We will be spending nearly a month in Spain visiting various friends in multiple locations. In the middle of the trip we have 10 days to organize in/around Madrid on our own. Our wish list for this portion of the trip includes Toledo, Segovia & Avila. We have never been to those cities, but have previously enjoyed Madrid in 2013.
I would love any advice you have on this rough draft of an itinerary. The only things that are not flexible are departing Seville on day 1 and departing Madrid on day 10.
(In a nutshell, 3 nights in each: Toledo, Segovia, & Madrid)
Day 1: Depart Seville to Toledo, via Madrid
Day 4: Toledo to Segovia (via Madrid)
Day 5: Segovia(with day trip to Avila & el escorial?)
Day 6: Segovia
Day 7: Arrive in Madrid
Day 10: Depart Madrid
Would Avila be better as an overnight or day trip? Any suggestions on the order of locations, length of stay in each and transportation? Are the transfers I mentioned in Madrid logical? Although we prefer public transportation, we are not opposed to renting a car to get off the beaten path. Thanks for any advice you might have!