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Visit the UNESCO-listed cities of Segovia and Avila on this day trip from Madrid. Travel from Madrid to Avila by air-conditioned coach, and admire the picturebook old town with its stunning 11th century walls. See Avila Cathedral and the Basilica of St Vincent, and then continue to the historical showstopper of Segovia. Behold its massive Roman aqueduct and explore its Gothic cathedral and fairy tale-like Alcazar fortress-palace. Upgrade to include a simple, tourist-style lunch or a gourmet feast of Segovian specialities with drinks to make your Madrid-to-Segovia-and-Avila adventure extra special.

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

Choose your preferred tour option when you book. Then, on the day, depart Madrid by air-conditioned coach and relax as you travel toward your first stop, Avila.

On route, hear tales of this beautifully preserved medieval city, an important pilgrimage site for being the birthplace of the Spanish mystic, Saint Teresa, in the 16th century.

Stop at the viewpoint of the Four Posts (Cuatro Postes) to drink in sweeping views of the UNESCO-protected, old walled city. Admire the 11th-century walls and towers, and then explore two of the town’s most impressive Romanesque and Gothic churches. Take in the fortress design and alabaster chapels of Avila Cathedral, and visit the Basilica of St Vincent, a sublime Romanesque church that houses the richly engraved tomb of the martyred saint.

Back aboard your coach, continue to Segovia, a history-steeped city with Roman roots, set between the Eresma and Clamores rivers.
Head into the elegant center, and admire the stunning, two-tiered Roman aqueduct, one of the best preserved ancient monuments in all Spain.

Gaze in awe at the scale and symmetry of this engineering marvel, and learn how it was constructed without mortar during the 1st century AD, and consists of 166 arches and 120 pillars. Then, continue to the Alcazar, a spectacular 11th-century fortress-palace that was one of the inspirations behind the Walt Disney Cinderella castle.

Take a guided tour of the UNESCO-listed, 13th-century building as you hear how it served as a royal palace, prison and artillery college. Admire its distinctive turrets and courtyards, explore its artillery museum, and learn how Queen Isabella was crowned here in 1474.


Next, see some of old Segovia’s other highlights, including Segovia Cathedral. The last Gothic cathedral to be built in Spain, this splendid church was finished in the 18th century and boasts a richly Gothic façade and unusually simple interior.

Take free time for lunch (own expense) during your explorations. Alternatively, upgrade to enjoy either a simple tourist-style meal or a delicious gastronomic feast showcasing Segovian delicacies such as roasted suckling pig — the choice is yours! See the Itinerary for sample menus.

After your time in Segovia, return to Madrid where your tour concludes at the start point.

Itinerary

Customer Reviews

Venkatadri B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Worth it if you have an extra day.

Randy Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

All around enjoyable day. Guide was knowledgeable with a sense of humor. Tour bus was clean, safe driver, and ran pretty much on time. The delicious Segovian lunch was served in a nice festive Christmas Eve restaurant.

Shelly E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed this tour, even on a cool rainy December day! Carmen, the guide, was excellent -- personable, knowledgeable, and with a nice sense of humor. I wasn't sure if it was worth doing a tour that squeezed both places in, but I'm so glad I did. Avila is beautiful and fascinating. The only thing I would do differently is take the gastronomic lunch in Segovia -- I chose to do the no lunch option and ended up rushing through a Castellan soup on my own after some shopping, and missed out on the food specialties that the region is known for.

Letittia New Zealand

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Good tour. Got to see everything we wanted.

Raymond-chee

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

A pleasant trip out of Madrid. A fair amount of walking but at a relaxed pace. The sights and history of Avila and Segovia were interesting.

Catherine Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was truly an amazing tour! We went towards the beginning of October and wanted to get outside of Madrid. I found the amount of time in the van just fine, and the time at both Avila and Segovia a little rushed but expected. I just loved both cities and our tour guide was so great at answering questions and maneuvering us around the cities. I also liked that for people who may not be able to keep up with the group, she offered a meet up place and time.

Robert H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Very interesting historical towns

Tom S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

very good tours. the food was really good too. very delicious and wine was good.

curtischa United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great trip. The tour guide was excellent. She left enough time to do some exploring on your own. The medieval wall around Avila is incredible. The Roman aqueduct in Sevogia is a must see. We had the tourist lunch which was great.

armando

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Monumental, lo grande de esta edificacion empequeñese nuestra capacidad de entender como lograron llevar esto a su proposito de transportar agua, inimaginable.

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