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Smart Deals: TourCrafters Paradores in Northern Spain

Parador Ciudad Rodrigo in Ciudad Rodrigo, Spain.
Parador Ciudad Rodrigo in Ciudad Rodrigo, 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.

 Booking: Visit http://sales.tourcrafters.com/tour.lasso?ID=202 .  For reservations, call 800-482-5995.

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