About The Don Quixote Experience:
Discover La Mancha and the sites that inspired Miguel de Cervantes to pen the famous tale of Don Quixote. You'll visit the Castle of Belmonte, stop at Mont Reaga winery to taste its best wines*, and have lunch at a traditional tavern in La Mota del Cuervo. Continue on to the famous windmills then finish the day with a visit to the village of El Toboso and the house museum of Dulcinea.
*Optional, if 'Without Wine Tasting' option is selected you will visit the Colegiata de San Bartolomé.
- Apr 1 - Oct 31, 2019: Every Tuesday and Thursday.
- Bilingual English and Spanish.
- Depart: Julia Travel Office, Calle San Nicolás, 15.
- Return: Underground parking (Plaza de Oriente - Level 2).
- Approx. 11 hours.
Discover La Mancha, a region whose landscape and villages are said to have inspired Miguel de Cervantes to write his world-famous novel Don Quixote. You'll travel in an air-conditioned coach and will be accompanied by a bilingual tour guide. First on the itinerary is the Castle of Belmonte, where you will learn about the lives of medieval knights - chivalrous heroes of the stories that drove Don Quixote mad.
Afterwards the tour splits into two groups. Those who want to do the wine tasting will be taken to Mont Reaga winery in Monreal del Llano. Here a tour guide will explain the qualities that make La Mancha such a renowned producer, and since proof is in the taste, you'll also be offered samples of their very best wines. The rest of the group will visit the Colegiata de San Bartolomé, which houses the oldest wooden choir stalls in Spain.
Mid-way you'll be treated to lunch at a traditional inn (mesón) in Mota del Cuervo. Fed and refreshed, it's onto the nearby windmills, which Don Quixote battled after mistaking them for giants. If the wind is strong enough you'll be invited inside to see how flour was milled centuries ago.
The final part of the tour will take you to El Toboso, home of Dulcinea - Don Quixote’s love interest. This villages houses the Cervantes Museum, which keeps hundreds of translated editions of Don Quixote, together with numerous copies of the great book signed by international personalities from different countries and eras.
The House-Museum of Dulcinea del Toboso faithfully replicates the home of a nobleman from Cervantes' time, as it would have been the house of Don Alonso Quijano 'El Quixote'. From El Toboso you will return to Madrid, so ending an extraordinary journey in La Mancha, the land of Don Quixote.