Vineyard Trail

Central Spain Spain: (PG-BUTV)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/spain_castile_vineyard.aspx

Introduction
Central Spain Spain

Join us on a special ride through the famous wine harvest area of Ribera del Duero in Castile.
During the 1990's the region developed into one of the best wine producers of Spain and now showcases some of the country's best wines. The area has 28.000 acres in grape production and is home to over 180 vineyards- over 8000 wine producers buy their grapes from this area!
Our horseback tour allows you to explore its bountiful landscapes while you taste some of these classic and delicioua wines.
The first two days of the ride focus on the beauty of the nature park, Hoces del Rio Duraton. Situated to the northeast of Segovia, it has many great archaeological and historical riches as well as natural splendor. The water of the River Duratón is dammed after passing Sepúlveda, in a canyon with areas that have astounding drops of over 100 metres. Impressive and deep gorges have been carved out by the river's forces in these limestone lands, where a great number of birds of prey nest, like the striking Griffon Vulture.
The next four days we will follow along the river of the same name - Ribera del Duero - and visit the nearby vineyards. The soft dandy trails of the high plateau are the perfect place explore on horseback and of course the cultural and culinary experiences along the way play a big role during these days. We visit castles and abbeys, stop at the best bodegas (wine tasting rooms and cellars) and enjoy the beautiful wines and cuisine of the region. Savor typical regional dishes like the juicy lamb roasts and the full flavored sheep cheese. This trip is certainly designed for lovers of fine wines and delicious foods!
Accommodations are in very nice hotels and country estates. To make it a bit more relaxing we only move lodgings every second day (a total of 4 different accommodations) – so no need to pack your bags every morning. You will have breakfast and dinner at your accommodations and lunch is typically at one of the bodegas or a sumptuous picnic alongside the trail.  A wonderfully appetizing way to explore central Spain!


Accomodation

Overnights are in 3 and 4-star hotels and country inns.
Dinner is typically at the hotel restaurant. Lunches are at local bodegas along the way or picnic along the trail.

Riding

The horses are mainly locally Andalusian, Andalusian crosses and Spanish breeds. They average between 15hh and 16hh and are a forward going, responsive and thoroughly enjoyable ride. They are also good natured, nimble and sure footed. Tack is English style with sheepskin saddle covers available if required and saddle bags provided when necessary. Rides are normally for a maximum of 10 guests.

Pace and experience required: To join these rides you should be a reasonably experienced rider who is comfortable, secure and in control on a well schooled horse at a walk, trot and canter in open country and over varied terrain. You should also have a fairly good level of general and riding fitness. The pace on the rides is moderate overall but it varies each day with the going - one day particularly includes some steep ascents, descents and narrow trails to negotiate; other days are on more open going which allows faster riding.

Itinerary
Sample Itinerary - Subject to changes 

Day 1: Madrid - Sepúlveda
Transfer from Madrid to Sepúlveda. If you arrive early enough, take a stroll in the old part of town – it is beautiful with its old fortified walls and historic churches and buildings. Overnight is at a very nice country hotel in Sebulcor, near the nature park Las Hoces del Río Duratón.

Day 2: Sebulcor - Fuentidueña
We ride along the forested river banks of the Duratón, through large pine forests with its juniper bushes, into the nature park. Enjoy the breathtaking views from the high cliffs over the fields, the water and the cloister of San Frutos in the distance. Many birds of prey, including the buzzards, kites, vultures and hawks will be accompanying you along the way – maybe you will even see a pair of eagles if you are lucky. Also otters, genets and other mammals inhabit the beautiful park. For lunch we stop in the villa of San Miguel de Bernuy and then continue our ride to Fuentidueña.

Day 3: Fuentidueña - Peñafiel
Again we follow the river Duratón until it flows into the river Duero. We stop along the way for a good lunch and a nice siesta. In the afternoon we reach Peñafiel with its majestic fortress and the wine museum. We check into a nice four-star hotel and still have some time for a stroll around town before dinner.

