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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.

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 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

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.

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

6. 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.

Avila: Guided City Tour in Tuk Tuk

7. 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: Ávila with Walls & Segovia Full-Day Tour

8. 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.

Madrid: Private 12-Hour Tour to Ávila and Segovia

9. Madrid: Private 12-Hour Tour to Ávila and Segovia

Enjoy the Avila and Segovia private tour from Madrid. It is a full-day experience that lasts 12 hours and it starts by picking you from your hotel in Madrid with a private luxury vehicle. Discover Segovia, declared a World Heritage by UNESCO. See the famous Aqueduct of Segovia, the alcazar of Moorish and Christian architecture, the cathedral, and more. Enjoy lunch and then venture onto Avila. Avila, another city of Castile and Leon, is also a World Heritage Site. Find medieval places to visit and admire. Enjoy its sites in a private guided tour of two hours, discovering the city walls, the Basilica of San Vicente, the real Monasterio of Saint Tomas, and the Cuatro Postes.

From Madrid: Day Trip to Guadarrama National Park

10. 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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4.5 / 5

based on 1,326 reviews

Taking a tour to Avila and Segovia is a wise choice. It is difficult to arrange public transportation and the drive time is 4 hours of the trip. I would recommend taking the tour But staying over night in Segovia. It’s charming at night and it is very easy to take the 30 minute train back into Madrid to the Chamartín station. The tour guides were so informative and personable, as well.

The tour was in english and spanish. Herman our guide managed the time well, he was friendly and explained the history of significant landmarks. Our coach driver was also very good, drove carefully and at a pace which got us through the sites and back to Madrid in good time. Highly recommended!

I thought it was pretty good, just a little rushed. But it was worth the trip. The guide Cristina is very friendly, good physical preparation for the routes and explains everything in detail. Congratulations Christina!

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, Herman was an excellent tour guide. We really enjoyed the visits to Avilla and Segovia, the bus was comfortable and we got some food and drink and Avilla also included