- Madrid combo tour with up to 25% savings
- Explore El Escorial Monastery and take a guided tour of the basilica
- See the Valley of the Fallen monument, which commemorates those who died in the Spanish Civil War
- Take a guided evening tour of Madrid’s illuminated monuments
- Enjoy a flamenco performance and a complimentary drink
- Comfortable journey by air-conditioned coach
Departing from the central Plaza de España, your day begins with a visit to the 16th-century El Escorial Monastery, built by King Philip II to house the remains of his parents, Charles I and Isabella of Portugal. Here, you’ll take a guided tour of the palatial complex, including the basilica, the monastery’s collection of European art and the Pantheon of Kings.
Next, drive six miles (9.5 km) to the poignant Valley of the Fallen and its top-crossed basilica, erected by dictator General Franco 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.
Evening Tour: Madrid Illuminations
Returning to Madrid, you’ll have the afternoon free to explore and have lunch (own expense) before boarding a comfortable air-conditioned coach for your illuminations evening tour of the city. Your local guide will point out Madrid’s brilliantly lit landmarks, grand avenues and squares, including the floodlit statues of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza in Plaza de España and the ancient Egyptian Templo de Debod.
Then take a guided walk to Madrid’s central focal point, Plaza Mayor. Formerly the site of bullfights and royal festivities, today the square is lined by shops and outdoor cafes. You’ll have free time here to enjoy dinner or a drink (own expense) before the flamenco show begins.
Your evening’s cultural highlight is the emotionally charged drama of flamenco music, song and dance. Featuring an internationally renowned flamenco troupe of more than 20 performers, the show will be held at either Florida Park, in Parque del Buen Retiro, or the legendary Torres Bermejas flamenco club. While enjoying the rhythm of flamenco, enjoy a complimentary drink.
The night concludes when you are driven by air-conditioned coach to your drop-off point at Plaza Colon.