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Aranjuez, Spain

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Julia K wrote a review Mar 2017
Boston, Massachusetts160 contributions70 helpful votes
Great thing to do (although FYI I think they only have trains with Spanish narration, but this may change on weekends). Regardless of the language of the narration, the train ride provides a great tour of the city. I recommend doing the train ride first (it'll drop you off right where it leaves - from the palace) and then you can pick and choose what (if anything) on the train you'd want to return to on foot.
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Date of experience: March 2017
Valerie H wrote a review May 2016
44 contributions29 helpful votes
The tickets are sold in a kiosk next to the Palace square, this is a separate ticket from the palace admission. They were about 5e each for the tour in a "people mover" with padded seats that takes about an hour. They take you all through the gardens and the town; and you just sit back and snap your photos. Perfect break after running through the palace. On weekends and holidays there may to also be a boat ride included. Then walk about a mile back to the train station and go back to Madrid.
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Date of experience: May 2016
Farsante2 wrote a review May 2016
Mexico454 contributions228 helpful votes
Agree with Jane's [France] review, but now (April, 2016) there is a commentary in English, and I swear the man has a Mexican accent! The ticket is still E. 5.50 for adults and E5 for seniors and disabled, and E3 for children up to 12 years. Honestly most of the information in the commentary you can get online. There is also a booklet provided with your tickets in Spanish and English, but not Mandarin... The music starts wonderfully with Rodrigo's 'Concierto de Aranjeuz " but then switches to some lovely classical music I associate with England ? No problema, this is great value for nearly an hour's tour of the town and the enormous Jardines del Principe. Aranjeuz is a charming Spanish town and good to get the highlights from the Chiquitren. The reviewer who found it "uninspiring", well, could be questioned. Small towns in Spain when the main tourist sight is closed for the day are delightful. Hard to see any obvious tourists. Chiquitren's route passes the banks of the Tagus River (Rio Tajo) where you see it released from the Palace gardens and en route for Lisbon. Ah, the romance of rivers. (Rio Tajo) The Jardines del Principe are quite the time-consuming hike on a hot or wet day , and it is pleasant to watch from the comfort of the Chiquitren those who choose to run or walk their dogs on the lovely paths. (The Concierto, I believe, was inspired by the manicured gardens with the fountains and waterfalls closer to the Palace. Plus a good dinner Rodrigo had with some guitarist friends.) Aranjuez has some good restaurants with a very reasonable Menu del Dia, even more so on Mondays when the Palacio Real is closed. [See Santa Marta Reviews] Most of all, the Chiquitren is fun and might make you want to spends a few days in this lovely town. All those generations of the Spanish royals and court favourites went there on holiday for a good reason.
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Date of experience: April 2016
Sunfold wrote a review Sep 2015
Great Malvern, United Kingdom58 contributions62 helpful votes
This was probably a good tour however the gardens are all currently closed following a "tornado" in August. The tour currently takes you from the very interesting palace to the very uninspiring town centre We found the town poor in comparison to say Segovia
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Date of experience: September 2015
Jane C wrote a review Jul 2015
Languedoc-Roussillon, France1614 contributions198 helpful votes
We picked up a brochure about this little train from the tourist office. The brochure comes in 3 languages and we were rather surprised to find the commentary only in Spanish. The tourist train leaves from outside the palace gates and they suggest that you buy your tickets about 10 minutes before it's due to depart. The journey takes about 55 minutes. 2015 tariffs, ADULTS €5.50 : PENSIONERS AND DISABLED €5.00 : CHILDREN €3.00. It travels through the town and also around the Jardin de Principe passing various highlights. Pity that the commentary wasn't in English but it was nice to ride around the town and gardens as it was very hot when we visited. We enjoyed it. Good for the children. I think that we were the only foreigners on board. If you wish to visit either the Royal Barge Museum or the Royal Casa del Labrador or both you should purchase your ticket in advance at the ticket counter in the Royal Palace. To visit the Casa del Labrador requires a previous reservation - where as the Barge museum can be visited at your convenience. If you wish to do this they advise that you tell the train personnel when you purchase your ticket.
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Date of experience: July 2015