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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.
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...
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
I was very disappointed..I was so looking forward to see Toledo. The bus was almost an hour late and our tour guide was very unfriendly and in a hurry to finish the tour.We ran through Toledo with no time to browse a bit. I was bitterly disappointed. Electric Escatorial was a bit better.
Locations were cool, but I got split from my group, and the guide didn't answer her phone when the main office called her, and seemed completely uninterested in trying to find me or helping me later I ended up hitching a bus with a different tour company to catch up. Not thrilled.
Wow! Totally mesmerizing! In love with all the history of my ancestors! Highly recommend this tour! The cathedral and the monastery!
Excellent half-day tour. Carmen was wonderful and did an excellent job explaining the sites in both English and Spanish. This was my fourth visit to each location and I still learned new information.
Both El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen are beautiful. We they would extend this tour by 2-3 more hours so we could have more time to explore both locations. Our tour guide was great and informative at El Escorial. At Valley of the Fallen, they explain to you what you're going to see on the bus ride over and give you only 20 minutes to literally run in, see own your own, snap few pictures on the outside, and run back to the bus. No time to buy souvenirs in neither location. Very rushed, but still worth the trip.
It was very interesting experience with Stephany from Amigo tour company
Osvaldo M USA
Very informative. However, would had liked more time on the town
A well-organised tour with very knowledgeable guide. We visited fabulous El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen in the morning. Only small percentage of El Escorial is open to the public. Audio set sometimes didn't work Underneath the chapel and crypt in the narrow passageways. The tour of the Valley of the Fallen was comprehensive. We enjoyed a simple but adequate lunch in Madrid before the tour of magnificent town of Toledo in the afternoon. The group was smaller in the afternoon which allowed more personal tour. It was extremely hot -- apparently it is cooler in August and would advise doing tours on separate days rather than on the same day which is very long..
The Tour guides were almost impossible to understand . The tours were worth going on but you need to find tour guide to speak English more clearly.
Escorial it is a nice visit but there are other better things to do near Madrid
Tour guide in a rush, and smoking. A bit unorganised with pick ups, then waiting at site for other buses. After Escorial and valley you go back to Madrid for lunch (seafood - staff very helpful as my daughter is allergic) but this wasn and #39;t mentioned. Toledo needed more time. Wanted to look at shops.
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