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Royal Monastery of El Escorial + Toledo Half Day Afternoon Tour

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Enjoy two of the top attractions near Madrid, El Escorial Monastery and the picturesque town of Toledo, for one great price during this full-day Super Saver tour. Check out El Escorial in the morning, visiting the nearby 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 hilltop city of Toledo, the country's medieval capital, to view priceless art by El Greco. All entrance fees, coach transport, and optional lunch upgrade included.
  • 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 Lord 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
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Local guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Entrance to the Royal Monastery of El Escorial
Entrance to the Valley of the Fallen and the Basilica
Entrance to Church of St. Tomé
Entrance to Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca
Entrance to Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes
Individual radioguided system
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Calle de San Nicolás, 15, 28013 Madrid, Spain

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Plaza de Oriente, 28013 Madrid, Spain
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 in central Madrid, then head to the day's first location the 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 also have the opportunity to visit the nearby 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 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, admire the paintings of famous Spanish painter El Greco, including his work "The Burial of the Lord of Orgaz," along with the beautiful Cathedral of Toledo and the town's medieval-era castle. Full itinerary details are listed below.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial
We will start our visit at El Escorial, symbol of the Spanish power in the XVI century that commemorates the battle of St. Quentin. It is also mausoleum for Charles V. Due to the symmetry and balance of its construction, according to the humanist Renaissance style, for years it had been considered for years the eighth wonder of the world. The visit includes the Habsburg Palace, the Kings and Princes Mausoleum, the Chapter House and the Basilica.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Valley of the Fallen
Located 9 km away from El Escorial, this enormous monument was built between 1940 and 1959 to honor the fallen during the Spanish Civil War. The basilica is carved into the mountain at 1350 meters of altitude, where an impressive 150 meters high cross places itself over the magnificent landscape of Madrid’s mountain range.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Catedral Primada
We will apreciate the Cathedral from the outside
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Iglesia de Santo Tome
You will be able to visit "The Burial of the Lord of Orgaz", masterpiece of El Greco inside the church
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Synagogue of Saint Mary the White
You will be able to visit the interior
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes
Enjoy the interior of the monastery
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Damasquinados Suarez
Once these visits are finished we will go to a demonstration of the famous technique of damascened (Inlay of precious metals in steel). Once finished the demonstration you have free time to buy something if you want.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants aged 5 years and under are free of charge, provided they do not occupy a seat
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Please keep in mind that the excursion includes several visits on foot., comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • The duration of the tour includes the round trip to the destination
  • Royal Monastery of El Escorial, the Valley of the Fallen Basilic and St Tomé Church visitors are kindly requested to respect the instructions of the Security: Photography and filming are not permitted inside the exhibitions.
  • Please, note that guiding inside the Basilica of the Valley is not allowed.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Failure to show up at the established check-in time may entail losing the tour.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Julia Travel S.L

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Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Royal Monastery of El Escorial + Toledo Half Day Afternoon Tour?
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 Royal Monastery of El Escorial + Toledo Half Day Afternoon Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Royal Monastery of El Escorial + Toledo Half Day Afternoon Tour?
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 Royal Monastery of El Escorial + Toledo Half Day Afternoon Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Royal Monastery of El Escorial + Toledo Half Day Afternoon Tour?
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 Royal Monastery of El Escorial + Toledo Half Day Afternoon Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Royal Monastery of El Escorial + Toledo Half Day Afternoon Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Royal Monastery of El Escorial + Toledo Half Day Afternoon Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Royal Monastery of El Escorial + Toledo Half Day Afternoon Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Royal Monastery of El Escorial + Toledo Half Day Afternoon Tour.

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Missed it, the first half anyway.
BradArvinB
, May 2019
Okay, the tour may have been great. We wouldn't know. We missed the departure time for the morning trip. Yes, it was our fault. Good old Google Maps told us the distance to the departure area from our hotel was ten minutes and we did get an Uber about 30 minutes before the departure time, but the Uber driver drove around in circles for 40 minutes, apologizing along the way, but by the time we finely got to the tour place, the bus had left, 10 minutes earlier.. Viator's answer? Too bad. I get it. I'm sure this happens all the time and the people working for tour guide agency has more important things to do than fret over wayward Uber drivers or clients. Anyway, the 2nd half of the tour, the one to Toledo, was on a different bus that left in the afternoon. We camped out at the departure point for several hours to be sure not to miss it (there were several delightful street cafes within view of the departure site, so we were comfortable). The 2nd half was magnificent. Toledo was beautiful. The guide charming, funny and informative. This would have gotten our highest 5 star review except for the missed bus in the morning and the I don't give a darn attitude of the tour clerk.
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Royal Monastery El Escorial + Toledo half day
usellm68
, Oct 2018
There is much could be explored for Toledo as full day, instead of half day tour. Also, not much time given for shopping...i believed there are much to know about the culture during the 13th century in this ancient city Toledo.
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Both locations are fantastic but in...
alr
, 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.
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Although it is essentially 2...
Sheena E
, 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.
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Very nice excursion, worth it. The...
Rosangela G
, 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.
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Both morning and afternoon trips...
Shi C
, 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.
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star-4
A wonderful tour but a very moody...
Mario
, May 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.
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the places were good the tour director...
carla g
, May 2016
the places were good the tour director was just okay
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star-5
Guide was very well informed. Bus...
Edward W
, May 2016
Guide was very well informed. Bus trips were comfortable. Opted for lunch included and it was delicious.
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The morning started off poorly. We...
Dennis C
, 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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