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Classical Cities of Old Castile with Toledo

The great cities of central Spain
Holiday information
Nights: 8 nights
Accommodation: two 3-star hotels; two 4-star hotels
Meals: 8 breakfasts
Included extras: street plans & detailed notes for self-guided city walking tour for all cities
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This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided cultural journey by rail
  • discover treasures from the ‘Golden Age’
  • admire the great cities of Segovia, Salamanca, Madrid and Toledo
  • explore on foot following our detailed cultural notes
 
Embark on a historical and artistic voyage through the heart of Spain that explores the extraordinary cultural explosion that occurred in the 16th century. Journeying by rail, and accompanied by our detailed notes, you learn about the pivotal events that paved the way for the Golden Age, discover something of its remarkable monumental legacy, encounter the centre of 16th-century Spanish thought, and enter the worlds of El Greco, Cervantes and Velázquez. Little by little, each of our four chosen cities reveal their unique contribution.
This is a story of power and passion, of struggle and triumph and the subsequent flowering of a great Christian civilisation fed by Inca gold.
     
Linda Lashford, Inntravel photographer

Beginning amid the soaring spires of Segovia, you trace the very foundations of the Spanish state, as it was here that Ferdinand and Isabella united the dynasties of Castile and Aragon. From here you travel westwards to Salamanca, an ancient centre of learning that once rivalled Oxford and Padua – its ornate secular and religious buildings are testament to its prestige and make it one of the great jewels of Spain. Next up is Madrid, the geographical, political and cultural heart of the country, boasting many Spanish art treasures in its three world-class galleries. Your last stop is Toledo, cradled in a loop of the Tagus River, and with a striking skyline that was most famously captured on canvas by El Greco. The city was a melting pot of Jewish, Muslim and Christian cultures and, as such, perfectly encapsulates all of Spain’s long and varied history.

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