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Avila and Segovia Day Trip from Madrid

Duration: 9 hours
Destination: Spain, Madrid, Madrid
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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.


    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 English & Other

    Code: ENG945T

    Avila and Segovia Day Trip from Madrid with Bilingual-speaking guide 9:00 AM
    Tour+Tourist Lunch Eng & Other

    Code: ENG945TL1

    Avila and Segovia Day Trip from Madrid including Tourist Lunch with Bilingual-speaking guide 9:00 AM
    Tour+Segovian Lunch Eng &Other

    Code: ENG945TL2

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

    Code: ES945T

    Avila and Segovia Day Trip from Madrid with Bilingual-speaking guide 9:00 AM
    Tour+Tourist Lunch Sp & Other

    Code: ES945TL1

    Avila and Segovia Day Trip from Madrid including Tourist Lunch with Bilingual-speaking guide 9:00 AM
    Tour+Segovian Lunch Sp & Other

    Code: ES945TL2

    Avila and Segovia Day Trip from Madrid including Segovian Lunch with Bilingual-speaking guide 9:00 AM

    User's Reviews

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    PIPPA B

    Wow! Highly recommend this tour...fantastic! It is like you are in another world...absolutely stunning must see. Tour guide was excellent and spoke excellent English.

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    David F

    See above regarding Carmens tours.

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    agodinez10

    This was an amazing trip, had a great tour guide, she was very knowledgeable. Had a wonderful lunch and then went on to see the aqueduct, what a sight! Then went to the Cathedral and on to the Alcazar. Day went fast but it was well worth it.

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    Senthilvel K

    Great Trip. Good guide. Left sharp at 9 and got back Plaza Espiano at 6. Tour well paced, great monuments, enough time to explore a bit on your own - worth every bit. Go for it.

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    Toko I

    Guide was very professional . towns were beautiful . Did not do enough research to find good food for lunch but overall a great tour.

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    Segovia Castle: Was so amazed inside we got lost

    Segovia Castle: Was so amazed inside we got lost

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    Alcazar de Segovia

    Segovia Castle.

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    The Cathedral.

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    The aqueduct.

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    Yummy lunch!

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    Avila

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    View of Avila from the 4 posts

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    Segovia view

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    Segovia Alcazar

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    Segovia Cathedral

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