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 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.
I enjoyed doing the tour of Escorial and Toledo, for the richness of details and beauty of the places but I didn't like Vale de los fallen, I think it could increase the time in the other 2 places. Very professional guide explained well.
El Rscorial and the memorial El valle de los Caidos were two truly amazing experiences.
Toledo forget Worst than Torremolinus Only vieuw,frm far