Day Tour

Madrid: Day-trip to Salamanca and Avila (10 Hours)

Valesa Cultural Services Spain & Portugal

Salamanca, Spain

Valid for Travel Now Through: 01 Nov 2018

Madrid: Day-trip to Salamanca and Avila (10 Hours )

Salamanca, Spain

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Sightseeing

Meals

None

Recommended Ages

All Ages

Activity Level

Easy

Description

Salamanca: Home to one of the world’s oldest universities (Universidad de Salamanca was established in 1218), it is a city of magnificent monuments and academic structures showcasing Plateresque, Renaissance and Baroque facades in its historic section which remains remarkably intact. Beginning about 900 B.C., Salamanca’s fascinating history has been influenced by Celts, Romans, Visigoths, Moors, Christians, Jews and many others.


Upon arrival in Salamanca, visit the Plaza Mayor whose construction was ordered by Felipe V. The Churriguera brothers prepared the designs for the plaza, using sandstone as the primary building material. Bull fighting continued in the plaza until the mid 1800's. Continue on to the Old and New Cathedrals, the Casa de la Conchas or House of Shells for its unique facade. See the “Patio de las Escuelas”, the Patio of Schools, and the entrance of the University with it’s sumptuous plateresque design. The Iglesia Convento de San Esteban best known for the intricate work of its façade, was constructed by Juan Antonio Ceroni.


We will be happy to suggest one of our favorite restaurants in Salamanca for lunch (not included)

After lunch return to Madrid via Avila where you will stop for a short visit. Built on the banks of the Rio Adaja and surrounded by the vast Castilian plain, Avila’s old medieval city is surrounded by remarkably well-preserved ramparts from the 11th century. As the birthplace of St. Teresa of Avila, this small city has played a strong spiritual role in the evolution of both Castile and Spain as a whole.


After your visit return to Madrid (this is a 10-11 hour day)

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A deposit is required in order to confirm and receive the final itinerary. A percentage of the deposit will be non-refundable. Full prepayment is required, usually 30-60 days prior to arrival. We will advise the non-refundable portion depending on the size of the booking plus the cost of any tickets purchased (Train, air or entrance tickets) Cancelation for any reason with less than 3 weeks  prior will result in 50-100% non-refundable depending on services requested. These conditions will be indicated to the client on confirmation of the specific services and hotels reserved. We accept Visa, Mastercard and wire transfers as payment methods. (Amex not accepted)



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Guides were very professional

By: Jan


Reviewed on: 12 Oct 2013

Our guides were very knowledgable and fun. They took care of our cabs, entrance tickets, etc. They spent a lot of time with us and were able to answer any questions we had as well as recommending activities and restaurants in the area. They made our experience memorable!
Travel Advisor:  Marlene Singer
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Excellent Guides

By: Karen


Reviewed on: 26 Jun 2014

We used Valesa guides in Menorca, Valencia and Barcelona. They were all excellent. Their vehicles  were spacious and clean. The guides were knowledgeable and flexible for the various desires of a group of 8. I would use them again.
Travel Advisor:  Bowden Sarrett

Excellent Guides

By: Big Blue


Reviewed on: 09 May 2015

The guides have been terrific. See my previous comments The services that have been arranged are the best quality
Travel Advisor:  Beth Jenkins

Great honeymoon

By: Corgilover


Reviewed on: 12 Oct 2015

Valesa Cultural Services assisted our travel agent Deb Miller for our honeymoon. They were extremely nice and genuine. Jessica at Valesa even called one of our tour guides just so she can check up on us. There were a few snags to our itinerary that she helped square away immediately. The hotels that they chose were so lovely and luxurious. We also enjoyed the touristy sites and the free time on our own. The only thing that we found interesting was that all our private tour guides were on the older side. Nothing wrong with older retired people but they seemed surprised that we were their clients for the day. I guess they were used to an older crowd rather than two young honeymooners. Besides that fact we really enjoyed all that they could provide knowledge wise. I would suggest for any night time activity with a private guide to have a younger individual. Our tapas tour in Barcelona was great but at times was a little awkward to make conversation with our older tour guide.

Excellent

By: Henrietta


Reviewed on: 13 Sep 2016

Tour guides great and very helpful. Transportation was right on time and very good.
Travel Advisor:  Trish Mercer

Excellent Tour Guide

By: DaveC.


Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2016

We hired a private tour guide for a half day tour of the Prado Museum and a half day city tour of Madrid. She was wonderful. Very knowledgeable and made the two days enjoyable and memorable. The Prado Museum has over 5,000 artworks, but she knew exactly which to see and provided insight on the artist, history and culture, as well as the art.
Travel Advisor:  Birgit Navarre

Great provider in Spain!

By: Frisco Travelers


Reviewed on: 26 Mar 2017

Spain was our first stop during our Europe vacation, so Valesa Cultural Services was our first contact with Europe agencies...and they were spectacular. The guides we had in Madrid, Toledo and Barcelona were exceptional. Our guide in Madrid had excellent art history knowledge, which was very helpful when visiting cathedrals and museums, as we were not art aficionados. We would definitely recommend them to anyone traveling in the region, and would gladly use them again if we return to Spain or Portugal.
Travel Advisor:  Ralph Iantosca

Spain

By: Patti & Don


Reviewed on: 28 Mar 2017

All the details for the entire trip were very professional and easy to access.
Travel Advisor:  Bettie Lee

Portugal

By: Monkie


Reviewed on: 23 May 2017

Every guide was knowledgeable, personable and flexible We learned we enjoyed we want to return.
Travel Advisor:  Suzan Von Lengerke

Guides

By: Special k


Reviewed on: 28 Aug 2017

Guides and transportation in both Barcelona and Lisbon great. Wonderful tours. Excellent English and very knowledgeable
Travel Advisor:  Carrie Mahoney

Just GO!

By: DLK


Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2017

Whether your looking for an active vacation or something a little more relaxed you can find it all with virtuoso. They check in on you daily, can find you anywhere, and are very responsive should you have any issues. They are the safest way to travel. A++
Travel Advisor:  Joanne Socha

Great trip to Spain!

By: JWH


Reviewed on: 18 Nov 2017

All of the tour guides with Valesa were wonderful! They are friendly & fun, and their knowledge really adds to our enjoyment of the local sights and history.
Travel Advisor:  Ginny Mabry