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From Madrid: Segovia Hot Air Balloon and Guided Walking Tour

1. From Madrid: Segovia Hot Air Balloon and Guided Walking Tour

Experience the UNESCO World Heritage site of Segovia from the sky and the ground in a hot air balloon and a guided walking tour. Fly over the Cathedral and Alcázar Real before exploring the Aqueduct with a local guide. Begin your day with a comfortable, early morning ride from Madrid to Segovia for an early morning hot air balloon flight. Arrive in time to see the inflation of the balloon and receive instructions from your pilot before taking off. During the 1-hour flight, soar over the Aqueduct, Cathedral, and Alcázar Real at heights of up to 1,000 meters and learn how the balloon works from your pilot. After landing, enjoy champagne, breakfast, and a certificate. Once your tour has finished, receive pictures and videos from your flight. Depending on your option selected, continue the tour with a guided walking tour of the Roman Aqueduct, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Marvel at this historic 1st-century monument, considered Spain's most important example of Roman-era civil engineering. Next, see Spain's last built Gothic cathedral and the former royal palace and fortress, the Alcázar Rea. Stand on a cliff at the confluence of two rivers near the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range and enjoy the view of the fortress and rivers. At the end of your tour, enjoy some free time in Segovia for lunch. Ask your guide for tips on the best place to taste the typical cochinillo (roast suckling pig). After lunch, head back to the center of Madrid in a comfortable minibus.

Santander: Picos, Santo Toribio Monastery and Potes Day Tour

2. Santander: Picos, Santo Toribio Monastery and Potes Day Tour

Depart from Santander and head toward Liébana. You will love this region of Cantabria where the landscape is dominated by mountains, forests, and rivers. On the way, prepare to be impressed when crossing the Hermida Gorge, one of the longest gorges in Spain. The first stop will be to visit the Monastery of Santo Toribio de Liébana, a holy place for Christianity that houses the Lignum Crucis, the largest preserved piece of wood from the cross of Jesus. After this very special stop, continue the trip towards Fuente Dé, where there is the cable car station to go up to Picos de Europa. Enjoy at least 1 hour and 30 minutes of free time there to enjoy the place, take the cable car, or embark on a horseback riding experience around the area (optional). If you take the cable car, the trip will only last 4 minutes and will take you to a height of 1,823 m above sea level. The views from there are just breathtaking. Finally, arrive in Potes, the capital of Liébana and considered one of the most beautiful towns in Spain, with its cobbled streets, bridges, and medieval tower, Torre del Infantado. Take a short walking tour of the town and you enjoy free time for lunch and for shopping in one of its many souvenir shops.

Salamanca: Guided Sightseeing Tour by Bicycle

3. Salamanca: Guided Sightseeing Tour by Bicycle

Join a guided tour of Salamanca by bike and discover this Spanish city while being active. See the Old and New Cathedral, the Roman Bridge, and other important sights, and learn about the city's history from your guide. Meet your guide in the heart of Salamanca and set out to explore the city on the back of a bicycle. See the Tormes River and the ancient Roman bridge that crosses one of its widest stretches. Listen as your guide explains the significance of these important sights. Then, continue your tour as you pedal through the city to see Monterrey's Palace, Casa de las Conchas, the Salamanca Cathedral, and finally, the University of Salamanca, the oldest university in the Hispanic world. Your tour comes to an end near the university, offering you the option of continuing to explore Salamanca on foot. 

Segovia: Hot-Air Balloon Flight with Optional 3-Course Lunch

4. Segovia: Hot-Air Balloon Flight with Optional 3-Course Lunch

Experience a balloon ride over the medieval city of Segovia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Get a unique view from the air of the Roman aqueduct, the Gothic cathedral, and the Alcazar. End the flight with a celebratory glass of cava and (if booked) a 3-course lunch. Take a short drive to the launch site where you'll safely hop into the air balloon. Get magnificent views of the cathedral built at Segovia’s highest point. See Alcazar Castle, a 12th-century fortification built on a rocky outcrop, and the breathtaking aqueduct built by the Roman Empire. After a smooth landing, celebrate with a glass of cava. Get a flight certificate signed by your pilot to wrap up your flight. Choose between just a balloon flight or a balloon flight with lunch where you'll receive a Segovian Menu at El Fogón Sephardí Restaurant which includes coffee, water, and house wine. 1st course: beans from La Granja or Castilian soup 2nd course: baked suckling pig or diced salmon 3rd course: Ponche Segoviano dessert (typical sweet from Segovia)

Granada: Water Paths History and Adventure Tour

5. Granada: Water Paths History and Adventure Tour

Combine adventure, history, and nature as you walk down roads and paths around both natural and artificial waterways. Discover forest areas alongside the Alhambra, as well as urban areas such as Sacromonte as you stroll by fountains, wells, waterfalls, and streams. This guided tour revolves around the historical uses of water in the city of Granada. As you travel, a specialized guide leads your small group to improve personal contact and cohabitation with the environment. At the conclusion of your almost circular route, your tour concludes close to Paseo de los Tristes Avenue.

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We did a very nice 2-hour bike tour with Martoke in Salamanca. From start to finish, Martoke enthusiastically told all kinds of interesting stories and fun anecdotes about the city. It wasn't a boring history lesson. She also tells about the history, cuisine, life and culture of Spain. Because of this we learned a lot and in a short time we got a good picture and we knew what to visit next in Salamanca. Partly because of Martoke, Salamanca has made a big impression on us and the city has come to life much more for us. Unlike other Spanish cities, cycling without an ebike is very doable in Salamanca. We highly recommend Martoke as a guide (not only for Salamanca, we came across Martoke later in Guadelupe :-)).

This is a great day trip, helped by the fantastic weather (a bit too hot for me, but better than rain and low cloud in the mountains). Jairo was friendly and informative, particularly on nature and ecology. We had an all English-speaking group and there were 6 of us plus Jairo in a 7 seater vehicle. The cable car ride is an extra cost but absolutely worth it and the highlight of the day. Good value for money.

A fantastic introduction to the beautiful city of Salamanca. Martoke likes to share her extensive knowledge and does this in a fun way with lots of funny facts. She also gives many tips about the many sights. Highly recommended!

This was awesome. We didn’t do the walking tour part but the balloon ride was very fun. Next time I am bringing a warm hat, gloves, and a sweater, cause it was very cold! I went the last week in September.

The guide Martoke was very good and she knew a lot. We had a perfect time of almost 2 houres.