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Madrid: Avila and Segovia Day Trip with Tickets to Monuments

1. 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 drink, 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, 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 on 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 or its likeness to Cinderella's Castle. After the visit, start the trip back to Madrid in a comfortable bus.

From Madrid: Avila and Segovia Day Trip with Alcazar

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

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.

Madrid: Toledo and Segovia Guided Tour with Alcázar Ticket

3. Madrid: Toledo and Segovia Guided Tour with Alcázar Ticket

Immerse yourself in the history, architecture, and cultural delights of Toledo, Segovia and visit the historic and beautiful Alcázar. Choose between a shared or private tour experience departing from Madrid. Your journey into Toledo begins with a breathtaking view of the city at the Mirador del Valle, a perfect opportunity to snap a stunning panoramic photo. As you enter the old district of Toledo, a walking tour will guide you through the historical Jewish quarter. The second half of your excursion takes you to the historical city of Segovia, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the impressive Roman aqueduct, its impressive cathedral, and marvel at the architecture from ancient Roman and medieval times.  Saving the best for last, you’ll be led to the Segovia Alcazar, one of Spain's most famous castles from the 12th century. Afterward, take some time to explore the city on your own, along with insider tips from your guide to discover hidden gems. 

Madrid: Segovia an Toledo Tour, Alcazar, and Cathedral

4. Madrid: Segovia an Toledo Tour, Alcazar, and Cathedral

Depart Madrid and journey to the historic city of Segovia to see the UNESCO World Heritage Roman aqueduct. Marvel at the iconic 1st-century monument, considered the most important example of Roman-era civil engineering in Spain. Visit the royal palace of the Alcázar of Segovia, built on a rocky crag above the confluence of 2 rivers near the Guadarrama mountains. Continue to the imperial city of Toledo. During the bus journey, you have the option of making the most of these 2 hours by upgrading your experience to include a Spanish gastronomic lunch menu made up of 2 typical dishes, a dessert, and a drink. Once in Toledo, discover the medieval neighborhoods and historical monuments of the city on a walking tour, and come to understand why it is called the City of Three Cultures (Christian, Jewish, and Muslim). If you select an appropriate option, finish with a guided tour inside Toledo Cathedral. Return to the center of Madrid at the end of your tour.

From Madrid: Avila and Segovia Full-Day Tour

5. 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.

Segovia: Half-Day Trip with Guided Walking Tour from Madrid

6. Segovia: Half-Day Trip with Guided Walking Tour from Madrid

Travel from central Madrid via bus to Segovia, where you'll enjoy a walking tour of the city with a knowledgeable guide. Visit the impressive Roman aqueduct, one of the best-preserved Roman constructions in the world. Explore the city's charming streets, the main square, the Jewish Quarter, the Gothic Cathedral, and the Alcazar, a majestic castle that was once home to the kings of Castile.   Once the guided tour comes to an end, continue to enjoy the city at your own pace. Stroll along its beautiful medieval streets, explore its monuments, and taste Segovian specialties from suckling pig to white bean stew to ponche segoviano (a delicious pastry made with sponge cake and marzipan). End your tour with a ride back to central Madrid.

Segovia: Guided Walking Tour with Cathedral & Alcázar Entry

7. Segovia: Guided Walking Tour with Cathedral & Alcázar Entry

Explore the city of Segovia on a guided walking tour. Discover the inside of the beautiful Catedral of Segovia. Enter the Alcázar and learn about its historical importance as you stroll through its elegant rooms and chambers. Start from the impressive Aqueduct. During the walk, discover ornate historic buildings such as the Casa De Los Picos. See some Romanesque churches from outside, such as the Church of San Martín, as well as part of the old district of the Jewish quarter. Continue toward the central Plaza Mayor of Segovia. Visit the Cathedral of Segovia and admire it from inside. Learn more about the many sights and buildings on the way from your expert guide. Finish the tour at the Alcázar of Segovia. Learn about the history of this elegant palace which was the home of several notable kings and queens, including Isabella I of Castile. See its stately rooms and learn how the castle was used throughout the centuries.

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

8. 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 its streets and corners to experience their 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

9. 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.

From Madrid: P14 Hot Air Balloon over Segovia with Transfer

10. From Madrid: P14 Hot Air Balloon over Segovia with Transfer

Sail through the air over Segovia on a hot-air balloon tour, and take in the colorful Spanish landscape below. Enjoy the adventure knowing you'll be driven worry-free to and from your hotel. After being picked up at your accommodation in Madrid, sit back and enjoy the short drive to Segovia. Relax in a modern luxury vehicle with wi-fi onboard. When you arrive your pilot will be ready to take you into the atmosphere. Have your camera ready to capture bird’s-eye views of the Alcázar, a 12th century fortification built on a rocky outcrop. Take pictures of the old city and the ancient aqueduct built by the Romans in the year 118. Listen to your pilot talk about the landmarks, and see why Segovia was designated World Heritage City for its unique beauty. After a smooth landing, break for a typical Spanish breakfast. Celebrate with a glass of Cava and a flight certificate personally signed by your pilot. Finally, transfer to Madrid Center, or if you prefer, stay and discover Segovia and return to Madrid on your own.

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4.5 / 5

based on 2,901 reviews

Day started very early as the cities were combined into one tour. Both cities are historical and are very pretty! My guide Benny was also good and had prepared maps for us for both towns - very sweet of him doing that. Value for money for visiting the 2 cities in one day

Excellent tour and very illustrative, the story and description of the guide Rafael also with high qualification, we have been very satisfied and happy to have preferred this company

Great day.. guide and driver at the appointment Not enough free time to explore the city a bit... 1 hour more would have been perfect...

Our guide showed enthusiasm for our trip to Toledo and Segovia. It was fun listening and learned interesting tidbits along the way.

pilota Pepe super y tambien su ayuda Daniela experiencia fantastica