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From Madrid: Day Tour to Toledo

1. 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. 

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.

From Madrid: Toledo Full Day Trip

3. 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

4. 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.

From Madrid: Toledo Half-Day Tour

5. 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

Madrid: Guided Walking Tour of Monasterio de las Descalzas

6. Madrid: Guided Walking Tour of Monasterio de las Descalzas

Explore the Monastery of Descalzas Reales Monastery on a guided tour and learn the stories and legends of what was once the richest convent in all of Europe. Allow your guide to take you through history, as you admire impressive paintings, staircases, and the many rooms within the building. Meet your guide at the Plaza de las Descalzas, right in front of the entrance door to the Monastery to begin the tour. Arrive at the entrance of the Monastery of the Descalzas Reales and listen to an explanation of its facade and exterior, before entering inside. Admire important areas of the building's interior, such as the cloister, through which passes the Procession of the Holy Burial that takes place every year on Good Friday. Then, contemplate the main staircase, considered by many to be the true jewel of the monument. On the walls, take in the mural paintings created during different periods that adorn the walls. In particular, look up at the ceiling to discover the impressive painting attributed to Claudio Coello. Through the tour, access the Tapestry Room, the Choir Room, and find Plateresque doors, countless works of art of enormous value, and paintings by some of the greatest painters in history such as Zurbarán, Antonio Moro or Luca Giordano.

From Madrid: Guided Tour to Toledo and Segovia

7. From Madrid: Guided Tour to Toledo and Segovia

The tour departs the busy city of Madrid and heads to the first stop of the day, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Toledo. The guided tour begins in Toledo where monuments and unique enclaves await to complete an unforgettable day. Explore Toledo with your guide and visit the Toledo Cathedral, the Jewish Quarter, a cultural treasure in the form of a labyrinth, the Alcázar de Toledo, and much more. Toledo is a true heritage jewel of humanity that maintains the legacy of the three cultures that have lived together. Get caught up in the city and transported back in time to centuries ago immersing yourself in a scenario full of palatial mansions, churches, mosques, synagogues, and towers, all surrounded by the impressive wall that overlooks the Tagus River. Head back to the bus and continue to Segovia, another UNESCO World Heritage-listed city. Visit the Aqueduct of Segovia, a prodigy of Roman engineering and an icon of the city. From the Aqueduct, visit the main monuments, enclaves, and viewpoints that make Segovia a must-see. Admire the Plaza Mayor, where the Gothic Cathedral of Santa María shines its own light. Then, discover the viewpoint of Canaleja, and of course, the Alcázar de Segovia, a unique castle with the appearance of a fairytale palace.

Madrid: Spanish Inquisition, Ghosts & Legends Evening Tour

8. Madrid: Spanish Inquisition, Ghosts & Legends Evening Tour

At dusk, when the sun sets over Madrid, shadows from the past stretch out like ancient ghosts to veil the city in the black of night, with only lanterns leading the way. During this walk through alleys and squares, you will explore hidden corners and hear facts and ghost stories, superstitions and old beliefs, as well as stories of hatred and persecution. This tour presents the dark side of the city and the folklore of the Los Madriles, told by an elegant narrator who will share with you the most intimate and atrocious aspects of the Spanish Inquisition. 

From Madrid: El Escorial and Basilica of the Valley Day Trip

9. From Madrid: El Escorial and Basilica of the Valley Day Trip

After meeting with your guide, get away from the bustle of the city on a comfortable air-conditioned coach. At the first stop, enjoy a guided tour through the Royal Monastery of El Escorial, an architectural ensemble declared World Heritage site by UNESCO. Built in the 15th century, it is a symbol of the power of the government at the time. Learn about the impressive Royal Mausoleum and the story behind the 21 years of construction time. Marvel at the symmetry of the Renaissance-style building. Listen to your guide's commentaries as you explore the Habsburg Palace, the Chapter House, the Basilica, and the remarkable library.  Then, board your bus again for a short drive to the Valley of the Fallen. The site is located 9 kilometers away from El Escorial, in Sierra de Guadarrama. This enormous monument, built between 1940 and 1959, is carved into the mountain, 1,350 meters up. An impressive 150-meter-high cross stands over the magnificent nature reserve of Madrid’s mountain range, which can be seen from miles away.

Toledo: Full-Day Guided Bus Tour from Madrid

10. Toledo: Full-Day Guided Bus Tour from Madrid

Check in at the office in central Madrid before your tour. Leave the city towards Toledo aboard an air-conditioned coach. Relax and enjoy the scenery on the way to the city. Follow your local guide on a walking tour of the Historic City of Toledo, a World Heritage City since 1986. Once Spain’s capital, it is a perfect mix of Arab, Jewish, and Christian cultures. Learn about its fantastic heritage and see how the coexistence of cultures through the centuries influenced its current architectural style. Walk amid the courtyard cloisters and royal coats of arms at the San Juan de los Reyes Monastery. Admire the building sponsored by Queen Elizabeth from Castilla to become a royal mausoleum, the most important construction built by the Catholic Monarchs. Right after the visit, walk to the Synagogue of Sta. Maria la Blanca. Originally built as a synagogue, it was expropriated and became a Church only 211 years after it opened its doors. Today, it is a fantastic museum of the Mudejar (Arabic) style that you will visit. Admire the world-famous painting by el Greco – The Burial of the Count of Orgaz – at the Church of St. Tomé.  If you decide to include the option, relish on a wonderful tapas menu for lunch at around 1:00 PM. Those of you who did not add the option to your bookings will have 1 hour of free time for lunch. After that, meet your guide again for a visit to the Cathedral of Toledo. Considered one of the most important Gothic Cathedrals in Spain. Admire the stained glass windows decorating the naves and discover the history of this great monument. See more than ten paintings by el Greco and wander around the location listening to your guide. Heading back to Madrid, stop for an artisan demonstration of the famous damascened technique.

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Toledo was a beautiful city. The guided bus trip made it very easy. The walking tour was supposed to be in English but clearly it was not her first language. Most of us had trouble understanding most of what she said. But she was very kind and it was nice just walking around with her pointing the main things to see.

Excellent trip, very enjoyable with an excellent and very knowledgeable guide, good value for a whole day out, just one comment that a small sign or notice at the pickup point would be very useful..

The bus ride and tour guide were very informative and enjoyable! Everyone was extremely sweet, and the cloudy weather made the day trip even better. The cathedral is a must for all visitors!

Fantastic experience. Great communication by the host guide. The trip included a walking tour by a local guide which was great. Good value for money.

Worth the value and more! Book this you will not regret it. It was an unforgettable day.