- Journey to the heart of Spain and get to know two of its most iconic old cities. Walt Disney is said to have based the Disneyland castle on Segovia’s 12th century Alcázar
- View the formidable 12th-century walls that repelled Moorish invaders from the town of Ávila and helped the advance of the Reconquista
- The Aqueduct of Segovia is the best preserved and most important Roman monument in all of the Iberian peninsula. It’s 16 km long and dominates the entire city
Travel to the highlands of Spain and visit two picture-perfect towns full of monuments from Roman and medieval times. They’ll beguile you and offer a glimpse into the soul of Old Castile.
Out of a brown, arid wilderness rise the town walls of Ávila. And what walls they are. Built in the 11th and 12th centuries while the Reconquista was wresting territory back from the Moors, they were designed to stand the test of time.
Long, tall, and thick, they form a protective perimeter (2500 meters in total) around the town. 87 stern semi-circular towers further helped deter foes, and friends were allowed in via one of nine vigilant gates. It’s impressive and remarkably well preserved.
When you pass through, you’ll find the town inside medieval and devoted to its most famous child, St Theresa of Ávila. Highlights abound such as the gothic Cathedral of Ávila and many romanesque churches. Or perhaps keep it simple and sip a café con leche with the old men in the Plaza Mayor.
Onwards to Segovia.
It’s surrounded by legend and myth, but there's nothing fictional about the stunning aqueduct that runs right through the city. It’s from Roman times and might appear like a train track of the gods. It has two tiers of arches, near flawless stone and dominates the city for over 800 meters (it continues beyond too for miles).
There are other lures. The beautiful Alcázar might seem vaguely familiar – Walt Disney is said to have modelled the Disneyland castle on it, and the 16th century cathedral is considered one of the most beautiful in Europe.
More than that though, its streets have a charm and vibrancy that have proved timeless.
Calle San Nicolás 15, 28013
- Air-conditioned motor coach
- Multilingual official guide: tour guaranteed in English and Spanish
- Entrances to the Convent, Museum of Teresa de Jesús, Plaza Mayor, Basilica of San Vicente, the Cathedral in Segovia and Alcázar
- Food and beverages (unless booked)
Go to the Julia Travel Office (located at Calle San Nicolás, 15, 28013 Madrid) and trade your voucher for a ticket.
- Metro: L2 and L5, stop Opera
Daily at 09:00, make sure you present yourself 15 minutes before departure time. You will be back in Madrid around 18:00.
Lunch - Optional
Don't want to bring your own lunch? Then take the lunch option in the checkout, and enjoy a delicious Spanish meal.
La granja white beans, segovia style stuffed veal with garniture, dessert and red wine, mineral water and coffee.
La granja white beans, roasted pig, ponche cake with ice cream and red wine, mineral water and coffee.
IMPORTANT: A meal for kids under 6 isn't included. If you have kids that age, pay for their meal directly to the restaurant.