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Madrid: Horse Riding in Sierra del Guadarrama National Park

1. Madrid: Horse Riding in Sierra del Guadarrama National Park

Following a pickup from the meeting point north of Madrid, head towards the Sierra del Guadarrama National Park. Then enjoy a trail ride in the beautiful park offering an array of wildlife, historic monuments, and stunning mountain scenery. No matter if you're a beginner or an experienced rider, the horse riding adventure is suitable for all levels. Located in the countryside, you will come across unspoiled settings, hotels, and restaurants where you can rest and recover your strength after the horse ride. Get off the beaten track and discover breathtaking sights along the way, such as the Monastery of El Escorial, La Granja de San Ildefonso or the city of Segovia.

Madrid: Retiro Park Segway Tour

2. Madrid: Retiro Park Segway Tour

Discover Madrid's iconic Retiro Park in a unique and fun way with this guided tour by Segway. Learn all about this green public space from your guide, see the oldest tree in the city, and seen fountains, monuments, and more. Explore the green heart of Madrid by Segway on a guided tour of the impressive Retiro Park. Get a short training session before you set off. Learn more about the history of the park, built as a retreat for the Spanish royal family and now home to more than 15,000 trees. Join the locals who come to stroll along the avenues or row boats on the lake. Hear about different features, such as the beautiful Rose Garden by Cecilio Rodriguez and the huge eucalyptus and cedar trees of the Jardín de Vivaces. See an old cypress tree – believed to be the oldest tree in the city – in the formal French-style Parterre Francés. Marvel at the glass pavilion by Ricardo Velázquez Bosco and encounter fountains and other features, such as the monument to Alfonso XII, an artificial mountain and the only statue in the world representing the devil.

From Madrid: Segovia Hot Air Balloon and Optional City Tour

3. From Madrid: Segovia Hot Air Balloon and Optional City Tour

Experience the UNESCO World Heritage site of Segovia from the sky and the ground in a hot air balloon and a guided walking tour. Fly over the Cathedral and Alcázar Real before exploring the Aqueduct with a local guide. Begin your day with a comfortable, early morning ride from Madrid to Segovia for an early morning hot air balloon flight. Arrive in time to see the inflation of the balloon and receive instructions from your pilot before taking off. During the 1-hour flight, soar over the Aqueduct, Cathedral, and Alcázar Real at heights of up to 1,000 meters and learn how the balloon works from your pilot. After landing, enjoy champagne, breakfast, and a certificate. Once your tour has finished, receive pictures and videos from your flight. Depending on your option selected, continue the tour with a guided walking tour of the Roman Aqueduct, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Marvel at this historic 1st-century monument, considered Spain's most important example of Roman-era civil engineering. Next, see Spain's last built Gothic cathedral and the former royal palace and fortress, the Alcázar Rea. Stand on a cliff at the confluence of two rivers near the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range and enjoy the view of the fortress and rivers. At the end of your tour, enjoy some free time in Segovia for lunch. Ask your guide for tips on the best place to taste the typical cochinillo (roast suckling pig). After lunch, head back to the center of Madrid in a comfortable minibus.

Madrid: Zoo Aquarium Madrid Ticket

4. Madrid: Zoo Aquarium Madrid Ticket

Explore the continents of the world at the Zoo Aquarium Madrid. Learn about flora and fauna from Europa, Asia, Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. See dolphins, sea lions, exotic birds, and birds of prey demonstrate their natural abilities at exhibitions, and get your children excited about protecting the Earth. Take a trip through the planet's oceans and discover how much life lives in the deep blue. Break up your day of learning with a delicious lunch or snack at one of the many restaurants throughout the Zoo.

From Madrid: Toledo Tour & Zip Line Experience

5. From Madrid: Toledo Tour & Zip Line Experience

Visit the historical city of Toledo on a day trip from Madrid. The city itself is like an immense museum, home to some of Spain’s top monuments. Toledo is also known as the City of 3 Cultures, as for an extended period Christian, Islamic and Jewish residents lived together peacefully within its walls. Its old Gothic and Renaissance architecture and narrow streets and alleys, along with its well-preserved condition has led to its listing as a National Monument, and as a World Heritage City by UNESCO.  If you prefer to discover Toledo on your own, you can visit the city at your leisure and discover its important monuments and historic neighborhoods. Take a comfortable ride on the Tourist Train to see the sights of Toledo and enjoy commentary about the city's history along the way. Discover the longest zip line in Europe and enjoy this unique experience in a breathtaking setting.

Madrid: Day Trip to Cuenca and The Enchanted City

6. Madrid: Day Trip to Cuenca and The Enchanted City

Experience Cuenca and the Enchanted City with an expert local guide on this full-day tour. After taking the bus to the Castilla La-Mancha region, stop at a wine cellar before continuing on to the Enchanted City, where the group will enjoy a walking tour through this magical place. Marvel at the unique natural structures and spectacular scenery. Continue on to the city of Cuenca, and stop in at the Devil's Window, a well-known viewpoint with amazing views. After enjoying free time for lunch, take a panoramic tour through the sickle of the Huécar River and before going to the highest part of the city, El Barrio del Castillo. Descend on foot to visit the most emblematic corners and many monuments of the Medieval quarter of the city. Finally, arrive at the Parador, where the bus will be waiting to return the group to Madrid.

