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Secret Trails of Medieval Spain
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Discover spectacular scenery following historic pilgrim routes and enjoy Spanish hospitality
Trip Highlights
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What's included
  • All breakfasts and 7 dinners
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

All breakfasts and 7 dinners are included. You will have plenty of chances to sample fresh local produce and traditional Spanish fare during this trip. The sun-drenched climate makes for juicy ripe fruit and vegetables and the excellent dinners are accompanied by complimentary local wine. Please note that meal times in Spain are later than in many other countries; dinner is usually taken between 20:00 and 20.30. The hotel offers a picnic lunch each day for a charge of EUR 5 or there are local shops to purchase your own materials. Vegetarians and other dietary requirements can be catered for provided you inform us in advance of travelling.

Day 1
Fly to Madrid
Fly to Madrid; transfer to village of Covarrubias (approx. 2½ hours transfer).
Day 2
Circular walk in the Valles de Ura, home to numerous species of local flora and fauna.
We set out from Covarrubias and walk by the Arlanza river to the village of Puentedura for elevenses and then into a gorge to the village of Ura. After lunch we climb out of the gorge and make our way to a hermitage, Ermita de Redonda, and then back to Covarrubias.
Day 3
Full day circular walk: Circuit of Muela.
We climb out of Covarrubias to another hermitage, Ermita de Nuestra Señora de Mamblas, for elevenses, followed by lunch on the ridge looking north. After lunch we complete the circuit of Muela and return to Covarrubias down a wooded valley.
Day 4
Beautiful walk from Rio Arlanza to Santo Domingo de Silos.
We take hired transport along the Arlanza river and then climb gently onto the plateau for elevenses at the Tenadas de Valcarcel with a second break at Tenadas del Campo and lunch on the top of the ridge facing the spectacular mountain of San Carlos. We descend to Silos with time to visit the Cloister museum (optional) before being collected by our private transport for the return journey to Covarrubias, taking in a short visit to La Yecla gorge on the way back.
Day 5
Walk through vineyards and beautiful valleys to the 'The Three Villages'.
We leave Covarrubias by the Arlanza river and climb through vineyards on the way to the first village of Retuerta. We then climb over the ridge and descend to the second village of Castroceniza. Lunch will be taken in this beautiful valley on the way to the third village of Ura. Another climb out of the valley takes us through forest and farmland to a highpoint overlooking Covarrubias, before descending back to the hotel. A tour of the town, provided by the tourist office, including a visit to the church museum may be possible before dinner.
Day 6
Free day to relax or visit Burgos and its many sights.
Today is free for you to explore at your own pace. A suggested day is to take the 09:00 public bus to the cathedral city Burgos and its many sights. Return on 13:00 bus to Covarrubias for tapas lunch at our hotel. The choice of a siesta or short afternoon walk before an optional evening visit to Silos for vespers is possible before dinner.
Day 7
Walk along the crest of the Sierra de las Mamblas.
Another steady climb out of Covarrubias brings us through the dense forest to a limestone edge. After lunch we continue along the edge with wonderful views to the Sierra de la Demanda, before descending back to Covarrubias. An optional visit to a bodega (winery) is possible before dinner.
Day 8
Fly to London
Transfer to Madrid airport; fly to London.
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