Ecstasy of Gold Tour of Spain 2016

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Ecstasy of Gold Tour of Spain 2016

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
Here's your chance to join a select group of film fans on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Spain, to visit the filming locations of the famous Sergio Leone spaghetti westerns Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good, The Bad & The Ugly and Once Upon A Time In The West.

Since 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, now might be a good time to visit the filming locations and see where it all happened.

Enjoy the scenery while listening to Ennio Morricone's haunting soundtracks, visit the still remaining western towns originally built as film sets for these movies, wander through the Almerian desert like Tuco and Blondie did, or visit the MacBain house in Sweetwater.

So put on your poncho, mount your mule and step into Sergio Leone's vision of the Old West in a dazzling 7 day adventure that will bring you from the the Almeria and Tabernas Deserts in the South all the way to the mountains around Covarrubias in the North. Covering 1500 kilometres, this guided self-drive tour will show you everything Spain has to offer.

Your mission will be to meet the rest of the group at Marissol's house on Monday September 19th. From there we will take you on a seven day tour, ending in Covarrubias, near Sad Hill Cemetery, on Monday September 26th.


The price for this tour is:

€ 649,-
The McBain residence in Sweetwater
The McBain residence in Sweetwater

Itinerary & Information

Arrival day:

Monday 19/9


Your day of arrival and time to pick up your rental car.

You will self-drive to Almeria / Cabo de Gata and meet the group at the Cortijo el Sotillo Hotel, which doubled for Marisol’s house in A Fistful of Dollars. The hotel is located just outside San José in Cabo de Gata National Park and from here the tour will start.
Marissol's house in Fistful of Dollars
Day 1:

Tuesday 20/9

The tour commences with a round trip by car through the Cabo de Gata National Park. We will visit many locations from the Dollars trilogy, but will also make a few sidesteps to non-westerns, like Never Say Never Again and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. We will enjoy lunch at Albaricoques, which doubled for San Miguel in Fistful of Dollars and Agua Caliente in For A Few Dollars More.

After completing our round trip through the National Park in the afternoon, we will return to the Cortijo el Sotillo Hotel, where we will spend the night again.
Albaricoques, as featured in Fistful of Dollars and For A Few Dollars More
Day 2:

Wednesday 21/9


We will drive towards the town of Tabernas, where we will visit some smaller locations on the way. The Tabernas Desert area is well known for the western towns, built especially for the Sergio Leone films, now theme parks collectively known as Mini-Hollywood.

We will spend the next two nights in wooden cabins at Fort Bravo / Texas Hollywood.
The Tabernas Desert
Day 3:

Thursday 22/9

Today we will visit the western town sets of Oasys Park, built for For A Few Dollars More and re-used in Good, Bad & Ugly, and Western Leone Park, built for Once Upon a Time in the West.

We see western shows, can-can shows and, as an option, you will have the chance to ride a horse through the film sets of El Paso and/or Sweetwater.
Carlo Simi built the El Paso set, which still stands in the Tabernas Desert
Day 4:

Friday 23/9

After breakfast, we will depart Mini-Hollywood and drive to the disused train tracks, used as Tucumcari Station, Sweetwater Station and the opening shootout in Once Upon a Time in the West.

After that, we’ll return to the highway for a five hour ride to Madrid, to see some locations around the Spanish capital. The night will be spent at Hotel Gran Hotel Almenar, just outside the city.
The famous opening scene of Once Upon A Time In The West
Day 5:

Saturday 24/9

We will visit the site at Hoyo de Manzanares, where a western town-set used to be, that served as San Miguel in Fistful of Dollars and Tucumcari in For a Few Dollars More.

After another short stop at the former White Rocks location, a two and a half hour drive will bring us to Covarrubias, where we will spend the afternoon and night. Your hotel will be Hotel Nuevo Arlanza.
Hoyo de Manzanares, once used as a filming location for Fistful of Dollars
Day 6:

Sunday 25/9

We will drive around the Covarrubias area and visit several sites from Good, Bad & Ugly. The afternoon will be spent at the partly restored Sad Hill Cemetery site.

