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Great sights and great explanations of the history surrounding them. Recommended tour.
El Escorial was breathtaking,it felt so peaceful, very interesting history and spectacular to visit the tombs of the Royal families,lots of climbing down many floors to visit these places,so comfortable shoes and water are a must
Lazy traveller Australia
Love the tour and the history behind it. Highly recommended.
We did El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen in the morning, and then Toledo in the afternoon. It was a full day, but it was great to get these two cultural experiences in one day. Well worth it do in one day.
This was a great way to visit these two locations and it was efficient and comprehensive
Great tours with Alonso. The monastery was very interesting and beautiful to see. Alonso was very knowledgeable and great company.
This is a tight tour in terms of timing, but it is well worth doing - this is something quite different from anything we had seen in Spain, particularly the valley of the Fallen for a dip into the recent past of Franco. I would suggest that there be a little more time to look at the gift shop in the El Escorial because, I found, that they are not the same at the Valley of the Fallen, particularly in the jewellery section. Also, that you bring a sandwich if you just want a snack because you will miss exploring the Valley of the Fallen if you pause for lunch on this tour.
The views on the coach ride to and from and at the monastery itself are spectacular. Our visit was not enhanced by a guide who provided us with little or no information about the history or significance of the site. Nor did he explain the layout or what was was to be seen from the various vantage points. We were told to meet at the coach stop but not that there were more spectacular views from near that stop. A more involved guide would have made what turned out to be an OK visit into am absolutely superb one.
The group is huge and the guides very impersonal. It's through Julia Travel in Madrid. Would not recommend it. Better to go with a guide book.
Julia tour guides are very bad. with very few exceptions
We had two incredible guides we were a large group so they split us into one Spanish speaking group and one English speaking group and then we re-joined before heading to the Valley of the Fallen. They were very knowledgable and shared lots of great information with us. We felt that although fast-paced the tour was a good length. The guides also give you information while you are on the bus so you get to learn a bit about Madrid as well. We would recommend this tour.
The trip to El Escorial was top notch. Great guide. Coach very comfortable. Had never heard of the Valley of the Fallen before this trip. But was well worth the visit. Highly recommend.
Very good tour with knowledgeable guide. Confirmation notice advises there will be a hotel pick-up. There is no vehicle pick up. The representative comes to the hotel and walks participants several blocks to a bus, then you transfer to another bus where the tour actually starts. The tour and tour guide were excellent, but people who are considering this tour need to know there's a lot of walking.
Marcelo Sechieri C. ... Brazil
Nice tour. Delivered what has been promissed.
Sharon W USA
I'm glad I got to see both El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen. Valley of the Fallen is an awesome sight. Our tour guide acted like she'd given one too many tours. I could just as easily listened to a recording. There really aren't any crowds here so if you have transportation, you can drive right to Valley of the Fallen.
The tour company changed the day on us, supposedly because the chosen day had been turned into a dance festival day so the attraction was closed. They offered us the day before tour which we accepted but were the only English speaking couple on the tour. It was nothing brilliant...
Both morning and afternoon trips went well. The morning English guide was very nice, she spoke clear English and always willing to help and explain. As for afternoon trip to Toledo, we didn't expect spending so much time on the road for shopping including waiting for others returned, the shopping agenda wasn't listed in the trip instruction, we don't like that.
It's am unexpected combination of two independent half-day tours into one, with different groups, buses, guides. Very inconvenient and tour senseless. But the worst thing is multi-lingual group and multi-language narrative. It's not a guide problem, but tour in three languages pronounced fast and mechanical is a big problem.
Excellent tour. Toledo is a lot of walk but fantastic walled old city and still functioning. El Escorial is a monastery and nice but no photography is allowed inside. Mostly graves inside of famous people. Valley of the Fallen is a wonderful place and I will upload one picture.
This is a definite must do. The tour was fantastic as was the tour guide. Thank you!
Guide was very informative and helpful. Was a little disappointed that the guide did not show us around El Escorial, we were left on our own for that time. Would have been nice to have had enough time to be able to check the town out around the Monastery too.
Very comprehensive tour although some free time in the town would have been good as well.
This tour was a disappointment mainly because our tour guide was poor. In fact, my husband asked her a question and she told him, I already told you that. Can you imagine?
Also, the monastery is magnificent, but since the basilica in The valley of the Fallen pays homage to the dictator Franco, I do not think Viatour should include this in their package to the monastery. Most Spaniards would never go to this site, and I don't blame them.
Do not like going on a tour that requires the tour guide to present in three languages
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