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El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

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  • 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
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El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid
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El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid with a bilingual English and Spanish-speaking guide
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El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid with a bilingual English and Spanish-speaking guide
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Overview
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. Upgrade to add an afternoon Madrid sightseeing tour.
What to Expect
Your half-day tour begins in central Madrid in the morning. Following a 1-hour journey from Madrid, you’ll embark on a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, considered a striking symbol of 16th-century Spanish power.

Inside the basilica, you’ll 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.
Reviews (532)
1 - 5 of 22 reviews
Reviewed December 9, 2018
Magnificent and Historically Interesting

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
Thank internationalvoyager
Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile
A slice of histoey

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

4  Thank clarissar6842
Reviewed October 30, 2018
Resting Place of Spanish Kings

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
Thank 2butterfly
Reviewed October 7, 2018
Thought proving trip into Spanish history

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 April 26, 2018
Don't miss Valle de los Caidos

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
1  Thank msjg
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