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From Madrid: Avila and Segovia Day Trip with Alcazar

1. From Madrid: Avila and Segovia Day Trip with Alcazar

Embark on a full-day guided tour to the UNESCO-listed cities of Avila and Segovia from Madrid aboard an air-conditioned bus. Marvel at Avila's cathedral and most emblematic monuments on a walking tour. Sep inside the Alcazar of Segovia with entrance tickets and a guide. Take a walking tour of Avila, one of Spain’s oldest cities. Marvel at its well-preserved, castle-like walls dating from the 11th century. Enter the old quarters which house important Romanesque churches, Gothic palaces, and the city’s 12th-century Gothic cathedral. Walk by the exterior of the Avila Cathedral, admdire the Romanesque Basilica of San Vicente, and visit the central town square of Plaza Mayor. Take a short walk through the city’s old streets to the Convent of Saint Teresa. Then, continue on to Segovia, a city rich in historical monuments. See the magnificent Roman Aqueduct from the time of Emperor Augustus. Soak in its rich architectural heritage by following your guide to the Gothic-style Cathedral. Finally, cross the Canonjías neighborhood until you come to the Alcazar of Segovia, one of the most spectacular fortresses in all of Spain. After admiring its exterior, step inside to discover its legends and glorious past.

Madrid: Avila and Segovia Day Trip with Tickets to Monuments

2. Madrid: Avila and Segovia Day Trip with Tickets to Monuments

Take a day trip from Madrid to visit two of Spain's oldest cities, Avila and Segovia. Explore the rich history of these UNESCO-listed cities with a guide. Admire Avila's walls, cathedral, and Basilica of San Vicente. Then continue to Segovia's Roman aqueduct, Gothic cathedral, and Alcazar fortress. Drive for an hour from Madrid and find yourself in Avila. See the stunning 11th-century walls surrounding the city. These fortifications are the most complete in all of Spain. Next, visit the interior of the Basilica of San Vicente to see the best examples of Romanesque architecture in the country. Pass by the Plaza Mayor and the Cathedral. At your next stop, enter the church-convent of Saint Teresa of Jesus that was built by the Order of the Discalced Carmelites in the 17th century, supposedly in the same place where Saint Teresa of Avila was born. Following the visit to Avila, enjoy free time to have wine, beer, soft drinks, and an aperitif, or continue exploring the city on your own. Regroup at 2 PM to head to the city of Segovia. Begin your tour of Segovia with a visit to its main symbol, the Roman Aqueduct, as evidenced by its presence on the city's coat of arms. Pass by the Casa de los Picos, Plaza de Juan Bravo and Plaza Mayor. Arrive at the cathedral dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption and of San Frutos. Enter to see its size, elegance, and blend of late Gothic style and Renaissance features, to understand why it's called the Lady of the Cathedrals. Finally, go into the Fortress of the Alcazar of Segovia, a medieval castle, located on a rocky crag at the confluence of 2 rivers near the Sierra de Guadarrama. Witness one of Spain's most distinctive castle-palaces by virtue of its shapes, such as the bow of a ship. After the visit, start the trip back to Madrid in a comfortable bus.

From Madrid: Avila and Segovia Full-Day Tour

3. 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.

From Madrid: Toledo, Alcázar, Segovia, and Avila Guided Tour

4. From Madrid: Toledo, Alcázar, Segovia, and Avila Guided Tour

Embark on a tour to discover the main attractions of Toledo and Segovia, two of the most popular cities in Spain, both declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Enjoy guided walks, entry tickets to the Alcázar of Segovia, and plenty of free time to explore. Your trip also includes a stop in Avila. Starting from Ventas in Madrid, depart first thing in the morning to Toledo. Once there, stop at a viewpoint next to the city to take unbeatable panoramic photos. Next, begin your guided visit to Zocodover Square, before crossing over the river to reach the San Martín Bridge. Walking through the narrow streets of Toledo, head to the cathedral. On the way, see the Jewish neighborhood, learn about some of Toledo's illustrious characters, and discover the best places to buy typical Toledo products. Next, you will have the chance to visit a damasquinado workshop where you will observe artisans as they inlay gold and silver threads to create handicrafts that can be purchased as souvenirs. Head to Segovia and enjoy some free time on your own to experience the gastronomy of the city before starting your guided visit. Your guide will show you a good spot to admire the views of the mountains and will talk about Segovian architecture. With your guide, walk to the Alcázar of Segovia, seeing the Cathedral of Segovia and the Plaza Mayor on your way. Once there, greet your guide who will then give you access to visit the inside of the castle. Buy souvenirs, take photos, or explore the area further before going to Avila. The last stop will be in Avila where you’ll walk through the streets and corners to experience the city's great heritage legacy. Enjoy views of the city's medieval walls dating from the 11th century and visit the Mirador de los Cuatro Postes monument, where you'll have the opportunity to take pictures.

Madrid: Tour of Avila & Salamanca

5. 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.

Avila: Guided City Tour in Tuk Tuk

6. 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.

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

7. 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.

From Madrid: Segovia, Ávila & Toledo Guided Tour with Lunch

8. From Madrid: Segovia, Ávila & Toledo Guided Tour with Lunch

Discover three cities in one day on a full-day tour of Segovia, Ávila, and Toledo from Madrid. Depart early and head to Segovia, where you start with a guided tour accompanied by an official guide, taking you around Segovia's historic center. Find out why this city is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stroll through the city’s main square - Plaza Mayor, beholding monuments such as the aqueduct and the cathedral. Then leave for Ávila, visiting the Ávila's historic center and discovering the legacy of this city declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Be amazed by its fascinating history! Continue along the famous Walls of Ávila and discover how the city preserved itself throughout history. Admire important monuments, including the Cathedral. Then make a stop to have lunch in a local restaurant in the old town, where you will enjoy a traditional Iberian lunch. Continue your trip heading to Toledo, your third stop of the day and your third city declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Toledo has a long-standing Christian, Jewish, and Muslim tradition. Therefore, it is also known as the city of three cultures. See important monuments as well as off-the-beaten-track gems known only to locals. Discover the secrets of Spain's second-largest cathedral with your official guide. The tour ends in Toledo, visiting one of the city's most magical and hidden gems. Cross the city through its narrow and picturesque streets, memorable to treasure unforgettable images, in addition, you will be taken to one of the best panoramic views of the city, where you will surely capture your best photo. At the end of your tour, you will return to the center of Madrid in a comfortable minibus, where your guide will be able to recommend things to do during the rest of your stay.

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

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

Discover the charming towns of Ávila and Segovia on this guided excursion. Visit the birthplace of Santa Teresa de Jesus, and take a guided tour of Segovia's enchanting castle. 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 Middle Ages. Visit the well-preserved walls of Ávila and 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.

Madrid: Segovia and Ávila Highlights Guided Tour

10. 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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I had a great time at Avila & Segovia trip especially with Rafa our tour guide. He is very knowledgeable and always asked if we have any questions. Thank you Rafa for excellent service.,I will recommend your tour to my family & friends.

Rafael was great tour guide showing all the places on this tour. the Castillo de Alcazar and the Roman Aqueducts in Segovia were places tourists need to visit. The bus ride was very comfortable.

The guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. Both destinations were interesting and beautiful, a nice way to spend a day away from the noise of the city.

It was amazing experience….MR Samuel made trip with more memorable

Perfect organization, Good timing and bright guide