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Toledo

With Christian, Jewish, and Muslim influences, this medieval Spanish city is an architectural melting pot.

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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

From Madrid: Day Tour to Toledo

2. From Madrid: Day Tour to Toledo

The tourist 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: Toledo and Segovia Guided Tour with Alcázar Ticket

3. Madrid: Toledo and Segovia Guided Tour with Alcázar Ticket

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. 

Madrid: Segovia an Toledo Tour, Alcazar, and Cathedral

4. Madrid: Segovia an Toledo Tour, Alcazar, and Cathedral

Depart Madrid and journey to the historic city of Segovia to 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. During the bus journey, you have the option of making the most of these 2 hours by upgrading your experience to include a Spanish gastronomic lunch menu made up of 2 typical dishes, a dessert, and a drink. Once in Toledo, discover the medieval neighborhoods and historical monuments of the city on a walking tour, and come to understand why it is called the City of Three Cultures (Christian, Jewish, and Muslim). If you select an appropriate option, finish with a guided tour inside Toledo Cathedral. Return to the center of Madrid at the end of your tour.

Toledo Cathedral Tour with a Local Guide

5. 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. 

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

6. 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

7. 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.

Toledo: Full Day Trip From Madrid

8. Toledo: Full Day Trip From Madrid

Enjoy a comprehensive visit to the magical city of Toledo, a UNESCO world heritage site famous for narrow medieval streets, beautiful architecture and rich history. Mixing diverse Christian, Jewish and Muslim backgrounds, this city is known as the Imperial City for having been the seat of the court of King Charles I and associated with the life and works of Miguel de Cervantes. Discover the architecture and history of this city, exploring the Jewish Quarter as well as every essential monument and building. Alternately, if you want to sat back and enjoy a beer or some lunch on a beautiful terrace, you will also have plenty of time to do so. At the end of your Toledo tour you will return to central Madrid on a comfortable bus.

Toledo: Ancient Underground City Tour

9. Toledo: Ancient Underground City Tour

Since very early times, Toledo's forefathers have excavated rock for different purposes. Rock was excavated for storing water, creating shelter from wars, forging hidden passageways, and building spas, baths, and tunnels. This has created legends that have lasted centuries, in some cases masking known historical data and in other cases trying to explain the unexplainable. Together with your guide, you will discover the "bath Cenizal" (old hammam), or Arab baths from the 11th century. Your official tour guide will detail their architectural curiosities, including why and how it was used. The old nuncio Roman baths were a social space of the Roman Toledo. Throughout this experience, you will learn of how this civilization built and reused it. You will also discover Salvador's Well, which is an old well from the 11th century that belonged to the mosque, before moving on to the Church of the Savior and finally to the "House of the Jew". The tour is conducted by a Spanish-speaking guide specialized in the history of Toledo.

Toledo: Tourist Bracelet with Entry to 7 Attractions

10. 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.

Frequently asked questions about Toledo

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Planning Your Visit

  • Take The Tours

    Toledo is a historical epicenter and with a guided tour the leading experts’ inside scoop is at your fingertips. The Toledo Tourist Office in Plaza del Consistorio may well be worth a visit, they’ll even give you a free guide and map.

  • Toledo’s 24 Hour Card

    Especially if you’re planning to arrive from Madrid, think about buying a Toledo Card, which includes the fare for a high-speed train from Spain’s capital. Lots of other bonuses too: entry to museums, monuments, and guided tours.

Good to know

  • Language
    Spanish
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +34
  • Best time to visit
    The best time to visit is late spring, when the city is in bloom, the temperatures are warm enough to enjoy the outdoors, and the crowds are still thin.

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What people are saying about Toledo

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 4,380 reviews

Jesus was an excellent guide. He gave just the right amount of information without overwhelming us with facts and dates. He has a great personality and made the tour very enjoyable.

Very nice excursion with stops for beautiful views of the Tagus and the city. I recommend taking the full day formula as the city is so interesting. Otherwise we fly over it...

It was an amazing magical experience. We came in with no previous research on Toledo so it was all just completely breathtaking.

Great guide. We were lucky to enjoy a nice weather. Beautiful cathedral. Definitely a must to visit Toledo - full day.

The knowledge of the guide is very good. We loved it