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Segovia’s Hidden Gems

Spain Hiking + Walking Tours

Segovia, Guadarrama National Park, and the Duratón Canyon

  • This self-guided walking tour in and through one of central Spain ́s hidden gems, Segovia, allows you to really explore this amazing region, and the city, as well, as you trek the foothills of the Guadarrama National Park and Duratón Canyon. The walks are gentle but the experience is monumental. Immerse yourself in Castilian culture as you stroll through centuries-old ochre villages and towns anchored in an age long past.

    Highlights

    • Segovia, World Heritage Site.
    • Delightful walks through the beautiful countryside
    • Guadarrama National Park, home to the Iberian wolf, native wild boar, deer, and birdlife
    • Stunning traditional villages
    • Impressive canyon of the Duroton River
    • Area of special protection for wildlife
    • Overnights in historic towns of San Ildefonso and Sepulveda

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  • Twin/double: $ 1085 £ 555 $ 951 650 $ 1133 kr 6990 $ 719 Single room supplement: $ 334 £ 171 $ 293 200 $ 349 kr 2151 $ 221 Solo traveler supplement (in addition to single supplement): $ 456 £ 233 $ 399 273 $ 476 kr 2936 $ 302

    extra options

    Dinners included: $ 220 £ 113 $ 193 132 $ 230 kr 1420 $ 146 Transfers:
    From Sepulveda to Segovia: $ 117 £ 60 $ 102 70 $ 122 kr 753 $ 77 From Sepulveda to Madrid: $ 225 £ 115 $ 198 135 $ 235 kr 1452 $ 149 Extra nights:
    Segovia: on request
    Madrid: on request

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    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Madrid Airport (MAD) also known as Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport. This is the main international airport serving Madrid in Spain.

    Local Travel

    Take the C-1 RENFE train from Terminal 4 at Madrid airport to the Chamartin station. From here you can access the high-speed AVE train to arrive in Segovia in 30 minutes. The ticket will cost about €12. Once you arrive in Segovia, we suggest that you take a taxi to your first hotel. To return to Madrid, you can book a one hour transfer from Sepulveda to Segovia (see pricing) and catch the AVE high-speed train back into Madrid.

    Climate

    The climate here is mild, and generally warm and temperate. Please check local conditions before your arrival. A good website to use when researching regional weather including average high/low temperatures, average rainfall and more weather-related facts is weatherbase.com.

    DOCUMENTS

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Skill Level

This self-guided hiking holiday is rated as easy to moderate. You will walk a predominantly flat route with a few small ascents each day utilizing good footpaths. Daily distance is approx. 15 kms and generally requires no more than 4 hours of walking each day. Since this is a self-guided tour, you can go at your own pace. Stop when you want, go faster or slower, you are in control. On the day to day itinerary below you will find the elevation gain listed for each day.

Where You’ll Stay

You will spend two nights in a small city hotel in the heart of Segovia, two nights in a family-run hotel in the center of the historic town of La Granja, one night in a charming rural hotel in the quiet village of Gallegos, and the last two nights in a beautifully renovated historic building dating back to the 12th century in Sepulveda.

What’s Included

  • 7 nights accommodation in charming small rural hotels
  • 7 breakfasts.
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Private transfers on days 3, 5 and 6
  • Detailed maps and roadbook
  • Itinerary description
  • Tourist information
  • Emergency support

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Extra nights are possible before or after your tour in Segovia or Madrid. Just ask.

TourHike + Walk
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length8 days
From650 Rates
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Tour Dates

Daily departures from the beginning of April through the end of October

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Segovia’s Hidden Gems Map

Day 1: Arrival to Segovia
Day 2: City tour in Segovia
Day 3: San Ildefonso - Valsain - San Ildefonso, 6.2 - 11 mi. (10 - 17 km)
Day 4: Circular walk to “El Chorro” waterfall, 7 mi. (11 km)  
Day 5: Pradena - Gallegos, a walk along the foothills, 9 mi. (15 km)
Day 6: Castilnovo - Sepulveda, 10 mi. (16 km)
Day 7: Sepulveda - Duraton Canyon - Sepulveda, 10 mi. (16 km)
Day 8: Departure or extra nights  

Day 1: Arrival to Segovia
Individual arrival to Segovia. Check-in to your accommodations in your small city hotel in the heart of the town.

