Salamanca, Madrid, Avila & Segovia

8 Days from £749 | September

This fascinating holiday in western Spain is topped and tailed by a stay in Spain’s vibrant capital – Madrid. In between you stay in one of the most beautiful cities in Spain – Salamanca whose magnificent 18th century Plaza Mayor takes the breath away. From here you visit Ciudad Rodrigo, a fortified city whose old walls still bear the scars of Wellington’s siege in 1812. Over the border in Portugal, you will find Almeida – a walled garrison town in a time warp from the Peninsular War. But city walls do not come any bigger or better than the 11th century ramparts of Avila – 1½ miles in circumference, 90 towers and nearly 2500 battlements! All this and a trip to the World Heritage City of Segovia too!

Salamanca, Madrid, Avila & Segovia

Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 86%
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

  • 3 nights bb in Madrid, 4 nights bb in Salamanca
  • Visits to Avila and Segovia, Visit to Almeida in Portugal
  • Walking tours of Ciudad Rodrigo and Salamanca

Day One: Flight to Madrid and transfer to your hotel for two nights bed and breakfast accommodation.

Day Two: Free in Madrid with its Puerta del Sol, Royal Palace, Cibeles Fountain and Plaza Mayor. Your Tour Director will take those who wish for an orientation walk in the old town. Others may wish to visit one of Madrid’s major art galleries, such as the Prado.

Day Three: Depart for Salamanca stopping en route in Avila. The city walls of Avila are 40 ft high and 10 ft thick and are made to look all the more dramatic by the high sierras in the background. At over 3,500 ft, Avila is Spain’s highest provincial capital. The largest round turret in the wall forms part of its cathedral. Inside the walls you will find a mixture of medieval squares and fine 18th century buildings and plenty of cafes and restaurants. Arrival in Salamanca will be in the afternoon and today’s mileage is 128. Four nights bed and breakfast are spent in Salamanca.

Days Four to Six: In Salamanca. The focal point of this ancient University City and its thousands of students is the magnificent Plaza Mayor whose splendid arcades are decorated with medallions of the Kings of Spain and other dignitaries, including Wellington. Other places to look out for are the old cathedral dating from 1140 and the ‘new’ cathedral begun in 1513! Also the Casa de las Conchas – a 16th century palace adorned with stone carvings of scallop shells. All the fine old buildings are intricately decorated – your task is to find the frog and the astronaut – all will be explained during a guided walking tour!

One day is devoted to an excursion to Ciudad Rodrigo and Almeida. Ciudad Rodrigo is packed with impressive Renaissance churches, convents and palaces as well as older architecture built to defend the city against the Moors. In the Peninsular Wars it was sieged first by the French in 1810 and then again by Wellington in 1812. Seemingly, little has changed since then and Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe would recognise the little streets of its centre. Wellington was made Duke of Ciudad Rodrigo despite his soldiers’ sacking of the city. Our walking tour will normally include the Palacio de los Aguila where all the top brass including Ney, Massena and Wellington stayed there at one time or other. Almeida is an incredible place – a preserved garrison in the shape of a 12-pointed star with bastions, a huge moat and false doors to trick attackers. As well as the intact barracks and billets there are huge underground casemates which are being restored. The French were only able to capture it in 1810 when a lucky shell ignited the magazine killing 500 soldiers. A year later the British could only take it by a month-long blockade, and then only after the French soldiers had already slipped away in the night. Today’s mileage is 163.

There will also be an optional excursion to the historic city of Zamora, just 40 miles north of Salamanca on the banks of the River Douro.

Day Seven: Today you return to Madrid via Segovia – UNESCO listed along with its magnificent Roman aqueduct. An enormous Gothic Cathedral, Romanesque Alcazar and enthralling Jewish quarter await you! After free time in Segovia it is time to return to Madrid for your last night on a bed and breakfast basis. 156 miles today.

Day Eight: Free time until your transfer to the airport and your return flight home.

 

Salamanca, Madrid, Avila & Segovia

Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this holiday* - 86%
* as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details

HOTEL EUROSTARS CENTRAL *****, Madrid (first two and last nights)
This modern hotel is situated in a trendy district with shops, markets,  restaurants and tapas bars. The Madrid History Museum and National Museum of Romanticism are just around the corner. It is a 15 minute walk to the Gran Via, 25 minutes to the Plaza Mayor and the Prado; or there are 3 metro stations less than 5 minutes walk away if you want to go further afield. Bedrooms have LCD satellite TV, desk, wifi connection, minibar, bath/shower, and hairdryer. The hotel offers a buffet breakfast but does not have a bar or restaurant as it is surrounded by several of both! (www.eurostarscentral.com)
New Hotel for PTS. However our overall hotel satisfaction score average, up to September 2016, was 82.3%.
HOTEL CATALONIA PLAZA MAYOR ****, Salamanca (four nights)
Just 150 yards from the Plaza Mayor, the bedrooms in this refurbished hotel have bathroom, flat screen satellite tv, free internet access (WiFi), hairdryer, direct dial telephone with direct line. The hotel has a restaurant, bar and fitness centre. (www.hoteles-catalonia.com)
Past Customer Satisfaction Score for this hotel* - 93%
*as measured from holiday questionnaires - see FAQ for details
Salamanca, Madrid, Avila & Segovia
Holiday Code: 7MSA
Supplements per person:
Single room £215

Fly FromDateDaysAirlineDep.Rtn.AvailabilityPriceFly ToSingle

AberdeenWed 13/09/20178BA via LHR11051730Places Available869Madrid215

BirminghamWed 13/09/20178Ryanair15101445Places Available749Madrid215

BristolWed 13/09/20178Easyjet17552300Places Available749Madrid215

DublinWed 13/09/20178Ryanair06151210Places Available749Madrid215

EdinburghWed 13/09/20178Easyjet12001830Places Available749Madrid215

HeathrowWed 13/09/20178BA15051320Places Available789Madrid215

LiverpoolWed 13/09/20178Easyjet16552230Places Available749Madrid215

London GatwickWed 13/09/20178Easyjet12051800Places Available749Madrid215

LutonWed 13/09/20178Easyjet13001830Places Available749Madrid215

ManchesterWed 13/09/20178Ryanair06301220Places Available749Madrid215

NewcastleWed 13/09/20178BA via LHR11351555Places Available869Madrid215

StanstedWed 13/09/20178Ryanair08251505Places Available749Madrid215

Prices shown are based on the shared occupancy of twin/double standard rooms, and are subject to availability. Please refer to ‘Accommodation’ for details of any room supplements (including single rooms) and extended stay costs that apply to this holiday. Further details in our FAQ.

Data as at 27/05/2017 at 22:47:05

My Mum and I thoroughly enjoyed our holiday. It was great to experience ‘real Spain’ and to get a taste of its culture and history. Thank you for a lovely, safe and very enjoyable time.

Mrs M, Aberdeenshire

We had a great time. Tours were good - Tour guide was really nice and helpful. The driver was good and very careful. Well done! We hope to travel with PTS again if this is the standard of all your holidays. Thank you for a well needed break.

Mrs F, Edinburgh

Td was excellent - informative, pleasant, unflappable and helpful. The hotel in Salamanca was fine. Good location, good choice at breakfast.

Mrs F, Edinburgh

Tour Director charming and helpful.

Mrs B, Glasgow

Enjoyed this holiday. Salamanca visit was excellent.

Mrs C, Edinburgh

Carmen, local guide in Salamanca was excellent.

Mrs D, West Yorkshire

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