Madrid, Salamanca & Toledo

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It seems incredible that despite Spain being one of the most visited countries on earth, so much of it still remains unknown! However, during the past few years the historic cities of inland Spain,its stunning countryside and unique monuments have been brought to the attention of the discerning traveller, so we have created this tour to see some of the best it has to offer.

Spain is one of the largest and most diverse countries in Europe, rich with the legacies of the Romans and Moors. In Segovia, capital of the old kingdom of Castile, you have the most perfectly preserved Roman aqueduct in existence, some 2,000 years after it was first used. In Toledo, capital of Spain until the 16th century, you will find evidence of Christian, Jewish and Moorish civilisations. Salamanca, home to one of Europe’s oldest universities, boasts a wealth of lovely buildings and a highly ornate style of architecture known as Plateresque. The capital Madrid is a great European city where you can visit the Prado museum, home to one of the world’s greatest art collections, including many works by the famous master, Goya; or see arguably Picasso’s best work, Guernica, in the Reina Sofia museum nearby. Make sure you take time to just simply sit and watch the world go by from the tranquillity of a pavement café in the Plaza Mayor, Madrid’s most beautiful square.During the evening, Spain really comes to life and nowhere more so than in Madrid. Lively as can be, the main squares are full of street entertainers and musicians; you might even catch a spontaneous performance of Flamenco. The Spanish countryside is lovely, remarkably empty of people, and as varied as you can possibly imagine, from the snow-capped mountains of the high Sierras to the splendid aridity of the plateaux and the lush meadows of the river valleys. You can see innumerable tiny villages perched on hilltops, little changed since Columbus set sail for the Americas over 500 years ago. Much of Spain remains unchanged by the passing centuries; combine this with nearly forty years of isolationism during the Franco era and you have a state of preservation that adds greatly to its charm.

Spanish food and drink are varied and can be superb. Dishes such as paella and gazpacho and of course the excellent Rioja and Cava wines are well-known, but there is so much more to discover.Try the excellent Serrano hams, chorizo, and roast suckling pig or Spain’s seafood which is amongst the finest you will ever find. One of the country’s greatest gifts to the world though, is the wonderful invention of tapas: available in bars these are the tasty tit-bits that allow you to experiment with the local specialities over a glass of wine! In this tour we feel we have succeeded in conveying our love for this fantastic and unique country, its people and culture in a manner which you will appreciate, so come with us and see for yourself.

Holiday Highlights

  • Guided tour of Toledo, immortalised by El Greco and Spain’s former capital
  • Sightseeing tour of Madrid seeing the Plaza Mayor, the Prado Museum and the Royal Palace
  • Visit to Segovia, seeing its spectacular ancient Roman aqueduct and castle
  • Walking tour of Salamanca, home to one of the world’s oldest universities, the ‘Inquisition’, Spain’s most attractive main square and two cathedrals
  • Visit to Aranjuez, the former Palace and luxuriant gardens of the Spanish Royal Family
  • Services of our experienced tour manager
  • Six nights in three-star superior and four-star accommodation, including all local taxes, with breakfast and four dinners (one dinner for departures staying at the Catalonia Gran Via Hotel)
  • Return travel from a selection of regional airports and transfers to and from your hotel included
  • Selected departures up to October 2018

What's Included

  • The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability at the relevant supplement. The price includes six nights with breakfast, three dinners plus one dinner at a restaurant, (except those dates staying at the Catalonia Gran Via, where only one dinner is included), all tours as mentioned, airport departure taxes and transfers, all local accommodation taxes, return flights and the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager.
  • Included excursions are guided tours of Toledo and Salamanca, visits to Segovia and Aranjuez, and a sightseeing tour of Madrid
  • Not included: Entrance to Aranjuez €9 or €4 if you are over 65 approximate cost, payable locally. Entrance to the Private rooms are an additional €5.
  • Things to note:
  • Where hotels feature a swimming pool, pools are open in the summer months weather permitting.
  • We have a limited number of twin rooms at the Novotel, most have one king sized bed and one convertible single bed. Room type available will be confirmed upon booking

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