Combine two of the “must-do” tours of Madrid on this fantastic value combo
The Monastery of El Escorial is a historical residence of the King of Spain. This wondrous complex combines a Monastery, Palace, Museum and School. Its beauty, along with its historical and cultural significance have seen it designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Valley of the Fallen (Valle de los Caídos) is an underground basilica, built under General Franco, to honour the victims of the Spanish Civil War. The underground church and tomb topped with a 500 foot stone cross, which can be seen from a distance of 30 miles.
Your Madrid orientation tour covers all the highlights of the city and includes a drink at the Hard Rock café. It is perfect for getting your bearings and deciding what you want to do back and see in more detail.
The tour starts from designated meeting point where you will be met by your multilingual guide and taken to El Escorial (about 49 kilometres from Madrid).
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, El Escorial is a symbol of the Spanish Power in the 16th century and commemorates the San Quintin Battle. It is also a mausoleum for Charles V. You will also visit the Hapsburg Palace, Kings and Princes Mausoleum, Chapter House and the Basilica.
Further on, proceed to Valle de Los Caidos (Basilica of the Valley) located about 9 kilometres from El Escorial. It is an enormous monument built between 1940 and 1959 to honor the Spaniards killed during the civil war. It is a basilica excavated in the mountain at 1350 metres above sea level where an impressive 150 metre-high cross places itself over the magnificent nature reserve of Madrid mountain range.
After the explanations of guide from the outside, you will have free time to contemplate this magnificent architectural monument, take pictures and admire the wonderful views of the Sierra de Madrid.
Continue on a panoramic tour of Madrid. Drive through the courtesan district of the Madrid characterized by Renaissance and baroque style buildings built by Phillip II.
Along the way stop for lunch at a local restaurant (cost not included). Visit the Madrid of the Bourbons and the complex town planning schemes of Charles III, Royal Palace, Cibeles and Neptuno Fountains and the Puerta de Alcalá. Also visit the elegant Plaza de Oriente and The Prado Museum. Pass through some of Madrid’s famous avenues such as Gran Vía, Castellana, the district of Salamanca, Plaza de Castilla, Parque del Oeste, University Campus, commercial and financial zones of Modern Madrid, the Las Ventas Bullring and the Santiago Bernabéu Football Stadium. Along the way, stop at the famous Hard Rock Café where you will be offered a drink.
After the day’s exploration you will be taken back to Madrid, your tour will finish at Plaza de Espana, 7.
I fully recommend the trip!! Just be careful: Trip with & without Meal, its just the same, but without meal ( my case ) you are dropped out of the bus and have to wait 3...ECKEHARD K RAMIREZ T
Daily except Monday
Start Time: 0845h (08:45am)
Duration: 8 hours
The tour starts from Plaza de Espana, 7, Madrid (the closest Metro Station is Plaza de Espana on Line 10, located 3 minutes walking distance from the terminal).
From 26th October 2015 onwards: Tour starts from San Nicolas street nº15 (Corner with Plaza de Ramales).
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
The tour ends at Plaza de Espana
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have
French & Italian (Tue, Thu and Sat) guide available on request, please specify your language of preference in the special request section at the time of booking
Children (0 - 5) years free but drink is not included.
Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.