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Madrid: Horse Riding in Sierra del Guadarrama National Park

1. Madrid: Horse Riding in Sierra del Guadarrama National Park

Following a pickup from the meeting point north of Madrid, head towards the Sierra del Guadarrama National Park. Then enjoy a trail ride in the beautiful park offering an array of wildlife, historic monuments, and stunning mountain scenery. No matter if you're a beginner or an experienced rider, the horse riding adventure is suitable for all levels. Located in the countryside, you will come across unspoiled settings, hotels, and restaurants where you can rest and recover your strength after the horse ride. Get off the beaten track and discover breathtaking sights along the way, such as the Monastery of El Escorial, La Granja de San Ildefonso or the city of Segovia.

From Madrid: Old Town Toledo Tour with Optional Activities

2. From Madrid: Old Town Toledo Tour with Optional Activities

Stroll through the medieval streets of Toledo on a guided walking tour. Spend some free time roaming the streets. Add on a skip-the-line bracelet to access up to 7 of the city’s iconic monuments or choose the option with a ziplining adventure.  Board the tour bus in Madrid at midday and embark on the journey to the historic city of Toledo. Take in panoramic views of the outskirts of the city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Listed Site and has a history dating back to 59 BC.  Be welcomed by your guide then set out on a guided walk through the city's picturesque Old Town. Visit some of the main streets and squares of the city as you learn about Toledo’s vast history from your guide. Explore the city at your own pace after the walking tour and discover the sites and attractions that appeal to you most. Admire the Gothic architecture at the Cathedral of St. Mary, see the Synagogue of Santa Maria l Blanca, or head to the Old Moorish Mosque of Cristo de la Luz. Enhance your trip with the option for a thrilling zip-line adventure. Add some excitement to the day and soar like a bird on the longest urban zip-line in Europe, which provides unparalleled views of the city.  Select the option of a skip-the-line bracelet to access up to 7 of the city’s iconic monuments, including the above-mentioned religious sites. Return to your meeting point in Madrid by bus at the end of your tour. 

From Madrid: Hot Air Balloon over Toledo with Brunch

3. From Madrid: Hot Air Balloon over Toledo with Brunch

Soar over Toledo with this group hot air balloon ride. Be picked up at your accommodation in Madrid and relax as you drive for an 1 hour and 15 minutes to Toledo. Enjoy Wi-Fi onboard until you arrive at your take-off spot in Toledo. Lift-off and see the sunrise with breathtaking views of this historical city. Have your camera ready to capture bird’s-eye views of a city with more than 3000 years of history. Listen to your pilot tell you more about this facinating city. After a smooth landing, take part in a typical Spanish breakfast followed by a celebratory glass of Cava and a flight certificate signed by your Pilot. Transfer back to Madrid, or stay and discover the medieval city and return on your own.

From Madrid: P14 Hot Air Balloon over Segovia with Transfer

4. From Madrid: P14 Hot Air Balloon over Segovia with Transfer

Sail through the air over Segovia on a hot-air balloon tour, and take in the colorful Spanish landscape below. Enjoy the adventure knowing you'll be driven worry-free to and from your hotel. After being picked up at your accommodation in Madrid, sit back and enjoy the short drive to Segovia. Relax in a modern luxury vehicle with wi-fi onboard. When you arrive your pilot will be ready to take you into the atmosphere. Have your camera ready to capture bird’s-eye views of the Alcázar, a 12th century fortification built on a rocky outcrop. Take pictures of the old city and the ancient aqueduct built by the Romans in the year 118. Listen to your pilot talk about the landmarks, and see why Segovia was designated World Heritage City for its unique beauty. After a smooth landing, break for a typical Spanish breakfast. Celebrate with a glass of Cava and a flight certificate personally signed by your pilot. Finally, transfer to Madrid Center, or if you prefer, stay and discover Segovia and return to Madrid on your own.

From Madrid: Toledo Tour & Zip Line Experience

5. From Madrid: Toledo Tour & Zip Line Experience

Visit the historical city of Toledo on a day trip from Madrid. The city itself is like an immense museum, home to some of Spain’s top monuments. Toledo is also known as the City of 3 Cultures, as for an extended period Christian, Islamic and Jewish residents lived together peacefully within its walls. Its old Gothic and Renaissance architecture and narrow streets and alleys, along with its well-preserved condition has led to its listing as a National Monument, and as a World Heritage City by UNESCO.  If you prefer to discover Toledo on your own, you can visit the city at your leisure and discover its important monuments and historic neighborhoods. Take a comfortable ride on the Tourist Train to see the sights of Toledo and enjoy commentary about the city's history along the way. Discover the longest zip line in Europe and enjoy this unique experience in a breathtaking setting.

