Here is a selection of the most recent reviews of the El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid submitted by actual travelers. Read what travelers liked, what they loved, and what they thought could be improved.
Tour was excellent and left and returned on time. The guide gave his information in both English and Spanish and he was very informative and spoke English very well..
Since there was a small group the bus was not full we were able to spread out and be comfortable.
I would recommend this tour
The guide was excellent and it was beautiful weather. The Escorial tour was excellent and the historical royal successions was interesting. The visit to he monastery including the the experience of hearing the boys choir sing was a bit rushed. The memorial to the fallen of which we had read and heard gave us the unique experience of ring in such a picturesque location of historical significance. There is no freedom without the ultimate sacrifice, a lesson our young people should learn and our politicians never forget. The only complaint is that the tour schedule is too rushed and more time should be given for a better coverage.
We recommend a day tour, say 2 hours more, should cover the field well. We are experienced travelers and the writer has travel agency experience.Reviewed by: Anthony H, May 2013
It was a great tour, but the guide could have been more informative. On the other hand she was quite funny and casual, which was good.Reviewed by: Erkki A, May 2013
chaos at start in dingy little office with lots of tours going out at once and all over spain. madhouse, and no one knows what bus is going where. we left late as our guide spent half an hour once we finally located our bus and tour with some unfortunate fellow tourist who had bought a longer more expensive tour which didn't exist. bad show. so we were at least a half hour late returning - though that didn't inconvenience us as we were not going on any toledo or madrid tour afterwards. all that aside, once we got going the guide was very good, more than adequate, and the tour he gave of the escorial was good and interesting, much better than if we had saved money and did that on our own. and we also got to the valley of the fallen which was interesting. i would recommend this tour in spite of the chaos at the start.Reviewed by: jeffrey newcomb n, April 2013
This is a must do when you are in Madrid. It is so beautiful and gives you another flavor for Madrid. The local tour company were very nice and the guide was kind enough to speak in English for us.Reviewed by: Irondana, April 2013