- Super Saver day trip from Madrid to El Escorial and Toledo
- Morning trip to El Escorial monastery, and afternoon tour of Toledo
- Admire masterpieces by El Greco, including The Burial of the Count of Orgaz in the Church of St Tome
- Take a guided walking tour through Toledo's typical cobbled backstreets
- Visit El Escorial monastery, including the Pantheon of Kings and the basilica
- Enjoy a 10% discount by booking this combo tour!
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What You Can Expect
Start your day at 8:45am in Madrid near the Plaza de España, after which you'll spend your morning visiting El Escorial Monastery. This sprawling complex, built by King Philip II as a burial site for his parents, offers a wealth of beautiful architecture and art. You'll also have the opportunity to visit the Valley of the Fallen, a religious site built by Spanish general Francisco Franco into the side of a mountain and topped by an enormous cross. Those that have selected the lunch upgrade will stop at a traditional restaurant back in Madrid following the Valley of the Fallen visit.
Continue your excursion In the afternoon in Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed town with a wealth of beautiful architecture, art and churches. During your visit you'll have time to admire the paintings of famous Spanish painter El Greco, including his work "The Burial of the Count of Orgaz," along with the beautiful Cathedral of Toledo and the town's medieval-era castle. Full itinerary details are listed below.
Start your day trip with a visit to the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo El Real, built by King Philip II to house the remains of his parents, Charles I and Isabella of Portugal. The austere Renaissance complex combines a palace and monastery, and features a wonderful collection of art. Follow your guide on a tour of the complex, including the Pantheon of Kings and basilica.
Located six miles (9.5 km) north of El Escorial lies the Valley of the Fallen, a basilica built into the side of a mountain and topped by a gigantic granite cross. The monument was built by Spanish dictator General Franco to remember the casualties of Spain's Civil War. Take a guided tour inside the basilica, and admire the valley surrounding the complex.
Next, if you have chosen this tour with the lunch option your guide will take you to a traditional Spanish restaurant in Madrid. Alternatively, enjoy free time to wonder around the city at your own leisure, or grab a snack at a local cafe (own expense).
Afternoon Tour: Toledo
In the afternoon, travel to Toledo and enjoy a walking tour of the city, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of wonderful architecture, churches and museums. Toledo is known for its art and history, and it has a landscape that combines Arabic, Mudejar, Gothic, medieval and Renaissance architecture.
A highlight of your visit will be the sight of The Burial of the Count of Orgaz, the famous painting by 16th-century master El Greco, located in the Church of St Tome.
See the exterior of the 13th-century Cathedral of Toledo, the medieval castle, Santa Maria la Blanca Synagogue, San Juan of the Kings Monastery and the Victorio Macho Museum.
The trip was amazing, I liked it very much and the guide was very good. Really I enjoyed this day. but Toledo part was with limited time that we didn't take our time to enjoy this amazing city.
Great tour! Toledo is a jewell to visit
The guide for El Escorial Monastery, Nuria, was very knowledgeable about the place, I would say the same for Ana at Toledo. Both had very good English . Both places were wonderful, a must to visit while in Madrid. I wish they could give you a little more time at la Cruz de los caidos and Toledo. The lunch was not so good though. The office organization at the beginning of the tour is a little bit chaotic and crowded. Be aware of that.
Very informative and friendly guides on both parts of the tour. You get to see a lot in one day.
Great tour guides and perfect timing.
It was everything it promised. We purchased the lunch, and we were pleasantly surprised! Yum!
Great day with just the right amount of time. Both guides were very good, especially Nuria.
This tour was amazing!
The tour guides were excellent. Pacing of tour and information presented was to the point, and extremely interesting. Both guides were approachable for questions.
Impressed by the monuments both at El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen. Magnificent views from the Valley of the Fallen Monument. interesting tour of Toledo, a medieval city with a lot of walking on cobbled streets. Good guides.