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Madrid: Avila and Segovia Day Trip with Tickets to Monuments

1. Madrid: Avila and Segovia Day Trip with Tickets to Monuments

Take a day trip from Madrid to visit two of Spain's oldest cities, Avila and Segovia. Explore the rich history of these UNESCO-listed cities with a guide. Admire Avila's walls, cathedral, and Basilica of San Vicente. Then continue to Segovia's Roman aqueduct, Gothic cathedral, and Alcazar fortress. Drive for an hour from Madrid and find yourself in Avila. See the stunning 11th-century walls surrounding the city. These fortifications are the most complete in all of Spain. Next, visit the interior of the Basilica of San Vicente to see the best examples of Romanesque architecture in the country. Pass by the Plaza Mayor and the Cathedral. At your next stop, enter the church-convent of Saint Teresa of Jesus that was built by the Order of the Discalced Carmelites in the 17th century, supposedly in the same place where Saint Teresa of Avila was born. Following the visit to Avila, enjoy free time to have wine, beer, soft drinks, and an aperitif, or continue exploring the city on your own. Regroup at 2 PM to head to the city of Segovia. Begin your tour of Segovia with a visit to its main symbol, the Roman Aqueduct, as evidenced by its presence on the city's coat of arms. Pass by the Casa de los Picos, Plaza de Juan Bravo and Plaza Mayor. Arrive at the cathedral dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption and of San Frutos. Enter to see its size, elegance, and blend of late Gothic style and Renaissance features, to understand why it's called the Lady of the Cathedrals. Finally, go into the Fortress of the Alcazar of Segovia, a medieval castle, located on a rocky crag at the confluence of 2 rivers near the Sierra de Guadarrama. Witness one of Spain's most distinctive castle-palaces by virtue of its shapes, such as the bow of a ship. After the visit, start the trip back to Madrid in a comfortable bus.

From Madrid: Avila and Segovia Full-Day Tour

2. From Madrid: Avila and Segovia Full-Day Tour

Discover the historic sites and monuments in Avila and Segovia on a guided day trip from Madrid. Admire the exterior of the Ávila Walls and see the Roman Aqueduct. Begin in downtown Madrid and travel to the cities of Avila and Segovia by comfortable coach. See the exterior of the Ávila Walls that surround the city that was completed in just 10 years, between the 11th and 14th centuries. Then, visit the interior of the Basilica of San Vicente known as The Basilica of the Holy Brothers Martyrs, Vicente, Sabina, and Cristeta. Pass through the Plaza Mayor and the Cathedral to reach the Church-convent of Santa Teresa and explore the interior of its Church. Once the visit to Ávila is finished, enjoy free time to have a wine, a soft drink, and an aperitif and to have lunch or continue visiting the city. Go to the city of Segovia and visit the Roman Aqueduct, which is the highest and best-preserved. Pass through the Casa de los Picos, Plaza de Juan Bravo, and Plaza Mayor where you'll find the Cathedral, dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption and of San Frutos. Finish at El Alcázar de Segovia, a medieval fortress, located on a rocky crag on the confluence of two rivers near the Sierra de Guadarrama, it is one of the most distinctive castles-palaces in Spain by virtue of its shape, like the prow of a ship.

From Madrid: El Escorial and Valley's Basilica Half Day Tour

3. From Madrid: El Escorial and Valley's Basilica Half Day Tour

On this 5-hour tour from Madrid, you’ll begin with a visit to the Monastery of El Escorial. It was built under the reign of powerful King Philip II as a residence for Spanish kings, a monastery, and a royal pantheon. It became a symbol of the great power of the Spanish Empire at that time. The monument was declared to be of artistic and historic importance and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Valley of the Fallen was built in 1936, about 9 kilometers from Escorial, as a memorial to those who died during the Spanish Civil War.  Situated in a beautiful valley in the Guadarrama Mountains, this impressive work features a cross standing more than 150 meters high, as well as a basilica and crypt built into the hard rock under the mountain. The tour includes admission to the Valley as well as a visit to the basilica’s interior.

