Vineyard Trail

Central Spain Spain: (PG-BUTV)
URL: https://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 delicious 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

Accommodations
This is a progressive ride so nights are spent in different locations

Description
Overnights are in 3 and 4-star hotels and country inns with private bathrooms. Wi-Fi connection is available in all accommodations.

Accommodations Itinerary - subject to changes based on availability
Nights 1 & 2: Country Hotel in Sebúlcor (2 options)
Nights 3 & 4: Hotel in Curiel
Nights 5 & 6: Hotel in Quintanilla de Onésimo
Night 7: Hotel in Covarrubias (2 options)

Country Hotel (option 1) in Sebúlcor
This small country hotel is composed of different buildings built with local materials and set around a large patio. The rooms are simply furnished and all feature a TV, ensuite facilities and free Wi-Fi access.

Country Hotel (option 2) in Sebúlcor
This charming country hotel is surrounded by nature and offers tastefully decorated bedrooms. All rooms come equipped with a TV, heating, a private bathroom and free Wi-Fi access. There are also 2 lounges with fireplaces where guest can relax.

Hotel in Curiel
This beautiful castle-like accommodation offers comfortable bedrooms each decorated with a unique historic style. The bedrooms have a TV, individual air conditioning, a safe, free Wi-Fi and private facilities. There is a small outdoor pool on the rooftop, from which you have a beautiful view over the valley below.

Hotel in Quintanilla de Onésimo
This accommodation is set in a former flourmill that has been entirely refurbished to ensure a comfortable stay to its guests. The rooms are modern and elegant and all come fitted with a private bathroom, air conditioning, a TV and free Wi-Fi access. The property also has a terrace and a lounge with a fireplace.

Hotel Casa Ramón in Quintanar de la Sierra 
This small rural hotel offers 34 simply furnished bedrooms with great views over the surrounding mountains. Each room has its own temperature control, TV and private bathroom. There is free Wi-Fi available in common areas.

Posada Las Mayas in Quintanar de la Sierra 
This charming hotel located in the heart of the mountains only recently opened after enduring renovations. The interiors have been tastefully decorated and the original spirit of the house (dating from 1920) has been kept through small objects and furniture. The 11 rooms are all spacious and all come equipped with air conditioning, Wi-Fi, TV, phone and private facilities.

Room Occupancy
If we are unable to find another rider to share the room with you, the single supplement fee applies.


Meals
All meals are included with this trip.
We serve mainly Spanish dishes.

Lunches are at local bodegas along the way or picnic along the trail.
Dinners are in local restaurants with delicious local specialties.

Wine is included with dinner.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to all dietary restrictions with prior notice.

This trip includes some wine with dinner and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Riding Experience
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.

Pace
The pace is moderate overall but it varies each day. One day in particular, includes some steep ascents, descents and narrow trails to negotiate; other days are on more open terrain, which allows faster riding.

Horses
We currently have around 20 horses, 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.
The stables where horses live are fully equipped and designed for the comfort and well-being of our horses.

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1 (Saturday): Arrival
Arrival in Madrid, Spain and transfer to the first accommodation. It may be possible depending on the time of arrival, to visit Sepúlveda in the afternoon. It has picturesque town walls, churches and traditionally built houses.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at La Cerca Blanca or Posada del Duratón or similar in Sebúlcor


Day 2 (Sunday): Sebúlcor to Fuentidueña
We start our route in Sebulcor, a small town that allows the most direct access to the Natural Park of “Las Hoces del Río Duratón”. Riding between pine groves, forests of shore, sabinas and junipers, we cross the Park and enjoy a precipitous view of the meandering S bends of the Duratón river. We ride in the habitat of hundreds of leonados vultures and some Egyptian vultures as well as kites, eagles & sparrow hawks. If we are really fortunate, we will see the only pair of Real Eagles that nest in the park. Otters, genets and other species are prevalent. Upon arriving in the small town of San Miguel de Bernuy we stop for a wonderful lunch in a restaurant. After our siesta, we head down the river Duratón to Fuentidueña and the end of our first day.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at La Cerca Blanca or Posada del Duratón or similar in Sebúlcor


Day 3 (Monday): Fuentidueña to Curiel via Peñafiel
Riding along the Duratón River, we find the point where it joins the Duero River. We head towards Peñafiel with its majestic Castle (built during the 10th century and reconstructed in the 14th century, it is a National Historical Monument) and the Provincial Wine museum, both of which we will have the opportunity to visit. We stop for a picnic in Peñafiel. 
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel Posada Real Castillo de Curiel or similar in Curiel


Day 4 (Tuesday): Ride to Valle del Cuco
Today we ride a circuit around the plateau of Peñafiel, taking in the Valley of Cuco, down by the Castle of Curiel to come back again to the foot of the mountain where the Castle is located. Visit to the Wine cellar of PROTOS or other.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at H
otel Posada Real Castillo de Curiel or similar in Curiel

Day 5 (Wednesday): Curiel to Quintanilla de Onesimo
We cross the Duero River and once on the right bank we visit the most emblematic wine cellars of the region: Pesquera, Dehesa de los Canónigos, Emina. We also visit the Monastery of Santa Maria de Valbuena (San Bernardo) of the order of the Cister and permanent seat of the Foundation “Las Edades Del Hombre”.
We finish the day, too tired to ride further but with energy to visit another wine cellar or two, to drink (a little) and to eat, in Quintanilla de Onesimo!
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at 
Hotel Fuente de la Aceña  or similar in Quintanilla de Onesimo

Day 6 (Thursday): Quintanilla de Onésimo to Traspinedo
We dedicate the day to riding, rising to the high lands from where shores of the Duero River can be seen stretching out before us. We enjoy a wine-tasting and traditional lamb dish called “Lechazo” in a wine cellar in Traspinedo.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at 
Hotel Fuente de la Aceña  or similar in Quintanilla de Onesimo

Day 7 (Friday): Traspinedo to Portillo
Today we ride through resin pinewoods towards Portillo; the village famous for its “Encierros” (traditional bulls round up). It has an impressive 14th century Castle, churches and butter almond cookies called Mantecados or Zapatillas. We will have lunch in typical regional restaurant.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight in Covarrubias


Day 8 (Saturday): Airport transfer
Transfer to Madrid and departure after breakfast.
Meals included: Breakfast


Rates and Dates for Vineyard Trail

Rates include:

Accommodations, All meals, 6 riding days & Transfers from/to Madrid Airport at set times
Helmets can be provided

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20208 day trip, AP€1885$2130
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.13

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2020 Transfer from airport in Madrid included at set times 0 $0
2020 Single supplement 160 $185

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2020 05/23 - 05/30 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 4 /9 Expired
A 2020 06/27 - 07/04 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 4 /9 Reserve
A 2020 08/29 - 09/05 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP 4 /9 Reserve

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Gratuities

Other Info
Meeting:
Airport: Madrid
Transfer: Madrid

Climate:
                                                Valladolid area


Month

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Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

47

52

59

62

70

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87

86

78

66

54

47

Average Low Temperature (°F)

33

34

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41

46

53

57

57

53

46

39

35

Average High Temperature (°C)

8

11

15

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27

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30

26

19

12

9

Average Low Temperature (°C)

1

1

3

5

8

12

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11

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4

2

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

6

5

5

7

7

4

2

2

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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