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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.


  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Led by a local guide

What You Can Expect

El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Half-Day Tour from Madrid

Visit El Escorial

Customer Reviews

Marika M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This is a definite must do. The tour was fantastic as was the tour guide. Thank you!

Bernadette S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Very interesting and quite spectacular seeing the basilica at valley of the fallen. The tour through the monastery was also very interesting but unfortunately we were not able to go into the basilica due to masses we were told but there was none happening at the time. However overall a very enjoyable few hours.

Laura D

4 star rating: Recommended September 2016

Very good tour with knowledgeable guide. Confirmation notice advises there will be a hotel pick-up. There is no vehicle pick up. The representative comes to the hotel and walks participants several blocks to a bus, then you transfer to another bus where the tour actually starts. The tour and tour guide were excellent, but people who are considering this tour need to know there's a lot of walking.


4 star rating: Recommended June 2016

An easy ride from the city to see one of the more significant monastaries as well as the pantheon of the Spanish Royal Family. The monument of the Valley of the Fallen is extraordinary as a 20th century basilica carved into the side of a mountain.

jmac United States of ... 

4 star rating: Recommended June 2016

Great tour and great guide.


3 star rating: Worth doing September 2016

The tour company changed the day on us, supposedly because the chosen day had been turned into a dance festival day so the attraction was closed. They offered us the day before tour which we accepted but were the only English speaking couple on the tour. It was nothing brilliant...

maureen r

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2016

Do not like going on a tour that requires the tour guide to present in three languages

Blake P

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2016

Excellent guide! Time allotted to visit both Escorial and Valley of the Fallen is inadequate. El Escorial should be given more emphasis and Valley of the Fallen is worth the time it is currently given. Should be a full day tour.


3 star rating: Worth doing June 2016

Thanks for collecting us from our hotel.
The bus was fine. But the tour of El Escorial was very hurried. There was a lot to see, but the guide kept moving us along, anxious to finish the tour on time.

paul m

1 star rating: I do not recommend this June 2016

Old, noisy, uncomfortable bus. Guide's English was very heavily accented and difficult to understand,The guide,Alicia, also did not provide much background information and I feel I have to read a travel book to understand what I saw. Pick up and drop-off procedures are terrible.There should be a central starting point. Worst of all, the guide ran off the bus at the end of the tour when the bus just dropped us off on the street, so we had to ask people on the street for directions. Avoid this company!

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