Depart Madrid for the medieval city of Toledo, picturesquely located on the banks of the River Tagus. The half-day tour provides a full introduction to the historic city, wandering winding streets to monuments that reveal its fascinating past.
Start with a panoramic walking tour of the old quarters, and visit the Plaza del Ayuntamiento to see the magnificent façade of the Primate Cathedral of Saint Mary, the old Palace of Justice, and Toledo City Hall.
Continue through the former Jewish Quarter, wandering the narrow streets to the Church of St. Tomé, location of El Greco’s famous painting, “The Burial of Count Orgaz.” Visit the old Synagogue of Ste. Maria la Blanca, which remains as a symbol of the co-existence of Toledo’s “3 Cultures.”
Marvel at the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, built by the Catholic Monarchs in the 15th century. See the former Mosque of Cristo de la Luz, the last of 10 mosques that once stood in the city in the days of the Moors.
Enjoy panoramic views of the river from the Museo Victorio Macho, where you can also see works by the famous sculptor and watch a short audiovisual movie about Toledo. End with a visit to a typical Damasquino (Damascene) factory to see the precious jewelry perfected by the Arabs and brought to Spain by the Moors.
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