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Toledo: Tourist Bracelet with Entry to 7 Attractions

1. 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: Walking Tour with Tourist Wristband Access Pass

2. 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.

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

3. 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: Toledo Guided Day Trip

4. From Madrid: Toledo Guided Day Trip

Visit the historical city of Toledo on a guided day trip from Madrid. The city itself is like an immense museum that’s home to some of Spain’s top monuments. Known as the City of 3 Cultures, as for an extended period Christian, Islamic and Jewish residents lived together peacefully within its walls. The city is listed as a National Monument, and a UNESCO World Heritage City. 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 your own, you can visit the city at your leisure to discover its monuments and historic neighborhoods without a guide.

Toledo: Full-Day Guided Bus Tour from Madrid

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

Check-in at the office in central Madrid 15 minutes in advance of 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, 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 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.

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. 

Monuments of Toledo Full-Day Tour from Madrid

7. Monuments of Toledo Full-Day Tour from Madrid

Discover the attractions of Toledo at your own pace on an 8-hour semi-guided tour from Madrid. On arrival get a “Tourist Bracelet” that provides privileged access to many of the city’s major sites, which you are free to explore at your own pace. Depart Madrid on an escorted transfer to Toledo. Upon arrival, see the sights that interest you the most. Your “Tourist Bracelet” gets you inside the Jesuit Church, Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, and Mosque of Cristo de la Luz. Learn more about the happy existence of the three religions at each and every one. Wander the narrow streets to the Mudejar-style Santo Tomé Church. Go inside to see the monumental painting of the “Burial of Corde Orgaz” by El Greco. Enter the Church of San Salvador and Synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca, and explore the artistic heritage of the “City of Three Cultures,” named for the peaceful co-existence of Christians, Moors and Jewish cultures within its walls.

Madrid: Toledo and El Escorial Full-Day Coach Tour

8. Madrid: Toledo and El Escorial Full-Day Coach Tour

Begin your tour in El Escorial. This was the symbol of the Spanish power in the 16th-century and commemorates the battle of St. Quentin. It is also mausoleum for Charles V. Due to the symmetry and balance of its construction, according to the humanist Renaissance style, for years it had been considered for years the eighth wonder of the world. Explore Habsburg Palace, the Kings and Princes Mausoleum, the Chapter House, and the Basilica. Next, 9 kilometers away from El Escorial, discover an enormous monument built between 1940 and 1959 to honor the fallen during the Spanish Civil War.  The basilica is carved into the mountain at 1,350 meters where an impressive 150 meters high cross places itself over the magnificent landscape of Madrid’s mountain range. Discover the City of the Three Cultures, 70 kilometers from Madrid. Toledo is a beautiful city-museum and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the oldest towns in Europe and has great artistic beauty with buildings from almost all periods in history including Arabian, Gothic, Mudéjar, Renaissance, and Baroque style. Visit the outside of the Cathedral and the interior of the Sto. Tomé Church with The Burial of the Lord of Orgaz, a masterpiece by El Greco. Explore the interior of the Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca and the interior of the incredible monastery of San Juan de Los Reyes. Go to see a demonstration of the famous technique of damascened, inlay of precious metals in steel and forging of swords. Finish your tour with a panoramic sightseeing tour of Toledo and stop at a viewpoint for breathtaking views of the city where you can take the best pictures of Toledo.

Madrid: Guided Tour of the City, Prado Museum, and Toledo

9. Madrid: Guided Tour of the City, Prado Museum, and Toledo

Take a walking tour of Madrid's vibrant neighborhoods, like Plaza Mayor and Las Letras, before visiting the Prado Museum for a guided tour of Spain’s greatest masterpieces. Get driven to Toledo to see the historical side of the region and take an optional tour of its gothic cathedral.Start your day at Plaza San Miguel where your guide will be waiting for you. Take a walking tour through Plaza Mayor, on to Plaza del Sol, and to the historic district of Las Letras. Pass by Congreso de los Diputados and the Thyssen museum until you reach the Prado museum.Enter Prado to learn about Velázquez, El Greco, and more great figures from Spanish art history with almost 8,000 works on display. Marvel at the majestic architecture of the museum that’s almost 200 years old and take some time to walk through the pristine gardens.Head to Toledo and discover its inspiring reputation as the "city of three cultures" with your guide. See landscapes of the Spanish countryside while you relax during the ride to this UNESCO World Heritage city.Choose the upgraded option for a guided tour inside the Primatial Cathedral, whose architecture is a perfect example of the Spanish Gothic style. Notice the intricate architecture and golden-detail of the interior that are characteristic of the gothic style.Enjoy some free time to explore Toledo on your own and picture life in the Middle Ages walking through the narrow streets of the old quarter. Ask your guide for recommendations on some hidden gems for coffee or lunch before your ride back to Madrid.

Toledo: Hospital de Tavera Entrance Ticket

10. Toledo: Hospital de Tavera Entrance Ticket

Get an entry ticket to explore the Hospital Museum of Tavera, an important Renaissance-style building in Toledo, Spain. The Hospital de Tavera, also known as the Hospital de San Juan Bautista, was built in the 16th century by order of Cardinal Tavera and was dedicated to John the Baptist. Visit the museum’s many exhibits and learn about the history of medicine and pharmacy in Spain. See ancient medical tools, old furniture, and a large collection of medical manuscripts. The museum also houses a collection of paintings and other art.

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What people are saying about Castile-La Mancha

The meeting place is very close to the presidential palace. Very convenient from the Marriott Aloft hotel 10 min. walk. Guide very knowledgeable. Suggest guides speak just a little bit slower in English although understandable. All things considered, Julia travel is top notch.

Muy buen tour! Muy recomendable. La pulsera es además recomendable para poder acceder a los museos sin tener que pagar adicional, en suma vale la pena.

Wonderful day with Arante. Very knowledgeable and caring guide. Highly recommend.

Excellent guided tour. The history of the different sites was excellent.

Had a really nice day. Ideal as a change from Madrid. Recommended