Here is a selection of the most recent reviews of the Toledo Half-Day or Full-Day Trip from Madrid submitted by actual travelers. Read what travelers liked, what they loved, and what they thought could be improved.
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Though it was raining in Madrid and Toledo, the tour guides: Anna and Maria were determined to show us everything in these two historic cities. The tour guides were very knowledgeable of these two cities and its history, culture and the great civilization that has flourished there for centuries.Reviewed by: taj s, December 2013
Loved Toledo and its panoramic sites. However tour guide was on a time schedule and unable to do any shopping.Reviewed by: victoria f, November 2013
The tour was very interesting
Just a shame the tour guide spoke on her mobile a lot ignoring the party plus smoking i think it's very unproffesional
Better to go ourselves. The trip was too fast, not so much possibilities to visit, at this part of year too early getting dark. Two languages Spanish and English very difficult to get additional information’s because guide needed time to translate. In general guide was not interested in group, rather in a private conversations by phone. And instead of visiting additional places or give us a time for yourself in a city, necessary shopping in a dedicated factory:)
I do not recommend this half day trip to Toledo!
I took the full-day tour and it was the biggest disappointment I have encountered with Viator. The operator is the most unprofessional tour company. For starters, the bus was 30 minutes late. Nobody would tell us what was going on or why. When we were hearded out the door, the woman leading us lit up a cigarette on her first step outside. We then had to walk down to a busy intersection under a bridge where the smell of diesel fumes was unbearable. The reason the bus was late was that someone at the first pick-up location was late. I'm sorry, if the rest of the bus can get there on time, that person should be held accountable or leave without them.
The walking in Toledo was not as tough as advertised and was too slow for me. I could have probably stopped to get a drink along the way if I had wanted and still made it to the location before the rest of the group.
Toledo is a city where three cultures existed peacefully for centuries, which was the main reason I paid for the tour. While we did see a little of the Jewish Quarter and Moorish influence, the tour was still focused too heavily on Christianity/Catholic churches. One can get Catholic churches anywhere in Europe so it was a letdown we didn't spend more time in the synagogues.
Toledo is also known for Marzapan and pottery from nearby Talavera. Unfortunately, there was no opportunity to buy either. Instead, we were forced into a tourist trap of "artisans" which was of no interest to anyone on our tour. The items were overpriced and rather boring and few people bought anything.
It was not worth the cost or the time. I gave the tour one star because there was no ability to give it zero.