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Tuesday
27 August
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Wednesday
28 August
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Thursday
29 August
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30 August
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31 August
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Sunday
01 September
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Landmark in Valladolid. The Academia de Caballeria (Cavalry Academy) faces the Plaza Zorrilla near the Campo Grande in Valla…

The region of Castilla y’León comes complete with wide open plains, impressive mountain peaks and gorgeous towns and villages oozing with history, cultural traditions and a touch of the impressive. Discover the well-known cities of Segovia, Salamanca and classy Madrid while also exploring the hidden joys of Valladolid and beautiful Avila.

Salamanca old town, Roman Bridge and small boat.

Why Go to Essence of Spain?

  • Unique & glorious Spanish Culture
  • Fairytale castles & magnificent cathedrals
  • Mouthwatering food and wine!
  • Historical cities & villages
  • Explore Spains’ largest region

Itinerary

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Day 1 - UK to Madrid.

Transfer to Valladolid before a welcome drink and dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight Valladolid.

  • Accommodation 4 * Hotel Olid
  • MEALS Dinner included

Our day takes us to the medieval town of Palencia with its wonderful Romanesque monuments, pretty streets and beautiful cathedral. On to Burgos with its legend of Spanish hero El Cid and its Gothic cathedral looming over the city. Overnight Valladolid.

  • Accommodation 4 * Hotel Olid
  • MEALS Breakfast & Lunch included

This morning we visit the vibey student city of Leon with its narrow streets, old quarter and catholic heritage. Leons’ fabulous cathedral together with the Cathdral in Burgos form part of the spectacular St James Way or Camino de Santiago. This afternoon take a guided tour of Valladolid with its Spanish character and handsome monuments. Overnight Valladolid.

  • Accommodation 4 * Hotel Olid
  • MEALS Breakfast included

This morning we make our way over to a local winery to learn about the production of the high quality of Rueda and Ribera del Duero wines. Following a delicious tasting we transfer to Salamanca for the afternoon to explore at our leisure. Overnight Salamanca.

  • Accommodation 4 * Hotel Puente Romano
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

A full day sightseeing in this fantastic city with lunch in a local restaurant. As well as being a historically important city due to its University, cultural monuments and not forgetting the Plaza Mayor, Salamanca is an unforgettable highlight complete with its buzzing bars and restaurants. Be sure not to miss it being lit up at night! Overnight Salamanca .

  • Accommodation 4 * Hotel Puente Romano
  • MEALS Breakfast & Lunch included

It’s on to Segovia today stopping at the striking historic town of Avila and some of the best conserved striking Romanesque walls comprising of 8 gates, 88 watchtowers and more than 2500 turrets. We arrive into Segovia this afternoon where we can relax before dinner this evening. Overnight Segovia.

  • Accommodation 3 * Hotel Infanta Isabel
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

Full day as we explore with a guided tour of this Unesco World Heritage listed city. Set against the backdrop of the Sierra de Guadarrama, the terracotta warmth of the city radiates through its history and modern vibe. We visit the magnificent Cathedral as well as the Alcázar which Walt Disney apparently modelled Sleeping Beauty’s Castle on. Overnight Segovia (B, L).

  • Accommodation 3 * Hotel Infanta Isabel
  • MEALS Breakfast & Lunch included

With her magnificent buildings and monuments, fascinating museums and wide tree lined boulevards, Madrid is a sophisticated and charming addition to any holiday programme. The main sights such as the Prado and Reina Sofia, the Royal Palace and the Plaza Mayor, are all located within close proximity to each other, making sightseeing an uncomplicated joy. Get a real taste of Spain in the Malasana area with its abundance of bars and restaurants open until the early hours. Olé! Overnight Madrid.

  • Accommodation
  • MEALS Breakfast included

Our final morning to take in the city before we head for home.

