina Herminia (Aldeanuela del Ebro). In Calahorra, we recommend exploring the cathedral, which is mostly in the Gothic style, and the Episcopal palace (16th – 17th centuries), late 16th-century Convent of the Discalced Carmelites (Carmelitas Descalzas), and neoclassical Santiago Church (17th and 18th-century). We also recommend taking a trip to Arnedillo, a picturesque natural mineral spa town and also Enciso, famous for itīs remarkably preserved dinosaur footprints.

Day 5: Thursday

HIGHLIGHTS:  As you approach Olite and see the town silhouetted against the horizon, you will feel that much awaits your discovery. The town offers you the opportunity to discover the palace of the Kings of Navarre, Santa Maria la Real Church, San Pedro Apostol Church, and Carlos III Square. You can explore the world of wine in the Navarre Museum of Wine and Vineyards, which is located in the same lovely square as the Parador. Other highlights include the Piedemonte, Marco Real and Bodega Ochoa wineries as well as the nearby Oliva Monastery, a Cistercian abbey which was given this rank in 1948, following a restoration.  The city of Pamplona can also be easily visited from Olite as well as the Bardenas Reales which is a semi-dessert landscape stretching for over 42000 hectares and which doubled as Kazakhstan in the James Bond movie The World Is Not Enough.

Day 6 and 7: Friday and Saturday

HIGHLIGHTS: Located to the north of the Cinco Villas (Five Towns) region, Sos has retained a medieval atmosphere in the steep streets of its center. Its proximity to Navarre made this an important military site, and King Fernando the Catholic was born here. Of interest to visitors is the 11th-century San Esteban Parish Church, and the ruins of the castle. The walls, which date from a later period, surround the village, intermingling with the houses built right up against them. The key element is La Fuente Alta Tower, also known as La Reina. Not to be missed is a visit to the nearby Benedictine monastery of San Salvador de Leyre, where you can listen to the singing of the monks, and Javier Castle; birthplace of Saint Francis Xavier.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • The route begins on Sunday and ends on Sunday.
  • Neither the dates of your stay, nor the Parador hotels, nor the itinerary may be altered or changed during the route.
  • This route and rates are not valid for groups.
  • Subject to availability and accepetance of Totally Spainīs Booking Conditions.

 Price includes:

  • 7 nights in Parador hotels shown with private bathroom.
  • Meal Plan as chosen - B&B or DB&B.
  • 7 days Group A Car Rental with unlimited mileage, collision damage waiver and theft insurance.
  • Totally Spainīs special documentation pack including road and city maps, guides and suggested itineraries.
  • All taxes

Flights are not included and must be booked by client. FLIGHT INFORMATION FROM THE UK & IRELAND.

Notes:

  • Two or more Parador tours may be taken back to back ( subject to availability).
  • Parador tours may have pre or post accommodation added to them.
  • Extra days car hire as well as car upgrades are permitted.  Contact us for prices.
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