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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 rich 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 if you wish.


  • 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 often turbulent 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 a central Madrid location in a comfortable, air-conditioned coach and enjoy the beautiful Spanish countryside as you travel 28 miles (45 km) northwest to the Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Get acquainted with the rich history of the regal structure along the way as your guide offers insightful commentary of a striking symbol of 16th-century Spanish power. 

Begin your tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed wonder at the monastery, which is the final resting place of Charles I and Isabella of Portugal. Admire the religious relics of the basilica and gaze up at 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 intriguing 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 observe 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 delve into its origin with your guide. Venture within 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 spacious vehicle and admire more gorgeous scenery on the return journey to Madrid. Opt to enjoy a 2.5-hour sightseeing walking tour on arrival if you wish.

Customer Reviews

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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent half-day tour. Carmen was wonderful and did an excellent job explaining the sites in both English and Spanish. This was my fourth visit to each location and I still learned new information.

Kathleen W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

It was wonderful to hear all the history associated with El Escorial. The Valley of the Fallen gave us a different aspect of Spanish history which whilst different from El Escorial proved just as interesting. Our guide was very knowledgeable and made the trip a great experience. Not to be missed.

Grizel F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent tour which is a must when travelling to Madrid. Tour guide was knowledgeable. The overall tour was a bit hurried, really counted each minute. There is a lot to see in a very specified period of time. Nonetheless, the tour was very good.

monitor ano

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Awesomely me places to live history.

Adorjan K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

It was a great tour.

Rajendra P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Excellent half-day tour.

Christian H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Tour was great! Really enjoyed the monastery. Tour of monastery was wonderful and tour guide was very knowledgeable. The only thing I would have changed is giving us more commentary at the valley of fallen instead of on the bus on way to the valley of the fallen. Overall great tour!

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