From Madrid: P14 Hot Air Balloon over Segovia with Transfer

7. From Madrid: P14 Hot Air Balloon over Segovia with Transfer

Sail through the air over Segovia on a hot-air balloon tour, and take in the colorful Spanish landscape below. Enjoy the adventure knowing you'll be driven worry-free to and from your hotel. After being picked up at your accommodation in Madrid, sit back and enjoy the short drive to Segovia. Relax in a modern luxury vehicle with wi-fi onboard. When you arrive your pilot will be ready to take you into the atmosphere. Have your camera ready to capture bird’s-eye views of the Alcázar, a 12th century fortification built on a rocky outcrop. Take pictures of the old city and the ancient aqueduct built by the Romans in the year 118. Listen to your pilot talk about the landmarks, and see why Segovia was designated World Heritage City for its unique beauty. After a smooth landing, break for a typical Spanish breakfast. Celebrate with a glass of Cava and a flight certificate personally signed by your pilot. Finally, transfer to Madrid Center, or if you prefer, stay and discover Segovia and return to Madrid on your own.

From Madrid: Hot Air Balloon over Toledo with Brunch

8. From Madrid: Hot Air Balloon over Toledo with Brunch

Soar over Toledo with this group hot air balloon ride. Be picked up at your accommodation in Madrid and relax as you drive for an 1 hour and 15 minutes to Toledo. Enjoy Wi-Fi onboard until you arrive at your take-off spot in Toledo. Lift-off and see the sunrise with breathtaking views of this historical city. Have your camera ready to capture bird’s-eye views of a city with more than 3000 years of history. Listen to your pilot tell you more about this facinating city. After a smooth landing, take part in a typical Spanish breakfast followed by a celebratory glass of Cava and a flight certificate signed by your Pilot. Transfer back to Madrid, or stay and discover the medieval city and return on your own.

From Madrid: Old Town Toledo Tour with Optional Activities

9. From Madrid: Old Town Toledo Tour with Optional Activities

Stroll through the medieval streets of Toledo on a guided walking tour. Spend some free time roaming the streets. Add on a skip-the-line bracelet to access up to 7 of the city’s iconic monuments or choose the option with a ziplining adventure.  Board the tour bus in Madrid at midday and embark on the journey to the historic city of Toledo. Take in panoramic views of the outskirts of the city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Listed Site and has a history dating back to 59 BC.  Be welcomed by your guide then set out on a guided walk through the city's picturesque Old Town. Visit some of the main streets and squares of the city as you learn about Toledo’s vast history from your guide. Explore the city at your own pace after the walking tour and discover the sites and attractions that appeal to you most. Admire the Gothic architecture at the Cathedral of St. Mary, see the Synagogue of Santa Maria l Blanca, or head to the Old Moorish Mosque of Cristo de la Luz. Enhance your trip with the option for a thrilling zip-line adventure. Add some excitement to the day and soar like a bird on the longest urban zip-line in Europe, which provides unparalleled views of the city.  Select the option of a skip-the-line bracelet to access up to 7 of the city’s iconic monuments, including the above-mentioned religious sites. Return to your meeting point in Madrid by bus at the end of your tour. 

From Madrid: Day Trip to Guadarrama National Park

10. From Madrid: Day Trip to Guadarrama National Park

Depart from Madrid and travel 40 minutes before arriving at the Guadarrama National Park. Discover a serene natural environment of extraordinary beauty as you take a guided walking tour of the park. Be accompanied by an expert local guide who will show you the most prominent highlights such as La Pedriza, Puerto de Navacerrada, Puerto de Cotos, and Puerto de la Morcuera. The Guadarrama National Park is the fourth largest national park in Spain and home to 11 distinct ecosystems. Learn about some of the 1,280 animal species who live in the park, including deer, wild boar, Iberian wolf, roe deer, fallow deer, mountain goats, badgers, several mustelids, wildcats, foxes, and hares. The park also hosts more than 1,500 native plants and thirty different types of vegetation.

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Well planned tour with amazing views, we are happy that during our visit to Madrid we decided to go for this. Our favorite was the visit to the city of Cuenca with the hanging houses. Fernando was a great guide, he shared a lot of fun facts which made the tour interesting.

Excelente día en Ciudad Encantada y el casco histórico de Cuenca! Este tour es altamente recomendado! Un día lleno de espectaculares vistas e historias!!! Fernando, guía turístico y Cuenqueando, son geniales!

Really Gorgeous place to visit. Worth a visit, I liked it better than Madrid itself. The views are gorgeous. Fernando, our guide was really fun and informative.

Great tourist guy with excellent local knowledge, language skills, friendly attitude and exceptional patience. It is a treat in this trip!

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