Optionally, you can smoke a cigarillo or go horseback riding in the mountains. The night will be spent in Covarrubias again.
Sad Hill Cemetery, near Covarrubias
Day 7:

Monday 26/9

After breakfast the tour is officially over. If you want to, you can extend your stay in the area, in Spain or return to the airport of your choice.
The civil war battle field, along Rio Arlanza
Included in the tour price: 
  • A 6 day guided tour to 90% of all the filming locations used in the spaghetti westerns Fistful of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More, The Good, The Bad & The Ugly and Once Upon A Time In The West.
  • All hotels (7 nights)
  • Breakfast every morning
  • Admission to the Western theme parks and shows
  • A special Ecstasy of Gold Tour souvenir book incl. the necessary driving maps and screen shots
  • Group A/V equipment for scene viewing while on location
  • Soundtrack audio while on location
  • Group viewing of a specially compiled documentary on Leone and his westerns.

NOT Included in the tour price:

  • Airfare (flights to and from Spain)
  • Car hire
  • Fuel
  • Meals (apart from breakfast)
  • Drinks

Min/Max:

  • This tour requires a minimum number of 10 travellers. It is estimated that this requirement will be reached within a few weeks, but we do reserve the right to cancel the tour, if the minimum requirement is not reached at the end of February. So please wait for the final confirmation that the tour will proceed, before making your travel arrangements.
  • There is a group maximum of 20 people for this tour.

Flights:

  • You will need to make your own flight arrangements, since this is not included in the tour.
  • Since the tour starts and ends 800 kilometres apart, it is recommended that you book two one-way tickets, to and from different locations/airports.
  • Almeria is in the South of Spain and does have its own (small) airport. Connecting flights to Almeria are available from Spanish flight services like Iberia.
  • Probably the best option is to fly to Malaga and rent a car there. It’s a two and a half hour ride from Malaga to Almeria and your hotel for the first nights.
  • Probably the best airport option for your return flight will be Madrid. The Burgos area, where the tour ends, does not have its own commercial airport. It’s a two hour drive from your hotel to Madrid Airport, so make sure your return flight does not depart too early.


Hotels:

  • Our advertised tour price is based on double occupancy.
  • If you travel alone, you will have to share a room. We can assist you with finding a roommate.  
  • It is not possible to pay extra for single occupancy.

Car stuff:

  • You will need to make your own rental car arrangements, since this is not included in the tour.
  • As said, the tour starts and ends 800 kilometres apart. Since you will most likely arrive at and depart from different airports, it is recommended that you book a one-way car rental, to avoid having to return the car 800 kilometres away. A helpful website for one-way car rentals is http://www.oneway-carhire.com/Spain.aspx . When sharing a car, the estimated rental costs per person will be € 125 (excl fuel) for the duration of the tour.
  • Even though we will drive through desert and mountain regions, it is not necessary to rent a 4x4 capable car.
  • If you are travelling alone and want to share a rental car with one or more people, please inform us about this, so we can assist you with finding a co-pilot.
  • It is recommended that there are at least two people in each car. This way, one will be able to navigate while the other steers. Also, it saves you both money..
  • Obviously we will travel in convoy as much as possible. You will receive several contact options in case you lose contact with the group while on the road.


Payment & cancellation policy:
  • After you signed up for this tour, you will receive a confirmation.
  • Once the required minimum number of travellers is reached, you will be notified and you will be sent an invoice for the tour, to be paid within 14 days.
  • Your reservation is finalized when your payment is received.
  • A contract will exist between us from the date we issue the confirmation invoice
  • When you decide to cancel your participation in the tour at a later stage, we will try to sell your place to the first in line on our waiting list (if there is any).
  • If someone accepts the offer to take your place, and pays his invoice, you will receive a full refund.
  • If we are not able to sell your place to anyone else, we unfortunately cannot refund you.


General rules and conditions:

  • Please make sure that you understand the itinerary, style and physical demands of the trip you are undertaking.
  • Please make sure that you understand that you are responsible for being on time every tour day, following the itinerary, and that, if you are not on time at the agreed meeting point, the tour commences without you.
  • We reserve the right to reschedule this tour at any time prior to departure if, due to terrorism, natural disasters, political instability or other external events it is not viable for us to operate the planned itinerary.
  • We are not responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred as a result of your booking including but not limited to travel insurance excess or non-refundable flights.
  • We recommend that you take out adequate travel, health and accident insurance as well as trip cancellation insurance.
  • Please make sure you acknowledge that the nature of this type of travel requires considerable flexibility and you should allow for alternatives. While we will do our best to operate this tour as described, please make sure you understand that the route, schedules, itineraries, amenities and mode of transport may be subject to alteration without prior notice due to local circumstances or events.
  • By booking this tour with us, you are deemed to have agreed to our conditions as stated above. You also affirm that you have read, fully understand and agree to our Liability Waiver. Your booking will be accepted by us on this basis.

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