El Escorial Tours

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Commissioned by King Felipe II as a testament to Spain's devout Catholic faith, El Escorial was built in the 16th century after the French were defeated in the Battle of Saint Quentin. The highlights of this immense UNESCO World Heritage Site—considered the most important monument of the Spanish Renaissance—include the elegant basilica; the marble Pantheon de los Reyes, where many kings and their relatives are buried; and the Patio de los Reyes, the entrance to the monument. The site is a must-visit for history buffs and architecture lovers.

The Basics
Most visitors explore El Escorial on a group or private full- or half-day tour from Madrid. The famous royal monastery is frequently combined with either a tour of the Valley of the Fallen (Valle de los Caidos), a trip to the city of Toledo, or a city sightseeing tour of Madrid. Travelers can choose between basic admission, an audio guide, and a guided tour.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Day trips from Madrid typically last between 5 and 11 hours, depending on the options chosen.
  • It’s best to wear comfortable walking shoes suitable for uneven surfaces.
  • The basilica is the most wheelchair-accessible site, while the palace has a number of staircases.

How to Get There
If planning to visit both El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen, by far the most convenient option is a guided tour from Madrid, set about 37 miles (60 kilometers) away. Independent travelers can catch a commuter train from Atocha or Chamartin station in Madrid. From the train station, it’s possible to catch a local bus to the monastery. You can also take bus 661 or 664 from Madrid’s Moncloa bus station.

When to Get There
El Escorial is open Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am to 6pm from October to March and from 10am to 8pm from April to September. Each August, San Lorenzo de El Escorial hosts festivities to honor their patron saint, San Lorenzo, and the Virgen de Gracia pilgrimage passes through the streets of town in September.

Visiting the Valley of the Fallen (Valle de los Caidos)
Only 9 miles (15 kilometers) from El Escorial is the Valle de los Caidos (Valley of the Fallen), which is frequently paired with El Escorial tours. This monument was built under dictator Francisco Franco's direction to honor those who had died in the Spanish Civil War. For a moving experience, check out the immense cross atop the mountain and marvel at the mosaics in the basilica, where Franco was laid to rest.
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Address: San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain
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Hours: Oct - Mar: 10am - 6pm, Apr - Sept: 10am - 8pm
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Admission: Adults: €10
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El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen and Toledo Day Tour from Madrid

Journey through Spain’s history as you visit two UNESCO-listed attractions on this full-day tour from Madrid. Explore the grand Monastery of El Escorial, once a royal residence built by King Philip II, then learn more about the Spanish Civil War as you walk around the impressive Valley of the Fallen. Finally, admire the striking architecture and historic monuments of mountaintop Toledo, including the Alcázar, the cathedral and Plaza de Zocodover.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

Enhance your experience of two top Madrid attractions on this 5-hour tour of El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen (Valle de los Caidos) from Madrid. Delve into the opulent beauty of El Escorial, a palatial and monastic complex home to a striking basilica and a marble pantheon, and then marvel at the Valley of the Fallen’s colossal cross, dedicated to lives lost in the Spanish Civil War. Hotel pickup in Madrid is included on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.
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El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Tour from Madrid with Optional Toledo or Madrid Visits

See two of Madrid province’s cultural treasures on this guided half-day tour. Marvel at the 16th-century El Escorial Monastery, built under the reign of King Felipe II, and learn about its rich history as a royal palace, pantheon and basilica. You’ll also journey to the Guadarrama Sierra ranges to visit The Valley of the Fallen, a monumental tribute to soldiers who perished in the Spanish Civil War. Upgrade to include an optional tour of Madrid’s city center or the medieval walled city of Toledo.
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El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Tour from Madrid

Uncover the mysteries of magnificent landmarks, El Escorial Monastery and The Valley of the Fallen, on an enriching 5-hour tour from Madrid. Travel through the picturesque countryside surrounding Madrid, and embark on a guided tour of the King of Spain’s official residence on arrival at the UNESCO-listed El Escorial landmark. Then, gaze in awe at the monumental memorial of The Valley of the Fallen, a sculpture that commemorates the victims of the Spanish civil war. Gain valuable insight in Madrid’s rich history, and enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from Madrid.
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El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Private Tour

Discover the regal splendor of Spain’s vibrant capital city on a full-day tour of Madrid, led by an expert guide. Embark on an explorative journey to Madrid’s cultural and historical highlights, visiting landmarks like El Escorial and the Royal Palace of Madrid. Absorb the bustling ambience of Plaza Mayor; relish Spain’s artistic heritage in Museo del Prado; and gain valuable insight into the city’s intriguing history from your expert guide.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Valley of the Fallen and El Escorial from Madrid with Optional Toledo

Enhance your experience of two of Madrid’s most impressive monuments on an enriching 5-hour excursion to the Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen. With a professional guide, delve into the intriguing history of the arresting landmarks, touring the sacred interior of the Escorial Monastery and gazing at the colossal cross in the Valley of the Fallen. Upgrade your tour to include a visit to the majestic medieval city of Toledo and to enjoy a delicious Spanish lunch.
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Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Tour with Flamenco Show

