Your morning starts in central Madrid near Plaza de Espana, where you’ll meet your guide and hop in a coach for a 1-hour drive south to Toledo. This UNESCO World Heritage-listed city is one of the oldest in Europe and features great artistic and architectural beauty from many periods of history: Arabian, Gothic, Mudejar, the Renaissance and Baroque.
Your first stop is Primate Cathedral of Saint Mary of Toledo, a Roman-Catholic cathedral that’s one of the three 13th-century High Gothic cathedrals in Spain. As you explore the exterior, your guide will point out how the architecture shows all the stages of Spanish Gothic style.
Next, visit Church of Santo Tomé, which dates back to the 12th century but was completely rebuilt in the 14th century by the Count of Orgaz. The tower is one of the best examples of Mudéjar art in Toledo, and the interior is home to one of El Greco’s most famous paintings, The Burial of the Count of Orgaz, which you'll see on display.
Stop at a typical Spanish tapas restaurant for a glass of wine paired with Manchego cheese. Then continue with a visit to Sinagoga de Santa María La Blanca (Synagogue of Saint Mary the White), where you'll spend time admiring the interesting arches designed in the damascene technique, which involves the incrustation of precious metals in steel.
Continue your tour visiting the interior of the cathedral. You'll soon discover why many experts consider this the best example of Gothic architecture in Spain as you admire a large number of artworks including stained-glasses windows, altarpieces and El Greco paintings.
Next, visit Valmardón Mosque or Mosque of El Cristo de la Luz (also known as Bib-al-Mardum Mosque). Delve into the Muslim history of one of these mosques on a guided tour.
After a morning in Toledo, depending on your selected option you will have free time to wonder around the city or make your way to a local restaurant where you will enjoy a Spanish meal (see menu options in the itinerary section).
You will after meet your guide at the agreed departure point and travel to the city of Bargas, home to the Finca Loranque winery where you will enjoy a wine-tasting session at the wine cellar to get a taste of local Spanish wine. Sample three wines paired with an appetizer while learning about the production of wine in Spain from your guide.
Once the tasting is over, you will head back to Madrid where your tour started.
Sample Lunch Menu (optional)
Enjoy a Spanish lunch with your group at a local restaurant (if option is selected)
Vegetable stew, veal with green beans and French fries, and Vanilla ice cream with fruit salad for dessert.
*Beverages not included
Appetizers and Castilian tapas, roasted Lamb with vegetables, and truffle cake with ice cream for dessert. Served with wine, mineral water and coffee.