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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.

Madrid: Avila and Segovia Day Trip with Tickets to Monuments

2. 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.

Madrid: Segovia and Toledo Tour, Alcazar, and Cathedral

3. 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.

Segovia: Hot Air Balloon Ride with Optional Pickup Service

4. Segovia: Hot Air Balloon Ride with Optional Pickup Service

After taking off at dawn from a field in front of the Hospital General Segovia, you will begin a 1-hour flight over the Segovia region. You will attain a height of up to 1,000 meters. During your flight, you will have photos and videos taken of you, whilst you are transported high above the ground by an experienced pilot with years of experience.  You will be tracked by a rescue crew through the duration of your flight and will undergo a champagne toast celebration at landing, then receive your certificate and enjoy breakfast. This tour is a brilliant opportunity to gain a different perspective of such a scenic region of Spain, and a perfect opportunity for those that have never air ballooned before, and those wishing to experience it again.

Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

5. Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

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.

From Madrid: Ribera del Duero Tour of 3 Different Wineries

6. From Madrid: Ribera del Duero Tour of 3 Different Wineries

Journey to the Ribera del Duero wine lands and stop at 3 wineries in the heart of the Duero Valley. Sample the acclaimed wines of the region and learn about old and new wine-making techniques. Hear how grapes are grown in extreme weather and listen to stories about the families that turned the area into one of the world's most popular red wine producers. Journey back to the Middle Ages and encounter medieval villages and historic castles.  After visiting the first two wineries, there will be free time from around 1:00 PM-2:00 PM to have lunch (at own expense). You can lunch with a guide in a traditional restaurant with several options of Castilian regional food, ranging from tapas, a light lunch, or a full 3-course lunch (approximate budget = tapas €12-15, Full 3-course €30).

Segovia: Half-Day Trip with Guided Walking Tour from Madrid

7. Segovia: Half-Day Trip with Guided Walking Tour from Madrid

Travel from central Madrid via bus to Segovia, where you'll enjoy a walking tour of the city with a knowledgeable guide. Visit the impressive Roman aqueduct, one of the best-preserved Roman constructions in the world. Explore the city's charming streets, the main square, the Jewish Quarter, the Gothic Cathedral, and the Alcazar, a majestic castle that was once home to the kings of Castile. Once the guided tour comes to an end, continue to enjoy the city at your own pace. Stroll along its beautiful medieval streets, explore its monuments, and taste Segovian specialties from suckling pig to white bean stew to ponche segoviano (a delicious pastry made with sponge cake and marzipan). End your tour with a ride back to central Madrid.

From Madrid: Guided Tour to Toledo and Segovia

8. From Madrid: Guided Tour to Toledo and Segovia

The tour departs the busy city of Madrid and heads to the first stop of the day, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Toledo. The guided tour begins in Toledo where monuments and unique enclaves await to complete an unforgettable day. Explore Toledo with your guide and visit the Toledo Cathedral, the Jewish Quarter, a cultural treasure in the form of a labyrinth, the Alcázar de Toledo, and much more. Toledo is a true heritage jewel of humanity that maintains the legacy of the three cultures that have lived together. Get caught up in the city and transported back in time to centuries ago immersing yourself in a scenario full of palatial mansions, churches, mosques, synagogues, and towers, all surrounded by the impressive wall that overlooks the Tagus River. Head back to the bus and continue to Segovia, another UNESCO World Heritage-listed city. Visit the Aqueduct of Segovia, a prodigy of Roman engineering and an icon of the city. From the Aqueduct, visit the main monuments, enclaves, and viewpoints that make Segovia a must-see. Admire the Plaza Mayor, where the Gothic Cathedral of Santa María shines its own light. Then, discover the viewpoint of Canaleja, and of course, the Alcázar de Segovia, a unique castle with the appearance of a fairytale palace.

Segovia: Hot Air Balloon Flight with Food and Cava

9. Segovia: Hot Air Balloon Flight with Food and Cava

Discover the medieval city of Segovia from a hot air balloon with an expert crew. Park your car at the meeting point in Segovia where you can safely hop onto a luxury vehicle for a 10 minute drive to a launch site that is designed to provide you with the best city views. Capture magnificent views of the cathedral built at Segovia’s highest point, the breathtaking Alcázar castle, a 12th century fortification built on a rocky outcrop, and the amazing aqueduct built by the Roman Empire. After a smooth landing, partake in an authentic Spanish breakfast and a celebrate with a glass of Cava. Get a flight certificate signed by your pilot to wrap-up your flight.

From Madrid: Segovia Hot Air Balloon and Guided Walking Tour

10. From Madrid: Segovia Hot Air Balloon and Guided Walking Tour

Experience the UNESCO World Heritage site of Segovia from the sky and the ground in a hot air balloon and a guided walking tour. Fly over the Cathedral and Alcázar Real before exploring the Aqueduct with a local guide. Begin your day with a comfortable, early morning ride from Madrid to Segovia for an early morning hot air balloon flight. Arrive in time to see the inflation of the balloon and receive instructions from your pilot before taking off. During the 1-hour flight, soar over the Aqueduct, Cathedral, and Alcázar Real at heights of up to 1,000 meters and learn how the balloon works from your pilot. After landing, enjoy champagne, breakfast, and a certificate. Once your tour has finished, receive pictures and videos from your flight. Depending on your option selected, continue the tour with a guided walking tour of the Roman Aqueduct, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Marvel at this historic 1st-century monument, considered Spain's most important example of Roman-era civil engineering. Next, see Spain's last built Gothic cathedral and the former royal palace and fortress, the Alcázar Rea. Stand on a cliff at the confluence of two rivers near the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range and enjoy the view of the fortress and rivers. At the end of your tour, enjoy some free time in Segovia for lunch. Ask your guide for tips on the best place to taste the typical cochinillo (roast suckling pig). After lunch, head back to the center of Madrid in a comfortable minibus.

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based on 2,378 reviews

Both, Avila and Segovia are amazing. German, Gloria and Mariano had the insights and were able to keep us engaged and interested. Our recommendation to Gloria to slow down a bit to be able to follow the information better. Mariano’s humor and jokes were a plus. German thank you for keeping it organized and running on schedule. Even though it was a big group it didn’t feel like it. Great idea to divide the buses by language. My wife would have liked to spend more time at Santa Teresa’s store but we understand the schedule was tight.

This was awesome. We didn’t do the walking tour part but the balloon ride was very fun. Next time I am bringing a warm hat, gloves, and a sweater, cause it was very cold! I went the last week in September.

The tour was great we enjoyed everything and every minute special thanks for the guide Mr Khan was very knowledgeable and nice made the tour even better Thanks

Very good tour to these 2 beautiful cities! The guides were excellent and for the price it was worth it for a first time!

The tour was so fun! I loved both of the places and the explanations were interesting.