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Time11 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Journey through Spain’s history as you visit two UNESCO-listed attractions on this full-day tour from Madrid. Explore the grand Monastery of El Escorial, once a royal residence built by King Philip II, then learn more about the Spanish Civil War as you walk around the impressive Valley of the Fallen. Finally, admire the striking architecture and historic monuments of mountaintop Toledo, including the Alcázar, the cathedral and Plaza de Zocodover.
  • Full-day tour of El Escorial, the Valley of the Fallen and Toledo from Madrid
  • Tour the magnificent royal monastery of El Escorial
  • Pay your respects to the soldiers of the Spanish Civil War at the Valley of the Fallen
  • Explore the UNESCO-listed historic center of Toledo
  • Travel by comfortable bus or coach
  • Great value tour includes hotel pick-up and lunch

Reviews

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R
, Oct 2018

Toledo was an outstanding site that was extremely enjoyable. We had another English guide meet us at El Escorial and he was outstanding, providing great insights and explanations. it was a bilingual tour plus it was on a large bus. Not my favorite way to tour.

E
, Sep 2018

El Escorial was gloomy and cold but the architecture was impressive. This was a separate tour returning to Madrid after El Escorial to wait for your tour to Toledo. Toledo on the other hand was amazing. I wish I stayed in Toledo for the whole day.

C
, Sep 2018

One of the best tours I've ever taken!!! A must see!! Our guide was excellent was great knowledge and passion.

K
, Jul 2018

These locations are must-visit and really amazing.
The tour guide for the morning portion was amazing and thorough in explanation. The only issue was that it was bilingual as opposed to English only as specified in the voucher.
Another issue was that it was not clear that the lunch would be back in Madrid. If I had known that, I would not have selected the lunch option. Especially, since the lunch was provided at one of the worst restaurants in Madrid. It is hard to find a bad restaurant in Madrid, but this tour managed to do that lol.
The tour guide for the afternoon session Toledo was terrible. It was very hard to follow her as she constantly switched back and forth between English and Spanish again the tour was specified as English not bilingual, and basically, we learned nothing! We were really disappointed about the tour guide. Another comment about her was that the bus diving us to Toledo had a faulty AC and it was very hot inside. Few people complained to her about it and instead of acknowledging the situation and expressing any apologies, she basically said 'it is what it is'.
At the end, make sure you visit these sites, but not with this company.

I
, May 2018

Worth the money for a really interesitng day with good guides. The only disapointment was that between the morning excusion and the afternoon one the coach brought us back to Madrid for lunch so doubling back on itslef. We were late leaving in the first place and late coming back for lunch so that we only had 30 minutes for the booked lunch. Since that was a walk away from where the coach dropped us we didn't bother and my recommendaiton would be to do the tours ontwo seperate days if you have the time since many hours were spend in the coach - no time to visit any shop or grab a coffee and certainly not to eat. Where the coach met us for the PM tour there was a restaurant that was both inxpensive and efficient.

J
, Dec 2017

This trip was, for the most part, exceptionally good. The guides in both trips were excellent, very knowledgeable and with a good command of English. All of the sights are well worth the trip, both for historians and those who are interested on the arts. One of the highlights was travelling in the off season, as we were only 4 tourists with each trip segment. However, we booked an included lunch, which was a big mistake. First, these two tours should not be promoted as an all-day tour, as the destinations are in opposite directions, which meant that we had very little time for lunch back in Madrid. Second, lunch was probably one of the worst experiences ever. We were told that we would get a starter, a main, dessert and a beverage. We had asked for one vegetarian meal. By the time we arrived at the restaurant we had time for only one item, and the staff had apparently never heard of vegetarian. So we ended up with a salad,and for the meat-eater some undercooked chicken, with only 20 minutes to eat. Also, the ladies rest room had no toilet paper, no hand towels nor hand drier. So I would recommend the tour as ttwo separate tours, which it actually is, and forget about the dreadful lunch.

p
, Nov 2017

On the Viator site we booked what we thought was a full day tour. What we ended up getting was two half day tours. This resulted in us
having to return to Madrid an extra time and wasting an hour doing so to be dropped off from the morning. Then the tour guide said we'd have to wait and hour and 15 minutes, when she dropped us off from the morning tour, for the bus to pick us up for the afternoon tour to Toledo. We found a place nearby for lunch to waste some of the time. The bus finally left at 3:15 pm for Toledo. An hour later the bus pulled into a souvenir shop for us to have 15 minutes to shop and use the rest rooms. Finally at 4:30 pm we arrived at Toledo's old town.
The fast paced walking tour ended at 6:15 pm. We got on the bus and in 10 minutes the bus pulled in to another souvenir shop and we were told we'd have 30 minutes to shop for souvenirs? Not sure why we could not have had the half hour free time in the old town instead of being forced into one souvenir shop?? Maybe the tour bus company gets a kick back from the souvenir company? We wished
The tour guide would have slowed down the pace of the walking tour and let us have those 30 minutes in old town Toledo. A final complaint of the afternoon tour was the speaker system on the bus was garbled and it was almost impossible to understand what the guide was trying to tell us. Our tour ended at 8 pm back in Madrid at Plaza Espana.

All the above being said we did enjoy all of the sites on the tour. The guide seemed knowledgeable and was the same guide led both
the morning and afternoon tours. It was just on the bus in the afternoon with the bus'speaker system not working correctly we missed the historical information she was relaying. We did bring the speaker system to her attention at the first tourist stop but she said nothing could be done til the bus got back to Madrid.

This is our third negative experience with your site and decided not to book any tours on Viator for our stops in Barcelona, Valencia, Granada, and Seville. Hope this info prevents another traveler from a bad experience.
Seville. We found other options to supplement our touring.

m
, Nov 2017

The guides were great, places we saw and history, excelent!!
The only thing I didn't like was the lunch, the waiter was careless, the food wasn't good, they took so long time and one of us, didn't have time to eat.
Trip to Toledo was incredible. We enjoyed it so much.

X
, Oct 2017

An all day tour. Great for first timers to get an all around experience. All locations are about one hour from Madrid city center but Toledo is on the opposite direction. Will definitely have to go again but this time spend the whole day at each location.

S
, Oct 2017

Positives - This is a great tour if you want to cover a lot of ground in a short time, but be warned - it is a big day. The church at the Valley of the Fallen is a must see. Guides were great too.
Negatives - you are collected at your meeting point and taken to another where there was hardly any communication only orders to disembark and go to another bus further along. Lunch in the restaurant in Madrid was ordinary, and the restaurant dirty. Change your provider. Bus to Toledo was packed, we were the last to be picked up so some family groups were split up from each other due to individual travellers taking up 2 seats.


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