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Madrid: Toledo and Segovia Guided Tour with Alcázar Ticket

1. Madrid: Toledo and Segovia Guided Tour with Alcázar Ticket

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. 

From Madrid: Avila and Segovia Day Trip with Alcazar

2. From Madrid: Avila and Segovia Day Trip with Alcazar

Embark on a full-day guided tour to the UNESCO-listed cities of Avila and Segovia from Madrid aboard an air-conditioned bus. Marvel at Avila's cathedral and most emblematic monuments on a walking tour. Sep inside the Alcazar of Segovia with entrance tickets and a guide. Take a walking tour of Avila, one of Spain’s oldest cities. Marvel at its well-preserved, castle-like walls dating from the 11th century. Enter the old quarters which house important Romanesque churches, Gothic palaces, and the city’s 12th-century Gothic cathedral. Walk by the exterior of the Avila Cathedral, admdire the Romanesque Basilica of San Vicente, and visit the central town square of Plaza Mayor. Take a short walk through the city’s old streets to the Convent of Saint Teresa. Then, continue on to Segovia, a city rich in historical monuments. See the magnificent Roman Aqueduct from the time of Emperor Augustus. Soak in its rich architectural heritage by following your guide to the Gothic-style Cathedral. Finally, cross the Canonjías neighborhood until you come to the Alcazar of Segovia, one of the most spectacular fortresses in all of Spain. After admiring its exterior, step inside to discover its legends and glorious past.

Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

3. Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

Leave Madrid in the morning and travel 50 minutes to San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Visit the baths upon arrival and then begin the tour of the San Lorenzo Monastery. Learn the long history of Spain, specifically the reign of Felipe II. See the building that best summarizes the ideological and cultural aspirations of the Spanish “Golden Age” and is named a World Heritage Site. See places like the Patio de Reyes, Cloister, Chapter Rooms, The Basilica (except on Sundays), The Pantheon of Kings and Infants, and the Royal Rooms. Travel to the Valley of the Fallen located in the Peña de Cuelga Muros after leaving San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Visit its surroundings and the basilica carved into the rock, and the burial place for 33,847 people who died in the Spanish Civil War. Be amazed by the great granite cross that is visible from kilometers away.

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: Day Tour to Toledo

5. From Madrid: Day Tour to Toledo

The tourist 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. 

Madrid: Avila and Segovia Day Trip with Tickets to Monuments

6. Madrid: Avila and Segovia Day Trip with Tickets to Monuments

Take a day trip from Madrid to visit two of Spain's oldest cities, Avila and Segovia. Explore the rich history of these UNESCO-listed cities with a guide. Admire Avila's walls, cathedral, and Basilica of San Vicente. Then continue to Segovia's Roman aqueduct, Gothic cathedral, and Alcazar fortress. Drive for an hour from Madrid and find yourself in Avila. See the stunning 11th-century walls surrounding the city. These fortifications are the most complete in all of Spain. Next, visit the interior of the Basilica of San Vicente to see the best examples of Romanesque architecture in the country. Pass by the Plaza Mayor and the Cathedral. At your next stop, enter the church-convent of Saint Teresa of Jesus that was built by the Order of the Discalced Carmelites in the 17th century, supposedly in the same place where Saint Teresa of Avila was born. Following the visit to Avila, enjoy free time to have wine, beer, soft drinks, and an aperitif, or continue exploring the city on your own. Regroup at 2 PM to head to the city of Segovia. Begin your tour of Segovia with a visit to its main symbol, the Roman Aqueduct, as evidenced by its presence on the city's coat of arms. Pass by the Casa de los Picos, Plaza de Juan Bravo and Plaza Mayor. Arrive at the cathedral dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption and of San Frutos. Enter to see its size, elegance, and blend of late Gothic style and Renaissance features, to understand why it's called the Lady of the Cathedrals. Finally, go into the Fortress of the Alcazar of Segovia, a medieval castle, located on a rocky crag at the confluence of 2 rivers near the Sierra de Guadarrama. Witness one of Spain's most distinctive castle-palaces by virtue of its shapes, such as the bow of a ship. After the visit, start the trip back to Madrid in a comfortable bus.

