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Discover the secrets of Spain's world-famous wine region Ribera del Duero

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Sleep in style at a 12th century medieval monastery turned world-class hotel surrounded by vineyards

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Savour "Best Steak in the world" in a rural farm-house hidden in the back roads of Northern Spain

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Savour delicious and authentic local Spanish food at signature restaurants

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Practice your golf swing in one of Europe's most beautiful golf courses

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Give yourself a treat at a 5* Spa in a historic building at the famous "Golden Mile" of Ribera del Duero

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Day 1

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Upon arrival at Madrid airport you will be welcomed and escorted to a private vehicle. Then you will enjoy a scenic drive to the Spanish countryside across Spain’s world-famous wine region Ribera del Duero.

At the heart of Ribera del Duero in the Golden Mile of this wine region where some of the best wines in the world are produced, the 5-star Hotel Monastery of Valbuena will be your hotel for 3 nights. Located in one the best-preserved Cistercian monastery of the 12th century in Europe. The whole property is a Spanish dream with clean stone walls, French oak floors and Berber rugs throughout, the effect is warm and inviting despite the scale of the property.

You can relax for the rest of the evening at the five-star thermal spa which still draws mineral medicinal water from 1,200-foot-deep aquifer that the monks once used to irrigate the vineyards.

For dinner, you will indulge yourself at the hotel’s gastronomic space which has an exclusive à-la-carte restaurant composed of both traditional and modern cuisine, prepared with the highest quality local products.


Day 2

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After a reinvigorating sleep and a full breakfast with local specialities your expert local guide will take you on a scenic route across the vineyards of this region. You will enjoy a visit to Pago de Carraovejas, one of the most famous wine estates in Spain. The experience begins with a tour of the vineyard, an opportunity to enjoy the exceptional views afforded by the panoramic windows and balconies. Later, in the winery, you will follow the same path the grapes follow through the wine-making process and you will taste a selection of three of Pago de Carraovejas’ wines, accompanied by a singular gastronomic proposal.

For lunch, you will take a seat on the terrace at Pago de Carraovejas, overlooking the 10th century Peñafiel Castle, where you can taste some of the area's best reds. Expect lunch to be lively with spruced-up versions of regional favourites.  A selection of a-la-carte starters of local specialities will complement this fantastic meal.

After lunch you will be driven back to your hotel. You will have time to relax in the Spa, discover all the secrets of the 12th century convent or enjoy a stroll across the vineyards that surround the property.

You will dine in style in the hotel exclusive à-la-carte restaurant.

Day 3

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This morning, you will be transferred, after a delicious breakfast, to a tranquil haven away from the hustle and bustle of the modern world, Aldeamayor Golf Club.  The field of 18 holes par 70 white course,  5,676 m. in length, designed by D. Juan Ligues, presents a very comfortable orography which allows you to enjoy golf without excessive physical wear. Eminently technical course, where the narrow streets and water obstacles, are the main difficulties of the field, the greens of generous size and little movement, will delight the good kickers.

For lunch, you will be driven to to a traditional restaurant in a small village of this region. Your gastronomic journey begins with  an opportunity to sample the signature dish of the Ribera del Duero region, roast lamb slow-cooked using a centuries old technique, the local name is "Lechazo".  A selection of a-la-carte starters of local specialities will complement this fantastic meal. Of course, your meal would not be complete without and accompanying red wine from the region.

After lunch, you will be driven back to your hotel where you will enjoy the "Capilla de San Pedro Contrast Circuit" at the hotel's 5* Spa where damp and dry spaces are combined with contrast of coldness and heat to achieve blood stimulation, thermal regulation or elimination of toxins among others.

The "Capilla de San Pedro" is a recreation of the Treasury Chapel, also known as the San Pedro Chapel, located outside the church, at the south side of the Monastery of Valbuena of the 13th century. The word treasure refers to a small room or space situated at the top. It is believed that served as a funeral chapel and still preserves some sarcophagus of stone.

During this experience you will enjoy during two hours:

  • Sauna.
  • Bithermal shower
  • Footbath.
  • Pools of hot and cold water.
  • Hamman.
  • Ice fountain.
  • Restroom where you can enjoy tea and fruits by the fireplace.
Dinning at the hotel's à-la-carte restaurant will be the cherry on the cake for a day full of emotions.


Day 4

After a sumptuous breakfast, you will say goodbye to the Ribera del Duero wine region and your guide and driver will pick you up to drive you along a beautiful stretch of land in North-western Spain to a small village called Jimenez de Jamuz.  Before you arrive, you will visit a fairy-tale palace in Astorga designed by Antoni Gaudí’s (architect of Sagrada Familia of Barcelona).

