Once just a sleepy little resort town 28 mi (45 km) northwest of Madrid, San Lorenzo de El Escorial now hosts thousands of tourists coming in throngs to see the famous royal monastery. In addition to being home to an order of monks, this attraction ... 

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

It was everything it promised. We purchased the lunch, and we were pleasantly surprised! Yum!

Doing what: Madrid Super Saver: El Escorial Monastery and Toledo Day Trip from Madrid

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

Well worth doing. Excellent guide and informative. Franco's basilica at Valley of the Fallen very disturbing but a must see. Hard to imagine that people actually worship in this austere forbidding environment. Would be a much too long day to add Toledo onto the afternoon.

Doing what: El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

It is very good

Doing what: Madrid Card

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2015

This tour was amazing!

Doing what: Madrid Card

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2015

Considering all of the perks associated with this card, it was well worth the amount. Definitely got my money's worth and would recommend it to anyone with a particular interest in the museums and exhibits.

Doing what: Madrid Card

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2015

The best part of this tour is El Escorial Monastery. This should be seen by everyone. I could have done without The Valley of the Fallen which is basically a monument a giant cross atop a hill where there are suppose to be thousands of people who were killed in the Spanish Civil War from both sides which you do not see their tombs or burial spot and where General Franco a Spanish dictator of that time is also buriedwhich you see his burial spot. Without the Valley of the Fallen tour, I would have rated this a 5 star.

Doing what: El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2015

The Madrid Card was nice and handy to enter certain museums and places quicker but not all the places listed for it use were located in Madrid or even in the center of Madrid. The Madrid Card book was useful and the directions how to get to the different places were included in the book. But some things listed for use of the Madrid Card were free or had very cheap entrance fee. You may be spending more buying the card than paying the entrance fees if you only see a few places but if you see a lot of places within the period of time you selected then it could be a bargain.

Doing what: Madrid Card

mollyzr1
United States of America

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2015

El Escorial is one of my favorite sites to visit in Spain. This was my 4th visit, but my husband's first. For 25 years, I've been telling him how incredible the library is, and we did not get to go into the library. We were very disappointed. Otherwise the tour was great. Our guide was knowledgable and presented all the information in English, Italian, and Spanish clearly.

Doing what: El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

3 star rating: Worth doing
May 2015

The places are amazing. However, the tour guide Isabel had a bad attitude. Plus this tour agency, doesn't use radios for this tours and the groups are too big.

Doing what: Madrid Super Saver: El Escorial Monastery and Toledo Day Trip from Madrid

3 star rating: Worth doing
May 2015

Great sights. These are definitely worth visiting as a side trip from Madrid.

I'm not giving a higher rating because of the service provided by the tour operator. The tour seemed a bit rushed at each sight. Also, we did not visit all of the rooms at El Escorial which were mentioned in the description on the tour webpage the library is one example. The tour guide never mentioned anything about us not being able to visit certain areas for some unforeseen reason either. Considering how much I was looking forward to this tour, along with my passion for visiting historic sights, this left me feeling my experience was incomplete. This came up in a conversation I had with some other folks on the tour.

I sent a message to the tour operator after the tour explaining my experience, but I still have not received a response.

Doing what: El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

3 star rating: Worth doing
May 2015

The tour was very good but having the guide speak in three languages was very annoying. We took a trip to Toledo the next day and the guide just spoke Spanish and English. It was much better.

Doing what: El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
May 2015

Virtually no information was provided about the second stop - El Valle de Los Caidos.

Doing what: El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
May 2015

Felt completely rushed, very impersonal. Not at all what I expected based on the description.

Doing what: Madrid Super Saver: El Escorial Monastery and Toledo Day Trip from Madrid

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
May 2015

Felt completely rushed, very impersonal. Not at all what I expected based on the description.

Doing what: Madrid Super Saver: El Escorial Monastery and Toledo Day Trip from Madrid

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
May 2015

Felt completely rushed, very impersonal. Not at all what I expected based on the description.

Doing what: Madrid Super Saver: El Escorial Monastery and Toledo Day Trip from Madrid

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
May 2015

Felt completely rushed, very impersonal. Not at all what I expected based on the description.

Doing what: Madrid Super Saver: El Escorial Monastery and Toledo Day Trip from Madrid

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
May 2015

Felt completely rushed, very impersonal. Not at all what I expected based on the description.

Doing what: Madrid Super Saver: El Escorial Monastery and Toledo Day Trip from Madrid

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
May 2015

Felt completely rushed, very impersonal. Not at all what I expected based on the description.

Doing what: Madrid Super Saver: El Escorial Monastery and Toledo Day Trip from Madrid

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
May 2015

Felt completely rushed, very impersonal. Not at all what I expected based on the description.

Doing what: Madrid Super Saver: El Escorial Monastery and Toledo Day Trip from Madrid

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
May 2015

Felt completely rushed, very impersonal. Not at all what I expected based on the description.
The office where you meet was cramped with way too many people. The tour was okay but not as great as the description made it sound. Also they did a Spanish/English tour. Translating back and forth, it was annoying and felt they should do one tour per language.

Doing what: Madrid Super Saver: El Escorial Monastery and Toledo Day Trip from Madrid

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
May 2015

Felt completely rushed, very impersonal. Not at all what I expected based on the description.
The office where you meet was cramped with way too many people. The tour was okay but not as great as the description made it sound. Also they did a Spanish/English tour. Translating back and forth, it was annoying and felt they should do one tour per language.

Doing what: Madrid Super Saver: El Escorial Monastery and Toledo Day Trip from Madrid

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
May 2015

Felt completely rushed, very impersonal. Not at all what I expected based on the description.
The office where you meet was cramped with way too many people. The tour was okay but not as great as the description made it sound. Also they did a Spanish/English tour. Translating back and forth, it was annoying and felt they should do one tour per language.

Doing what: Madrid Super Saver: El Escorial Monastery and Toledo Day Trip from Madrid

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
May 2015

Felt completely rushed, very impersonal. Not at all what I expected based on the description.
The office where you meet was cramped with way too many people. The tour was okay but not as great as the description made it sound. Also they did a Spanish/English tour. Translating back and forth, it was annoying and felt they should do one tour per language.

Doing what: Madrid Super Saver: El Escorial Monastery and Toledo Day Trip from Madrid

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
May 2015

Felt completely rushed, very impersonal. Not at all what I expected based on the description.
The office where you meet was cramped with way too many people. The tour was okay but not as great as the description made it sound. Also they did a Spanish/English tour. Translating back and forth, it was annoying and felt they should do one tour per language.

Doing what: Madrid Super Saver: El Escorial Monastery and Toledo Day Trip from Madrid

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
May 2015

Felt completely rushed, very impersonal. Not at all what I expected based on the description.
The office where you meet was cramped with way too many people. The tour was okay but not as great as the description made it sound. Also they did a Spanish/English tour. Translating back and forth, it was annoying and felt they should do one tour per language.

Doing what: Madrid Super Saver: El Escorial Monastery and Toledo Day Trip from Madrid

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