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Segovia Day Trip From Madrid

Travel back in time to a wonderfully well-preserved Roman city with a local historian
From US$796 privately
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Tour Details
6 hours
Product Type
  • Alcazar
  • Segovia Cathedral
  • Corpus Christi Church
  • Roman Aqueduct
Photos & Highlights
  • Explore Segovia's varied history from Roman roots to Renaissance gems
  • Led by a scholar
Tour Description
With a fantastic array of monuments from Roman, medieval, and Renaissance times, Segovia is one of the best-preserved historic cities in Castile. Its charming medieval streets and squares are dotted with Romanesque churches, Gothic private homes, and Renaissance palaces earning it a place on the UNESCO Heritage list in 1985. Our Segovia day trip from Madrid, in the company of an expert guide, provides an excellent introduction to the many special cultural facets to this exceptional city.

Segovia Excursion from Madrid

Beginning with a bus ride from Madrid's Moncloa bus station, we will proceed directly to the base of the Roman aqueduct with a discussion of this structure, the best preserved example of its type — highlighting the skill of Roman engineers.

As we make our way towards the castle—known as the Alcazar—we will come across late Gothic palaces and squares, go past the city’s medieval grain depot, and learn about Segovia's tumultuous relationship with the Spanish crown, which resulted in the destruction of its cathedral and the foundation of the current one. The last great Gothic cathedral to be built in Europe, it houses a triptych by Ambrosius Benson and an important collection of Flemish tapestries, as well as Baroque altarpieces. As we reach the outside of the Alcazar, its fanciful reconstruction provides an opportunity to discuss the romanticized view of the Middle Ages and issues of conservation, while its commanding view of the plain below includes a Templar church and two important monasteries.

Explore Segovia with an Expert

Segovia was once the seat of the royal court. It is historically tied to Isabella, the Catholic Monarch who, together with her spouse Ferdinand of Aragon, sponsored Christopher Columbus’ expedition to the Indies, as well as setting up the Inquisition. It was in this city that she was crowned Queen of Castile, and also where the headquarters of the Inquisition were set up.

After a short break to take in the views, we will make our way back through the Jewish neighborhood. The itinerary includes a stop in the church of Corpus Christi, the converted main Synagogue. After, we will assess the reuse of religious and lay buildings as we stroll through the once-gated Jewish quarter. 
For a full-fledged multicultural experience, we recommend our Madrid to Toledo day trip—Toledo being known as "City of Three Cultures."

A Closer Look at Segovia's History

If time allows, we could visit the 15th-century Clarissan convent of St. Antonio el Real, which features breathtaking Mudejar wooden carved and gilded ceilings, produced by Muslim craftsmen. Alternatively, we might visit the 12th century church of San Justo, and discuss its Romanesque frescoed and carved decoration.

Following the tour, you are free to wander through the town and perhaps sample the local culinary specialty, roast suckling piglet. Your guide will provide you with open return tickets for a leisurely return to Madrid from Segovia.

Looking for another historian-led day trip from Madrid? Try our Madrid to El Escorial tour.

FAQ About the Segovia Day Trip from Madrid

Where do we meet? Where does it end? 
You meet in Madrid at the Moncloa bus station. Your confirmation email will have the exact meeting point into. The tour ends in Segovia. Your bus tickets are open-ended, so you can return to Madrid at your leisure. Most visitors choose to stay in Segovia, get lunch, and explore on their own.

How do we get there? 
You will meet in Madrid and take the bus with your expert. The journey is about 1 hour.

Can you focus in depth on a specific area? 
We can potentially organize a private walk on a special theme. Please contact us for more information.

Can we arrange a private car instead of taking the bus? 
For private tours, sure. Just mention this in the notes section of the booking, and we'll get in touch with a quote.

Is this tour walking-intensive and/or wheelchair accessible? 
This tour is fairly walking-intensive and the route may include narrow sidewalks and cobblestoned streets. Please contact us to discuss in more detail your mobility concerns so that we can best advise.
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Segovia was a wonderful excursion for our family. Sean was very informative and made it a very enjoyable experience.
Wonderful trip into Segovia with Marta! We learned so much about Segovia and beyond in a relaxed and personal way. Transportation was easy and flexible as well. Top tour on our trip so far!
Another fantastic day with Clara!