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Perhaps one of the best advantages of Madrid is its location smack dab in the center of the Spain. This means that if you head in just about any direction, you'll come upon a worthwhile day-trip destination. Here are some of our favorite day trips.

El Escorial Monastery & The Valley of the Fallen — 29 miles (47 km) away
The UNESCO-listed Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial sits northwest of the capital and is a historical residence for Spanish royalty. Both Charles I and Isabella of Portugal are interred within the monastery, characterized by its baroque dome, and Charles V was laid to rest within the palace known as the Pantheon of Kings. A trip to the monastery is often combined with a stop at the Valley of the Fallen, a controversial monument (commissioned by Spanish dictator Francisco Franco) to honor those who died during the Spanish Civil War.

Toledo — 45 miles (73 km) away
This hilltop, river-wrapped city was previously the capital of Spain, and today you can delve into its rich history by visiting its Gothic cathedral, Jewish quarter, and the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, among many other stops. Purchase yourself a sword (for which Toledo is famous) or sample a chunk of sugary marzipan, a very local specialty.

Segovia — 53 miles (86 km) away
Segovia epitomizes Old World majesty with its almost 2,000-year-old Roman aqueduct, well-preserved medieval streets, and its especially dreamy Disney-like castle. The city is equally famous for its cuisine; no visit would be complete without sampling the cochinillo, a suckling pig cooked to such perfection that the chef will often cut it in front of you with a plate instead of a knife.

Avila — 55 miles (88 km) away
Set northwest of Madrid, Avila makes its way onto most visitors’ list of favorites due to its city walls, which enclose the old quarter like a rocky lasso. Get up close and personal with the stony barrier by walking atop it, then scale its towers for unbeatable views of the walled city and surrounding countryside. Then visit sights in the old town, such as the Basilica de San Vicente, and be sure to sample local specialties like yemas de Avila (a sugary egg-based sweet). 

Salamanca — 132 miles (213 km) away
Stunning sandstone Spanish Renaissance architecture makes a visit to hilltop Salamanca well worth the trip. Attractions within this university town along the Tormes River include a 15-arch Roman bridge, the monastery and church of San Estéban, two cathedrals, and the immense Plaza Mayor.
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Toledo Half-Day or Full-Day Tour from Madrid

Toledo Half-Day or Full-Day Tour from Madrid

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  • 5 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$66.74
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$66.74
Delve into the cultural tapestry of Toledo, a treasure trove of El Greco artworks and ancient fortifications, on a tour from Madrid. Accompanied by a guide, navigate the cobbled streets, and explore the diverse architecture of the medieval city. Admire masterpieces by El Greco as you go on a morning, afternoon, or full-day excursion.
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* A traveler said: "Tour very well organized and on time, Clara our guide was very professional and knowledgeable. Bus was big and comfortable with ac. Excellent cautious driver."


Toledo and Segovia Tour with Alcazar Entrance from Madrid

Toledo and Segovia Tour with Alcazar Entrance from Madrid

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1069
  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$59.00
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$59.00
Immerse yourself in the medieval majesty of Toledo, a UNESCO-listed site replete with historical monuments, and Segovia on a full-day tour from Madrid. With a knowledgeable guide, witness the arresting landmarks of each city while discovering fascinating historical facts. Admire the Primada Cathedral in Toledo, marvel at the ancient aqueduct and regal Alcazar in Segovia, and gain valuable insight into the history and culture of each city from your expert guide. Enjoy the convenience of comfortable round-trip transportation on this tour.
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* A traveler said: "tour was good,Toledo and Segovia are must see places in Spain and our guides Khan and Beatriz made it even better 😊thanks guys!"


Avila with Walls and Segovia Day Tour from Madrid with Optional Lunch

Avila with Walls and Segovia Day Tour from Madrid with Optional Lunch

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1451
  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$95.82
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$95.82
Visit the UNESCO-listed cities of Segovia and Avila on this day trip from Madrid. Admire the picturebook old town of Avila with its stunning 11th-century walls, cathedral, and Basilica of St. Vincent. Then continue to the historical showstopper of Segovia. Behold its massive Roman aqueduct and explore its Gothic cathedral and fairytale-like Alcazar fortress-palace. Upgrade to include a simple, tourist-style lunch or a gourmet feast of Segovian specialties with drinks.
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* A traveler said: "Excellent tour - very nice bus - excellent tour guide - very knowledgeable about both places. Beautiful cities"


Segovia and Toledo Day Trip with Alcazar Ticket and Optional Cathedral & Lunch

Segovia and Toledo Day Trip with Alcazar Ticket and Optional Cathedral & Lunch

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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$58.40
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$58.40
Experience two UNESCO World Heritage cities in one day on this tour to Toledo and Segovia. See Segovia’s narrow streets and preserved Roman aqueduct. Uncover ancient mysteries during a guided tour of the ancient fortress, the Alcázar. In Toledo—the city of three cultures—discover the architecture and history of Muslim, Jewish, and Christian societies who once lived here and take a guided tour of the Cathedral of Toledo (optional).
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* A traveler said: "David was amazing! Very knowledgeable, personable and patient. He made this experience more enjoyable. I would totally recommend this tour!"


