On The Banks of The Duero with Christopher Pollard Tours

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Course: On The Banks of The Duero with Christopher Pollard Tours
Tutor: Wayne Bennett & Chris Pollard
Start Date: 8th April 2019
End Date: 12th April 2019
Res Fee (from): £1290.00

In conjunction with Chris Pollard's weekend Course ' The Story of the Duero', Christopher Pollard Tours is delighted to offer a four-night Study Tour: 'On the Banks of the Duero'. The group will leave Dillington early on 8th April and drive up to Heathrow Airport‚ flying to Madrid. From there we make our way to the Province of Soria. Soria is one of the forgotten Provinces of Spain. It is severely under-populated and dramatically under- valued. It has some of the most spectacular scenery in inland Spain,dominated by the great river Duero‚ lovely villages, stunning Romanesque churches and monasteries, three or four of the finest castles in Europe. We shall walk with vultures in the Rio Lobo Gorge, climb (in the minibus) to 6000 feet to the Lake of Urbion, explore the banks of the River Duero ...
Our home for the tour will be the lovely Hotel Las Nieves in the attractive riverside village of Salduero del Duero. This is a wonderful hotel. It is very simple, family-run and comfortable - and the owner’s father is the village butcher. Need I say more?
Day 2 we visit Viruela and then drive up through the pine-forests to one of Spain’s most famous beauty-spots, the Lake of Urbión‚ from there we drive into the tiny capital, Soria, an attractive, lively town. Again, the river is a central feature and the exquisite Romanesque ruins of San Juan and the Sanctuary of Soria’s Patrón Saint are on its banks. The city has some of the most beautiful Romanesque architecture in Spain in particular the façade of San Domingo. Day 3, we travel to the biggest Moorish castle in Europe at Gormaz, walk in the Gorge of the River Lobo and take lunch in the cathedral city (and culinary hot-spot) of El Burgo de Osma. Day 4 we take a lovely excursion into the Province of Burgos. More gorges, more ruined monasteries (San Pedro de Arlanza), another wonderful medieval village (Covarrubias) and the finest Romanesque cloisters in Spain (Santo Domingo de Silos).

The cost of this tour is £1290 (single supplement of £90 if applicable). This includes flights, all transfers in the UK and Spain and all-inclusive tour (including wine and drinks with meals). Full details can be obtained from Christopher Pollard Tours, tel: (01823) 286097, email: Bookings and enquiries for this Study Tour should be made directly with Christopher Pollard Tours.

Tutor Information

Wayne Bennett

Wayne Bennett

After an initial training and career in the theatre (including working for over four years at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden) Wayne studied fine art and art history at Camberwell School of Art and Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, where he obtained a first class honours degree. For two years he worked for the Contemporary Art Society based at the Tate Gallery after which he moved to Dorset. For 23 years he led the team at Dillington House until his retirement in early 2015. He now divides his time between his many research interests - archaeology, cartography, cultural history, music and art. Wayne is Co-Director of the Dillington Summer School and continues to originate and tutor courses for Dillington and elsewhere. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Chris Pollard

Chris Pollard

Chris Pollard is a West Country man. He was educated in Devon and Durham, taught English in Spain and Spanish in Somerset. He has translated and directed for the stage and was a professional actor for three months. He lectures primarily on Hispanic matters and leads historical and cultural tours of Spain as well as leading language classes. In 1990 he set up Pollard Tours which has operated successfully for over 20 years and received plaudits from every quarter.  

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