Make your way to a central location in Madrid, and board a climate-controlled van for the 137-mile (220-km) trip to Salamanca, whose historic center blends Romanesque, Moorish, and Baroque designs. Departures are available starting at 7:45am, and exact schedule is up to your group.
Stretch your legs on a one-hour guided tour of the historic center, learning about Salamanca history, architecture, and culture along the way. In Salamanca and throughout the tour, your guide will share stories that help bring Spanish history to life, pointing out details that are easy to miss. Finish the guided tour at the Salamanca Cathedral, then enjoy 1.5 hours on your own to walk around the cathedral, take photographs, or eat in one of Salamanca’s atmospheric cafes.
Meet back up with the guide for the 68-mile (110-km) drive to Avila, a walled city founded in the 11th century. Start with an hour-long guided tour of Avila’s ramparts, the elaborate Shrine of San Vincente, and the Cathedral of Avila, among the first Gothic cathedral in Spain. Following the tour, you’ll have 1.5 hours to explore the UNESCO-listed old city on your own before the return trip to Madrid.
This full-day tour concludes drop-off at the original departure point.