• Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
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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.

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
  • Option to include a half-day Madrid sightseeing tour

What You Can Expect

El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

Visit the Valley of the Fallen

Depart from Plaza Ramales in central Madrid in a comfortable, air-conditioned coach and look out on the Spanish countryside as you travel 28 miles (45 km) northwest to the Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Get acquainted with the history of the regal structure along the way as your guide offers commentary on a striking symbol of 16th-century Spanish power.

Begin your tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed wonder at the monastery, the final resting place of Charles I and Isabella of Portugal. See the religious relics of the basilica and the Baroque dome.

Next, venture to the grand palace known as the Pantheon of Kings. Pay your respects to the marble tomb of Charles V and browse the collection of building equipment in the Architects Room for insight into construction processes of the 16th century. See vicious arms in the Weapons Room, and the frescoes in the library.   

Continue to the Valley of the Fallen to visit a vast basilica carved into the side of a mountain. Capture a photograph of the colossal granite cross that tops the structure and learn its origins from your guide. Head inside to tour the vaulted crypt replete with sculpted angels and then check out the views of the surrounding countryside from the arches.

Return to your vehicle and take in more gorgeous scenery on the return journey to Madrid. Opt to include a 2.5-hour sightseeing walking tour on arrival.

Customer Reviews

Saffron A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 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.

Pablo T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 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!

Concepcion R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 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!

Robert D L USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Our guide for El Escorial Monastery was very knowledgeable and entertaining. He gave us a wealth of information about the monastery, its contents, and Spanish history. The Valley of the Fallen was a sobering experience and represented an entirely different historical period.. All-in-all, the day left us with a better understanding of Spain and its past.

Ximena H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Great, but thought we could use a little more time.

Laura W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Very nice experience in half a day and tour guide was excellent!

Ana A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Love the tour

HonestIndianReview

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Very nice tour of the monastery followed by Valley of the Fallen. It is easy to get to the tour office by bus/taxi. They run everything professionally and on time. The tour guide was well-informed. There is a little walking to get to both places from the bus parking lot. So if you are going in winter like we did, be careful of the snow and ice on the footpaths. Other than that, you should have a great time.

lealenrique

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Excelente tour. La guía que nos llevó Beatriz nos brindó una magnífica explicación y muchos detalles de ambos lugares. Quedamos muy complacidos de la visita. Muy recomendable.

Roberto L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Very nice and educational tour. We could have a overview of main kings of Spain buried in Escorial! Very impressive!

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