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This was a great tour. Very thorough and the guides were very information and friendly. Also really enjoyed the High-Speed Train. Toledo is a beautiful city and well worth taking a day trip from Madrid.
The combination of Toledo card and train is great for a day trip. The train is convenient and the tour bus picks you up at the train station in Toledo. The guide meets you in the city center and you walk to the Cathedral for a guided tour. The guide gave excellent advice and directions on how the city center sites and also on how to return to the train station at the end of the day. The tour guide was also fantastic on the actual tour of the Cathedral; knowledgable, well-spoken and moving a brisk pace amongst the throngs of people inside. I did not do the optional Tapas lunch - there are many, many good restaurants from which to choose in Toledo. Also note the Toledo card provides entryo 3 sites in Toledo - others you wil have to pay. Overall recommend this for a day trip.
All in All the tour was very good. We were a bit disappointed to hear that the English tour was a bilingual tour. The guide worked very hard, but spoke so fast that it was difficult to catch on when he stopped speaking Spanish and started to speak English. We had another bilingual tour when the guide finished in Spanish and would tell those tourists to stay close but explore, while he spoke to the English tourists. It was a much preferable approach.
At the end, the guide gave several options to return to the train station. We attempted the walk and could not follow his directions, which were confusing. We had to walk back up the hill and take a taxi. Perhaps he can hand out a map for those who want to walk back to the station.
The guide was talking very quickly first in Spanish and then in English. Too fast! No interuption between the language. But he was good. Had been better with only English!
The food at the restaurant that was included was not there.
Tain excellent, panorama bus very good And good to have free time of your own.
The description of this tour is a bit misleading. Yes, we exchanged our vouchers at an office at the train station (a bit hard to find, so get there early!). The train was nice and it was a quick trip. We then had to get on a tour bus and meet a guide. The tour bus showed some great views of the city and then went up into the city center where we got off and the tour guide led us to the cathedral. He then guided us through the cathedral which was interesting but it was in both English and Spanish so it could be a little hard to follow. After that, we were free to see the city on our own. There was no three course lunch, though and we were ready to go back about an hour before our train was scheduled to leave. I think this could be done better on one's own.
The location for pickup of tickets was incorrect. When we finally found the right train station and picked up the tickets,we missed our train by a minute. Luckily the train company was able to put us on the next train. We requested to be with our friends and were not. Trip was cut short and rushed.