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  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Duration:  9 hours (approx.)

Explore the enchanting culture of two of Spain’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites on an Avila and Segovia day trip from Madrid. Avila is known as the City of Stones and Saints, and you’ll understand why after touring this fortified town that dates back to the 11th century. Then, trace hundreds of years of Spanish history in Segovia when you admire its ancient Roman aqueduct, Moorish fort and jaw-dropping Gothic cathedral. If you like, you can add on an extravagant local lunch for a more in-depth (and delicious) experience.

Highlights

  • Day trip from Madrid to Avila and Segovia
  • Enjoy a photo stop with superb panoramic views of Avila
  • Tour Avila's UNESCO-protected city walls and towers
  • See Avila's San Vicente Basilica and cathedral
  • Visit Segovia's magnificent Roman aqueduct and Gothic cathedral
  • Optional tourist-style or gourmet Segovian lunch with drinks

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What You Can Expect

Avila and Segovia Day Trip from Madrid

Segovia's incredible Aqueduct

Before you enter the 11th-century stone walls of Avila, stop at Los Cuatro Postes, at the top of a hill, to take photos of expansive vistas over the city. With its dozens of church towers and Gothic buildings, it’s no wonder Avila has been named a UNESCO ‘Heritage of Mankind’ city.

It’s as if a storybook has come to life in Avila, with its 90 fortified towers and turrets. Mystic writer Saint Teresa of Jesus (1515-82) was born in this ancient city, so it is a significant pilgrimage site for many Spaniards. You’ll get a closer look at two of the churches – examples of Romanesque and Gothic architecture – to learn still more about this walled city’s fascinating history, with visits to San Vicente Basilica and Avila’s massive cathedral, known for its alabaster tombs and chapels.

Then it’s on to Segovia to admire the phenomenal Roman aqueduct, built in the 1st century AD. It is truly an engineering feat, as the 10-mile (16-kilometer) aqueduct was built without any mortar. It originally had an incredible 118 arches.

It’s as if you’ve stepped back in time in Segovia, as there are medieval monuments everywhere, including the 11th-century medieval fortress Alcazar, where jousting tournaments once took place. The last Gothic cathedral ever built in Spain is located in Segovia and called ‘the Lady of the Cathedrals.’

Round out your day trip from Madrid with lunch on your own, or include a touristic midday meal of stuffed veal. Another option: Splurge on an outstanding gastronomic lunch of roasted suckling pig, a Segovian local specialty.

Itinerary

Sample Menu (subject to change)

Tourist Lunch:

  • La Granja white beans
  • Beef cooked 'Segovian style'
  • Dessert

Gastronomic Lunch

  • La Granja white beans
  • Roasted baby pig
  • Segovian cake
  • Mineral water, wine and coffee

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great guide who gave info and enjoyed the gastronomically delightful lunch. Service at that restaurant needs improving, slow. We end up hurrying for the dessert.

ToddQ
United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This is the tour to do before leaving Madrid. It's a short trip away and full of wonders. I would definitely do this tour again.

jrlegal
United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The tour guide was most informative and since I was in a wheelchair she kept a good eye out for me. I truly appreciated that!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

A very nice day trip from Madrid. Tour guide was friendly and full of knowledge. We had a great day exploring these two great cities. If you love history and/or architecture, you will thoroughly enjoy this tour. Highly recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The tour was great. However, if you are limited on time and can only choose one location near Madrid, I would recommend trying to see Toledo instead.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was a great day trip and I learned so much. I would recommend this tour to anyone :

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Avila is okay and needs to be visited to get a feel for the things of that period and to appreciate Segovia more in comparison. Segovia is fantastic, especially the Roman Aqueduct! Food in Segovia can be a bit boring though with very little variety. On the whole a tour very worth taking.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent tour. My family enjoyed the trip very much. Our tour guide is excellent, knowledgeable and fun. The selected restaurant for traditional lunch was excellent. We had roasted suckling pig which was much better from Botin in Madrid.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

It's almost a whole day long tour with lots of walking. But there is so much to take in that at the end of the tour you absolutely feel you got your money's worth. The gastronomic lunch is excellent.

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