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

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

The tour guide was very kind and knowledgeful

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

Jorge was an excellent guide. Very patient with his English-speaking visitors such as us. Thank you! He did a wonderful job addressing the very delicate and sensitive subject of the Civil War, during our visit to Valley of the Fallen - respectful, informative. Escorial was magnificent, we learned a great while simply enjoying this incredible place. A visitor to Madrid really should see these places, and Viator did a great job for us. I hope we get to visit Spain again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

We had an excellent guide who gave the tour in both English and Spanish. We felt as though we got so much out of this tour since we had a guide showing us where to go, with both admission fees and transportation included. Such a great value for a wonderful tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

excellent tour and guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

Mainly we wish we had more time, particularly at the Valley of the Fallen. We happened to visit on Sunday of Corpus Christi so enjoyed part of the mass, but it limited the time inside the basilica.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

It was very moving! The tour guide was very professional and informative. Highly reccomended!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

So happy I did these tours. Each was a significant addition to understanding the Spanish culture and history.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

Escorial and the Valley of the fallen were amazing. I highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2014

Excellent tour with excellent guides. The only negative is it isn't long enough. Another hour would have helped

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2014

Highly recommend this tour - we learnt so much Spanish history. The monastery is very austere in parts and ornate in others. It is amazing to learn that all the kings and queens of Spain are entombed here. Have a coffee and croissant in the little café. Delicious! The Valley of the Fallen is definitely worth a visit. It is certainly not a happy place but it gives you such an insight into the Franco regime in Spain.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed this tour.It was pouring with rain but it didn't dampen our spirits too much.The monastery was the first stop and on the way we were able to see the huge cross that dominates the Valley of the Fallen.The. Monastery is a huge beautiful building.One third is a working monastery and another third is a private school.The guide explained the main features of the main rooms of the former palace.The bus parks in the main bus station so you can have a quick pit stop on the way back as there is a bakery nearby if you need to grab a snack.On to the valley of the Fallen.
Cross shrouded in cloud-it was an awful day like I said.
Awesome building.Definitelty makes you think, but so glad to see it.Ive read about it in books and novels but to see it in the flesh was amazing.
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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2014

Well worthwhile. All went like clockwork. Franco's tomb was chillingly awesome and the valley had the same dark presence that pervades Glencoe.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2014

This was wonderful - the tour guide Sofia was excellent - would highly recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2014

Spanish contemporary history in beatiful mountain surroundings

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

The monastery is breathtaking, and the Valley of the Fallen (which I had never heard of before going there) is a unique sight. Well worth it.

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