Wine Trail

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Wine Trail

Gourmet Ribera del Duero trail

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DEPARTURE Sebulcor
ARRIVAL Portillo
DURATION 8 days – 7 days nights – 6 riding days
Nº DE PAX PER GROUP  6 to 9 pax.
ACCOMODATION Luxorious Boutique Hotels hb.
TIME OF THE YEAR May, June and September
DIFFICULTY LEVEL Low
LANDSCAPE RATING High
CULTURAL EXPERIENCE RATING High
INCLUDED
Hotel, breakfast and dinner Guide and minibus transfer
Single/double rooms Picnic lunch
Liability insurance Traditional Spanish saddle: Silla vaquera
Experienced Spanish and Spanish mix trail horses

 

Castilla province is not only the heart of Spanish culture but also home to a rich tradition of wine and food. On this riding holiday in Spain we explore the vineyards of Ribera Del Duero on superb Spanish horses. We stop to taste fine wines at some of the oldest and most iconic wineries in Spain. We overnight in excellent hotels with much character and comfort. We dine in some of the finest restaurants and sample the best and freshest local cuisine: wine and meat and good horses are the focus of this ride. 

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Day 1

Sebúlcor
Arrival in Madrid, Spain and transfer to the first nights hotel. It may be possible depending on the time of arrival, to visit Sepúlveda in the afternoon. Beautifully situated with picturesque town walls, churches and traditionally built houses. Dinner and lodging in La Cerca Blanca or Posada del Duratón or similar.
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Day 2

Sebúlcor – Sacramenia
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 traverse the Park and enjoy a precipitous view of the meandering S bends of the Duratón river at the feet of the hermitage San Frutos. We ride in the habitat of hundreds of leonados vultures and some Egyptian vultures, kites, eagles, sparrow hawks, and 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 Sacramenia and the end of our first day. Dinner and lodging in La Cerca Blanca or Posada del Duratón or similar.
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Day 3

Fuentidueña – Peñafiel
Riding along the Duratón river we find the point where it joins the Duero River, we head towards Peñafiel with its majestic Castle (Tenth century and reconstructed in the fourteenth century and the National Historical Monument) and the Provincial Wine museum both of which we will have the opportunity to visit. We take a meal in Peñafiel. Dinner and lodging is in the hotel Posada Real Castillo de Curiel or similar.
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Day 4

Peñafiel – Peñafiel
Today we ride a circuit around 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. Dinner and lodging in the Hotel Posada Real Castillo de Curiel or similar.
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Day 5

Peñafiel – Olivares de Duero
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 Olivares de Duero! Dinner and lodging in the Hotel Fuente de la Aceña or similar.
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Day 6

Olivares de Duero – 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 have lunch wine-tasting and traditional lamb dish called “Lechazo”. Our Meal is in a wine cellar in Trasinedo. Dinner and lodging is in the Hotel Fuente de la Aceña or similar.
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Day 7

Traspinedo – Portillo
Today we ride through resin pinewoods towards Portillo; the village famous for its  (Encierros traditional bulls round up), impressive 14th century Castle, churches and butter almond cookies called Mantecados or Zapatillas. We will have lunch in typical regional restaurant. Dinner and overnight in Covarrubias.
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Day 8

Airport transfer
Transfer to Madrid  after breakfast and farewell to your horse riding holiday in Spain.

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 3 reviews
31 January, 2017

Jose Manuel is a good host and this was our fourth holiday with him. The majority of the fellow travellers we have met on his holidays have been riding with him for many years. Whilst Jose doesn’t speak English, as long as you have a little Spanish this isn’t a problem. Lots of his regular clients also speak English so we’ve never had any problems with any complicated communications. Jose gives so much in the way of “extras” he will offer trips to Fiestas, Bull Fights and all sorts. Most of the time when you offer to pay for such things he will refuse. The horses are brilliant and cater for all levels of riders. We’ll be back next year.

31 January, 2017

A horse for everybody. Spanish (similar to Western) saddles and bridles so you will find the riding style different from English. This is explained and you easily get the hang of it. Once you do you will find it a lovely comfortable way of riding through the picturesque scenery and villages. Morning stops for a drink and snack is a common occurrence!

31 January, 2017

This ride is mostly across tracks and fields which present no difficulty. As you move through the more hilly areas, there are occasions when you will be going up and down precipitous slopes but as long as you trust your horse, this isn’t any problem at all.

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