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Medieval Essentials: Avila, Segovia and El Escorial Monastery Guided Tour

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Key Highlights

  • Visit the charming medieval cities of Avila and Segovia
  • Learn about the fascinating history of the El Escorial Monastery
  • See the main points of interest in Avila including the famous walls surrounding the city
  • In Segovia, the colossal Roman Aqueduct welcomes you as you observe local folks in Plaza del Azoguejo
  • Visit the Basilica, pantheon, Royal Library at El Escorial Monastery
  • A guide will accompany you at all times and has plenty of stories to tell
  • Overview

    Two UNESCO-listed cities – Avila and Segovia, and a visit to the Monastery of El Escorial, this guided tour covers the major attractions in the surroundings of Madrid.

    Ávila

    Leaving Madrid early morning, your first stop will be at Ávila, one of the finest remnants of Europe's medieval era. It is the oldest and most complete walled city in Europe. Before heading to the city, you will stop at a Cuatro Postes viewpoint from where you can take those insta-worthy pictures of you against the picturesque backdrop. During the walking tour in Ávila, see this 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. You will see some of its major highlights like the Sanctuary of San Vicente and the Cathedral and of course, the walls.

    Segovia

    Next is Segovia, home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites and an overload of historical monuments. From a double-tiered Roman aqueduct running through the old town and a castle-fortress perched on a hill, Segovia seems like a town out of a period drama. See local whiling their time at Plaza del Azoguejo, an old market square that was a place of trading in the ancient times and today is dotted by majestic buildings, shops and eateries. There you will have free time to have lunch, do some shopping or access some of the monuments on your own.

    Your tour also includes a visit to the Alcazar of Segovia, first built as an Arab fort eventually turned into a prison and later a military academy. Today, it houses a museum open for the public to enjoy.

    El Escorial Monastery

    The last stop before we head to Madrid will be the Monastery of El Escorial, a place that will take you to a trip back to Spain’s evocative past packed with imposing art and legends. The sprawling palace built by the enigmatic King Felipe II has a huge cathedral and its walls and ceilings filled inch to inch with paintings with a burst of colour. In contrast is the king’s bedroom with white walls and bare chandeliers with a view of the high altar of the Basilica. It also houses a pantheon in a golden room where members of the royal family are buried, as well as a library with a Sistine Chapel-like ceiling celebrating the seven classical disciplines.

    About the Supplier

    Amigo Tours bring the best of the local culture to the tourists visiting Spain through specialized tours conducted by professional guides. Most of their tours have fast track or early-access entry allowing their guests to beat the crowds and enjoy an intimate experience.

  • Activity Schedule & Itinerary

    Activity Schedule

    When does it run?

    1 April to 30 September: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday

     1 October to 31 October: Tuesday, Friday and Sunday

    1 November to 31 March: Tuesday and Friday

    Duration

    11 hours approx.

    Start time

    7:30am

    Meeting Point

    Make your way to Plaza Ventas, Metro Ventas, exit to Julio Camba Street.

    Ending Point

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Transport from Madrid
    • Guide in English and Spanish (simultaneously)
    • Ticket to the Monastery of El Escorial

    Exclusions

    • Tips (if you feel generous, go on then)
    • Food and drinks (It’s still a feast for your senses)
    • Entrances to other monuments
  • Please note

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator's contact details. They're a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give them a call at least 24 hours before your organised activity to reconfirm.

    So there’s no last-minute rush please arrive at the start point 15 minutes early.

    Voucher information: Sorry, but we will need you to print a paper version of your booking voucher (we're working on changing this). At this time no refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.