Avila y Segovia Full Day Tour from Madrid

Avila y Segovia Full Day Tour from Madrid

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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$60.78
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$60.78
Explore two of Spain's oldest cities on a day trip from Madrid without the hassle of renting a car or figuring out train and bus services. This guided tour takes you to Avila and Segovia, two cities that are so rich in history and architecture that they are known as Spain's Heritage of Mankind cities.
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* A traveler said: "Great experience with full of histories. Our tour guide Pilar was very knowledgeable and very approachable."


Full Toledo with 7 Monuments and Optional Cathedral Access

Full Toledo with 7 Monuments and Optional Cathedral Access

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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$48.86
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$48.86
Visit Toledo for a day from Madrid on this guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Embark from central Madrid, and enjoy guided visits of Toledo Cathedral, the Jewish District, and more. The tour includes free time for you to explore on your own, visiting more sights or stop for a bite to eat.
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* A traveler said: "I had a great time. Toledo is awesome. The tour guides, Ivan and Beni were not only knowledgeable about Toledo but equally warm and pleasant."


Avila and Salamanca Tour from Madrid

Avila and Salamanca Tour from Madrid

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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$87.00
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$87.00
Travel from Madrid to Spain’s medieval, UNESCO-listed cities Avila and Salamanca. Visit the Avila Cathedral and Basilica of St. Vincent in Avila, and then head to Salamanca to see its famous university and Plaza Mayor. Enjoy a hassle-free experience with comfortable round-trip transport from a central meeting point in Madrid and all of your entrance fees included.
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* A traveler said: "We had the most wonderful time. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and we learned a lot of history of the 2 cities. Very much worth it. Thank you Amigo Tours. We shall see you again."


Full Day Tour Ávila and Segovia from Madrid with Tickets to Monuments Included

Full Day Tour Ávila and Segovia from Madrid with Tickets to Monuments Included

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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$91.77
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$91.77
Exploring Avila and Segovia—two of Spain’s oldest cities—from Madrid in a day can be tricky without a self-drive car. This full-day coach tour is the easy option, with the added bonus of a guide to chart the cities’ history, and included walking tours and entry fees. Check out Avila’s walls, Cathedral, and Basilica; and then continue to Segovia to take in its towering Roman aqueduct, Alcazar, and Cathedral.
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* A traveler said: "The best part of the tour was the guide, Paco was sweet and shared so much knowledge with us! His passion for his country was undeniable! He was courteous & respectful of everyone. I have had two tours in Madrid with this company and both guides were top notch, the best and I have done many tours! The cities were beautiful and full of history."


Day trip to Cuenca and the Enchanted City from Madrid

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Day trip to Cuenca and the Enchanted City from Madrid

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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$69.90
$82.23
$12.33 savings
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$82.23
$12.33 savings
Experience the medieval city that looms high over two river gorges on this full-day, guided tour to UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cuenca. Walk among the narrow, stacked houses that seem to hang on the cliff’s edge in this city surrounded by stunning nature. Enjoy stops at a countryside winery and the Enchanted City where strange geological formations stand in the natural landscape.
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* A traveler said: "Guide was very good. Scenery was amazing, and lunch was delightful. I would definitely recommend. The Enchanted Forest is unbelievable."


El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$72.70
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$72.70
Discover Spanish history on a guided half-day visit from Madrid to the monastery of El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen monument. Accompanied by a guide, delve into the history of the religious El Escorial complex and discover why it was considered the eighth wonder of the world. Then see the sculptures at the Valley of the Fallen monument built to honor those who died during the Spanish Civil War.
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* A traveler said: "Concise and to the point!! Perfect in terms of timing for kids with a short attention span! Walking distance was comfortable."


Madrid City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off

Madrid City Tour Hop-On Hop-Off

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1958
  • 1 hour to 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$28.60
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$28.60
A hop-on hop-off Madrid sightseeing tour by open-top double-decker bus is the perfect introduction to this incredible city. Select a 1- or 2-day ticket that lets you board and disembark at any of the stops along two interconnecting routes, so you can explore city sights at your own pace. Hear onboard audio commentary and check out Madrid’s many plazas, museums, and theaters with the provided map and guidebook.
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* A traveler said: "We were able to use only one of our two days, but it was excellent. We were able to see the city in a nutshell and in a short period of time. Due to the Coronavirus, we were not able to continue our trip, therefore we could not use the second day but they refunded 50 % of our ticket. Thank you."


