· GALICIA-MADRID: Toledo tour with Destination Spain includes:
Early breakfast in the hotel and check out.
Private transfer to Vigo airport for a domestic flight to Madrid (flight departs 06:45am).
Upon arrival to Madrid, private transfer to selected hotel and check in (if rooms available).
In the afternoon, private half-day tour to Toledo, with private guide and private transfer. Entrance fees included.
Return to Madrid.
Dinner at leisure.
Toledois definitely a must: the city of the three cultures, Jewish, Christian and Muslim, who lied in peaceful coexistence for centuries until the expulsion by Christian around 1492. Picturesquely sited on a hill above the River Tagus is the historical centre of Toledo. The Romans built a fortress on the site, today occupied by the Alcazar fortress. The Visigoths made Toledo their capital in the 6th century AD, and left behind several churches. In the Middle Ages, Toledo was a melting pot of Christian, Muslim and Jewish cultures and it was during this period the Cathedral was built.
Toledois known for its art and history and has a landscape that combines Arabic, Mudejar, Gothic, Medieval and Renaissance architecture. Surrounded by the River Tajo, the atmospheric walled town is crammed with churches and museums. Must see sights include the amazing 13th-century Cathedral of Toledo, the medieval castle, Santa Maria la Blanca Synagogue, San Juan of the Kings Monastery and the Victorio Macho Museum.
A highlight of any visit to Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with wonderful architecture, is seeing The Burial of the Count of Orgaz, the famous painting by 16th-century master El Greco. Toledo was the setting for many of El Greco's art, and you can see this painting at the Church of St Tome.
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