Smart Deals: TourCrafters Paradores in Northern Spain
What’s the Deal: A “parador” is an historic hotel, often located in a former monastery, castle or mansion. TourCrafters gives you a car and a self-guided itinerary from Madrid, booking you into a selection of four-star paradores along the way. It starts with visiting Guadalupe, a charming and historic village of cobbled streets and traditional houses that also boasts a World Heritage Site. Here you’ll overnight at the Parador of Guadalupe, a 15th-century palace-turned-hotel famed for its Extremaduran cuisine. That’s followed by Plasencia, where accommodation is at the Parador de Plasencia, a former convent. In Ciudad Rodrigo, lodging is the Parador de Ciudad Rodrigo, an ivy-covered 14th-century castle. The trip continues to Salamanca, Zamora, Benavente, and finally Leon.
Details: The 8-day/7-night self-drive package costs $1,180 per person (land only) and includes accommodation in seven of Spain’s spectacular paradores, seven breakfasts and an 8-day (automatic) car rental with pickup and drop off in Madrid.
Fine Print: The price is valid—with Sunday departures–from August 25 to November 24. Rates are based on double occupancy, and are subject to availability.