Join us on a one-week cultural stay in the World Heritage town of Segovia. You'll explore Segovia's soaring Roman aqueduct, fairy-tale royal palace, and dramatic Gothic cathedral, plus take excursions to Salamanca, Avila, Toledo, and Madrid.

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 Evening in Segovia, plaza near the Roman aqueduct   The Alcazar, Segovia  The baroque cathedral, Segovia  The Roman aqueduct, Segovia  The medieval town of Segovia  <i>Las Meninas</i> by Diego Velázquez, the Prado Museum, Madrid  Salamanca  Palace facade in Salamanca's Plaza Mayor  The landscape of medieval Toledo  The World Heritage site of Avila

Segovia

A One-Week Stay in the Heart of Spain

9 days from $4,190

Join us on a one-week cultural stay in the World Heritage town of Segovia. You'll explore Segovia's soaring Roman aqueduct, fairy-tale royal palace, and dramatic Gothic cathedral, plus take excursions to Salamanca, Avila, Toledo, and Madrid.

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SPECIAL OFFER

Save $250 per person when you book by November 6, 2020!

No single supplement for solo travelers! (Limited availability. Book early to ensure your place.)

Special Air Rates & Services: As part of our special air program, FlexAir, available with this tour, you can choose from a wide variety of flight options. Visit the Tour Details tab and click on "Special Air Rates/Services" drop down. 

Overview

Join us on a new one-week Cultural Stay in World Heritage Segovia. Become immersed in a vibrant, modern town that showcases a soaring Roman aqueduct, a fairy-tale royal palace, and a dramatic Gothic cathedral, plus take excursions to nearby historic towns. Your stay at the Hotel Eurostars Convento Capuchinos is the ideal blend of historic setting and modern comfort.

Highlights Include

  • ​Segovia: No town typifies the glory of Old Castile and León, birthplace of Queen Isabella, more than Segovia. Immerse yourself in this fascinating town for a week 
    as you visit its important sites, including one of the best-preserved elevated Roman aqueducts in Europe, the Alcázar or palace, and the Gothic-style cathedral. Throughout your stay, you’ll learn about Spain’s history and culture, and enjoy the paseo, or leisurely evening stroll, with local residents.
  • Madrid: A special tour of the Prado’s extensive collections features Velázquez, Goya, and El Greco. A panoramic tour with stops at Plaza Mayor and Palacio Real then provides an overview of this important city of culture, followed by time to explore at leisure.
  • World Heritage Towns of Castile and León: Discover the medieval Old Town of Ávila, renowned for its 11th-century walls interspersed with crenelated towers and gates. The medieval Arab, Jewish, and Christian sites in Toledo reflect a period of cross-cultural connections, which you’ll observe at the Moorish style Puerta de la Bisagra; the Santa Maria La Blanca Synagogue featuring a Mudéjar design; and the Church of Santo Tomé, home to El Greco’s masterpiece The Burial of Count Orgaz. In Salamanca, old and new blend seamlessly as contemporary university students walk through their medieval campus and town. You’ll also stroll the gardens and royal palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso, which refl ects the grandeur of Versailles. 
  • Cultural Insights: Savor the flavors of central Spain, including Duero wines and jamón ibérico (a delicious cured ham), and attend special presentations about important historical figures and contemporary Spain.

Itinerary

Days 1 & 2- Depart the U.S. and Arrive in Madrid

Depart the U.S. on your transatlantic flight to Madrid, Spain.

