Full-Day Toledo Excursion
Discover the History and Artistry of Toledo
DURATION: UP TO 8-HOURS
One of the oldest and most interesting historical cities of Europe, Toledo reflects the many cultures that have formed it and the many moods of Spain’s art and history. A tour through this city with a knowledgeable English-speaking guide can include visits to different holy sites to see the incredible Gothic and Mudejar style influences.
The city of Toledo has its origins in Toletum, the name the Romans gave to this settlement on the banks of the River Tagus after its conquest in 190 BC. The city maintained its importance for centuries and, in the 6th century Visigothic era, became the capital of Hispania. The arrival of the Arabs in the 8th century, together with the presence of Christians and Jews, made Toledo the “city of the three cultures.” Later, when Carlos V came to the throne in 1519, the city became an imperial capital.
The maze of streets making up the historic centre of Toledo is surrounded by walls in which many gates were opened. The Bisagra gate, presided over by two bodies and a great imperial shield forms the main access to the city within the walls. The Sol gate was built in the 13th century in Mudejar style and contains the remains of a paleochristian sarcophagus. From these and other entrances, you can reach picturesque places and see the beautiful Mudejar influence throughout the city.
Remains of the Jewish community can be seen in the Santa María la Blanca synagogue. Built possibly in the 12th century, it is also a good example of Toledo's Mudejar art. It has five naves with decreasing heights as well as the characteristic geometrical and botanical decoration and horseshoe arches.
Meanwhile, in the synagogue of El Tránsito, built in 1357, you can admire one of the best Mudejar coffered ceilings of all those preserved in Toledo. Visit the Sephardic Museum to view an interesting collection of art and various objects used in Jewish ceremonies.
The Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes is a superb example of flamboyant Gothic style and was one of the masterpieces of Juan Guass. The building has an outstanding church known for its great ornamentation and for its cloister of great sculptural value.
One of the most outstanding buildings in the city is the Cathedral, considered one of the high points of Gothic art. The construction of this monumental building, with a basilica floor plan and five naves, began in 1226 and did not end until 1493. The exterior is topped by the two cathedral towers, one in flamboyant Gothic style and the other in Gothic-Renaissance.
This 7 to 8-hour tour includes:
- Santa María la Blanca
- El Transito a & Sephardic Museum
- Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes
- Gothic Cathedral
Pick-Up/Drop-Off: Your driver will pick you up from your Madrid city-centre hotel. At the conclusion of your tour, your driver will drop you off back at your hotel.
Includes: A private expert English-speaking guide and car services for 7 to 8-hours, Entrance Fees.
Excludes: Guide Gratuity, Extra Hours, Extra Kilometres.