Your driver and guide will pick you up from your Madrid hotel on the morning of your tour. It’s roughly an hour’s journey to Toledo, the ‘city of three cultures’, once Spain’s most important city and one of the few where Jews, Christians and Muslims peacefully co-existed in the Middle Ages. Their legacy is visible all over the city in the architectural diversity of the buildings flanking the twisting lanes of the old city.
Toledo sits dramatically on a rocky outcrop above a river gorge. Exploring the tangle of cobbled medieval lanes with your guide, you’ll be able to visit a number of remarkable sights. They include El Tránsito, one of the city’s most important synagogues, the tiny church of Santo Tomé, which is home to El Greco’s best-known painting, El Entierro del Conde de Orgaz (The Burial of the Count of Orgaz), and the city’s towering cathedral.
Founded in 1226, the Catedral de Toledo remains the seat of the Catholic church’s power in Spain. Built from stone and brick with asymmetrical towers, its façade is a hodgepodge of styles, including Renaissance, High Gothic and Mudéjar (an Iberian style influenced by Moorish principles of design). Its interior is a forest of pillars, illuminated by stained-glass rose windows.
Artistic wonders fill the space, including a gilded altarpiece and a sacristy filled with masterpieces by the likes of El Greco, Zurbarán, Caravaggio, Titian and Raphael.
At the end of your tour, you’ll have free time to enjoy lunch on your own and explore the heart of the city before you head on to your next stop.
To finish the day, you’ll return toward Madrid, winding your way into the countryside to a highly regarded local winery. After touring the historic cellars and learning about the production process, you can enjoy a short tasting before returning to your hotel in Madrid.