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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: Toledo & Segovia with Optional Ávila Tour

2. From Madrid: Toledo & Segovia with Optional Ávila Tour

Immerse yourself in the history, architecture, and cultural delights of Toledo and Segovia, and select whether you prefer to do so in a shared or private tour experience, always departing from Madrid. The first stop will be at the Mirador del Valle before arriving at Toledo, here you will admire a breathtaking view of the city, where you will be able to take an astonishing panoramic photo of the city. Then, you will continue the bus journey until the historical district of Toledo, where the guide will give you an incredible guided tour. Next, you will discover the city of Segovia, where you will be visiting its impressive and famous Roman aqueduct, as well as its imposing cathedral. You will continue to the Alcázar of Segovia, one of Spain's most famous castles, which you will explore at your own pace. Afterward, you will have some free time to explore the city with insider tips from your guide to discover hidden gems. You can also enhance the experience with an optional tour of Ávila. Start your guided visit at the Four Postes viewpoint, admiring the skyline of this ancient city. Then, follow your guide through the historic streets, strolling past the San Vicente Church, the impressive Cathedral of Avila, and more. You will also learn about the history behind each corner.

Madrid: Segovia & Avila Day Trip with Optional Entry Tickets

3. Madrid: Segovia & Avila Day Trip with Optional Entry Tickets

Embark on a full-day guided tour to the UNESCO-listed cities of Segovia and Avila aboard an air-conditioned bus. Go insid the Cathedral of Segovia with entrance tickets and a guide. Marvel at Avila's Walls and other emblematic monuments on a walking tour. Experience Segovia, a city rich in historical monuments. See the magnificent Roman Aqueduct, built in 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. Discover its legends and glorious past. Then, continue on to Avila and take a walking tour through one of Spain’s oldest cities. Marvel at its well-preserved, castle-like walls dating back to 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, admire 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.

Madrid: Avila with Walls and Segovia with Alcazar

4. Madrid: Avila with Walls and Segovia with Alcazar

Discover the charming towns of Ávila and Segovia on this guided excursion. Visit the birthplace of Santa Teresa de Jesus, and take a guided tour of Segovia's enchanting castle. Check in at our office in central Madrid 15 minutes in advance of your tour. Leave the city towards Ávila aboard one of our air-conditioned coaches. Our first stop for the day will be at the city of Ávila, one of the best-preserved fortifications in Spain. Follow your guide on a walking tour of the Old Town to discover the impressive history of this city. See Romanesque-style churches, Gothic palaces, and a fortified cathedral dating back to the Middle Ages. Visit the Walls of Ávila and and imagine the stories they have seen through the centuries. Marvel at the fortification and towers, which have granted the city a World Heritage Site status by UNESCO. We will continue the tour to Segovia. On arrival, we will divide in two groups. If you have chosen the option to visit Segovia at your own pace, you will have approximately three hours of free time. The rest of the group will go to the restaurant. Those who have chosen the gastronomic menu will enjoy a gastronomic lunch with roast suckling pig that will not leave you indifferent. People who have not chosen the gastronomic lunch will have a typical courtesy tapa and a drink. After lunch, those who have chosen the tour with monuments will meet again with the guide to start the tour in Segovia. Walk through the old Jewish quarter of the city, visit the outside of the Cathedral and walk towards the Alcazar of Segovia. Enjoy a guided tour inside the castle and marvel at this spectacular fortification. Did you know that its architecture inspired Walt Disney for one of his films? Can you tell us which one? If you have visited Segovia on your own, meet the rest of the group at the agreed time to return to Madrid.

From Madrid: Avila and Segovia Full-Day Tour

5. 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 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 outside of the 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: Segovia, Ávila, and Toledo Guided Tour

6. From Madrid: Segovia, Ávila, and Toledo Guided Tour

Discover with us three unique cities, World Heritage Sites! We will visit Segovia, Ávila and Toledo from Madrid. We will depart early and head to Toledo, where we will start with a guided tour accompanied by our official guide, Toledo has a long-standing Christian, Jewish and Muslim tradition. Therefore, it is also known as the city of three cultures. We will not only visit the most representative places of each one of these cities on this tour, but we will also visit some precious hidden nooks and crannies only known to a few locals. Join us and discover the secrets of Spain's second largest cathedral with our official guide. To farewell Toledo, we will cross the city through its narrow and picturesque streets, memorable to treasure unforgettable images, in addition, I will show you one of the best panoramic views of the city, where you will surely capture your best photo! Then we will leave for Ávila. Visit the Ávila's historic center and discover the legacy of this city declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Be amazed by its fascinating history! The route will continue along a stretch of the famous Walls of Ávila. How has it been preserved to the present day? We will reveal these questions on the thick wall that surrounds the city's entire historic center as we head toward the Cathedral and other monuments. If the upgrade option is selected, we will make a stop to have lunch in a local restaurant in the old town, where we will enjoy a typical “Iberian Traditional Meal”, if not you can enjoy free time for lunch, the guide will give recommendations of restaurants in the area. We will continue our trip heading to Segovia, our third stop of the day and our third city declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. We will arrive at Segovia's historic center, then, initiate a walk through the main square of the city, the Plaza Mayor, contemplating monuments such as its majestic Roman Aqueduct, we will continue through the old quarter of the city until we reach the Cathedral, and finally we will arrive In the majestic Alcazar, the old royal palace and fortress. There, you will have free time to discover a little bit of the city on your own, take good pictures and have nice souvenirs. At the end of your tour (the experience lasts around 12 hours), 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: Day Trip to Ávila and Salamanca w/ Guided Tour

