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From Madrid: Avila and Segovia Full-Day Trip

1. From Madrid: Avila and Segovia Full-Day Trip

Avila is one of Spain’s oldest cities, and surrounded by well-preserved walls dating from the 11th century, it resembles an immense castle. The old quarters are home to a number of important Romanesque churches, Gothic palaces, and the city’s 12th-century Gothic cathedral, which is also fortified. On this full-day excursion from Madrid, you’ll see the exterior of the Avila Cathedral, the Romanesque Basilica of San Vicente, and visit the Plaza Mayor. Take a short walk through the city’s old streets to the Convent of Ste. Therese. Continue on to Segovia, a city rich in historical monuments. See the magnificent Roman Aqueduct from the time of Emperor Augustus. The elegant Cathedral, and its Alcazar fortress, the most spectacular castle in Spain, are among the highlights. Both Avila and Segovia are listed as Heritage of Mankind cities.

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From Madrid: Ávila with Walls & Segovia Full-Day Tour

2. From Madrid: Ávila with Walls & Segovia Full-Day Tour

Meet with your group in central Madrid 15 minutes in advance of the tour. Travel towards the city of Ávila on an air-conditioned bus. Upon arrival, embark on a guided walking tour of the Old Town to discover the impressive history of the city. See Romanesque style churches, Gothic palaces, and a fortified cathedral dating back to the the Middle Ages. Visit the well-preserved walls of Ávila hear of the events that they have witnessed throughout the centuries. Marvel at the fortification and towers, which have been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. After the tour, enjoy some free time to explore the other areas of the town. Meet your guide again at the designated time to continue the tour to Segovia. If you decided to include the option, enjoy a wonderful gastronomic menu for lunch. Alternatively, enjoy some free time in the city to see other sites, such as the Roman Aqueduct of Segovia. Meet your guide again in front of the Cathedral for a guided tour of the city. Walk through the old Jewish quarter of the city, following your guide towards the Alcazar of Segovia. Enjoy a guided visit of the site and marvel at its spectacular architecture which served as inspiration for a famous Disney film.

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Madrid: Segovia and Ávila Highlights Guided Tour

3. Madrid: Segovia and Ávila Highlights Guided Tour

The tour departs the busy city of Madrid and heads to the first stop of the day the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Ávila. Armed with your tourist information pack provided by your escort guide, step back in time in this fascinating city. Immerse yourself in this medieval experience and discover the history, curiosities and legends of this mythical and mystical city, known as the birthplace of Santa Teresa - a proclaimed doctor of the Catholic Church. Wander along the incredible medieval wall and admire the city’s stunning cathedral, the romantic Basilica of St. Vicente, the small Market Square and the Baroque church of Santa Teresa among other places of interest. After your stroll around Ávila, head back to the bus and to the next destination of the day, Segovia, another UNESCO World Heritage-listed city. Learn about the Aqueduct of Segovia, a prodigy of Roman engineering and an icon that represents this beautiful city. From the Aqueduct, head into the medieval part of town and enjoy the stunning views from the Canaleja, then continue onto the Plaza Mayor and marvel at the spectacular Segovia Cathedral. Next, walk towards the Alcázar of Segovia which was once the fortified residence to the kings of Spain and boasts a magnificent architecture inspired by palaces.

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Avila: Private Walking Tour

4. Avila: Private Walking Tour

Pass through the most emblematic places of Avila on a private walking tour. Discover the places, art and get lost in the medieval streets. See the city through the eyes of a local and soak up Avila's history and culture. Start in a centrally located meeting point of your choice with the possibility of personalizing the walking tour to fit your needs. Wander the streets and marvel at unique landmarks such as the Basilica de San Vicente, the Convento de la Encarnación, and its historic walls. Admire the views from the Cuatro Postes viewpoint or visit the Monastery of Santo Tomas.

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What people are saying about Ávila

It was a fantastic tour!! We enjoyed everything, from the drive to each place, to the weather and each historic place, but Carlos our tour guide made it more fun and interesting! There was snow in the mountains and it was snowing by the time we got to Avila. Lots of history and just amazing to see.

Good trip. Both the medieval towns are awesome and definitely worth a visit. Carlos was a great guide with a good sense of humor. He kept giving relevant information all along the way.

What an incredible day! We saw two amazing cities and I opted for the add on gourmet lunch and it was DELICIOUS! Definitely would recommend anyone taking this trip.

The guide was very good and the tour was one of the best I've ever done in my life. The place is perfect! Places I didn't even think existed

A complete and very pleasant tour, the guide is very expert and charming. Ávila and especially Segovia are treasures that cannot be missed.