Toledo: Mysteries and Secrets Tour
- Duration options: 1.5 - 3 hours
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We visited Toledo, the long-time capital of Spain, on a perfect day. We took the train station from Madrid from the Atoche Station at 9:20 and our guide met us at the train station at 9:53. Buy your tickets on line and even though you may not know your return time, you can always exchange your ticket for an earlier (but not later) departure. The cathedral is stunningly beautiful with unique art and history. The Jewish section of town is interesting as well, with but two remaining synagogues, one with Moorish architecture, the other with a comprehensive history of Judaism in general and in Spain specifically. Our guide took us into the basement of a Jewish home with a hidden Mikvah which we suspect was used by Marranos. We ended with El Greco's "Burial of the Count of Orgaz", surely his greatest painting. The guide also gave us a great recommendation for lunch, and after wandering for another couple hours we returned to Madrid at 5:30. Our best day in Spain.
Get you guide was a good option. We were told the trip left at 10 and we got there before 9:30 only to be told we will walk to our bus stop at 10:15. At 10:20 we were brought to the bus location, it was about a 5 min walk. I wish when we checked in they reminded us that we paid for an English speaking guide once we got to Toledo because we left and went directly to the Cathedral because we wanted to spend most of our time there. The package we purchased also had the free on-off bus pass for Madrid but we had no idea how to access it our use it, nothing was ever explained and we could not ask because the person from the tour company left after we were dropped in Toledo. All in all it was a nice day trip from Madrid to Toledo. Just know what your purchased and how to access it all!
It was amazing. There’s so much culture in this city and you appreciate how beautiful it is from the buildings to the stone roads. I took the tour and loved it because our tour guide explained everything and brought us to places I probably wouldn’t have found alone. It is built on hills and it’s a lot of walking so wear comfortable shoes and bring water. Great experience!
The tour guide on the bus was good. The transportation was good. The tour guide for the guided walking tour was a nice person, but she wasn’t effective at storytelling or weaving history throughout the walk. She basically gave a couple of facts about some buildings and told us where we were going next. Didn’t really learn anything about Toledo.
The overall experience was nice. I liked the fact that we went around the city to have a good view before entering and that they gave us a map with places to visit. The guided tour was interesting but we spent too much time standing while listening to the guide instead of walking around the city.