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Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes: Our most recommended tours and activities

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 trip from Madrid by bus. Soak up the views of the medieval city from the Mirador del Valle and witness 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.

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

3. 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. 

From Madrid: Old Town Toledo Tour with Optional Activities

4. From Madrid: Old Town Toledo Tour with Optional Activities

Stroll through the medieval streets of Toledo on a guided walking tour. Spend some free time roaming the streets. Add on a skip-the-line bracelet to access up to 7 of the city’s iconic monuments or choose the option with a ziplining adventure.  Board the tour bus in Madrid at midday and embark on the journey to the historic city of Toledo. Take in panoramic views of the outskirts of the city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Listed Site and has a history dating back to 59 BC.  Be welcomed by your guide then set out on a guided walk through the city's picturesque Old Town. Visit some of the main streets and squares of the city as you learn about Toledo’s vast history from your guide. Explore the city at your own pace after the walking tour and discover the sites and attractions that appeal to you most. Admire the Gothic architecture at the Cathedral of St. Mary, see the Synagogue of Santa Maria l Blanca, or head to the Old Moorish Mosque of Cristo de la Luz. Enhance your trip with the option for a thrilling zip-line adventure. Add some excitement to the day and soar like a bird on the longest urban zip-line in Europe, which provides unparalleled views of the city.  Select the option of a skip-the-line bracelet to access up to 7 of the city’s iconic monuments, including the above-mentioned religious sites. Return to your meeting point in Madrid by bus at the end of your tour. 

Toledo: Private Walking Tour with A Local Guide

5. Toledo: Private Walking Tour with A Local Guide

Explore the fascinating and historic city of Toledo on a Private Tour with a professional and local Tour Guide. Learn about the various cultures and creeds that have influenced the development and heritage of the city with a guided tour of it's charming Old Town. Discover more than 800 years of history of the city. Visit the Islamic, Jewish, and Christian neighborhoods of the city, which is also known as the "City of 3 Cultures". See the influence each had on the architecture and history of the city. Learn about the artwork, and traditions of the city as well as the anecdotes, secrets, and legends that are kept within its walls. Stroll through the narrow alleyways and quaint city streets. Choose to visit a variety of notable landmarks including the Cathedral, the Alcazar, San Juan de los Reyes, Former Mosque of Cristo de la Luz, Santo Tome, Former Synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca, or the Church of Salvador.

Toledo: Private Monuments Walking Tour with Monument Entry

6. Toledo: Private Monuments Walking Tour with Monument Entry

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Toledo to discover the historic meeting of traditions and faiths. For centuries, the city has been a universal model of religious cohabitation and tolerance. The imperial capital of King Carlos V, home of El Greco, city of convents, the Visigothic capital, and the religious seat of Spain today, its privileged location and natural embrace from the Tajo River provides a fascinating mix of history, art, and culture. Start at the Cathedral, built in a Gothic style between 1226 and 1493, originally for King Fernando III. Admire its mix of Renaissance, Baroque, and Neoclassical styles, passing through aisles to see the choir, sacristy, chapter house, and cloister. Learn about the painter El Greco at the Church of Santo Tomé, home to his masterpiece, “The Burial of the Count of Orgaz.” Then, explore the Medieval charm of the Jewish Quarter, site of El Greco´s house of birth and the Synagogue del Tránsito, Synagogue de Santa Maria La Blanca, and Monastery of San Juan de Los Reyes. The Synagogue de Santa Maria La Blanca is one of 11 originally located in the Jewish Quarter and dates from the 13th century. Promoted by the open-minded monarch, Alfonso VIII, it is surrounded by gardens of cypress trees and boats 5 white aisles that express the spirit of the Sefardí people. San Juan de los Reyes Monastery was built to commemorate the 15th century victory of the Battle of Toro and succession of Queen Isabella to the throne of Castile. Marvel at one of the most beautiful Gothic buildings in Spain, and the intense decorations that praise the Catholic kings.

