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Monastery of El Escorial & Valley of the Fallen - Tour from Madrid

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Duration: 5 hours
Price per person
$83.77
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  • Two fascinating periods in Spanish history covered in one day
  • Visit the Monastery of El Escorial; a historical residence of the King of Spain
  • Your knowledgeable guide will lead a tour of some of El Escorials’ highlights
  • Travel to the Valley of the Fallen, which honours the victims of the Spanish Civil War
  • The tour is conducted in a luxury air-conditioned coach

Experience two very different, but equally fascinating Spanish landmarks on this fantastic day tour from Madrid.

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.

Customer reviews

The guide was very knowledgeable and able to explain everything in both Spanish and English. The time spent at the two locations was about right also the coach used was modern...

Mr J B Whelan United Kingdom
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Would have bee excellent but was spoiled somewhat by poor weather...

JOHN C. O'SULLIVAN Ireland
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Itinerary

You will be picked up from Plaza de Espana, 7, Madrid. Accompanied by a multi-lingual guide, you will travel by deluxe air-conditioned coach to visit the Monastery of Escorial.

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.

After the day’s exploration you will be taken back to Madrid, your tour will finish at Plaza de Espana, 7.

Please note
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the start of the tour to reconfirm the departure details

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
Inclusions
  • Entrance fees
  • Multi-lingual guide (English & Spanish)
  • Return transport by deluxe air conditioned motor coach
Exclusions
  • Hotel pick up & drop off
  • Meals & Drinks
What happens after I book?
  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance
Activity schedule
When does it run?
Daily except Monday
Duration
5 hours
Start time
0845h (08:45am)
Meeting point
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
Plaza de Espana, 7, Madrid
Sale price
$123.23
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Additional information
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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