Day 1 MADRID Airport-ESCORIAL-AVILA
Arrival and direct departure to ESCORIAL (arrival in about 80 minutes) Afternoon guided city tour of the monastery of El Escorial, the best representation of the Spanish Empire in XVIth century, when under Spanish crown were more than half of the known world (America, Filipinas, a big part of present Italy, Holland, Bélgica, etcetera). Departure to AVILA (arrival in 50 minutes) Cena y alojamiento en el hotel.
Day 2 AVILA-SEGOVIA-AVILA
Desayuno, cena y alojamiento en el hotel. In the morning, guided visit of Avila (Catedral) and its impressive wall perfectly preserved around the middle age downtown. In the afternoon, we will travel to the nearby SEGOVIA (67 kms, 50 minutes) for a guided tour to visit the Alcazar , Cathedral and to remain amazed with the best preserved roman aqueduct on the world. Return to Avila.
Day 3 AVILA-SALAMANCA-AVILA
Desayuno, cena y alojamiento en el hotel. Today we will visit SALAMANCA (75 minutes), where we will have a morning guided tour visiting Cathedral Old and New and the nice Main Square. Free time. Return to Avila.
DÍA 4 AVILA-CANDELARIO-HERVAS-PLASENCIA-CACERES
Desayuno en hotel. CANDELARIO Wonderful example of popular architecture of mountain. Stone houses. HERVAS. Short stop to visit an old ‘Juderia’ (Jewish quarter till XVth century). PLASENCIA Short stop, and superb Cathedral. Arrival CACERES. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 5 CACERES-MERIDA-CACERES
Desayuno, dinner and overnight in hotel. Guiada por la mañana visita de la ciudad, and it is a wonderful surprise because it is very unknown town. Afternoon excursion to MERIDA, Probably the best preserved Roman ruins in Spain (a wonderful theater which is still used). Return to Caceres.
Day 6 CACERES-TRUJILLO-GUADALUPE-TOLEDO
Desayuno en hotel. Departure to TRUJILLO. Nice old downtown full of old palaces of ‘Indianos’ , those people who returned rich from their time in America in XVII and XVIIIth century. Pizarro was born here. GUADALUPE. Very important monastery on the discovery of the new world, America. Majority of conquerors and discoverers of America come from this region, Extremadura, and Guadalupe was the virgin of this region, that is the reason this monastery has wonderful art treasure and you can find the name of Guadalupe in hundreds of towns, villages, and monasteries in Latin America. Visit of the Monastery. Continious to TOLEDO. It has been the capital of Spain and the royal residence in the XIII century. During this period, Muslim, Jewis and Christians populations lived together peacefully turning it as a great cultural and monumental center. We will enjoy walking along its narrow streets where the history can be felt in the air. In the evening we suggest a walk in their stone streets when all tourists from Madrid are gone and town remains as a small place Its medieval streets lighted will bring us magically to other centuries. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.
Day 7 TOLEDO-ARANJUEZ-TOLEDO
Desayuno, dinnner and overnight at hotel. Guiada por la mañana visita de la ciudad , we will visit the Cathedral, St tome Church (where is El Greco painter’s masterpiece) and the Synagogue. ARANJUEZ Afternoon excursion to the nearby with the possibility to visit the Royal Palace and about all magnificent gardens. Return to Toledo.
Day 8 TOLEDO-MADRID
Desayuno. Transfer to Madrid he Airport. (Arrival in about 100 minutes).