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From Madrid: Avila and Segovia Full-Day Trip

1. From Madrid: Avila and Segovia Full-Day Trip

Avila is one of Spain’s oldest cities, and surrounded by well-preserved walls dating from the 11th century, it resembles an immense castle. The old quarters are home to a number of important Romanesque churches, Gothic palaces, and the city’s 12th-century Gothic cathedral, which is also fortified. On this full-day excursion from Madrid, you’ll see the exterior of the Avila Cathedral, the Romanesque Basilica of San Vicente, and visit the Plaza Mayor. Take a short walk through the city’s old streets to the Convent of Ste. Therese. Continue on to Segovia, a city rich in historical monuments. See the magnificent Roman Aqueduct from the time of Emperor Augustus. The elegant Cathedral, and its Alcazar fortress, the most spectacular castle in Spain, are among the highlights. Both Avila and Segovia are listed as Heritage of Mankind cities.

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From Madrid: Avila and Segovia Full-Day Tour

2. From Madrid: Avila and Segovia Full-Day Tour

Discover the historic sites and monuments in Avila and Segovia on a guided day trip from Madrid. Admire the exterior of the Ávila Walls and see the Roman Aqueduct. Begin in downtown Madrid and travel to the cities of Avila and Segovia by comfortable coach. See the exterior of the Ávila Walls that surround the city that was completed in just 10 years, between the 11th and 14th centuries. Then, visit the interior of the Basilica of San Vicente known as The Basilica of the Holy Brothers Martyrs, Vicente, Sabina, and Cristeta. Pass through the Plaza Mayor and the Cathedral to reach the Church-convent of Santa Teresa and explore the interior of its Church. Once the visit to Ávila is finished, enjoy free time to have a wine, a soft drink, and an aperitif and to have lunch or continue visiting the city. Go to the city of Segovia and visit the Roman Aqueduct, which is the highest and best-preserved. Pass through the Casa de los Picos, Plaza de Juan Bravo, and Plaza Mayor where you'll find the Cathedral, dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption and of San Frutos. Finish at El Alcázar de Segovia, a medieval fortress, located on a rocky crag on the confluence of two rivers near the Sierra de Guadarrama, it is one of the most distinctive castles-palaces in Spain by virtue of its shape, like the prow of a ship.

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From Madrid: Ávila with Walls & Segovia Full-Day Tour

3. From Madrid: Ávila with Walls & Segovia Full-Day Tour

Meet with your group in central Madrid 15 minutes in advance of the tour. Travel towards the city of Ávila on an air-conditioned bus. Upon arrival, embark on a guided walking tour of the Old Town to discover the impressive history of the city. See Romanesque style churches, Gothic palaces, and a fortified cathedral dating back to the the Middle Ages. Visit the well-preserved walls of Ávila hear of the events that they have witnessed throughout the centuries. Marvel at the fortification and towers, which have been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. After the tour, enjoy some free time to explore the other areas of the town. Meet your guide again at the designated time to continue the tour to Segovia. If you decided to include the option, enjoy a wonderful gastronomic menu for lunch. Alternatively, enjoy some free time in the city to see other sites, such as the Roman Aqueduct of Segovia. Meet your guide again in front of the Cathedral for a guided tour of the city. Walk through the old Jewish quarter of the city, following your guide towards the Alcazar of Segovia. Enjoy a guided visit of the site and marvel at its spectacular architecture which served as inspiration for a famous Disney film.

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Madrid: Tour of Avila & Salamanca

4. Madrid: Tour of Avila & Salamanca

Start your tour in Salamanca, where you will have the opportunity to visit the patrimonial legacy with its charming corners and details. Get to know the city’s oldest town squares, and get an important reference point for the business life of this beautiful metropolis. Located in the center of Salamanca, the Plaza Mayor has become a major tourist attraction. The square is characterized by its impressive Baroque ornaments — spend some time admiring the sights, including the cathedral.  Next, travel to Avila where you can explore the city in a dynamic, friendly and fun way. Get to know the ramparts of Avila, San Vicente's Shrine, and the Cathedral of Avila.

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From Madrid: Day-Trip to Segovia, Avila & Toledo

5. From Madrid: Day-Trip to Segovia, Avila & Toledo

Discover the hidden corners, authentic secret jewels, and local favorites in three cities on a full-day tour to Segovia, Ávila, and Toledo. Start in Segovia with a guided tour through the historic center. Find out why this city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, walk through the Plaza Mayor, and explore monuments such as the aqueduct and the cathedral before entering the Real Alcázar. Continue to Avila’s historic center and tour its famous city walls. Learn the mysteries of the thick defensive wall that surrounds the city before heading to the Roman necropolis. Continue the trip to Toledo, the third city declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and known for its long Christian, Jewish, and Muslim historical tradition.

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From Madrid: Day Trip to Guadarrama National Park

6. From Madrid: Day Trip to Guadarrama National Park

Depart from Madrid and travel 40 minutes before arriving at the Guadarrama National Park. Discover a serene natural environment of extraordinary beauty as you take a guided walking tour of the park. Be accompanied by an expert local guide who will show you the most prominent highlights such as La Pedriza, Puerto de Navacerrada, Puerto de Cotos, and Puerto de la Morcuera. The Guadarrama National Park is the fourth largest national park in Spain and home to 11 distinct ecosystems. Learn about some of the 1,280 animal species who live in the park, including deer, wild boar, Iberian wolf, roe deer, fallow deer, mountain goats, badgers, several mustelids, wildcats, foxes, and hares. The park also hosts more than 1,500 native plants and thirty different types of vegetation.

