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Cities of Castile (9 Days) Guided tour. 9-16 June 2012
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Cities of Castile (9 Days) Guided tour. 9-16 June 2012

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 20 people
Destination(s): Spain  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring   Archeology/History  
Season: June
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 959 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1089 Euro (EUR)

A chance to explore Central Spain. Castile is home to some of the most beautiful and monumental cities in Europa and our trip gives us the chance to see two of the most famous; Segovia & Ávila, along with Felipe II’s immense monastery and residence El Escorial. These cities are steeped in history and have kept their historical centres intact over the centuries. Sights include the magnificent Roman aqueduct in Segovia and the impressive city walls of the fortified city of Ávila. Rivalling the spectacle of these cities are the landscapes, ranging from the endless horizons of the plains of Castile to the dramatic beauty of the Sierra de Gredos mountains (one of Spain’s best-kept secrets) as we head towards El Escorial and Madrid. Great variety for a week’s cycling. You can also extend your trip with a stay in Madrid, Spain’s vibrant and exciting capital, or take the opportunity to visit the magnificent city of Toledo.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Transfer to Pedraza
Today we pick up from arrival point in Madrid and transfer to the beautiful village of Pedraza with its fine castle and cobbled streets where we will spend our next two nights

Day 2: Round ride from Pedraza
This ride takes us northwards across the Castilian plain towards the medieval town of Sepúlveda. The main square is so beautiful it is often used as a film set. Both Sepúlveda and Pedraza are famous for their roast suckling lamb and pig. A route extension enables us to visit the impressive scenery of the Hoces del Duratón, a canyon carved out of the rock by the river of the same name.
Short 52 km – 33 miles
Long 80 km – 50 miles

Day 3: Pedraza – Segovia
We head towards the capital of the province, Segovia. En route we have incomparable views of the majestic plain of Castile with its infinite horizons with the backdrop of the mountain range of the Sierra de Guadarrama. And then Segovia itself, with its beautiful Old City, the Plaza Mayor, the Alcázar fortrress, and the famous Roman Aqueduct.
52 km – 33 miles

Day 4: Round ride from Segovia
This ride takes us past two beautiful palaces. The first is the Palacio de La Granja de San Ildefonso, the magnificent 18th century palace built by Felipe V as a summer residence. Then we continue to the Palacio de Riofrío, set in fine forests where deer and storks are to be seen by the roadside. We then have more time to continue exploring Segovia.
40 km – 25 miles

Day 5:Segovia – Ávila
From Segovia we ride westwards with the mountains to our left, until we finally reach the city of Ávila, the highest provincial capital of Spain, surrounded by its magnificently preserved walls. Here we can enjoy an evening stroll around the historical centre and enjoy its marvellous tapas.
76 km – 48 miles

Day 6: Ávila – Cebreros
Today we cross the Sierra de Gredos, the mountain range separating the two Castiles. Beautiful dramatic scenery, where vultures soar over the rocky landscape. Olive trees and cherry blossom decorate the valleys. After an initial ascent, we descend the valley formed by the River Alberche - an easy ride through the very heart of the mountain range. Finally we reach the wine-producing village of Cebreros.
Short 48 km – 30 miles
Long 70 km = 44 miles

Day 7: Cebreros – El Escorial
A short ride from Cebreros takes us through pine forests and fine scenery towards the magnificent monastery and summer palace of San Lorenzo del Escorial, built by Felipe II in the XVI century, burial place of Spanish monarchs and home to a magificent art collection. Extend your route by 26 km if you wish with a visit to the Valle de los Caídos.
40 km – 25 miles

Day 8: Transfer El Escorial – departure point. Transfer to departure point. End of trip.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Continental style breakfast
- Transport to and from arrival/departure points
- Information Pack with Route Guide and maps
- Luggage transport between hotels.

Price Excludes:
- Lunch and dinner
- Bicycle hire
- Holiday extension.

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