Highlights of Central Spain

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Trip code: 
ASE
Way to Travel:
Guided Group Adventure Holidays
Activity:
Cultural Wonders
Min age:
16
Group size:
5–16

Be immersed in central Spain's culture, history, delicious cuisine and beautiful architecture

Steeped in history, culture and delicious cuisine; central Spain is bustling with UNESCO World Heritage listed towns and sights, mediaeval cobble stoned villages, rural vineyards and breathtaking architecture. Starting in Madrid, this trip visits all the main cultural highlights of central Spain including Toledo, known for its fusion of historical influence and dramatic setting. We also visit the lively university town of Salamanca. Other highlights include rural heritage gems such as Rueda for wine tasting, the mediaeval village of Pedraza, the incredibly well preserved Roman aqueduct in Segovia and the walled city of Avila before finishing in the magnificent monastery town of El Escorial.

Highlights

  • Main cultural highlights of Central Spain, including UNESCO World Heritage towns and sites
  • Discover beautiful Toledo, known as the 'city of three cultures'
  • The incredible Roman Aqueduct in Segovia
  • Charming villages and wine tasting in Rueda
  • Stay in the old historical university city of Salamanca
  • Marvel at the magnificent El Escorial Monastery

Key information

  • 6 nights hotels with en suite facilities
  • Leisurely sightseeing of main cultural attractions of central Spain
  • Group normally 5 to 16, plus local leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Travel by private minibus and train

What's included

  • All breakfasts
  • All accommodation
  • Transfers for group flights

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa's & vaccinations
  • Single supplement
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Trip Notes

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Responsible Travel

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Madrid

    The trip will start in Madrid, Spain's lively capital, this afternoon. You will have the chance to briefly explore Madrid's sights and try some of the regional cuisine in one of the city's many amazing retaurants or tapas bars.
    Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 2

    Travel by train for a day trip to the 'Imperial City' of Toledo known for being a city of 'three cultures.'

    This morning after breakfast we will take an AVE (high speed train) to Toledo (journey time approx 25 minutes).

    Toledo was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986 because of its extensive cultural and monumental heritage. Known as the 'Imperial City' for having been the main venue of the court of Charles I,it is also referred to as the 'City of the three cultures', having been influenced by a historical co-existance of Christians, Muslims and Jews.

    You will have a chance to visit the Jewish quarter with its two very well preserved synagogues from the 12th and 14th centuries, as well as the old mosque, cathedral and the El Greco Museum.

    In the evening after visiting Toledo, we will take an AVE train back to Madrid where we stay overnight.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Travel from Madrid to Segovia by high speed train. Enjoy the beautiful sights of Segovia and climb the Castle tower.

    From Madrid we will take another high speed train to the architecturally rich city of Segovia.

    In Segovia we will enjoy the incredibly well preserved Roman aqueduct, one of the most beautiful gothic cathedrals of Spain and will encounter mediaeval monuments atevery turn or corner. We will also have the chance to climb up to the top of the castle tower to admire amazing views.

    In the afternoon you will be able to enjoy a walk down to the river and enjoy beautiful views of the castle from the bottom of the valley.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Visit the medieval village of Pedraza and in the afternoon; winetasting in Rueda before arriving in Salamanca.

    Today we will travel in a private minibus visting two attractions on our way to Salamanca where will be staying for the next 2 nights.

    Our first stop will be at the mediaeval village of Pedraza. This hill top town is beautifully preserved and is a perfect example of the rural architecture with its cobbled stone streets and its lovely main square.

    We will then head to the wine producing region of Rueda in the provence of Valladolid. Here we will visit a vineyard and have the opportunity to taste their famous fresh dry white wine made with Verdejo grape.

    We will then finally make our way to the vibrant university city of Salamanca, which is home to one of Europe's oldest universities.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Discover all the sights of Salamanca includingthe old University buildings, the baroque Plaza Mayor and the Salamanca Cathedral.

    A full day to explore Salamanca and see the old university buildings as well as admire its town square, Plaza Mayor, which is known as the most beautiful in Spain.

    We will be able to visit both of Salamanca's cathedrals (in the Romanesque and Gothic Renaissance style) and there will also be free time to explore this historical city.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Morning private transfer to Avila to visit the city centre and the city walls. In the afternoon arrive in El Escorial and visit the magnificent UNESCO world heritage monastery.

    This morning we will take a private transfer to visit the town of Avila, also known as the 'Town of Stones and Saints'. It is well known for its completely intact mediaeval town walls and the number of churches.

    After our visit to Avila, we will take a private transfer (1 hour) to El Escorial, where we will see the magnificent monastery that was the historical residence of King Philip II of Spain (16th century). The monastery was multi-functional; serving as a monastery, royal palace, museum, and school. In 1984, UNESCO declared San Lorenzo of El Escorial a World Heritage Site. It is an incredibly popular tourist site attracting more than 500,000 visitors every year.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    End El Escorial

    Our trip ends after breakfast in El Escorial.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Spain

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Spain

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

6 breakfasts are included.

In central Spain, food is commonly a rustic style of cooking with influences of Jewish, Muslim and Christian cuisines. The region is well known for its soups, roasted meats, fine hams and sausages, as well as cheeses. There will also be several opportunities to try popular tapas dishes along the way. Madrid is well known for its chocolate con churros and seafood dishes, despite being located inland. And in Toledo the local egg yolk sweets called yemas and marzipan are very popular. Please note that mealtimes in Spain are later than in many other countries; dinner is usually taken between 20:00hrs and 21.30hrs.

Weather

Madrid and Central Spain's climate is quite dry. From April to July, the temperatures are usually very pleasant and warm, with average temperatures between 20- 32 degrees celcius. August can become very hot and can reach up to 40 degrees celcius, however, the humidity remains low. Rainfall typically occurs the most during Autumn months; when temperatures are mild and pleasant.

Madrid

Is this trip for you?

The trip is graded as activity level 1 (leisurely).This is a cultural trip exploring central Spain's world heritage cities, charming villages and vineyards. We visit the main highlights of this region of Spain with a focus on history, culture and cuisine. This is not a particularly active trip, though there are some walks in towns and villages.

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0208 772 3936
Trip Notes

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Accommodation

Hotels

Please be advised that the below accommodation listed in each location are the standard hotels used. However, there may be some departures where groups stay at similar hotels of the same standard and quality. We use a mix of well located 3-star hotels during our trip, chosen for their comfort and convenience.

All rooms are double/twin with en suite facilities and all hotels offer free Wi-Fi.

 Madrid- Sercotel Gran Hotel Conde Duque

Segovia- Hotel Infanta Isabel

Salamanca- Sercotel Hotel Las Torres 

El Escorial- Hotel Florida

Single accommodation is available on request.

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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