After this visit, you will be welcomed to Bodega El Capricho, a paradise for meat lovers, a family-run farm house and grill restaurant acclaimed by the international press like The Wall Street Journal,  Time, the Guardian, Stern or New York Times as the best place in the world to eat the perfect steak.
The film Steak Revolution proclaimed the “Galician Blond” steak from Bodega El Capricho as the best in the world. This will be the most intense meat experience of your life in a remote village on the back roads of Northern Spain. El Capricho’s owner José Gordón raises his own oxen from different Iberian native breeds in a piece of land where you can touch these enormous animals with up to seven feet tall, 1.400 kgs and up to 15 years old. Then the meat is dry-aged in temperature-controlled refrigerators to enhance its flavours up to 180 days.
After a visit to the farm to admire the oxen you will immerse yourself into an unforgettable experience of intense flavours at the restaurant, placed in a cave used hundreds of years ago as a wine cellar.
After the feast, you can take a Spanish “siesta” while you will be driving south to San Lorenzo del Escorial, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the mountains near Madrid where one of the best Golf courses in Spain will be waiting for you.

You will sleep in the Exe Victoria Palace, a unique accommodation in a privileged location. Located in the historic centre of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, classified as an Asset of Cultural Interest in the Historical Territory category, the hotel invites its guests to enjoy an area where history and culture are all around. 

A classic and modern fusion that gives rise to a unique hotel. As traditional as it is avant-garde, as classic as it is bold.  The building’s design blends with the classicism of the surroundings, providing the hotel with an atmosphere of exquisite elegance. The classic elements and the works of art that integrate the décor are combined with avant-garde lines, thus creating an original and unique style. The hotel is located in the heart of San Lorenzo de El Escorial and gives you quick access to many shops, bars, restaurants and leisure options. It is ideally located a few minutes from the Monastery of San Lorenzo.
You will Enjoy the rest of the evening at your own leisure.



Day 5

After a sumptuous breakfast,  you will be escorted to La Herrería Golf club.  A Golf Club with 54 years of history, in a Monumental , Natural and Unique Landscape setting , located northwest of Madrid in the Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Declared a World Heritage Site in 1984 by UNESCO and property of National Heritage. 

Real Club de Golf La Herreria, located on an unique environment in Madrid mountains, inside a centenarian forest and just facing the marvelous San Lorenzo Monastery, offer everyone who comes to visit an unforgettable experience on one of the most beautiful golf courses around the world. The course spreads out over 75 hectares (185 acres) and is located in La Herrería, in a forage crop-meadow. This 18-hole course spreads out over 6,091 metres.

You will enjoy an unforgettable experience of playing golf in La Herrería's forest surrounded by hundreds of oaks and ash trees. 

You will enjoy a delicious traditional Spanish farewell lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, you will be driven to the airport in time to take your flight home.

  • about this tour

What’s included? Everything you need. Plus everything you'd
want. Plus a few things you never knew you wanted until you got them.

In a word: everything. In eighty words? A private chauffeur tour guided by an interesting, fun and like-minded travel companion; authentic and innovative local cuisine; world-class local hotels; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery. Travel at your own pace: Our tailor-made holidays are very flexible, allowing you to start road journeys or sightseeing when you choose – within reason.

  • Return flights London/Madrid/London
  • All transportation from airport pickup to drop-off in an air-conditioned brand-new vehicle. Your safety and comfort are paramount. You will enjoy touring Northern Spain in safety, comfort and style.
  • 3 nights and daily breakfast at Hotel & Spa Castilla Termal Monasterio Valbuena 5*
  • 1 night breakfast included at Hotel Exe Victoria Palace 4*
  • All meals at signature local restaurants à-la-carte and all other meals as indicated in the itinerary        (4 lunches + 3 dinners). Wines & drinks à-la-carte included during meals.
  • 18-hole green fees at Aldeamayor Golf Club and Real Club La Herrería Golf Club.
  • All activities, visits and spa treatments described on the itinerary.
  • Cold drinks and snacks during sightseeing/excursions and other drives.
  • Translator services and assistance by an English-speaking local guide during the whole trip.  We will break the language barrier for you  at restaurants, visits and hotels so you can get the most out of your experiences during your trip.
  • 24h concierge service during the whole trip.
  • All baggage transportation.
  • All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service.
  • All currently applicable taxes.

What’s not included?

  • International Flights
  • Medical Travel Insurance
  • Meals not included in the itinerary
  • Golf gear (Golf clubs, trolleys, buggies, available to rent at golf courses)
  • Personal expenses

What to expect

  • A laid-back pace with free time to relax
  • Plenty of scrumptious local food and wine as well as time to really appreciate the golfing experience