El Escorial Monastery and Valley of the Fallen Day Trip from Madrid

El Escorial Monastery and Valley of the Fallen Day Trip from Madrid

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40
  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$67.93
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$67.93
Take time out of your Madrid trip to visit the monastery of El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen. This day trip provides fast-track access to El Escorial, the vast Renaissance monastery and UNESCO World Heritage Site. You also receive fast-track access to the Valley of the Fallen monument, located in the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range and built in honor of those fallen during the Spanish civil war.
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* A traveler said: "This tour was the perfect way to reach these historic sites outside Madrid. The group size was ideal. Our guide, Jose, was knowledgeable and friendly. He was always willing to answer questions and share information. We highly recommend this tour."


Discover Toledo at Your Own Pace

Discover Toledo at Your Own Pace

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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$32.18
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$32.18
Experience the city of three cultures on this full-day excursion to Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the architectural and cultural legacy of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian people who each inhabited this city. Use your free time to visit the Cathedral of Toledo, the Santa María la Blanca Synagogue, walk the narrow streets of the Jewish Quarter, and more.
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* A traveler said: "Enrique was a great guide; provided us with a walking route to cover main attractions. Smooth bus ride, on time."


Toledo and Segovia from Madrid with Priority Access to Alcazar of Segovia
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$72.70
Discover two of Spain's most stunning, celebrated heritage cities during this two-for-one, full-day tour of Toledo and Segovia. Enjoy introductory guided tours in both cities, including drinks and tapas in Segovia and special access to the Alcazar. The rest of the time, visit at your own pace, exploring UNESCO-listed attractions at your leisure.
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Toledo Full Day on your Own with Walking Tour and Tourist Wristband Included
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$47.67
See the best of UNESCO–listed Toledo with ease on this sightseeing tour from Madrid. With free round-trip transport from central Madrid plus admission fees to key sites included, enjoy a blend of guided and independent exploration in Toledo. With your tourist wristband in place, gain admission to top attractions including the Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, the Mosque of Cristo de la Luz, and more.
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* A traveler said: "My sister and I were lost, and he came to get us. Very informative tour, kind and interesting. Would definitely recommend this tour!"


Segovia Half day from Madrid with Optional Toledo or Escorial visits

Segovia Half day from Madrid with Optional Toledo or Escorial visits

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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$58.40
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$58.40
Go back in time and see one of Spain’s most magnificent castles on this guided tour to historic and beautiful Segovia with transportation on an air-conditioned coach included. In this ancient city, see the preserved Roman Aqueduct and Gothic cathedral and visit the Alcázar fortress and castle. Choose the option to spend the morning exploring Toledo or Escorial before carrying on to Segovia.  
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* A traveler said: "Being able to visit three of Spain's top treasured sights in one day is as the Spaniards say, "honey on the lips." It's only an appetizer of the many marvels found in each location but definitely worth it if short on time. See the Roman aqueduct in Segovia and the often referred to as Disney's castle-- the Alcazar. Visit the magnificent library and royal mausoleum in El Escorial. Be amazed by the labyrinthine streets of ancient Toledo and its spectacular cathedral. Well worth the full day of magnificent sights!"


Wine Tasting Small Group Tour from Madrid

Wine Tasting Small Group Tour from Madrid

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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$143.01
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$143.01
Visit 3 wineries and taste more than 10 wines in Madrid Wine Region (D.O Vinos de Madrid). Escape the metropolitan mayhem of Madrid in favor of the verdant vineyards of Vinos de Madrid on a full-day Spanish wine tour. Accompanied by an accomplished guide, explore the beautiful wine-making region and learn about complex production processes in atmospheric wine cellars, known as bodegas. Sample signature wines grown in the area and gain fascinating insight into the culinary heritage of Spain’s capital city on this enriching epicurean tour.
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* A traveler said: "Enrique was awesome and knowledgeable. Definitely recommend the tour. Madrid country side is absolutely beautiful."


Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Guided Tour for Maximum of 6 People in English

Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Guided Tour for Maximum of 6 People in English

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128
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$48.52
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$48.52
This tour goes through the Prado Museum highlights. There are more than one thousand paintings inside (no, we didn't make a mistake, that's the truth), so we can't explore it all, nevertheless, we provide the base for you to go on your own after the visit. That's why we like to describe this as a didactic tour. However, if you're an Art Pro, we've got good news: since we're going to be only 4 people, you can choose what to see and make requests, and that's why we like to describe this as a flexible tour. If you are coming in a bigger group, send a mail and we'll arrange the visit.
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* A traveler said: "Great introduction to the Prado I found Fernando to be highly knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour Would certainly recommend this tour"


Toledo Full Day Tour from Madrid Including Cathedral admission

Toledo Full Day Tour from Madrid Including Cathedral admission

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21
  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$77.47
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$77.47
Immerse yourself in the stunning hilltop scenery and historic landmarks of Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage site, during this 9-hour sightseeing trip from Madrid. Marvel at the gigantic, gothic-style Prime Cathedral and admire the El Greco painting at the Church of Saint Tomé. You’ll also learn about Toledo’s historic blend of Muslim, Christian and Jewish culture at landmarks like the Synagogue of Ste. Maria la Blanca and Cristo de la Luz Mosque. Finish your day with a panoramic bus ride, offering superb views from across the river. A local guide and pickup from select hotels are also included.
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* A traveler said: "We thoroughly enjoyed our very full day in Toledo, comfortable bus, excellent guide. I would use this tour group for other tours."


Skip-The-Line Early Entrance Tour of the Royal Palace of Madrid

Skip-The-Line Early Entrance Tour of the Royal Palace of Madrid

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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$47.67
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$47.67
Discover the grandiose Royal Palace of Madrid with special early access and a guided tour. For a glimpse of the palace at its most spectacular, arrive before the doors open to the public, then learn the secrets of the enormous palace, whose 2,800 rooms overflow with masterpiece artwork, period décor, and architectural detail. This Royal Palace tour includes skip-the-line early admission tickets to the Royal Palace.
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* A traveler said: "Excellent tour guide very knowledgeable of the history. The palace is beautiful and rich with history. A must see when visiting Madrid"


Wine Day Guided Tour to Ribera del Duero from Madrid

Wine Day Guided Tour to Ribera del Duero from Madrid

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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$196.64
Price varies by group size
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$196.64
Price varies by group size
Sample the unique history and renowned wine producers of Ribera del Duero during this 10.5-hour trip from Madrid. Stop by three wineries during your trip, each of which offers a different setting mixing modern, traditional and medieval architecture, to taste the vintages from one of the most famous wine regions in the world. Get an in-depth look at wine production and harvesting during one stop and also have time to explore this ancient region’s wealth of medieval villages and castles. An expert guide, plus seasonal lunch, entrance fees, tastings and transport are included.
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* A traveler said: "Very educational and fun. Great atmosphere in a small group. Jorge, the guide was very knowledgeable. We visited three complete different wineries and we learned a lot about the wine making process."


Madrid Tapas and Wine Tasting Tour

Madrid Tapas and Wine Tasting Tour

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852
  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$89.38
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$89.38
Discover Madrid’s vibrant culinary scene on a delicious tapas tour. Stroll through the evening-lit streets with a guide and sample delicious tapas dishes at popular restaurants while learning about the local ingredients. Treat your palette to delicious Spanish wines complemented by items like Iberian ham, salted cod, rich chickpea stew and more. To keep this experience intimate, group size is limited to 12 people.
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* A traveler said: "Carlos was a wonderful tour guide and made sure everyone had a great time. I liked the diversity of the different places he took us to. I would highly recommend this tour! Lynne Denver CO"


El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen & Toledo Day Tour from Madrid

El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen & Toledo Day Tour from Madrid

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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$112.03
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$112.03
Journey through Spain’s history as you visit two UNESCO-listed attractions on this full-day tour from Madrid. Explore the grand Monastery of El Escorial, once a royal residence built by King Philip II, then learn more about the Spanish Civil War as you walk around the impressive Valley of the Fallen. Finally, admire the striking architecture and historic monuments of mountaintop Toledo.
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* A traveler said: "We enjoyed the visit the tour guide was excellent and the timing was superb. We highly recommend this tour"


Highlights of Madrid by Bike

Highlights of Madrid by Bike

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333
  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.79
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$29.79
Admire the spectacular sights of Spain’s vibrant capital on a bicycle tour of Madrid. With a knowledgeable guide, cycle at a leisurely pace to important monuments like Plaza Mayor and the Royal Palace of Madrid. Stop intermittently to listen to illuminating commentary from your expert guide, and to capture photographs of Madrid’s historical and architectural highlights. All safety equipment is included on this tour.
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* A traveler said: "Nicolas was a great guide. Really enjoyed cycling through Madrid city and learning about t city’s rich and cultural history. Highly recommend it."


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