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Madrid: Segovia and Toledo Tour, Alcazar, and Cathedral

1. 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 & 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: 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.

Madrid: Segovia & Avila Day Trip with Optional Entry Tickets

4. 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.

From Madrid: Toledo and Segovia with Optional Entry Tickets

5. From Madrid: Toledo and Segovia with Optional Entry Tickets

Don't miss Toledo, a city at the crossroads of different civilizations, cultures, eras, and styles. Enjoy the convenience of roundtrip transfer from Madrid. Meet your guide just outside the center to enjoy a panoramic view of the city before wandering through the old town, declared a National Monument and UNESCO World Heritage Site.   Let your guide point out magnificent examples of Mudejar, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture that stand as legacies of the different cultures and civilizations that thrived within the city's walls. Enjoy free time to wander the winding streets of the historic center and perhaps grab a bite to eat. Meet your guide back at the famous Toledo Cathedral for a guided tour of the interior of this paragon of Spanish Gothic architecture. Previously the site of the city mosque before it was built in the 13th century, the cathedral contains some aspects of Mudejar style and architectural elements. After your cathedral visit, free time to have lunch on your own and head back to the tour start point to catch your bus back to Madrid and then continue to Segovia. Upon arrival the experience begins with a walking tour around Plaza del Azoguejo where you can admire the Roman Aqueduct. Then we’ll continue walking through the old town to see the Town Hall Square, to admire the exterior of the Gothic Cathedral and of course the Alcázar Castle of the 12th century, former fortified residence of the kings of Castile

Toledo Half-Day Tour from Madrid

6. Toledo Half-Day Tour from Madrid

Depart Madrid for the medieval city of Toledo, picturesquely located on the banks of the River Tagus. The half-day tour provides a full introduction to the historic city, wandering winding streets to monuments that reveal its fascinating past. Start with a panoramic walking tour of the old quarters, and visit the Plaza del Ayuntamiento to see the magnificent façade of the Primate Cathedral of Saint Mary, the old Palace of Justice, and Toledo City Hall. Continue through the former Jewish Quarter, wandering the narrow streets to the Church of St. Tomé, location of El Greco’s famous painting, “The Burial of Count Orgaz.” Visit the old Synagogue of Ste. Maria la Blanca, which remains as a symbol of the co-existence of Toledo’s “3 Cultures.” End with a visit to a typical Damasquino (Damascene) factory to see the precious jewelry perfected by the Arabs and brought to Spain by the Moors.

Madrid: Avila with Walls and Segovia with Alcazar

7. Madrid: Avila with Walls and Segovia with Alcazar

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 of the Middle Ages. Visit the Walls of Ávila 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 different groups. If you have chosen the option to visit Segovia at your own pace, you will have approximately three hours of free time. If you have chosen the option with monuments, you’ll have approximately one hour of free time to have lunch on your own. The rest of the group will go to the restaurant to enjoy a lunch with roast suckling pig that will not leave you indifferent. 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: Segovia, Ávila, and Toledo Guided Tour

8. 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: Avila and Segovia Full-Day Tour

9. 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: Day Trip to Ávila and Salamanca w/ Guided Tour

10. 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.

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This was a great day trip! The bus was clean and comfortable, easy to find as well. Our guide was great! Easy to understand and very knowledgeable. Both cities were so beautiful and it was fun to have free time to shop and look around. We did the early morning tour and so glad we did because it got crowded fast! I would definitely recommend this tour!

Our day trip to Segovia/Avila was organized and kept us informed of the schedule and itinerary at all times. I recommend this tour highly! All the guides were informative and courteous. They all did a great job!

Loved the destinations however wish we had more time in each place!!!! JC was a great guide & would most certainly join his groups again!!!!

It was a perfect fit. We had the opportunity to include those cities in our itinerary. Avila was a great surprise!

Great tour for those who want to know the 3 cities in one day.