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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.
very informative!! tout guide very knowledgeable
This is an amazing tour through Don Quijote's history!
Museu Cervantino, Casa de Dulcineia, great lunch in Mota del Cuervo, Molinos, everything great!
Robert Thompson Netherlands
Even better than expected, and I expected a lot! This was a truly awe inspiring trip---from Madrid to La Mancha of Don Quijote.... A friend of mine advised me not to go on this trip cause he said it was a too intensive trip and journey... Thanks god I dind't listen to him cause it was completely the opposite!!!
Realizing that an extraordinary amount of work is done by the office and support staff, I still have to say that this trip would not be what it was without the guides, Clara and Jorge, going above and beyond what anyone could have expected. They have got to be among the best.
Thank you to the entire gang at Julia Travel!
same as above
Started late and very long drive but not fault of tour guide. Day was very cold, and windy but still enjoyed. Guide was very informative and kept good control of our semi-large group. Had a good meal at a local restaurant which was included and were given enough time to eat and enjoy. The windmill was closed which was a disappointment but not the fault of out guide.
A great day! Awesome learning about Don Quixote and Cervantes, seeing the windmills and Dulceana's home. The castle was great as was the lunch. The vineyard tour was interesting and the wine tasting experience really fun!
Although the area of the windmills and the Dulcinea home was very interesting, it is only a small part of the trip. We enjoyed the winery tour and tasting and the castle tour, but I would have left one out to actually drive some of the route in the Don Quixote novel. Our guide was a very attentive person. Sorry, I have forgotten her name. The lunch was very good.
We loved La Mancha, history, the stop at the mill, and the wine tasting stop was also quite interesting! We even bought a couple of bottles something we usually avoid so we don't have to drag heavy bags back home. The guide however even though we requested an English speaking guide was a bit of a disappointment. She not only couldn't speak English but kept asking us how do you say this or that and she also could not answer other questions even in Spanish. A couple of answers she did give, she qualified them stating she didn't really know for sure but that was her opinion. I would definitely do this tour but avoid Kate English tour.
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