Madrid: Segovia and Toledo Tour, Alcazar, and Cathedral

4. Madrid: Segovia and Toledo Tour, Alcazar, and Cathedral

Discover the historic cities of Toledo and Segovia on a guided day tour from Madrid. Admire the imposing Alcázar of Segovia, the Cathedral of Toledo, as you stroll through both cities learning about their fascinating history. Depart Madrid and journey first to the city of Segovia. See the UNESCO World Heritage Roman aqueduct. Marvel at the iconic 1st-century monument, considered the most important example of Roman-era civil engineering in Spain. Visit the royal palace of the Alcázar of Segovia, built on a rocky crag above the confluence of 2 rivers near the Guadarrama mountains. Continue to the imperial city of Toledo. Once in Toledo, discover the medieval neighborhoods and historical monuments of the city on a walking tour and learn why it is called the City of Three Cultures. Depending on the option selected, finish with a guided tour inside Toledo Cathedral. Return to the center of Madrid at the end of your tour.

From Madrid: Toledo Cathedral & Jewish Quarter Half-Day Tour

5. From Madrid: Toledo Cathedral & Jewish Quarter Half-Day Tour

Set out from Madrid to discover a city where Christians, Jews, and Muslims intermingled hundreds of years ago in this half-day tour of Toledo. Visit the High Gothic cathedral, Plaza de Zocodover, and Church of Santo Tomé. Walk the same streets described in Cervantes’s Don Quixote. The tour starts with a bus ride from Madrid. Upon arrival in Toledo, stop first at the Mirador del Valle. Snap a picture of the panoramic view. The historic center of Toledo stands on the other side of the Tagus River. Spot the Alcazar and the Toledo Cathedral with their prominent towers. In the old city, stop in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento. Learn about the Toledo Cathedral before entering. Look for features in the mudejar style. They are one example of the influence Islamic architecture had on the church’s design. Don’t miss the ornate retable while walking through the cathedral.  From the Cathedral, wind along the streets into the Jewish Quarter. The buildings showcase the mixing of cultures hundreds of years ago, such as the Church of San Tome. Go inside to see a large painting by El Greco. Note the elongated faces and hands. They are the painter’s trademarks. Continue further to the Synagogue of Santa Maria La Blanca. Look around to find the various Jewish, Christian, and Islamic influences. Learn more of Toledo’s history and contributions to Spanish culture before heading back to Madrid. 

From Madrid: Segovia, Ávila & Toledo Guided Tour with Lunch

6. From Madrid: Segovia, Ávila & Toledo Guided Tour with Lunch

Discover three cities in one day on a full-day tour of Segovia, Ávila, and Toledo from Madrid. Depart early and head to Segovia, where you start with a guided tour accompanied by an official guide, taking you around Segovia's historic center.  Find out why this city is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stroll through the city’s main square - Plaza Mayor, beholding monuments such as the aqueduct and the cathedral. Then leave for Ávila, visiting the Ávila's historic center and discovering the legacy of this city declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Be amazed by its fascinating history.  Continue along the famous Walls of Ávila and discover how the city preserved itself throughout history. Admire important monuments, including the Cathedral. Then make a stop to have lunch in a local restaurant in the old town, where you will enjoy a traditional Iberian lunch. Continue your trip heading to Toledo, your third stop of the day and your third city declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Toledo has a long-standing Christian, Jewish, and Muslim tradition. Therefore, it is also known as the city of three cultures.  See important monuments as well as off-the-beaten-track gems known only to locals. Discover the secrets of Spain's second-largest cathedral with your official guide. The tour ends in Toledo, visiting one of the city's most magical and hidden gems. Cross the city through its narrow and picturesque streets, memorable to treasure unforgettable images. Visit one of the best panoramic views of the city, where you will surely capture your best photo.  At the end of your tour, you will return to the center of Madrid in a comfortable minibus, where your guide will be able to recommend things to do during the rest of your stay.

Madrid: Full-Day Guided Tour of Toledo with Cathedral Visit

7. Madrid: Full-Day Guided Tour of Toledo with Cathedral Visit

Discover the treasures of Toledo on a guided day trip from Madrid by bus. Soak up the views of the medieval city from the Mirador del Valle and witness El Greco's masterpiece in the Church of Santo Tomé. Depart from Madrid and travel to the Mirador del Valle. Here, admire the views of Toledo from across the Tagus River. Next, head to Toledo's historical center, recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site. Learn about the coexistence of Jews, Christians, and Muslims who shaped the city over the centuries from your guide. Step into the Church of Santo Tomé, and see El Greco's "The Burial of Count Orgaz." Continue to the Synagogue of Saint Mary and finish your tour at the imposing Primada Cathedral.