Accommodation: Hotel Casa Mudejar or Hotel Infanta Isabel

Day 2: City tour in Segovia
Your walking experience starts with a full day available to discover the beautifully preserved town of Segovia. Located northwest of Madrid, in central Spain's Castile and León region,  this Unesco listed city has a rich architectural legacy, including medieval walls, Romanesque churches, a former royal palace, and a Gothic cathedral. The most famous is the iconic ancient Roman aqueduct that looms above the Plaza Azoguejo. With more than 160 arches, most in the original mortarless granite, this structure was built in the 1st century A.D.   The Aqueduct of Segovia functioned for many centuries after the fall of the Roman Empire and served the communities of Segovia even into the modern era.

Accommodation: Hotel Casa Mudejar or Hotel Infanta Isabel

Day 3: San Ildefonso - Valsain - San Ildefonso, 6.2 - 11 mi. (10 - 17 km) 
You will be provided with a short transfer to the historic town of San Ildefonso, nestled at the foot of the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain, from where you begin a riverside circular walk along the Eresma River to the mountain village of Valsain, located in the river valley, nestled in a thick pine forest. You are now deep in Sierra de Guadarrama National Park and life is simple here.  You will overnight in San Ildefonso, a small historical site, a testament to the glory of the Spanish Monarchy in the eighteenth century. Wander the cobbled streets and visit the resplendent royal palace nestled at the feet of the highest peak in the park, Peñalara at 2.428 m.

Elevation: 390 m
Accommodation: Hotel Roma

Day 4: Circular walk to “El Chorro” waterfall, 7 mi. (11 km) 
Though short, your walk today is stunning, along the forest footpaths to the El Chorro waterfalls and then on to the Silla del Rey viewpoint, combined with a visit to the famous palace and gardens of San Ildefonso.

Elevation: 464 m
Accommodation: Hotel Roma

Day 5: Pradena - Gallegos, a walk along the foothills, 9 mi. (15 km) 
A short transfer will transport you to the charming village of Pradena, located in the foothills of Somosierra. With a population of about 600, Pradena was once a thriving agriculture-based economy focused on cattle and sheep.  You will walk along ancient tracks through stunning juniper forest to the mountain village of Gallegos in a charming rurul hotel.

Elevation: 420 m
Accommodation:  La Data

Day 6: Castilnovo - Sepulveda, 10 mi. (16 km)
Transfer to Castilnovo and from here you begin your walk to Sepulveda.  The landscape changes to cultivated fields of sunflowers and vast open landscapes until you reach the beautiful hilltop town. Sepulveda has been included on the association list of Los pueblos mas bonitos de España (the most beautiful villages is Spain). The town is located on the edge of the Hoces del Rio Duratón National Park and enjoys impressive views over the local sierra. Discover the timeless beauty of the hanging houses of Sepulveda and the abundance of Romanesque monuments and elegant 11th-century nobel houses. It is also renowned for its gastronomy, with local restaurants specializing in roast lamb and suckling pig. 

Elevation: 383 m
Accommodation: Posada de San Millan or Hosteria Los Templarios

Day 7: Sepulveda - Duraton Canyon - Sepulveda, 10 mi. (16 km) 
Your last walk is along the riverside in the Duratón Canyon Natural Park. You will see birds of prey circling above you, nesting on the limestone cliffs either side of the river. A special permit will give you privileged access to this protected area.

Elevation: 367 m
Accommodation: Posada de San Millan or Hosteria Los Templarios

Day 8: Departure or extra nights
Departure or extra nights in Segovia or Madrid

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