Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca

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

1. 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.

Toledo: Tourist Bracelet with Entry to 7 Attractions

2. 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.

Toledo: Three Cultures Walking Tour

3. Toledo: Three Cultures Walking Tour

Come and discover Toledo, the ancient capital of Spain and a UNESCO world heritage site. In addition to a walking tour through the main streets of the city with a Spanish-speaking guide specialized in the history of Toledo, you will get to discover three of the city's main monuments. After you have met your fun and friendly guide, your tour will start near the Cathedral, crossing the narrow streets while your expert guide shares fascinating details about the history of Toledo. Your first stop will be the Cristo de la Luz Mosque. Continuing on your tour, you will visit the Church of Santo Tomé and see the work of well-known painter El Greco and his famous 'Burial of the Lord of Orgaz.' In the Jewish Quarter, you will be impressed by the beauty of the Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca. Pay 3€ per person for entry to each site or buy a Toledo tourist bracelet for 10€ per person covering the sites in this tour plus the Monastery of San Juan de Los Reyes, the Church of the Jesuits, the Royal College of Noble Maidens, and the Church of El Salvador.

Toledo Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Walking Tour

4. Toledo Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Walking Tour

Explore Toledo with an interactive smartphone scavenger hunt and self-guided walking tour. Move through the city while solving location-based riddles. See the architecture in Plaza de Zocodover and the 1000-year-old Moorish Mosque of Cristo de la Luz. After downloading the tour app on your mobile device (download instructions received via email after booking), you'll be led on an adventure to 10 of the most important attractions in the city as you walk. As you explore, stop and find clues at each attraction to reveal your next destination. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to complete the game. Gain a new perspective of Toledo as you learn local history and facts. See the best of the city at your own personal pace while enjoying the freedom to start or stop whenever you want. Grab a bit to eat, stop to snap some photos, or simply sit to take a break —explore your way. The tour route includes the Plaza Zocodover, Toledo Cathedral, Toledo Town Hall, the Iglesia de los Jesuitas, the Church of Santo Tomé, Museo del Greco, the Monument A El Greco, the Synagogue of Santa María La Blanca, the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, and Mosque of Cristo de la Luz.

El Escorial, Valle de los Caidos and Toledo Full-Day Tour

5. El Escorial, Valle de los Caidos and Toledo Full-Day Tour

Begin your full-day tour with a morning visit to the Monastery of El Escorial, built under the reign of powerful King Philip II as a residence for Spanish kings. See the Monastery and Pantheon of the Royal Family at this site that was declared a monument of Artistic and Historic Interest, and Mankind Heritage. Your tour includes the Monastery, the Cloister of the 4 Evangelists, the Palace of Philip II, the Pantheon of the Royal Family, the Chapterhouses, and the Basilica. The Valley of the Fallen is a memorial to those who died during the Spanish Civil War. Situated in a beautiful valley in the mountains of Guadarrama, this impressive work features a colossal cross standing over 150 meters high, and Basilica and Crypt excavated in the rock under the mountain. This tour includes admission to the Valley and a visit inside the Basilica. On arrival in Toledo you’ll take a panoramic walking tour of the city, entering the old quarter to visit the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, and admire the façade of the impressive Primate Cathedral, the old Palace of Justice, and the City Hall. Continue your walk through the narrow streets of the old Jewish quarter to the Church of St. Tomé, home to the famous El Greco painting, The Burial of Count Orgaz. You’ll also visit the old Synagogue of Ste. Maria la Blanca, which remains as a symbol of the coexistence of the 3 Cultures. Afterwards you’ll visit a typical damasquino factory to see this well-known handicraft art form of Toledo.

From Madrid: Toledo Cathedral & Jewish Quarter Half-Day Tour

6. From Madrid: Toledo Cathedral & Jewish Quarter Half-Day Tour

Set out from Madrid to discover a city where Christians, Jews, and Muslims intermingled hundreds of years ago in this half-day tour of Toledo. Visit the High Gothic cathedral, Plaza de Zocodover, and Church of Santo Tomé. Walk the same streets described in Cervantes’s Don Quixote. The tour starts with a bus ride from Madrid. Upon arrival in Toledo, stop first at the Mirador del Valle. Snap a picture of the panoramic view. The historic center of Toledo stands on the other side of the Tagus River. Spot the Alcazar and the Toledo Cathedral with their prominent towers. In the old city, stop in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento. Learn about the Toledo Cathedral before entering. Look for features in the mudejar style. They are one example of the influence Islamic architecture had on the church’s design. Don’t miss the ornate retable while walking through the cathedral.  From the Cathedral, wind along the streets into the Jewish Quarter. The buildings showcase the mixing of cultures hundreds of years ago, such as the Church of San Tome. Go inside to see a large painting by El Greco. Note the elongated faces and hands. They are the painter’s trademarks. Continue further to the Synagogue of Santa Maria La Blanca. Look around to find the various Jewish, Christian, and Islamic influences. Learn more of Toledo’s history and contributions to Spanish culture before heading back to Madrid. 

