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Classical Cities of Old Castile

Journey through the heart & soul of Spain
 
Delve into Spain’s Golden Age by visiting the great cities of Segovia, Salamanca and Madrid on a journey by rail. Thanks to our detailed cultural notes and self-guided city walking tours, you’ll learn about their rich history as you explore famous sights and hidden corners.
Classical Cities of Old Castile. 6 nights
Classical Cities of Old Castile. 6 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A touring holiday in Castile

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 chosen cities reveal their unique contribution.
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. Last, but certainly by no means least, is Madrid. Spain’s capital since the Golden Age, it is the heart of the country, not only geographically, but culturally, too, boasting many Spanish art treasures in its three world-class galleries.
 

Book now for summer 2021

Travel restrictions mean that we cannot accept any new bookings from UK residents for autumn 2020 at the moment. We remain hopeful that restrictions will be eased and that we will be able to resume the holiday before the end of the season. If you have a holiday booking with us, we will contact you nearer the time.

Looking further ahead, we are keeping our prices the same, so you can book for summer 2021 at 2020 prices.

What we’re doing so you can book and travel with confidence >
 
Gallery
 

Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • Arrival in Segovia
    Night 1: at Hotel Don Felipe (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night's accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of exploration.
  • Explore Segovia
    Segovia was once one of the most illustrious cities in the whole of the Iberian Peninsula. It is a UNESCO-listed cultural gem that remains delightfully off the tourist radar and richly repays exploration on foot using our self-guided walking tour. Wander the medieval back streets, gaze upwards in awe at soaring spires and the astonishing Roman aqueduct, and pay a visit to the ornate Alcázar where the kingdoms of Castile and Aragon came together, giving birth to ‘Spain’ itself. Treat yourselves too, perhaps, to the local delicacy, suckling pig, in one of the many traditional restaurants.
    Segovia's Roman aqueduct
  • Segovia to Salamanca
    A scenic train journey via the rolling Castilian plain takes you west to Salamanca, a renowned seat of learning where you stay two nights at the Hotel Rector.
  • Explore Salamanca
    One of the great jewels of Spain, Salamanca’s ornate secular and religious buildings are testament to the city’s prestige as a centre of learning that once rivalled Oxford and Padua. Climb the great bell towers to admire the city skyline, rest in one of the many tranquil cloisters, marvel at the extraordinarily intricate masonry of the cathedral and pause for tapas in the remarkable Baroque central square, a lively gathering place for old and young alike.
    Glorious Salamanca
  • Salamanca to Madrid
    The train ride from Salamanca to Madrid takes about two-and-a-half hours, meaning that, with a morning departure, you can enjoy a full afternoon in the capital after dropping off your cases at the Hotel Catalonia las Cortes, where you spend two nights.
  • Explore Madrid
    Spain’s capital since the Golden Age, Madrid is the heart of the country, not only geographically, but culturally, too, boasting many Spanish art treasures. As well as great masterpieces, it has parks, extraordinary food and, more surprisingly, a collection of traditional working neighbourhoods. From your centrally located hotel, try one of our two walking tours, the first focusing on the world-class museums of the Prado, Reina Sofía and Thyssen-Bornemisza and the surrounding quarter, the other exploring the Barrio de los Austrias district, where you might be tempted to linger among the many small shops and tapas bars before taking in the grand royal palace and cathedral.
    Explore traditional neighbourhoods
 

Accommodation

You stay at three high-quality hotels hand-picked for their excellent locations.
 

Extend your stay

 

Summer 2021

We are keeping our prices the same, so you can book for summer 2021 at 2020 prices.
 
