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Madrid: Toledo and Segovia Guided Tour with Avila Option

1. Madrid: Toledo and Segovia Guided Tour with Avila Option

Immerse yourself in the history, architecture, and cultural delights of Toledo, Segovia and visit the historic and beautiful Alcázar. Choose between a shared or private tour experience departing from Madrid. Your journey into Toledo begins with a breathtaking view of the city at the Mirador del Valle, a perfect opportunity to snap a stunning panoramic photo. As you enter the old district of Toledo, a walking tour will guide you through the historical Jewish quarter. The second half of your excursion takes you to the historical city of Segovia, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the impressive Roman aqueduct, its impressive cathedral, and marvel at the architecture from ancient Roman and medieval times.  Saving the best for last, you’ll be led to the Segovia Alcazar, one of Spain's most famous castles from the 12th century. Afterward, take some time to explore the city on your own, along with insider tips from your guide to discover hidden gems.  Enhance your experience with an optional tour of the city of Avila. Start your guided visit at the Four Postes viewpoint and admire the skyline of this ancient city. Then, follow your guide through the historic streets. Stroll past the San Vicente Church, the city walls, and the impressive Cathedral of Avila. Hear the history behind each turn and explore the plazas of Adolfo Suárez and Mercado grande.

From Madrid: Day Tour to Toledo

2. From Madrid: Day Tour to Toledo

The bus will pick you up in the center of Madrid. During the bus trip to Toledo, a travel assistant will share some of the most interesting facts about the city. Discover Toledo, a city declared as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1986.  Once arriving in Toledo, enjoy a magnificent panoramic tour. The bus will make a couple of stops for you to photograph the most impressive views of the city. The guide will take you to the main square of Zocodover to explore Toledo. Visit Toledo's Cathedral, the second richest Catholic building in the world after St. Peter´s Cathedral in Rome. Admire the Alcazar, an impressive fortress, and El Greco's most famous painting, Count Orgaz´s Burial. Taste Toledo's signature sweet marzipan made of almonds and honey. Explore the Jewish Quarter's narrow streets, the Santa María la Blanca Synagogue, San Juan de Los Reyes Monastery, and the Christ of the Light Mosque. 

Toledo: Tourist Bracelet with Entry to 7 Attractions

3. Toledo: Tourist Bracelet with Entry to 7 Attractions

Visit some of the most popular monuments of Toledo to gain a full appreciation of the city's history, culture, and values. Your bracelet is your ticket to discover the Church of El Salvador, the Mosque of Cristo de la Luz, the synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca, and more Spanish treasures. Embark on a self-guided tour across Toledo with entry to 7 sights that play key roles in local history. Take your time exploring each location in your preferred order and revisit your favorites so long as you wear your bracelet. Learn about the education of young women through the centuries at the Royal College of Noble Maidens. Find the finest work of Renaissance artist El Greco at Santo Tomé. See the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes and learn of its political significance. Understand the diversity of the city’s religious past with a visit to the Church of El Salvador, the Church of the Jesuits, the Mosque of Cristo de la Luz, and the Synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca. Admire the unique architecture and worship rituals in each one.

Madrid: Segovia and Toledo Tour, Alcazar, and Cathedral

4. Madrid: Segovia and Toledo Tour, Alcazar, and Cathedral

Discover the historic cities of Toledo and Segovia on a guided day tour from Madrid. Admire the imposing Alcázar of Segovia, the Cathedral of Toledo, as you stroll through both cities learning about their fascinating history. Depart Madrid and journey first to the city of Segovia. See the UNESCO World Heritage Roman aqueduct. Marvel at the iconic 1st-century monument, considered the most important example of Roman-era civil engineering in Spain. Visit the royal palace of the Alcázar of Segovia, built on a rocky crag above the confluence of 2 rivers near the Guadarrama mountains. Continue to the imperial city of Toledo. Once in Toledo, discover the medieval neighborhoods and historical monuments of the city on a walking tour and learn why it is called the City of Three Cultures. Depending on the option selected, finish with a guided tour inside Toledo Cathedral. Return to the center of Madrid at the end of your tour.

From Madrid: Toledo Full Day Trip

5. From Madrid: Toledo Full Day Trip

Enjoy a complete tour of the magical city of Toledo, famous for its narrow medieval streets, beautiful architecture and rich history. Embark in comfort from central Madrid. Enjoy a brief introduction from your expert guide on what to see and visit in Toledo. Upon arrival in Toledo, you will take a panoramic tour of the city from one of the most beautiful viewpoints and begin the guided tour of the historic center (the tour lasts about 45 minutes). Afterwards, have free time to explore the rest of the city on your own and visit landmarks such as the church of Santo Tomé or the Cathedral. Alternatively, if you just want to sit and enjoy a beer or lunch on a beautiful terrace, you will also have time to do that. At the end of your Toledo Tour (the total experience lasts about 9 hours), return to the center of Madrid in a comfortable bus, where your guide can recommend things to do in the evening or for the rest of your stay.

