Tour guide was informative. Both sites are well worth the short trip.
Our guide was fantastic. She was so knowledgable and just made the whole experience. This tour was an A.
Great tour! Toledo is a jewell to visit
It was a good tour. The tour guide was great. She was very knowledgeable, friendly and had great energy. The only downside was that some traffic in Madrid in the morning really cut our tour short because the company was focused on getting some of the people back in time for a lunch. Disappointing!
This trip was well organised and informative. The only fault was that no coffee stop was offered during the whole journey apart from at the Valley of the fallen but meant that the visit was very rushed with the visitors having to make a choice between having a very quick drink or seeing the outside of the memorial
The excursion was very interesting and quite informative. But half of the day is not enough for Toledo, in my opinion.
The Monastery and the Civil War Memorial tour was good, if a bit rushed.
The Madrid tour should have been done on an open bus permitting panoramic wiew or/and more stops.
It is a great pity we did not see the huge cross on the top of the mountain because of heavy fog and mist on that day. I was fortunate I saw it for the first time in 1977 it is a reminder of the savagery and cruelty of the civil war when brothers were figting one another for a cause. The monastery visit was good as the guide gave a good account of the history. Some guests did not take note of her 'advice' not to take a bag or backpack to the interior of the monastery. One young woma had to go out again and deposited her bag in the locker room. The visit to the mausoleum is really awe-inspiring to see the once powerful kings and queens lying there in peace at last, reminding us the full life cycle of life- one needs to reflect on the issue of eternity in life.
A great experience.
Excellent tour of both sites. Guide very informative and approachable. Tour well organised.
I liked the balance... probably would have liked a little more time in the Valley of the Fallen.
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
Poor quality, disorganized, no time for pics, it was always running from this to this to that, do not book tours with this particular local tour operator, horribleeeee
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.
I visited El Escorial and Via de la Valle many years ago, and returned again this week- they are spectacular sites which I HIGHLY RECOMMEND for anyone visiting the Madrid area. The sites themselves are the reason that I am giving this review more than 1 star however, my experience with the local tour operator was disappointing. First, the travel agency is tiny, and after checking in at the front desk, there is very little room to wait except outside. When our tour guide arrived, Isobel, she barely called out what group was leaving on tour. If I had not been standing right next to her in this large group of 50 people outside, I would not have heard her. This caused a lot of chaos as people tried to get her attention to confirm what tour was leaving, and she was pretty ignorant of those questions. When someone from another group touched her on the shoulder to try to better get her attention, she snapped at them to not touch her. The group had different language needs, about 30 spanish speakers and 70 english speakers, and only one tour guide. I speak both languages, and while the information was comparable, it was not the same amount we would have gotten on a tour in a single language. Isobel definitely knew the history, but seemed to dismiss many facts as unimportant in her view, mentioning many times that she did not care much for Spanish monarchy, even though El Escorial's history is almost all about the monarchy. Another disadvantage was that in a group of 50, it was difficult to hear her throughout the tour as there were no headsets. There were many retired couples on our trip who had a difficult time hearing her, and it was nearly impossible to get her to repeat any information. One other tourist in our group remarked She doesn't care much about us, does she?. There was no time to stop and shop at El Escorial. She said nothing on the hour ride returning to Madrid. Definitely take the time to go and see these places, but I would recommend using a different tour.
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Absolutely terrible tour !!!
In the morning people were confused and didn't know we're to go
Guides were boring , very little knowledge not interested in subject more like robots
They tried to avoid questions and we felt very rushed
Lunch was disgusting !!!
We didn't know that it will be 3 lingual tour
What a waste of time ... Will not recommend this tour to nobody !!!!
did not get to take illness
The tour was very unorganized. It was difficult to hear the guide. I suggest the guides and tour attendees have headsets, so the guide can be heard. This system is used by the tour company I reserved for the The Alhambra. I would not use Aviator again based on this experience.
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
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