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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.

Toledo: Cathedral Tour with a Local Guide

2. 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. 

Toledo: Tourist Bracelet with Entry to 7 Attractions

3. 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: Day Tour to Toledo

4. 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. 

Madrid: Segovia and Toledo Tour, Alcazar, and Cathedral

5. 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.

From Madrid: Toledo with 7 Monuments and Optional Cathedral

6. From Madrid: Toledo with 7 Monuments and Optional Cathedral

See the UNESCO World Heritage monuments of Toledo and stroll down medieval streets to learn the story of how Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities lived in the imperial city in harmony. Embarking in comfort from central Madrid, your expert guide will ensure you visit every essential monument, building and district in Toledo, with guided visits to 3 emblematic sites such as the church of Santo Tomé, the Jewish District and the Synagogue of Santa María La Blanca. In total you will visit the city’s 7 most important historic districts and monuments with fast track entry (3 with guide, and 4 in your own). Also you will be able to visit the Toledo Cathedral with our guide (if option selected). The tour will also include free time for you to explore the rest of the city on your own – with the possibility to return to places already visited or enter freely into further locations with tickets provided by us – including the Church of the Saviour and the Colegio de las Doncellas Nobles. Alternately, if you just want to sat back and enjoy a beer or some lunch on a beautiful terrace, you will also have time to do so and your guide will recommend you some great places, touristic or local. At the end of your Toledo Tour (the experience in total lasts around 9 hours), you will return to central Madrid on a comfortable bus, where your guide will be able to recommend things to do in the evening or for the rest of your stay.

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.

Toledo: Walking Tour with Tourist Wristband Access Pass

8. 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: Toledo Full Day Trip

9. 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.

From Madrid: Toledo Half-Day Tour

10. From Madrid: Toledo Half-Day Tour

Located just 40 miles (70 km) away from Madrid, Toledo is famous as the 'city of three cultures' – Christians, Muslims, and Jews – as they have lived together in this imperial city for generations. Experience the melding of religion and culture firsthand and see buildings from numerous periods including: Arabian, Gothic, Mudéjar, Renaissance and Baroque style.  Toledo Half-Day Morning Tour itinerary: • Departure at 8:45 AM • Toledo guided tour including admission to the Cathedral • Panoramic sightseeing of Toledo • Free time to enjoy the city at your own pace Toledo Half-Day Afternoon Tour itinerary: • Departure at 3:00 PM  • Outside view of the Cathedral • Church of St. Tomé with 'The Burial of the Count of Orgaz', masterpiece of El Greco • Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca and tour through the Jewish Quarter • San Juan de los Reyes Monastery • Panoramic sightseeing of Toledo

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Great tour of highlights near Madrid. We were only going to be in Madrid for 3 nights and needed to pack as much as possible so I booked this tour. It seemed like a lot but it was very doable and an easy pace. They gave us time for coffee/snack, had a great lunch at the restaurant they took us to and enjoyed the places we went to without feeling rushed. If you’re on short time then it’s worth it. If I had more time I would visit Toledo on its own because I would like to spend more time there and then another day take the Segovia and Avila tour. At the restaurant we tried the shareable meal for 2 referred to as desgustacion and it gave us variety to try typical food items and the dessert arroz con leche was delicious. This was a small group tour and we enjoyed meeting the people that were there. Our tour guide Diego was very nice and knowledgeable.

We loved our tour of both Toledo and Segovia. It was a great mix of guided walking tours and free time to explore each city on your own. Our guide, Rocio, was terrific and spoke fluent Spanish and English throughout the tour. She was also very knowledgeable about the culture and history of both cities.

It was a wonderful experience! Our guide was Olga a wonderful person with a lot of humour! We took the express Toledo experience but I recommend you to take the whole day trip! Totally money worthy!

Our guide Rafa (fund and tickets) was wondeful. Always kind and humorful. He has good knowledge about Toledo which helped us to enjoy the visit a lot! Highly recommended.

very good tour.We went to Alcazar ,army museum and casa museum El Greco.