A great experience.
Overall I thought the tour was great. The explanations given by the guide were interesting and were in Spanish and English. As I understood both, I would say there was no difference between the two explanations. There was something a bit reserved about how the guide answered the questions, but she did answer all questions, so it was just a feeling. I do think El Escorial deserves more time. The same for Valley of the Fallen to enjoy the surroundings as well and have a bit more time for a coffee or something like that. I would be great if there would be an option for a longer tour.
Very nice tour. We enjoyed having Nuria as a guide. Very knowledgeable.
Took this half day tour on September 29th. We were a big group and once we reached The Escorial we had to be split in two groups to go inside. I ended up with a very interesting guide, to say the least! Had a lot of info about the spanish history and current events! Great views from the Valley of the Fallen.
Overall I enjoyed this tour a lot, but it's true the departure office gets crowded and there are many groups leaving about the same time. Don't arrive at the last minute, give yourself plenty of time AND pay attention to the name of the tour to depart and you'll be ok.
The guide was good but too many people
Not as advertised regarding El Escorial. Saw less than half of what was promised. El Escorial is a major attraction. If you want to see it all don't take this tour.
Interesting learning about my Spanish background.Our guide spoke great English and was very friendly and informatative.
Excellent organisation, transport and guide. Trip represents good value for money. Happy to use aviator again.
Everything was great the guide was pleasant and professional. The tour left on time and came back on time. The bus transportation was clean and comfortable. Terrific and interesting tour well worth the visit.
The drive was narreted and at el escorial de group was split in english or spanish speakers. Be reminded no photos inside, the same goes for valley of the fallen. The sights are worth of a daytrip
We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and would highly recommend.
Wonderful tour. Valley of the Fallen was exceptional.
The tour guide we had on that day was very informative when we went to El Escorial Monastery and Valley of the Fallen.
However when we continued on with a city tour around Madrid, it wasn't too good. The tour guide we had was not very clear and felt like he was rushing through his itinerary. We also asked him several questions but failed to explain well.
The tour attraction is great, the scenery is fabulous. Just beware, Toledo have many interchange between street and many others tour also. We got lost in Toledo and could not find the tour leader. We end up calling the Julien Travel to locate the tour guide. Luckily, the tour guide still there, we were to meet her up again at designated place suggested.
Travel Office disorganised on morning of departure. - Due to poor communication by the guide, we were almost left behind. Guide too rushed. Otherwise O.K.
The trip to the El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen was amazing. No-one who visits Spain should miss seeing the monument built by Franco to honour the fallen of the Spanish Civil War and his own ego The half day walking tour of Toledo gives a great overview of the city. The guides were excellent - enough detail to be interesting, without overloading you with facts. All in all, money well spent
El Escorial is a beautiful structure.
The Valley of the Fallen is something you have to see to understand the scale of the place, it is enormous.
It is hard to think of the majesty of the setting and the grander of the basilica, and know that it was all done on orders of Franco, for his mausoleum, and was done with concentration camp labor. Truly a place to see and to contemplate.
The Aranjuez place is magnificent
We enjoyed the tour very much. The check-in process could perhaps be staggered a bit as quite a few tours left from the same location at approximately the same time. Once we were finally sorted out and aboard the appropriate buses, the day flowed well.
Great day, well spent outside Madrid. Roughly equal time were given to both Escorial and Valley, but while the Valley was great for Franco period history, and set in a stunning valley amidst pine covered mountains, more time should be allotted to the Escorial - didn't have enough time to look at the many El Grecos there. The Royal Crypt in the Escorial is especially fascinating, and the guide provided interesting information.
We had a very good Guide, Carmen. She has humor, and does not overload you with facts and numbers but still tells you everything that is important.
It is a quick tour. Decided to change the afternoon city tour to a Toledo tour. The guide was also good.
The places were definitely worth the visit. Poor communication at Julia's travel. Guide did her best to work with a large group. We were the only couple who spoke English and part of the on- time minority. Most of the communication was in Spanish.
The tour guide, Nuria, had no clue regarding the age group 50 she was dealing with. She rushed through EVERYTHING! She spent very little time with the English speaking tour members and70 of the time with the Hispanic group members. It appeared she was rushing through the tour to get to the lunch she had planned with other tour members. We were extremely disappointed with her approach. Several tour members attempted to ask questions, but she ignored them, keeping to what appeared to be a memorized script. People left the tour out of frustration.
Very confused check in arrangements - large number of people thronging the tour operators office, no instructions given as to where to wait, no clear call from the tour leader. I discovered where to go by watching others who had a similar coloured ticket to my own.
The tour commentary in English was less detailed than the one given in Spanish.
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