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Toledo "El Greco" and Royal Site of Aranjuez

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Discover the medieval appearance of Toledo and its three cultures, and get into the history of Kings at The Royal Site of Aranjuez

Highlights

  • The Cathedral of Santa María de Toledo is an example of the Gothic architecture. Its north gate reminds of Paris' Notre Dame and Puerta de los Leones is rich in Hispano-Flemish sculptures.
  • The Church of Santo Tomé holds El Greco masterpiece painting ‘The Burial of the Count of Orgaz’, set over this genius painter tomb.
  • Work on The Royal Site of Aranjuez was begun by Felipe II and was completed by Carlos III. It stands out the Royal Palace and the Prince’s Gardens.
  • The Palacio Real gardens are the most important of the Hapsburgs period in Madrid.

Included

  • Air conditioned motor coach.
  • Bilingual Official guide.
  • Entrance to the Royal Palace of Aranjuez
  • Inclusions from April to October 2017:Entrances to the monuments in Toledo: Church of St. Tomé, Home-Museum of El Greco (or Hospital Tavera Museum) and Convent of Santo Domingo El Antiguo.
  • Inclusions From April to October 2018:Entrances to the monuments in Toledo: Church of St. Tomé, Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca and Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes.

Excluded

  • Lunch, beverages or other services not specified.
  • Hotel pickup - Drop off.

Please Note

  • This tour is bilingual and will be in English and Spanish.
  • Comfortable shoes are recommended.

Restrictions

  • The Museum of Royal Feluccas will not be visited on October for technical reasons.

Essential Information

  • This tour starts from Julià Travel Gray Line Spain office at Calle San Nicolás, nº 15 (corner Plaza Ramales) and ends at Plaza Oriente.
  • Please print your voucher and give it to your guide. E-voucher accepted.
  • Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the tour begins.
  • Julià Travel Gray Line Spain contact: 0034 91 559 9605 / incoming@julia.net
  • Cancellation policy: a 100% cancellation penalty applies if cancelled 24 hours or less prior to travel date or in case of no-show

TOLEDO:
Discover the “City of the Three Cultures”!
Located 70 km away from Madrid is Toledo, a beautiful city-museum declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is one of the oldest towns in Europe and has a great artistic beauty and buildings from almost all periods in history (Arabian, Gothic, Mudejar, Renaissance and Baroque style). Toledo is called the “City of the Three Cultures”, since Christians, Muslims and Jews lived together. In the XVI century, it was also the place of residence of the great painter El Greco.
Home-Museum of El Greco (*); Outside view of the Cathedral; Church of St. Tomé with El Entierro del señor de Orgaz, masterpiece of El Greco; Convent of Santo Domingo El Antiguo –where El Greco was buried-; demonstration of the famous technique of damascene (incrustation of precious metals in steel) and panoramic sightseeing of Toledo.
(*) The Home-Museum of El Greco would be substituted by the Hospital Tavera Museum that houses an important collection of masterpieces of El Greco.

ARANJUEZ :
Royal Site of the Crown of Spain to 46 km south of Madrid, situated in a fertile valley on the banks of the River Tagus (Tajo), known for its Royal Palace, its numerous gardens and for have been the inspiration to the composer Joaquin Rodrigo to create the Concert of Aranjuez. UNESCO declared Aranjuez Cultural Landscape a World Heritage Site in 2001.
The Royal Palace, where we will appreciate the variety of decorative styles and emphasizing the China Chamber Porcelain and the Throne Room of Elizabeth II, The Prince's Gardens, the Parterre and the Island is characterized by great variety of vegetation and tree species.
The Museum of Royal Feluccas (a type of long and narrow light boats, used in ports and rivers) was built in 1963 and exhibits the boats used by the royal family to navigate the Tagus River.
These include a gondola belonging to Philip V, although the ship actually dates to the reign of Charles II, and the boats of Charles IV, Ferdinand VII and Elizabeth II.
The Museum of Royal Feluccas will not be visited on October for technical reasons.

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