Route of Quixote - Self Drive

Cultural & Theme Tours, Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez Airport to Returns to original departure point

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Follow the footsteps of the greatest novel of all time, Don Quixote, during this memorable eight-day self-drive tour. Beginning and ending in Madrid, this fascinating trip gives you the chance to cross several interesting inland towns and cities, passing by some of the most magical spots in Spain. Enjoy this unforgettable cultural adventure, learning about history, art, and literature, while tasting your way around mesmerising Spain.
ItineraryDay 1: ARRIVAL MADRID AIRPORT – ALCALA DE HENARES (35 Km – 40 min)Pass By: Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez AirportArrive at Madrid airport and meet with a rent-a-car representative to assist you in picking up the rental car. Then drive to Alcala de Henares, the charming birthplace of Cervantes. This town is home to one of the most prestigious universities in Spain and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Universes of Cervantes Visitor Centre is located in one of the most symbolic sites associated with the figure of Cervantes in the city: the chapel of Antezana and El Oidor. Spend the rest of the day exploring this beautiful place. Overnight in Alcala de Henares.No meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Standard Hotel Category = Evenia or similar 3*Day 2: ALCALA DE HENARES – TOLEDO (100 Km – 1,5 hrs)Pass By: Sercotel Alfonso VIEnjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing towards Toledo. Discover the beautiful city, which evokes the mix of Jewish, Muslim and Christian cultures of medieval Castile. Wander through ancient streets dominated by the stunning cathedral and the legendary Alcazar overlooking the River Tagus. The old town boasts buildings from almost all periods of Spanish history. Get closer to the past of the area while admiring the beautiful city of Toledo. Overnight in Toledo. Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Standard Hotel Category = Alfonso VI or similar 4*Day 3: TOLEDOPass By: Sercotel Alfonso VIIndulge in a tasty breakfast at your hotel before continuing to explore spellbinding Toledo. Visit the cathedral and admire the Gothic vaulting and the elaborate altarpiece. Appreciate the numerous works of art such as frescoes, stained glass, altarpieces and paintings by artists such as El Greco, Caravaggio, Van Dyck, Rubens and Goya. Continue to Santo Tome Church – where El Greco’s epic canvas The Burial of the Count of Orgaz is displayed – the former synagogue, with one of the best-preserved examples of Mudejar architecture in Castile. Overnight in Toledo. Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Standard Hotel Category = Alfonso VI or similar 4*Day 4: TOLEDO – TOMELLOSO (130 Km – 1,5 hrs)Pass By: Hotel AltoraBegin your day with a delicious breakfast. Then, continue your tour. In the heart of La Mancha is part of the Route of Don Quijote. Due to its great communication by road, being the nexus of important highways, it allows access to nearby towns that also offer great cultural attractions such as Argamasilla de Alba, El Toboso and Campo de Criptana, a site with the infamous windmills. Toboso is famous for being the literary hometown of Dulcinea, lover of Don Quixote de la Mancha, and has charming traditional buildings. Continue to the town of Tomelloso and check in to your hotel.Overnight in Tomelloso. Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Standard Hotel Category = Altora or similar 3*Day 5: TOMELLOSO – VALDEPEÑAS (80 Km – 1 hr)Pass By: Hotel Vista Alegre ValdepeñasAfter a rich breakfast at the hotel, head towards Valdepeñas, a charming place with a rich history, filled with buildings of great beauty and heritage value. From here you can also visit the town of Almagro and its impressive Calatrava castle. This area of excellent wines also offers you the possibility of visiting the Wine Museum as well as one of its multiple wineries. Another option is to visit the archaeological site of Cerro de Las Cabezas.Overnight in Valdepeñas. Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Standard Hotel Category = Vista Alegre or similar 3*Day 6: VALDEPEÑAS – CIUDAD REAL (60 Km – 1 hr)Pass By: Parador de AlmagroEnjoy a tasty breakfast at the hotel, preparing for another memorable day in beautiful Spain. Head towards Ciudad Real, a beautiful city that promises to surprise you. Perhaps visit the Cathedral of Santa María del Prado, the most important monument of Ciudad Real, located in the heart of the city. The Parish of San Pedro is the oldest church in Ciudad Real and one of the most important ecclesiastical buildings in the region. You can also visit the Las Tablas de Daimiel National Park, a beautiful wetland region unique in Europe, or just enjoy the day strolling the lovely streets of Ciudad Real. Overnight in Ciudad Real. Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Standard Hotel Category = Parador Almagro or similar 4*Day 7: CIUDAD REAL – ALCALA DE HENARES (230 Km – 2,5 hrs)Pass By: Evenia Alcalá BoutiqueAfter a luscious breakfast at the hotel, drive back to Alcala de Henares and take the opportunity to try delectable dishes such as cocido madrileño, a typical soup with meat, vegetables, indulge in a traditional calamari baguette or satisfy your sweet tooth with a portion of churros covered deliciously thick chocolate. Enjoy your last evening in Alcala de Henares! Overnight in Alcala de Henares. Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Standard Hotel Category = Evenia or similar 3*Day 8: ALCALA DE HENARES – MADRID AIRPORT (35 Km – 40 min)Pass By: Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez AirportBegin your last day with a tasty breakfast at the hotel. Then, at the appropriate time, head towards the rental company to return the vehicle. The rent-a-car shuttle service will transfer you to the terminal to catch your departure flight back home.Breakfast included.Meals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

