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Top Madrid Day Trips & Excursions

Perhaps one of the best advantages of Madrid is its location smack dab in the center of the Spain. This means that if you head in just about any direction, you'll come upon a worthwhile day-trip destination. Here are some of our favorite day trips.

El Escorial Monastery & The Valley of the Fallen — 29 miles (47 km) away
The UNESCO-listed Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial sits northwest of the capital and is a historical residence for Spanish royalty. Both Charles I and Isabella of Portugal are interred within the monastery, characterized by its baroque dome, and Charles V was laid to rest within the palace known as the Pantheon of Kings. A trip to the monastery is often combined with a stop at the Valley of the Fallen, a controversial monument (commissioned by Spanish dictator Francisco Franco) to honor those who died during the Spanish Civil War.

Toledo — 45 miles (73 km) away
This hilltop, river-wrapped city was previously the capital of Spain, and today you can delve into its rich history by visiting its Gothic cathedral, Jewish quarter, and the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, among many other stops. Purchase yourself a sword (for which Toledo is famous) or sample a chunk of sugary marzipan, a very local specialty.

Segovia — 53 miles (86 km) away
Segovia epitomizes Old World majesty with its almost 2,000-year-old Roman aqueduct, well-preserved medieval streets, and its especially dreamy Disney-like castle. The city is equally famous for its cuisine; no visit would be complete without sampling the cochinillo, a suckling pig cooked to such perfection that the chef will often cut it in front of you with a plate instead of a knife.

Avila — 55 miles (88 km) away
Set northwest of Madrid, Avila makes its way onto most visitors’ list of favorites due to its city walls, which enclose the old quarter like a rocky lasso. Get up close and personal with the stony barrier by walking atop it, then scale its towers for unbeatable views of the walled city and surrounding countryside. Then visit sights in the old town, such as the Basilica de San Vicente, and be sure to sample local specialties like yemas de Avila (a sugary egg-based sweet). 

Salamanca — 132 miles (213 km) away
Stunning sandstone Spanish Renaissance architecture makes a visit to hilltop Salamanca well worth the trip. Attractions within this university town along the Tormes River include a 15-arch Roman bridge, the monastery and church of San Estéban, two cathedrals, and the immense Plaza Mayor.
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Toledo and Segovia Tour with Alcazar Entrance from MadridDay Trips

Toledo and Segovia Tour with Alcazar Entrance from Madrid

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Immerse yourself in the medieval majesty of Toledo, a UNESCO-listed site replete with historical monuments, and Segovia on a full-day tour from Madrid. With a knowledgeable guide, witness the arresting landmarks of each city while discovering fascinating historical facts. Admire the Primada Cathedral in Toledo, marvel at the ancient aqueduct and regal Alcazar in Segovia, and gain valuable insight into the history and culture of each city from your expert guide. Enjoy the convenience of comfortable round-trip transportation on this tour.
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Three Cities in one day: Segovia, Ávila & Toledo from MadridDay Trips

Three Cities in one day: Segovia, Ávila & Toledo from Madrid

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Visit Segovia, Ávila, and Toledo—three cities that are UNESCO World Heritage Sites—on a full-day tour from Madrid that features ancient battlements, a soaring cathedral, a historic monastery, and more. Coordinated tours and transport make the most of your travel time so you can cover more ground without rushing to catch trains or find buses; traveling with a guide takes you straight to the three cities’ essential sights.
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Avila with Walls and Segovia Day Tour from Madrid with Optional LunchDay Trips

Avila with Walls and Segovia Day Tour from Madrid with Optional Lunch

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Visit the UNESCO-listed cities of Segovia and Avila on this day trip from Madrid. Admire the picturebook old town of Avila with its stunning 11th-century walls, cathedral, and Basilica of St. Vincent. Then continue to the historical showstopper of Segovia. Behold its massive Roman aqueduct and explore its Gothic cathedral and fairytale-like Alcazar fortress-palace. Upgrade to include a simple, tourist-style lunch or a gourmet feast of Segovian specialties with drinks.
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Avila and Salamanca Tour from MadridDay Trips

Avila and Salamanca Tour from Madrid

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Travel from Madrid to Spain’s medieval, UNESCO-listed cities Avila and Salamanca. Visit the Avila Cathedral and Basilica of St. Vincent in Avila, and then head to Salamanca to see its famous university and Plaza Mayor. Enjoy a hassle-free experience with comfortable round-trip transport from a central meeting point in Madrid and all of your entrance fees included.
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Avila y Segovia Full Day Tour from MadridDay Trips

Avila y Segovia Full Day Tour from Madrid

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Explore two of Spain's oldest cities on a day trip from Madrid without the hassle of renting a car or figuring out train and bus services. This guided tour takes you to Avila and Segovia, two cities that are so rich in history and architecture that they are known as Spain's Heritage of Mankind cities.
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Segovia and Toledo: Alcazar with Cathedral & Lunch OptionsDay Trips