Pair a visit to El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen with a nighttime Flamenco show during this 5-hour excursion. Tour El Escorial, an elaborate UNESCO World Heritage complex combining a royal palace, monastery and religious center rolled into one. Then explore out the Valley of the Fallen, a monument built by Franco to honor the victims of the Spanish Civil War. Finish with a performance at Flamenco Torres Bermejas, one of Spain’s most iconic venues. A drink at the Flamenco show and round-trip hotel transport is covered.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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El Escorial Tour - Madrid by Beetle

Imagine the feeling of wind in your hair in a mythical vintage convertible car while discovering El Escorial in a full day tour. We will pick you up at your hotel and take you to unique tour to El Escorial full of style. Just relax and enjoy the breeze while experiencing the Spanish Culture. Included Private Tour of 8 hours around El Escorial in a 1970´s vintage convertible Beetle. Pick up and Drop off At your hotel or any other suggested place. Welcome pack. Tour to El Escorial, The Monastery, Casita del Principe, Valle de los Caidos and Silla de Felipe II, entrances included at all monuments including the audio guide in different languages. Complete Lunch at a Selected Restaurant in San Lorenzo del Escorial and a lot of pictures!
  • Duration: 8 hours
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El Escorial Monastery and Valley of the Fallen Day Trip from Madrid

Take time out of your Madrid trip to visit the monastery of El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen. The full-day trip starts with a journey out to the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range, home of the Valley of the Fallen monument, which was built in honor of those fallen during the Spanish civil war. After some time to look around, you'll continue to El Escorial, the vast Renaissance monastery and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy free time for lunch, then tour the site's key landmarks including the palace and basilica before you return to Madrid.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

Discover Spain on a guided half-day visit from Madrid to the monastery of El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen monument. Accompanied by a guide, you'll delve into the history of the religious El Escorial complex and discover why it was considered the eighth wonder of the world. See the sculptures at the Valley of the Fallen monument and opt to include a half-day city tour of Madrid’s most significant sites.
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Avila, Segovia and El Escorial Day Tour from Madrid

Explore central Spain beyond Madrid even with just a day to spare on this combo tour of three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Take a walking tour of Ávila’s medieval cathedral and city walls, see the remarkable Roman aqueduct and Moorish Alcazar of Segovia, and marvel at the royal scale of the El Escorial palace and monastery. It's an easy and affordable way to see all three sites without planning a thing.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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San Lorenzo de El Escorial Guided Tour by Train from Madrid

Immerse yourself in the royal history of San Lorenzo de El Escorial on this guided tour from Madrid. Travel by historical train, built in the early 20th century to enjoy the scenic journey and learn about train travel in Spain during that time. Once in El Escorial, take a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed monastery and spend some free time wandering or getting a meal at one of the local restaurants (own expense).
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Royal Monastery of El Escorial + Toledo Half Day Afternoon Tour

Enjoy two of the top attractions near Madrid, El Escorial monastery and the picturesque town of Toledo, for one great price during this 11-hour Super Saver tour. Check out El Escorial in the morning, visiting its Valley of the Fallen monument commemorating the dead of the Spanish Civil War, and hearing insights into Spain's monarchy and 20th-century history from your guide. Continue in the afternoon to the gorgeous hilltop city of Toledo, the country's medieval capital, where you'll view priceless art by El Greco. Best of all, you'll save 10% by combining these two half-day tour options. This Super Saver tour also includes all entrance fees, coach transport and optional lunch upgrade.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Madrid Super Saver: El Escorial Monastery and Aranjuez Royal Palace Day Trip from Madrid

See a selection of Spain’s incredible attractions at a discounted price with a Madrid Super Saver tour. In the morning, discover the architectural grandeur of the El Escorial monastery and feel emotionally stirred at the Valley of the Fallen monument, a moving sculpture that commemorates the millions who died in the Spanish Civil War. In the afternoon, venture to the royal city of Aranjuez and visit the regal residences and impressive monuments of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed royal city with a knowledgeable guide. Save 15% percent when booking both of these enriching excursions.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Half-Day and Madrid Segway Tour

Experience two of Spain’s most impressive monuments, El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen, plus a 90-minute Madrid Segway tour, during this 5-hour day trip. Wander through the halls of El Escorial, a UNESCO World Heritage site, before paying your respects to the dead from the Spanish Civil War at the Valley of the Fallen. Finish the excursion by rolling past top Madrid sights by Segway.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Private Day Tour of Madrid Higlights with Visits to Escorial Monastery and Valley of the Fallen

See the best of Madrid on this private full-day tour that showcases the top attractions and historical highlights. Follow your local guide to the Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen. Learn about local customs, traditions and history as you make your way through the sights. Enjoy the luxury and convenience of a private guide and chauffeured vehicle on this top tour.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Segovia Day Trip & El Escorial Royal Tombs

Combine visits to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in a single tour from Madrid. With all transportation provided, this multi-stop tour in Segovia is made easy and there's no need to rent a car. Your guide will provide insightful commentary as you visit Segovia's historic old town, El Escorial, and the Pantheon of Kings.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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