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From Madrid: Guided Tour to Toledo and Segovia

1. From Madrid: Guided Tour to Toledo and Segovia

The tour departs the busy city of Madrid and heads to the first stop of the day, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Toledo. The guided tour begins in Toledo where monuments and unique enclaves await to complete an unforgettable day. Explore Toledo with your guide and visit the Toledo Cathedral, the Jewish Quarter, a cultural treasure in the form of a labyrinth, the Alcázar de Toledo, and much more. Toledo is a true heritage jewel of humanity that maintains the legacy of the three cultures that have lived together. Get caught up in the city and transported back in time to centuries ago immersing yourself in a scenario full of palatial mansions, churches, mosques, synagogues, and towers, all surrounded by the impressive wall that overlooks the Tagus River. Head back to the bus and continue to Segovia, another UNESCO World Heritage-listed city. Visit the Aqueduct of Segovia, a prodigy of Roman engineering and an icon of the city. From the Aqueduct, visit the main monuments, enclaves, and viewpoints that make Segovia a must-see. Admire the Plaza Mayor, where the Gothic Cathedral of Santa María shines its own light. Then, discover the viewpoint of Canaleja, and of course, the Alcázar de Segovia, a unique castle with the appearance of a fairytale palace.

Salamanca: Private Tour with a Local

2. Salamanca: Private Tour with a Local

Explore Salamanca with a friendly local who is passionate about the city and eager to share all the tips and hints that will help you make the most of your trip. Choose from 2-4 hour private tour options. Meet your guide at your accommodation and head out to get familiar with the neighborhood. Learn about the best places to eat and shop, the easiest ways to get around and the top things to see and do. By the end of the tour you'll feel more comfortable navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to thoroughly enjoy your stay.

From Madrid: Ribera del Duero Tour of 3 Different Wineries

3. From Madrid: Ribera del Duero Tour of 3 Different Wineries

Journey to the Ribera del Duero wine lands and stop at 3 wineries in the heart of the Duero Valley. Sample the acclaimed wines of the region and learn about old and new wine-making techniques. Hear how grapes are grown in extreme weather and listen to stories about the families that turned the area into one of the world's most popular red wine producers. Journey back to the Middle Ages and encounter medieval villages and historic castles.  After visiting the first two wineries, there will be free time from around 1:00 PM-2:00 PM to have lunch (at own expense). You can lunch with a guide in a traditional restaurant with several options of Castilian regional food, ranging from tapas, a light lunch, or a full 3-course lunch (approximate budget = tapas €12-15, Full 3-course €30).

Madrid: Local Tapas Walking Tour and Flamenco Show

4. Madrid: Local Tapas Walking Tour and Flamenco Show

Experience Madrid through its food culture on a tapas walking tour through various bars in the center of Madrid. Together with a culinary expert guide, you’ll discover authentic signature cuisine, gourmet products, and a vast amount of culinary culture, nowadays hidden in the reformed markets of San Miguel and La Cebada in the La Latina neighborhood of Madrid. Start the tour at the famous San Miguel Market, where you’ll taste the famous pintxos of Bilbao. After the San Miguel Market visit, head to La Latina and enjoy traditional Croquettes in the renowned street Cava Baja. Continue the tour through different bars in the center of Madrid, where you’ll taste delicious Spanish omelet and cod tapas, mushrooms tapas accompanied by a glass of wine or cider. After your tapas walking tour, experience another side of Spanish culture. Flamenco, declared Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2010, is the most authentic and popular expression of Spanish culture. Enjoy an intimate flamenco show surrounded by the fantastic atmosphere of The Tablao Flamenco, a hidden treasure in the center of Madrid. Enjoy a complimentary drink during the show.

Salamanca against Napoleon

5. Salamanca against Napoleon

Learn about Salamanca's past and everything that was gained and lost during its turbulent war years. Follow your local guide on a walking trip through history as you explore the old sites that served as forts for the French and artillery batteries for the British. Visit some key historic locations, such as Plaza Mayor, Archbishop Fonseca College, San Vicente Hill, the Botanical Archaeological Park, and Jardín de la Merced. Hear about how the San Vicente Convent was chosen as the ideal place to establish a fortified empire back in the day. Listen to fascinating stories of how 800 French soldiers gathered in preparation for the arrival of the allied army, while the British decided to besiege them, leaving devastation in its wake. Acquire a new sense of appreciation for the local architecture and landmarks.

El Bierzo: Arganza Winery Tour and Tastings

6. El Bierzo: Arganza Winery Tour and Tastings

Visit Arganza, a town in the Bierzo region rich with wine-making traditions, whose objective is to produce quality reds from old vineyards and with oak aging. Tour the winery and cellar and be guided on a comprehensive tasting paired with local snacks. Spend an unforgettable day with friends or family at an Arganza winery located in a characteristic 19th-century manor. Start by meeting your winemaker guide who will fill you in on the secrets of famous local wines. Get a closer look at the complex wine-making process of local wines as you explore the property and taste two wines paired with a typical León snack. 

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Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 54 reviews

Our tour guide Enrique was really super committed and really on the ball. He held everyone together and was super confident in all questions that were asked of him and could really answer everything about Spanish history. Beware now whining at a high level: we would of course be taken to a goldsmith where they still process gold in a very traditional way. I can understand that this is part of Toledo's history and that metalworking is part of the region. However, you really needed the 45 minutes more in Toledo to look around a little more. Otherwise GREAT!

Excelente tour: ibamos cómodos, el chofer responsable y nuestro guía Ismael, muy atento y conocedor del tema, además tradujo en inglés y español para que todos entendieran Los viñedos espectaculares y el trato que recibimos fue tremendo. Tuvimos parada para almuerzo y todo estuvo delicioso, bajo control y puntual para ser un grupo diverso. Muy recomendado!

Alexia met us early while it was still cool. We walked all around Salamanca. It was great to start our stay here with this tour. It gave us a good feel for the city. Alexia seemed very knowledgeable about Salamanca and gave us a nice orientation to the city Salamanca is a beautiful place to visit!!!!.

ALL the tour, the guide, the wines, etc. were the best !!!!!!!… 100000% recommended!

Very good experience. Super recommended. Our guide was Angie, very good!!