Segovia and Toledo: Alcazar with Cathedral & Lunch Options

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Experience two UNESCO World Heritage cities in one day on this tour to Toledo and Segovia. See Segovia’s narrow streets and preserved Roman aqueduct. Uncover ancient mysteries during a guided tour of the ancient fortress, the Alcázar. In Toledo—the city of three cultures—discover the architecture and history of Muslim, Jewish, and Christian societies who once lived here and take a guided tour of the Cathedral of Toledo (optional).
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Avila y Segovia Full Day Tour from Madrid With Tickets IncludedDay Trips

Avila y Segovia Full Day Tour from Madrid With Tickets Included

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Exploring Avila and Segovia—two of Spain’s oldest cities—from Madrid in a day can be tricky without a self-drive car. This full-day coach tour is the easy option, with the added bonus of a guide to chart the cities’ history, and included walking tours and entry fees. Check out Avila’s walls, Cathedral, and Basilica; and then continue to Segovia to take in its towering Roman aqueduct, Alcazar, and Cathedral.
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Day trip to Cuenca and the Enchanted City from MadridDay Trips

Day trip to Cuenca and the Enchanted City from Madrid

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Experience the medieval city that looms high over two river gorges on this full-day, guided tour to UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cuenca. Walk among the narrow, stacked houses that seem to hang on the cliff’s edge in this city surrounded by stunning nature. Enjoy stops at a countryside winery and the Enchanted City where strange geological formations stand in the natural landscape.
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Toledo Half-Day or Full-Day Tour from MadridDay Trips

Toledo Half-Day or Full-Day Tour from Madrid

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Delve into the cultural tapestry of Toledo, a treasure trove of El Greco artworks and ancient fortifications, on a tour from Madrid. Accompanied by a guide, navigate the cobbled streets, and explore the diverse architecture of the medieval city. Admire masterpieces by El Greco as you go on a morning, afternoon, or full-day excursion.
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Full Toledo with 7 Monuments and Optional Cathedral AccessDay Trips

Full Toledo with 7 Monuments and Optional Cathedral Access

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Visit Toledo for a day from Madrid on this guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Embark from central Madrid, and enjoy guided visits of Toledo Cathedral, the Jewish District, and more. The tour includes free time for you to explore on your own, visiting more sights or stop for a bite to eat.
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El Escorial Monastery and Valley of the Fallen Day Trip from MadridDay Trips

El Escorial Monastery and Valley of the Fallen Day Trip from Madrid

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Take time out of your Madrid trip to visit the monastery of El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen. This day trip provides fast-track access to El Escorial, the vast Renaissance monastery and UNESCO World Heritage Site. You also receive fast-track access to the Valley of the Fallen monument, located in the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range and built in honor of those fallen during the Spanish civil war.
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El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

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Discover Spanish history on a guided half-day visit from Madrid to the monastery of El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen monument. Accompanied by a guide, delve into the history of the religious El Escorial complex and discover why it was considered the eighth wonder of the world. Then see the sculptures at the Valley of the Fallen monument built to honor those who died during the Spanish Civil War.
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Day trip to Cuenca with guided tour and entrance to the cathedralDay Trips

Day trip to Cuenca with guided tour and entrance to the cathedral

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Head to the city of Cuenca during this full-day, guided tour that explores art, architecture, history, cathedrals, and wineries. See the gravity-defying Hanging Houses perched on a gorge and walk the city exploring this city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, flanked by two rivers. Wander the narrow streets taking in ancient architecture and tour the Cathedral of Our Lady of Grace and more.
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El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen from MadridDay Trips

El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

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Enhance your experience of two top Madrid region attractions on this half-day tour of El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen (Valle de los Caidos). Delve into the opulent beauty of El Escorial, a palatial and monastic complex home to a striking basilica and a burial place for many Spanish kings. Then marvel at the Valley of the Fallen’s colossal cross, dedicated to lives lost in the Spanish Civil War. This small-group tour is limited to 15 people.
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Full Day Tour to Toledo & Segovia with Fast Track Entry to the AlcazarDay Trips

Full Day Tour to Toledo & Segovia with Fast Track Entry to the Alcazar

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Maximize time spent in Spain with this full-day tour of Toledo and Segovia from Madrid. Travel by bus and see Toledo’s narrow streets, churches, mosques, and synagogues. Skip the hassle of navigating and follow your guide to top landmarks in Segovia including its Gothic Cathedral and Jewish Quarter. In one day outside Madrid, visit these two UNESCO World Heritage sites without the need to rent a car. 
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El Escorial & Valley of the Fallen half-day tour from MadridDay Trips

