Join us in the World Heritage town of Segovia where a soaring Roman aqueduct, a fairytale royal palace, and a dramatic Gothic cathedral are set against a vibrant, modern city. Your stay at the Hotel Eurostars Convento Capuchinos is the ideal blend of historic setting and modern comfort.

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 Palace facade in Salamanca's Plaza Mayor  The Roman aqueduct in the center of Segovia  Treasures of the legendary Prado Museum, including <i>Las Meninas</i>, 1656, by Spanish master Diego Velázquez  The Alcazar, Segovia, Spain

Segovia

A One-Week Stay in the Heart of Spain

9 days from $4,190

Join us in the World Heritage town of Segovia where a soaring Roman aqueduct, a fairytale royal palace, and a dramatic Gothic cathedral are set against a vibrant, modern city. Your stay at the Hotel Eurostars Convento Capuchinos is the ideal blend of historic setting and modern comfort.

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Overview

Join us in the World Heritage town of Segovia where a soaring Roman aqueduct, a fairytale royal palace, and a dramatic Gothic cathedral are set against a vibrant, modern city. 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 more than Segovia. Immerse yourself in this fascinating town for a week, as you visit its important sites, learn about Spain’s history and culture, and enjoy the paseo or leisurely evening stroll with local residents.
  • Madrid: Enjoy a special tour of the Prado’s extensive collections featuring Velázquez, Goya, and El Greco, then continue with a panoramic tour with stops at Plaza Mayor and Palacio Real and time at leisure.
  • World Heritage Towns of Castile and León: Stroll through the medieval Old Town of Ávila, renowned for its 11th-century walls interspersed with crenelated towers and gates. Toledo’s medieval Arab, Jewish, and Christian sites reflect a period of cross-cultural connections, which you’ll observe at many of its sites. In Salamanca, old and new blend seamlessly as contemporary university students walk through their medieval campus and town. You’ll also stroll the elaborate gardens and royal palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso.

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 stop to visit 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. Tour 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. Enjoy a wine tasting and lunch featuring local specialties. Return to Segovia late in the day. Later enjoy time in the Smithsonian Journeys Travels Corner followed by an evening at leisure. (B,L)

Day 5 – Madrid

Depart the hotel by motorcoach for a full day in Madrid. Enjoy an exclusive guided visit of the Prado Museum that showcases the art of Velázquez, Rubens, Goya, El Bosco, El Greco, and more. Then gather for lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon take a panoramic city tour with stops at the Plaza Mayor and Palacio Real. There will also be a short time to explore independently before returning to Segovia late in the day. Your evening is at leisure. (B,L)

Day 6 – Avila

Depart for the city of Ávila, where impressive 11th-century Romanesque walls enclose the old town. On arrival, sit down to lunch at the Parador de Ávila. Afterward, a local expert will talk about Castile, with a focus on its famous historical figures Ferdinand, Isabel, and Columbus. Within the city walls, you’ll find a treasure trove of medieval buildings constructed by nobles during the 11th century. Continue with an escorted walking tour through the lovely cobbled streets of this World Heritage site. Visit the Cathedral of the Savior, planned originally as a cathedral-fortress, and built in the Romanesque and Gothic styles. Return to Segovia late in the day and enjoy dinner at a popular local restaurant. (B,L,D)

Day 7 – Toledo

Today 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 is independently and afterward enjoy time to explore on your own before returning to Segovia. (B)

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)