Day 1 - Toledo
The rail tour starts in the capital Madrid. Take the high-speed Avant train (2nd class only) to Toledo. Travel time: 33min. Toledo is a beautiful Medieval town on the Tagus River, nicknamed the 'Imperial City' and 'City of the three cultures'. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city's many cultural treasures.
Overnight stay in the Parador**** of Toledo, with awesome views of town. The Parador, with swimming pool, is quietly situated. To visit the city it is recommended to take a taxi, which costs approx €8 for a single journey.
It is possible to add train tickets to Spain to your booking. Additional fees applicable.
Day 2 - Cuenca
Continue the rail tour by taking a high-speed train to Cuenca (via Madrid). Travel time: 2h10min. Cuenca is a stunning city, famous for its Casas Colgadas (hanging houses) which are listed on UNESCO's world heritage list.
Overnight stay in the wonderful Parador**** of Cuenca, a former monastery. The Parador is spectacularly situated on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Huécar Gorge, with stunning views across the river towards town. The old centre of Cuenca can be reached by a pedestrian bridge across the gorge. The Parador has a charming patio and an excellent restaurant. The beautifully decorated rooms are located in the old buildings of the former monastery.
Day 3 - Avila
Take the AVE or MD (2nd class only) train to Avila (via Madrid). Travel time: 3h20min. The impressive city walls of Avila enclose the centre entirely and are the most complete fortifications in Spain. The old town, packed with churches, is a lovely place to get lost.
The Parador**** of Avila is located directly next to the famous city walls, putting you close to the city's most beautiful spots. Quiet and stylish Parador.
Day 4 - Segovia
Travel from Avila via Valladolid to Segovia by MD (2nd class only) or AVE train. It is possible to have a longer stop in Valladolid to have a look around town. Travel time: 2h15min. For many travellers, Segovia is the absolute highlight of the rail tour. Visit the stunning and immense Roman aquaduct, the Alcazar de Segovia castle and the beautiful cathedral.
Overnight stay in the modern Parador**** of Segovia, quietly situated just outside the old town. Enjoy the swimming pool and the wonderful panoramic views.
The last day of the rail tour takes you back to Madrid. There is an hourly connection by Avant or Alvia train. Travel time: 30min.
It is possible to add train tickets to another domestic or international destination to your booking. Additional fees applicable.