Half-Day Segovia Excursion
See the Roman Influence in Medieval Segovia
DURATION: UP TO 5-HOURS
Travel through the beautiful medieval city of Segovia to see the Roman influence, 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 this great city.
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 defense.
Today’s cathedral was built in 1558 after the former was destroyed by a fire during the rebellion of the comuneros against Emperor Charles V. The gothic style was maintained so its plans could have three naves, a transept, an apse, and an ambulatory. The cathedral has various museums which are located around the gothic cloister, and in one of them an interesting collection of tapestry by Rubens can be found.
This 5-hour tour includes:
- The Aquaduct
- Gothic Cathedral
- 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 5-hours, Entrance Fees to Cathedral and Alcazar Fortress.
Excludes: Guide Gratuity, Extra Hours, Extra Kilometres.