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.
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.
This tour is a must if you are visiting Madrid! Fabulous contrast between old and new monuments/buildings. The guide provided lots of interesting information and we didn't feel... Mrs Sally Langbridge
Overall there's nothing to complain about. The tour leader was very good. She explained everything & she spoke good English.The place is magnificent. I only wished that we had... carmen montanaro
Daily except Monday
Start time: 0845h (08:45am)
Duration: 5 hours
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.
Plaza de Espana, 7, Madrid
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
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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