From Madrid: Avila, Segovia & Toledo Private Tour

7. From Madrid: Avila, Segovia & Toledo Private Tour

Immerse yourself in the history, architecture, and cultural delights of Avila, Segovia, and Toledo on this private guided tour from Madrid. After a pickup from your hotel, travel to Ávila, a city located in Castile and Leon declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the iconic Medieval walls, the Gothic cathedral, the basílica of San Vicente, and the church of San Pedro. Your second visit of the day will be Segovia, where you'll appreciate the Roman architecture and art that surrounds the place. Admire the 2000-year-old Roman aqueduct, the Alcázar fortress, the Medieval walls, and the Gothic cathedral. Finally, go to Toledo, the former Imperial capital with plenty of cultural influences of Christians, Muslims and Jews. Have the opportunity to visit important places like Puerta de Alcántara, the cathedral, and the plaza Zocodover while you wander the streets. Once you finish, your private chauffeur will drive you back to your hotel in Madrid or place of preference inside the city.

From Madrid: Toledo Guided Tour with Cathedral Visit

8. From Madrid: Toledo Guided Tour with Cathedral Visit

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. Depending on the option you choose, enjoy access to Santo Tome's Church, Monastery of San Juan de Los Reyes, Cristo de La Luz Mosque, The Synagogue of Santa María, Jesuitas Church, Doncellas Nobles College, and El Salvador Church, with a skip-the-line bracelet.

Toledo: Sepharad Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

9. Toledo: Sepharad Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

Discover the historic Jewish Quarter of Toledo. Visit the ancient Synagogues and learn about the Jewish way of life in the Imperial City. Explore the alleys, squares and get to know a different Toledo, more hidden and unknown, from the hand of the best guide in the city. Begin in Plaza de Zocodover and learn about the history of the city and its importance as a city that has been a universal model of religious cohabitation and tolerance for centuries. Continue this pleasant walk through one of the most historic and captivating neighborhoods, the Jewish Quarter, where traditional trade and the steps of the Sephardic can be heard in their longing for Sepharad. Enjoy a specialized comment about the most complete pictorial work of the largest artist associated with the city of Toledo, El Greco. Get a novel view of Catholic teaching about life and death, structured in two parts: the earthly and the heavenly. Learn the iconographic content of the painting. Admire the Monastery of “San Juan de Los Reyes”, one of the most beautiful Gothic buildings of Spanish architecture. Be transported to a time when beauty was the language of praise from men to God. The echo of Queen Isabel can be felt through the minor details and the elaborate decorations. Explore the history of Jews in Spain with a collection of liturgical and traditional Sephardic objects at the Museum.

Toledo Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Audio Tour

10. Toledo Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Audio 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. Start your tour at the much-photographed Zocodover Square! Visit the magnificent Holy Church Cathedral, while the Ayuntamiento de Toledo will give you a taste of life in the city center. Take a photo at the Iglesia de los Jesuitas, the second largest church in the city. Let yourself be lost in the beauty of the central Church of Santo Tome. Visit the El Greco Museum, dedicated to the great Greek painter who associated his name with the city of Toledo. You will also pass by the oldest synagogue in Europe, the Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca. Admire the iconic Monasterio San Juan de los Reyes, it will enchant you and your camera! The icing on the cake of this unique experience will be the mesmerizing Mezquita del Cristo de la Lu with its vast history.

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based on 373 reviews

The 1 hr double decker bus rides between Toledo and Madrid were comfortable. Our guide did an excellent job describing the history of the many places we visited in Toledo, and led us in an easy pace. Initially I was wondering if it’s better to join another tour with a smaller group, but our guide did a good job in accounting for all of us and went in an easy pace so everyone stayed together and yet able to linger longer here and there to absorb the arts and scenery and not felt rushed. At the end we did a lot of walking which gave us more excuses to enjoy the delicious Spanish food with less guilt, and enjoyed learning an important part of Spanish history and marveled at some of the most amazing architecture and arts.

We had a great day in Toledo with our guide and group. Our guide, Arantxa, was an energetic bundle of joy and information. We learned quite a bit, and laughed a lot also! Loved the detailed tour of the Cathedral, truly a jewel!

It was refreshing to sit back and let someone guide us and show us Toledo. Saw everything we needed to see and had a great guide.

well organized trip with a very knowledgeable and passionate guide (Oscar).

The guide was well-prepared and gave an enjoyable guide through the town.