- Madrid city tour with a visit to El Escorial Monastery and Valley of the Fallen
- Take a scenic drive along Madrid's Gran Via and Plaza de España
- Explore El Escorial Monastery and go on a guided tour of the basilica
- See the Valley of the Fallen monument that honors those who died in the Spanish Civil War
- Enjoy a drink at the Hard Rock Cafe
- Enjoy a discount by booking this combo tour!
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What You Can Expect
Departing from the central Plaza de España, begin your exploration of Madrid and its environs with a trip to El Escorial Monastery. Also known as the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo El Real, it was built by King Philip II in the 16th century to house the remains of his parents, Charles I and Isabella of Portugal. Today the palatial complex is renowned for its collection of European art. Your guided tour highlights pieces from the collection and includes visits to the Pantheon of Kings and the basilica.
Next stop is the poignant Valley of the Fallen basilica, six miles (9.5 km) from El Escorial Monastery. Erected by dictator General Franco, the basilica was built into the side of the mountain, topped with a massive cross, as a monument to the dead of the Spanish Civil War. Your visit includes a guided tour of the basilica, as well as time to enjoy the expansive valley views.
Afternoon Tour: Panoramic Madrid Sightseeing Tour
Returning to Madrid, you’ll have free time to explore and have lunch (own expense) before boarding a comfortable air-conditioned coach for your panoramic tour of Madrid. Highlighting the city’s major sights, the tour is an ideal introduction to Madrid and its layout for first-time visitors. Take in Madrid’s majestic Gran Via boulevard, enjoy a guided walk around Plaza de la Villa and Plaza Mayor, tour the city’s historic districts and visit the famous parks Casa de Campo and Parque del Buen Retiro.
This seven-hour panoramic day tour concludes at Colon Square in central Madrid, where you are invited to enjoy a complimentary drink at the Hard Rock Cafe.
I liked the balance... probably would have liked a little more time in the Valley of the Fallen.
I absolutely loved this tour! El Escorial Monastery houses the tombs of most of Spain's Royal Family. While the Valley of the Fallen had a Basilica carved inside a mountain. Reminds you of the statues of Gondor in Lord of the Rings. It's quite mind-blowing what people can build. Highly recommended!
The guide was very good and informative in giving out information. I wish I had the stamina to follow her up to various corner of El Escorial and the monument. But I have no complain. She was very accommodating.
FANTASTIC!! Loved the tour and the guide was one of the best we had in Spain. She was very nice, well informed and her english was perfect. She managed to go back and forth in a timely basis in both languages so no one missed any sights or information on the tour. The El Escorial Monastery was one of the highlights of the trip. The Crypt is incredible and worth seeing as is the Fallen. I also opted for the additional afternoon sightseeing tour and got the same guide again. Such good luck! It was a quick but compehensive tour of Madrid which gave me great ideas on what to see during my visit. We also were able to get off and take photos which was great. Our guide even gave us tips on what to do during the "Austerity Strike" which worked out wonderfully so I didn't lose a day of sightseeing. This tour was money well spent!! Go, you won't be dissappointed!!
Great trip. Great guides. Panoramic Madrid sightseeing a must to include.
The morning tour to El Escorial and Valley of Fallen was excellent and the guide did a wonderful job of getting us through to see everything possible within the allotted time. Her English was very good and she spoke clearly and informatively. I was not impressed by the afternoon Madrid panoramic tour because the guide spoke far too quickly in a Spanish style and was difficult to understand. Also the journey was confusing because one couldn't see much out of the windows of a coach. I would have preferred an open top bus tour which would not only have made the 'sights' visible but would have provided a much better orientation of the City.
Handy dandy drive to the Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen.
Practical, they buy the tickets and you enter through the group entrance which is faster.
Good explanations- bit rushed though.
Good tour !. Bus went to bus station in El Escorial and had a walk with many stairs up and down to the monastery. Guide covered high spots. Walked back to bus station and had time for coffee. Then to Valley of the Fallen. Had limited input from guide as she did not go inside the church part to give commentary. Walking needed here too. City tour was good. Guide had a new driver and did a good job of directing and commentary was good too. Guides spoke in English and Spanish - so sometimes you were not sure if what you were looking at was what was being described.
Our morning tour of the Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen was amazing. Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave everyone lots of information. Very good. Our afternoon guide was too soft-spoken and it was frustrating because there were too many people saying "what did he say?". The tour was nice but the guide fell short. Would recommend this tour!