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CASTILIAN CITIES, CASTLES AND WINERIES (3 DAYS)

DAY 1    MADRID – RUEDA – TORDESILLAS – TORO – VALLADOLID

Departure from Madrid for Rueda, where we will take a stop with a tour of a typical wine cellar with wine tasting. Continuation to Tordesillas, where we can contemplate its medieval bridge, in ashlar stone with ten pointed arches and embankmentsin the pilars, the Monastery of Santa Clara, etc. Lunch and free time. Continuation to Toro, where we will take a tour of a typical wine cellar. Departure for Valladolid, where we can contemplate its Cathedral. The Church of Saint Mary the Old, the façade of the university, etc. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 2    VALLADOLID – PEÑAFIEL or QUINTANILLA or PESQUERA – ARANDA DE DUERO –  BURGO DE OSMA

Breakfast and free time to stroll through this typical Castilian city and enjoy its Old Center. Departure for Peñafiel, or Quintanilla or Pesquera, where we will visit a a wine cellar where they elaborate D.O. wine Ribera del Duero with wine tasting after finishing the tour. Continuation to Aranda de Duero, where we will take a short tour of this dynamic city of commerce, that conserves a lovely Main Square (Plaza Mayor), a street lined with galleries and, chiefly, the Church of Saint Mary, Isabeline in style, founded by the Catholic Monarchs. Lunch. Continuation to Burgo de Osma, gorgeous Castilian town, with its arcaded streets flanked by ancient mansions, seat of a bishopric from the visigothic period (10th century), and where we can contemplate the Cathedral of the Burgo de Osma, the most important religious building in the region, built in the 12th century by a monk from Cluny, Pedro de Osma, in Gothic style with some Romanesque influences. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 3    BURGO DE OSMA – PEDRAZA – SEGOVIA – MADRID

Breakfast and departure for Aranda de Duero. Brief stop and continuation to Pedraza. Free time to enjoy one of the lovliest towns of Castile, marvelously valued due to the restoration of its old houses with crests and its Main Square surrounded by an arcade. Situated on a rocky protrusion, surrounded by walls that dominate the plain, it was an important stronghold in the period of the Reconquest. In The sons of Francis I of France were prisoners in its castle after being defeated in Pavia by the armies of Carlos I of Castilly y Aragón. Continuation to Segovia, built in an eminently defensive stop. Lunch with runner beans and roast suckling pig (cochinillo). In the afternoon, tour of the city whosee origins go back to the Celtic foundation of the 7th century B.C. Its strategic position attracted the Romans, who besieged the town, assaulted it and razed it in 80 B.C. Reconstructed shortly afterward,it became an important city in the Roman Empire. We will see the Roman aqueduct, without doubt the most svelt and best preserved of all the constructions built during the Roman Empire, and whose construction is generally dated as from the 1st century B.C. We will visit the Alcázar, whose foundations were placed in the Arab period and one of the favorites residences of the kings of the Trastámara House, and, later inhabited by the Catholic Monarchs. After is restoration, today it has the air of a romantic castle, with well-defined battlements, pointed slate roofs and svelt towers. Arrival in Madrid and END OF TRIP