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Enjoy two of the top attractions near Madrid, El Escorial monastery and the picturesque town of Toledo, for one great price during this 11-hour Super Saver tour. Check out El Escorial in the morning, visiting its Valley of the Fallen monument commemorating the dead of the Spanish Civil War, and hearing insights into Spain's monarchy and 20th-century history from your guide. Continue in the afternoon to the gorgeous hilltop city of Toledo, the country's medieval capital, where you'll view priceless art by El Greco. Best of all, you'll save 10% by combining these two half-day tour options. This Super Saver tour also includes all entrance fees, coach transport and optional lunch upgrade.
  • Super Saver day trip from Madrid to El Escorial and Toledo
  • Morning trip to El Escorial monastery, and afternoon tour of Toledo
  • Admire masterpieces by El Greco, including The Burial of the Count of Orgaz in the Church of St Tome
  • Take a guided walking tour through Toledo's typical cobbled backstreets
  • Visit El Escorial monastery, including the Pantheon of Kings and the basilica
  • Enjoy a 10% discount by booking this combo tour!
Enjoy an in-depth tour of two of the top attractions near Madrid for one low price on this Super Saver tour combining two half-day excursions to El Escorial and Toledo. These two attractions, offering a wealth of insight into Spain's monarchy, medieval art and the country's Civil War, are a must for any history-loving visitor to Spain's capital city.
Start your day at 8:45am in Madrid near the Plaza de España, after which you'll spend your morning visiting El Escorial Monastery. This sprawling complex, built by King Philip II as a burial site for his parents, offers a wealth of beautiful architecture and art. You'll also have the opportunity to visit the Valley of the Fallen, a religious site built by Spanish general Francisco Franco into the side of a mountain and topped by an enormous cross. Those that have selected the lunch upgrade will stop at a traditional restaurant back in Madrid following the Valley of the Fallen visit.
Continue your excursion In the afternoon in Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed town with a wealth of beautiful architecture, art and churches. During your visit you'll have time to admire the paintings of famous Spanish painter El Greco, including his work "The Burial of the Count of Orgaz," along with the beautiful Cathedral of Toledo and the town's medieval-era castle. Full itinerary details are listed below.


Morning Tour: El Escorial Monastery
Start your day trip with a visit to the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo El Real, built by King Philip II to house the remains of his parents, Charles I and Isabella of Portugal. The austere Renaissance complex combines a palace and monastery, and features a wonderful collection of art. Follow your guide on a tour of the complex, including the Pantheon of Kings and basilica.

Located six miles (9.5 km) north of El Escorial lies the Valley of the Fallen, a basilica built into the side of a mountain and topped by a gigantic granite cross. The monument was built by Spanish dictator General Franco to remember the casualties of Spain's Civil War. Take a guided tour inside the basilica, and admire the valley surrounding the complex.

Next, if you have chosen this tour with the lunch option your guide will take you to a traditional Spanish restaurant in Madrid. Alternatively, enjoy free time to wonder around the city at your own leisure, or grab a snack at a local cafe (own expense).

Afternoon Tour: Toledo
In the afternoon, travel to Toledo and enjoy a walking tour of the city, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of wonderful architecture, churches and museums. Toledo is known for its art and history, and it has a landscape that combines Arabic, Mudejar, Gothic, medieval and Renaissance architecture.

A highlight of your visit will be the sight of The Burial of the Count of Orgaz, the famous painting by 16th-century master El Greco, located in the Church of St Tome.

See the exterior of the 13th-century Cathedral of Toledo, the medieval castle, Santa Maria la Blanca Synagogue, Mosque of El Cristo de la Luz; demonstration of the famous technique of damascene (incrustation of precious metals in steel),  San Juan of the Kings Monastery and the Victorio Macho Museum.


