Half-day excursion to Toledo from Madrid
Half-day excursion to Toledo from Madrid
Toledo half-day coach trip with English speaking guides
A half-day excursion to Toledo leaving from Madrid. Escorted coach tour from Madrid to discover the Imperial City of Toledo, declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1986 in recognition of so many centuries of history. The famous “city of the three cultures”, its streets were synonymous with the coexistence of Jews, Moors and Christians and its old town preserves the layout it had during the Middle Ages.
Excursion accompanied by official tourist guides who will explain about the city its history, monuments, characteristics and customs, driven in modern, air-conditioned coaches. Departure from our terminal to Toledo “World Heritage City”, a city-museum of great artistic beauty and one of the oldest in Europe, called “City of Three Cultures”, since Christians, Muslims and Jews coexisted here. Its buildings cover practically all periods of history (Arabic, Gothic, Mudejar, Renaissance and Baroque). El Greco, a great 16th century painter, lived here, who in 2014 marked the fourth centenary of his death.
Arrival in Toledo and panoramic visit of the city. We will stop at a viewpoint to take a postcard photo of Toledo. Then, accompanied by a professional guide, we take a walk through the historic center of Toledo. Among the monuments included, we highlight the visit to the outside of the Cathedral and also the Church of Santo Tomé where we can admire “The Burial of the Lord of Orgaz“, El Greco’s masterpiece. We continue with a walk through the Jewish quarter where we visit the Synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca, the old Major Synagogue and one of the most beautiful monuments of the Jewish quarter of Toledo. We will also see a demonstration of the famous techniques of Damasquinado (inlaying precious metals in steel) and forging of swords. Return to Madrid and end of our services.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
The excursion to Toledo includes:
– Transportation by modern coach with air conditioning and reclining seats
– Accompanying guide service
– Tickets to the indicated monuments
– Travelers insurance
|PRICE PER PERSON IN EUROS (SEASON 2023 - 2024)|
|ADULT||from 48 €|
|CHILD (3 – 11 years)||from 30 €|
More information about Toledo
The Imperial City of Toledo, in 1986 recognized as World Heritage by the UNESCO, is situated at only 60 kilometres of the capital of Madrid. At present several relics of the three cultures that lived amongst its walls remain, like the Prime Cathedral, the Mosque “Cristo de la Luz”, the Synagogue “del Transito”, the Alcazar and the celebration of Corpus Christi, one of the most important and popular processions in Spain.
The different people that passed through Toledo have left successively their footprints on the town. The walls for example, that were built by the Romans, were reconstructed and received their actual trace by the Arabs. Many gates can be found, but the gate “de la Bisagra” which carries in its upper part the coat of arms of the Imperial City, is the most representative and gives access to the historic town.
Mosque “Cristo de la Luz” (10th century). The only one of its style that survives of the ten that used to exist in the town. It is situated directly behind the gate of Bisagra, the horse-shoe arches succeed themselves and remember and are based on the Mosque of Cordoba.
Synagogue “del Transito” (14th century). Beautiful walls covered with plasterwork precede a rectangular interior, covered with a beautiful “alfarje” (panelled ceiling). It contains the Sefardi Museum.
The Cathedral. Of gothic style, it was erected between 1226 and 1493 on a west-gothic church, which was constructed during the reign of Recaredo. The sacristy harbours a valuable collection of paintings by El Greco, Lucas Jordan, Van Dijck and Goya. But all dependencies are works of art: from the Chapel of the New Kings to the Chapel of Santiago, along the Choir in Renaissance style, the Mozarabic Chapel or the Chapter House.
House Museum of El Greco. Although a sign indicates the entrance, the painter never lived here, but it does harbour several significant paintings of the artist from Crete, such as the Tears of Saint Peter or The Apostolate.
Alcazar of Toledo. Situated on the highest point of the town, in the Roman period it was a palace and under the Christians it was converted in to the first alcazar with a square base. Under Charles I it suffered an important remodelling. Each façade is of a different style and period: the eastern one is medieval, the western one is Renaissance, the northern one is Plateresque and the southern one is Churrigueresque (a Spanish Baroque style of elaborate sculptural architectural ornament). With the invasion of the French troops and the Spanish Civil War is was destructed, butter after the reconstruction it harbours the Museum of the Army and military units.
A period and a history go together in the handicraft: the swords from Toledo, the ceramics or the “damasquinado”. The production of swords and sables is destined mainly to tourism, although there are orders from different armies in the world. Regarding the damasquinado, this is an Arabian decoration technique, consisting of incrusting silver and gold on less noble but harder materials (iron, bronze, steel, ceramic, porcelain…) and applying this technique on rings, bracelets, brooches, dishes. All the streets are full with workshops and shops dedicated to handicraft which will not remain unobserved by visitors and convert some spaces in little bazaars.
Please note that
Exceptionally, the itinerary and the order of the excursions could be altered and modified for organizational reasons.