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Enjoy two of Madrid’s best excursions, covering a visit to El Escorial Monastery and a coach sightseeing tour of Madrid, at a discounted price during this 7.5-hour trip. Explore the striking architecture and unique history at El Escorial, continuing to the solemn Valley of the Fallen, and then returning to Central Madrid to check out sights including Madrid’s Gran Via, its iconic squares and the Plaza de España. You’ll also have free time explore the city and savor a complimentary drink at the Hard Rock Café. Your combined excursion also includes entrance fees and a guide.

Highlights

  • Madrid city tour with a visit to El Escorial Monastery and Valley of the Fallen
  • Take a scenic drive along Madrid's Gran Via and Plaza de España
  • Explore El Escorial Monastery and go on a guided tour of the basilica
  • See the Valley of the Fallen monument that honors those who died in the Spanish Civil War
  • Enjoy a drink at the Hard Rock Cafe
  • Enjoy a discount by booking this combo tour!

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What You Can Expect

Madrid Super Saver: El Escorial Monastery, Valley of the Fallen and Panoramic Madrid Sightseeing Tour

Madrid Super Saver: La Cibeles

Cover a lot of ground during your Madrid visit during this 7.5-hour excursion that covers a coach city sightseeing trip and a visit to nearby El Escorial Monastery, all for a discounted price from what you’d pay for each separately. It’s a great way to get a sense for the many unique attractions that the greater Madrid area has to offer.

Start your trip at 8:45am from a meeting point in Central Madrid, continuing by bus to El Escorial Monastery. This extensive complex, first constructed in the 16th century by King Philip II, houses the remains the monarch’s parents as well as extensive collection of art. You’ll then continue to the nearby Valley of the Fallen, a towering cross erected by Spanish dictator Francisco Franco in honor of those slain during the country’s Civil War.

In the afternoon you’ll take a break to explore the city first at your leisure and have some lunch (at your own expense) before meeting your air-conditioned coach for a sightseeing trip around Madrid. Among the landmarks you’ll cover on your ride are the elegant Gran Via boulevard, a tour of Madrid’s key historic districts and the famous park Parque del Buen Retiro, among others.

For a full run-down of the day’s itinerary, please read below.

Customer Reviews

Rita Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

I liked the balance... probably would have liked a little more time in the Valley of the Fallen.

Zeljka v. Croatia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Perfect...must see

Erickson M Philippines

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

I absolutely loved this tour! El Escorial Monastery houses the tombs of most of Spain's Royal Family. While the Valley of the Fallen had a Basilica carved inside a mountain. Reminds you of the statues of Gondor in Lord of the Rings. It's quite mind-blowing what people can build. Highly recommended!

Renato P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

The guide was very good and informative in giving out information. I wish I had the stamina to follow her up to various corner of El Escorial and the monument. But I have no complain. She was very accommodating.

Brian S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2012

FANTASTIC!! Loved the tour and the guide was one of the best we had in Spain. She was very nice, well informed and her english was perfect. She managed to go back and forth in a timely basis in both languages so no one missed any sights or information on the tour. The El Escorial Monastery was one of the highlights of the trip. The Crypt is incredible and worth seeing as is the Fallen. I also opted for the additional afternoon sightseeing tour and got the same guide again. Such good luck! It was a quick but compehensive tour of Madrid which gave me great ideas on what to see during my visit. We also were able to get off and take photos which was great. Our guide even gave us tips on what to do during the "Austerity Strike" which worked out wonderfully so I didn't lose a day of sightseeing. This tour was money well spent!! Go, you won't be dissappointed!!

Maurizio C Canada

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

Great trip. Great guides. Panoramic Madrid sightseeing a must to include.

Brenda M

4 star rating: Recommended October 2014

The morning tour to El Escorial and Valley of Fallen was excellent and the guide did a wonderful job of getting us through to see everything possible within the allotted time. Her English was very good and she spoke clearly and informatively. I was not impressed by the afternoon Madrid panoramic tour because the guide spoke far too quickly in a Spanish style and was difficult to understand. Also the journey was confusing because one couldn't see much out of the windows of a coach. I would have preferred an open top bus tour which would not only have made the 'sights' visible but would have provided a much better orientation of the City.

karime n

4 star rating: Recommended April 2014

Handy dandy drive to the Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen.
Practical, they buy the tickets and you enter through the group entrance which is faster.
Good explanations- bit rushed though.

Anonymous

4 star rating: Recommended January 2014

Good tour !. Bus went to bus station in El Escorial and had a walk with many stairs up and down to the monastery. Guide covered high spots. Walked back to bus station and had time for coffee. Then to Valley of the Fallen. Had limited input from guide as she did not go inside the church part to give commentary. Walking needed here too. City tour was good. Guide had a new driver and did a good job of directing and commentary was good too. Guides spoke in English and Spanish - so sometimes you were not sure if what you were looking at was what was being described.

Marie Louise D

4 star rating: Recommended January 2014

Our morning tour of the Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen was amazing. Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave everyone lots of information. Very good. Our afternoon guide was too soft-spoken and it was frustrating because there were too many people saying "what did he say?". The tour was nice but the guide fell short. Would recommend this tour!

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