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Madrid: Segovia and Toledo Tour, Alcazar, and Cathedral

1. 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.

From Madrid: Day Tour to Toledo

2. From Madrid: Day Tour to Toledo

The 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. 

From Madrid: Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Tour

3. From Madrid: Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Tour

On this 5-hour tour from Madrid, you’ll begin with a visit to the Monastery of El Escorial. It was built under the reign of powerful King Philip II as a residence for Spanish kings, a monastery, and a royal pantheon. It became a symbol of the great power of the Spanish Empire at that time. The monument was declared to be of artistic and historic importance and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Valley of the Fallen was built in 1936, about 9 kilometers from Escorial, as a memorial to those who died during the Spanish Civil War.  Situated in a beautiful valley in the Guadarrama Mountains, this impressive work features a cross standing more than 150 meters high, as well as a basilica and crypt built into the hard rock under the mountain. The tour includes admission to the Valley as well as a visit to the basilica’s interior.

From Madrid: Toledo Guided Day Trip

4. From Madrid: Toledo Guided Day Trip

Join a guided day trip from Madrid and visit the historical city of Toledo. The city is listed as a National Monument and a UNESCO World Heritage City and is home to some of Spain’s top monuments.  Toledo is known as the City of 3 Cultures, as for an extended period Christian, Islamic, and Jewish residents lived together peacefully within its walls.  Wander through the narrow streets and alleys to explore the city’s culture and history on a guided tour. Admire the Gothic and Renaissance architecture, along with the well-preserved monuments. If you prefer to discover places on your own, you can visit the city at your leisure to discover its monuments and historic neighborhoods without a guide.

From Madrid: Toledo City Tour and Winery Visit

5. From Madrid: Toledo City Tour and Winery Visit

Escape the hustle and bustle of Madrid for the day and experience the beauty of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Toledo, one of the oldest cities in Europe. Discover an eclectic mix of architectural styles including Arabic, Gothic, Mudejar, Renaissance, and Baroque. Immerse yourself in the heart and soul of the city with the help of your official guide. Visit the Jewish Quarter and the area of the convents, with stories and legends that trace back to the centuries before the Muslim conquest. During your tour, discover the most emblematic places of the city, its history, its corners and anecdotes, and its main monuments such as the Cathedral of Toledo, a wonderful example of the Spanish Gothic style.  Later, head out to a prestigious local vineyard, admiring breathtaking landscapes along the way. Upon arrival at the winery, enjoy a guided tour of the cellars, where you will learn about the elaboration, aging, and stabilizing processes of the estate wines. Next, sample a fine selection of 3 different local wines, led by an expert oenologist. Finally, enjoy a tour of the vineyards and learn what makes these grapes so special before beginning the journey back to Madrid.

Madrid: The Spanish Inquisition Walking Tour

6. Madrid: The Spanish Inquisition Walking Tour

Explore one of the most mysterious and bloody institutions in European history on a walking tour of Madrid. Investigate the brutal period of the Spanish Inquisition and learn how it weighed over Spain like a curse. Hear how the ruthless founders oversaw the torture, repression and banishment of hundreds of innocent and terrified people, all In the name of religious orthodoxy. What began as an attempt to protect the sanctity of the Catholic church and the morality of the population swiftly became an oppressive regime that would leave a dark shadow over the history of Spain. Visit key areas of Madrid where the bloody tribunal took place, and hear the truth about the motives behind it and the people who ran it. Learn how more than 3,000 people were killed in 4 centuries during this troubling relic of Spain's cultural history. Listen in awe as your guide brings the streets and buildings to life. Visit an old and haunted jail from the Spanish Inquisition, and go to the site of a dramatic mass trial. Explore the origins and influences of the myth of the "Black Legend" and how it influenced the way the Spanish Inquisition was perceived abroad.

From Madrid: Segovia Hot Air Balloon and Guided Walking Tour

7. From Madrid: Segovia Hot Air Balloon and Guided Walking 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.

From Madrid: P14 Hot Air Balloon over Segovia with Transfer

8. 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.

Madrid: El Escorial, Valle de los Caidos and Toledo Tour

9. Madrid: El Escorial, Valle de los Caidos and Toledo Tour

Begin your full-day tour with a morning visit to the Monastery of El Escorial, built under the reign of powerful King Philip II as a residence for Spanish kings. See the Monastery and Pantheon of the Royal Family at this site that was declared a monument of Artistic and Historic Interest, and Mankind Heritage. Your tour includes the Monastery, the Cloister of the 4 Evangelists, the Palace of Philip II, the Pantheon of the Royal Family, the Chapterhouses, and the Basilica. The Valley of the Fallen is a memorial to those who died during the Spanish Civil War. Situated in a beautiful valley in the mountains of Guadarrama, this impressive work features a colossal cross standing over 150 meters high, and Basilica and Crypt excavated in the rock under the mountain. This tour includes admission to the Valley and a visit inside the Basilica. On arrival in Toledo you’ll take a panoramic walking tour of the city, entering the old quarter to visit the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, and admire the façade of the impressive Primate Cathedral, the old Palace of Justice, and the City Hall. Continue your walk through the narrow streets of the old Jewish quarter to the Church of St. Tomé, home to the famous El Greco painting, The Burial of Count Orgaz. You’ll also visit the old Synagogue of Ste. Maria la Blanca, which remains as a symbol of the coexistence of the 3 Cultures. Afterwards you’ll visit a typical damasquino factory to see this well-known handicraft art form of Toledo.

Madrid: Private City Tour by Tuk Tuk

10. Madrid: Private City Tour by Tuk Tuk

Explore Madrid from the comfort of a Tuk Tuk on this guided city tour. Experience some of the city’s most popular sights and learn about each one from your driver and guide. Choose from a 1-, 1.5-, or 2-hour tour. Enjoy the convenience of a hotel pickup and head to the Los Jeronimos neighborhood to begin your private Madrid sightseeing tour. From here, make your way past the emblematic Retiro Park, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the Puerta de Alcalá, Paseo del Prado, the Royal Palace, and more, making stops along the way to take in each of the attractions. At the end of your tour, your driver will take you back to your hotel. 

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What people are saying about Community of Madrid

This was awesome. We didn’t do the walking tour part but the balloon ride was very fun. Next time I am bringing a warm hat, gloves, and a sweater, cause it was very cold! I went the last week in September.

The trip was well planned and organized. Our guide, Lydia, was very enthusiastic, knowledgeable and helpful. Good value for money.

As a first time solo traveler to Europe, I felt this trip has great value. I enjoyed my experience and will book again.

Rocio the guide and Daniel the driver were excellent !!!!! The tour was really enjoyable and schedule was perfect

The tour was so fun! I loved both of the places and the explanations were interesting.