Don Quixote & Classical Spain by Air

Nowhere is Spain’s remarkable history better illustrated than in its ancient cities. From the Spanish capital of Madrid, we journey into the heart of Spain discovering many of its treasures, culture and traditions in places such as Toledo and Salamanca along the way. Our tour also includes a stay in a Spanish parador and a trip through La Mancha, the agricultural and wine-growing heartland of Spain, immortalised in the story of Don Quixote.

Travel Options

Holiday Highlights

  • Return flights to Madrid*
  • Airport taxes and luggage allowance (one piece of hold luggage per booking)
  • Airport transfers in Spain
  • 3 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at the Hotel Agumar, Madrid
  • 2 nights bed and breakfast at the Parador de Salamanca
  • 2 nights bed and breakfast at the Hotel Alfonso VI, Toledo
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Madrid, Prado Museum, El Escorial, Ávila, Salamanca, Toledo, Don Quixote Route & Royal Palace of Madrid
  • Guided tours of Madrid, El Escorial, Salamanca & Toledo
  • Services of a Tour Manager in Spain

Selection of hotels

We’ll stay at the Hotel Agumar in Madrid; the Parador de Salamanca and the Hotel Alfono VI in Toledo. All the hotels are 4-star rated and offer a bar and restaurant plus comfortable bedrooms with en-suite facilities and satellite TV. In addition, the Parador de Salamanca features a fitness centre, sauna, hammam and outdoor swimming pool.

Single Supplements Apply

Day One - Arrival in Madrid
We fly to Madrid and transfer to our hotel in the city where we stay for the next two nights on a half-board basis.

Day Two - Madrid & Prado Museum
We start the day with a guided city tour of Madrid. The Spanish capital is a wonderful mix of modernity and tradition and is home to world-class museums, palaces and glorious gardens. The historic centre and the spectacular cobbled Plaza Mayor square are a living example of the splendour of the city in the 16th and 17th centuries, while the modern Almudena cathedral was consecrated in 1993 by Pope John Paul II.

Later, we visit the Prado Museum which possesses one of the world’s finest collections of European art from the Middle Ages through to the 19th century. Housed in an 18th-century Neo-Classical building and opened as a museum in 1819, the Prado’s extensive collections include works by the great European masters such as Velázquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens and Bosch (among other major Italian and Flemish artists).

Day Three - El Escorial & Ávila
We leave Madrid and head towards Salamanca, stopping en-route at El Escorial. Conceived by King Felipe II in the 16th century, this magnificent Royal complex and World Heritage Site is the most important architectural monument of the Spanish Renaissance and includes a church, monastery, royal palace, college and library. The interiors were decorated by many notable Spanish and Italian artists of the 16th and 17th centuries including Titian and El Greco. We enjoy a guided tour of the monastery and royal palace.

We continue on to the old town of Ávila, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The imposing medieval town walls are one of the best preserved walled sites in Europe and a valuable set of churches and Renaissance palaces bear witness to the past wealth of the town as a textile centre.

Later, we check in to our Salamanca parador, our base for the next two nights.

Day Four - Salamanca
Our guided walking tour of Salamanca helps us get our bearings in this World Heritage City. Home to Spain’s oldest university, founded in 1218, this vibrant and lively city is full of historic buildings of golden sandstone and the beautiful, Baroque style Plaza Mayor square. Just some of the city’s treasures include the 15th-century Casa de las Conchas, famous for its façade decorated with hundreds of carved shells, the Huerto de Calixto y Melibea gardens and Casa Lis, a modernist mansion with stained glass windows. We also visit Salamanca’s ‘new’ Gothic cathedral, dating back to the 16th century, with its unusual carvings including an astronaut!

Day Five - Toledo
Leaving Salamanca, we journey to Toledo, another UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its extensive cultural and monumental heritage. The city sits majestically above the Tagus River and is known as the ‘City of the Three Cultures’, having been influenced by a historical co-existence of Christians, Muslims and Jews. We see some of the city’s highlights on our guided tour including the winding, cobbled streets, the Gothic Cathedral and Alcázar fortress which dominates the skyline.

We then check in to our Toledo hotel where we spend the next two nights.

Day Six - Don Quixote Route
Today’s excursion takes us on a wonderful discovery tour of one of the most famous areas in Spain thanks to literature; La Mancha - an area of wide open plains and small mountain ranges, also well known for its wines. The route is the setting for the adventures of Don Quixote, the character brought to life by Miguel de Cervantes. Along the way, we view the famous windmills featured in Cervantes’ novel as well as enjoy a wine tasting in a local wine cellar.

Day Seven - Royal Palace of Madrid
Today, we return to Madrid where we visit the Royal Palace, built in the 18th century and featuring a mixture of Baroque and classicist styles. Although the official residence of the Spanish Royal family, it is only used for state ceremonies. The palace is notable for its rich interior decoration and wealth of art, with paintings by the likes of Caravaggio, Velázquez and Goya.

This evening, we check back in to our Madrid hotel and enjoy a farewell dinner together.

Please note: The Royal Palace may close at short notice, in which case an alternative excursion will be offered.

Day Eight - Departure
We check out of our hotel and transfer to Madrid airport for our return flight home.

*Air holiday prices are correct at the time of publication but are subject to fluctuation and availability. Other regional airports may be available. The final price will depend on the current flight price on the day of your booking, your chosen airport, airline and flight time. This will be advised at the time of booking.

One piece of hold luggage PER BOOKING is included however; the weight allowance does vary between airlines. Please ask for details.

Hotel transfers may be in shared vehicles. You may also have to await passengers arriving on other flights; for your convenience we will do our utmost to keep the waiting time to a minimum.

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Club Class Home Collection

Door to Door Service from just £90 per person

Take advantage of our brand new, stress free departure option of "Club Class Home Collection Service". With this luxury service, a uniformed chauffeur will collect you from home and transfer you to the hotel, airport or cruise port in top specification cars or MPV's then at the end of your holiday they will be waiting to whisk you home again.

Please note: On some journeys we may collect other customers en-route who are travelling on the same holiday as yourself. The maximum number of pickups would be your plus two more with a maximum of six people in the vehicle. Journeys over 2.5 hours will include comfort breaks and complimentary bottles water is provided. All vehicles are fitted with satellite navigation and tracking devices. Service available from addresses in mainland England only, one pickup per booking. Service operating in partnership with Club Class Chauffeurs.
Round Trip Mileage Price (pp)
Up to 150 miles £90
151 - 200 £150
201 - 250 £175
251 - 300 £200
301 - 350 £225
351 - 400 £250
400 + Call for a quote
Single Traveller Supplement Additional 75%

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