El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Tour from Madrid with Optional Toledo or Madrid Visits - Reviews

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

Fantastico , mucha historia y la guía tenia mucho conocimiento !!!

Benguet Gypsy Philippines

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2017

Kind of a solemn tour for a change. Well-paced. No photography allowed on the inside of both structures but oh well some still sneak a snap or two, maybe they do not understand the verbal instructions of the guide and the instructions which are boldly written in different languages including the English language accompanying the visual signs posted at the entrance and everywhere else along the tour sites. There is 1 area in El Escorial of which you can take a photo of, the inside courtyard or garden of the palace facing the restricted stairwell. Visiting The Valley of the Fallen gives one a really nice break from the busy city of Madrid.Beautiful structures inside and out!

Stephanie H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2016

It was great-and when we realized we had to be back before the Toledo tour would return, they let us reschedule that part with no problem. Well run and we saw a lot! Very pleased with both parts of the tour and would recommend.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

Beautiful places, but no pictures allowed in either one. Just enjoy the view and remember de interiors that are great.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

Beautiful you cant miss it. No photos allowed in the inside.

Kristen R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2016

I really enjoyed this visit. El Escorial has a lot of interesting history and the tour guide was very informative. The valley of the fallen is really amazing to see and very important to the history and culture of present day Spain. Wear comfortable walking shoes!

Jonas V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2015

A very nice day trip both to Toledo and El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen.

Oskar S

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2017

It was ok with this tour. It's not so far from Madrid. But it could be a little longer to have more time visiting El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen.

Matthew R

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2016

Enjoyable trip. A good way to see things if you are shot of time.

Catherine M

3 star rating: Worth doing
January 2016

This is a trip worth doing if you have some extra time in Madrid but would not say this is a must see. The tour guide Fernando was knowledgeable and had to do his tour in Spanish, English and Italian which alone was very impressive. El Escorial is unremarkable in its architecture and decor until you get to the church, which was beautiful. Hearing the history was interesting. The massive size of the Valley of the Fallen is worth the short drive from El Escorial.


2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
October 2016

The places visited are well worth it, but we had the misfortune of being assigned a guide that either was having a bad day or is lacking in the essential people skills to be a tour guide. The guide, Andres, was apparently very knowledgeable in an academic sense spouting dates names etc. but did not seem to care about the well being of the members of his group, many times he would speed up ahead of the group not caring if everyone was there to go to the next area in the castle or whether they could even hear the information he was giving. He seemed to be in a rush and upset if anyone decided to look at something of interest for more than two seconds. His instructions on the rest stop were confusing and and resulted in members of the group not understanding them and having to be re-grouped, which infuriated Andres as he lashed out on the ignorant tourists who did not understand his instructions but who also happen to be paying his salary. Two stars because the places are truly amazing, but the experience almost ruined because we got the wrong guide. Andres needs to be more sensitive to the people in his group if he wants to be a tour guide.

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