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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.
  • 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
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.


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


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    , Oct 2018

    We had the most fantastic guide, Manuel. I was able to understand him in both English and Spanish. He provided us with a wealth of history and knowledge about these two places. Both Avila and Segovia are must sees! We had the Tourist Lunch at El Cordero in Segovia. We were a little disappointed with our lunch but the restaurant was a beautiful one.

    , Oct 2018

    It took about 1 hour 15 minutes to from Madrid to Avila. We have about 2 hours in Avila for a guided walk and 20 minutes on the wall. It is a bit short on the wall for our visit. Then an hour drive to Segovia. We got a tapa but did not opt for lunch. We ordered suckling pig and lamb leg ourselves. If you have meals, then there are only 20 minutes at the aqueduct which is a bit short. The walk to Alcazar is very nice and the visit to Alcazar was valuable. Overall, this is the only way to visit both places within a day unless you drive or have a private tour.

    , Sep 2018

    Guide easy to understand, very knowledgeable. Although we did not sign up for lunch were surprised to be served one tapa and a drink.

    , Sep 2018

    These two cities are definitely worth visiting however I would not recommend a large bus tour - absolutely do it in a smaller group.The tour guide walked at glacial speed - about 2km an hour which meant the rest of the group walked at 1km an hour!! It was absolutely painful!! She was a very informative however this tour could be done in 6 hours as opposed to 8 or 9.

    , Sep 2018

    Avila and Segovia are both incredible places to visit, and we found this tour to be a very good way to get the highlights of both cities. Our tour guide was Marta and she was great, very knowledgeable, energetic and helpful. The tour starts in Avila, where you visit the walls and walk through several monuments and landmarks. Then you head to Segovia where you have lunch the segovian pig was amazing and walk past the aqueduct through the city to finish your visit in the Alcazar. My only complain is at times the tour feels a bit rushed, specially during the visit to Avila. Be aware that you will walk a lot! All in all a great tour to 2 beautiful cities, totally recommended.

    , Sep 2018

    Really good tour. Avila is great. Segovia, especially the aqueduct, was incredible. Skip the free tapas for lunch that is included in the tour, and go to one of many fine and famous restaurants at the base of the aqueduct.

    , Aug 2018

    Great day for sure hitting all spots to see in these two great cities. I would have liked the tour to last an hour longer to have more time to see Avila, having felt rushed through the stops there. Otherwise the tour guide was informative and gave great explanations in both Spanish and English. Her knowledge and guidance in the Cathedral and Alcazar of Segovia were kept our interest and gave good detail.

    , Jul 2018

    The tour was incredible!!! Great information. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable as well as entertaining. Definitely would recommend this to anyone that loves history and anecdotal experience!!

    , Jul 2018

    Our tour guide was absolutely great and very informative - you don't want to be late returning to the bus between spots because she left 4 people behind at Avila as they were 20 min late - they joined us again when we got to Sergovia. The walls around the city at Avila are amazing as you can walk around them. The Aqua duct !!!! what can I say - it blows your mind to think that it was built all those years ago
    Highly recommend this tour

    , Jul 2018

    This was a great day trip to see an interesting small city and remains of a Roman aqueduct. The lunch was just okay, but the sightseeing was great. BTW this is a very busy place filled with tourists!

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