Toledo Half-Day or Full-Day Trip from Madrid
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Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: 5 or 8 hours
Toledo Half-Day or Full-Day Trip from Madrid
Travel from Madrid to Toledo, a national monument to Spain's art and history, and discover a treasure trove of El Greco artworks. Experience Toledo’s past on a guided walk along cobblestone alleyways, and explore this World Heritage-listed city’s medieval architecture and fortified city walls. As Toledo is on Madrid’s doorstep, you can easily take a Toledo tour in the morning or afternoon, or explore in-depth on a Toledo day trip.
What You Can Expect
Leaving Madrid, relax on the 43-mile (70-kilometer) drive by luxury coach to Toledo, known as the city of three cultures, where Christians, Jews and Arabs lived together in harmony.
Your guided city tour takes you along the labyrinth of laneways winding through the medieval walled town. Your tour guide will point out the city’s Arabic, Mudejar Gothic and Renaissance architecture, evidence of the city’s Roman origins, Moorish influences and Baroque grandeur as the former capital of Spain.
View the medieval castle, with its storybook fortified towers, and the stunning Moorish architecture of Santa Maria La Blanca Synagogue, Europe’s oldest synagogue.
Whether you’re an art lover or history buff, you’ll recognize the setting of Toledo from the majestic paintings by the 16th-century master, El Greco. Coming face to face with one of El Greco’s most impressive works, The Burial of the Count of Orgaz, in the church of St Tome is a tour highlight. The painting features portraits of 16th-century Toledo’s most important citizens, dressed in late-Renaissance fashions.
Also visit the Monastery of Saint John of the Kings, built by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella in the 15th century. Notice the courtyard cloisters and royal coats of arms in this classic example of Spanish Gothic Mudejar design. The tour then takes you to the former house and studio of a local sculptor at the Victorio Macho Museum, where you can see examples of the artist’s modern artworks and explore the lovely garden.
If you choose the full-day tour, you will visit the 13th-century Cathedral of Toledo, declared a World Heritage Site and Spain’s finest example of Spanish Gothic architecture. Also enjoy a panoramic tour of Toledo that takes in all the city’s highlights, from the river to the Alcazar fort, and pay an extended visit to the cathedral. Relax with a tourist-standard lunch of vegetable stew, veal and fruit salad, or indulge in a typical Spanish lunch of tapas, roast lamb, truffle cake with ice cream, accompanied by classic Spanish wine.
Tourist lunch menu (standard lunch):
- Vegetable stew
- Veal with green beans and french fry potatoes
- Vanilla ice cream with fruit salad
- Appetizers and Castilian tapas
- Roasted lamb with vegetables
- Truffle cake with ice cream
- Wine, mineral water and coffee
Half Day: Daily (AM with french guide only Wednesdays, Fridays)
April 1, 2013 to October 31, 2013
November 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays
(with french guide all year round only Tuesdays, Sundays)
Full Day + Madrid:
(with french guide only Fridays)
Morning Tour at 8:45am Afternoon Tour at 3:00pm Full-Day Tour at 9am Full-Day Toledo and Madrid Tour at 8:45am
- Entrance fees
- Local guide
- Transport by air-conditioned coach
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Infants aged 5 years and under are free of charge provided they do not occupy a seat
- Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
- Please note that private tables for lunch option cannot be guaranteed
- Please note that the visit of the Cathedral will be possible only in the Full Day Toledo only
- Operated by a bilingual guide in Spanish and English
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
Schedule and Pricing
5 or 8 hours
Returns to original departure point
Refunds, when possible, must be requested at least 4 business days prior to the travel date. Refunds are subject to a 7% administration fee. The Rail Protection Plan™ does not apply.
Note: Tours may be delayed or run late. Please plan accordingly.
