Tour Description

All inclusive, small group day trip to the spectacular “City of three Cultures” and the typical Castilian landscape of windmills and castles

Have you ever dreamed of going back in time to a remote era? Nicknamed “The City of Three Cultures” Toledo was simultaneously home to Christians, Jews and Moors during the Middle Ages. Churches and Cathedrals stood next to Mosques and Synagogues, and many of them are still standing today. Monarchs decided about fateful strategic moves, while artists such as the great painter El Greco caught the atmosphere of their times in their masterpieces. But long before that, Toledo was settled already by Celtic tribes, Romans and Visigoths. And every people left their footprints. It is a city of kings and queens, of wealthy palaces and imposing fortifications, creative painters and beautiful crafts. It is no surprise that Toledo, the former capital of Spain, is known for all that and much more, which is why it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is located in the center of the country, in Castilla la Mancha. Castilla la Mancha (from Al-Ansha: “dry land”) has historically been a place of wheat monoculture. Centuries ago windmills stood all over the central Spanish countryside to produce flour. Already in the early 16-Hundreds Miguel de Cervantes wrote about them in his masterpiece Don Quixote. Those same windmills and an adjacent castle are on our route during the second part of this day trip back in time.

Dive into the magic of one of the most striking cities of Spain and experience Don Quixote’s windmills!

From a scenic viewpoint we’ll enjoy a panoramic skyline view of Toledo and the river Tagus before entering the city. Following a quick coffee stop we’ll explore the winding cobblestone streets of the old town on a public 2-hour walking tour with an officially licensed guide. We’ll wander through narrow alleys, walk along the defensive wall and gates, see an important synagogue and an ancient mosque and learn about the legacy of the Moors, Jews and Christians. Our exploration will leave us hungry, and we’ll have a delicious all-inclusive traditional Castilian lunch, that will make us in turn feel like kings and queens. After a short drive we’ll continue with a visit of one of twelve windmills that Cervantes wrote about in his book Don Quixote: the protagonist mistook them for giants and tried to fight them, unsuccessfully. Aligned with the windmills stands a 1000 year old castle fortress. We will take our time to visit the site, peek into one of the windmills with the 500-year old original grinding mechanism and explore the interior of the remarkably well restored castle of Consuegra. There will be plenty of fabulous picture opportunities throughout the day. It doesn’t get more Spanish than this!

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Duration:

10hr

Price:

125€ / person

Standard Start Time:

9.00am

What’s Included
  • Very knowledgeable, entertaining English-speaking guide
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned, modern touring van
  • A coffee or soft drink upon arrival
  • A 2-hour public guided tour of Toledo with an officially licensed guide, exteriors only
  • A great traditional 3-course restaurant lunch with wine
  • Entrances to one of the traditional wind mills and the castle of Consuegra
  • A bottle of water in the van
What’s Not Included
  • Guide’s gratuity
Recommended Clothing
  • Appropriate clothing for the weather
  • Sunglasses and sun protection
  • Light rain jacket and/or umbrella (if necessary)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
Group Size
  • 2-8 guests
Important
  • There would be a surcharge of 25 € / person if you end up being only two guests on any non-private tour.

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