El Escorial & Basilica of the Valley 5-Hour Guided Tour
- Duration: 5 hours
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Would appreciate more information about the tour ahead of time. We did not realize that we had two half day tours from Madrid - we might have scheduled differently. Also, while we asked for English, we did not realize that the tour would be given in both English and Spanish- I always wondered whether our guide was giving more Spanish information than English. The tour to Ztiledo was quite controlled - the stops ( even at the gift shops) were the ones the tour company picked out - I had no opportunity to look at the linens I wanted to see. Finally, we arranged for this tour through get your guide. I did not realize that we would be out together with most people from Julia tours. I wish I had received more detailed information.
Valley of the Fallen - Time and visit Perfect! Escorial - We did not get chance to see the Gardens and maze [except through a window] and felt a little rushed. The Guides were very good and knowledgeable and we really enjoyed the trip, but we feel we need to go to Escorial again to see the outside [unless of course it is for Monks only! In which case fair enough!
El Escorial is a must see place. The arrangements were very good but the guide was in a mighty rush and was walking well ahead of the group, mostly talking to herself. A little more patience on her part would have left a much better impression on all in the group.
The tour was very well organised both morning at escorial and valley and afternoon at Toledo. Both tour guide were experienced. Only the lunch included was a bit too turistic but good quality.
The tour in Toledo was very short-1 hour walking tour and one hour into jewelry factory in Toledo. I did not pay money for commercial tour to jewelry store.