El Escorial & Valley of the Fallen half-day tour from Madrid

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Uncover the mysteries of magnificent landmarks, El Escorial Monastery and The Valley of the Fallen, on an enriching 5-hour tour from Madrid. Travel through the picturesque countryside surrounding Madrid, and embark on a guided tour of the King of Spain’s official residence on arrival at the UNESCO-listed El Escorial landmark. Then, gaze in awe at the monumental memorial of The Valley of the Fallen, a sculpture that commemorates the victims of the Spanish civil war. Gain valuable insight in Madrid’s rich history, and enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from Madrid.
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Windmills of Don Quixote Wine Tour from MadridDay Trips

Windmills of Don Quixote Wine Tour from Madrid

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Travel to one of Spain’s scenic vineyards passing historic villages along the way during this full-day, guided, wine tasting tour with activities and a typical lunch included. Take a tour of La Mancha, the world’s largest surface vineyard to learn about old- and new-world wine-making techniques while sipping varieties made here. For lunch, dine at a local restaurant and taste traditional Spanish food.
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Toledo and Segovia Private Tour with Pick-up from MadridDay Trips

Toledo and Segovia Private Tour with Pick-up from Madrid

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Visit the historic cities of Toledo and Segovia, both UNESCO World Heritage Centres, on a full-day tour from Madrid that offers the flexibility of a private driver/guide for up to 8 people. Combine guided walking tours and independent time throughout the day, and explore monuments, cultural landmarks, and architecture at your own pace. This 11-hour Toledo and Segovia tour includes pickup and drop-off from a central location in Madrid.
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Full Day Tour to Segovia & Avila with Walking Tours IncludedDay Trips

Full Day Tour to Segovia & Avila with Walking Tours Included

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Leave the crowds of Madrid behind and set off to discover Ávila and Segovia on this full-day tour. Walk the ancient streets of Ávila and lose yourself in the fortified city’s architecture among the Roman churches, a 12th-century cathedral, and Gothic palaces and learn about Santa Teresa de Jesus. In Segovia, see the marvel of Roman engineering in the preserved aqueducts and explore the city's history.
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Segovia and Avila Guided Day Tour From MadridDay Trips

Segovia and Avila Guided Day Tour From Madrid

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Take a walk through Spanish history on this full-day tour of two of Spain’s oldest cities, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Marvel over the magnificent medieval walls of Avila; learn about the city’s significance as the birthplace of Saint Teresa; and explore its Gothic cathedral and Romanesque churches. Then, journey to historic Segovia, famous for its remarkable Roman aqueduct and the fairytale-like Alcazar de Segovia.
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Day Trip to Segovia and Avila and Enjoy a Free Madrid City TourDay Trips

Day Trip to Segovia and Avila and Enjoy a Free Madrid City Tour

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Travelers with limited time can make the most of a daylong adventure from Madrid by visiting two different UNESCO World Heritage sites—in just one day—with this excursion to Segovia and Ávila. You enjoy a scenic ride from Madrid before setting out on an adventure with your tour guide. Highlights include viewing the Segovia Aqueduct, marveling at the Walls of Ávila and its stunning Gothic and Romanesque churches, and avoiding the hassle of public transit with included round-trip travel.
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Small-Group Wine Tasting Day Trip from MadridDay Trips

Small-Group Wine Tasting Day Trip from Madrid

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Visit 3 wineries and taste more than 10 wines in Madrid Wine Region (D.O Vinos de Madrid). Escape the metropolitan mayhem of Madrid in favor of the verdant vineyards of Vinos de Madrid on a full-day Spanish wine tour. Accompanied by an accomplished guide, explore the beautiful wine-making region and learn about complex production processes in atmospheric wine cellars, known as bodegas. Sample signature wines grown in the area and gain fascinating insight into the culinary heritage of Spain’s capital city on this enriching epicurean tour.
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Toledo Bus Trip from MadridDay Trips

Toledo Bus Trip from Madrid

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Discover the medieval majesty of Toledo on a full-day self-guided tour of the UNESCO-listed city from Madrid. Allow your courteous driver to collect you from your hotel and travel through the scenic Spanish countryside to Toledo, an ancient city home to prominent landmarks like the Synagogue of Maria la Blanca and Cristo de la Luz Mosque. Relish the freedom of exploring independently and then return to Madrid by comfortable coach at a convenient prearranged time.
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Independent Toledo Day Trip: Toledo Card and High-Speed Train Transport from MadridDay Trips

Independent Toledo Day Trip: Toledo Card and High-Speed Train Transport from Madrid

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This independent tour of Toledo from Madrid offers visitors hard-to-beat convenience and value. A high-speed train whisks you from Madrid to the famous walled city, where your sightseeing pass grants you skip-the-line admission to Toledo Cathedral in addition to entrance to other main Toledo attractions. Upgrade to include a 3-course lunch at a popular restaurant at a bargain price.
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