Ávila is one of the finest remnants of Europe's medieval era and a World Heritage site. It is the oldest and most complete walled city in Europe. The city walls are symbolical of the city. Ávila lies a short distance to the west of Madrid.
Ávila is a city of contrasts, the hustle and bustle of the mercado (market) contrasts with the quiet of the temples, churches and convents. The beautiful palaces and the impressive cathedral provide Ávila's character and identity, Avila also is renowned for being the home of St. Teresa of Avila.
Segovia, founded as a Roman pleasure resort, became a religious centre and seat of the Castilian court. Through the ages it has been a melting pot of Roman, Arabic, Jewish and Christian cultures. Its steep streets lined with quaint houses built of granite and many monuments remind one of its long and notable history.
The great aqueduct is the crowning glory of Segovia. 2,000 years on it is still in perfect working condition, bringing potable water to Segovia.
You will be picked up from Plaza de Espana, 7, Madrid. Accompanied by a multi-lingual guide, you will travel by deluxe air-conditioned to Ávila and Segovia.
This tour offers three options:
• Tour without lunch
• Tour with Tourist Lunch of white beans, roasted veal and caramel custard/fruit.
• Tour with Gastronomic Lunch: this consists of Castilian soup/white beans/cold cuts, roasted suckling pig, Segovia cake, wine, mineral water and coffee.
On this scenic journey you will get to visit and see many beautiful sights. Some of which are:
The Cathedral de Ávila (outside only) – This incredible church is distinguished by its exquisite Romanesque and Spanish Gothic architectural styles.
"Los Cuatro Postes" – An ancient site for festivities and the place to enjoy a panoramic view of Avila.
St. Teresa’s Convent – A breathtaking complex and monument supposed to mark the birthplace of this famous saint.
The Basilica of San Vicente – Begun in the Romanesque and finished in the Spanish Gothic style it is a perfect example of this fusion of architectural styles.
After the tour of Ávila we then move on to Segovia.
On arrival in to Segovia some of the most important sights you get to see are:
The Aqueduct of Segovia - It is about 16 kilometres long and the symbol of Segovia. This amazing piece of Roman engineering was constructed without the use of mortar or clamps!
Among the city’s monuments is the Cathedral of Segovia built in the late gothic style. It is a delicate construction with some very fine stained glass windows.
The Alcazar – Is a beautiful and world famous fusion of a medieval fortress and palace that was built during the 10th century where you can also explore the new Artillery Museum.
At the end of your splendid tour you will return to the Plaza de Espana, 7, Madrid.
Really enjoyed this tour. The tour leader spoke good English & gave us a lot of the history of both villages. Segovia is really beautiful & again I wished I had more time to...carmen montanaro
was a good tour with tourist guide very knowledgeable and very good driver as well. no hassle encountered with Julia Travels - very professional people....MA THERESA QUIRINO
Excellent guide who provided enthusiasm on the history of the region. Tour very important to understand Catholic Spain....Pedro Josue Cruz
01 Apr - 31 Oct: Daily
01 Nov - 31 Mar: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Duration: 9 hours
Tour starts from Plaza de Espana, 7, Madrid (the closest Metro Station is Plaza de Espana on Line 10, located 3 minutes walking distance from the terminal).
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
Tour returns to your original point of departure
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the start of the tour to reconfirm the departure details.
French & Italian guide available on request, please specify your language of preference in the special request section at the time of booking.
Children (0 - 5) years free but lunch is not included.
Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.