Madrid & World Heritage Cities - Self Drive

Cultural & Theme Tours, Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez Airport to Returns to original departure point

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Journey deep into the heart of Spain enjoying the privilege to visit some of the world’s most beautiful World Heritage Cities. Take a tour into the past and discover ancient Roman ruins, timeless medieval towns, and idyllic historic cities. Visit fascinating temples, churches, cathedrals, basilicas, and monasteries. See the cradle of Cervantes and wander around mesmerising places where Arabs, Christians, and Jews coexisted peacefully. Spain will conquer your heart at every turn during this memorable seven-day self-drive tour.
ItineraryDay 1: ARRIVAL MADRIDPass By: Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez AirportArrive at Madrid airport, meet with the rent-a-car representative to pick up your rental car and head towards the beautiful city of Madrid to check in and explore the city. The Spanish capital is one of Europe’s liveliest and most elegant cities, boasting beautiful boulevards, vast parks, bustling plazas, and numerous historic churches and palaces. Madrid is also home to the legendary ‘golden triangle’ of art galleries, which house some of the world’s most treasured masterpieces. Overnight in Madrid. No meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Superior Hotel Category = NH Ventas or similar 4*Day 2: MADRID – SEGOVIA – AVILA (170 Km – 2 hrs)Pass By: Hotel Palacio de Los VeladaAfter a delicious breakfast at the hotel, head towards sensational Segovia. Visit the Gothic cathedral and the Alcazar, which was one of the inspirations for Disney’s Cinderella castle. See also the awe-inspiring Roman aqueduct, which dates from the reign of Emperor Domitian in the first century and cuts through the city centre. Continue to Avila and stroll the beautiful streets of its old town, surrounded by uninterrupted medieval walls. The perimeter of more than 2.5 kilometres is dotted with 88 towers and nine gates. Behind the ramparts is a city of immense beauty and heritage. Visit the fortified Gothic cathedral and the Romanesque Basilica of St Vincent. Stroll through its ancient streets, with Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and baroque styles evident, and take in the splendour of the Plaza de Santa Teresa. Overnight in Avila. Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Superior Hotel Category = Palacio de los Velada or similar 4*Day 3: AVILA – SALAMANCA (110 Km – 1.5 hrs)Pass By: Hotel Sercotel Artheus CarmelitasAfter a delicious breakfast at the hotel, discover Spain’s most venerable seat of learning, visiting the University of Salamanca, as well as the old and new cathedrals. Salamanca University is the third-oldest in the world and the college gives the city a lively buzz, unlike the rest of Castile. At the time of the university’s founding in 1134, Salamanca was in the Kingdom of Leon. Head to the heart of the action at the magnificent Plaza Mayor and savour the inspiring atmosphere. Every corner of Salamanca exudes history! Visit the Irish College, the Casa de las Conchas palace, the Monterrey Palace, the Art Noveau and Art Deco Museum at the Casa Lis. If time permits, catch a glimpse of the Clavero Tower, the convents of Las Dueñas and St Stephen, as well as the baroque Clergy Church. Overnight in Salamanca. Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Superior Hotel Category = Altheus Carmelita or similar 4*Day 4: SALAMANCA – CACERES (200 Km – 2hrs)Pass By: Parador de CáceresIndulge in a delicious breakfast at the hotel and head towards Caceres to explore its magnificent historic centre. Not to be outdone by its provincial neighbour, the medieval walled old town of Caceres is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, packed with fortified homes, Renaissance palaces, and historic churches. The walled area is compact and there are two main clusters of monuments. In the Santa Maria-Golfines area, you can find the Renaissance Toledo-Moctezuma Palace, as well as the Co-cathedral of St Mary while the area around the Plaza de las Veletas-Plaza San Mateo is dominated by the 15th century Cigüeñas Palace.Overnight in Caceres. Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Superior Hotel Category = Parador Caceres or similar 4*Day 5: CACERES – TOLEDO (260 km – 2.5 hrs)Pass By: Sercotel Alfonso VIBegin your day with a delectable breakfast at the hotel. Then, drive to Toledo and wander through ancient streets dominated by the stunning cathedral and the legendary Alcazar overlooking the River Tagus. The old town boasts buildings from almost all periods of the Spanish history. Visit the cathedral and admire the Gothic vaulting and the elaborate altarpiece. Admire the numerous works of art such as frescoes, stained glass, altarpieces, and paintings signed by artists like El Greco, Caravaggio, Van Dyck, Rubens, and Goya. Continue to Santo Tome Church where El Greco’s epic canvas ‘The Burial of the Count of Orgaz’ is displayed or just stroll the beautiful streets of Toledo. Overnight in Toledo. Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Superior Hotel Category = Alfonso VI or similar 4*Day 6: TOLEDO – ARANJUEZ – MADRID (100 km – 1.5 hr)Pass By: Hotel NH Madrid VentasHave breakfast at the hotel and prepare for a new adventure heading towards Aranjuez. Upon arrival, enjoy the city and visit the Royal Palace and gardens. In the gardens, find the inspiration to Joaquin Rodrigo’s famous ‘Concierto de Aranjuez’ classical Spanish guitar piece, based on his experiences at the palace gardens. Then, drive to Madrid for check-in at your hotel. Enjoy your last night in Spain´s paradisiacal capital. Overnight in Madrid. Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Superior Hotel Category = NH Ventas or similar 4*Day 7: DEPARTURE MADRIDPass By: Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez AirportBegin your last day in Madrid with a tasty breakfast. Then, at the appropriate time, head towards the rental company to return the vehicle. The rent-a-car shuttle service will transfer you to the terminal for you to catch your departure flight back home. Breakfast includedMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

