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A Cervantes tour of Spain: Real places from the fictional world of 'Don Quixote'

A Cervantes tour of Spain: Real places from the fictional world of 'Don Quixote'
Windmills in Toledo, Spain, reminiscent of Cervantes' novel "Don Quixote. (Zicasso)

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes, known for his acclaimed novel "Don Quixote." To honor the Spanish author, travel operator Zicasso is offering an eight-day tour that begins in Madrid.

Travelers will see La Mancha's cobbled villages, medieval castles and olive groves, and the Roman- and Arabic-influenced architecture of Cervantes' hometown, Alcala de Henares.

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Other highlights include a tapas tour through the Huertas neighborhood of Madrid, a visit to the still-operating windmill that Don Quixote mistook for a giant, and an excursion to the Renaissance town of Tomelloso.

You'll also take part in a tasting session and cooking class focusing on Cervantes-era dishes.

Dates: Departure dates are flexible.

Price: From $4,336 a person, double occupancy. Includes accommodations, daily breakfast, seven guided tours with a Cervantes experts, private transfers and a ticket to a live "Don Quixote" performance in a 17th century theater. International airfare not included.

Info: Zicasso

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