Classical Cities of Old Castile Overview
Delve into Spain’s Golden Age as you explore Segovia, Salamanca and Madrid with the help of our self-guided walking tours and detailed cultural notes.
- self-guided cultural journey by rail
- discover Segovia, Salamanca and Madrid, with two nights in each
- explore on foot following our detailed cultural notes
- delve into Spain’s Golden Age
- add-on a stay in historic Toledo
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.
For a longer holiday, opt for our 8-night version that finishes with two nights in ancient Toledo, a melting pot of different cultures.