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

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Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    April to October: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday

    November to March: Wednesday, Friday & Sunday

  • Duration

    5 hours

  • Start time

    8:30am

    Please reach 15 minutes before departure time.

  • Meeting Point
    Tour starts from San Nicolás 15 (next to Plaza de Ramales) – Madrid
    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 underground parking Plaza de Oriente, Level -2

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
  • The tour is conducted in a luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Tour operated in both Spanish and English
  • Transportation on an air-conditioned coach
  • Both printed and e-voucher accepted

Overview

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.

Itinerary

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 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.

Inclusions

  • Admission to the Royal Monastery of El Escorial.
  • Admission to the Valley of the Fallen and the Basilica. 
  • Transportation on an air-conditioned coach.
  • Local official guide.
  • Tour operated in both Spanish and English.
  • Radio guide system. .

Exclusions

  • Food and drinks, unless specified.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off.

Please note

Voucher information: You can show your voucher on your smartphone (But if you’d rather print a copy – that’s fine too!)

Please note this is a walking tour on arrival at the site. Wear appropriate attire.

We reserve the right to modify or cancel the tour itinerary without prior notice due to force majeure reasons.

The Royal Monastery of El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen visitors are requested to respect the following statement: photography and filming are not permitted inside the exhibitions.

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers per guide.

Patrimonio Nacional reserves the right to modify the itinerary and the access to some parts of its monuments.

Tour operated in both Spanish and English.

Transportation on an air-conditioned coach.

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.

Customer Reviews

  • LE THANH TRI
    Recommend for anyone loving the history of Spain

    The tour guide, Mrs Carmen Alvaguez (or similar) is professional in leading and historical understanding. This is historical tour. The concern only that I wish the visitors have...

    Vietnam 10/13/2015
  • JOHN C. O'SULLIVAN
    Monastery of El Escorial & Valley of the Fallen - Tour from Madrid

    Would have bee excellent but was spoiled somewhat by poor weather...

    Ireland 11/10/2013
  • Mr J B Whelan
    An enjoyable tour

    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...

    United Kingdom 05/07/2012

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