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  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Duration:  11 hours (approx.)
Skip the line at three of Spain’s most fascinating UNESCO-listed sites on an exciting excursion from Madrid. With an expert guide, walk around the medieval town of Segovia, its Roman aqueduct, the Segovia Cathedral and Alcázar of Segovia. Continue to Ávila for tours of the city walls, Ávila Cathedral and the Museum of St Teresa, and then spend the afternoon at the nearby El Escorial monastery, home to royal history, artwork, gardens and more!


  • Day trip to Segovia, Ávila and San Lorenzo de El Escorial from Madrid
  • Enjoy skip-the-line tours of three Spanish UNESCO World Heritage sites in one day
  • Enjoy a Segovia walking tour to visit the famous Aqueduct of Segovia and Segovia Cathedral
  • Take in views of the Sierra de Guadarrama mountains from the Alcázar of Segovia
  • Visit Ávila Cathedral and the Museum of St Teresa in the charming town of Ávila
  • Explore the El Escorial monastery, and learn about its links to Spanish royalty

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Segovia, Ávila and El Escorial Monastery Day Trip from Madrid

Admire incredible artwork inside the Monastery of El Escorial

Board your air-conditioned coach at Moncloa Station in central Madrid, and travel out of the city to your first stop of the day: Segovia. On foot, explore the beautiful medieval city with your guide to see some of its historical sights. Stop by the Aqueduct of Segovia — a symbol of the city — and learn how the Roman landmark earned its moniker as the ‘Devil’s Bridge.’ Then, visit Segovia Cathedral, built at the highest point in the city.

After admiring the cathedral’s interior and learning about its enchanting Gothic architecture, continue to the Alcázar of Segovia, a fairy tale fortress and the city’s star attraction. Make your way past the entrance lines with your skip-the-line ticket, and step inside the 12th-century structure with your guide. Learn about its history as you walk around inside and soak up the panoramic vistas of the snowcapped peaks of the Sierra de Guadarrama mountains.

Reboard your coach and travel to the town of Ávila, birthplace of St Teresa and one of Europe’s best-preserved walled cities. Stretch your legs on a skip-the-line tour of the ancient medieval walls, admiring the towers dotted along the route, and then enjoy up to an hour of free time for lunch (own expense). Meet back up with your guide for a tour of Ávila Cathedral, followed by a visit to the Museum of St Teresa, housed in the building where the saint is believed to have been born.

In late afternoon, travel to your final stop in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, just outside Madrid, and head inside its legendary UNESCO-listed monument: the El Escorial monastery. The regal building is the historical residence of the King of Spain, and its vast space is home to a basilica, the Pantheon of the Kings royal mausoleum, and countless paintings by European greats such as El Greco. See the highlights on your third skip-the-line tour, and then step outside to discover gardens, orchards and fields — all maintained by the monastery’s Augustinian monks.

Finally, relax on the short journey back to the start point in central Madrid where your day trip finishes.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

It was an excellent deal to be able to see so much (2 heritage Towns, 1 heritage Monastery) in one day, It's impossible to do that on your own. We saw the highlights of everything, it was fantastic. There were 4 of us in my family, if we visited these places on our own it would take 2 days and would cost us more and would not be as relax. The tour guide, Alberto was excellent and very knowledgeable, the tour bus was very comfortable, it stopped at the right spots for us to take pictures.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Love this tour so much! Thank you!

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