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Secret Trails of Medieval Spain - Exodus Travels
Secret Trails of Medieval Spain - Exodus Travels
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Starts
Madrid
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Northern Spain
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London
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Start in Madrid and end in London! With the hiking & trekking tour Secret Trails of Medieval Spain, you have a 8 day tour package taking you from Madrid to London and through Madrid, Spain and 7 other destinations in Europe. Secret Trails of Medieval Spain is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
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16 to 80 year olds
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  • RD
    Written on October 17, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    Xavi, the trip guide, was a friendly and knowledgeable person, particularly about wildlife and plants. The walks went through some beautiful and historic areas. I expected a moderate (Level 3) experience as described, instead the experience was at Level 1-2. Due to several slower participants, waiting and stopping tine was excessive. Hikes described as 5 hours in the description often ended at 6-1/4 to 6-1/2 hours. The hotel was historic and clean, though somewhat noisy in the front rooms until about 10:30 at night due to the bar and terrace below. The meals, described as excellent, were actually mostly fried chicken, pork, fish, with french fries, sliced meats and cheeses, and basic salads. The soups and desserts, however, were good and food and wine were plentiful. The hotel owner was friendly and helpful.
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  • Secret Trails of Medieval Spain reviewer 2
    Written on November 3, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A really lovely holiday in a beautiful little known area of Spain. The walks  are between 10 and 13 miles a day with ample time take in the " Wild West" scenery, small villages  and wildlife. The village of Covarrubias is a great  centre for walking with lots of choice of routes, afew small shops and bars, lots of character and a feeling of the real Spain.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The landscape and old villages, a bird list of 40 species, including an azure-winged magpie and countless spotless startlings.What did you think of your group leader?Excellent. A very competent trek leader so one felt happy with his level of skills on the hill.He knows the area well and he was always very personable. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Book it!Is there anything else you would like to add?A very enjoyable break!

  • Secret Trails of Medieval Spain reviewer 3
    Written on October 14, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Very relaxing trip in a wonderfully unspoilt region. Covarrubias is a beautiful Medieval village, full of character and charm.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Highlights of the trip include; the vultures, the visit to Saint Domingo de Silos, the stunning views, the village of Covarrubias and the relaxed informality of the hotel.What did you think of your group leader?Our group leader was very effecient but also relaxed and friendly. 

  • Secret Trails of Medieval Spain reviewer 4
    Written on October 14, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Very relaxing trip in a wonderfully unspoilt region. Covarrubias is a beautiful Medieval village, full of character and charm.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Highlights of the trip include; the vultures, the visit to Saint Domingo de Silos, the stunning views, the village of Covarrubias and the relaxed informality of the hotel.What did you think of your group leader?Our group leader was very effecient but also relaxed and friendly. 

  • Secret Trails of Medieval Spain reviewer 5
    Written on June 18, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    We had a wonderful week, thoroughly enjoyed the walks and visits to the various villages etc. The hotel was very comfortable and the owner could not do enough for youWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The views were magnificent, it is lovely getting to see the un-spoiled countryside.The hotel accommodation is very comfortable but as has been said before there is no sound proofing so if you are a light sleeper you may need earplugs, although having said that the hotel owner is extremely considerate and will turn down the sound on the TV, etc if you have gone to bed before others.What did you think of your group leader?Bob is an excellent guide, he knew the area, fauna and flora very well and had an excellent relationship with the locals.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Even though we were there the last week of May the weather was chilly and did rain, but we also managed to get sunburnt noses on one day so remember to be prepared for every type of weather and eventuality!

  • Secret Trails of Medieval Spain reviewer 6
    Written on June 18, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    We had a wonderful week, thoroughly enjoyed the walks and visits to the various villages etc. The hotel was very comfortable and the owner could not do enough for youWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The views were magnificent, it is lovely getting to see the un-spoiled countryside.The hotel accommodation is very comfortable but as has been said before there is no sound proofing so if you are a light sleeper you may need earplugs, although having said that the hotel owner is extremely considerate and will turn down the sound on the TV, etc if you have gone to bed before others.What did you think of your group leader?Bob is an excellent guide, he knew the area, fauna and flora very well and had an excellent relationship with the locals.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Even though we were there the last week of May the weather was chilly and did rain, but we also managed to get sunburnt noses on one day so remember to be prepared for every type of weather and eventuality!