What’s included

  • 6x Breakfast
  • Accommodation included: 6 nights
  • Transportation for departure transfer on a shared basis, from car rental offices to Madrid Airport
  • CAR HIRE:
  • - Applicable local taxes (VAT)
  • - Unlimited mileage
  • - Emergency Contact service
  • - Replacement car in case of accident
  • - Full-Full petrol rate
  • - All-inclusive insurance

What’s not included

  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, laundry,
  • Drinks and meals not stated explicitly in the programme
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned in the included section
  • National or International flights
  • All types of insurance except of mentioned rent-a-car insurance.
  • Entry visas to Spain and Gibraltar (if applicable)
  • Entrance tickets to any venue, museum or activity
  • NOT INCLUDED IN CAR HIRE:
  • - Damage to a third party or to the hire vehicle due to negligence or inappropriate driving.
  • - Loss or damage to aerials, jack, safety triangles and vests, windscreen wipers, petrol cap,
  • luggage covers, or any other fixed or mobile component of the vehicle.
  • - Damage to the engine through negligence.
  • - Theft of the vehicle with keys left in the ignition.
  • - Damage caused to the vehicle or to persons through driving under the Influence of alcohol or drugs
  • - Fines due to breaking traffic laws and regulations during the hire period are the responsibility
  • of the driver of the vehicle. In the event of a fine being received there will be an
  • administration charge.
  • - If the car is left outside of rent a car designated area on drop off, customers will be
  • responsible for any costs generated and for any damage to the vehicle due to it being parked outside
  • of the Rent a Car installations.
  • - Each additional driver will be per day.
  • - Any extra equipment (GPS, baby seat etc)
  • - No insurance cover in Gibraltar.

