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From the winding cobbled streets of Toledo to the imposing grandeur of the Alcazar of Segovia, travel back in time to discover the medieval splendour of Spain's illustrious history.
- Madrid, including the Monasterio de las Descalzados Reales
- Segovia and the Alcazar
- Ávila, ‘The City of Saints and Stones’, including tapas and a wine tasting
- San Sebastián & Toledo
- Salamanca, including a guided tour
- The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
- Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
- First Class rail travel unless otherwise stated (Standard Premier Class on Eurostar journeys with a light meal and drinks)
- 11 nights' hotel accommodation including 1 outbound overnight in Barcelona, 3 nights at the 4-Star NH Nacional Hotel in Madrid, 2 nights at the 4-Star Hesperia Toledo in Toledo, 3 nights at the 4-Star Palacio de los Velada in Ávila, and 2 nights at the 4-Star Hotel Londres y Inglaterra in San Sebastián
- 18 meals, including 11 breakfasts and 7 dinners including a farewell dinner in San Sebastián
- Exciting excursions and free time to explore
- Guided tour of Barcelona
- Explore Madrid with a local guide, enjoying an included visit to the Monasterio de las Descalzados Reales
- Discover Toledo on an orientation tour
- Uncover Salamanca's beauty on a guided tour
- Excursion to Segovia, with a tour of the Alcazar
- Parts of this holiday make use of portable audio headsets on guided tours, allowing you to hear your guide clearly wherever in the group you are
Day 1: London - Barcelona
Our adventure begins when you meet your Tour Manager at Great Rail Journeys' dedicated Departure Office in London St Pancras International today. From here, we depart on the Eurostar for Paris, travelling in Standard Premier Class with a light meal and drinks served on board.
Day 2: Barcelona and onwards to Madrid
Today begins with an introductory sightseeing tour of Barcelona, during which we see some of the city's famous highlights including unique Gaudí architecture and Las Ramblas.
Day 3: Madrid
Today we are introduced to Madrid on a sightseeing tour of the city, noticing the many architectural styles, and attractive green spaces. We admire the beautiful Royal Palace and the 17th century Plaza Mayor.
Day 4: At leisure in Madrid
Today you are free to continue exploring the vibrant city of Madrid at leisure, discovering its stunning architecture, lively plazas and grand boulevards. You have the opportunity to explore in depth some of the sights we passed on yesterday's tour.
Day 5: Toledo
After breakfast today we travel by train (Standard Class) to Toledo. The capital of Spain during the Middle Ages, Toledo shows strong Roman and Moorish influences with a rich history of sword-making and well preserved fortifications. We take an orientation tour of this stunning city, exploring the maze of medieval cobbled streets.
Day 6: At leisure in Toledo
Today you are free to explore Toledo at leisure. The historic city centre is one of the largest in Spain, with more than 100 monuments. It sits on a craggy rock,almost completely encircled by a wide bend of the River Tajo. Since 1987, Toledo has had UNESCO World Heritage status.
Day 7: Ávila
Today we transfer by coach to Ávila, home of one of the best-preserved medieval bastions in Spain. Known as 'The City of Saints and Stones', Ávila was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1985, owing in part to its magnificent walls, 88 watchtowers and over 2,500 turrets.
Day 8: Salamanca
We leave Ávila and travel by coach (Standard Class) to Salamanca, where we enjoy a guided city tour. Strolling around this historic city, we see the 15th century Cathedral and the University, which dates back to 1218. Salamanca is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is known as 'La Dorada', or 'The Golden City', because of the glow of its sandstone buildings.
Day 9: Segovia and the Alcazar
Today our excursion takes us to Segovia, a town of twisting alleyways, charming squares and the highest concentration of Romanesque churches in Europe. The historic heart is surrounded by medieval walls, and the entire city is bordered by two rivers.
Days 10-11: To San Sebastian
We travel to San Sebastián (Standard Class) in the early afternoon. San Sebastián is considered to be one of the most elegant resorts in Spain, with an irresistible blend of Parisian-inspired architecture and Basque charm. You are free for dinner tonight; perhaps sample some of the famous local tapas.
Day 12: Return to London
After a short coach journey across the border to Hendaye in France, we board the high-speed TGV to Paris. After crossing the city by coach we connect with the Eurostar service to London.
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