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.