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This is a fabulous tour! Carmen was amazing switching easily from Spanish to Very fluent English. We took a picnic lunch and ate bread, cheese and ham and sat in the shadows of the Roman Aquaduct. It was such a successful day. We even saw several Storks flying and nesting as they migrate north from Africa. Great opportunity.
This had to be the best and busiest day we had in Madrid... the lunch was just superb - the tour guide was excellent and really made an effort to keep all on the tour happy. Totally recommend this experience.
What an awesome trip! I saw some beautiful places and made some new friends along the way. This is a must!
Really nice! I thought the aqueduct would be the highlight of the trip, It was great, but Segovia has so much more. The cathedral looks like Westminster Abby and the Alcazar is great too. The rest of the city of Segovia is great as well. I used the lunch time in Segovia to explore and got a quick bite to eat a local restaurant. Avila was nice too and the guide was really good.
This was definitely my favorite tour by Julia Travels. Jorge, our guide, did an excellent job at explaining each and every building and/or street and gave a personal insight into Spanish history, such as the Catholic-Moorish conflicts. The tour brings you back hundreds of years (if you listen!) and overloads you with so much history that you feel like an expert when it comes to "Avila y Segovia". If you are in Madrid, then you must take this tour. No other close-distance day trip from Madrid can beat the wonders of these two small cities.
Absolutely loved the trip. Definitely recommend for both Spanish and English speakers. The guide was very knowledgeable and gave us time to explore on our own.
Really good knowledgeable guide.
Excellent food in restaurant providing included meals.
Leg room a bit more restricted than on other coaches, but not a real problem.
Well timed visits, really interesting.
The guide was very good. It seemed that she really cared about the history of these places and was proud to show them to us. She had a good sense of humor. The pace of the tour was just right.
Exceeded my expectations. I recommend not to take the set lunch option and just explore the local cuisine available in Segovia.
Fantastic !!!!!! A great way to discover some incredible Spanish history. Roman aqueduct amazing !!!!
Both cities are very beautiful and interesting. The tour guide was excellent, she would speak in english and then send us to the next thing to look at while she then repeated what she said in spanish (she always had each group going to something so that no one felt like they were waiting for their translation). She pointed out banos, photo ops, and gave us time to take pictures. I would recommend this tour. Please note, that you actually have to present your voucher to the people in the Julie's travel office to get your ticket for the tour
I enjoyed this tour, it was easy, convenient, tour guide was well spoken and knowledgable, everything was well planned and on time. I didn't take the lunch option and glad I didn't as I found a quaint tavern for an excellent value. I would recommend this tour, Spain is magnificent!
Great tour of two historical sites. Be prepared for a lot of walking.
Jorge, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable, made things interesting and kept the momentum going. He narrated in three languages, but where most multi-lingual guides will begin a narrative as the topic site passes by; Jorge began his narrative well before we reached the site so that all three language participants knew ABOUT the site AT the site and not after the fact. We opted for the Gourmet Segovian lunch and were glad we did. It was more than we could consume and unfortunately doggy bags were not in vogue. The highlight of the tour was the Roman Aqueduct and Jorge generally explained the technical elements from construction technique to the engineering feat that it is. This tour is strongly recommended and hopefully, you will have Jorge as our guide.
Wonderful tour guide and the tour was definitely worth the price.
Loved the two cities we visited. Both had excellent and authentic sites from the past. I wish we could have walked a little of the wall, but the guide said no. The lunch package was delicious. The bus was comfortable and driven with skill. Having been to other countries, visiting Spain was at the top of my list.
Everything about this day trip was great. Could not fault and was good value for money. To see the cathedrals, the castle, and the roman aqueduct in real life was amazing. I learnt so much about the history from our guide - she spoke English really well and had so much information to share. Great.
The guide, Carmen, was both nice and knowledgeable, and the trip was extremely pleasant. Of the two lunch options offered, I recommend the slightly more expensive "gastronomico", for you get a really good value for your money (the first-class-quality Segovian suckling pig, wine etc.). Segovia is really special. The view from within the Alcazar is stunning and the aqueduct really amazing.
What a thrill to see a huge Roman aqueduct right in Segovia itself! It was built entirely without cement, and the stones were crafted to appear square, but each one slopes slightly so the water will flow. For lunch (included) many of us chose the option of a typical Segovian meal, which was excellent and plentiful. The local gastronomy is meat-heavy, with lamb and suckling pig as the main elements. We visited an impressive royal palace (Alcazar) in Segovia and the guide was very informative about Spanish kings and queens, especially Ferdinand and Isabella. There were busts of all the rulers around the walls of one room, near the ceiling.
St Teresa of Avila is probably the best-known personage connected with Avila. She was an educated woman who chose the life of the convent over the difficult life (and early death in childbirth) of married women at that time. In pre-Christian times, there was a cult of bull-worship in the area. Statues of bulls were placed in cemeteries to protect the dead. This tour was very interesting in demonstrating the long and diverse history of occupation in the region, and for the excellent historical commentary by the guide.