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Madrid: Segovia and Ávila Highlights Guided Tour

7. Madrid: Segovia and Ávila Highlights Guided Tour

The tour departs the busy city of Madrid and heads to the first stop of the day the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Ávila. Armed with your tourist information pack provided by your escort guide, step back in time in this fascinating city. Immerse yourself in this medieval experience and discover the history, curiosities and legends of this mythical and mystical city, known as the birthplace of Santa Teresa - a proclaimed doctor of the Catholic Church. Wander along the incredible medieval wall and admire the city’s stunning cathedral, the romantic Basilica of St. Vicente, the small Market Square and the Baroque church of Santa Teresa among other places of interest. After your stroll around Ávila, head back to the bus and to the next destination of the day, Segovia, another UNESCO World Heritage-listed city. Learn about the Aqueduct of Segovia, a prodigy of Roman engineering and an icon that represents this beautiful city. From the Aqueduct, head into the medieval part of town and enjoy the stunning views from the Canaleja, then continue onto the Plaza Mayor and marvel at the spectacular Segovia Cathedral. Next, walk towards the Alcázar of Segovia which was once the fortified residence to the kings of Spain and boasts a magnificent architecture inspired by palaces.

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Avila: Guided City Tour in Tuk Tuk

8. Avila: Guided City Tour in Tuk Tuk

Ride on a Tuk Tuk tour through the entire monumental city. This renowned route takes you to the most emblematic places such as Torreón de los Guzmanes, Basilica of San Vicente, Cathedral of El Salvador, National Parador, and the church of Santa Teresa.  As you travel, your audio guide tells you the history of these places and legends of the city. If you have any questions, or seek further understanding, ask your driver who is equally as versed in the tales of the city. Stop at Mirador de los Cuatro Postes and absorb the fascinating views of the city from this vantage point. Take some photos here to remember the tour forever.  Choose between different departure timeslots, and see the city in the morning, in the afternoon or during the illuminated night.

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From Madrid: Full Day Avila, Segovia and El Escorial Tour

9. From Madrid: Full Day Avila, Segovia and El Escorial Tour

Leave Madrid early in the morning and head towards Ávila, where you will stop at the Cuatro Postes viewpoint. After, travel to the city to start the walking tour, and pass by the Sanctuary of San Vicente, the cathedral and of course, the walls. Next head to Segovia and on arrival your guide will explain everything about the creation of the aqueduct by the Romans. Then continue your route through the streets of the city center, and pass through the Cathedral, continuing through the district of the Canonries, until you reach the famous Alcazar, a symbol of the art and history of Spain. Then you have free time to enjoy lunch, do some shopping or access some of the monuments on your own. Once the break is over, go to El Escorial, where you will visit the inside of its Monastery. There, under the guidance of your guide, discover the architectural complex that includes a royal palace, a basilica, a pantheon, a library, a school and a monastery. Late in the afternoon, return to Madrid in your comfortable vehicle. Join the tour and learn about the history, the architecture and the culture of Spain.

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From Madrid: 3 Cities in 1 Day – Segovia, Ávila and Toledo

10. From Madrid: 3 Cities in 1 Day – Segovia, Ávila and Toledo

Watch the sunset from one of Corsica's best sunset locations on this boat trip from Ajaccio. Get the chance to explore the largest of the Sanguinaires Islands, Mezzu Mare, and enjoy a glass of wine and charcuterie board onboard. Board your speedboat in Ajaccio and set sail for Mezzu Mare, where you will moor for an hour. Explore the island on foot and visit a 19th-century lighthouse for panoramic views of the entire archipelago or take a dip in the crystal-clear waters. On your return to the boat, sit down to a delicious charcuterie tasting board served with Corsican rosé wine. Relax as the sun sets over the Mediterranean Sea. Finally, enjoy one last dip in the warm waters of the sea before returning to the port.

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4.4 / 5

based on 1,120 reviews

Chevere tour, The meeting place was very easy to find, the directions were very clear when we arrived we had several guides and stewardess accommodating the different groups. The bus was extremely nice, a super clean, smooth and spacious luxury coach. Each person was given a headset to listen to the tour guide (English / Spanish). The departure was a little before 09:00 because all the passengers were ready. The first stop was Ávila for a tour of the cathedral and the walled city and house of Teresa de Jesús. The tour included a snack and a drink of your choice at a local restaurant in Avila. You can also order more from the menu, but you will have to pay. The next stop was Segovia, the place is magical! We toured the palace and several cathedrals, visually splendid! Great tour. If you go in winter, be sure to dress warmly! Wear comfortable shoes and be ready to hike! Total hike, don't miss the castle.

It was a fantastic tour!! We enjoyed everything, from the drive to each place, to the weather and each historic place, but Carlos our tour guide made it more fun and interesting! There was snow in the mountains and it was snowing by the time we got to Avila. Lots of history and just amazing to see.

Un paseo muy agradable por los puntos de interés más relevantes de la ciudad. Nuestro guía, Sergio, muy atento y amable. Sus explicaciones fueron muy amenas y nos recomendó sitios que visitar, así como restaurantes. Un crack!

Good trip. Both the medieval towns are awesome and definitely worth a visit. Carlos was a great guide with a good sense of humor. He kept giving relevant information all along the way.

Everything was very good: well prepared, nice and helpful guide , confortable bus, comprehensive program without being tiring.