Prices & travel options
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  • 6 nights: 01 November 2019 - 21 December 2019 & 03 January 2020 - 21 December 2020

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 2 Nov 2019 £795 £480
    3 - 30 Nov 2019 £745 £425
    1 - 8 Dec 2019 £845 £520
    9 - 15 Dec 2019 £745 £425
    3 Jan - 17 Mar 2020 £745 £425
    18 Mar - 4 Apr 2020 £795 £480
    5 - 12 Apr 2020 £895 £545
    13 Apr - 10 Jun 2020 £825 £495
    11 - 24 Jun 2020 £745 £425
    25 Jun - 31 Aug 2020 £770 £445
    1 Sep - 31 Oct 2020 £860 £515
    1 - 30 Nov 2020 £770 £445
    1 - 12 Dec 2020 £895 £545
    13 - 15 Dec 2020 £745 £425
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £0

    Includes accommodation, meals, travel between hotels and any other services integral to the holiday as described, plus a detailed information pack, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Included travel: Madrid-Segovia-Salamanca-Madrid by rail
    Pay locally for travel arrangements between city stations and hotels

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel Rector , Salamanca
    Deluxe: 01 Nov - 21 Dec 2019 £11
    Deluxe: 03 Jan - 21 Dec 2020 £13
    Suite: 01 Nov - 21 Dec 2019 £58
    Suite: 03 Jan - 21 Dec 2020 £58
    Hotel Catalonia Las Cortes, Madrid
    'Premium': 01 Nov - 31 Mar 2020 £20
    'Premium': 01 Apr - 31 Oct 2020 £25
    Superior: 01 Nov - 31 Mar 2020 £50
    Superior: 01 Apr - 31 Oct 2020 £60

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel Don Felipe, Segovia (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Nov - 02 Nov 2019 § £56 £101
    03 Nov - 30 Nov 2019 § £50 £88
    01 Dec - 08 Dec 2019 ¥ £62 £112
    09 Dec - 21 Dec 2019 ¢ £50 £88
    03 Jan - 11 Jan 2020 £55 £97
    12 Jan - 27 Feb 2020 # £50 £88
    28 Feb - 29 Feb 2020 £70 £128
    01 Mar - 07 Apr 2020 § £50 £88
    08 Apr - 12 Apr 2020 £105 £200
    13 Apr - 18 Apr 2020 £70 £128
    19 Apr - 09 May 2020 † £50 £88
    10 May - 31 May 2020 † £55 £97
    01 Jun - 30 Jun 2020 † £50 £88
    01 Jul - 01 Aug 2020 † £54 £94
    02 Aug - 13 Aug 2020 # £65 £117
    14 Aug - 16 Aug 2020 £115 £215
    17 Aug - 31 Aug 2020 # £65 £117
    01 Sep - 17 Sep 2020 § £58 £104
    18 Sep - 19 Sep 2020 £115 £215
    20 Sep - 08 Oct 2020 § £58 £104
    09 Oct - 12 Oct 2020 £84 £154
    13 Oct - 29 Oct 2020 § £58 £104
    02 Nov - 03 Dec 2020 † £54 £94
    04 Dec - 12 Dec 2020 £115 £215
    13 Dec - 21 Dec 2020 † £54 £94
    ¥ ADD £48pp/n (£96pn in a single) if staying 5-8 Dec 2019
    Friday & Saturday supplements apply:
    ¢ ADD £18pp/n (£36pn in a single) for Fri & Sat stays 9-28 Dec 2019
    # ADD £10pp/n (£20pn in a single) for Fri & Sat stays 12 Jan-27 Feb, 2-13 Aug & 17-31 Aug 2020
    § ADD £16pp/n (£32pn in a single) for Fri & Sat stays 1 Mar-7 Apr, 1-17 Sep, 20 Sep-8 Oct & 13-29 Oct 2020
    † ADD £20pp/n (£40pn in a single) for Fri & Sat stays 19 Apr-30 Jun, 1 Jul-1 Aug, 2 Nov-3 Dec & 13-21 Dec 2020
    Hotel Rector , Salamanca (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Nov - 03 Dec 2019 £88 £164
    04 Dec - 08 Dec 2019 £97 £182
    09 Dec - 20 Dec 2019 £88 £164
    03 Jan - 05 Apr 2020 £85 £155
    06 Apr - 12 Apr 2020 £95 £175
    13 Apr - 30 Jun 2020 £85 £155
    01 Jul - 06 Sep 2020 £90 £168
    07 Sep - 14 Sep 2020 £98 £186
    15 Sep - 10 Oct 2020 £90 £168
    11 Oct - 13 Oct 2020 £98 £186
    14 Oct - 03 Dec 2020 £90 £168
    04 Dec - 08 Dec 2020 £98 £186
    09 Dec - 21 Dec 2020 £90 £168
    Hotel Catalonia Las Cortes, Madrid (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Nov - 21 Dec 2019 ¥ £94 £148
    03 Jan - 18 Jan 2020 £85 £135
    19 Jan - 24 Jan 2020 £115 £195
    25 Jan - 23 Feb 2020 £85 £135
    24 Feb - 29 Feb 2020 £115 £195
    01 Mar - 19 Mar 2020 £90 £146
    20 Mar - 31 Mar 2020 £115 £195
    01 Apr - 07 Apr 2020 £90 £146
    08 Apr - 11 Apr 2020 £115 £195
    12 Apr - 28 Apr 2020 £98 £162
    29 Apr - 13 Jun 2020 £110 £188
    14 Jun - 30 Jun 2020 £98 £162
    01 Jul - 31 Jul 2020 £95 £151
    01 Aug - 05 Sep 2020 £82 £130
    06 Sep - 29 Sep 2020 £108 £178
    30 Sep - 01 Nov 2020 £120 £202
    02 Nov - 29 Dec 2020 # £95 £151
    ¥ ADD £32pp/n (£64pn in a single) 6-7 Dec 2019
    # ADD £32pp/n (£64pn in a single) 4-8 & 29-31 Dec 2020
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Madrid
    As an alternative to flying, we can arrange rail travel from London

