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Paradores Classic Wine Tour

> DAY 1: Madrid

Welcome to Spain, a land that offers Moorish palaces, Gothic cathedrals, Roman Aqueducts, modern artwork, delicious food and wine, fertile planes, crystal clear seas and soaring mountains all in one amazing country! Upon arrival at the Madrid airport you will be met by your private driver and transferred to your luxury hotel downtown in the Spanish capital. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to rest or discover the highlights of this monumental city.

> DAY 2: Madrid, Lerma

Today you will hit the road... destination - wine country! After breakfast meet your private escort and driver and depart for Lerma. Travel north into the plains of Spain crossing the plateaus of Castille and visiting a stunning winery such as Abadia Retuerta, run by the charismatic New Yorker Donald Cusimano. You´ll visit the vineyards by 4X4, check out the modern machinery worthy of the CSI forensics lab and taste Cru wines in a 13th century monastic dining hall in the Romanesque Abbey. Highlights include the Reserva Selección Especial (winner of best red wine in the world at the London Wine Challenge) and the sexy Pago Negralada wine. Afterwards continue to Lerma, via Roa and Aranda de Duero, two of the most important winey village of the Ribera de Duero D.O. region. The more than 30-meter high cliff is the first image that you get of the Monastery de la Vid, the Parador of Lerma, formerly a 17th Century Ducal Palace. Check into your luxury accommodations and enjoy your evening at leisure admiring the beautiful landscape and sampling the local cuisine. (B)

> DAY 3: Lerma, Burgos, Santo Domingo de la Calzada

After breakfast you will depart for Burgos, the capital of the Castille & Leon Comunity, land of kings and the birth city of the famous medieval Spanish hero ‘El Cid’. Visit one of the world’s best Gothic Cathedrals, built in 1221, the Arch of Santa María, a beautiful Renacentista Palace from 16th century, and the Casa del Cordón before continuing to Santo Domingo de la Calzada and check in to your luxury Parador. The Parador, attached to the Cathedral, is housed into a 12th Century Hospital used formerly to shelter the pilgrims on the road to Santiago de Compostela. (B)

> DAY 4: Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Rioja

Following breakfast head for the Rioja wine route, visiting the villages which are home to some of the most important wineries of La Rioja such as Haro, El Ciezo, and Cenicero. Of course here you will enjoy a visit & wine tasting at some of the cellars such as the Vinery of Ysios, whose main building has been designed by Santiago Calatrava the famous Spanish architect. Lunch at your leisure and in the afternoon return to Santo Domingo de la Calzada for a local visit of the village which will include the Torre Exenta, the Cathedral with the Mayor Altarpiece, Mausoleum and Cloister. After the tour, head back to your Parador for the evening at leisure. (B)

> DAY 5: Santo Domingo de la Calzada, LaGuardia, Logroño, Olite

Breakfast and departure for Olite. En route you will visit to the Wine Culture Museum which is located at the Dinastía Vivanco Cellars in the old village of Briones and houses both permanent and temporary exhibits. Your visit to the Museum & Cellars will end with a wine tasting and explanation given by a sommelier. Next continue on to LaGuardia, probably the best preserved medieval village in La Rioja, where not much has changed since the 13th century. Here you can enjoy some free time to walk along the ancient wall, have a coffee outside in the plaza, take in the views, and see its collection of splendid country churches. Lunch at your leisure before heading off to Logroño, the capital of La Rioja region since the 3rd century B.C. Following your visit, drive towards Olite where you will overnight at a beautiful Parador which is partially set into the Old Palace that dates from 15th Century. (B)

> DAY 6: Olite, Cariñena, Sigüenza

After breakfast enjoy a visit of the ancient village of Olite. Don’t miss the French-Gothich Castle-Palace, home of the Kings of Navarra during centuries. Stroll along its narrow streets and admire the manor stone houses with Coat of Arms by the wooden doors, the medieval galleries and, of course, the very well preserved Roman walls. The Mediterranean climate has also made of Olite one of the main cities of the Rioja Wine. After this visit, continue to Cariñena, a village which has given the name to the Cariñena Wine, for a visit and tasting at the Cellars Señorío de Ayles. Lunch at your leisure before continuing on to Sigüenza. Arrive in the afternoon and check in to your luxury Parador, a gorgeous 12 Century Medieval Castle, which is the symbol of the city. (B)

> DAY 7: Sigüenza, Alcalá de Henares, Madrid

Following breakfast enjoy a visit of the medieval village of Sigüenza, which was a key setting of the Romans, the Visigoths, and the Arabs. The most important medieval monuments are the 12th Century Castle, where nowadays the Parador is located, and the ‘Doncel de Sigüenza’, upon which is written one of the most relevant expression of the medieval culture: ‘The weapon-fight on the name of Faith and Lecture to achieve wiseness’. After your visit of Sinüenza depart for Madrid. Of course, a stop will be made en route at Alcalá de Henares for a visit to this fascinating village. Beginning with its foundation by the Romans as the city of Complutum, many civilizations have passed through the harmonious and beautiful Alcalá de Henares, and each of them has made a generous contribution to the making of the town’s rich historical, artistic, and academic heritage. As a matter of fact, the University of Alcalá, founded by Cardinal Cisneros in 1499, is the best conserved Renaissance university complex in Europe, and meant the beginning of a new cultural and social era in Spain. One of the tops of this Golden Age was “Don Quixote”, the masterpiece of Alcalá’s most important son: Miguel de Cervantes. You cannot miss the visit to the house of Hippolytus, a roman villa with remains from the 1st to the 5th centuries A.D.; the Calle Mayor (Main street), the longest porticoes street in Spain, centre of the old Jewry; the Cathedral-Magistral of Saints Justo and Pastor, a work of late Gothic period built over the tomb of the saints martyred in this same place in the year 305; and, of course, the Museum Casa Natal, birthplace of Cervantes, the author of “Don Quixote”. Lunch at your leisure before heading off to Madrid where you will spend your last night in Spain. As your Leisure Travel Consultant for suggestions on how to spend a fantastic night out in the city. (B)

> DAY 8: Departure

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be transferred by private vehicle to Madrid Airport for your flight back home. (B)

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