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El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid provided by Julia Travel Madrid

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El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

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Updated 07/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 07/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
If you’re a history buff, no visit to Madrid is complete without ticking off the UNESCO-listed El Escorial. This hassle-free tour makes visiting the monument easy, and includes access to the Valley of the Fallen (Valle de los Caidos). Exploring with a guide means you’ll hear insider commentary, while an early morning departure leaves you time for more sightseeing afterward.
  • You'll start at
    Calle de San Nicolás, 15
    Calle de San Nicolás, 15, 28013 Madrid, Spain
    Next to Plaza Ramales
    See address & details
  • 1
    Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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  • 2
    Valley of the Fallen
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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  • You'll end at
    Plaza de Oriente
    Plaza de Oriente, 28013 Madrid, Spain
    Underground parking Plaza de Oriente, Level -2
    See address & details
  • Stress-free tour of El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen
  • Eliminate the hassle of car hire or public transportation
  • Ideal for history buffs and first-time visitors to Madrid
  • Morning tour leaves the rest of the afternoon free for sightseeing 
What to Expect
Your half-day tour begins in central Madrid in the morning. Following the journey from the capital, embark on a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, considered a striking symbol of 16th-century Spanish power. Inside the basilica, admire religious relics and a Baroque dome. See the marble tomb of Charles V and the final resting place of Isabella of Portugal before exploring the Pantheon of Kings and the Weapons Room. Then, continue to the Valley of the Fallen, home to a colossal granite cross and a basilica carved into the mountain’s side. Learn about the effects of the Spanish Civil War and descend to a vaulted crypt. Your tour concludes with drop-off at your original departure point in the afternoon.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Calle de San Nicolás, 15, 28013 Madrid, Spain
Return Details
Plaza de Oriente, 28013 Madrid, Spain
  • Bilingual Office guide
  • Local guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Radio-guide system
  • Entrance to the Royal Monastery of El Escorial
  • Entrance to the Valley of the Fallen and the Basilica
  • Entry/Admission - Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial
  • Entry/Admission - Valley of the Fallen
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infants aged 5 years and under are free of charge, provided they do not occupy a seat
  • Operated by a bilingual guide in Spanish and English
  • Please keep in mind that the excursion includes several visits on foot, comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • The duration of the tour includes the round trip to the destination
  • Royal Monastery of El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen Basilic visitors are kindlyrequested to respect the instructions of the Security: Photography and filming are not permitted inside the exhibitions.
  • Please, note that guiding inside the Basilica of the Valley is not allowed.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Failure to show up at the established check-in time may entail losing the tour
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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OCdance wrote a review Feb 2020
Toronto, Canada31 contributions11 helpful votes
My friend and I chose this tour at the last minute after deciding that trying to visit these sights alone would be too difficult. We were very happy with our decision. The tour was very fast, as it was only half a day, but provided just enough time to see almost everything. We
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Date of experience: February 2020
justinbx wrote a review Feb 2020
County Dublin, Ireland63 contributions4 helpful votes
Content was fascinating Tour guide was grand Great half day trip from Madrid we were back in time for lunch and had the rest of the day to take in other sites
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Response from Alex B, Director General at El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid
Responded 4 Feb 2020
Dear Justin B, Thank you for your feedback. I am so glad to see you had a great time in our tour to El Escorial and the Valley of Fallen. I do hope to welcome you back soon in our tours around Spain! Best regards, Alex B.
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jimhatt2 wrote a review Jan 2020
Manchester, United Kingdom24 contributions11 helpful votes
Perfect trip to 2 historic sites. Sylvia, our guide was excellent.It was all helped by having a beautiful crisp day to walk about and explore.
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Date of experience: January 2020
Bryuzga wrote a review Jan 2020
Moscow1,426 contribution76 helpful votes
A very satisfying and rewarding experience. Sylvia, our guide, was awesome. Everything was organised just perfectly. We were lucky and it was a sunny day. Valley of the Fallen is unbelievable. Solemn and magnificent.
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Jane H wrote a review Dec 2019
15 contributions2 helpful votes
We were allotted 90 minutes to see everything of interest in El Escorial, which was nowhere near enough time. The earphones only worked intermittently, and if you didnt keep a close eye on the guide, she would move onto the next room and you would lose her. If you do this
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Response from Alex B, Director General at El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid
Responded 9 Jan 2020
Dear janehU1247RC, Thank you for sharing you experience. Firstly I would like to apologise that the tour did not meet your expectations and that you felt at any time that there was not enough time to fully enjoy your time at El Escorial. Kindly take note that we do revise the state of our radio guide in order to assure their proper functioning, however some technical issues may appear during the tour. I will transfer your comments to the corresponding department in order to solve this problem. Sincerely, Alex B.
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About the operator

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By: Julia Travel Madrid
Great Time
I had an excellent time during this tour. I learned a lot about the Prado and the tour guide was amazing. (I can’t
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Amazing views
The place is beautiful, full of history, the views are impressive. Love Segovia's town. What a beautiful place.
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Excellent transportation service!
My daughter had a early morning ride scheduled. Driver was at the hotel on time. Driver was courteous and profes
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I was not supported by employee but manager was very professional.
I went to but a ticket for 4 days tour. The lady on counter was rude. Other people are not much helpful. Manager wa
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Knowledgeable Tour Guide & Professional Organization
We took a full day tour to Toledo on Feb 20. The coordination is professional, well organized. Great value. Pers
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It was okay.
The Segway experience in its own is pretty fun especially if it’s your first time. Loved it. However kind of expect
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A great way to spend NYE in Madrid
We were in Madrid to enjoy New Year's. The segway tour was a really enjoyable way to go around the park. Allen who
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Toledo Lite - At Best
First, I’ll qualify this review by saying I arranged it quickly after deciding I didn’t want to make my own travel
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Madrid Segway tour downtown 1.5
Overall very disappointing. Saw very little of Madrid. We had booked a 1.5 hour downtown tour but the guide was i
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Absolutely awesome
This was a great tour, perhaps my favorite one we've done across Barcelona, Sevilla,,Cordoba, and Madrid. Chris wa
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Great tour of Avila and Segovia
This full day tour was well narrated in both English and Spanish. Manolo, our guide, repeated everything exactly i
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Toledo is beautiful and our tour was great
We took a half day trip from Madrid with Julia travel and while I want MORE time in this lovely city, our tour, and
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Excellent tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and kept the tour interesting. I learned so much in the 2 hours
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deborah n
Do not book this tour!
DO NOT BOOK THIS THROUGH SANDEMAN FREE WALKING TOUR- RIP OFF. We booked this tour assuming it was delivered by S
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Trygve K
Nor a good guide .
the guide has done it too many times before and is tired of his own comments, so he tries to boost the experience b
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