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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

What You Can Expect

Avila with Walls Access and Segovia Day Trip from Madrid with Optional Lunch

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.


Customer Reviews

Myrna A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 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.

Mandeep S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 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!!

kazzaperfect Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Beautiful city and a great tour for us. Fit into our schedule well!

Jan S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018



5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Quelle belle excursion,très bien guidé par Manuel,qui est très sympathique,deux très beaux villages fortifiés,à voir absolument! Mon seul bémol, si vous avez à choisir pour le repas, ne prenez pas le repas Tapas, un breuvage et un morceau de patate avec une sauce jaune ne font pas un repas! Allez y sans hésitez

Diana b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Great tour. Very knowledgable guide. My only problem is that I was not aware of it being a big group- I would have payed more to have a small group tour had I known. Recommend this be included in the description.
And the guide had a very thick accent- so if your not an avid traveler- you may miss some information.

Jessica R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Great value for the money. Just the right amount of time in each city.

William A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

The travel company, Julia Travel, did an excellent job of organizing the trip. We were completely impressed with our tour guide, Sylvia! She was very knowledgeable, helpful, organized and friendly.

We learned so much about the picture book town of Avila the city walls were amazing, the Cathedral and Basilica were interesting to see and we enjoyed the walking tour part too.

In Segovia, the intact Roman aqueduct was incredible and massive, the Cathedral and Alcazar were also interesting and fun to learn about.

Jeanine W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This was a great tour. Avila and Segovia are cities worth
a visit. This tour was comprehensive and complete. Our guide had a dry sense of humor and kept us on schedule. Book it! It’s well worth it.

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