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Toledo: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour, Walking Tour & Alcazar

1. Toledo: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour, Walking Tour & Alcazar

Travel back in time to explore a unique city where 3 cultures have historically lived in harmony for centuries. Jump aboard the city sightseeing bus in Toledo and discover its many attractions at your own pace. Embraced by the River Tajo, Toledo is a throwback to a time when religion seemed to harmonize rather than divide. From the top of an open-top double-decker bus, you will see evidence of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim communities that lived side-by-side. Marvel at Sephardic synagogues and mosques with horseshoe-shaped forms. The entire city has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its monuments from the past are many. With your ticket, enjoy unlimited hop-on-hop-off bus rides, with buses that run every 40/60 minutes (depending on time of day), and depart from the Alcazar. You can take a full loop in just 50 minutes, but your ticket is valid for 24 hours, giving you plenty of time to explore at leisure. The Silver Ticket includes 24hr Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour, entry to the Alcázar palace (closed on Mondays), and a Guided walking tour. Tour stops: Stop 1 - Alcazar de Toledo Stop 2 - Bisagra Gate Stop 3 - Estacion Renfe (railway station) Stop 4 - Remonte Safont Stop 5 - Mirador Del Valle Stop 6 - Cigarrales Stop 7 - Puente San Martin (San Martin Bridge) Stop 8 - Cardenal Stop 9 - Tavera Stop 10 - Bisagra Gate

Madrid: Toledo and Segovia Guided Tour with Avila Option

2. 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.

Madrid: Segovia and Toledo Tour, Alcazar, and Cathedral

3. 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.

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

4. 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.

From Madrid: Segovia, Ávila & Toledo Guided Tour with Lunch

5. From Madrid: Segovia, Ávila & Toledo Guided Tour with Lunch

Discover three cities in one day on a full-day tour of Segovia, Ávila, and Toledo from Madrid. Depart early and head to Segovia, where you start with a guided tour accompanied by an official guide, taking you around Segovia's historic center.  Find out why this city is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stroll through the city’s main square - Plaza Mayor, beholding monuments such as the aqueduct and the cathedral. Then leave for Ávila, visiting the Ávila's historic center and discovering the legacy of this city declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Be amazed by its fascinating history.  Continue along the famous Walls of Ávila and discover how the city preserved itself throughout history. Admire important monuments, including the Cathedral. Then make a stop to have lunch in a local restaurant in the old town, where you will enjoy a traditional Iberian lunch. Continue your trip heading to Toledo, your third stop of the day and your third city declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Toledo has a long-standing Christian, Jewish, and Muslim tradition. Therefore, it is also known as the city of three cultures.  See important monuments as well as off-the-beaten-track gems known only to locals. Discover the secrets of Spain's second-largest cathedral with your official guide. The tour ends in Toledo, visiting one of the city's most magical and hidden gems. Cross the city through its narrow and picturesque streets, memorable to treasure unforgettable images. Visit one of the best panoramic views of the city, where you will surely capture your best photo.  At the end of your tour, you will return to the center of Madrid in a comfortable minibus, where your guide will be able to recommend things to do during the rest of your stay.

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 on this day trip from Madrid on an airconditioned bus. Stroll down medieval streets to learn the story of how Christian, Jewish, and Muslim communities lived in harmony in this imperial city. Depart aboard a comfortable and spacious bus from central Madrid and relax on th drive to Toledo. Visit emblematic sites such as the church of Santo Tomé, the Jewish District and the Synagogue of Santa María La Blanca.  Head to the city’s most important historic districts and monuments with fast track entry. Explore 3 sites with your guide and 4 sites on your once. Depending on the option you select, be able to visit the Toledo Cathedral with our guide.  Have free time to explore the rest of the city on your own. Return to places already visited or enter freely into further locations with tickets provided by your guide, including the Church of the Saviour and the Colegio de las Doncellas Nobles.  Spend free time purchasing lunch or a drink to enjoy on a beautiful terrace. Get recommendations from your guide and what to see and where to eat and drink. At the end of your Toledo Tour, return to central Madrid by bus and get advice on what to do in Madrid. 

From Madrid: Day trip to Toledo. History and Culture Tour

7. From Madrid: Day trip to Toledo. History and Culture Tour

This is a shared full day tour to Toledo from Madrid. Upon arrival in Toledo you will be received by the Official Local Tour Guide, and then you will enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Toledo from the "Mirador del Valle". Through this tour, you will have a journey through the more than 800 years of history of Toledo; you will visit the old Muslim, Jewish and Christian neighborhoods of the "City of 3 Cultures"; You will discover the history, art and tradition of Toledo, as well as the most surprising secrets and legends, kept for centuries and centuries, through its labyrinthine streets and hidden squares full of surprises. You will return to Madrid with unforgettable memories of one of the most amazing local tours.

Toledo: Cathedral Tour with a Local Guide

8. 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: Walking Tour with Tourist Wristband Access Pass

9. 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 Cathedral & Jewish Quarter Half-Day Tour

10. 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. 

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David was a very cheerful person and helped us to learn the history of Segovia and Toledo. We had a great time and both cities were beautiful, especially Toledo. We had the opportunity to take panoramic photos in Toledo, we also had an hour and half for a lunch break. I recommend this activity, it's nice to discover new places, especially if you are staying over 5 days in Madrid.

Friendly tour guide who was able to provide a lot of interesting information. Great price for the two cities including a ticket for Alcazar, but the wording "with option Avila" was a bit confusing, since the 3rd city is not included in this ticket. Competent and patient care, good timing and comfortable coaches - really recommendable day trip.

Segovia and Toledo tour with Cathedral was a very good experience and an enjoyable tour. The tour guide was also well versed and provided helpful information about the sites. Would recommend to travellers looking for historical sites in Spain.

was a very informative and interesting time. our guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. Alex is a great person

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