Day 4: Peñafiel - Valle del Cuco
From Peñafiel we take a nice leisurely ride through the valley of the river Cuco to the Castle of Curiel in the province of Valladolid. Here we stop at the base of the castle hill. This afternoon we will visit a bodega and taste some of the local wine. Overnight in Peñafiel like the day before.

Day 5: Peñafiel - Olivares de Duero
Along the right hand side of the Duero we explore the famous Ribera and visit some of the most famous bodegas along the way. We then visit the Cloister of Santa Maria de Valbuena near San Bernardo. It was first built in 1143 AD and is a magnificent example of early Cistercian Architecture still in very good condition. Tired and satisfied after long canters, the sightseeing and wine tasting we reach Olivares del Duero, where a nice hotel and a tasty dinner awaits us.

Day 6: Olivares de Duero

The morning ride leads us across the high plateau to an excellent viewpoint over the whole Ribera del Duero. Here we stop for our picnic lunch and siesta. Our return ride takes a break along the way at another bodega with wine tasting and a nice little surprise will wait for you. Dinner and overnight like the day before..

Day 7: Olivares de Duero - Traspinedo
Our ride takes us again along the river to the village of Sardón de Duero, where we cross the river and stop for the last time at a well known bodega. Dinner and overnight in Traspinedo.

Day 8: Traspinedo - Madrid
Transfer back to Madrid after breakfast.

--subject to changes--


Rates and Dates for Vineyard Trail

Rates include:

Accommodations, all meals, 6 riding days

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20198 day trip, AP€1835$2205
    • Single supplement€160$195
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.2

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 Description
2019 Transfer from airport in Madrid included at set times

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 05/25 - 06/01 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 4 /9 Reserve
A 2019 06/29 - 07/06 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 4 /9 Reserve
A 2019 08/31 - 09/07 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 4 /9 Reserve

Dates Note:

Other Info
Meeting:
Airport: Madrid
Transfer: Madrid

Climate:


Valladolid area

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Jul

Aug

Sep

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Average High Temperature (°F)

47

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66

54

47

Average Low Temperature (°F)

33

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41

46

53

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53

46

39

35

Average High Temperature (°C)

8

11

15

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27

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26

19

12

9

Average Low Temperature (°C)

1

1

3

5

8

12

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11

8

4

2

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

6

5

5

7

7

4

2

2

3

7

6

6

Source: NOAA

 

Seasons

The overall climate of Castilla is similar to Southern California. It benefits from a continental Mediterranean climate with hot summers, pleasant and moderate temperatures in the spring and fall, and fairly cool temperatures in the winter.

 

Rain is possible anytime of the year, but rare in summer. The main rainy season is from the end of October to of May.

What To Bring:

Rain gear suitable for riding should be carried along, particularly during the months from November through April
A belt pack in which to carry your camera and other small valuables during the ride is handy.
Attire is strictly informal throughout, though if you are planning to visit other cities on your own later you may wish to bring a jacket and tie. Regular film can be obtained locally, but special sizes may not be available-bring plenty. It is a good idea to bring your own soap, since not all hotels supply it.
Also, please bring comfortable walking boots as you have to walk with the horses downhill on a rocky surface on the second day for at least one hour.

This list is only a guideline for you

 

Travel documents and Voucher
Flight tickets
Passport
Visa (check with your consulate)

 

RIDING GEAR
English or Western riding attire
Comfortable/riding boots
A hard hat is not required, but recommended for safety
Riding gloves
Hat (with chin strip) for sun protection
Rain coat/Wax jacket

 

PERSONAL CLOTHING
Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
Jeans
Shorts
Underwear and socks
Pyjama
Light summer jacket
Warm jacket
Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes
Swimsuit
Bandana
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING
Personal Toiletries
Insect protection
Personal medications
Sore cream (for the emergency)
Sewing kit
Handkerchiefs
Adapter for electric appliances
Camera and enough extra films
Belt pack
Sun glasses with strap
Sun tan lotion and lip balm
Small bar of soap
Flashlight