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Madrid: Toledo and Segovia Guided Tour with Alcázar Ticket

1. Madrid: Toledo and Segovia Guided Tour with Alcázar Ticket

Immerse yourself in the history, architecture, and cultural delights of Toledo, Segovia and visit the historic and beautiful Alcázar. Choose between a shared or private tour experience departing from Madrid. Your journey into Toledo begins with a breathtaking view of the city at the Mirador del Valle, a perfect opportunity to snap a stunning panoramic photo. As you enter the old district of Toledo, a walking tour will guide you through the historical Jewish quarter. The second half of your excursion takes you to the historical city of Segovia, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the impressive Roman aqueduct, its impressive cathedral, and marvel at the architecture from ancient Roman and medieval times.  Saving the best for last, you’ll be led to the Segovia Alcazar, one of Spain's most famous castles from the 12th century. Afterward, take some time to explore the city on your own, along with insider tips from your guide to discover hidden gems. 

Madrid: Segovia and Toledo Tour, Alcazar, and Cathedral

2. 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: Avila and Segovia Day Trip with Alcazar

3. From Madrid: Avila and Segovia Day Trip with Alcazar

Embark on a full-day guided tour to the UNESCO-listed cities of Avila and Segovia from Madrid aboard an air-conditioned bus. Marvel at Avila's cathedral and most emblematic monuments on a walking tour. Sep inside the Alcazar of Segovia with entrance tickets and a guide. Take a walking tour of Avila, one of Spain’s oldest cities. Marvel at its well-preserved, castle-like walls dating from 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, admdire 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. Then, continue on to Segovia, a city rich in historical monuments. See the magnificent Roman Aqueduct from 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. After admiring its exterior, step inside to discover its legends and glorious past.

Madrid: Avila and Segovia Day Trip with Tickets to Monuments

4. 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.

Segovia: Guided Walking Tour with Cathedral & Alcázar Entry

5. Segovia: Guided Walking Tour with Cathedral & Alcázar Entry

Explore the city of Segovia on a guided walking tour. Discover the inside of the beautiful Catedral of Segovia. Enter the Alcázar and learn about its historical importance as you stroll through its elegant rooms and chambers. Start from the impressive Aqueduct. During the walk, discover ornate historic buildings such as the Casa De Los Picos. See some Romanesque churches from outside, such as the Church of San Martín, as well as part of the old district of the Jewish quarter. Continue toward the central Plaza Mayor of Segovia. Visit the Cathedral of Segovia and admire it from inside. Learn more about the many sights and buildings on the way from your expert guide. Finish the tour at the Alcázar of Segovia. Learn about the history of this elegant palace which was the home of several notable kings and queens, including Isabella I of Castile. See its stately rooms and learn how the castle was used throughout the centuries.

From Madrid: Avila and Segovia Full-Day Tour

6. 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 comfortable 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 interior of its 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.

Segovia: Hot Air Balloon Ride with Optional Pickup Service

7. Segovia: Hot Air Balloon Ride with Optional Pickup Service

After taking off at dawn from a field front of the Hospital General Segovia, you will begin a 1-hour flight over the Segovia region. You will attain a height of up to 1,000 meters. During your flight you will have photos and videos taken of you, whilst you are transported high above the ground by an experienced pilot with years of experience. You will be tracked by a rescue crew through the duration of your flight, and will undergo a champagne toast celebration at landing, then a breakfast and a certificate. This tour is a brilliant opportunity to gain a different perspective of such a scenic region of Spain, and a perfect opportunity for those that have never air ballooned before, and those wishing to experience it again.

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: P14 Hot Air Balloon over Segovia with Transfer

9. From Madrid: P14 Hot Air Balloon over Segovia with Transfer

Sail through the air over Segovia on a hot-air balloon tour, and take in the colorful Spanish landscape below. Enjoy the adventure knowing you'll be driven worry-free to and from your hotel. After being picked up at your accommodation in Madrid, sit back and enjoy the short drive to Segovia. Relax in a modern luxury vehicle with wi-fi onboard. When you arrive your pilot will be ready to take you into the atmosphere. Have your camera ready to capture bird’s-eye views of the Alcázar, a 12th century fortification built on a rocky outcrop. Take pictures of the old city and the ancient aqueduct built by the Romans in the year 118. Listen to your pilot talk about the landmarks, and see why Segovia was designated World Heritage City for its unique beauty. After a smooth landing, break for a typical Spanish breakfast. Celebrate with a glass of Cava and a flight certificate personally signed by your pilot. Finally, transfer to Madrid Center, or if you prefer, stay and discover Segovia and return to Madrid on your own.

From Madrid: Toledo, Alcázar, Segovia, and Avila Guided Tour

10. From Madrid: Toledo, Alcázar, Segovia, and Avila Guided Tour

Embark on a tour to discover the main attractions of Toledo and Segovia, two of the most popular cities in Spain, both declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Enjoy guided walks, entry tickets to the Alcázar of Segovia, and plenty of free time to explore. Your trip also includes a stop in Avila. Starting from Ventas in Madrid, depart first thing in the morning to Toledo. Once there, stop at a viewpoint next to the city to take unbeatable panoramic photos. Next, begin your guided visit to Zocodover Square, before crossing over the river to reach the San Martín Bridge. Walking through the narrow streets of Toledo, head to the cathedral. On the way, see the Jewish neighborhood, learn about some of Toledo's illustrious characters, and discover the best places to buy typical Toledo products. Next, you will have the chance to visit a damasquinado workshop where you will observe artisans as they inlay gold and silver threads to create handicrafts that can be purchased as souvenirs. Head to Segovia and enjoy some free time on your own to experience the gastronomy of the city before starting your guided visit. Your guide will show you a good spot to admire the views of the mountains and will talk about Segovian architecture. With your guide, walk to the Alcázar of Segovia, seeing the Cathedral of Segovia and the Plaza Mayor on your way. Once there, greet your guide who will then give you access to visit the inside of the castle. Buy souvenirs, take photos, or explore the area further before going to Avila. The last stop will be in Avila where you’ll walk through the streets and corners to experience the city's great heritage legacy. Enjoy views of the city's medieval walls dating from the 11th century and visit the Mirador de los Cuatro Postes monument, where you'll have the opportunity to take pictures.

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What people are saying about Castile and León

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Great tour of highlights near Madrid. We were only going to be in Madrid for 3 nights and needed to pack as much as possible so I booked this tour. It seemed like a lot but it was very doable and an easy pace. They gave us time for coffee/snack, had a great lunch at the restaurant they took us to and enjoyed the places we went to without feeling rushed. If you’re on short time then it’s worth it. If I had more time I would visit Toledo on its own because I would like to spend more time there and then another day take the Segovia and Avila tour. At the restaurant we tried the shareable meal for 2 referred to as desgustacion and it gave us variety to try typical food items and the dessert arroz con leche was delicious. This was a small group tour and we enjoyed meeting the people that were there. Our tour guide Diego was very nice and knowledgeable.

We loved our tour of both Toledo and Segovia. It was a great mix of guided walking tours and free time to explore each city on your own. Our guide, Rocio, was terrific and spoke fluent Spanish and English throughout the tour. She was also very knowledgeable about the culture and history of both cities.

This was such a wonderful experience! I highly recommend this trip. Our guides, Rafael and Maria, were very informative sharing their knowledge on these 2 UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Very educational and structured tour with a friendly tour man, highly recommended.

Wonderful experience. Our guide made a beautiful city even more enjoyable!