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Extremadura & the Heart of Spain

Group Tour | General Interest 8 Days & 7 Nights Lead-in price: £1995

Beyond the busy shores of the Mediterranean and Andalucía's well-trodden tourist trail lies Extremadura, one of Spain's least-visited provinces but certainly one full of surprises. It hides some of the best preserved historic cities in the country along with delicious cuisine, in particular Iberian ham. This tour also takes in the three Unesco-listed cites of Segovia, Salamanca and Toledo.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Ham & wine tasting at a cellar door
  • Visit to the Iberian Ham Museum in Monesterio
  • Explore the Aracena caves
  • Small group size - maximum 18 people
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Madrid

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Madrid with British Airways. Transfer to the Hotel Catalonia Goya (or similar) for 1 night. (N)

Day 2: Madrid - Segovia - Avila - Salamanca

Travel from Madrid to Salamanca via the Unesco world heritage cities of Segovia and Avila. Walking tour of Segovia including the first-century Roman aqueduct. Continue to Avila, one of the oldest cities in Spain. Walking tour round the 14-metre-high walls that date back to the 11th century. Transfer to Salamanca and stay at the Sercotel Puerta de la Catedral (or similar) for 1 night. (B)

Day 3: Salamanca - Cáceres

Half-day walking tour of Salamanca’s historic city centre including Plaza Mayor, one of the best examples of baroque architecture in Spain; the cathedral; and the University Building, which is the oldest in the Hispanic world, founded in 1134. Time at leisure before transferring to Cáceres. Stay at Exe Agora Cáceres (or similar) for 1 night. (B)

Day 4: Cáceres - Mérida

Half-day walking tour of Cáceres, one of the most charming cities in Extremadura. Explore a maze of narrow, cobbled streets that twist and turn amongst ancient palaces, mansions, arches and churches. From the defence walls enjoy views of the turrets, spires and gargoyles that have watched over the city for almost a millennium. In the evening, drive to Mérida and stay at the Hotel Velada (or similar) for 2 nights. (B)

Day 5: Rural Extremadura

Full-day gastronomy tour to discover some of Extremadura’s best known delicacies. The first stop is the Iberian Ham Museum in Monesterio to learn about the history of this mouthwatering cured meat. Continue to a cellar and drying house to learn about the drying process before enjoying a tasting of the ham with cheese and two wines. Lunch in Aracena, a typical whitewashed village. Evening visit to the Aracena caves to view their extraordinary rock formations and underground lagoons. Return to Mérida. (B, L)

Day 6: Mérida - Toledo

Your day will begin with a city tour of Merida including the extensive Roman ruins, which are some of the most impressive in all of Spain, highlights include the ancient theatre, Los Milagros aqueduct and the longest Roman bridge still in regular use in Europe. A visit to the impressive National Museum of Roman Art is also included in the tour. You will then depart the city for Toledo, stay at the Sercotel Renacimiento (or similar) for 2 nights. (B)

Day 7: Toledo

Full day to explore this historic city, formerly the capital of Spain and a city where Jews, Christians and Muslims coexisted peacefully, forming a unique culture. Morning tour of the main sights including the 13th-century gothic cathedral, Alcázar and Santa Maria La Blanca Synagogue, followed by time at leisure. (B)

Day 8: Fly to London

Morning transfer to the airport, approximately one hour from Toledo, and fly to London with British Airways. (B)

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.


Private & tailor-made travel: This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • Hotel Catalonia Goya
    Hotel Catalonia Goya

    Set in a 19th-century building, Hotel Catalonia Goya offers superior accommodation in the heart of the Spanish capital. Guest rooms are sound-proofed, fresh and modern with wooden floors and elegant dark furniture. The in-house restaurant offers a full buffet breakfast and a Mediterranean cuisine for lunch and dinner. The hotel also offers a small pool and gym. Features: 88 rooms & suites, restaurant, bar, swimming pool, gym Room amenities: Wi-Fi throughout, air-conditioning, room service, safe, TV, tea/coffee maker in all rooms

  • Abba Fonseca Hotel
    Abba Fonseca Hotel

    Situated in the heart of Salamanca, next to the Palacio de Congresos and the Colegio Fonseca, the abba Fonseca Hotel is housed in a traditional stone building. Rooms are designed with simple pastel colours; each room contains amenities befitting a 4-star hotel. Guests may dine at La Abadia restaurant, which offers an a la carte menu. The hotel also has a gym, spa and small plunge pool

  • Exe Ágora Cáceres
    Exe Ágora Cáceres

    Just 5 minutes from the centre of Unesco listed Caceres, the Exe Agora Hotel is a modern property set in a beautifully restored stone building. Rooms are large with floor to ceiling windows and wood flooring. There is a roof top bar with wonderful views of the town and the Extremadura countryside beyond, both breakfast and dinner can be taken here in the summer months. Features: 64 rooms & suites, roof top terrace, bar, restaurant Room amenities: Wi-Fi throughout, air-conditioning, room service, safe, TV

  • Velada Merida
    Velada Merida

    The Velada Merida hotel is located on the edge of the historic centre of Merida, close to the Roman Amphitheatre. Rooms are large and classically decorated. Alcazaba Restaurant offers a mix of local Spanish cuisine and international dishes. There is a large outdoor pool (open in the summer months) as well as a garden with loungers, the best place to replax after a busy day of sightseeing. Features: 99 rooms & suites, bar, restaurant, seasonal outdoor pool, garden & terrace Room amenities: Wi-Fi throughout, air-conditioning, room service, safe, TV

  • Hotel Cigarral El Bosque
    Hotel Cigarral El Bosque

    The Hotel Cigarral El Bosque is situated in the Cigarrales area, an easy walk from the historical centre of Toledo. All rooms have either a balcony or terrace overlooking the city. The restaurant offers regional cuisine and an excellent wine list. There is also a swimming pool, an ideal place to relax after a bus day sightseeing

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £5490 per person

High season from £5490 per person


Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • * International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
  • * UK departure and overseas airport taxes
  • * Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
  • * Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
  • * The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
  • * Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

Destinations on this tour

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  • Salamanca

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