What’s included

  • 7x Breakfast
  • Accommodation included: 7 nights
  • Departure transfer on a shared basis, from the car rental offices to Madrid Airport
  • CAR HIRE INCLUDED:
  • - Applicable local taxes (VAT)
  • - Unlimited mileage
  • - Emergency Contact service
  • - Replacement car in case of accident
  • - Full-Full petrol rate
  • - All-inclusive insurance.

What’s not included

  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, laundry,...
  • Drinks and meals not stated explicitly in the programme
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned in the included section
  • National or International flights
  • All types of insurance except of mentioned rent-a-car insurance.
  • Entry visas to Spain and Gibraltar (if applicable)
  • Entrance tickets to any venue, museum or activity.
  • NOT INCLUDED IN CAR HIRE:
  • - Damage to a third party or to the hire vehicle due to negligence or inappropriate driving
  • - Loss or damage to aerials, jack, safety triangles and vests, windscreen wipers, petrol cap,
  • luggage covers, or any other fixed or mobile component of the vehicle
  • - Damage to the engine through negligence
  • - Theft of the vehicle with keys left in the ignition
  • - Damage caused to the vehicle or to persons through driving under the Influence of alcohol or drugs
  • - Fines due to breaking traffic laws and regulations during the hire period are the responsibility
  • of the driver of the vehicle. In the event of a fine being received there will be
  • an administration charge
  • - If the car is left outside of rent a car drop off designated area, customers will be responsible
  • for any costs generated and for any damage to the vehicle due to it being parked outside of
  • the Rent a Car installations
  • - Each additional driver will be per day
  • - Any extra equipment (GPS, baby seat etc)
  • - No insurance cover in Gibraltar.

