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La Mancha and Don Quixote Mills tour

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Unique small group tour of La Mancha and the Don Quixote windmills with hotel pickup in luxury minivan. For wine enthusiasts, literature lovers and those that enjoy discovering Spanish history, gastronomy and culture. Get up close to the famous windmills featured in Cervantes' famous novel. Enjoy the fantastic castle of Belmonte and visits to 2 very different wineries. Lunch at a special restaurant where you will dine in a cave next to windmills. Also, a stop at the UNESCO heritage site of Aranjuez. Maximum 7 people. Average group size 4. Private tour option

Highlights

Combine 5 fantastic experiences in 1 tour 1- Stand alongside the famous "giants" of Campo de Criptana, the windmills that truly inspired Miguel de Cervantes when writing Don Quixote, and those of Mota del Cuervo (2 locations!) 2- Visit Belmonte and see its spectacular castle 3- Enjoy a high quality traditional lunch next to the windmills inside a beautiful restaurant built into an ancient cave 4- Visit 2 very different wineries in La Mancha and taste top wines in a region known for being the largest wine-producing area in the world! 5- See the Royal Palace of Aranjuez (UNESCO)

Included

  • A friendly local expert guide
  • Hotel pickup and dropoff
  • Transportation in a luxury minivan, with air conditioning
  • A visit to the Don Quijote windmills (Mota del Cuervo and Campo de Criptana)
  • A visit to Belmonte to see its beautiful castle
  • Tour of 2 fantastic and very different wineries (modern vs. traditional)
  • Wine tasting of top, high quality wines
  • A high quality lunch at a very special restaurant in an ancient cave next to the famous windmills
  • Complimentary water
  • 21% Spanish Taxes (VAT)

Excluded

  • Any item not in the included section
  • Tips for the guide

Please Note

BOOKING AND PAYMENT
You can make your reservation by selecting an available date from the calendar. Then select the number of people. If you wish to book the tour as private, click on the arrow next to "optional extras" and select 1 as the quantity. To proceed to the payment page click "BOOK NOW".

DEPOSIT OPTION
If you are booking well in advance and prefer to pay a 30% deposit to reserve your date, please contact us by clicking on "Make an enquiry" and we can then send you a payment link for the deposit

Payment with American Express
Payment with American Express is not possible through our website. Please contact us if you would like to pay with Amex.

Promotional code
On booking your tour, you will receive a special discount code from us to use on another ´From Madrid´ guided tour (Segovia, Ribera del Duero, Toledo and Madrid).
This will give you a 10% discount to book a second tour on your trip in Spain.

Cancellation Policy
If cancelled 30 days before the start of your trip, 15% of the total services cost will be deducted. For cancellations within 29-8 days of the starting date of the service, 30% of the total cost will be charged. Tours cancelled 7 days or less prior to the first day of your trip are non-refundable. We advise that you consider purchasing Trip Cancellation / Travel Insurance.
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Why book with us?
Winetourismspain.com is the most secure, easiest and fastest way of experiencing the fantastic La Mancha culture, gastronomy and wine during your stay in Madrid. Not only can we save you the time and effort of organising your trip in English, but we can also offer you the opportunity to explore the area in luxury and comfort with your own experienced senior guide for day, and really get to know the culture, history and wine production traditions of the area.

Duration
10 hours
Departure time is typically at 8:30am from your hotel in Madrid, where you will be picked up by your guide. Your guide will be in touch with you once you have reserved to confirm your exact location and other details.

Important Information
Please let us know if you have any food allergies or dietary preferences.
We would also appreciate any information about your current level of wine knowledge and what you are most interested in about wine, so that we can tailor the tour to you.

What can I expect from this tour?
This tour offers a unique experience to get to know in depth the heart of the mythical region of La Mancha; the land of Don Quixote and of Windmills. This tour is offered only for very small groups (2-7 people) to ensure that you make the most of the experience. A very experienced and friendly guide will share with you insights into the history of Spain and La Mancha.

This is a our most typical itinerary but may change according to the day:

After being picked up from your hotel, you will make your first stop in the town of Aranjuez. The Royal Palace was built here during the reign of Philip II, and the Palace and Gardens were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001.

Next, you will visit your first winery, a very modern estate, where you will tour the different areas of the winery and learn about wine production in La Mancha wine region. After wine tasting and finalizing your first winery visit, you will head to the famous Gothic-Mudejar Belmonte Castle, which has been portrayed in many different films. Then we will visit the typical windmills of Mota del Cuervo where you will get to see them up close and possibly visit one of them.

Afterwards, we will make our way to Campo de Criptana, whose windmills are known to be the ones that inspired Miguel de Cervantes when writing Don Quixote. We will have a delicious lunch of local gastronomy in a cave restaurant next to the windmills, where you will taste several courses of Manchego cuisine, complete with dessert, wine, and coffee.

In order to understand La Mancha as a wine producing region, a visit to a local traditional family winery is a must. La Mancha is the world´s largest wine producing region and vineyards are found everywhere. At your next winery visit of a local winery, the owner himself will explain the wine-making process and you will witness firsthand the passion of his family in the wine-making business. Before the end of the visit, you will enjoy a high quality wine tasting session alongside tastings of olive oil, Manchego cheese, and other local products.

A complete day of wine, landscapes, gastronomy, history, and fun! You will be dropped off at your hotel with good memories of La Mancha.

TOP 10. This tour has been mentioned by the Telegraph.co.uk as one of the top 10 amazing ways to get to know Spain


What a wonderful tour of La Mancha today with our guide! We were treated to a special lunch, windmills, castles, and wonderful wine tasting. We could not imagine a better tour! Highly recommend this company! -Susanne (South Carolina, USA)


The trip was well planned, and we had enough time to really enjoy everything… the entire day was great, and comfortable. Windmills were beautiful, the winery tours, tasting and education we received at La Bodega was absolutely wonderful. Our host was very personable, and had a wonderful way of educating us about the wine, grapes and our wine tasting buds/senses – this I especially felt was good because I have been to several wineries and this was very relaxed and non-pretentious – I learned quite a bit.
We also met the parents of our host, and they gave us great big hugs! We loved this, it was such a friendly warm environment.. of course this was all about our timing! Not everyone on each tour will get a hug! -Patricia

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