Come with us to discover the artistic treasures in Toledo! This interactive family activity in this fascinating medieval town will be a day to remember. Children will learn about the history of this magical place as we wander through the maze of narrow streets and enter beautiful churches, mosques and synagogues looking for knights, princesses, fantastic monsters, castles, dragons ... and much more!

Located 42 miles south of Madrid, Toledo is easily reached by bus within 45 minutes.  Together, we will explore this perfectly-preserved walled city for 5 hours, deciphering the history and the legacy of the Middle Ages.  We have created our own didactic materials for this unique treasure hunt, which is designed to foster children's curiosity and stimulate their visual memory as we unravel the complex history of this UNESCO heritage site, which was once home to Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities. 

As we walk across the dense urban fabric of Toledo, we will discuss the culture of tolerance amongst these different groups as well as the importance of this city in Spanish and European history.  Our itinerary includes the Jewish quarter and the imposing Cathedral, and we will make sure we have some time to sample some of the delicious local specialties.  Children and adults alike will remain actively engaged throughout this fantastic treasure hunt- this is simply the best way to see Toledo as family! 

This private, 5 hour half-day trip to Toledo is an intensive learning experience.  This excursion will be led by Dr. Almudena Cros, an Art History professor (BA, MA, PhD Warwick University, UK).  Almudena is a qualified art historian specialised in the Middle Ages, with over 10-years' experience working with children and leading family tours in different countries.  Dr. Cros has worked as a primary school teacher assistant at the American Elementary School in Benjamin Franklin Village (Mannheim), where she taught Spanish and History of Art through visual media, and also as a family art workshop docent at CaixaForum Madrid, where her position involved introducing Art History concepts to young children and stimulating their artistic creativity.  As a parent herself, she knows how to keep children engaged and focused throughout this treasure hunt.  You can rest assured that your experience will be culturally enriching for all the members of your family.  

Length: 5 hours.  Maximum group size: 6 people. 


Prices:
The flat fee for this day trip is 310 euros for a family unit of up to 6 people if we travel by bus, or 320 euros if we travel by train.

Entrance tickets to the Cathedral: 10 euros per person - not included in the price.  Entrance is free for children under 12 years of age.
Admission tickets to sites: 11 euros per person – not included in the price.  Entrance to sites is free for children under 10 years of age.
Transportation to Toledo: 10 euros return ticket per person travelling by bus - not included in the price.  Alternatively, we could travel by train (20 euros return train ticket per person). Public transportation is free for children under 4 years of age.

Please remember to bring your passports to qualify for free admission to the Sephardic Museum (over 65 years old, children under 18 or students under 26 with a valid College or University ID) and to the various sites which offer concessions for children. 

Please calculate a total expense of around 30 euros per adult to cover your bus ticket and admission fees, and 40 euros if travelling by train.

No hidden charges: 21% VAT included in our prices.


Available days and starting times:
Please note that advance booking is required and that although we are flexible and can often accommodate last-minute bookings, it is best to book early to avoid disappointment. These are our suggested days and times:

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays: departing from Madrid at 9:00 and returning by 16:30.

* You are welcome to stay in Toledo for as long as you wish.  Your return bus ticket is good for any bus heading to Madrid that day, and it is the most convenient way to travel.  If you prefer to use the train, we will send you instructions on how to purchase your train tickets.
* Toledo is very hilly and there is a lot of intensive walking involved, so please bear this in mind and wear comfortable shoes.
* Toledo is a great place for photographs, so make sure you bring your camera.
* We accept 2 families travelling together as a group, as soon as the maximum number is 8.  That way, you can save money by splitting the costs of the tour between you.

To enquire about booking a Toledo for Children Tour, click here.

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