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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.
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Fly from London (regional connections
available) to Madrid with British Airways.
Transfer to the Melia Princesa (or similar) for
1 night. (N)
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 NH Salamanca (or
similar) for 1 night. (B)
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 Cáceres Palacio
(or similar) for 1 night. (B)
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 Parador de Mérida (or similar) for
2 nights. (B)
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)
The capital of Extremadura, Mérida was also
formerly the capital of the Roman province of Lusitania. See the extensive Roman ruins,
which are some of the most impressive in all
of Spain, including the Roman amphitheatre.
Transfer to Guadalupe, a historic village with
cobbled streets and traditional homes. Visit the
Unesco-listed Royal Monastery of Santa Maria
de Guadalupe. Continue to Toledo and stay at
the Hacienda del Cardenal (or similar) for 2
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)
Morning transfer to the airport, approximately
one hour from Toledo, and fly to London with
British Airways. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is led in each destination en route by a local tour escort.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or
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