  • Accommodation
  • MEALS No meals included
APPROX. FLIGHT TIME

2 hours 30 minutes

TEMPERATURE

Average Daily Maximum:
Dec 17°C, Jan 16°C, Feb 17°C, Mar 19°C, Apr 21°C, May 24°C, Jun 27°C, Jul & Aug 30°C, Sep 28°C, Oct 24°C, Nov 20°C

TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT + 1 hours

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What's included:

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Twin/double room for single use
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • Private coach throughout the tour
  • Guided tours of Palencia & Burgos
  • Visit of city of Leon
  • Walking tour of Valladolid
  • Wine tasting at a local winery
  • Full day tour of Salamanca
  • Visit of Avila
  • Full day guided tour of Segovia
  • Free time in Madrid
  • Entrance fees of Burgos, Leon, Salamanca, Segovia, Palencia, Avila and Alcazar Segovia Cathedrals
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Solos Board:
    Breakfast daily, 3 lunches with 1 drink & 3 dinners with 1 drink

What’s extra:

  • Insurance see here

Temperature:

  • Average daily maximum:
    Madrid 21°C May

NB:

  • A reasonable level of fitness/mobility is required as we include plenty of sightseeing/travelling, sometimes with early starts. Please refer to Medical Conditions in Important Information.

Airline Information BA

  • All bookings featuring flights with British Airways are part of a group allocation which unfortunately means you will be unable to manage your reservation directly with BA online; The following actions can only be carried out on check in at the airport. 

  • Online Check in.
  • Pre-reserved seat selection
  • Seat Request
  • Baggage Extras eg, Golf Bags, Ski Carriage.

Useful Information

Transfer Time
The transfer from Madrid Airport to the hotel is approximately 2 hours 15 minutes depending on traffic and local conditions.

Included Programme
Listed below are the inclusions in your programme:

  • Guided tours of Palencia & Burgos
  • Visit of city of Leon
  • Walking tour of Valladolid
  • Wine tasting at a local winery
  • Full day tour of Salamanca
  • Visit of Avila
  • Full day guided tour of Segovia

Entrance Fees
Listed below are the entrance fees which are included during this tour:

Burgos, Leon, Salamanca, Segovia, Palencia, Avila and Alcazar Segovia Cathedrals

Gratuities
There is often confusion on the question of gratuities, since it frequently depends on the type of holiday, location and, of course, your attitude towards tipping, as to what is normally expected. In order to give you a rough idea, we have given appropriate guidance below.

Your Tour Leader will be on hand to offer advice or suggestions if required but gratuities are offered entirely at the sole discretion of the individual. We suggest a group collection to cover drivers, porters and hotel staff of €25.00. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, or taxi fares, your Tour Leader can advise of an appropriate Ͽo add on.

A reasonable level of fitness/mobility is required as we include plenty of sightseeing/travelling. There is a significant amount of walking on this holiday particularly due to the layout of many towns and local transport regulations with some steps and uneven pathways.

Temperature (Average Daily Maximum ºC)
May 21ºC

Dress Code
Casual daytime medium-weight “layers” are recommended. Comfortable shoes are a “must” for sightseeing. Smart, casual wear for the evenings would be acceptable.

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What's included:

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Twin/double room for single use
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • Private coach throughout the tour
  • Guided tours of Palencia & Burgos
  • Visit of city of Leon
  • Walking tour of Valladolid
  • Wine tasting at a local winery
  • Full day tour of Salamanca
  • Visit of Avila
  • Full day guided tour of Segovia
  • Free time in Madrid
  • Entrance fees of Burgos, Leon, Salamanca, Segovia, Palencia, Avila and Alcazar Segovia Cathedrals
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Solos Board:
    Breakfast daily, 3 lunches with 1 drink & 3 dinners with 1 drink

What’s extra:

  • Insurance see here

Temperature:

  • Average daily maximum:
    Madrid 21°C May

NB:

  • A reasonable level of fitness/mobility is required as we include plenty of sightseeing/travelling, sometimes with early starts. Please refer to Medical Conditions in Important Information.

Airline Information BA

  • All bookings featuring flights with British Airways are part of a group allocation which unfortunately means you will be unable to manage your reservation directly with BA online; The following actions can only be carried out on check in at the airport. 

  • Online Check in.
  • Pre-reserved seat selection
  • Seat Request
  • Baggage Extras eg, Golf Bags, Ski Carriage.

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