Discover the birthplace of Don Quixote while enjoying fine food and wine on an 11-hour tour of La Mancha from Madrid. Ideal for history enthusiasts, this excursion reveals landmarks associated with Cervante’s timeless protagonist: visit the medieval Belmonte Castle, taste wine and take a vineyard tour at La Mancha winery, and admire Mota del Cuevo’s famous windmills. Plus, gain deeper understanding of the Spanish novel at the Cervantes Museum and the House-Museum of Dulcinea del Toboso in El Toboso. Lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
At your Madrid accommodation, climb aboard an air-conditioned vehicle destined for Belmonte Castle. According to research, the fertile landscapes of La Mancha and Mota del Cuevo inspired Miguel de Cervantes to write his classic novel centered on the character of Don Quixote.
The first stop is Belmonte Castle, a medieval fortress and setting featured in the novel, to delve deeper into the region’s history. Then, stop at Mont Reaga winery, located amid La Mancha’s rolling vineyards, to take a winery tour and sample some of the region’s best wines.
When hunger strikes, stop for lunch in a traditional inn at Mota del Cuevo, following which you’ll visit the windmills that witnessed the battle between Don Quixote and the imaginary giants.
Your tour culminates with a stop in El Toboso, home to the Cervantes Museum. Browse a vast collection of Don Quixote editions that span centuries and languages before heading to the House-Museum of Dulcinea Del Toboso, which faithfully replicates the home of a knight during Cervantes era.
Conclude your tour with drop-off at your Madrid accommodation.