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, Oct 2017

Both locations are fantastic but in future I would do the tours separately. Toledo is a gorgeous BUT it is a quite
a challenge to climb it especially when you are trying to keep up with the guide.
I was really impressed with the way the local ground operator, Julia Travel, handled all the people meeting at the
office at the same time for various tours.
Lunch was included in our tour, in-between the two tours. It was a nice little restaurant and the food was good,
only wish we had had enough to time to enjoy it. We had to rush through it and constantly remind our servers that
we had a tour to catch. Luckily the office was just down the block, but we still barely made it.

, Apr 2017

Although it is essentially 2 separate trips undertaken in one day, a long day, we enjoyed the day very much and felt it well worth it. We were blessed with beautiful weather and saw El Escorial at it's very best. A really interesting building being both a palace and a church. There are some lovely original paintings that have not yet been removed, I am thinking particularly of a stunning Titian in a small chapel. I found the Royal Family's apartments especially interesting.
The Valley of the Fallen was a revelation, especially the church, I felt I was walking through the Channel Tunnel! It is beautifully situated with a panoramic view.
Toledo is not to be missed, a lovely old town with narrow steep streets and lots of interesting buildings. There is a wonderful El Greco painted on a church wall.
We had a different guide for each trip. I would like to mention the gentleman who led the Toledo trip, Manuel, he was knowledgeable and good humoured and was especially helpful and attentive to all.

, Jan 2017

Very nice excursion, worth it. The guides were very knowledgeable and helpful. I would not include lunch next time, very poor food choice and quality. You do not have much time between 1 excursion and another, but it is better to have a quick sandwich than the lunch provided.

, Sep 2016

Both morning and afternoon trips went well. The morning English guide was very nice, she spoke clear English and always willing to help and explain. As for afternoon trip to Toledo, we didn't expect spending so much time on the road for shopping including waiting for others returned, the shopping agenda wasn't listed in the trip instruction, we don't like that.

, Jul 2016

Good tour

, Jun 2016

Very kind and courteous staff. Always punctual and ensured that they did their best to ensure our comfort. The lunch was good as well ! All in all a good experience.

, Jun 2016

A wonderful tour but a very moody and rude guide. She even engaged in a confrontation with a tourist from another group. Don't let this discourage you. This trip is worth every penny.

, Jun 2016

the places were good the tour director was just okay

, May 2016

Guide was very well informed. Bus trips were comfortable. Opted for lunch included and it was delicious.

, Feb 2016

The morning started off poorly. We were supposed to meet at the Julia travel office in Madrid by 7am. We were there at 6:45. We were a party of 3 with a senior citizen. There were staff inside the office, but they would have rather we waited outside in the cold and in the dark. They simply refused to let us warm up in their office. We really didnt understand why as we had to be leaving their office 15 minutes later.
The morning tours at El Escorial Monastery started OK. The female guide made an effort to explain things in English despite having a predominately Spanish speaking tour group.
The lunch included in between the tours was actually quite good. There we met another senior couple from Venezuela who were kind enough to translate on our behalf. The gentlemen was 87 years old.
The afternoon tour at Toledo was when it all fell apart. This guide was different than during the morning tour. Whilst still having a predominately Spanish speaking tour group, when explaining things, he almost never translated anything back into English. The task was left to the Venezuelan gentlemen to explain to us what was said.
But this isnt the worst of it. Whilst walking around in Toledo, the guide would walk quickly from point to point. At this time I had 2 seniors with me. My own 68 year old mother, and the 87 year old gentlemen. The guide would be rushing us, and at one point went on ahead and left the group of 5 of us behind. Only after 15 minutes he came back to look for us when he walked ahead with the rest of the group back towards the bus. Come on, you know you have a couple of seniors in tow, at least slow down a bit for them. If we cant make it to the metal carving factory then so be it.
Although I had a good experience with Julia tour services in Barcelona, their Madrid personnel were down right unprofessional. I really dont remember the guides name who took us to Toledo, but Viator really needs to vet their tour operators a little better.

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