El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Half-Day Tour from Madrid - Reviews

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Marika M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2016

This is a definite must do. The tour was fantastic as was the tour guide. Thank you!

Bernadette S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

Very interesting and quite spectacular seeing the basilica at valley of the fallen. The tour through the monastery was also very interesting but unfortunately we were not able to go into the basilica due to masses we were told but there was none happening at the time. However overall a very enjoyable few hours.

gtg831

4 star rating: Recommended
February 2018

Excellent guide.

Jennifer H

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2017

Both of these places are amazing! The tour guide was great, really knowledgeable and added so much to the tour. The only thing I would change is an extra half an hour at the Valley of the Fallen. It is so big it takes all the time just to walk through leaving you feeling rushed. It is a minor thing so don't let it put you off doing the tour - the sights are fabulous!

Kimberlee G United States of ... 

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2017

Great tour. Guide was informative and spoke English clearly. A little disappointing that both locations didn't allow for photographs inside, but still a very enjoyable tour.

Patricia Y

4 star rating: Recommended
December 2016

Excellent local guide! Diana made the trip very enjoyable. I would have wished for 10 minutes to get a quick coffee or chocolate before we left the bus stop. Also, wished for 5 minutes in the gift shop.

Laura D

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2016

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.

dougmoffatt

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2016

An easy ride from the city to see one of the more significant monastaries as well as the pantheon of the Spanish Royal Family. The monument of the Valley of the Fallen is extraordinary as a 20th century basilica carved into the side of a mountain.

jmac United States of ... 

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2016

Great tour and great guide.

James

3 star rating: Worth doing
January 2018

The tour brings us to two of the interesting attractions that's approximately an hour plus away from central Madrid. Overall the tour is a convenient way to visit the attractions but felt that the tour should be slightly longer so that more time spent at each venue. We had the tour from 9am until around 230pm and there was no stop for lunch - this should have been communicated earlier on.

JT

3 star rating: Worth doing
September 2016

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...

maureen r

3 star rating: Worth doing
August 2016

Do not like going on a tour that requires the tour guide to present in three languages

Blake P

3 star rating: Worth doing
June 2016

Excellent guide! Time allotted to visit both Escorial and Valley of the Fallen is inadequate. El Escorial should be given more emphasis and Valley of the Fallen is worth the time it is currently given. Should be a full day tour.

C M

3 star rating: Worth doing
June 2016

Thanks for collecting us from our hotel.
The bus was fine. But the tour of El Escorial was very hurried. There was a lot to see, but the guide kept moving us along, anxious to finish the tour on time.

Robin R Mexico

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
August 2017

I love the Escorial and I have been there many times with different tour operators. However, this visit was so chaotic and the time so short actually inside the Escorial, that I would recommend a more organized company. They picked us up from our hotel but shuffled us around to a different bus and all of this took over an hour. The actual time inside the Escorial was barely an hour. The tour guide was good, but her colleague was hurrying her up to get us through the building and back on the bus to see the Valley of the Fallen. We took the tour in Spanish and our guide was clever enough to get us into the chapel or church before mass had begun but the other group didn't even get into the church and they were finished with the whole tour before we were. If it's a half-day tour, I recommend at least two hours inside the Escorial. That is the bare mínimum. Also, it would be great to find a tour of the Escorial that didn't include the Valley of the Fallen.

paul m

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
June 2016

Old, noisy, uncomfortable bus. Guide's English was very heavily accented and difficult to understand,The guide,Alicia, also did not provide much background information and I feel I have to read a travel book to understand what I saw. Pick up and drop-off procedures are terrible.There should be a central starting point. Worst of all, the guide ran off the bus at the end of the tour when the bus just dropped us off on the street, so we had to ask people on the street for directions. Avoid this company!

Anonymous

1 star rating: I do not recommend this
June 2016

The meeting location was poorly described and we ended up finding the bus in a completely different place. A map should be provided. Bus was late and then we were the last group allowed in El Escorial. As a result, we were rushed way too fast through. In addition, while we were a small group, half only spoke English and the other half only Spanish. As such, our guide had to repeat everything in both languages which meant half the group was hearing about what they saw when rushing to next room. We learned more from listening to other guides being rushed and repeating everything meant leaving lots of interesting details out. Valley of the Fallen was very interesting and in a beautiful setting. Not sure if our negative tour experience was unique but, if not, we recommend finding an alternative way to see these sights.

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