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.
Enjoyable tour, but perhaps not enough time in Avila and Segovia. Got to eat a great lunch in Segovia, but was watching the time so carefully that it felt a bit less than enjoyable. And in Avila you can't really stray too far away from where the bus is parked either. I would have preferred just a two city tour with more time to really see each of the cities. On the other hand El Escorial was pretty special - incredible art and lots of interesting information so I am very glad I went there. The guide had a wonderful, warm personality and a lot of enthusiasm for the subject.
Lovely experience for those short on time and who want to see as much of the area surrounding Madrid as possible. Avila was chilly but quietly beautiful. We had the best photos in Segovia and an amazingly tasty fusion lunch in Restaurant Pasapan there. The El Escorial has stunning interiors and the walking tour that Paula conducted was comprehensive. Don't miss out on this!
Great giude - Belén te amamos - but the tour just bit off more than it could chew, with very little free time to do anything meaningful in the cities. Great if you want to see the maximum in the shortest time. Not so great if you want time in a museum or to stroll and shop.
Very interesting place, it was nice to see it. The tour in Escorial was a bit hurried: interiors are so wonderful it would have been nice to see and experience them in a low speed pace. Our guide was friendly and nice and spoke good English.