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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.


  • 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

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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

Ann S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

WOW what an amazing tour...wish it was longer...so much to see

Carlos B M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Our guide Marta who was friendly as well as knowledgeable. She led the tour on both Spanish and English. Both locations are majestic, you are taken aback just by the size of both monuments. El Escorial is perfectly preserved, as it is still a living monastery, you feel like you are transported to a different era. The Valley of the Fallen is only 15 minutes away from El Escorial and it is equally impressing although controversial for what it represents. The view of the valley from the monument is worth the trip. The time flies in this tour. Both locations are relatively close to Madrid.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016


Francesco D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Very informative, tour guide guided us into el escorial and the valley of the fallen. She was utterly professional, polite, calm and explained everything in detail and in way everyone could understand. Really enjoyed the tour!

Irma Lopez

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Good tour

Jan W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was a great way to visit these two locations and it was efficient and comprehensive

Diane Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

El Escorial was breathtaking,it felt so peaceful, very interesting history and spectacular to visit the tombs of the Royal families,lots of climbing down many floors to visit these places,so comfortable shoes and water are a must

Andreas S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We had two incredible guides we were a large group so they split us into one Spanish speaking group and one English speaking group and then we re-joined before heading to the Valley of the Fallen. They were very knowledgable and shared lots of great information with us. We felt that although fast-paced the tour was a good length. The guides also give you information while you are on the bus so you get to learn a bit about Madrid as well. We would recommend this tour.

Osvaldo M USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very informative. However, would had liked more time on the town

Catherine R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Both El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen are beautiful. We they would extend this tour by 2-3 more hours so we could have more time to explore both locations. Our tour guide was great and informative at El Escorial. At Valley of the Fallen, they explain to you what you're going to see on the bus ride over and give you only 20 minutes to literally run in, see own your own, snap few pictures on the outside, and run back to the bus. No time to buy souvenirs in neither location. Very rushed, but still worth the trip.

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