Itinerary

Day 1: ARRIVAL MADRID AIRPORT – ALCALA DE HENARES (35 Km – 40 min) Pass By: Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez Airport Arrive at Madrid airport and meet with a rent-a-car representative to assist you in picking up the rental car. Then drive to Alcala de Henares, the charming birthplace of Cervantes. This town is home to one of the most prestigious universities in Spain and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Universes of Cervantes Visitor Centre is located in one of the most symbolic sites associated with the figure of Cervantes in the city: the chapel of Antezana and El Oidor. Spend the rest of the day exploring this beautiful place. Overnight in Alcala de Henares. No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Standard Hotel Category = Evenia or similar 3*
Day 2: ALCALA DE HENARES – TOLEDO (100 Km – 1,5 hrs) Pass By: Sercotel Alfonso VI Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing towards Toledo. Discover the beautiful city, which evokes the mix of Jewish, Muslim and Christian cultures of medieval Castile. Wander through ancient streets dominated by the stunning cathedral and the legendary Alcazar overlooking the River Tagus. The old town boasts buildings from almost all periods of Spanish history. Get closer to the past of the area while admiring the beautiful city of Toledo. Overnight in Toledo. Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Standard Hotel Category = Alfonso VI or similar 4*
Day 3: TOLEDO Pass By: Sercotel Alfonso VI Indulge in a tasty breakfast at your hotel before continuing to explore spellbinding Toledo. Visit the cathedral and admire the Gothic vaulting and the elaborate altarpiece. Appreciate the numerous works of art such as frescoes, stained glass, altarpieces and paintings by artists such as El Greco, Caravaggio, Van Dyck, Rubens and Goya. Continue to Santo Tome Church – where El Greco’s epic canvas The Burial of the Count of Orgaz is displayed – the former synagogue, with one of the best-preserved examples of Mudejar architecture in Castile. Overnight in Toledo. Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Standard Hotel Category = Alfonso VI or similar 4*
Day 4: TOLEDO – TOMELLOSO (130 Km – 1,5 hrs) Pass By: Hotel Altora Begin your day with a delicious breakfast. Then, continue your tour. In the heart of La Mancha is part of the Route of Don Quijote. Due to its great communication by road, being the nexus of important highways, it allows access to nearby towns that also offer great cultural attractions such as Argamasilla de Alba, El Toboso and Campo de Criptana, a site with the infamous windmills. Toboso is famous for being the literary hometown of Dulcinea, lover of Don Quixote de la Mancha, and has charming traditional buildings. Continue to the town of Tomelloso and check in to your hotel. Overnight in Tomelloso. Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Standard Hotel Category = Altora or similar 3*
Day 5: TOMELLOSO – VALDEPEÑAS (80 Km – 1 hr) Pass By: Hotel Vista Alegre Valdepeñas After a rich breakfast at the hotel, head towards Valdepeñas, a charming place with a rich history, filled with buildings of great beauty and heritage value. From here you can also visit the town of Almagro and its impressive Calatrava castle. This area of excellent wines also offers you the possibility of visiting the Wine Museum as well as one of its multiple wineries. Another option is to visit the archaeological site of Cerro de Las Cabezas. Overnight in Valdepeñas. Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Standard Hotel Category = Vista Alegre or similar 3*
Day 6: VALDEPEÑAS – CIUDAD REAL (60 Km – 1 hr) Pass By: Parador de Almagro Enjoy a tasty breakfast at the hotel, preparing for another memorable day in beautiful Spain. Head towards Ciudad Real, a beautiful city that promises to surprise you. Perhaps visit the Cathedral of Santa María del Prado, the most important monument of Ciudad Real, located in the heart of the city. The Parish of San Pedro is the oldest church in Ciudad Real and one of the most important ecclesiastical buildings in the region. You can also visit the Las Tablas de Daimiel National Park, a beautiful wetland region unique in Europe, or just enjoy the day strolling the lovely streets of Ciudad Real. Overnight in Ciudad Real. Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Standard Hotel Category = Parador Almagro or similar 4*
Day 7: CIUDAD REAL – ALCALA DE HENARES (230 Km – 2,5 hrs) Pass By: Evenia Alcalá Boutique After a luscious breakfast at the hotel, drive back to Alcala de Henares and take the opportunity to try delectable dishes such as cocido madrileño, a typical soup with meat, vegetables, indulge in a traditional calamari baguette or satisfy your sweet tooth with a portion of churros covered deliciously thick chocolate. Enjoy your last evening in Alcala de Henares! Overnight in Alcala de Henares. Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Standard Hotel Category = Evenia or similar 3*
Day 8: ALCALA DE HENARES – MADRID AIRPORT (35 Km – 40 min) Pass By: Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez Airport Begin your last day with a tasty breakfast at the hotel. Then, at the appropriate time, head towards the rental company to return the vehicle. The rent-a-car shuttle service will transfer you to the terminal to catch your departure flight back home. Breakfast included. Meals included: • Breakfast No accommodation included on this day.
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