From Madrid: Toledo with 7 Monuments and Optional Cathedral

8. From Madrid: Toledo with 7 Monuments and Optional Cathedral

See the UNESCO World Heritage monuments of Toledo on this day trip from Madrid on an airconditioned bus. Stroll down medieval streets to learn the story of how Christian, Jewish, and Muslim communities lived in harmony in this imperial city. Depart aboard a comfortable and spacious bus from central Madrid and relax on th drive to Toledo. Visit emblematic sites such as the church of Santo Tomé, the Jewish District and the Synagogue of Santa María La Blanca.  Head to the city’s most important historic districts and monuments with fast track entry. Explore 3 sites with your guide and 4 sites on your once. Depending on the option you select, be able to visit the Toledo Cathedral with our guide.  Have free time to explore the rest of the city on your own. Return to places already visited or enter freely into further locations with tickets provided by your guide, including the Church of the Saviour and the Colegio de las Doncellas Nobles.  Spend free time purchasing lunch or a drink to enjoy on a beautiful terrace. Get recommendations from your guide and what to see and where to eat and drink. At the end of your Toledo Tour, return to central Madrid by bus and get advice on what to do in Madrid. 

From Madrid: Avila and Segovia Day Trip with Alcazar

9. From Madrid: Avila and Segovia Day Trip with Alcazar

Embark on a full-day guided tour to the UNESCO-listed cities of Avila and Segovia from Madrid aboard an air-conditioned bus. Marvel at Avila's cathedral and most emblematic monuments on a walking tour. Sep inside the Alcazar of Segovia with entrance tickets and a guide. Take a walking tour of Avila, one of Spain’s oldest cities. Marvel at its well-preserved, castle-like walls dating from the 11th century. Enter the old quarters which house important Romanesque churches, Gothic palaces, and the city’s 12th-century Gothic cathedral. Walk by the exterior of the Avila Cathedral, admdire the Romanesque Basilica of San Vicente, and visit the central town square of Plaza Mayor. Take a short walk through the city’s old streets to the Convent of Saint Teresa. Then, continue on to Segovia, a city rich in historical monuments. See the magnificent Roman Aqueduct from the time of Emperor Augustus. Soak in its rich architectural heritage by following your guide to the Gothic-style Cathedral. Finally, cross the Canonjías neighborhood until you come to the Alcazar of Segovia, one of the most spectacular fortresses in all of Spain. After admiring its exterior, step inside to discover its legends and glorious past.

Madrid: Tour of Avila & Salamanca

10. Madrid: Tour of Avila & Salamanca

Start your tour in Salamanca, where you will have the opportunity to visit the patrimonial legacy with its charming corners and details. Get to know the city’s oldest town squares, and get an important reference point for the business life of this beautiful metropolis. Located in the center of Salamanca, the Plaza Mayor has become a major tourist attraction. The square is characterized by its impressive Baroque ornaments — spend some time admiring the sights, including the cathedral.  Next, travel to Avila where you can explore the city in a dynamic, friendly, and fun way. Get to know the ramparts of Avila, San Vicente's Shrine, and the Cathedral of Avila.

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It was a great day filled to the brim with a fantastic guide Fernando. He gave that little extra personal touch along the way and above all has a real passion for his country which transpired all along the way. Super pleased with this tour which was also really good value for money.

Great tour. Very well organized. The sites were beautiful and views were gorgeous. Oscar is and Extremely knowledgeable guide. Only issue was that bus did not have cell phone charging ports. The phones died for a couple of people and they were not able to take pictures.

Segovia and Toledo tour with Cathedral was a very good experience and an enjoyable tour. The tour guide was also well versed and provided helpful information about the sites. Would recommend to travellers looking for historical sites in Spain.

was a very informative and interesting time. our guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. Alex is a great person

The guide was well-prepared and gave an enjoyable guide through the town.