At the core of Spain and its identity lies Old Castile. Think dust clouds raised by a shepherd and his flock, Romanesque cloisters with exquisite herb gardens, rambling vineyards, hill top villages with city gates and cobbled streets. And, then imagine glorious high altars embossed with gold, arab forts, meandering rivers, medieval stain glass, the pilgrim’s way to Santiago and the grandeur of the barren meseta plain and back home to an open fire, roast lamb and a glass of the elixir that is Rioja or Ribera del Duero wine. The plaza mayors of Segovia or Salamanca are the most beautiful in the world but they are rivalled by the human scale of rural treasures like Sepulveda or Covarrubias unchanged in essence for the last thousand years. This is a world of secret treasures unlocked by our expert companion and guide.