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Celebrate Christmas in a stylish Spanish parador in the historic town of Ávila, known as the ‘Town of Stones and Saints.’
Spend a very special Christmas at the elegant Parador de Ávila, set in a stunning converted 16th-century palace in the UNESCO-protected historic city of Ávila, celebrated for its golden sandstone tones. Sit back, relax and make the most of your beautiful surroundings and historic location. Fascinating guided tours of Madrid on Christmas Eve, and Ávila on Christmas morning bring this wonderful festive tour to life.
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Fly to Madrid, where you will meet your friendly tour manager upon arrival. Transfer to Ávila.
The rest of the day is free to spend at your leisure, resting and relaxing as you acclimatise to your new surroundings, before dinner is served at the parador.
Join your tour manager for a guided tour of the magnificent Spanish capital, including the bustling Puerta del Sol, located in the oldest part of the city, an area known as Madrid de los Austrias after the Hapsburg kings who once ruled here. Take in the elegant Calle Mayor – the city’s medieval ‘Main Street’ – and magnificent Plaza Mayor, Madrid’s great meeting place, a vast square enclosed by grand, colonnaded buildings, including the ornate Casa de la Panaderia (bakery).
Madrid is famous for its shops, and you’ll have the chance to pick up some last-minute Christmas gifts, perhaps from the city’s Christmas Market. Restaurants, open-air cafés – ideal spots in which to rest awhile over a coffee or beer – and bookstalls surround the statue of Philip III at the plaza’s centre. Further west, past the old Town Hall and the ancient buildings of the Plaza de la Villa, you may choose to discover the gargantuan Palacio Real, or Royal Palace. With its 3,000 rooms, immense library and extraordinary opulence, the Palace is high on the list of most visitors’ ‘must-see’ lists.
Return to Ávila for dinner.
Merry Christmas! After breakfast, join your tour manager for a familiarisation tour of Ávila on foot, bringing this stunningly well-preserved and compact city, one of Spain’s finest, to life. The fortified city, once a medieval stronghold, is home to eight gates, 88 watchtowers and over 25,000 turrets, dating back as far as the 12th Century. The city’s rich religious heritage is clear to see, with an exceptionally high number of churches inside the city walls.
A three-course Christmas lunch will be served at your hotel in the early afternoon. Spend the rest of your afternoon at leisure, perhaps relaxing in one of the hotel’s snug lounge areas or continuing your exploration of Ávila under your own steam before dinner this evening.
Today you may choose to either join an optional excursion to Salamanca or spend your last full day in Spain relaxing in your parador.
Salamanca is home to what was once one of the world’s most respected universities. A treasure-chest of stunningly ornate Baroque buildings, their façades carved in golden sandstone, with one virtually surrounding the truly exquisite Plaza Mayor, the vast open space that is the city’s hub and heartbeat, Salamanca exudes charm from every pore.
Radiating away from this central point in loops, its southern side marked by the Río Tormes, the remainder marked by the former route of the city walls, Salamanca is a delight, in which to simply wander. Don’t miss the two sumptuous cathedrals, nor the famous Casa de las Conchas, the ‘House of Shells’ that is the city’s most photographed building. Return to Ávila for a last evening in the city, and for dinner at the parador.
Bid farewell to Ávila and transfer to Madrid Airport for the return flight, at the end of a marvellous Christmas spent in the true heart of Spain.
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Set in a wonderfully renovated 16th-century palace in Ávila’s Old Quarter, the stylish Parador de Ávila is a special place to stay.
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Shops in Europe will generally close from early afternoon on Christmas Eve until 27th December. Included tours and excursions have been chosen for their scenic or historic value.
We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
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