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  • Location:Madrid, Spain
  • Duration:5 hours (approx.)

El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

Discover the sacred splendor of Spain on a guided half-day visit to the monastery of El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen monument form Madrid. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, delve into the rich history of the religious El Escorial complex and discover why it was considered the eighth wonder of the world. Feel emotionally stirred by the sculptures at the Valley of the Fallen monument and opt to include a half-day city tour of Madrid’s most significant sites if you wish.   

Highlights

  • Morning tour of El Escorial monastery and Valley of the Fallen from Madrid
  • See royal tombs and ornate artworks on a guided tour of El Escorial monastery
  • Tour the Pantheon of Kings and basilica
  • Visit the poignant Valley of the Fallen monument to those who perished in the Spanish Civil War
  • See cultural treasures and learn interesting details about Spain’s often turbulent history
  • Option to include a half-day Madrid sightseeing tour

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What You Can Expect

El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

Visit the Valley of the Fallen

Depart from a central Madrid location in a comfortable, air-conditioned coach and enjoy the beautiful Spanish countryside as you travel 28 miles (45 km) northwest to the Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Get acquainted with the rich history of the regal structure along the way as your guide offers insightful commentary of a striking symbol of 16th-century Spanish power. 

Begin your tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed wonder at the monastery, which is the final resting place of Charles I and Isabella of Portugal. Admire the religious relics of the basilica and gaze up at the richly decorated Baroque dome.

Next, venture to the grand palace know as the Pantheon of Kings; pay your respects to the marble tomb of Charles V and browse the intriguing collection of building equipment in the Architects Room for insight into construction processes of the 16th century; see vicious arms in the Weapons Room; and observe the beautifully painted frescoes in the library.   

Continue to the Valley of the Fallen to visit a vast basilica carved into the side of a mountain; capture a photograph of the colossal granite cross that tops the structure and delve into its origin with your guide. Venture within to tour the vaulted crypt replete with sculpted angels and then absorb sweeping vistas of the surrounding countryside from the arches. 

Return to your spacious vehicle and admire more gorgeous scenery on the return journey to Madrid. Opt to enjoy a 2.5-hour sightseeing walking tour on arrival if you wish. 

Customer Reviews

Dudley S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Excellent arrangements and a very well-informed guide provided.

Stephen D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Wonderful enjoyable excursion. We have very fond memories.

Lydia USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Wonderful trip to these fascinating places! The tour guides were nice and very passionate about what they do. Enjoyed learning about the history of Madrid and how they lived in the monestary. El Escorial is a lovely little town to walk through if you get the chance. Just beautiful! I would highly recommend this tour.

samfur54

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This is a must see tour with very professional guid.

Sergey S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

It was great!!!

Enrique F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Tour guide was informative. Both sites are well worth the short trip.

George R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our guide was fantastic. She was so knowledgable and just made the whole experience. This tour was an A.

Barbara. Ellen F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent tour of both sites. Guide very informative and approachable. Tour well organised.

Diantha M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

A great experience.

Sandra B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and would highly recommend.

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