Enhance your experience of two top Madrid attractions on this 5-hour tour of El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen (Valle de los Caidos) from Madrid. Delve into the opulent beauty of El Escorial, a palatial and monastic complex home to a striking basilica and a marble pantheon, and then marvel at the Valley of the Fallen’s colossal cross, dedicated to lives lost in the Spanish Civil War. Hotel pickup in Madrid is included on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.
Your tour begins at your Madrid hotel, where you’ll board an air-conditioned vehicle between 8 and 9am. During the 1-hour drive to El Escorial, your guide details the 500-year-old history of the palatial and monastic complex, commissioned by King Felipe II.
On arrival at El Escorial, you’ll embark on a guided tour and visit architectural highlights including the marble Pantheon de los Reyes, the final resting place of many Spanish monarchs, and the elegant basilica.
The next stop is the Valley of the Fallen, a tomb and basilica complex featuring a striking monument dedicated to the lost lives of the Spanish Civil War. The memorial is surrounded by controversy due to the nature of its creation: your guide reveals the fascinating story during a tour.
After absorbing spectacular views of the valley from a mountaintop perch, return to your vehicle and relax during the drive back to your Madrid hotel.