Things to do in Castile-La Mancha

Our most recommended things to do in Castile-La Mancha

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.

Madrid: Segovia and Toledo Tour, Alcazar, and Cathedral

2. 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.

Toledo: Cathedral Tour with a Local Guide

3. 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: Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen

4. From Madrid: Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen

Embark on a guided tour to the Monastery of San Lorenzo del Escorial and enjoy skip-the-line entry. Explore the Basilica of the Valley of the Fallen and hear the history behind each turn from your guide. 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.

Toledo: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour, Walking Tour & Alcazar

5. Toledo: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour, Walking Tour & Alcazar

Travel back in time to explore a unique city where 3 cultures have historically lived in harmony for centuries. Jump aboard the city sightseeing bus in Toledo and discover its many attractions at your own pace. Embraced by the River Tajo, Toledo is a throwback to a time when religion seemed to harmonize rather than divide. From the top of an open-top double-decker bus, you will see evidence of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim communities that lived side-by-side. Marvel at Sephardic synagogues and mosques with horseshoe-shaped forms. The entire city has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its monuments from the past are many. With your ticket, enjoy unlimited hop-on-hop-off bus rides, with buses that run every 40/60 minutes (depending on time of day), and depart from the Alcazar. You can take a full loop in just 50 minutes, but your ticket is valid for 24 hours, giving you plenty of time to explore at leisure. The Silver Ticket includes 24hr Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour, entry to the Alcázar palace (closed on Mondays), and a Guided walking tour. Tour stops: Stop 1 - Alcazar de Toledo Stop 2 - Bisagra Gate Stop 3 - Estacion Renfe (railway station) Stop 4 - Remonte Safont Stop 5 - Mirador Del Valle Stop 6 - Cigarrales Stop 7 - Puente San Martin (San Martin Bridge) Stop 8 - Cardenal Stop 9 - Tavera Stop 10 - Bisagra Gate

Toledo: Walking Tour with Tourist Wristband Access Pass

6. Toledo: Walking Tour with Tourist Wristband Access Pass

Meet your guide at City Hall Square and walk through the charming cobbled streets of Toledo. Arrive at the Jewish quarter, where the 3 monuments that you will visit with your guide are located.  Discover why the Catholic Monarchs commissioned the fabulous Monastery St. John of the Kings in the 15th century. This exceptional church is a marvelous example of flamboyant gothic architecture, which was erected by the most popular architects at the time. Admire El Greco’s masterpiece, The Burial of the Lord of Orgaz, where the artist portrayed the society of his time. Listen to the story behind this iconic painting in order to know why the Lord of Orgaz was honored by the saint while his body was being buried in 1323.  See the inside of The Old Synagogue named Santa Maria La Blanca. Inside its walls evokes the atmosphere of the city of the three faiths, where the Christians, Muslims, and Jews were able to coexist.

From Madrid: Day Tour to Toledo

7. 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

8. 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.

From Madrid: Toledo with 7 Monuments and Optional Cathedral

9. 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. 

From Madrid: Toledo Full Day Trip

10. 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.

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Trip to Toledo was excellent, everything was as advertised. Our guide, Benny, was very entertaining and full of knowledge. I would recommend this to anybody who wants to learn more about Spanish history.

I really love and enjoy this tour. An excellent guide describes everything who clearly knew the history. If you want to see amazing views go!

Excellent Service. Both guiders are nice and informative.

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