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From Madrid: Day Tour to Toledo

1. 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

2. 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 drink, 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, 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 on 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 or its likeness to Cinderella's Castle. After the visit, start the trip back to Madrid in a comfortable bus.

From Madrid: Avila and Segovia Day Trip with Alcazar

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

Avila is one of Spain’s oldest cities, and surrounded by well-preserved walls dating from the 11th century, it resembles an immense castle. The old quarters are home to a number of important Romanesque churches, Gothic palaces, and the city’s 12th-century Gothic cathedral, which is also fortified. On this full-day excursion from Madrid, you’ll see the exterior of the Avila Cathedral, the Romanesque Basilica of San Vicente, and visit the Plaza Mayor. Take a short walk through the city’s old streets to the Convent of Ste. Therese. Continue on to Segovia, a city rich in historical monuments. See the magnificent Roman Aqueduct from the time of Emperor Augustus. The elegant Cathedral, and its Alcazar fortress, the most spectacular castle in Spain, are among the highlights. Both Avila and Segovia are listed as Heritage of Mankind cities.

Madrid: Toledo and Segovia Guided Tour with Alcázar Ticket

4. 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. 

Madrid: Segovia an Toledo Tour, Alcazar, and Cathedral

5. Madrid: Segovia an Toledo Tour, Alcazar, and Cathedral

Depart Madrid and journey to the historic city of Segovia to 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. During the bus journey, you have the option of making the most of these 2 hours by upgrading your experience to include a Spanish gastronomic lunch menu made up of 2 typical dishes, a dessert, and a drink. Once in Toledo, discover the medieval neighborhoods and historical monuments of the city on a walking tour, and come to understand why it is called the City of Three Cultures (Christian, Jewish, and Muslim). If you select an appropriate option, finish with a guided tour inside Toledo Cathedral. Return to the center of Madrid at the end of your tour.

Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

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

Leave Madrid at 9:00 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 kilometres away.

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

7. 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.

Escorial & Valley of the Fallen 5-Hour Tour from Madrid

8. Escorial & Valley of the Fallen 5-Hour Tour from Madrid

On this 5-hour tour from Madrid you’ll begin with a visit to the Monastery of El Escorial. It was built under the reign of powerful King Philip II as a residence for Spanish kings, a monastery, and a royal pantheon. It became a symbol of the great power of the Spanish Empire at that time. The monument was declared to be of artistic and historic importance and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Valley of the Fallen was built in 1936, about 9 kilometers from Escorial, as a memorial to those who died during the Spanish Civil War. Situated in a beautiful valley in the Guadarrama Mountains, this impressive work features a cross standing more than 150 meters high, as well as a basilica and crypt built into the hard rock under the mountain. The tour includes admission to the Valley as well as a visit to the basilica’s interior.

Toledo: Full Day Trip From Madrid

9. Toledo: Full Day Trip From Madrid

Enjoy a comprehensive visit to the magical city of Toledo, a UNESCO world heritage site famous for narrow medieval streets, beautiful architecture and rich history. Mixing diverse Christian, Jewish and Muslim backgrounds, this city is known as the Imperial City for having been the seat of the court of King Charles I and associated with the life and works of Miguel de Cervantes. Discover the architecture and history of this city, exploring the Jewish Quarter as well as every essential monument and building. Alternately, if you want to sat back and enjoy a beer or some lunch on a beautiful terrace, you will also have plenty of time to do so. At the end of your Toledo tour you will return to central Madrid on a comfortable bus.

Segovia: Half-Day Trip with Guided Walking Tour from Madrid

10. Segovia: Half-Day Trip with Guided Walking Tour from Madrid

Travel from central Madrid via bus to Segovia, where you'll enjoy a walking tour of the city with a knowledgeable guide. Visit the impressive Roman aqueduct, one of the best-preserved Roman constructions in the world. Explore the city's charming streets, the main square, the Jewish Quarter, the Gothic Cathedral, and the Alcazar, a majestic castle that was once home to the kings of Castile.   Once the guided tour comes to an end, continue to enjoy the city at your own pace. Stroll along its beautiful medieval streets, explore its monuments, and taste Segovian specialties from suckling pig to white bean stew to ponche segoviano (a delicious pastry made with sponge cake and marzipan). End your tour with a ride back to central Madrid.

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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The tour of Toledo by bus was very well done. I chose not to do the monuments and for me that was perfect, as I had five hours to tour Toledo solo and explore the city. The brief walking tour we did was very informative and the guide was very friendly. She explained what demasque but neglected to mention the fact that there are two types of demasque jewelry sold in Toledo - one machine made and one done by hand (be careful!)

Day started very early as the cities were combined into one tour. Both cities are historical and are very pretty! My guide Benny was also good and had prepared maps for us for both towns - very sweet of him doing that. Value for money for visiting the 2 cities in one day

Our guide showed enthusiasm for our trip to Toledo and Segovia. It was fun listening and learned interesting tidbits along the way.

Fantastic trip. Great way to see the city in a day that would have been difficult on your own.

All at the time! 100% recommended The staff guide so friendly. Amazing experience.