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Whether you’re obsessed with European monarchs, or just fancy a week of biking through beautiful landscapes and historic cities, this guided bike tour is for you. Starting at El Escorial, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, our guides will walk you through hundreds of years of Spanish royal history. You’ll get to witness the austerity of the Habsburg kings, as well as the ostentatious style of the Bourbons, and see where they lived, prayed, and were buried. Between the cities of Segovia and Toledo, two ancient cities packed with history, we’ll cycle through idyllic countryside, stopping off to enjoy delicious local food and wine, and staying at luxury hotel and rural guest houses. The trip ends with a weekend of tapas and nightlife in Madrid.
Pick up at Madrid airport at a pre-arranged time and transfer by van to your hotel. Welcome party to all participants, handing-over of all documents and selection of bicycles. Possibility of a stroll to get acquainted with the town and admire the monastery.
After a nice breakfast there will be a briefing about the day´s events. We will start with a visit to the Monastery and then with an easy tour to get to know each other and enjoy the surroundings of El Escorial, its royal parks, sites, forests and hills. Later on we will bike to the nearby dam. We´ll be following paths bordered by pine trees, evergreen oaks and small streams. We will return early in the afternoon to the hotel.
Visit to the nearby gardens and parks, climbing smoothly to “Philip II´s chair”, a point from which we have a wonderful view on the monastery, part of the Sierra and on a clear day even of the Madrid skyline. We´ll be riding on a roman roadway that led from Mérida ( Extremadura ) to Segovia and beautiful paths to the pleasant village of Zarzalejo. After a break we continue on very old sheep lanes (going back 5 centuries) until we arrive in Robledo de Chavela where our mini bus will be readily waiting for us. Back in El Escorial, there will be plenty of time to visit the theatre or have a relaxing walk in the garden of the monastery.
Excursion to Segovia where we will ride our cycles through the grounds of the Palace of Riofrio en route. We will get to see some deer as we go by the Palace de la Granja, visiting these fabulous gardens and superb fountains. Arrival at Segovia to visit its monuments. We will have lunch just in front of the Roman aqueduct. Transfer by minibus to Toledo.
After breakfast we explore the city Toledo by bike and then transfer by minibus to Arnajuez another royal sites. From there we bicycle to the medieval town of Chinchón. Overnight stay at the Parador hotel. Dinner at tipical local restaurant at the Plaza Mayor.
After breakfast we bicycle on quiet roads first to Valdelaguna and from there mostly downhill to Morata de Tajuña. Ona old train track we bicycle to Arganda where we finsh the tour. Transfer by minibus back to Madrid.
We are happy to offer you our Madrid city bike tour for free or your visit the city on your own. Transfer to airport whenever necessary.
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