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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.

From Madrid: Toledo City Tour and Winery Visit

2. From Madrid: Toledo City Tour and Winery Visit

Escape the hustle and bustle of Madrid for the day and experience the beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Toledo, one of the oldest cities in Europe. Discover an eclectic mix of architectural styles including Arabic, Gothic, Mudejar, Renaissance, and Baroque. Immerse yourself in the heart and soul of the city with the help of your official guide. Visit the Jewish Quarter and the area of the convents, with stories and legends that trace back to the centuries before the Muslim conquest. During your tour, discover the most emblematic places of the city, its history, its corners and anecdotes, and its main monuments such as the Cathedral of Toledo, a wonderful example of the Spanish Gothic style.  Later, head out to a prestigious local vineyard, admiring breathtaking landscapes along the way. Upon arrival at the winery, enjoy a guided tour of the cellars, where you will learn about the elaboration, aging, and stabilizing processes of the estate wines. Next, sample a fine selection of 3 different local wines, led by an expert oenologist. Finally, enjoy a tour of the vineyards and learn what makes these grapes so special before beginning the journey back to Madrid.

From Madrid: Day-Trip to Segovia, Avila & Toledo

3. From Madrid: Day-Trip to Segovia, Avila & Toledo

Discover the hidden corners, authentic secret jewels, and local favorites in three cities on a full-day tour to Segovia, Ávila, and Toledo. Start in Segovia with a guided tour through the historic center. Find out why this city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, walk through the Plaza Mayor, and explore monuments such as the aqueduct and the cathedral before entering the Real Alcázar. Continue to Avila’s historic center. Learn the mysteries of the famous thick defensive city walls before heading to the Roman necropolis. Journey to Toledo, the third city, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and known for its long Christian, Jewish, and Muslim historical tradition.

Madrid: El Escorial, Valle de los Caidos and Toledo Tour

4. Madrid: El Escorial, Valle de los Caidos and Toledo Tour

Begin your full-day tour with a morning visit to the Monastery of El Escorial, built under the reign of powerful King Philip II as a residence for Spanish kings. See the Monastery and Pantheon of the Royal Family at this site that was declared a monument of Artistic and Historic Interest, and Mankind Heritage. Your tour includes the Monastery, the Cloister of the 4 Evangelists, the Palace of Philip II, the Pantheon of the Royal Family, the Chapterhouses, and the Basilica. The Valley of the Fallen is a memorial to those who died during the Spanish Civil War. Situated in a beautiful valley in the mountains of Guadarrama, this impressive work features a colossal cross standing over 150 meters high, and Basilica and Crypt excavated in the rock under the mountain. This tour includes admission to the Valley and a visit inside the Basilica. On arrival in Toledo you’ll take a panoramic walking tour of the city, entering the old quarter to visit the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, and admire the façade of the impressive Primate Cathedral, the old Palace of Justice, and the City Hall. Continue your walk through the narrow streets of the old Jewish quarter to the Church of St. Tomé, home to the famous El Greco painting, The Burial of Count Orgaz. You’ll also visit the old Synagogue of Ste. Maria la Blanca, which remains as a symbol of the coexistence of the 3 Cultures. Afterwards you’ll visit a typical damasquino factory to see this well-known handicraft art form of Toledo.

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

5. 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: Tour of Toledo, Segovia, and El Escorial

6. From Madrid: Tour of Toledo, Segovia, and El Escorial

Begin your tour with an afternoon drive from Madrid to Segovia. See the famous Roman Aqueduct, then enjoy a guided walking tour through the city’s medieval streets. Visit the outside of the Gothic Cathedral, and the inside of the Alcazar Fortress – one of the most spectacular castles in Spain. Complete your experience with an optional visit to Toledo or El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen. An optional lunch is available as well. The Toledo option begins with a panoramic view from the outside of the city and then a walking tour through the old town. The El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen option begins with a visit to the Monastery of El Escorial, built as a residence for the Spanish kings. Continue to the Valley of the Fallen to see the monument built as a memorial to those who died during the Spanish Civil War, before returning to Madrid.

Toledo: Private Monuments Walking Tour with Monument Entry

7. 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.

Toledo: Private Walking Tour with Toledo Cathedral Entry

8. Toledo: Private Walking Tour with Toledo Cathedral Entry

Enjoy this customized and private walking tour of three hours with a private tourist guide at your disposition of Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a lot of history located in the center of Spain, Castile La Mancha. This tour will start picking you up from your hotel if it is in the city center or by arranging a centrally located meeting point. After that, you will be ready to discover the imperial city of the three cultures plenty of medieval monuments. In this tour, you can admire places like the castle of San Servando, the cathedral of Toledo, which entrance is included, and there you will visit the main chapel, the chapter room, the mozarabic chapel amongst others. The Jewish quarter is known for being one of the most famous sites in this city of Castile La Mancha. There, you will find the Greco museum, the synagogues of El Tránsito and Santa María la Blanca, and San Martin's bridge. Once you visit all of those places, you will have time to visit more of the city center and try its typical gastronomy.

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What people are saying about Toledo

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4.2 / 5

based on 306 reviews

Definitely alleviates the headache of having to wait in the ticket line. The line was really long at the crack of done. It’s pointless looking at historical items and monuments when you don’t understand the story behind it. We always get guided tours when we travel. The guide for this tour is great! They leave enough breaks in between tours for bathroom breaks. And a healthy amount of free time to explore on your own. This tour also gives you audio receivers so that you can hear your guide among the crowd.

Very well organized! Loved Toledo and Segovia. you have an hour lunch while in Segovia. the perfect day trip would definitely recommend. i can’t remember my tour guides name I believe he was an Indian gentleman he was AMAZING! Very happy with my choice to do this tour! bus was very nice with air conditioning, no complaints here! Be sure to bring an umbrella just in case! Toledo was sunny and all of a sudden had rain showers!

Even though the tours are done at a rush, as you might expect, our guides are cool and experienced enough to make the experience very enjoyable. Good organization, and at the end of September, Spain is magnificent. I would do the visits again.

The tour was great we enjoyed everything and every minute special thanks for the guide Mr Khan was very knowledgeable and nice made the tour even better Thanks

Beautiful place very good planning... gladly again make a trip with...