From Madrid: Toledo Guided Day Trip

6. From Madrid: Toledo Guided Day Trip

Join a guided day trip from Madrid and visit the historical city of Toledo. The city is listed as a National Monument and a UNESCO World Heritage City and is home to some of Spain’s top monuments.  Toledo is known as the City of 3 Cultures, as for an extended period Christian, Islamic, and Jewish residents lived together peacefully within its walls.  Wander through the narrow streets and alleys to explore the city’s culture and history on a guided tour. Admire the Gothic and Renaissance architecture, along with the well-preserved monuments. If you prefer to discover places on your own, you can visit the city at your leisure to discover its monuments and historic neighborhoods without a guide.

Toledo: Ancient Underground City Tour

7. Toledo: Ancient Underground City Tour

Since very early times, Toledo's forefathers have excavated rock for different purposes. Rock was excavated for storing water, creating shelter from wars, forging hidden passageways, and building spas, baths, and tunnels. This has created legends that have lasted centuries, in some cases masking known historical data and in other cases trying to explain the unexplainable. Together with your guide, you will discover the "bath Cenizal" (old hammam), or Arab baths from the 11th century. Your official tour guide will detail their architectural curiosities, including why and how it was used. The old nuncio Roman baths were a social space of the Roman Toledo. Throughout this experience, you will learn of how this civilization built and reused it. You will also discover Salvador's Well, which is an old well from the 11th century that belonged to the mosque, before moving on to the Church of the Savior and finally to the "House of the Jew". The tour is conducted by a Spanish-speaking guide specialized in the history of Toledo.

Toledo: Cathedral Tour with a Local Guide

8. Toledo: Cathedral Tour with a Local Guide

Meet your guide in the City Hall Square and admire the western façade of Santa María de Toledo Cathedral. Then, with your guide, go on a tour into one of the biggest cathedrals in Spain and admire the pointing arches, the ribbed vaults, and the stained-glass windows in the greatest gothic cathedral of Spain. Learn about the history of this basilica from its construction in the 12th-century up until the modern day. Discover that before the cathedral, other temples were erected here over this sacred land.  Stroll down the naves to see the Treasure Chapel and to admire the fabulous Monstrance, made by Enrique de Arfe in the 16th-century. Explore the main altarpiece, which is wonderfully carved and summarises the life of Jesus. Hear the stories about the depictions in the choir stalls. See the vast organs that are still in use. Have time to admire a unique window called the Clear, made of wonderful marble, bronze, and alabaster. Do not miss the exquisite artworks of El Greco, Velazquez, Goya, and Caravaggio. 

From Madrid: Toledo Half-Day Tour

9. From Madrid: Toledo Half-Day Tour

Located just 40 miles (70 km) away from Madrid, Toledo is famous as the 'city of three cultures' – Christians, Muslims, and Jews – as they have lived together in this imperial city for generations. Experience the melding of religion and culture firsthand and see buildings from numerous periods including: Arabian, Gothic, Mudéjar, Renaissance and Baroque style.  Toledo Half-Day Morning Tour itinerary: • Departure at 8:45 AM • Toledo guided tour including admission to the Cathedral • Panoramic sightseeing of Toledo • Free time to enjoy the city at your own pace Toledo Half-Day Afternoon Tour itinerary: • Departure at 3:00 PM  • Outside view of the Cathedral • Church of St. Tomé with 'The Burial of the Count of Orgaz', masterpiece of El Greco • Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca and tour through the Jewish Quarter • San Juan de los Reyes Monastery • Panoramic sightseeing of Toledo

From Madrid: Toledo with 7 Monuments and Optional Cathedral

10. From Madrid: Toledo with 7 Monuments and Optional Cathedral

See the UNESCO World Heritage monuments of Toledo on this day trip from Madrid on an airconditioned bus. Stroll down medieval streets to learn the story of how Christian, Jewish, and Muslim communities lived in harmony in this imperial city. Depart aboard a comfortable and spacious bus from central Madrid and relax on th drive to Toledo. Visit emblematic sites such as the church of Santo Tomé, the Jewish District and the Synagogue of Santa María La Blanca.  Head to the city’s most important historic districts and monuments with fast track entry. Explore 3 sites with your guide and 4 sites on your once. Depending on the option you select, be able to visit the Toledo Cathedral with our guide.  Have free time to explore the rest of the city on your own. Return to places already visited or enter freely into further locations with tickets provided by your guide, including the Church of the Saviour and the Colegio de las Doncellas Nobles.  Spend free time purchasing lunch or a drink to enjoy on a beautiful terrace. Get recommendations from your guide and what to see and where to eat and drink. At the end of your Toledo Tour, return to central Madrid by bus and get advice on what to do in Madrid. 

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4.2 / 5

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The tour was just great. Rocío and Miguel are simply the best. Super nice flow of the tour, with info and free time which is essential. You won’t find a better tour!

Toledo is a fantastic destination for a day trip. A place which stands in time of 400 years ago. Explore its riches and gain valuable history from terrific guide!

Smooth ride, great guide and a nice place to visit; not enough free time as we had to dash to get some good before going back to bus

Our guide, Kahn, was really excellent! He really gave us a great tour.

It was excellent. Our guides Enrique and Violeta were the best