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Day Trip: Segovia and La Granja de San Ildefonso

Join us for a day excursion to La Granja de San Ildefonso and the medieval city of Segovia.

La Granja de San Ildefonso. This royal palace was built between[masked] by Felipe V, the first Bourbon ruler of Spain, and was designed in the late baroque style by French architects who had previously worked on Versailles.  The formal gardens stretch out from the Palace in the French manner and include an impressive collection of fountains which operate without any mechanical means.

Although water conservation efforts normally dictate limited operation, there are several days each year when all the fountains are pressed into service and visitors can enjoy the gardens as they were meant to be.

Our visit on August 25th coincides with one of these special days: The Feast of San Luis, the patron of La Granja.

Segovia. What's there not to love about this beautiful city?  Twisting streets opening onto sunny plazas, the largest and best preserved Roman Aqueduct anywhere, the highest concentration of Romanesque churches in all of Europe, the fairytale Alcazar castle and the scent of roast suckling pig around every corner - all surrounded by a medieval wall and nestled in a bucolic countryside setting that appears not to have changed since Isabella promised Columbus her financial support on his journey to discover America.


9:00 am    -  Meet:  Chamartin Station

10:15 am  -  Depart:  Madrid via Renfre Train (approx. 8 Euros)

12:00 pm  -  Arrive:  Segovia

Bus to La Granja de San Ildefonso  (approx. 1 Euro)  departs every 40 mins.

20 minute bus ride...

La Granja de San Ildefonso (2.5 hours free to explore)

Bus to Segovia (approx. 1 Euro)  departs every 40 mins.

20 minute bus ride...

Segovia (3.0 hours free to explore)

Optional Dinner with TEEM members

6:00 pm   -  Local Bus to Renfre Train Station (approx. 1 Euro)

Departs near the Aqueduct

15 minute bus ride...

6:55 pm    - Depart:  Segovia via Renfre Train (approx. 8 Euros)



9:00 pm     -  Arrive: Madrid Chamartin Renfre Station

Antonio De Rosa

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  • Paul S.

    It was super trip, wonderful weather, dining, touring and a great group of people to travel with and be around. Unfortunately, I forgot my backpack on the AVANT train (I accidentally left it behind when we combined coaches on the return trip to sit together). We called Renfe as soon as we noticed and filed a claim and even returned to Chamartin station with no luck. We are still waiting to hear from Renfe's "lost and found" department.

    August 27, 2012

  • Humberto

    Great meeting everyone during this amazing trip! What an incredible experience and such a fun group. Here are some additional pictures from the trip

    Hope to see you all again soon!

    August 26, 2012

    • Clara

      Wow!!! I´ve seen the hour of your first comment. I can´t believe that you´re awake so early!!! My legs still hurt me...

      August 26, 2012

    • Humberto

      I'm actually six hours behind, since it's been hard for me to adjust to the time difference in Madrid. I'm sure I'll pass out at some point, lol

      August 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks again to everyone for making this day such a success and especially the organizers who took the time to plan it all out. It was great meeting you all and I hope we'll have occasion to do it all again soon. I've posted a few pics to the gallery and added the whole lot to facebook if anyone is interested.

    August 26, 2012

    • Clara

      2 thumbs up!!! your pics are gorgeous!!!

      August 26, 2012

  • Jose S.

    great trip...

    August 26, 2012

  • Clara

    Wonderfurl, and also with "surprises" that everybody knows. Plesase, Sepulvedana, bring more buses next time!!! Anyway a great day.

    August 26, 2012

  • Deborath O.

    It was lovley too meet you all and I had a great time :) I hope to see you again soon, Debbie ps. I'll put my pictures up here soon for you to access

    August 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great day out with some truly amazing people. Thanks so much for planning this get-together.

    August 25, 2012

  • Clara

    I´m sure it will be a great experience to share with other people!!!

    August 24, 2012

  • Russell M.

    This sounds like a great day out, I'm looking forward to getting there!

    August 23, 2012

  • Alisha F.

    I've heard so many wonderful things about visiting La Granja. Looking forward to the excursion and I hope we have time for cochinillo! ;)

    August 21, 2012

  • Paz M.

    Sounds great, but I won't be in Madrid. Enjoy!!

    August 19, 2012

  • gour

    Would love to just to partake a nice cochinillo with a ribera del duero. Sadly, I am out all august.

    July 13, 2012

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