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El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

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Experience the grandeur of Spain on a guided half-day visit to El Escorial monastery and the Valley of the Fallen monument from Madrid. Discover why the Baroque-style El Escorial complex was considered the eighth wonder of the world, and admire the poignant sculptures of the Valley of the Fallen monument, erected in memory of the millions who died in the Spanish Civil War. You’ll gain insights into Spain's intriguing history at these symbolic monuments, reflecting the Spanish monarchy, church and 20th-century conflict, and have the option to include a half-day city tour of the highlights of Madrid.
Highlights
  • 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
  • Learn more on a guided tour of El Escorial monastery
  • 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
Duration
5h
Return Details
Plaza de Oriente, 28013 Madrid, Spain
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
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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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Reviewed 10 December 2018

This amazing monastery palace is an exceptional view on Spain and Spanish history. We made the somewhat unusual decision to stay overnight in a hotel only steps from the entrance and were so glad to have two days to explore the many treasures - cathedral,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 7 November 2018 via mobile

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...More

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Reviewed 30 October 2018

Our tour group visited this architectural masterpiece on our own. It was completed in 1584 as a residence for the King of Spain and a monastery for the Hieronymite monks. Set at the foot of Mount Abantos, the enormous gray granite complex is the resting...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 7 October 2018

This trip gives a real insight into long past and then very recent Spanish history. We boarded a very comfortable coach hidden away in an underground coach park immediately in front of the Royal Palacio a short walk from the JuliaTravel office. The trip to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank theothernigel
Reviewed 27 April 2018

We took this tour as the only other way to get to Valle de los Caidos is by renting a car. El Escorial is certainly worth seeing. The guide, Marta, was very informative and managed to keep a good balance between Spanish and English. While...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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gan1998
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Response from JerryFn | Reviewed this property |
Well photography was not allowed but (I did steal a couple on my phone).
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BLBChicago
5 May 2018|
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Response from msjg | Reviewed this property |
El Escorial involves a great deal of walking and many stairs. The Valley of the Fallen has some stairs, but can be toured at your own pace if you prefer on this tour.
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