Arrive at Madrid’s Barajas International Airport and transfer to the historic town of Segovia. Check-in to the Hotel Eurostars Convento Capuchinos. Each traveler will receive a Welcome Package containing information and a map of the region of Castile & León and your Smithsonian Journeys Travel Director will be on hand to assist you. There’s time to relax and settle in before joining fellow participants and your Smithsonian Journeys Expert for a welcome reception, opening remarks and dinner at the hotel. (R,D)

Day 3 - Segovia

Start each morning with a hearty buffet breakfast at the hotel. Afterward, depart for a tour of Segovia, a town that typifies the glory of Old Castile. You’ll see the bustling Plaza Mayor, the Gothic-style Cathedral, and visit the interior of the magnificent fairytale Alcazar de Segovia. You’ll also see the iconic Aqueduct, one of the best-preserved elevated Roman aqueducts in Europe. Afterward, enjoy lunch at a traditional Segovian restaurant. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure to explore independently. In the early evening gather for a discussion by a local expert on Contemporary Spain and learn more about issues and events in the country today. Dinner this evening will be served at a local restaurant. (B,L,D)

Day 4 – Salamanca

Depart the hotel early this morning for the famous university town of Salamanca, a World Heritage site. Your guide will take you along the Rua Mayor to visit the Plaza Mayor, one of the most beautiful in Spain, the Casa de las Conchas, built-in 1493, and the Cathedral, an amalgam of architectural styles from late Gothic to Baroque. Afterward, visit Salamanca University, one of the world’s oldest universities that first opened in 1218. Learn about Spanish wines at a nearby hacienda in the Duero Valley. A local speaker will talk about Spanish wines at a nearby hacienda in the Duero Valley. Afterwards, enjoy a wine tasting and lunch featuring local specialties. Return to Segovia for a leisure evening. (B,L)

Day 5 – Madrid

Today, depart the hotel on an excursion to Spain’s capital city, Madrid and the remarkable Prado Museum that showcases the art of Velázquez, Rubens, Goya, El Bosco, El Greco, and more. Enjoy an exclusive visit with a private guide, admiring many of the museum’s highlights. Enjoy lunch independently, then continue exploring Madrid on a panoramic tour with stops at the Plaza Mayor and Palacio Real. Later in the day, step inside the Palacio Santoña, a 16th-century mansion located in Madrid’s historic center and a treasure trove of Spanish fine and applied arts. Return to Segovia in the early evening, then depart for a popular local tapas restaurant for dinner. (B,D)

Day 6 – Avila

In mid-morning, depart for the city of Ávila, where impressive 11th-century Romanesque walls enclose the old town. After arrival at the Parador de Ávila, a local expert will talk about Castile, with a focus on its famous historical figures Ferdinand, Isabel, and Columbus. After the talk, sit down to lunch at the historic Parador. Continue with an escorted walking tour through the lovely cobbled streets of this World Heritage site. Visit the Cathedral of the Saviour, planned originally as a cathedral-fortress, and built in a Romanesque and Gothic style. Dinner this evening will be at leisure. (B,L)

Day 7 – Toledo

Today you’ll visit the fascinating city of Toledo a World Heritage site and a city of great beauty, culture, and diversity. One of the oldest cities in Europe, it was once the capital of Spain. A local guide will take you to see its magnificent Puerta de la Bisagra, the Gothic Cathedral, the Church of Santo Tome to see El Greco’s masterpiece The Burial of the Count of Orgaz, and the Santa Maria La Blanca Synagogue. Lunch will be served at the Parador of Toledo, and after free time, you’ll return to Segovia. The balance of the evening and dinner is at leisure. (B,L)

Day 8 – La Granja de San Ildefonso

This morning, gather for an excursion to visit the Royal Palace of La Granja reminiscent of Versailles not only because of its sumptuous halls but also because of its magnificent fountains, sculptures and gardens designed by René Carlier, a disciple of Louis XIV’s architect. Across its acres of forests and landscaped gardens, visitors will find 26 remarkable fountains, a French-style maze and a large pond known as ‘The Sea’, which supplies water to the fountains. Visit the Royal Palace with a local guide and explore the building and gardens. Return to Segovia in the afternoon. This evening, gather for a festive farewell reception followed by dinner at a local restaurant. (B,R,D)

Day 9 – Return to the U.S

After an early breakfast, depart the hotel and transfer to Madrid’s Barajas Airport for your return flight to the U.S..(B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)