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

Avila and Segovia Day Trip from Madrid

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.


  • 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.


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 October 2015

Excellent. Both town are worth to visit. Staff was very nice and kind.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The tour guide was knowledgeable and helpful with suggestions. I opted out of the tour lunch since I'm usually an independent traveler. There was plenty of free time for pictures and to just absorb the ambiance of these charming towns..

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent guide and itinerary.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent trip with friendly guide on crowded day in Avila and Segovia. Good lunch served - back to basics soup, casserole and icecream.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great tour. I took it on Sep. 14. Our guide was very informative. The walls at Avila and the aqueduct at Segovia were very impressive. Just outside Avila, we had short rest break at hotel before we entered the town. The hotel location had a great view of the town.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was a long, intense day. But, well worth it. These 2 cities are beautiful and breathtaking. I totally enjoyed this tour and the Segovian lunch was delicious. I wished for a few more minutes to be able to buy a souvenir, but we had to keep moving to be able to see both cities in one day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

I really enjoyed this tour! Avila and Segovia were both beautiful and the lunch was very tasty! The only thing I would have liked better is the castle in Segovia was the main thing I wanted to see and it was it the last thing we saw and it felt a little rushed at the end of the day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Booked trip to see the wall in Avila and Segovia turned out to be more impressive than I expected. Great tour recommend taking a day out of your schedule to take this tour. You get on the bus right off the metro in the heart of Madrid.

Pamela O
New Zealand

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Well organised and very good guide, Carmen.
I particularly enjoyed Avila it was an interesting city.
Segovia also good. It was a long day but that's expected when you cover two cities in one day.
Would recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great trip.Even though we had a sudden downpour of rain and hail in Segovia.Our guide and group soldiered on to have a good time.

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