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Aranjuez, Royal Monastery of El Escorial & Valley of the Fallen

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Key Highlights

  • 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
  • See the Spanish Royal estates in the city of Aranjuez
  • The tour is conducted in a luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    01 Apr - 30 Sep: Tuesday & Thursday


    9 hours

    Start time


    Meeting Point

    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.

    Ending Point

    The tour ends at the start point

  • Overview & Itinerary


    Save money on this tour! It combines 2 half-day tours for the perfect all day experience.

    In the morning, you will travel to the Royal Monastery of El Escorial and the Basilica of the Valley of the Fallen. For years, the Monastery was considered the eighth wonder of the world due to the symmetry and balance of its construction.

    The Basilica is carved into a mountain at 1350 meters altitude and was built in the 1940s to honor the fallen during the Spanish Civil War. Symbols of Spanish power and strength, these structures are incredibly beautiful and are some of the areas top attractions.

    In the afternoon, you will travel to Aranjuez, the Royal Site of the Crown of Spain. Situated in a fertile valley on the banks of the River Tagus, Aranjuez is known for its Royal Palace and numerous gardens. Here you will explore the grounds and the Museum of Royal Feluccas.


    You will be picked up from designated meeting point. 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 Basilica, the tour will travel to Aranjuez, the Royal Site of the Crown of Spain. Your time here starts with a visit to the incredible Royal Palace. You will visit Elizabeth II’s throne room and the Prince’s Gardens.

    You will also visit the Museum of Royal Feluccas (a type of long and narrow light boats, used in ports and rivers) which was built in 1963 and exhibits the boats used by the royal family to navigate the Tagus river.

    After the tour is over, you will be taken back to Madrid

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Transportation by coach, bilingual guide
    • Entrance to Monastery of El Escorial
    • Entrance to the Valley of the Fallen and the Basilica
    • Entrance to the Royal Palace of Aranjuez


    • Lunch, beverages, other services not specified
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Passengers must reconfirm tour and pick up details 24 hours prior to departure. Failure to do so may result in cancellation.

    ted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

    The tour departs at 8:45am. Be ready at 8:30am so the tour can depart promptly.

    Both English & Spanish will be spoken on the tour.

    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.

    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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