Avila and Segovia Day Trip from Madrid

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Sign up for this excursion of around 8 hours in which you can discover two of the Spanish cities with the greatest cultural heritage in the country: Segovia and Ávila. You will travel in a comfortable bus from Madrid to Avila and Segovia. You will have the opportunity to see the walls of Avila and visit the Alcazar of Segovia, both monuments that have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

You will be accompanied by an expert guide, thanks to whom you will learn about the history, culture and architecture of both cities. If you decide to choose the gourmet lunch option, the tour includes a traditional Segovian meal in one of the city' s best restaurants. This is an ideal activity for lovers of tourism, gastronomy and history.

  • Get on a bus and travel from Madrid to Avila and Segovia, two of the cities with the most cultural heritage in Spain.
  • Learn, accompanied by an expert guide, about the history and architecture of the most emblematic places of these cities, such as the Cathedral or the Alcazar.
  • Enjoy a delicious traditional lunch in one of the best restaurants in the capital of Segovia.

What’s included

  • Air-conditioned bus tour
  • Gastronomic lunch (if this option has been selected)
  • Entrance to the Avila City Wall
  • Entrance to the Alcázar of Segovia

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Step by Step

On this tour you will have the opportunity, for about 8 hours, to hop on a comfortable bus and visit Avila and Segovia. Both cities are known for their vast and well-preserved cultural heritage, including the best-preserved medieval walls in Europe and the favourite castle of the Catholic Monarchs.

Accompanied by an expert guide, you will learn about the history of these two cities, from which you will learn a multitude of anecdotes and interesting facts. In Segovia you will visit its famous Roman aqueduct, one of the oldest and best preserved in the world.

The aqueduct was built at the beginning of the 2nd century and was active until 1973. The most remarkable thing about this colossal work of architecture is that the stones of the ashlars are fitted together, with no mortar or any other type of fastening.

You will also have the opportunity to enjoy a traditional Segovian lunch, which includes Castilian soup and pork. This tour has a lunch option that will allow you to savour a delicious meal in one of the most renowned restaurants in the city .

If this option is not included, you can enjoy an hour and a half of free time for lunch before continuing with the city tour. Next to the cathedral, you will also find the Jewish quarter of Segovia, the old quarter where the Jews lived in former times.

The tour includes a visit inside the Alcázar of Segovia, the favourite castle of the Catholic Monarchs. You will learn about the history of this famous fortress, considered impregnable in the past. In addition to being a fortress and residence, the building also housed the Royal Artillery College of the Spanish army during the 19th century.

The interior tour of the castle has an audio guide that explains in detail the history and details of the rooms, as well as the room containing the small statues of all the kings of the Crown of Castile, from Don Pelayo to Felipe II. The Alcázar is also said to have been a source of inspiration for the castles in Walt Disney films .

You will also visit Ávila, known for its famous medieval city walls. These walls, considered to be the best preserved in Europe, have more than 80 towers, as well as 9 gates that allowed the entrance and exit of the city.

On the outskirts of Ávila is the Mirador de los Cuatro Postes, the main vantage point from which you can enjoy the beautiful views of the city walls and the historic centre of the city. Once inside the city, you will be able to see the Plaza del Mercado Chico, the main square of Ávila.

You will also see the Cathedral of Avila, an imposing building dating back to the 13th century. It is more than 700 years old and contains a mixture of Romanesque and Gothic styles, which led it to be declared a site of cultural interest in 1914.

Another of Ávila's architectural relics is the Basilica of San Vicente, which, at around a thousand years old, is one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Spain.

Once the activity is over, you will return to Madrid by bus, on a round trip.

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    Lyne Rodrigue
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    Jorge notre guide nous a fait découvrir ces 2 sites avec beaucoup d'informations historiques. Il est clair et bien documenté. Le temps libre est aussi très apprécié à Segovie. Je recommande. Lyne Canada
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    Arturo Hoefner
    5
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    Muy buena solo al ser en dos idiomas aveces se hacía un poco lenta
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    Leonor
    5
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    A very pleasant excursion to do with the family.
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    Emanuel
    5
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    The tour was really amazing, I really enjoyed the whole walk through both cities and I managed to learn a lot about each of them thanks to the guide. More than recommended for everyone, I assure you that you will not regret going.
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