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El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

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Enhance your experience of two top Madrid region attractions on this half-day tour of El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen (Valle de los Caidos). Delve into the opulent beauty of El Escorial, a palatial and monastic complex home to a striking basilica and a burial place for many Spanish kings. Then marvel at the Valley of the Fallen’s colossal cross, dedicated to lives lost in the Spanish Civil War. This small-group tour is limited to 15 people.
  • Half-day trip to El Escoril and the Valley of the Fallen (Valle de los Caidos) from Madrid
  • Tour El Escorial's 16th-century monastic and palatial complex, commisioned by King Felipe II
  • See highlights such as the basilica and an elaborate marble pantheon
  • Visit the colossal cross and the rock-carved basilica at the Valley of the Fallen (Valle de los Caidos)
Your tour begins when you board an air-conditioned vehicle in the morning. During thedrive 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, 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 a drop off point in central Madrid.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial
The palace was the residence of the Spanish Royal Family. The basilica is a place of burial of the kings of Spain and the monastery - founded by monks of the Order of San Jerónimo - is currently occupied by friars of the Order of San Agustín. The residence of the Spanish Royal Family, the basilica is the place of burial of the kings of Spain and the monastery (founded by monks of the Order of Saint Jerome) is currently occupied by friars of the Order of Saint Augustine. It is one of the Renaissance singular architectures of Spain and Europe. Located in San Lorenzo de El Escorial. It was considered, since the end of the 16th century, the Eighth, Wonder of the World, as much for its size as for its functional complexity as for its enormous symbolic value
Duration: 1 hour 
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Stop At:  
Valley of the Fallen
The Valley of the Fallen is a Catholic basilica (Basilica of the Holy Cross of the Valley of the Fallen), an abbey (Abbey of the Holy Cross of the Valley of the Fallen) and monumental complex built between 1940 and 1958 and located in the valley of Cuelgamuros, in the municipality of San Lorenzo de El Escorial The Valley of the Fallen was built to commemorate the combatants who died in the Spanish Civil War. The Basilica of the Holy Cross of the Valley of the Fallen is dug in the mountain itself. There is the Santa Cruz which is 150 meters high and arms of 24 meters each.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen from Madrid?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 52 travelers.

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Definitely worth seeing
H4187HHnicoleg
, Jan 2020
My fiancé and I really this half-day trip from Madrid. My only complaint is, of course, the time. The tour was very informative and made the places more interesting, but there were a few locations at El Escorial I would have liked to see, such as the library. You also do not get an opportunity to go to the gift shop here. Valley of the Fallen is controversial, but really an amazing place. Again, time was an issue, with only 15 minutes after the tour ends to go to the gift shop, bathroom, or get a bite to eat (have to hurry because there is no eating on the bus!).
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
We know that El Escorial is a place where there is a lot to see, like the library for example. We regret that you feel it is a short time. But in order to also visit the valley of the fallen we have to shorten the time in the monastery. The duration of the tour is until 2:00 pm, so they usually eat when they arrive in Madrid. Thank you very much for your comment, your opinion is important to us, it helps us to keep improving.
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Political history playing out in front of you
Scenic00952376225
, Nov 2019
Two fascinating buildings with very different political histories. Both majestic. El Escorial is enchanting with some fascinating architectural elements. The valley of the fallen is awe inspiring for its audacity in how it is built.the history is newer and therefore not yet settled.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear customers, Thank you very much for your comment. We appreciate you spending your time leaving your opinion. We are glad you enjoyed Escorial and Valley of Fallen. We hope to see you again soon. Best regards,
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Great tour
JeanL3255
, Oct 2019
I really learned a lot; super interesting and a nice pace. Guide Carmen was terrific. The tour informed my visit to the Prado the following day.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
We greatly appreciate your opinion, we hope to see you again soon.
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Smooth Pick-up and Tour
blondeemom
, Sep 2019
The convenience of hotel pick-up in Madrid was awesome. The tour and tour guide was fantastic and leaving us in the center was perfect. We walked leisurely through the city and even walked back to our hotel.
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Shirly - Australia Sept 2019
shirlyfin
, Sep 2019
Great tour to monastery and Valley of the Fallen. Would recommend doing this tour. Great informative guide.
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More of the Valley
Trek212682
, Sep 2019
Can thoroughly recommend this trip. We had a fantastic guide, Cristina, who was clearly knowledgeable and passionate about her subject. It was quite a whistle stop tour and felt a little rushed. Would have liked longer at the Valley of the Fallen. Despite being advertised as 15 maximum in the group, there were at least double that however. Very pleased we went and with such a good guide.
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Great sites but limited time
randyburchette
, Sep 2019
The sights were incredible and the guide was knowledgeable very nice. My suggestion would be to do a full day tour so you don’t feel rushed through and can see more of the sites
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San Lorenzo del Escorial y El Valle de los Caidos.
533haydees
, Aug 2019
Beautiful and quite a historic learning experience of Spain. The views are incredible. We enjoyed it a lot. Sara, our guide, is very knowledgeable and nice. Answered all our questions. Antonio, the driver, is also very good. Highly recommend it. Muchas gracias.
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Fabulous site; poor guide for English speaking tourist
NancyC4557
, Jun 2019
These sites are not to be missed. Guide was bilingual and spoke in English and Spanish. Guide was not clear when spoke in English and English was not well spoken enough to be fully understood. Very disappointed.
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Very good tour
Travel411445
, Apr 2019
The best part of the tour was the small group. They promised a maximum of 15 people in the group; there were around 10 in our group. There was one non-English speaking person in our group so the poor guide had to translate everything from Spanish to English. I guess there wasn't a lot of Spanish-speaking tourists on the day we went on tour (it was during Maundy Thursday). Despite this, I thought Pilar did a great job.

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