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El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

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Madrid, Spain
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5 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 1 more
Discover Spanish history 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, delve into the history of the religious El... More
Discover Spanish history 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, delve into the history of the religious El Escorial complex and discover why it was considered the eighth wonder of the world. Then see the sculptures at the Valley of the Fallen monument built to honor those who died during the Spanish Civil War.

Highlights

  • Morning tour of El Escorial monastery and Valley of the Fallen from Madrid
  • See royal tombs and ornate artworks on a guided tour of El Escorial monastery
  • Tour the Pantheon of Kings and basilica
  • Visit the Valley of the Fallen monument for those who perished in the Spanish Civil War
  • See cultural treasures and learn about Spain’s history

What To Expect

Discover Spanish history 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, delve into the history of the religious El... More
Discover Spanish history 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, delve into the history of the religious El Escorial complex and discover why it was considered the eighth wonder of the world. Then see the sculptures at the Valley of the Fallen monument built to honor those who died during the Spanish Civil War.

What's Included

Bilingual Office guide
Local guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Radio-guide system
Entrance to the Royal Monastery of El Escorial
Entrance to the Valley of the Fallen and the Basilica
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks

Departure & Return

Departure Point

Calle de San Nicolás, 15, 28013 Madrid, Spain

Return Details

Plaza de Oriente, 28013 Madrid, Spain

Before You Book

The fine print

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infants aged 5 years and under are free of charge, provided they do not occupy a seat
  • Operated by a bilingual guide in Spanish and
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infants aged 5 years and under are free of charge, provided they do not occupy a seat
  • Operated by a bilingual guide in Spanish and English
  • Please keep in mind that the excursion includes several visits on foot, comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • The duration of the tour includes the
... More
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infants aged 5 years and under are free of charge, provided they do not occupy a seat
  • Operated by a bilingual guide in Spanish and English
  • Please keep in mind that the excursion includes several visits on foot, comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • The duration of the tour includes the round trip to the destination
  • Royal Monastery of El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen Basilic visitors are kindlyrequested to respect the instructions of the Security: Photography and filming are not permitted inside the exhibitions.
  • Please, note that guiding inside the Basilica of the Valley is not allowed.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Reviews by Viator travelers
El Escorial is a must!
Tour297964
, Aug 2019
We enjoyed the amazing history of Spain as explained by our guide. The Kings and Queens of Spain resting place is very impressive.
A very relaxing and informative day
trebor54172019
, Aug 2019
The guide was brilliant and very well informed and the trip was well worth the effort ...not too rushed and a chance to do something different and learn more about the Spanish Civil War
Quick but thorough visits
Matthew B
, Jun 2019
Our guide was excellent, and the tour of El Escorial was very thorough. I felt that there was the right amount of time spent at each location. The walking pace of the tour was slow at times, since there were so many stairs at El Escorial, but overall it was a great way to spend the morning and early afternoon.
Fascinating and comprehensive
Pioneer55200039730
, Jun 2019
Excellent guide, although a bit on the strict side. She meant business and she was very knowledgeable! Do not book on a Sunday or you won't be able to enter the Escorial church. Valley of the Fallen was chilling to say the least. Definitely worth it!
Wonderful experience, limited time
Scenic58306563195
, Jun 2019
A great tour although it is fairly quick and gives little time to take in everything. Our guide was knowledgeable and helpful, we were a small group so we're able to see an extra room and have a little free time.
Escorial from Madrid
GrandTour36439930045
, May 2019
The tour was very well orginized, well planned. Tour guide was knowledgeable and attentive. I would recommend to take this tour to anyone who is interested in history on Spain.
Good, some important features skipped
fpres2n
, Sep 2018
We saw most of what was open for visitors at the Escorial (the chapel was closed as it was Sunday). However, the frescoes at the top of the stairs at the beginning of the tour were skipped because another group was there, but we never went back after they moved on. Also, one of the most important features, the library, was skipped. The Valley of the Fallen tour was good, even though there were hoards of visitors there wanted to see Franco's grave for the last time.
This was an excellent tour. Our...
Saffron A
, Aug 2018
This was an excellent tour. Our bi-lingual guide Manuel was great entertaining, interactive and informative all the while switching between Spanish and English. The Monastery with its Mausoleum was fascinating, the tour was a decent length and unhurried. When we got to the Valley of the Fallen we were only there for about an hour, which may seem short but we felt it was enough time. It's well worth a visit.
Short but informative tour
, Jun 2018
As a couple interested in royalty and history, this tour was great for us. It’s not too far away from Madrid (45 mins one way). Easier to just take a tour than to figure out how to get from El Escorial to the Valley of the Hidden. The cathedral in the monastery is beautiful! Unfortunate though that the funicular going up to the cross at the Valley of the Hidden is no longer functioning. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and switched back and forth between speaking in English and Spanish. The tour didn’t give us much time to have lunch so make sure you have a heavy breakfast before going. They also will not allow you to eat (even snacks) in the bus. All in all it was a fun tour!
Great Tour Guide and Great Tour...
Concepcion R
, Jun 2018
Great Tour Guide and Great Tour, well worth the money loved that our Tour guide had patience with the group and also asked if we all spoke Spanish that way she did not repeat more then once the history portion the guide also made sure of making sure her group was together!

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