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Medieval Cities Of Spain

(Tour code: SPJ17)Enjoy a wonderful Spanish rail adventure

From the winding cobbled streets of Toledo to the imposing grandeur of the Alcazar of Segovia, travel back in time to discover the medieval splendour of Spain's illustrious history.


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Tour Highlights
  • Barcelona
  • Madrid, including the Monasterio de las Descalzados Reales
  • Segovia and the Alcazar
  • Ávila, ‘The City of Saints and Stones’, including tapas and a wine tasting
  • San Sesbastian
  • Salamanca, including a guided tour
  • Toledo
What’s Included (Full details)
  • 1st & Standard Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meals
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • All Transfers Included
    Selected Porterage
    Optional Bag Concierge

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Day 1

London to Barcelona

Our adventure begins when you meet your Tour Manager at Great Rail Journeys' dedicated Departure Office in London St Pancras International today. From here, we depart on the Eurostar for Paris, travelling in Standard Premier Class with a light meal and drinks served on board. We cross the city to board the train at Paris Gare de Lyon, travelling southwards through France, across the border into Spain with the Pyrenees visible from the right hand side of the train. Our destination is beautiful Barcelona, the fascinating capital of Catalonia - a city of architecture and style, art and culture, street life and parks, sun and sea.

  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal
Day 2

Barcelona and onwards to Madrid

Today begins with an introductory sightseeing tour of Barcelona, during which we see some of the city's famous highlights including unique Gaudí architecture and Las Ramblas, the wonderful tree-lined boulevard that is regarded as the beating heart of the city, running through the centre from the Plaza de Catalunya to the waterfront. This afternoon we travel on Spain's highspeed AVE rail network to Madrid. This bustling and dynamic capital city has been much transformed over the years and is home to a delightful mix of old and new architecture, as well as world-class art galleries.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Tour of Barcelona
Day 3


Today we are introduced to Madrid on a sightseeing tour of the city, noticing the many architectural styles, and attractive green spaces. We admire the beautiful Royal Palace and the 17th century Plaza Mayor. Following the tour, we visit the Monasterio de las Descalzados Reales, or 'Monastery of the Barefoot Royals', a convent with a history of providing an escape from unhappy betrothals for aristocratic women. Although the monastery's modern inhabitants are mostly impoverished nuns, the monastery still houses the dowries of its former residents, including religious relics, priceless paintings, including Titian's 'Caesar's Money', and precious artifacts, all of which are on display during our tour.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Guided City Tour
Madrid's Plaza Mayor
Day 4

At leisure in Madrid

Today you are free to continue exploring the vibrant city of Madrid at leisure, discovering its stunning architecture, lively plazas and grand boulevards. You have the opportunity to explore in depth some of the sights we passed on yesterday's tour. Why not take a tour of the excellent Prado Museum, regarded as Spain's leading art gallery with one of the best collections in the world? Here you'll find some of the finest exhibitions of European art from the 12th to 19th centuries, with work from leading artists such as Goya, Velázquez, Titian, Rubens, and Bosch. Or simply find a table in a restaurant on the Plaza Mayor, one of Europe's great city squares.

  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
Day 5


After breakfast today we travel by train (Standard Class) to Toledo. The capital of Spain during the Middle Ages, Toledo shows strong Roman and Moorish influences with a rich history of sword-making and well preserved fortifications. We take an orientation tour of this stunning city, exploring the maze of medieval cobbled streets.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Orientation tour of Toledo
Day 6

At leisure in Toledo

Today you are free to explore Toledo at leisure. The historic city centre is one of the largest in Spain, with more than 100 monuments. It sits on a craggy rock,almost completely encircled by a wide bend of the River Tajo. Since 1987, Toledo has had UNESCO World Heritage status, due to its unique history; the city was host to Christian, Islamic and Hebrew culture and the architecture of the city reflects each of these influences. A stroll through the streets of Toledo will reveal ancient mosques, Gothic and Mudejar churches, Romanesque and Visigothic structures, synagogues and Renaissance palaces.

  • Breakfast
  • Free Day
Day 7


Today we transfer by coach to Ávila, home of one of the best-preserved medieval bastions in Spain. Known as 'The City of Saints and Stones', Ávila was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1985, owing in part to its magnificent walls, 88 watchtowers and over 2,500 turrets. After checking into our hotel, the superb Palacio de los Velada, which is set in an impressive 16th century palace, your afternoon is at leisure here to explore this fairytale city. This evening we enjoy dinner in a local restaurant.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 8


We leave Ávila and travel by coach (Standard Class) to Salamanca, where we enjoy a guided city tour. Strolling around this historic city, we see the 15th century Cathedral and the University, which dates back to 1218. Salamanca is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is known as 'La Dorada', or 'The Golden City', because of the glow of its sandstone buildings.

  • Breakfast
Alcazar Castle Spain
Day 9

Segovia and the Alcazar

Today our excursion takes us to Segovia, a town of twisting alleyways, charming squares and the highest concentration of Romanesque churches in Europe. The historic heart is surrounded by medieval walls, and the entire city is bordered by two rivers.

During our visit, we take a guided tour of the Alcazar, Spain's most famous castle. This magnificent Royal Palace dates back to the 10th century, when it was originally constructed as a Moorish fort. Perched on a rocky promontory overlooking the town, the Alcazar is said to be the inspiration behind Disney's famous logo.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Excursion
San Sebastian
Days 10-11

To San Sebastian

We travel to San Sebastián (Standard Class) in the early afternoon. San Sebastián is considered to be one of the most elegant resorts in Spain, with an irresistible blend of Parisian-inspired architecture and Basque charm. You are free for dinner tonight; perhaps sample some of the famous local tapas. We spend Day 11 at leisure here.

  • Day 10 - Breakfast
  • Day 11 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 11 - Free Day
Day 12

Return to London

After a short coach journey across the border to Hendaye in France, we board the high-speed TGV to Paris. After crossing the city by coach we connect with the Eurostar service to London.

  • Breakfast
  • Eurostar Meal

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour features the same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed above.


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