Walking up to 2 miles throughout the day during group activities; periods of standing at the Alcazar; many cobblestones and occasional steps without handrails. Driving approx. 60 miles (95 km) each way to/from Segovia; about 1.5 hours.
Travelling by motorcoach, we’ll arrive in the historical town of Segovia for a field trip led by a local expert. Situated to the northwest of the capital in the Castile region and classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Segovia boasts a wealth of monuments which span the centuries. Among these, we’ll see the remarkably well-preserved Roman Aqueduct (dating from around 50 C.E.), and enjoy an expert-led field trip to the renowned Alcazar (castle) which began construction in the 11th century. One of Spain’s most important historical sites, it was originally built as a medieval fortress on Roman ruins, but it also served as the royal residence of the ancient Kingdom of Castile up until the 17th century. Following the visit, we will return to Madrid.
On your own to explore the local cuisine.
Take some time for free independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Afterwards, we’ll gather at the predetermined time and place for transfer via motorcoach to a local tablao (flamenco bar) for a welcome drink and an introductory presentation given by a Flamenco expert on the art of flamenco.
At the local tablao (flamenco bar), we’ll enjoy a simple dinner of tapas with wine, sangria, or beer included.
While at the tablao, we’ll be treated to a traditional flamenco performance! The Universidad de Autonoma de Madrid describes flamenco as, “Voices filled with anguish and pain in cante jondo, rhythms of happiness and joy in sevillanas and rumbas. Flamenco is all that and more, full of passion and intensity.” Madrid takes pride as the hub of the recording industry, and starting place for aspiring artists performing in tablaos. We’ll revel in the sights and sounds of an evening filled with Spanish folklore, music, and dance. We will return via motorcoach after the performance.