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This was a very good tour and a great opportunity to see beautiful Toledo with limited time available. We opted for the half day so were not able to visit the Cathedral other than to see it from the outside. The bus trip of an hour was very comfy and the 2h 30 minute walking tour of Toledo was most enjoyable covering the main sights with our good guide, the Old Town with its charming alleys and buildings is so pretty and the highlight was surely seeing El Greco's masterpiece. Sadly we werent offered any free time to wander or shop in town, but rather taken to a typical ''tourist shop out of town for 30 mins which lacked any character or authenticity and that was the only opportunity to buy a souvenir and Marzipan from a very limited range which Toledo is famous for. We would much rather have had 30mins free time in the Old Town. The trip back was very comfy and in all it was a great tour and highly recommended. If time permits the full day tour would be highly desirable.
The tour of Toledo was fun and informative. Our guide was great speaking in both English and Spanish.
DARYL KEITH R
Our guide was exceptional and very patient with us. I loved it. It was my second time in Toledo and I learned more this time. Thank you.
Nyamisi J. M
Our tour guide was wonderful and the gift shop at the end was the best part.
Nuria was a wonderful guide. She told us information and made it sound like she was telling it for the first time-with interest.
Toledo is a location I would highly recommend. I am especially glad we had a guide because of so many winding streets.
Had a great trip! Did it with my wife.
Within its limitation of time, cannot see much to be improved about the tour. Pretty much the food, could be better but it was ok.
Our guide was very nice: objective, respectiful. Would do other tours with her and the agency if I had the opportunity.
We did the half day tour, and our tour guide was fenomenal. The transportation good, the information priceless! Highly recommend it if you are pressed for time and want to be able to visit Toledo.
Toledo itself is beautiful. The bus was comfortable and the tour guide I think her name was Norita was very friendly, knowledgeable and professional. The afternoon part of the tour was supposed to include the cathedral. Unfortunately, the cathedral was closed for the feast of Corpus Christi. But the tour guide took us to a 10th century mosque and provided a panoramic tour of Toledo instead. I highly recommend this day trip.
Must see, great trip
Guide Anna did a very good job of taking us through Toledo's sites and history. The full luncheon was good and the restaurant setting was picturesque. Altogether the trip was a very good experience and added to my understanding of Toledo's history and place in Spanish events.
Mrs. Celia M
This is a must do trip and a must do full day if you want to see the inside of the cathedral which is beautiful.
Tour guide was excellent and though we had a lot of walking it wasn't rushed. The meal also was good, plenty and very enjoyable. Having wine as well thought it was excellent value.
Enjoyable tour, lovely city and great to hear about the history of the city.
Breathtaking views. Learned a lot about this mythica town that remains intact as if it was the medieval times.
This, no one should miss! Toledo is a true gem, a lovely city with a rich history!
This was a very good and interesting tour. Toledo is a beautiful city that I would have enjoyed spending at least an xtra hour in just to shop and look around a little bit more in. The tour is somewhat strenuous just by the mere layout of Toledo. Our tour guide, Clara was knowledgeable and helpful when she realized one of our group couldn't make a straight up climb and assisted with other arrangements for this person. The pace of the tour was a bit too fast paced for my liking but we covered a lot ground. Clara was very professional. The food at the Typical lunch was delicious and way more than one could eat. Overall, I really enjoyed the tour, the city and the people. G Henry
Trip was great. Tour guide was very knowledgeable.
Fantastic tour! This was my first time in Spain and we did the half day tour and I only wish I had done the full day. Our tour guide was great and very informative. Toledo is a gem and I know I will be staying there the next time I go back! I highly recommend this tour for anyone looking for an inclusive experience.
Knowledgable tour guide and glad we went on a tour. One is needed in Toledo as it would be easy to get lost.
I was totally overwhelmed with Toledo. I didnt know much about it, but a friend highly recommended me to visit Toledo. My only regret is that I took the half day tour I shouldve done the full day option.
Excellent throughout. Educational and informative excursion. Very knowledgeable guide. Bilingual explanations in Spanish and English. Highly recommended.
We took the half day tour and everything went smoothly. Our guide was very knowledgable and without her we would have been very lost!
Fantastic tour! Our tour guide Anna, did a fine job of guiding us through the many interesting facts and the wonderful scenery of Toledo. Bus was comfortable and the lunch served was wonderful. Great value and highly recommended.
Guide was excellent