Depart Madrid in the late morning for a scenic chauffeured drive through the countryside of Castilla y Leon. Stop at the splendid town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial and enjoy a visit to the UNESCO world heritage site of El Escorial with your local expert. Explore the intricacies of this iconic building, which remains today a functioning royal palace, monastery, school, and museum. Afterward, travel to the historic city of Ávila and enjoy an abundant lunch of typical regional dishes. Set off on a privately guided exploration of the city’s UNESCO honored historic core, including the Puerta de San Vicente, 12th century Gothic Cathedral of Ávila, and perfectly preserved medieval walls. From Avila you will continue on to your stunning five-star hotel nestled in Salamanca’s wine country.