Get away to a country estate among the vines of the Duero Valley
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- Enjoy sommelier-guided tasting sessions in one of Spain’s most highly regarded wine regions
- Make use of your hire car to explore Salamanca’s historic sights
- Stay in a 14th century manor house replete with gourmet dining and a luxurious spa
City-break | Food & wine | History & culture
This short break brings you out from Madrid into the rolling greenery of the Duero (Douro) Valley where you’ll stay in a converted country manor. Dating back some 700 years, it’s the perfect base for tasting your way through this historic wine region, showcased on a pair of included guided tours and even in wine-themed spa therapies. You’ll also have the use of a hire car to explore next-door Salamanca where Spain’s Golden Age is revisited in everything from Romanesque cathedrals to Renaissance palaces.
Day by day itinerary
Flying into Madrid, you’ll pick up your hire car at the airport to make the scenic drive, through the Spanish countryside, to Salamanca and your luxury accommodation. Set on the banks of the River Tormes in the city’s rural surrounds, this Dominican estate dates back to the 14th century and counts one Christopher Columbus among its esteemed guests. Here, you’ll be welcomed to the traditional charm and stunning vineyard views of your room with a complimentary bottle of Hacienda Zorita’s wine. Many also come with private terraces, wine cellars and their own gardens. You’ll then have five days to enjoy the hotel’s superb facilities that include a farm-to-table restaurant, poolside sun loungers and an excellent spa. There’s also the small matter of 300 hectares of eagle-plied farmland and oak forests to explore.
Stay: Hacienda Zorita, Salamanca (Deluxe)
To help acquaint you to with the region’s rich oenology – wine has been produced in the Duero (Douro) Valley for over a thousand years – we’ve included a pair of tasting experiences. On the first, an expert guide will bring you down into the former monastery’s cellars to sample a selection from its 1,450 oak barrels. The valley is particularly known for its intense reds and rich whites. Your second experience will see you go behind the scenes at the hacienda’s winery. Led by the hotel’s sommelier, you’ll learn about both the winemaking process and how each can be paired with the region’s fine gastronomy. You’ll also have plenty of time at leisure, perhaps to relax with a vinotherapy spa treatment or make use of your hire car to explore next-door Salamanca. Its signature golden sandstone beautifies everything from its 13th-century university and Convento de San Esteban to the intricately detailed façade of its Gothic cathedral. It’s all centred on the Plaza Mayor; often termed ‘Spain’s Grandest Square’, it’s awash with Baroque flourishes and monuments to the city’s rich past. You’ll also be perfectly poised to dip into Portugal, perhaps following the Douro River upstream to watch as its banks are terraced into rolling vineyards dotted with pretty whitewashed villages and medieval towns.
Stay: Hacienda Zorita, Salamanca (Deluxe)
On your last day, drive back to Madrid to drop your car off and make your flight home.
Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
Standard Double Room
from £650 pp. incl. flights
from £730 pp. incl. flights
- Complimentary UK airport departure access
- Flights are included from your selected departure airport to Madrid
- Car hire is included for the duration of your stay
- 5 nights accommodation on a B&B basis in a Double room
- Welcome Drink upon arrival
- Bottle of Hacienda Zorita wine in room
- Guided winery visit with Sommelier
- Visit to wine cellar and slow wine tasting (including three wines)
Extending your stay: While this itinerary is ideal as a stand-alone break, it's also available as an extension out of Madrid, perhaps ending your holiday with some viticulture indulgence and spa relaxation in the Spanish capital.
01 Nov 2018 - 30 April 2019
01 May to 02 Nov 2019
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Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.
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