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

El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid
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Tour snapshot
Stress-free tour of El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen
Duration:
5h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
25
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    5h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    25
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, Spanish
Highlights
  • 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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • 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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Call the number below and use the product code: 2140JTEMA09
Important information
Inclusions
  • 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
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
Duration
5h
Departure details
  • C. de San Nicolás, 15, 28013 Madrid, Spain Next to Plaza Ramales
  • Plaza de Oriente, Pl. de Ote., 28013 Madrid, Spain Underground parking Plaza de Oriente, Level -2
Additional information
  • 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.
  • Failure to show up at the established check-in time may entail losing the tour
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
Inclusions
  • 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
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
Departure details
  • C. de San Nicolás, 15, 28013 Madrid, Spain Next to Plaza Ramales
  • Plaza de Oriente, Pl. de Ote., 28013 Madrid, Spain Underground parking Plaza de Oriente, Level -2
Duration
5h
Return details
  • Plaza de Oriente, Pl. de Ote., 28013 Madrid, Spain Underground parking Plaza de Oriente, Level -2
Additional information
  • 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.
  • Failure to show up at the established check-in time may entail losing the tour
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    C. de San Nicolás, 15
    C. 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
    See details
  • 2
    Valley of the Fallen
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Plaza de Oriente
    Pl. de Ote., 28013 Madrid, Spain
    Underground parking Plaza de Oriente, Level -2
    See address & details
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Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
Popular mentions

4.5
101 reviews
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63
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Llyanne
29 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
If you want an easy access to both sites, this is it. Easy and comfortable. The trip to el escorial was amazing. The guide spoke a lot of history and a lot of details on the paintings. The valley was incredible and has the best views from top of the hill. There was a mass when we went inside the basillica and the guide,Amanda, did her best to gather us in. I just wished there was a little more time in the valley, just to soaked up how glorious it is.
Written 18 April 2022
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OCdance
Toronto, Canada31 contributions
Feb 2020
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 had chosen to bring a lunch with us, which we appreciated as it allowed us to spend more time looking around at the Valley of the Fallen. Our tour guide was good and did a great job of providing the tour in both Spanish and English simultaneously. This tour had a lot of walking and stairs. If that is difficult for you, especially at a fast pace this tour may be difficult. We would recommend this tour.
Written 16 February 2020
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Alberto A
2 contributions
Enrique and Ismael were very good and professional. Ismael was our English tour and he faves us a lot of meaningful information. The tour is long enough (a little over 5 hrs) to be enjoyable. One thing I will add is a snack break or tell people to bring some snacks with them.
Written 20 May 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

LizHWI
Neenah, WI146 contributions
Sep 2021
I booked the bus tour with Julia Travel to El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen in pre-COVID 2020 for a tour later that year. My tour didn't go to Spain so I asked them if I could push my tour to 2021. They were accommodating and helped me reschedule to a date in September 2021 and issued me new tickets. Then a week before my tour in September 2021 they contacted me to say they had cancelled their tour and would refund my money. I ended up going to El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen with Fun and Tickets...great tour! In October Julia Travel contacted me to say they can't refund my money through my credit card and need my bank information. They claim the only way they can refund me is through a wire transfer. I hesitantly provided all my information in October and it is now January 2022 and I have yet to receive my money, and expect at this point I never will. I've contacted them repeatedly over the last 3 months and they've assured me they will refund the money every time. Don't book with this company unless you want to take the financial risk!
Written 7 January 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Myriam S
Amersfoort, The Netherlands1 contribution
Mar 2022 • Couples
We enjoyed Both sites. Beautiful rooms in the Escorial. However it was unfortunate that we could not enter the basilic in the Escorial because of festivities. The valley of the Fallen is impressive but alsof sad because of its dark history. We also appreciated our guide Georg. He gave us very good information.
Written 2 March 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Mitesh Lashkari
Jaipur, India2 contributions
We had a great time on this tour. Both, the El Escorial monetary and the valley of fallen are simply magnificat and are a must visit if you are in Madrid.
Our tour guide Julia was very knowledgeable and helpful.
Julia travels are one of the best in business. You must check them out.
Written 30 April 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

clarissa R
Perth, Australia66 contributions
This tour is a must, even if it just provides you with the transport. Our guide was very knowledgable and provided a pleasant experience, I wish we could have had longer to explore, as soon as you get something to eat, drink and get a toilet break there is not much time at all. This provides a great highlight of both places and worth the trip!
Written 7 November 2018
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Jose Vicente D
28 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
Many tours are offered but I recommend taking one day and doing it on your own.
Trains from Atocha (Madrid) depart every hour and the same for the return. Train is cheap and reliable. From the train station you can walk for 20min or take a bus (1.5 Euros aprox.)

I recommend walking and exploring through town, parks and the gardens in the morning and entering the monastery in the afternoon.

I didn't pay the audio guide in the monastery and I regret it. So if you can, you should. Once you enter, keep your ticket because they ask for it in many places of the venue. It feels like you need a special ticket to see some parts but you don't. You can access everything with the general entry ticket.

Take your time and enjoy this magic place. Full of history and art.

Not recommended for small children.
Written 5 April 2018
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justinbx
County Dublin, Ireland65 contributions
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
Written 2 February 2020
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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.
Written 4 February 2020
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Richjjohn
Munich, Germany241 contributions
Feb 2019
We were in Madrid for a few days and thought this would be an interesting trip to see something outside of the city.
The tour was well organized on a large bus and well organized.
Written 22 May 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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