Madrid: Toledo and El Escorial Full-Day Coach Tour
- Duration: 10 hours
Begin your tour in El Escorial. This was the symbol of the Spanish power in the 16th-century and 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. Explore Habsburg Palace, the Kings and Princes Mausoleum, the Chapter House, and the Basilica. Next, 9 kilometers away from El Escorial, discover an enormous monument built between 1940 and 1959 to honor the fallen during the Spanish Civil War. The basilica is carved into the mountain at 1,350 meters where an impressive 150 meters high cross places itself over the magnificent landscape of Madrid’s mountain range. Discover the City of the Three Cultures, 70 kilometers from Madrid. Toledo is a beautiful city-museum and a UNESCO World Heritage Site...
The tour was in Spanish and English. First part of the day Escorial, one hour break and Tolido in the afternoon. I didn't like the shopping stop (isolated store with very expencive items) at the end of the day for about 1 hour, which was not mentioned anywhere.
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The combination ticket is ideal. In the morning El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen. In the afternoon then Toledo. In between, a one-hour lunch break in Madrid, where you have time to strengthen yourself and possibly buy provisions for the bus trip. For both destinations, the travel companion was extremely friendly and told them knowledgeably about the respective story, one after the other, first in Spanish (because many participants came from South America) and then in the best English (for Germans, among others). Inquiries were possible at any time and we also had nice conversations. In Toledo you stop in a souvenir shop on arrival and departure where clean toilets are available free of charge. This is practical and offers a good breather. The walk in Toledo is incredibly interesting, and the walking distance is also challenging, especially when it's hot. Overall, I can warmly recommend this tour without reservation. It was a wonderful experience! Again any time!
The visit to the Escorial and the crypt where the kings and royal families rest is of incredible beauty. The San Lorenzo site, Valle de Los Caidos and its monolithic chapel a gem. Toledo is to be seen but the visit would benefit from taking a panoramic tour for photo enthusiasts. The circuit focuses solely on history. Many panaromic views are ignored in this guided tour.
The only thing is that it does not specify well. First they take you to the Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen. And then they take you back to Madrid. From there they take you to Toledo. For everything else very well. The guides explain everything to the perfection.very interesting.
Toledo is a very beautiful city and Estoril and Valle de los Caídos is something you have to visit !! It is something unique in the world !!!
Toledo forget Worst than Torremolinus Only vieuw,frm far