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Escorial & Valley Tour from Madrid with Optional Toledo Visit

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Overview

See two of Madrid province’s cultural treasures on this guided half-day tour. Marvel at the 16th-century El Escorial Monastery, built under the reign of King Felipe II, and learn about its rich history as a royal palace, pantheon and basilica. You’ll also journey to the Guadarrama Sierra ranges to visit The Valley of the Fallen, a monumental tribute to soldiers who perished in the Spanish Civil War. Upgrade to include an optional tour of the medieval walled city of Toledo.
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Includes free admission to top local attractions
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
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Professional guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Lunch (if option is selected)
Toledo tour (if option is selected)
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
C. de Ferraz, 3 , C. de Ferraz, 3, 28008 Madrid, Spain

The office is located at the buildings corner. You should redeem your printed or electronic voucher inside the office at the desk. You can join us by Metro:  Ventura Rodriguez  (Line 3, yellow color take the exit Luisa Fernanda)/ or Plaza de España (lines 3/10 and the exit Debod Temple or Ferraz street) Bus: Line 74

9:00 AM
Plaza de España , Pl. de España, Madrid, Spain
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Comfortable shoes recommended
  • This tour ends in Debod temple near Plaza de España
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Spain Web Tour
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Escorial & Valley Tour from Madrid with Optional Toledo Visit?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Escorial & Valley Tour from Madrid with Optional Toledo Visit.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Escorial & Valley Tour from Madrid with Optional Toledo Visit?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Escorial & Valley Tour from Madrid with Optional Toledo Visit.
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What is the social distancing policy during Escorial & Valley Tour from Madrid with Optional Toledo Visit?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Escorial & Valley Tour from Madrid with Optional Toledo Visit.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Escorial & Valley Tour from Madrid with Optional Toledo Visit?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Escorial & Valley Tour from Madrid with Optional Toledo Visit.

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star-3
Amazing
CarolC1742
, Sep 2019
The tour lasts all day, but you cover a great deal. My only issue was the guide gave the tour in both English and Spanish. He ran both languages together so following along with what he was saying was difficult. Also be aware that this tour involves a great deal of walking and climbing stairs, especially in Toledo.
star-2
good sites, poor tour
zoaple
, Jan 2019
If you are only in Madrid for a short time and you do not already know Spanish history, do not take this trip.El Escorial is where Spanish kings are buried. The complex is huge, imposing, somber. The interior is lavish, convoluted and torturous to walk in.Valley of the Fallen is monolithic and has spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, but is otherwise mundane.Each of these places has its own fantastic history worthy of study and review, but taking a half day trip from Madrid to see them both on the same day is a waste of time and money.We missed our scheduled tour day and the company generously allowed us to take the tour on the following day with no charges. There were only 6 people on the tour, 3 Spanish speakers and 3 English speakers. Our guide's English was good but not perfect, "kins an der cowr" = "kings and their court". And understandably she appeared to spend more time during the tour talking to the Spanish group than the English group. The 45 minute drive to El Escorial was a "waste of time" because the guide only introduced herself, asked for names and talked generally for about 10 minutes then sat back and enjoyed the ride. She could have used the time to talk about the history of the sites or at least spend time talking to all the tourists.
star-2
These are two separate sites so giving an overall rating is misleading
Gren_A
, Oct 2018
Escorial was, for me, extremely dull and boring . It’s not for everyone and best left to people with an interest in Spanish history.The visit to the Valley of the Fallen was more Interesting - an impressive structure. Sadly there was next to no information given by the guide on the Civil War or its aftermath which would have added a great deal of value to the tour.
star-4
It was ok with this tour. It's not...
Oskar S
, Mar 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.
star-5
Kind of a solemn tour for a change...
Ann_S
, Jan 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!
star-5
It was great-and when we realized we...
Stephanie H
, Dec 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.
star-2
The places visited are well worth...
Ignacio_F
, Oct 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.
star-4
Enjoyable trip. A good way to see...
Matthew R
, Sep 2016
Enjoyable trip. A good way to see things if you are shot of time.
star-5
Beautiful places, but no pictures...
Maria_A
, May 2016
Beautiful places, but no pictures allowed in either one. Just enjoy the view and remember de interiors that are great.
star-5
Beautiful you cant miss it. No photos...
Maria_A
, May 2016
Beautiful you cant miss it. No photos allowed in the inside.

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