A day trip: From Ancient Roman Hispania to Middle Ages
Just 70 minutes away from Madrid by private Van, we can have the privilege to visit two authentic jewels of Castilian Middle Ages, the UNESCO World Heritage listed cities of Segovia and Avila. A perfect example of how Spain, its territory, became a crossroads for different cultures and civilizations.
First, we stop at Avila to admire the old town with its stunning ancient walls. We should visit the one-of-a-kind Cathedral and its monumental treasures around the city, including a large number of Romanesque-style churches and Gothic palaces.
Later we drive to Segovia. Examples of its greatness are the
massive Roman aqueduct, the Gothic cathedral and fairy tale -like "Alcazar" fortress-palace.
We can not forget to mention the experience of trying one of the best dishes of Spanish cuisine, a Segovia specialty, the sucking pig or "cochinillo".
Pick up by private Van and head straight to Avila. During the trip you will learn about Santa Teresa de Jesus, a great mystic woman and the history of this fascinating medieval town.
Our first stop will be at a hilltop panoramic view point
to admire the spectacular view outside the walled city of Avila. Its medieval walls, the best preserved in the world, surround the old city, which houses a great part
of its monumental treasures, including a fortified cathedral of the 12th century.
Back in the Van, after 45 minutes ride, we get to Segovia. My suggestion is to walk from the Aqueduct, in a calm pace, to the Plaza Mayor and Cathedral. On the way, examples of architecture from the Romanesque to Baroque time. Afterwards we can follow our steps down to the "Alcazar", a medieval castle and Royal residence for centuries, a "must see" in my opinion.
After satisfying our cultural interests, nothing better than trying the local cuisine.
Remember the visit is very flexible and up to you and your interests.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 9 hours
Private Mercedes Minivan for up to 6 passengers + driver+ guide
Estimated Local Cash Needed
40 eur - City walls 5 Euro per person
Cathedral 3,5 Euro pero person
Alcazar(Castle) 5 Euro per person
Local lunch from 15 to 40 Euro.
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Ernesto brought us to Avila and Segovia on our recent trip to Spain and Portugal. He was fun and informative and our group had a wonderful experience visiting these two cities. We would highly recommend him for future tours.