Itinerary

Day 1: ARRIVAL MADRID Pass By: Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez Airport Arrive at Madrid airport, meet with the rent-a-car representative to pick up your rental car and head towards the beautiful city of Madrid to check in and explore the city. The Spanish capital is one of Europe’s liveliest and most elegant cities, boasting beautiful boulevards, vast parks, bustling plazas, and numerous historic churches and palaces. Madrid is also home to the legendary ‘golden triangle’ of art galleries, which house some of the world’s most treasured masterpieces. Overnight in Madrid. No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Superior Hotel Category = NH Ventas or similar 4*
Day 2: MADRID – SEGOVIA – AVILA (170 Km – 2 hrs) Pass By: Hotel Palacio de Los Velada After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, head towards sensational Segovia. Visit the Gothic cathedral and the Alcazar, which was one of the inspirations for Disney’s Cinderella castle. See also the awe-inspiring Roman aqueduct, which dates from the reign of Emperor Domitian in the first century and cuts through the city centre. Continue to Avila and stroll the beautiful streets of its old town, surrounded by uninterrupted medieval walls. The perimeter of more than 2.5 kilometres is dotted with 88 towers and nine gates. Behind the ramparts is a city of immense beauty and heritage. Visit the fortified Gothic cathedral and the Romanesque Basilica of St Vincent. Stroll through its ancient streets, with Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and baroque styles evident, and take in the splendour of the Plaza de Santa Teresa. Overnight in Avila. Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Superior Hotel Category = Palacio de los Velada or similar 4*
Day 3: AVILA – SALAMANCA (110 Km – 1.5 hrs) Pass By: Hotel Sercotel Artheus Carmelitas After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, discover Spain’s most venerable seat of learning, visiting the University of Salamanca, as well as the old and new cathedrals. Salamanca University is the third-oldest in the world and the college gives the city a lively buzz, unlike the rest of Castile. At the time of the university’s founding in 1134, Salamanca was in the Kingdom of Leon. Head to the heart of the action at the magnificent Plaza Mayor and savour the inspiring atmosphere. Every corner of Salamanca exudes history! Visit the Irish College, the Casa de las Conchas palace, the Monterrey Palace, the Art Noveau and Art Deco Museum at the Casa Lis. If time permits, catch a glimpse of the Clavero Tower, the convents of Las Dueñas and St Stephen, as well as the baroque Clergy Church. Overnight in Salamanca. Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Superior Hotel Category = Altheus Carmelita or similar 4*
Day 4: SALAMANCA – CACERES (200 Km – 2hrs) Pass By: Parador de Cáceres Indulge in a delicious breakfast at the hotel and head towards Caceres to explore its magnificent historic centre. Not to be outdone by its provincial neighbour, the medieval walled old town of Caceres is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, packed with fortified homes, Renaissance palaces, and historic churches. The walled area is compact and there are two main clusters of monuments. In the Santa Maria-Golfines area, you can find the Renaissance Toledo-Moctezuma Palace, as well as the Co-cathedral of St Mary while the area around the Plaza de las Veletas-Plaza San Mateo is dominated by the 15th century Cigüeñas Palace. Overnight in Caceres. Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Superior Hotel Category = Parador Caceres or similar 4*
Day 5: CACERES – TOLEDO (260 km – 2.5 hrs) Pass By: Sercotel Alfonso VI Begin your day with a delectable breakfast at the hotel. Then, drive to Toledo and wander through ancient streets dominated by the stunning cathedral and the legendary Alcazar overlooking the River Tagus. The old town boasts buildings from almost all periods of the Spanish history. Visit the cathedral and admire the Gothic vaulting and the elaborate altarpiece. Admire the numerous works of art such as frescoes, stained glass, altarpieces, and paintings signed by artists like El Greco, Caravaggio, Van Dyck, Rubens, and Goya. Continue to Santo Tome Church where El Greco’s epic canvas ‘The Burial of the Count of Orgaz’ is displayed or just stroll the beautiful streets of Toledo. Overnight in Toledo. Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Superior Hotel Category = Alfonso VI or similar 4*
Day 6: TOLEDO – ARANJUEZ – MADRID (100 km – 1.5 hr) Pass By: Hotel NH Madrid Ventas Have breakfast at the hotel and prepare for a new adventure heading towards Aranjuez. Upon arrival, enjoy the city and visit the Royal Palace and gardens. In the gardens, find the inspiration to Joaquin Rodrigo’s famous ‘Concierto de Aranjuez’ classical Spanish guitar piece, based on his experiences at the palace gardens. Then, drive to Madrid for check-in at your hotel. Enjoy your last night in Spain´s paradisiacal capital. Overnight in Madrid. Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Superior Hotel Category = NH Ventas or similar 4*
Day 7: DEPARTURE MADRID Pass By: Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez Airport Begin your last day in Madrid with a tasty breakfast. Then, at the appropriate time, head towards the rental company to return the vehicle. The rent-a-car shuttle service will transfer you to the terminal for you to catch your departure flight back home. Breakfast included Meals included: • Breakfast No accommodation included on this day.
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