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Madrid. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Madrid British Airways,  Iberia,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Madrid easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Madrid easyJet,  Iberia 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Madrid easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Madrid British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Madrid Air Europa,  easyJet,  Iberia 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Madrid British Airways,  Iberia 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Madrid easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Madrid Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Madrid Iberia,  Ryanair 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Madrid. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service (£60 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together.

    Unless otherwise stated, connecting travel by rail or bus tends to be from the city centre station, rather than from its airport, and connections between the two should be paid for locally.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Madrid

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Madrid Chamartin to Segovia AV (0h30), taxi Segovia AV to hotel (0h10, pay locally) included 1700
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    own taxi to airport pay locally flexible
What is included
  • 6 nights
  • 6 breakfasts
  • city maps and notes for walking tours
  • detailed cultural information
  • rail travel Segovia-Madrid
 
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FAQs

  • We sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety.
    Your holiday experience: what to expect >
    Safety measures being taken by hoteliers & others >
  • The information that we send to you 2-3 weeks before your holiday includes practical information about each stage of your journey so that you can travel confidently from one hotel to another, recommendations for places to visit and eat out in each place, plus cultural information about the area. Where applicable, we also provide notes for a self-guided walking tour of most cities, and some large towns. Sample travel pack >
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £35 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £60 per person. More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi and Lizzie to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

    More information about the booking process >
    Information about accommodation, general practicalities and more >
    Booking conditions >
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our travel insurance policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your alternative policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Spain, but not a visa. If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/before-you-travel and the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC). You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance.
  • (Castilian) Spanish is one of several official languages; in Catalonia, for example, Catalan has equal status. The currency is the Euro. Spanish time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them when the UK withdraws from the European Union (EU).

    It currently seems highly likely the UK’s withdrawal from the EU will take place on 31 January 2020, at which point the UK will enter a minimum 11-month transition period through to the end of December 2020. During this transition period there will be absolutely no changes to current arrangements for UK citizens travelling to an EU destination, so you can book your 2020 holiday certain that there will be no disruptions or complications caused by Brexit.
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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