Alcalá de Henares - 4 nights
Toledo - 3 nights

Spendology - Widgets


Discovering the magnificence of Madrid, Segovia, Toledo, Ávila and Aranjuez whilst staying in the UNESCO towns
of Alcalá de Henares and Toledo

Re-live the rich splendour of Spain’s ‘Golden Age’, stay in UNESCO Alcalá de Henares and Toledo, and visit Madrid plus some of the surrounding area’s historic cities and splendid palaces constructed between the 16th and 18th centuries. Architectural legacies in the capital of Madrid include the Royal Palace, cited as one of the most beautiful palaces in Europe and El Prado, one of the world’s largest art galleries featuring works from Goya, Velazquez, El Greco, Murillo, Rubens and Rembrandt.

Alcalá de Henares is the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes, the author of ‘Don Quixote’ and home to one of the most prestigious universities of Spain which occupies 16th century buildings in the old town.

Escorial Palace, built by Felipe II in the 16th century houses fine works of art and a library with some of the oldest books in existence.

Toledo, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site and national monument, is an immense living museum home to some of Spain’s most wonderful artistic treasures including Gothic and Renaissance churches, synagogues and palaces.

Key Features

Cultural Tour
Jules Verne Sightseeing
6 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Local Expert Guide
Group Size: 8  22

Special Event

Evening Tapas Trail

Dine like a Madrileño and enjoy a tour on foot in Alcalá de Henares, sampling tapas in the local eateries. The serving of tapas dishes (hot or cold) is designed to encourage conversation, which is the perfect introduction and start to a tour!

Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Madrid. Transfer to the 4-star Rafaelhoteles Forum Alcalá for four nights. Special Event. (D)

Day 2 Walking tour visiting the Royal Palace, with its many works of art by Goya, Velazquez and Caravaggio. Continue to the historic centre of Madrid including the Plaza de Santa Ana, a favourite of Ernest Hemingway, Puerta del Sol with its famous clock and the Plaza Mayor. (B)

Day 3 Visit El Escorial Palace, built in the 16th century by King Felipe II. Continue to Segovia for a city tour, passing the Roman aqueduct which dominates the area and finishing at the Alcázar castle. (B)

Day 4 A panoramic tour of Madrid visiting the Paseo de Castellana, Atocha Station, Plaza de Colón and Las Ventas Bullring, ending with entrance to El Prado one of the most famous museums in the world. Return to Alcalá or time at leisure in Madrid returning to Alcalá independently by train. (B)

Day 5 Visit medieval Ávila for a walking tour. Continue to Toledo and stay three nights at the 4-star Hotel San Juan de los Reyes. (B)

Day 6 Enjoy a walking tour of Toledo. In the Middle Ages Toledo became the symbol of religious tolerance where followers of the three main religions – Judaism, Islam and Christianity all coexisted peacefully. (B)

Day 7 Visit the Royal Palace and gardens of Aranjuez, a summer palace located on the confluence of the River Jarama and River Tagus. Visit the town of Chinchón which dates back to the 15th century. (B, D)

Day 8 Travel to Madrid. Return flight. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner


On occasion, the Royal Palaces may be visited on an alternative day.
Palaces on Days 3 & 7 include some steps and Toledo has uneven surfaces.


per person in a twin/double room
Iberia from Heathrow/British Airways from Madrid

Date Price
May 11 £1195
June 1 £1245
September 7 £1295
October 12 £1295

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £245

Flight Options

British Airways Club Europe
from £155

Extension Options

Extension - Toledo
2 nights £235
Single supplement £75

Independent Arrival

Save £225 
Arrival transfer add £35
Departure transfer with group included

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, 7 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 dinners, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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