25 reviews of Madrid Super Saver: El Escorial Monastery and Toledo Day Trip from Madrid
Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Madrid Super Saver: El Escorial Monastery and Toledo Day Trip 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.
Reviewed by Hilda H, March 2013
The tour was incredible! I had been to Toledo before (on my own) but it was well worth taking a tour and getting more insight/knowledge of everything in Toledo. I was pleasantly surprised by everything El Escorial had to offer. The tour guide was great...very glad I took this tour.
Reviewed by Teodora N, January 2013
Excellent tour. I would recommend to reverse the tour order in the winter, Toledo is beautiful and should be seen while still light is on.
Reviewed by Laurie W, USA, December 2012
Absolutely beautiful! Excellent tour, except that your pass many great tourist shops in Toledo only to get extended time at one that is not so good.
Reviewed by Elida C, August 2012
I loved Toledo!!!! A very nice city and I like the tour a lot. Our guides were very good and knowledgeable.
Reviewed by Lee Anne C, August 2012
El Escorial Monastery was a perfect trip to the mountains.
Reviewed by Elsa A, August 2012
This was a great tour. I enjoyed the tour guide for the first part of the trip; for the Toledo trip, the tour guide was not very nice. Although you should visit both places, this is quite a lot to do in one day.
Reviewed by Carmen R M, May 2012
It was a wonderful experience. The guides were very nice and had a very broad knowledge. The tour was organized, punctual, and for us, a spectacular encounter with history, art and Spanish architecture of each period.
Reviewed by Julie M, April 2013
It was nice, but I felt as though I got more out of the Toledo tour which was part of the four day tour to Cordoba, Sevilla, Granada, and Toledo. The four day trip which included Toledo was more informative over all.
Reviewed by Francis H, February 2013
excellent value for money, very well organized, friendly staff at Julia Travel and good guides.
Comfy coaches with a good speaker system, so overall really good, we did see a lot in one day, sure we coud not have done all that on our own.
Reviewed by PAUL FRANCIS M, November 2012
I very much enjoyed the El Escorial/Valley of the Fallen/Toledo day trip. The tour began promptly at the Julia travel office at Plaza de Espana. The tour was broken up into two different segments: 1) morning segment directly to El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen Basilica, and 2) afternoon to Toledo (with Pullman tours). While I enjoyed both tours immensely and the guides were very informative, I would have preferred a quick tour of the cathedral in Toledo instead of the stop at the Museo de Victorio Macho. What I mean to say is while I did appreciate the Victorio Macho museum and its lovely views, I feel Toledo Cathedral would have been more indicative of a visit to this lovely city. Both tour guides were very knowledgeable with excellent English. I also appreciated being dropped off at the end of the Toledo tour at Paseo del Prado/Westin Palace Hotel after Toledo (organized in cooperation with Pullman Tours). If you are pressed for time to see as much as you can in a one day tour, then this tour is the one, but be sure to be well prepared for a long day. Lastly, the visit to the Church of Santo Tome to admire El Greco's "The Burial of the Count of Orgaz" was one of my main reasons for wanting to visit Toledo. It is a lovely painting and the church of Santo Tome was also open for visiting (which is not always the case from what our guide told us). We did not have enough time to spend touring Santo Tome church for a few minutes. It would also have been nice to be able to purchase some postcards of Santo Tome church, but the church/shop closes at 5:30pm.
Reviewed by Mary D, October 2012
Morning guide was excellent!
Toledo was interesting and I would have liked to go inside the catherdral and we did not. The metal working shop was ok, but the braclet I bought fell apart 1 day later, and it was not the cheap variety. You need some free time to mill around in Toledo and this tour did not give you any free time in Toledo.
Reviewed by cindisuemason, October 2012
El Escorial monastery morning trip was brilliant. Our tour guide, Carmen was informative and had a great sense of humour. The sites were better than expected especially the mausoleum of the Spanish Kings and Queens. Unfortunately, we included the lunch before proceeding to the afternoon in Toledo. The restaurant was close to the travel agency in Madrid. The food was truly awful and the uneasiness lasted for a day. Toledo was very interesting especially the El Greco painting but the trip did feel rushed and the mandatory visit to the steel factory / museum shop was disappointing.
Reviewed by NINA RICCI S, September 2012
if you wanted to experience el escorial and toledo and you don't have enough time, grab this tour and you can definitely experience the best of both worlds :)
Reviewed by Edward D, May 2012
The trip was great. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable. We opted to have lunch on our own. If you do, make sure not to dilly dally because there is not much time between the morning and afternoon trips.