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Madrid: Toledo and Segovia Guided Tour with Avila Option

1. Madrid: Toledo and Segovia Guided Tour with Avila Option

Immerse yourself in the history, architecture, and cultural delights of Toledo, Segovia and visit the historic and beautiful Alcázar. Choose between a shared or private tour experience departing from Madrid. Your journey into Toledo begins with a breathtaking view of the city at the Mirador del Valle, a perfect opportunity to snap a stunning panoramic photo. As you enter the old district of Toledo, a walking tour will guide you through the historical Jewish quarter. The second half of your excursion takes you to the historical city of Segovia, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the impressive Roman aqueduct, its impressive cathedral, and marvel at the architecture from ancient Roman and medieval times.  Saving the best for last, you’ll be led to the Segovia Alcazar, one of Spain's most famous castles from the 12th century. Afterward, take some time to explore the city on your own, along with insider tips from your guide to discover hidden gems.  Enhance your experience with an optional tour of the city of Avila. Start your guided visit at the Four Postes viewpoint and admire the skyline of this ancient city. Then, follow your guide through the historic streets. Stroll past the San Vicente Church, the city walls, and the impressive Cathedral of Avila. Hear the history behind each turn and explore the plazas of Adolfo Suárez and Mercado grande.

From Madrid: Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen

2. From Madrid: Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen

Embark on a guided tour to the Monastery of San Lorenzo del Escorial and enjoy skip-the-line entry. Explore the Basilica of the Valley of the Fallen and hear the history behind each turn from your guide. Leave Madrid in the morning and travel 50 minutes to San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Visit the baths upon arrival and then begin the tour of the San Lorenzo Monastery. Learn the long history of Spain, specifically the reign of Felipe II. See the building that best summarizes the ideological and cultural aspirations of the Spanish “Golden Age” and is named a World Heritage Site. See places like the Patio de Reyes, Cloister, Chapter Rooms, The Basilica (except on Sundays), The Pantheon of Kings and Infants, and the Royal Rooms. Travel to the Valley of the Fallen located in the Peña de Cuelga Muros after leaving San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Visit its surroundings and the basilica carved into the rock, and the burial place for 33,847 people who died in the Spanish Civil War. Be amazed by the great granite cross that is visible from kilometers away.

Madrid: Avila and Segovia Day Trip with Tickets to Monuments

3. 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

4. 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: Avila and Segovia Day Trip with Alcazar

5. 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.

Avila: Guided City Tour in Tuk Tuk

6. Avila: Guided City Tour in Tuk Tuk

Ride on a Tuk Tuk tour through the entire monumental city. This renowned route takes you to the most emblematic places such as Torreón de los Guzmanes, Basilica of San Vicente, Cathedral of El Salvador, National Parador, and the church of Santa Teresa.  As you travel, your audio guide tells you the history of these places and legends of the city. If you have any questions, or seek further understanding, ask your driver who is equally as versed in the tales of the city. Stop at Mirador de los Cuatro Postes and absorb the fascinating views of the city from this vantage point. Take some photos here to remember the tour forever.  Choose between different departure timeslots, and see the city in the morning, in the afternoon or during the illuminated night.

Madrid: Tour of Avila & Salamanca

7. 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.

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

8. 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.

From Madrid: El Escorial and Basilica of the Valley Day Trip

9. From Madrid: El Escorial and Basilica of the Valley Day Trip

After meeting with your guide, get away from the bustle of the city on a comfortable air-conditioned coach. At the first stop, enjoy a guided tour through the Royal Monastery of El Escorial, an architectural ensemble declared World Heritage site by UNESCO. Built in the 15th century, it is a symbol of the power of the government at the time. Learn about the impressive Royal Mausoleum and the story behind the 21 years of construction time. Marvel at the symmetry of the Renaissance-style building. Listen to your guide's commentaries as you explore the Habsburg Palace, the Chapter House, the Basilica, and the remarkable library.  Then, board your bus again for a short drive to the Valley of the Fallen. The site is located 9 kilometers away from El Escorial, in Sierra de Guadarrama. This enormous monument, built between 1940 and 1959, is carved into the mountain, 1,350 meters up. An impressive 150-meter-high cross stands over the magnificent nature reserve of Madrid’s mountain range, which can be seen from miles away.

From Madrid: Day-Trip to Segovia, Avila & Toledo

10. From Madrid: Day-Trip to Segovia, Avila & Toledo

Discover the hidden corners, authentic secret jewels, and local favorites in three cities on a full-day tour to Segovia, Ávila, and Toledo. Start in Segovia with a guided tour through the historic center. Find out why this city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, walk through the Plaza Mayor, and explore monuments such as the aqueduct and the cathedral before entering the Real Alcázar. Continue to Avila’s historic center. Learn the mysteries of the famous thick defensive city walls before heading to the Roman necropolis. Journey to Toledo, the third city, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and known for its long Christian, Jewish, and Muslim historical tradition.

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We visited in Avila the Cathedral,Basílica, Church of St Teresa where she was born. After an hour of lunch break where tapas and drink was part of our package. To our surprise we could choose any drink from hot chocolate to wine or beer. You can order more food if you like but we chose to spend the time exploring on our own. After lunch we moved on to Segovia where we went to Cathedral, Alcazar and aqueduct. Enough time was given to take photos and walk around the souvenir shops. Our tour guide Rafael was the best! Entertaining as well as informative, we broke into smaller groups with thus could easily follow our guide and ask questions when needed. His English is clear. In the bus you get to hear both Spanish and English but actual tour only in English which we really appreciated.

Both our guides Khan and Enrique were really knowledgeable and pleasant. Definitely recommend this for someone who is on a short trip and wants to visit all 3 cities in a day. Gives you enough time for breakfast and lunch and little time to explore by yourself as well.

Lovely trip! Didnt read closely so had to pay an extra amount to be able to get inside of most places. However, Rafa made sure everything was arranged well and was an amazing guide. Would highly recommend Rafa!

Really well organized and Mr Khan, the guide is really impressive. He has great knowledge about the place and also has a cheerful way of conducting the trip. Definitely rcommend this trip.

Fascinating tour, very well-structured. Christina is an excellent guide, knowledgable and friendly