George was great. We really enjoyed our time and he took the time to newer all our questions.
A great trip; morning Escoreal and Valle de los Caides, afternoon Toledo. A little pity: the two hour lunchstop in Madrid. Better would be directly from Valle de los Caides to Toledo and have the lunch for overweighted tourists there. We would have had two more hours for sightseeing in Toledo.
While El Escorial was informative rather than impressive, Valley of the Fallen was a learning experience. The guide was perfectly discrete on this controversial topic (most of the group was from Spain) she helped us to draw our own conclusions. Still it was an important topic to experience in Spain, as 40 recent years of history were under Franco. the monument itself - dynamited deep into a rock mountain - gives you an idea of his...power. poor guide - there was 1 French woman in the group who raged about not having her tour in French - the guide repeated all in Spanish, Italian and English. timing was perfect, it was the only palace tour with 'furniture' and treasures. I still Wonder about the bed canopy made of pineapples...Amelia was the guide. forbid us to eat or drink on the bus which no other guide on 3 other Julia Tours did, but she was wonderfully professional . a great starting point for the history of Spain both recent and past.
Tour was good. The guide was very knowledgeable.
it was very good, i would recomend this tour if you don't have a lot of time in Madrid.
Guide was excellent. He explained about as much for the Spanish speakers as the English speakers. We had an excellent English speaking guide for inside El Escorial as the group was split by language. As a mining engineer I found the underground basilica at Valley of the Fallen quite incredible. How were such a large opening constructed in the 1940-50s? Forget the politics.
The experience could have been much better, should add transportation to the card even charge a little more.
Doing what: Madrid Card
This is a must see if you are visiting Madrid and was an easy day trip to make. I was disappointed however to find out that they do not allow you take pictures inside the Monastery. I signed up for English tour but they put us into a tour that was done in both English and Spanish. I think it was because they did not have enough to fill either group. No explanation was given. Even though our guide was good, I did not really like that I had to listen through a language I did not understand. I felt it took time away from hearing more in English.
Best trip ever
This was really a waste of time and money. Maybe since we travelled in late September, there were short lines and tickets were easy to purchase. The team at the kiosk in the airport were very rude. I would not do this again.
Doing what: Madrid Card
This was advertised as a day trip, but it was actually two half-day trips. At the end of the visit to El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen, you are taken back to Madrid for a very ordinary lunch and 'free time'. You then go back to the pick-up point at Plaza Espana and set off for Toledo. El Escorial is very impressive, but you are not allowed to take photos inside and we were given no time at all for taking photos of the exterior - which was quite disappointing, particularly as we were given more time than needed at the Valley of the Fallen. That is an amazing monument, and it still gives the Spanish some angst. Lunch back in Madrid was probably the worst we had on any of our day trips where it was included. I am sure Toledo had lots to see, but if it did then we didn't see it. We spent a lot of time in a big souvenir store, which no doubt gave a kickback to the tour operators.
El Escorial was very interesting!
Valley of the Fallen isn't worthwhile the visit if it were just for itself.
The guide for Madrid Sightseeing could have been a better English speaker.
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