Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
I was awestruck descending into the royal crypt at El Escorial. One can easily imagine entering a Pharoh's tomb. That experience alone is worth the trip.
As a single traveler, I felt safe, and the knowledgeable guides made it more interesting.
The monastery and Valley of the Fallen were both amazing experiences, not to be missed, especially Valley of the Fallen. Only criticism was that we would have liked to spend longer at both, especially Valley of the Fallen, which we intend to go back to another time for a more leisurely visit.
This was a great tour. There is a lot of walking, that is not really clear in the description. We took the one with Toledo and there was even more walking and steps. I don't recommend doing this tour in summer as it was hot already. The guide was rushing us at times but the history was great. The lunch was very good.
The trip to El Escorial and The Valley of the Fallen was great! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and provided detailed information about two very interesting sites from Spanish history. I would definitely recommend this trip.
Trip was wonderful, the tour was very interesting and both sites should not be missed when traveling to Spain. Absolutely loved it. We did the tour only and I think it was really worth it.
Our experience was great. The guide was very patient especially that he had to repeat himself in Spanish and English. Explained in detail and answered all questions. The tour was great with enough time at each location. The staff were also pleasant and helpful.
It was a cold but clear and sunny January day as we took in the sights of El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen. We enjoyed both very much. In addition to the historical and architectural interest of these sites, the views from both hillside locations were splendid! Our tour guide was quite knowledgeable and patient in providing his commentary in both Spanish and English, particularly so as we were the only English speakers of the group. We highly recommend this tour.
Great tour and great tour guide. El Escorial is a not to be missed experience. Guide walked slowly and translated well back and forth between Spanish and English.
The tour we took in Toledo was extremely fast, but this tour was much slower and much more detailed. The tombs and the area's history were very interesting. Worth seeing!
The guide did an excellent job describing the tour. Both tour sites show significant historic aspects of Spain. It was very impressive to be in the 'Panteon de los Reyes' in the presence of the sarcophagi of the kings of Spain. There is only one word to describe the basilica and courtyard of El Escorial and that is impressive. Highly recommended and well worth the price.
Anyone visiting Madrid is making a big mistake if they don't visit these two incredible sites. The price was no more than if we had booked something locally. Viator did their part of the job well.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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