  • Secret Trails of Medieval Spain reviewer 7
    Written on June 8, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Most likely I was the youngest traveler ever on that journey, but despite my age of 22 I truly enjoyed the holiday! The whole trip is so much more than "only" a walking holiday. Things like the visit to the monastery where we went to see some Gregorian chants and to the winery for a tasting of locally produced wines added a lot to the whole walking experience. Furthermore I enjoyed the scenic landscape! Thinking back now, the views we had throughout most of the week (and especially during lunch) were absolutely stunning! Walking along gorges, passing small villages, ascending moderate hills- very varied walking all in all. It is also a must to mention the hotel: (way too much) delicious food and very warm hearted owners made it a very pleasent stay! Last but not least, there is one more highlight: the vultures! I have never seen them before in their natural environment. I shall never forget observing those majestic birds!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?It is difficult to pin that trip down on only one inspirational moment. But I think I would choose the silent and peaceful ones that we encountered day and day again whilst walking. During the whole trip we met less than a handful of people!What did you think of your group leader?Bob did an excellent job! Has a lot of local knowledge- but also about history and Spain in general! There is always some interesting information that he tells you and that makes you look differently at things. Everything was very well planned.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Book it!Is there anything else you would like to add?I have nothing more to add, except that it exceeded my expectations!

  • Secret Trails of Medieval Spain reviewer 8
    Written on June 8, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Most likely I was the youngest traveler ever on that journey, but despite my age of 22 I truly enjoyed the holiday! The whole trip is so much more than "only" a walking holiday. Things like the visit to the monastery where we went to see some Gregorian chants and to the winery for a tasting of locally produced wines added a lot to the whole walking experience. Furthermore I enjoyed the scenic landscape! Thinking back now, the views we had throughout most of the week (and especially during lunch) were absolutely stunning! Walking along gorges, passing small villages, ascending moderate hills- very varied walking all in all. It is also a must to mention the hotel: (way too much) delicious food and very warm hearted owners made it a very pleasent stay! Last but not least, there is one more highlight: the vultures! I have never seen them before in their natural environment. I shall never forget observing those majestic birds!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?It is difficult to pin that trip down on only one inspirational moment. But I think I would choose the silent and peaceful ones that we encountered day and day again whilst walking. During the whole trip we met less than a handful of people!What did you think of your group leader?Bob did an excellent job! Has a lot of local knowledge- but also about history and Spain in general! There is always some interesting information that he tells you and that makes you look differently at things. Everything was very well planned.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Book it!Is there anything else you would like to add?I have nothing more to add, except that it exceeded my expectations!

  • Secret Trails of Medieval Spain reviewer 9
    Written on October 3, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    It was a very relaxing holiday as the walks were quite leisurely. No huffing and puffing involved. We had plenty of opportunity to chat to each other. The hotel is very cosy and welcoming, the soundproofing, however, almost non-existent. Since we were the only ones staying there, it wasn't a problem as everybody got up and went to bed at more or less the same time. Earplugs still advisable, especially if you go in the last week of September when the local festival goes on for 5 consecutive nights.The food was very substantial and good, even the breakfast which I was particularly grateful for. 

  • Secret Trails of Medieval Spain reviewer 10
    Written on October 3, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    It was a very relaxing holiday as the walks were quite leisurely. No huffing and puffing involved. We had plenty of opportunity to chat to each other. The hotel is very cosy and welcoming, the soundproofing, however, almost non-existent. Since we were the only ones staying there, it wasn't a problem as everybody got up and went to bed at more or less the same time. Earplugs still advisable, especially if you go in the last week of September when the local festival goes on for 5 consecutive nights.The food was very substantial and good, even the breakfast which I was particularly grateful for. 

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  1. Day 1: Start Covarrubias.
  2. Day 2: Circular walk in the Valles de Ura, home to numerous species of local flora and fauna.
  3. Day 3: Full-day circular walk: ascend the Sierra de las Mamblas and circle the distinctive Muela mountain.
  4. Day 4: Beautiful walk from Rio Arlanza to Santo Domingo de Silos; visit the beautiful Benedictine monastery.
  5. Day 5: Walk through vineyards and beautiful valleys to the 'The Three Villages', three remote and primitive settlements.
  6. Day 6: Free day to relax or visit cathedral city of Burgos and its many sights.
  7. Day 7: Walk along the crest of the Sierra de las Mamblas for stunning panoramic views.
  8. Day 8: End Covarrubias.

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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 1,752 km.
    • Madrid (Spain)
    • 183 km
    • Covarrubias (Spain)
    • 6 km
    • Puentedura (Spain)
    • 6 km
    • Covarrubias (Spain)
    • 14 km
    • Santo Domingo de Silos (Spain)
    • 14 km
    • Covarrubias (Spain)
    • 4 km
    • Retuerta (Spain)
    • 4 km
    • Castroceniza (Spain)
    • 7 km
    • Covarrubias (Spain)
    • 35 km
    • Burgos (Spain)
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