From Madrid: Segovia Hot Air Balloon and Optional City Tour

6. From Madrid: Segovia Hot Air Balloon and Optional City Tour

Experience the UNESCO World Heritage site of Segovia from the sky and the ground in a hot air balloon and a guided walking tour. Fly over the Cathedral and Alcázar Real before exploring the Aqueduct with a local guide. Begin your day with a comfortable, early morning ride from Madrid to Segovia for an early morning hot air balloon flight. Arrive in time to see the inflation of the balloon and receive instructions from your pilot before taking off. During the 1-hour flight, soar over the Aqueduct, Cathedral, and Alcázar Real at heights of up to 1,000 meters and learn how the balloon works from your pilot. After landing, enjoy champagne, breakfast, and a certificate. Once your tour has finished, receive pictures and videos from your flight. Depending on your option selected, continue the tour with a guided walking tour of the Roman Aqueduct, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Marvel at this historic 1st-century monument, considered Spain's most important example of Roman-era civil engineering. Next, see Spain's last built Gothic cathedral and the former royal palace and fortress, the Alcázar Rea. Stand on a cliff at the confluence of two rivers near the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range and enjoy the view of the fortress and rivers. At the end of your tour, enjoy some free time in Segovia for lunch. Ask your guide for tips on the best place to taste the typical cochinillo (roast suckling pig). After lunch, head back to the center of Madrid in a comfortable minibus.

From Madrid: Day Trip to Guadarrama National Park

7. From Madrid: Day Trip to Guadarrama National Park

Depart from Madrid and travel 40 minutes before arriving at the Guadarrama National Park. Discover a serene natural environment of extraordinary beauty as you take a guided walking tour of the park. Be accompanied by an expert local guide who will show you the most prominent highlights such as La Pedriza, Puerto de Navacerrada, Puerto de Cotos, and Puerto de la Morcuera. The Guadarrama National Park is the fourth largest national park in Spain and home to 11 distinct ecosystems. Learn about some of the 1,280 animal species who live in the park, including deer, wild boar, Iberian wolf, roe deer, fallow deer, mountain goats, badgers, several mustelids, wildcats, foxes, and hares. The park also hosts more than 1,500 native plants and thirty different types of vegetation.

Paragliding Tandem Flight from Madrid

8. Paragliding Tandem Flight from Madrid

First, you will the necessary instructions from the pilot. It’s quite simple, the pilot lifts the glider off the ground and all you have to dois try to run forward without sitting or jumping. If there is little wind, you won’t even have to run. You don’t need any training or any physical condition to paraglide! Takeoffs are on grassy slopes without too much inclination. The tandem flights are usually done in two different areas (depending on the wind's direction): Cebreros and the mountain pass of Somosierra. The distance from Madrid to any of these sites is about 90/100 km. The flights are between 600/800 vertical meters. The flight time depends solely on the strength of the wind at the time of takeoff. Typically flights last from 15-25 minutes, but in the worst case, if there was no wind, it will take about 10-12 minutes.

Madrid: Axe Throwing Challenge

9. Madrid: Axe Throwing Challenge

What better way to meet new people and share a unique experience than taking on the newest challenge in Madrid? Reserve a place in a shared target and let the fun begin.   During each 55-minute session, an experienced trainer will explain the technique and safety instructions. After 15 minutes of practice, test your aim in a series of challenges before the real competition begins. Surprises and gifts are awarded to the 4 best shooters in the room.

Madrid: Trail Running Day Trip

10. Madrid: Trail Running Day Trip

Enjoy this unique opportunity to see more of what the Madrid area has to offer runners and adventurers! You will be picked up from your Madrid area hotel and transported 45 minutes from the city-center into the beautiful Spanish landscape, including and not limited to the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park. You will be able to discuss your preferences before, and a trail route that fits precisely to your experience levels and desires will be arranged.  Trail options closer to Madrid are also available. For example, the beautiful year-round forest and low mountain areas of El Pardo are a mere 10-minute drive from the city center, and are a wonderful option for runners of all types. Don't hesitate, try some trail running as part of your Madrid experience!

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From the moment Eduardo collected me from the accommodation the experience was enjoyable. The flight was amazing, the pilot informative and entertaining, and the views were breathtaking. To top this off, the champagne breakfast afterwards was a delight and the small touches such as video and photos provided were the icing on the cake. Thoroughly recommend.

Javi is a great guide. Despite the harsh weather conditions he made the Sierra de Gaudarrama experience memorable. He’s very patient and ensure that you’re comfortable throughout. The van utilised for the trip is kept immaculate and super clean. I recommend this trip to anyone that would like to visit the Sierra de Guadarrama national park.

oh what a great experience! The eagle eye view of Segovia and the Alcazar in the morning with sun at the horizon. it's a spectacle to behold. The guides were fun and got us all involved in packing of hot air balloon by the end of the trip making it more immersive experience!

Awesome hike in the mountains. The panoramas are superb. The pure and fresh air is very appreciated at the end of a stay in Madrid… This excursion is really worth it if you like hiking! The guide is excellent and extremely friendly! We recommend without hesitation.

Amazing experience, Marino and his horses was very friendly and patient.