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

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Madrid, Spain
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Overview

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.
  • 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
Depart Madrid by air-conditioned coach and relax onboard as you travel toward your first stop, Avila.

En route, listen as your guide provides fascinating commentary about this beautifully preserved medieval city, the birthplace of the Spanish mystic, Saint Teresa, in the 16th century.

Stop at the viewpoint of the Four Posts (Cuatro Postes) for 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.

Then, continue to Segovia, a history-steeped city with Roman roots, set between the Eresma and Clamores rivers. Admire the stunning, 2-tiered Roman aqueduct, one of the best-preserved ancient monuments in Spain. Learn about the construction of the aqueduct during the 1st century, and its 166 arches and 120 pillars.

Next, head to the Alcazar, a spectacular 11th-century fortress-palace that was one of the inspirations behind Walt Disney's Cinderella castle. Take a guided tour of the UNESCO-listed, building as you hear how it served as a royal palace, prison and artillery college.


Afterward, explore some of old Segovia’s other highlights, including Segovia Cathedral, the last Gothic cathedral to be built in Spain.

Enjoy free time for lunch (own expense) during your explorations or opt to upgrade to enjoy either a simple tourist-style meal or a delicious gastronomic feast showcasing Segovian delicacies such as roasted suckling pig.

After your time in Segovia, return to Madrid where your tour concludes at the start point.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Avila
Check in at our office in central Madrid 15 minutes in advance of your tour. Leave the city towards Ávila aboard one of our air-conditioned coaches. Our first stop for the day will be at the city of Ávila, one of the best preserved fortifications in Spain. Follow your guide on a walking tour of the Old Town to discover the impressive history of this city. See Romanesque style churches, Gothic palaces and a fortified cathedral of the Middle Ages. Visit the Walls of Ávila and imagine the stories they have seen through the centuries. Marvel at the fortification and towers, which have granted the city a World Heritage Site status by UNESCO. You will be given free time to explore on your own.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Segovia
Meet your guide again at the designated time to continue the tour to Segovia. If you decided to include the option, it is now time to relish on a wonderful gastronomic menu for lunch. Those of you who did not add the option to your bookings, will have 1 hour and a half of free time for lunch. Take advantage of this time and see the most important roman civil construction in the Peninsula, the Aqueduct of Segovia. Meet your guide again in front of the Cathedral for an exterior visit of the same. Walk through the old Jewish quarter of the city following your guide towards the Alcazar of Segovia. Enjoy a guided visit of the site and marvel at this spectacular fortification. Did you know its architecture served as inspiration in some Walt Disney films? Can you tell us which?
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free

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star-5
Great trip!
Elizabeth_C
, Mar 2020
This was a great trip. We visited two beautiful cities. Sylvia was very nice and managed our trip well.
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Avilla, Segovia tour
Bhuvana_R
, Feb 2020
Bus was very comfortable. Tour was on time. Guide was good but not clear on exact meeting point. Overall a good, but not great experience.
star-5
The Alcazar was the highlight of the trip.
designtrio
, Feb 2020
Very lovely trip through the countryside. Avila and Segovia make a great day trip from Madrid. Lots of history. Our guide was very good.
star-4
Comprehensive tour
t33napond
, Feb 2020
This tour is a great way to see these great cities in a day. Very well organised day. Our guide Beatrice has excellent English and kept the group moving. My only criticism of the tour was that it includes the wall and tower in Avila but we were literally on the wall for 5 minutes. I think if we were given at least 15 mins to walk along a section it would have been more enjoyable. One and a half hours allocated for lunch so 15 mins from this time could be used on the walls or add half hour to the duration of the day and add that into Avila.
star-5
I’d do it again!
ajbrown
, Feb 2020
The pace was good. What we saw was fabulous. The guide Nouri was most helpful. Suggestion: have a place to ask for food allergies. I could not eat some of the things served for lunch but the restaurant tried their best to accommodate me. Highly recommend the trip and the tour company. Office is a nice place to wait and staff very helpful.
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Avila amd Segovia full day trip from Madrid
socwklaw
, Jan 2020
The guide was wonderful. The day was amazing. This day trip from Madrid is a must if you have the time. Do the full day. We opted for the tapas and wine and then ordered a la cart off the menu for lunch. Avila’s history was Interesting and one highlight was waking on top of the walls of the city and walking on two or three towers of the 88 along the 2.2 KM of walls. Just incredible views and history. Segovia was Incredible. Buy the tour option where you go into Alcazar castle. It’s amazing. It’s the castle Disney modeled their castle on and the rooms inside and history from the tour guide won’t disappoint. The Roman aqueducts in Segovia are well Preserved. Both towns are quaint and weren’t crowded, but that’s likely due to our off season holiday. Gorgeous views all around.
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Not for solo travelers
jerseygirl623
, Jan 2020
Maybe the worst tour I took on my holiday. Don't get me wrong, the views were beautiful, and the tour guide was knowledgeable, but the english tour was given in both english and spanish, so it just seemed like she spoke the entire time, so it left no room for questions, or getting to know the other tour members. I travel alone alot, and i never felt so isolated on a group tour.
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Everything is a RUSH
ozzie107
, Dec 2019
appears to me the tour guides need a vacation. Appears they re stressed and rush thru everything, The ear phones provided are cut-out 50% of the time when waling. Dont have time to really take it all in They take you to a few areas for toilet break but most are tourist traps dont expect a quality tour, do a private tour instead
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Beautiful
Linda S
, Dec 2019
This is a wonderful tour from the walled city of Avila to the aqueduct at Segovia. Churches, palaces - so much history.
star-5
Very good tour!
MV_Travels2019
, Dec 2019
Julia Travel through Viator did a great job with the tour. Everything was as expected - they delivered what they said they would. The guide was superb and was friendly and extremely knowledgeable. I was impressed. My only comment, more of a recommendation really is if you are taking this tour, do the lunch on your own! You will have plenty of time even though some reviews suggest you won't. We were given 1 hour and 45 minutes to eat lunch and get to meeting place which is 15 minutes from starting point. When you get the included lunch, there is no choice, they just serve it. And, quite honestly, the food was just ok. The people who ate lunch on their own and then met up with the group for the tour had a much better experience. But, bus was clean and smooth, tour guide excellent. Would book again.

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