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Our guide Marta who was friendly as well as knowledgeable. She led the tour on both Spanish and English. Both locations are majestic, you are taken aback just by the size of both monuments. El Escorial is perfectly preserved, as it is still a living monastery, you feel like you are transported to a different era. The Valley of the Fallen is only 15 minutes away from El Escorial and it is equally impressing although controversial for what it represents. The view of the valley from the monument is worth the trip. The time flies in this tour. Both locations are relatively close to Madrid.
Very informative, tour guide guided us into el escorial and the valley of the fallen. She was utterly professional, polite, calm and explained everything in detail and in way everyone could understand. Really enjoyed the tour!
This was a great way to visit these two locations and it was efficient and comprehensive
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
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.
Osvaldo M USA
Very informative. However, would had liked more time on the town
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.
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.
It was wonderful to hear all the history associated with El Escorial. The Valley of the Fallen gave us a different aspect of Spanish history which whilst different from El Escorial proved just as interesting. Our guide was very knowledgeable and made the trip a great experience. Not to be missed.
Excellent tour which is a must when travelling to Madrid. Tour guide was knowledgeable. The overall tour was a bit hurried, really counted each minute. There is a lot to see in a very specified period of time. Nonetheless, the tour was very good.
Tour was great! Really enjoyed the monastery. Tour of monastery was wonderful and tour guide was very knowledgeable. The only thing I would have changed is giving us more commentary at the valley of fallen instead of on the bus on way to the valley of the fallen. Overall great tour!
Our guide was wonderful. She held the interest of everyone in our group 5 adults and 3 kids, ages 8-16.
Excellent arrangements and a very well-informed guide provided.
Wonderful trip to these fascinating places! The tour guides were nice and very passionate about what they do. Enjoyed learning about the history of Madrid and how they lived in the monestary. El Escorial is a lovely little town to walk through if you get the chance. Just beautiful! I would highly recommend this tour.
Tour guide was informative. Both sites are well worth the short trip.
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