Highlights tour of Central Spain

“Enjoy a week-long overland tour of central Spain as part of a small group with high speed trains and private minibuses allowing you to explore efficiently and in comfort.”


Madrid | Toledo | Segovia | Salamanca | Pedraza | Rueda | Avila |

Description of Highlights tour of Central Spain

This week-long highlights tour of central Spain gives travellers an opportunity to immerse themselves within the historic UNESCO towns and medieval stone clad villages that are rarely glimpsed by casual tourists heading solely to the coast.

Ancient vineyards, bathed in sunshine, prompt tasting tours accompanied by delicious tapas and regional cuisine, whilst sightseeing in Madrid, the capital, allows this highlights tour of central Spain to start as it means to go on.

From Toledo and Madrid to Salamanca and smaller rural communities, such as Rueda and Pedraza, this highlights tour of central Spain takes in the best known and the lesser-visited cultural sites, with Segovia’s Roman aqueduct, Avila’s city walls and the monastery within El Escorial conjuring up an array of first-hand experiences to take home and treasure long after the tan finally fades.

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Holiday type

Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Highlights tour of Central Spain

Accommodation and Meals:
We will spend 6 nights in a mix of well-located 3 and 4 star hotels that are locally owned and staffed, providing employment to many young Spanish people in a country where high unemployment is a real issue. Central Spain is renowned for its delicious cuisine and there will be a strong focus on visiting authentic restaurants serving traditional dishes that use local and seasonal produce. In central Spain, food is commonly a rustic style of cooking with influences of Jewish, Muslim and Christian cuisines and the guides take pride in sharing their local cuisine with visitors.

Local Craft and Culture:
We will visit the main highlights of this region of Spain with a focus on history, culture and cuisine. Starting off in the lively capital of Madrid, we then move onto Toledo, declared a UNESCO world heritage site because of its extensive cultural and monumental heritage. Other cultural sites of interest on the trip that we visit are the Roman aqueduct in Segovia, the vibrant university town of Salamanca, the beautiful mediaeval village of Pedraza and wine tasting in Rueda. The tour will finish up in El Escorial, known for its magnificent monastery, also a UNESCO world heritage site. Throughout the tour we will visit local markets that are for local people, not tourists, and the guide will be placing a strong emphasis on the cuisine of the region. There will be ample opportunity to sample and purchase local crafts and produce along the way.

This tripis designed to allow a high degree of economic benefit to the local communities; we buy local produce, eat local food and use local services, thus ensuring that as much money as possible is sites and paying entrance fees, we are contributing towards maintaining, restoring and protecting these valuable monuments and facilities.

Group size: This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people.

UK office: It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

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