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Overview

Soak up Spain's fascinating history and legendary culture on an Avila and Segovia day trip from Madrid. Explore the walled city of Avila, Spain’s best-preserved 11th-century fortified town, and discover why it is known as the City of Stones and Saints. Then unravel centuries of history in the city of Segovia, from its two-tiered Roman aqueduct to its Moorish fort and stunning Gothic cathedral. With the option to indulge in a gastronomic lunch, your trip to these two UNESCO World Heritage sites is a feast for all the senses!

Highlights

  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • All entrance fees included
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point


  • What You Can Expect

    Your day trip from Madrid to Avila begins with a stop at hilltop Los Cuatro Postes to admire superb panoramic views over the city of Avila, dotted with church towers and Gothic palaces, and declared a UNESCO ‘Heritage of Mankind’ city.

    Entering the 11th-century city walls encircling Avila, notice how the 90 fortified towers and circular turrets look like they’ve stepped out of a storybook, and hear how Avila is an important pilgrimage site as the birthplace of the mystic writer Saint Teresa of Jesus (1515–82). Then explore two of the best examples from the astounding array of Romanesque and Gothic churches in Avila, packed with one of the highest concentrations of Romanesque and Gothic churches in Spain.

    Your guided visit to Avila’s churches takes you to San Vicente Basilica, a Gothic masterpiece and home to some of Spain’s most prized examples of Romanesque sculpture. Then see how Gothic and Romanesque architecture combine in Avila’s celebrated cathedral, with its fortress design and alabaster chapels and tombs.

    Continue your Segovia day trip to see one of the finest Roman-era monuments in Spain -- Segovia's Roman aqueduct. Admire the scale of this incredible feat of engineering, built entirely without mortar during the reign of Augustus in the 1st century AD, and see how the aqueduct originally had 118 arches and was 10 miles (16 kilometers) long.

    Your guided tour of Segovia also takes you to the famous Alcazar, a beautiful 11th-century medieval fort that inspired the design of Disney’s fairytale castle. One of the finest Moorish fortresses in Spain, it’s also at the heart of one of the most significant group of medieval buildings in the country. Step back in time and imagine the medieval tournaments that once took place here, and the heroic knights who fought in the court of the kings of Castile who ruled from Segovia.

    Complete your Segovia guided visit with a look at the city’s impressive cathedral, the last Gothic cathedral built in Spain and known as ‘the Lady of the Cathedrals’.

    On this day trip to Segovia you have the option of including a tourist-style lunch of stuffed veal or a superb gastronomic meal featuring local Segovian specialties such as roasted suckling pig.

    Itinerary

    Sample Menu (subject to change)

    Tourist Lunch:
    • La Granja white beans
    • Beef cooked 'Segovian style'
    • Dessert
    Gastronomic Lunch
    • La Granja white beans
    • Roasted baby pig
    • Segovian cake
    • Mineral water, wine and coffee

      Cancellation Policy

      Package is cancellable prior to three days from the commencement of the service.

    Customer Reviews

    Catherine J

    25-Jan-2017

    This was a sensational tour. Avila is a fascinating old town lots of walking.... have to be physically fit for the endurance of a lot of easy walking, but miles can be challenging and Segovia was spectacular. Standing and walking at the base of the aqueduct is something I will never forget. Because we broke off from our tour group for the lunch portion selected our own place with a time for rejoining our tour guide was very specific and helpful we could spend more time exploring on our own. The whole tour was beautifully planned out with rest stops from walking and for refreshments and toilet facilities. Very very impressive tour any way you look at it. Oh, and the bus was brand new big Mercedes A/C comfortable for sitting and viewing along the way. We liked that the tour guide did not talk too much constant during the trip... just enough to indicate what we were seeing but not constant chatter! Highly recommend this tour!!

    Venkatadri B

    31-Dec-2016

    Worth it if you have an extra day.

    Randy Y

    26-Dec-2016

    All around enjoyable day. Guide was knowledgeable with a sense of humor. Tour bus was clean, safe driver, and ran pretty much on time. The delicious Segovian lunch was served in a nice festive Christmas Eve restaurant.

    Shelly E

    24-Dec-2016

    Thoroughly enjoyed this tour, even on a cool rainy December day! Carmen, the guide, was excellent -- personable, knowledgeable, and with a nice sense of humor. I wasn't sure if it was worth doing a tour that squeezed both places in, but I'm so glad I did. Avila is beautiful and fascinating. The only thing I would do differently is take the gastronomic lunch in Segovia -- I chose to do the no lunch option and ended up rushing through a Castellan soup on my own after some shopping, and missed out on the food specialties that the region is known for.

    Letittia

    21-Dec-2016

    Good tour. Got to see everything we wanted.

    Details


    Inclusions

    • Avila visit and entrance fee to Basilica of San Vincente
    • Transport by air-conditioned coach
    • Segovia visit and entrance fee to the Alcazar, with its Artillery Museum and Church of Vera Cruz
    • Small-group tour

    • Exclusions

      • Gratuities (optional)
      • Hotel pickup and drop off
      • Food and drinks, unless specified

      • Additional Info

        • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
        • Not wheelchair accessible and is not suitable for those with limited mobility
        • If the Cathedral in Avila is being used for exhibitions or other events, it may affect the normal flow of your visit. In this case, another monuments in Avila will be visited instead.
        • Infants aged 5 years and under, are free of charge provided they do not occupy a seat
        • Operated by a bilingual guide in Spanish and English

        • Voucher info

          You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

          Departure Point

          Central Madrid

          Departure Time

          9am

          Duration

          9 hours

          Return Details

          The tour ends at Bus Parking Plaza de Oriente, Level -2, Madrid.


    Tour Options

    Tour only in English

    Code: ENG945T

    Avila and Segovia Day Trip from Madrid with Bilingual-speaking guide 9:00 AM
    Starting From 5466
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    Tour & Tourist Lunch English

    Code: ENG945TL1

    Avila and Segovia Day Trip from Madrid including Tourist Lunch with Bilingual-speaking guide 9:00 AM
    Starting From 6560
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    Tour & Segovian Lunch English

    Code: ENG945TL2

    Avila and Segovia Day Trip from Madrid including Segovian Lunch with Bilingual-speaking guide 9:00 AM
    Starting From 7243
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    Picture Gallery

    • Trip to Spain and France - March 2012 735
    • Segovia Castle: Was so amazed inside we got lost
    • Alcazar de Segovia
    • Aqueduct in Segovia
    • Ancient Aquaduct
    • Romersk akvadukt i Segovia
    • Alcázar de Segovia
    • Recuerdo de Avila.
    • Segovia
    • El Acueducto, un maravilloso lugar lleno de historia.
    • Un busto en honor a Miguel de Cervantes.
    • Paseo por Avila y Segovia
    • Avila
    • The Aqueduct at Segovia
    • Zomaar een balkonnetje
    • middelpunt Spanje
    • zicht vanuit El Alcazar
    • El Alcazar

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