From Madrid: Toledo Full Day Trip

7. 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.

Madrid: Full-Day Guided Tour of Toledo with Cathedral Visit

8. Madrid: Full-Day Guided Tour of Toledo with Cathedral Visit

Discover the treasures of Toledo on a guided day tour from Madrid. Soak up the views of the medieval city from the Mirador del Valle and withness El Greco's masterpiece in the Church of Santo Tomé. Depart from Madrid and travel to the Mirador del Valle. Here, admire the views of Toledo from across the Tagus River. Next, head to Toledo's historical center, recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site. Learn about the coexistence of Jews, Christians, and Muslims who shaped the city over the centuries from your guide. Step into the Church of Santo Tomé, and see El Greco's "The Burial of Count Orgaz." Continue to the Synagogue of Saint Mary and finish your tour at the imposing Primada Cathedral.

From Madrid: Avila and Segovia Full-Day Tour

9. From Madrid: Avila and Segovia Full-Day Tour

Discover the historic sites and monuments in Avila and Segovia on a guided day trip from Madrid. Admire the exterior of the Ávila Walls and see the Roman Aqueduct. Begin in downtown Madrid and travel to the cities of Avila and Segovia by comfortable coach. See the exterior of the Ávila Walls that surround the city that was completed in just 10 years, between the 11th and 14th centuries. Then, visit the interior of the Basilica of San Vicente known as The Basilica of the Holy Brothers Martyrs, Vicente, Sabina, and Cristeta. Pass through the Plaza Mayor and the Cathedral to reach the Church-convent of Santa Teresa and explore the interior of its Church. Once the visit to Ávila is finished, enjoy free time to have a wine, a soft drink, and an aperitif and to have lunch or continue visiting the city. Go to the city of Segovia and visit the Roman Aqueduct, which is the highest and best-preserved. Pass through the Casa de los Picos, Plaza de Juan Bravo, and Plaza Mayor where you'll find the Cathedral, dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption and of San Frutos. Finish at El Alcázar de Segovia, a medieval fortress, located on a rocky crag on the confluence of two rivers near the Sierra de Guadarrama, it is one of the most distinctive castles-palaces in Spain by virtue of its shape, like the prow of a ship.

From Madrid: Toledo Half-Day Tour

10. 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

Frequently asked questions about Madrid Day Trips

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5 best day trips from Madrid

Day trip to Toledo

1. Day trip to Toledo

Sitting high atop a hill overlooking the Tagus River, it’s easy to see why Toledo is a popular day trip destination from Madrid. With the entire city being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, there’s an abundance of history and culture to dive into. View masterworks by hometown artist El Greco in the eponymous museum, take in the imposing Puerta de Bisagra, and admire the postcard-worthy vistas from the Alcázar. Don’t forget to spend some time in the sprawling cathedral with its sparkling golden altar.

How far is Toledo from Madrid?

Toledo is located just 72 kilometers (44 miles) southwest of Madrid. Thanks to high-speed trains, the trip by rail only takes half an hour. Driving, it clocks in at just under an hour.

Day trip to Aranjuez

2. Day trip to Aranjuez

Once upon a time, a trip to Aranjuez was a privilege reserved solely for the nobility. Today, this royal retreat is an outing fit for a king. The city is best known for the opulent Royal Palace of Aranjuez and its spectacular gardens, a residence of the crown for hundreds of years. Other top attractions in the city include one of the oldest bullrings in Spain, the stunning Church of San Antonio and the Casa del Labrador.

How far is Aranjuez from Madrid?

Only 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of Madrid, it’s easy to reach Aranjuez. Whether you travel by rail or by road, the journey should take just under an hour.