Toledo Half-Day Tour from Madrid

7. Toledo Half-Day Tour from Madrid

Depart Madrid for the medieval city of Toledo, picturesquely located on the banks of the River Tagus. The half-day tour provides a full introduction to the historic city, wandering winding streets to monuments that reveal its fascinating past. Start with a panoramic walking tour of the old quarters, and visit the Plaza del Ayuntamiento to see the magnificent façade of the Primate Cathedral of Saint Mary, the old Palace of Justice, and Toledo City Hall. Continue through the former Jewish Quarter, wandering the narrow streets to the Church of St. Tomé, location of El Greco’s famous painting, “The Burial of Count Orgaz.” Visit the old Synagogue of Ste. Maria la Blanca, which remains as a symbol of the co-existence of Toledo’s “3 Cultures.” End with a visit to a typical Damasquino (Damascene) factory to see the precious jewelry perfected by the Arabs and brought to Spain by the Moors.

Toledo: Medieval Exploration Game

8. Toledo: Medieval Exploration Game

Discover Toledo's fascinating history and attractions while you solve clues around town. Explore this beautiful medieval city by playing a quest with your friends, significant other, or family.  Receive your access code by e-mail upon booking the tour and use the code in the app. Wander around Toledo for about 1.5 hours to complete your quest. However, there's no time limit, and you are free to explore the city at your own pace. You won't need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point, and be ready to begin the adventure.  Solve clues and guess the answer to unlock the secret story of each place. Play as a large group and solve the clues together; one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphones. You can also split into teams and compete against each other or purchase an individual ticket.

Toledo: Full-Day Excursion from Madrid

9. Toledo: Full-Day Excursion from Madrid

Begin your visit to Toledo with a panoramic view of the city from its outskirts. Then, immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the old town as your expert guide accompanies you on a walking tour. Wander through the narrow streets of the old Jewish quarter to the Church of St. Tomé and see the old Synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca and the Mosque of Cristo de la Luz. These houses of worship have stood as symbols of Toledo as a "City of Three Cultures" for centuries. After the walking tour, enjoy a guided tour of the Cathedral, a magnificent example of Gothic style. After the tour, take some time to explore the city on your own.

From Madrid: Day Trip to Toledo with Walking Tour

10. From Madrid: Day Trip to Toledo with Walking Tour

Take off from Madrid for an unforgettable guided tour around Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where three religions coexist. Start with a panoramic view of Toledo, then begin walking through the city, visiting must-see sights such as Toledo Cathedral and the old Jewish quarter. Following alongside your guide, walk through the city until you reach the square of the city hall called Plaza del Ayuntamiento. Then, visit the interior of the Primate Cathedral of Santa María de Toledo (Toledo Cathedral), which is currently part of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Toledo. After the cathedral, explore the old Jewish quarter on foot. Enter the Santo Tomé Church where you can see the famous painting, "The Burial of Count Orgaz." Continue on to visit the Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca, a museum and former synagogue in Toledo. Erected in 1180, according to an inscription on a beam; it is disputably considered the oldest synagogue building in Europe still standing. Before returning back to Madrid, end your trip by seeing the Monastery of Saint John of the Monarchs and the Hermitage of Cristo de la Luz.

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What people are saying about Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 282 reviews

excellent tour. The guide Arantza a love of person and made us know the most important of Toledo in one day. The visit to the Synagogue of Santa Maria La Blanca and the church of Santo Tomé impressed us with his story about the El Greco painting "The Burial of the Count of Orgaz" and he also gave us an incredible tour of the Cathedral, showing us his most valuable jewels and explaining to us in a very clear and entertaining way what we saw. We loved the ride!!!

It was very practical to join this package. In addition to not having to take the train (which was crowded and practically no time available), on this tour we had a guide who went through the main points and explained the whole history of that place. I believe that without the guide I would not have known so much about Toledo.

excellent tour. Being a day of Holy Week, a lot of influx was expected in Toledo. Our guide, with excellent judgment, did the tour in reverse, so that at no time did we encounter crowds. An excellent experience, highly recommended. One leaves satisfied, knowing that he saw the best of Toledo.

Friendly guide, of simple speech and perfectly understandable, with total availability to answer questions, even outside the topic of the visit. Very interesting visit to get to know the streets and other places along the way.

Great guide. We were lucky to enjoy a nice weather. Beautiful cathedral. Definitely a must to visit Toledo - full day.