Segovia, Salamanca & Avila
DESTINATIONSalamanca, Segovia and Avila
PRICING199€ per person sharing a double room, 274€ Single.
DATES16-19 September 2018 and 15-18 April 2019
REGIME3 star bed and breakfast
SINGLE SUPPLEMENTFor technical reasons, singles bookings must be done by telephone. (+34) 966 785 910. Supplement of +75€ Applies only to single occupancy
Alongside the mountains of central Spain and only a fairly short drive from the Capital city of Madrid are three of the most outstanding cities of Spain. Day one is day of travel arriving at our hotel in Segovia, built on a rock, this city has the appearance of a ship sailing between the mountain ranges. The ships bough formed by the fairytale castle sitting right at the front peak of the rock and overlooking a valley cut out by two rivers, Eresmas and Clamores. This medieval marvel has looked over the valley for centuries. Its rooms are filled with souvenirs of a fascinating past which include some of the most important people in Spanish history. Statues and paintings which amount to a gallery of who's who in medieval Spain, fill large grey walled rooms. While the castles location offers magnificent views over the well irrigated landscape which tumbles down to the burbling water of the two rivers. The massive cathedral, situated in the centre of the rock provides the sail for our ship. Sitting alongside a town square where people watching could become addictive, some time should be given to the interior of this stunning building. But even before you reach any of this, you are confronted with the most magnificent entry gate to any city anywhere in the world. The Segovia Roman Aqueduct. This 92 feet high, 2,883 feet long marvel of Roman architecture has stood in its present position, welcoming visitors to the town for over 2,000 years. A sight once seen, never to be forgotten. This is central Spain at its memorable best.
Day two is a free day to continue exploring the city of Segovia.
Day three offers an excursion to Salamanca which is larger and orbits round the largest Plaza Mayor in the country. In spring time storks circle over head and nest in the upper extremities of the attractive buildings which form the borders of a square, which provides a meeting, eating and drinking centre for locals and tourists alike. Uniquely, Salamanca boasts not one, but two universities and again uniquely two cathedrals. The unusual gold coloured stone used to construct the buildings glinting in the late evening sunshine, and taken form a nearby quarry, can be seen from a long way off across the flat planes surrounding the town. Boat rides are offered on the ample waters of the river Tormes which is straddled by a Roman bridge. Reminding us that not only the Romans, but before them the Carthaginians, and after them the Moors and then the Christian Monarchs ruled this land. A day in Salamanca opens the door to ancient Spanish culture mingling with the energy of young Spain. Many young people fill the Plaza Mayor, the streets and the cafes. These are young people who come here from all over the world to study in the world famous universities of a town of great character which has over the centuries, marked its place in history as an outstanding centre of learning. With a short stop at Avila on our way back to our hotel, Avila stands on the banks of the Adaja river at an altitude of 1,127 metres, this makes it the highest city above sea level in the whole of Spain. It is a perfectly walled city that serves as a breathtaking introduction to Avila as we approach. Building of the walls began in the 11C by order of Alphonso 6th in order to fortify it against Arab invasions making it the earliest of its type in Europe and it has survived perfectly intact through centuries. The city is a remarkable collection of dozens of churches, monasteries, mansions and squares.
Day four, A short stop in Madrid city centre with just enough time for a quick look round and lunch (not included)
The good news is that you can see all this and more for yourself and without breaking the bank.
Terrific trip, Tour Guide Justine was superb. G&MS 19/09/2016
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