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El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

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  • Skip-the-line access to El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen from Madrid
  • Benefit from a professional guide’s commentary
  • View famous features, including the pantheon and the colossal cross
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El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen from Madrid
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El Escorial & Valley of FallenMost Popular
Let yourself be guided inside the impressive Monastery of El Escorial, house of the Spanish Emperors, and walk into Valley of the Fallen, and it´s basilica, raised inside the mountain
From US$67.51
El Escorial & Toledo no lunch
Combine in this full day tour the half day excursion to the Escorial and Valley of the Fallen in the morning to visit the Monastery and the Monument, and a half day tour to Toledo in the afternoon
From US$108.26
Escorial&Toledo no lunch+Cated
Combine in this full day tour the half day excursion to the Escorial and Valley of the Fallen in the morning to visit the Monastery, and a half day tour to Toledo in the afternoon, with Catedral.
From US$119.90
Overview
Visiting El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen (Valle de los Caidos) on a self-guided trip can be difficult. Tour the palatial and monastic complex of El Escorial, visit the imposing civil war memorial in the Valley of the Fallen, and gain insight into their significance from a guide. Travel with ease to these sites northeast of the capital via air-conditioned coach, with hotel pickup and drop-off included.
What to Expect
Begin with pickup from your Madrid hotel by air-conditioned vehicle. On the drive out to the Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, listen as your guide shares insights into the historic landmark. On arrival, admire the wall paintings in the Pantheon de los Reyes, tour the monastery facade, and visit the Gothic basilica of San Lorenzo el Real.
Next, head to the Valley of the Fallen, located in a preserved national park. Learn about the site’s history and explore the memorial’s crypt and basilica, before taking in spectacular views of the valley and the 490-foot (150-meter) cross itself.
Return to your vehicle and relax on your journey back, as the tour concludes with drop-off in central Madrid.
Reviews (22)
1 - 5 of 13 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Austere and impressive

The Escorial represents power austerity and religious fervor all at once. We booked our tour through Julia travel and it was conducted in a professional and insightful manner. We got the added bonus of visiting not only the crypts but Philips private library private chambers...More

Thank Mateo0333
Reviewed August 20, 2018 via mobile
Worth the Visit However Guide Presentation Monotonous

First up the El Escorial and Valley of Fallen are both spectacular structures and places to visit as half day trip from Madrid. Second - it's a typical large clean tourist bus. Third - we booked an "english" tour- as has significant number of the...More

2  Thank James K
Reviewed July 24, 2018
Interesting, but not a must see

We took this tour through Julia Tours and it was bilingual which I usually avoid. However this guide was quite thorough and generally pleasant. El Escorial is very interesting and an important part of Spanish history. Our only complaint was that cameras are not allowed...More

Date of experience: July 2018
3  Thank Richjjohn
Reviewed July 19, 2018
Enjoyable trip

Tour of the El Escorial was interesting and informative. Whole family enjoyed this part. The valley of the fallen part of the tour was short and gave some details and information (it is possible that there is not a lot to say about it and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Maz67Glasgow
Reviewed June 28, 2018 via mobile
Terrible Experience All Around

First, these are two incredible sites well worth a visit (don’t miss the royal pantheon!). For simplicity sake, a tour is probably the right approach. That being said, this tour is a waste. While the guide was friendly and somewhat informative, the tour is simply...More

Thank Wasik20
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