7. From Madrid: Day Trip to Ávila and Salamanca w/ Guided Tour

Explore the area surrounding Madrid with visits to Ávila and Salamanca on a guided tour. Enjoy tours of both of these historic cities and choose between private and shared tour options. Depart from Madrid in an air-conditioned bus and make your way to Salamanca first. Explore its charming streets and discover the most famous tourist attractions, including the Plaza Mayor, characterized by its impressive Baroque ornamentation and its cathedral. After visiting Salamanca and its cathedral, travel to Ávila to explore this dynamic city. Discover the famous Medieval Walls of Ávila, San Vicente's Shrine, and the Cathedral of Ávila, among other tourist attractions.

Avila: Guided City Tour in Tuk Tuk

8. 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.

From Madrid: Full Day Tour to Avila and Segovia with Alcazar

9. From Madrid: Full Day Tour to Avila and Segovia with Alcazar

A great tour to visit two of the oldest cities in Spain. A professional bilingual tour guide (Spanish and English) will tell you its great secrets while accompanying and showing you the wonderful monuments. The visit begins by visiting the city of Avila, fascinated by its walls and the stories told by the tour guide. Leaving the city of Avila, enjoy a panoramic view where you can take spectacular photos. Travel to Segovia to see the thousand-year-old Roman Aqueduct from the 2nd century. Then you will go to the Gothic Cathedral of Nuestra Señora de La Asunción and San Frutos. Know the corners and appreciate its buildings on the way to the famous Alcazar in which Disney were inspired to create the castle of the movie "Snow White". Finally, return to Madrid to tell about our incredible experience.

Madrid: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 3 to 7 attractions

10. Madrid: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 3 to 7 attractions

With your Go City Explorer Pass, exploring Madrid is super easy. Simply choose your favorite 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 attractions from a list of more than 20 options and start exploring the Spanish capital. Walk in the footsteps of kings and queens on a guided tour of the Royal Palace, enjoy a traditional flamenco show, join a Segway tour (with a stop for churros and chocolate) or get your art and culture fix at one of the finest art museums in Europe, the renowned Prado Museum. Sync your pass with the Go City app and you’ll have everything you need in the palm of your hand. Use the city guide for opening times and reservation information and use the handy map to navigate your way around the city. Whether you’re a Madrileño or visiting for the weekend, the Explorer Pass is perfect for exploring at your own pace – your pass is valid for 60 days from your first attraction visit. Choose any 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 attractions from the below - (R) reservations needed: • Prado Museum Guided Tour (R) • Madrid Royal Palace Guided Tour (R) • Segway Tapas Tour of Madrid (R) • Flamenco Show and Tapas Menu at Torres Bermejas (R) • Madrid Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour • Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum • Museo de Cera (Wax Museum) • Toledo – Self-guided Tour with transport (R) • Madrid Guided Tour at Sunset (R) • Reina Sofia Museum Guided Tour (R) • Las Ventas Experience • Madrid Sightseeing Segway Tour by Night (R) • Chocolate and Churros Segway Tour (R) • Lázaro Galdiano Museum • Madrid Highlights Tour (R) • MAPFRE Foundation Art Exhibitions • El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Tour (R) • Retiro Park Bike Tour (R) • Retiro Park Segway Tour (R) • Cibeles Palace and Retiro Park Tour (R) • Madrid electric bike tour by night (R) Please note: Attractions and tours are subject to change. Check the Go City digital guide included on your confirmation voucher (or the Go City app) for the full list of inclusions, opening times, and reservation instructions (where applicable) before you go. *Savings based on sample itineraries on Go City website.

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I enjoyed every minute of this trip even though the weather was not exactly cooperating: it was snowing in the mountains and raining during the walks. Rafael is an excellent guide- very clear instructions on the itinerary were the most helpful. His knowledge of history is superb and presentation wonderful. Highly recommend 😉

The information provided by our guide Oscar was fantastic. I had been to Segovia several times before since I was a kid, and this was the first time I could get so much out of the trip. I am very happy I chose this tour.

The trip was really good and very informative. Rafa our tour guide is very knowledgeable and very accommodating.

Excellent tour, the guides were knowledgeable and friendly. We enjoyed this tour very much. Especially Segovia.

Great tour. Seeing the aqueduct in Segovia was the highlight of our trip to Madrid.