Full-Day Segovia & Avila Excursion
Discover Spain's History in Avila and Segovia
DURATION: UP TO 9-HOURS
Travel through Avila, the fortified city known as Saint Teresa's birthplace, take a glimpse at the Royal Monastery of Santo Tomas, and Cathedral. Then explore the beautiful medieval city of Segovia to see the Roman Aquaduct, the Alcazar, and the last Gothic cathedral built in Spain. This excursion with a knowledgeable English-speaking guide will provide an overview of all the sites and wonder of these two great cities.
The extensive history of Avila begins with the primitive Celtiberian settlement of the Vetones around 700 BC. The first wall was built with the arrival of the Romans in the third century BC, making Avila a strategic point of defence. Following several centuries of decadence, the city was repopulated and rebuilt in the 11th century. The legend says that Raimundo de Borgoña, son-in-law of King Alfonso VI, was in charge of supervising the reconstruction of the wall on top of the ruins of the ancient Roman fortress.
In Plaza de Santa Teresa there is a convent of the same name, built in 1636 on top of the house where Santa Teresa del Jesús was born. The building, with a Baroque main front, houses an important collection of carvings made by sculptor Gregorio Fernández. The Isabelline Gothic Monastery of Santo Tomás, finished in 1493 during the reign of the Catholic Monarchs, was the summer residence of the Spanish Royal Family.
Segovia is located on high ground between the channels of the rivers Eresma and Clamores. The entrance gate to the historic quarter of Segovia is the Roman Aqueduct, in the plaza del Azoguejo. This jewel of engineering, built under the Roman empire in the 1st century, brought water to the high city from 15 kilometres away. 29 metres at its highest point, its 163 arches are supported by blocks of stone from the Sierra de Guadarrama without mortar, lead or cement.
A short distance away from the arcaded Plaza Mayor we find one of the last gothic buildings to be constructed in Spain, the Cathedral. At one end of this walled enclosure is the profile of the Alcazar fortress behind the Queen Victoria Eugenia gardens. On the outside is the impressive group formed by an 80 metre high tower with twelve more smaller towers, and a moat for defence.
This 9-hour tour includes:
- Convent of Santa Teresa
- Royal Monastery of Santo Tomas
- Segovia Roman Aquaduct
- Alcazar fortress
Pick-Up/Drop-Off: Your driver will pick you up from your Madrid city-centre hotel. At the conclusion of your tour, your driver will drop you off back at your hotel.
Includes: A private expert English-speaking guide and car services for up to 9-hours, Entrance Fees.
Excludes: Guide Gratuity, Extra Hours, Extra Kilometres.