Day trip to Segovia

3. Day trip to Segovia

Segovia’s dramatic beauty and rich history make it an unforgettable escape from the bustle of the capital. The city dates all the way back to pre-Roman times, and you can see evidence of this history at the iconic Aqueduct of Segovia. Travelers shouldn’t miss out on the breathtaking views from the commanding Alcåzar of Segovia or the towering Segovia Cathedral.

How far is Segovia from Madrid?

At just under 100 kilometers (62 miles) away, the trip from Madrid to Segovia usually takes a bit over an hour by car. By bus, the travel time can be up to two hours, but by high-speed train, you can arrive in just 30 minutes.

Day trip to Salamanca

4. Day trip to Salamanca

A day trip to Salamanca is an excellent way to get out and explore one of Spain’s oldest university cities. Founded in 1218, the University of Salamanca still attracts minds from all over the world to study, and often simply just to visit. Beyond schooling, Salamanca offers plenty to see and do. Visit the grand facades of Plaza Mayor, admire the domed New Cathedral of Salamanca, or get out and experience the flavor of Salamanca on a food tour.

How far is Salamanca from Madrid?

Traveling the 220 kilometers (136 miles) from Madrid to Salamanca by car should take just over two hours. By train or bus, it can range from around 90 minutes to two and a half hours.

Day trip to San Lorenzo de El Escorial

5. Day trip to San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Home to one of Spain’s most well-known monuments, a day in San Lorenzo de El Escorial is a fantastic way to explore this historic town. Once home to the monarchs of Spain, the Monastery of El Escorial is without a doubt the town’s biggest draw. This royal site attracts over 500,000 visitors every year, and still contains the tombs of kings past. Aside from the monastery, other popular nearby points of interest include the Casita del Infante, Casita del Principe, and the controversial Valley of the Fallen monument.

How far is San Lorenzo de El Escorial from Madrid?

It takes just around an hour to travel the 62.5 kilometers (39 miles) from Madrid to San Lorenzo de El Escorial, whether by bus, car, or train.

Madrid day trip FAQ

What are the best transportation options for my day trip?

Spain has so many different great travel options, it’s hard to know which method of transportation is right for your day trip.
  • • Madrid day trips by train

    The country’s wonderful high-speed rail system makes train travel your best option more often than not. With highly efficient and affordable trains, you can often reach your destination in half the time it takes by road.

  • • Madrid day trips by bus

    Madrid and all of Spain have an extensive network of both public and private bus companies, some offering transportation directly to certain popular attractions. Buses are often the least expensive option for transport, though they tend to take longer than the train or private vehicle. Additionally, many tour companies offer many great guided tours by bus, some with pickup directly from your hotel.

  • • Madrid day trips by car

    If you prefer to be in control of your own transportation, taking a car is always a good option. A car allows you to travel to more rural locations around Madrid that aren’t served by public transportation.

Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?

Guided tours are always a convenient choice. Many tour companies will pick you up from your hotel, so you don’t waste any precious time searching for some designated meeting place. With so much to see around Madrid, a tour will often provide you will special experiences and convenient access to many top attractions.

What should I pack for my day trip?

What to pack depends greatly on the season, your method of travel, and several other factors. Some guided tours will be able to provide you with everything you need, including food and transportation. The weather near Madrid can be extreme, so warm clothes in winter are recommended.

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What people are saying about Madrid

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I had a great time at Avila & Segovia trip especially with Rafa our tour guide. He is very knowledgeable and always asked if we have any questions. Thank you Rafa for excellent service.,I will recommend your tour to my family & friends.

There were 10 of us, 5 adults and 5 13yr old girls. We had such a great time. Alan and Miguel were excellent guides and helped when we occasionally got in a pickle. Highly recommend this experience.

Thank you very much to Arantxa for very knowledgeable & vey nice tour to Toledo. We had a great time and you go above & beyond the expectations.

Eduardo was informational, kind and funny. We loved our experience and learned so much. Thank you!

Perfect organization, Good timing and bright guide