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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

    John N

    23-Apr-2017

    This is an excellent tour, ably and expertly conducted by Carmen. The tour was listed as bilingual but the English and Spanish groups divided immediately into two different buses and ours ended up being only in English. That's good because one group would not be distracted while another was listening. Carmen led us through both venues efficiently, explaining key highlights of both locations. My only real criticism of the tour is that it is very very rushed. There is no time to pause in Avila at all. The guide led us through the city and stopped at two interesting places: the convent of Saint Theresa and the church of San Vicente. At Segovia it was a little more leisurely. We did not buy the gastronomic package, and was glad, because there are many many restaurants in the streets of Segovia, and it is easy to grab a quick bite. You have to go over to the aqueduct by yourself, but that's not so difficult to do because the guide leaves you near the base. It also gives you time to shop and just explore. The tour picks up at the Cathedral and then heads over to the Alcazar, both fabulous. This is a nice tour, especially if the weather is good. You do a good amount of walking. No food allowed on the bus, but the bus is immaculately clean.

    Benjamin L

    23-Apr-2017

    This is a jammed pack all day tour. Don't worry - there is time to catch your breath and take a nap on the bus ride to/from/in-between. Good value.

    Margaret S H

    23-Apr-2017

    This was an excellent day trip where we saw many sights. Amalia, the guide, was very knowledgeable and provided a great deal of information about what we saw. She was also able to give a good synopsis of the complicated Spanish history which was relevant. This trip requires fast walking over cobbled streets, and, in Segovia, walking uphill. Amalia helped out those members of the tour who were not up to this by calling taxis for them, but they missed parts of the interesting experience.

    Dianne R

    13-Apr-2017

    Excellent. Very knowledgable guide, with great overview of the history. This tour is a must do.

    Kat Pantoja

    25-Mar-2017

    This trip was great! Despite the rain and snow, my family and I really enjoyed both Avila and Segovia. Our tour guide Beatrice was very knowledgeable and spoke great English!

    Details


    Inclusions

    • Air conditioned motor coach.
    • Bilingual Official guide.
    • Entrance to the Basilic of San Vicente
    • Entrance to the Convent of Santa Teresa
    • Entrance to the Cathedral of Segovia
    • Entrance to the Alcázar of Segovia

    • 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 in English & Other

    Code: ENG945T

    Avila and Segovia Day Trip from Madrid with Bilingual-speaking guide 9:00 AM
    Starting From 5755
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    Tour & Tourist Lunch Bilingual

    Code: ENG945TL1

    Avila and Segovia Day Trip from Madrid including Tourist Lunch with Bilingual-speaking guide 9:00 AM
    Starting From 6625
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    Tour &Segovian Lunch Bilingual

    Code: ENG945TL2

    Avila and Segovia Day Trip from Madrid including Segovian Lunch with Bilingual-speaking guide 9:00 AM
    Starting From 7362
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    Tour in Spanish & Other

    Code: ES945T

    Avila and Segovia Day Trip from Madrid with Bilingual-speaking guide 9:00 AM
    Starting From 5755
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    Tour & Tourist Lunch Bilingual

    Code: ES945TL1

    Avila and Segovia Day Trip from Madrid including Tourist Lunch with Bilingual-speaking guide 9:00 AM
    Starting From 6625
    Check Availability
    View Pricing Options
    Tour &Segovian Lunch Bilingual

    Code: ES945TL2

    Avila and Segovia Day Trip from Madrid including Segovian Lunch with Bilingual-speaking guide 9:00 AM
    Starting From 7362
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    Picture Gallery

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    • 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.

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