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Monastery of El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen & Toledo – Tour from Madrid

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Highlights

  • Combine two of the most popular day tours from Madrid
  • Visit the Monastery of El Escorial; a historical residence of the King of Spain
  • Travel to the Valley of the Fallen, which honours the victims of the Spanish Civil War
  • Save over 10% compared to the cost of booking these two tours separately

Overview

Combine the two most popular day tours from Madrid into one fantastic days sightseeing on this tour to El Escorial, the Valley of the Fallen and Toledo.

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.

The ‘Imperial Toledo’ is a city encircled by the River Tagus and home to three different cultures – Christian, Moorish and Jewish – that coexisted together for centuries. Their influences have left many architectural and artistic reminders all over the city.

Itinerary

The tour starts from Plaza de Espana, 7 in Madrid where you will be met by your multilingual guide and taken to El Escorial (about 49 kilometers 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.

Along the way stop for lunch at a local restaurant. Continue to Toledo, one of the oldest towns in Europe. It is called the “city of the three cultures”, since Christians, Muslims and Jews lived together in this city. You will get an outside view of the Cathedral, see the Church of St. Tomé with “El Entierro del señor de Orgaz”, masterpiece of El Greco; Synagogue of Sta. María la Blanca; Museum of Victorio Macho; Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes and the famous technique of Damasquinado (encrust of precious metals in steel). And enjoy a panoramic sightseeing tour of Toledo.

After a sightseeing excursion in Toledo, return to the starting point of the tour. The tour ends at Plaza de Espana in Madrid.

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Reviews

Please add Arabic language to Your tourist languages in order to attract Arab toursists like Turkey. Expecially, you have more isalmic mouments.... MOHAMED HASSAN IBRAHIM

I had a great time at both Escorial and Toledo. Both were fascinating. It was so nice to have someone who knows the area drive us there. No worries of taking a wrong turn. The... Lynn Clemens

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

Daily except Monday

Duration

Approx 11 hours

Start time

Start Time: 0845h (08:45am)
Duration: Approx 11 hours

Meeting point

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).
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

Ending point

The tour ends at Plaza de Espana

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Inclusions

  • Transportation in an air-conditioned coach
  • Guide (English & Spanish speaking)
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch (if option chosen)

Exclusions

  • Hotel pick up and drop off

Do/Dont's

We recommend comfortable shoes

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Please note

Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details

Italian (Morning: Mon & Sun and Afternoon: Tue, Thu & 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 lunches 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.

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Additional info

  • 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.
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