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Cuenca Break

Tour Description

Obtaining World Heritage site status awarded by Unesco, there are many reasons why one should consider the Cuenca Break as a great way to spend two days in Spain.  If you like to get off the beaten track and explore those cities where less tourists travel, Cuenca is a great option. This 2 day break includes an all inclusive itinerary that provides a wonderful intro to the region of Castille La Mancha famous for many things including Don Quixote Windmills and the gastronomy. On your first day, you will be with our driver/ guide discovering the roots of this hearty region including Manchego cheese makers, Monasteries, Windmills and the historic castle of Belmonte. We will arrive late at your quaint hotel in Cuenca, formerly a Convent and where the daughter of the famous painter, Velazquez lived and her father visited.  You can actually see the room that inspired the Meninas painting.

The second day will be dedicated to visiting this fascinating city with our guide including,  the cathedral and the Museum of Abstract art, the famous bridge and  some of the more historic streets. After a typical Manchegan lunch, we will set out for the Ciudad Encantada with the most amazing rock formations located just 20 min from Cuenca in the hills. From there, we drive you to the AVE Train station to return in train to Madrid. 

  • Private Driver/Guide 2 days
  • Hotel 1 night
  • Sedan, Minivan, Minibus or Bus, depending on the size of your group.
  • Pick up at your hotel in Madrid
  • 2 typical meals of the region
  • Entrances to Ucles Monastery, Belmonte Castle, Windmill, Cathedral Cuenca and Ciudad Encantada
  • Ave High Speed Train back to Madrid
  • Groups of more than 9 people will also have a private guide at destination for 3h. (Guide available for additional cost to groups smaller than 9)
    • Scenic Drive through La Mancha landscape seeing Castles, Windmills, vineyards
    • Beautifully preserved Castle in Belmonte
    • World Class Ciudad Encantada rock Park, scene where "Conan" was filmed 
    • Delicious local cuisine of Manchego dishes
    • famous historic Hanging Houses
    • Cuenca highlights like the hanging bridge, Abstract art museum and Cathedral
    • View of beautiful Cuenca by night, great photo op

    1st Day
    We pick you up at your hotel in Madrid and drive you straight to La Mancha

    • Ucles
    • Cheese Maker
    • Lunch at Quijote Restaurant
    • Visit Windmills
    • Visit Castle of Belmonte
    • Check in Cuenca, free time

    2nd Day

    • Explore Cuenca Cathedral, streets, Museum Abstract Art
    • Have traditional lunch
    • Drive to the Ciudad Encantada rock formation park
    • Drive to the AVE train station
    This is a summarized itinerary. Some places may be added based on time, plus we like to keep some surprise element to our tours.

    As this is a private tour, we are happy to have our driver/guide customize it to a degree. This can happen on the spot or you can send us preferences. We would need to know in advance. Ie: If you are an avid guitar player and would like to see where guitars are made.

    Duration: 2 days
    Start: Typically 9am but this can be flexible
    Start point: Your hotel or accommodation in Madrid
    Minimum 3 people in a Triple to book this tour. If you are 2 people, you will pay for 3.

    Optional for this tour: 
    Typical lunch at a locals house

    Other information
    We will contact you after an order is placed to check everything is correct and to continue the process. Remember we can make manual changes to your order later on. Please refer to our terms and conditions for cancellation policies. If you are unclear on how to book, please contact us via phone or email. Thank you

    This break has three objectives in mind; An introduction to La Mancha region, the city of Cuenca and Ciudad Encantada which is a spectacular park with curious rock formations.

    Located between the Capital Madrid and Valencia, Cuenca is located in the middle of the country and holds priceless gems that are definitely worth a visit. To begin, it is a Unesco declared World Heritage Site.  The city´s origins date back to the Muslim conquest of the Iberian Peninsula named Qunka. In the year of  1177, the city was conquered by a Christian King, Alfonso VIII and later the city became known as one of the Capitals of the region of Castilla La Mancha. During the 15th century, Cuenca flourished with the boom of the textile industry until it´s collapse in the 18th century which was followed by a steady decline in population. The city has seen it´s ups and downs but after gaining fame on Unesco´s declaration for the unique and brilliant architecture, the city mostly lives off of tourism. The declaration was based on the incredible amount of historic monuments in the old town. La Mancha, Cuenca and Ciudad Encantada.

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    Cofounders of Letango Tours

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