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Ávila

Ávila

Secret Spain

The historic lands around the Spanish Capital are rich in history and culture. Enjoy a little Spanish luxury on this tour that includes a stay in a luxury spa hotel and a lunchtime tasting menu in a Michelin starred restaurant. The region is full of fortified medieval towns.

Michelin Starred Restaurant • Roman Mérida • Walled Cities • 16th Century Palaces

Day 1 Fly from the UK to Madrid and transfer to the hotel in Burgo de Osma

Day 2 Travel to Peñafiel for a full day's excursion including an audio guided tour of the castle; admission to the wine museum and a guided tour of the cutting edge Protos winery designed by the British architect Richard Rogers. Continue to the Plaza del Coso a medieval square created to accommodate bullfighting festivals, for which it is still sometimes used today.

Day 3 A morning guided walking tour of El Burgo de Osma, which has one of the best preserved medieval precincts in the entire province centred on the Gothic cathedral. Continue to Navaleno for an included lunch at the Michelin starred La Lobita Restaurant. Today's final stop is the provincial capital, Soria, for a guided tapas tour.

Day 4 A day to relax and soak in the surroundings. Maybe enjoy the spa facilities or people watch over a café solo in the medieval town.

Day 5 Transfer to Ávila for a guided tour of the town with its impressive cathedral, intact medieval city walls, with 80-plus crenelated, semi-circular towers and 9 gates, including the arched El Alcázar. Although it's just a short distance from Madrid, this is an isolated spot, perched above the surrounding plain, where all the streets seem to disappear into the sky and modern Spain is a distant memory.

Day 6 Travel to Salamanca for a guided tour which includes the old and new cathedrals and the pre-renaissance Casa de las Conchas (House of Shells). Famous for its 13th century university, Salamanca is a UNESCO listed city with intricately decorated golden sandstone churches, palaces and squares which come alive in the sunlight above the river. After dark, they are illuminated and the city bubbles with Spanish life.

Day 7 Visit to Segovia with its famous Roman aqueduct, medieval walls, splendid mansions, former royal palace and Gothic cathedral. Before the 16th century, Segovia was one of the most important cities in Spain, as evidenced by the Romanesque churches throughout the old town.

Day 8 Travel to Cáceres for a guided tour. Cáceres was declared a World Heritage City by UNESCO in 1986 because of the city's blend of Roman, Islamic, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance styles, the result of many civilizations throughout history. An amazing 30 towers from the Muslim period still stand in Cáceres. The city of Cáceres has been declared Spanish Capital of Gastronomy 2015.

Day 9 A full day excursion to Mérida. Once capital of Lusitania (Spain and Portugal), Mérida was founded in 25 BC. It boasts some of the finest Roman ruins in the whole of Spain and possibly the world and highlights include the theatre where open air festivals are held, especially in the summer, the amphitheatre, the Temple of Diana and the Roman Bridge. It is nowadays the administrative capital of the region of Extremadura and was awarded the title of World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Day 10 Transfer to the airport in Madrid for the flight back to the UK.

All tours are tailored to your requirements and can be adapted for travel by coach and/or air as you prefer

Hotel Castilla Termal, Burgo de Osma

Located in the 16th Century former University of Santa Catalina, in the medieval town of Burgo de Osma, it has a preserved historic facade and Renaissance cloister, enclosed by a glass dome. This is a stunning luxury hotel in a central location.

• 4 star • 70 bedrooms • Spa

• Outdoor swimming pool

Hotel Palacio de Los Velada, Avila

Within a restored 16th century palace, next to the cathedral, this beautiful hotel has been refurbished and extended and has a privileged location in the heart of the city.

• 4 star • 144 bedrooms • Free Wi-Fi

Hotel NH Collection Palacio de Oquendo, Cáceres

Located in Cáceres Old Town, this hotel, in a stunning converted stone palace dating back to the 16th century, is near one of the entrances to the extraordinary walled city. It is steps from San Juan Church and Plaza Mayor is within 5 minutes. Elegant architectural features are incorporated into the stylish, contemporary rooms.

• 4 star • 86 bedrooms • Free Wi-Fi

Your tour includes:

• Return flights from the UK to Madrid

• 1 night half board and 3 nights bed and breakfast in Burgo de Osma

• 1 night half board and 2 nights bed and breakfast in Ávila

• 1 night half board and 1 night bed and breakfast in Cáceres

• Coach travel/excursions/admissions as detailed in the itinerary

• English speaking guides

• Fully escorted

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