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Cuenca: Medieval Old Town

1. Cuenca: Medieval Old Town

Take a tour of Cuenca and experience its historic sites and stunning location with a Spanish-speaking guide. Perched on a natural rock, whose slopes descend into deep gorges of the Júcar and Huécar rivers, the city is often referred to as the "Eagle's Nest" and the old town is a great example of unbelievable architecture. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996, Cuenca is an undiscovered gem of Spain, full of dramatic "Hanging Houses" and splendid ecclesiastical architecture. Take a stroll through the old town and discover the secrets of the main monuments. Travel back in time along the narrow streets and marvel at the hanging buildings. Get an insight into the local lifestyle and history along the way. Then, get the chance to look inside the 12th-century cathedral, first built between 1182 and 1270 in the Gothic style, and altered several times during the Renaissance and 18th century. (Week ends only)

Cuenca: Historic Center and Cathedral of Cuenca Walking Tour

2. Cuenca: Historic Center and Cathedral of Cuenca Walking Tour

Embark on a scenic walking tour through the historic center of Cuenca, and admire historical architecture, gaze at spectacular views of the Júcar and Huécar Gorges, and experience the beauty of the Cathedral of Cuenca and its stained glass windows. Meet the guide near the Plaza Mayor and enjoy the views of the Júcar and Huécar gorges while exploring the historical beauty of the Old Town, and its beautiful architecture. Cross the Plaza Mayor and head toward the San Pablo Bridge area. Walk across the bridge over the Huécar River Gorge, and see some of the best views of the hanging houses of Cuenca, an emblem of the city and an example of popular Cuenca architecture. Finish the tour with a stop at the Cathedral of Cuenca. Finish the tour at the Cathedral of Cuenca, the fifth-largest cathedral in the entire national territory, and one of the earliest examples of Gothic architecture in Spain. Admire the beauty of the stained glass windows, the chapels, and the spectacular views from the triforium.

Madrid: Roman Empire Tour

3. Madrid: Roman Empire Tour

We will leave at 8:30 a.m. from the Plaza del Conde de Casal, Madrid, escorted by our guide. Our first stop will be in Segóbriga. One of the most important Roman cities in the center of Spain, in which some of its most characteristic parts are still preserved, such as the forum, the baths, the theater and the amphitheatre. We will continue our tour by visiting one of the most unique attractions in the area, the Lapis Specularis Mines. The Romans extracted here this ore, which they used as crystal, and they distributed it throughout their empire, creating great wealth in the area. Afterwards, we will give you free time to have lunch in the city of Cuenca. We will end our tour with a guided visit to the Mosaics of the Roman Villa of Noheda. This villa hosts the largest mosaics of the Roman Empire found until today, with almost 300 square meters of extension. At the end of the visit we will begin our way back to Madrid, where we will arrive at roughly 19:30hrs Archaeological park of Segobriga. One of the most important traces of the Roman world. This city was the economical and trading ground control for the mines where they obatined the Lapis Specularis, also known as Hispania’s Crystal, allowing its economical peak and its monumental developement starting in the times of Augustus. It is one of the best examples of a Roman city in the center of the Iberian Peninsula, center of lapis specularis mining, true engine of growth of this region in the times of the Romans, which reflects in an obvious way in the city’s urban design. There were only 7 Roman cities in Spain that had a theatre an amphitheatre and a circus, and Segobriga is one of them. We will be thrilled b yan ancient Roman theater and we will step on the arena of a real amphitheatre, followed by the visit of the public baths. Lapis Specularis mines. Hispania’s Crystal, in Saceda del Río district. In small groups of approximately ten people, our guide will bring to a context the value this material gave to this region long time ago. An authentic Roman mine to analyze, in a very visual way, the means and the techniques used in these spaces, lighting, working process, etc. These mines are located in an unmatched natural space, making of this visit the perfect blend between a nature excursion and a historical visit. The Roman Villa of Noheda. This luxurious Roman Villa from IV Century AD, known as the Spanish Pompei, hosts the largest Roman mosaic in the world. At the villa’s triclinium, of 231 square meters, we can find this mosaic unique because of both its dimensions and its state of preservation as well as because of its rich figurative scenes. It is, without a doubt, one of the great wonders on the Roman world. Not in vain declared Katherine Dunbabin, emeritus profesor at Oxford University and one of the world’s greatest experts in mosaics, that it is “the most impressive mosaic she had ever seen along the whole Roman Empire”.

Madrid: Cuenca, Hanging Hauses and Cathedral Full-Day Trip

4. Madrid: Cuenca, Hanging Hauses and Cathedral Full-Day Trip

Lose yourself in the ancient streets of Cuenca on a full-day guided trip from Madrid. Marvel at the colorful hanging houses, step inside the stunning Cuenca Cathedral, and enjoy free time to explore at your own pace. Start your day at Plaza del Conde in the morning and board your tour bus. Take in the scenery as you ride into the Castilla La Mancha region. Make a stop at a wine cellar for a short break before continuing to Cuenca. Upon arrival in Cuenca, embark on a guided visit to the cathedral and clerestory. Continue to the colorful Hanging Houses and Museum of Abstract Art. Learn about the sights with commentary provided by your guide. Next, enjoy free time to explore the city on your own. Then, rejoin the group and take a panoramic tour along the Huécar River that will lead you under the cliffs and up to the highest part of the city, El Barrio del Castillo. Descend on foot, exploring the most beautiful corners and monuments of the city's medieval quarter, before arriving at the Parador, where the bus will be waiting for you. Sit back and relax on a smooth return transfer to Madrid in the evening.

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What people are saying about Cuenca, Spain

A fantastic tour, there was only a little heat left over and a dog that was going on the tour, thank goodness that the group was divided and I did not have to do the tour with why I should have canceled it, I have an allergy and panic.

Excellent tour and guides ... highly recommended, you always learn things that you can't even imagine and it helps to love the city more

Nice visits, very fun experience, and a very friendly guide.