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Madrid Highlights Tour and Toledo "The city of three cultures" from Madrid

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Join us in this panoramic tour through the beautiful city of Madrid. See some of the most important sights in the city such as Puerta de Alcalá, Plaza de Cibeles, Puerta del Sol and the Bernabéu Stadium. Dive into a fascinating mix of cultures in Toledo. Walk through the Old Town part of the city and see the famous painting by el Greco, The Burial of the Count of Orgaz. Did you know Toledo was once Spain’s capital?

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.
  • Plaza Mayor is the heart of Hapsburg Madrid. Arco de Cuchilleros, Casa de la Panadería and the Statue of Felipe III mark this square charm.
  • The Neo-classical and three archs appearance of la Puerta de Alcalá remind of the Roman Triumphal Archs.

Included

  • Air conditioned motor coach.
  • Bilingual Official guide.
  • Entrance to Church of St. Tomé.
  • Entrance to Synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca.
  • Entrance to Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes.
  • Individual radioguided system.

Excluded

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

Please Note

  • This tour is bilingual and will be in English & Spanish.
  • Comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • The duration of the tour includes the round trip to the destination.
  • St Tomé Church visitors are kindly requested to respect the instructions of the Security: Photography and filming are not permitted inside the exhibitions.
  • We will make convenient stops to rest and take pictures at Plaza Mayor, Debod’s Temple and Las Ventas Bullring, if the weather permits and always accompanied by our guide.
  • Please note that the itinerary is subject to change due to the events to be celebrated in the City (demonstrations, sport events, cultural events, official acts and public works).
  • Failure to show up at the established check-in time may entail losing the tour.

Restrictions

  • Failure to show up at the established check-in time may entail losing the tour.

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.
  • Print your voucher and give it to your guide when staring the tour. E-voucher accepted
  • Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the tour begins.
  • Failure to show up at the established check-in time may entail losing the tour.
  • Julià Travel reserves the right to modify or cancel the tour itinerary due to events celebrated in the city or force majeure operational reasons without prior notice.
  • The second part of the tour starts at 3:00PM, please be at meeting point 15 minutes before starting.
  • Julià Travel Gray Line Spain contact: 0034 91 559 9605 / [email protected]
  • Cancellation policy: a 100% cancellation penalty applies if cancelled 24 hours or less prior to travel date or in case of no-show

Check in at our office and board one of our air conditioned coaches for a panoramic tour. Leave Plaza de Oriente and head to the magnificent Puerta de Toledo. Did you know its construction dates back from the Napoleonic era?

See the oldest bridge in Madrid and drive next to the Manzanares River, from where you will have great views of the Royal Palace and the Almudena Cathedral. Pass by Plaza Mayor, once the center of Old Madrid and now the oldest square in the city. First build during the Habsburg period, it was the hearth of Madrid at the time. Spot significant sights such as the Puerta de Sol on our way to Paseo del Prado. Marvel at the most artistic street in the city and look at the Prado Museum.

Drive by Cibeles Fountain, where Real Madrid fans celebrate the team victories. Do not miss Puerta de Alcalá, the most famous of the five ancient gates into the city. You will make a stop for pictures at Las Ventas bullring and your guide will share some insights on the same. The last sights you will see on the tour are the Santiago Bernabéu stadium and the important streets of Paseo de la Castellana and Gran Vía, well-known as the Broadway of Madrid.

Check in again at our office in central Madrid 15 minutes in advance of your tour. Leave the city in the early afternoon towards Toledo aboard one of our comfortable air-conditioned coaches.

Relax and enjoy the scenery on the way to the city. Follow your local guide on a walking tour of the Historic City of Toledo, World Heritage City since 1986. Once Spain’s capital, it is a perfect mix of Arab, Jewish and Christian cultures. Learn about its fantastic heritage and see how the coexistence of cultures through the centuries influenced its current architectural style.

Stroll amid the courtyard cloisters and royal coats of arms at the San Juan de los Reyes Monastery. Admire the building sponsored by the Catholic Monarchs to become a royal mausoleum. Right after the visit we will walk to the Synagogue of Sta. Maria la Blanca. Originally built as a synagogue, it was expropriated and became a Church only 211 years after it opened its doors. Today, it is a fantastic museum of Mudejar (Arabic) style that you will visit. Admire the world famous painting of by el Greco – The Burial of the Count of Orgaz – at the Church of St. Tomé. Did you know el Greco himself lived in this beautiful city?

The walking tour will continue until we reach the Cathedral, considered of the most important Gothic Cathedrals in Spain. You will see it from the outside before the guided tour finishes. Then, you will have free time to explore Toledo on your own before returning to Madrid.

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