See a selection of Spain’s incredible attractions at a discounted price with a Madrid combo tour. In the morning, discover the architectural grandeur of the El Escorial monastery and feel emotionally stirred at the Valley of the Fallen monument, a moving sculpture that commemorates the millions who died in the Spanish Civil War. In the afternoon, venture to the royal city of Aranjuez and visit the regal residences and impressive monuments of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed royal city with a knowledgeable guide. Save 15% percent when booking both of these enriching excursions.
Combo day trip from Madrid to El Escorial and Aranjuez
Morning tour of El Escorial monastery and Valley of the Fallen and afternoon trip to Aranjuez
Visit the gorgeous Palacio Real (Royal Palace) in Aranjuez and discover the beauty of its gardens
Guided tour of El Escorial monastery, including the Pantheon of Kings and the basilica
Morning Tour: El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen Depart from a centrally located pickup point in Madrid and travel by air-conditioned coach to the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo El Real. Listen as your guide introduces you to the rich history of the structure and then embark on a tour of the complex on arrival. Visit the remarkable Pantheon of Kings; admire the extensive collection of artwork in the basilica; and marvel at the elaborate Renaissance design of the palace. Next, return to the vehicle and travel to the Valley of the Fallen, a moving monument cradled by the greenery of El Escorial. Gaze at the basilica built into the rugged side of a mountain and capture photographs of the gigantic granite cross that tops the sacred structure. Enjoy some leisurely free time to eat lunch at a local restaurant (own expense) before continuing with the second part of your Super Saver tour. Afternoon Tour: AranjuezAfter lunch, head to the traditional town of Aranjuez and observe the majestic architecture and regal palaces of the UNESCO-listed city. Appreciate the façade of the Palacio Real (Royal Palace) and hear of its former inhabitants while taking a tour of opulent chambers like the Throne Room of Elizabeth II and the Prince’s Gardens. .
It's am unexpected combination of two independent half-day tours into one, with different groups, buses, guides. Very inconvenient and tour senseless. But the worst thing is multi-lingual group and multi-language narrative. It's not a guide problem, but tour in three languages pronounced fast and mechanical is a big problem.
El Escorial is a beautiful structure.
The Valley of the Fallen is something you have to see to understand the scale of the place, it is enormous.
It is hard to think of the majesty of the setting and the grander of the basilica, and know that it was all done on orders of Franco, for his mausoleum, and was done with concentration camp labor. Truly a place to see and to contemplate.
The Aranjuez place is magnificent
The places were definitely worth the visit. Poor communication at Julia's travel. Guide did her best to work with a large group. We were the only couple who spoke English and part of the on- time minority. Most of the communication was in Spanish.
Two problems. First, I booked a full day tour that was supposed to included lunch, only to discover at noon that my wife and I were not to be given lunch and would have to find a place to eat by ourselves. Second, the guide at Aranjuez was bored and boring, and responded with dismissive and annoyed arrogance to a very simple question (I looked up the answer myself after our return home, and found that I was right and the guide was wrong.)
This trip actually is a two-part excursion provided by two different guides in two different buses. El Escorial itself is impressive but they take straight into the building. The scale of the building is so immense that it can be viewed only from some distance. The tour operator should adjust this visit to give tourists full impression this grandiose monument. Aranjuez is a jewel for those into baroque and palace architecture although the premises of the palace are run down.
Nice places to visit, with some drawbacks
1. This is a combination of two different tours, so you will spend two extra hour getting back to Julia's office in Downtown Madrid, waiting for the next departure and leaving again the congestion of Downtown
2. The departure to Escorial was a bit disorganized and we left 20 minutes late (not because any passenger was missing)
3. The driver had no idea where to go, he was constantly getting lost, taking wrong entrances...he almost took a wrong way when we exit Valle de los Caidos
4. The guide was a very unpleasant woman. She was shouting to the driver all the time, in front of all of us. Actually she was so mean that all the passengers were laughing.
5. She said she could not do the guide tour inside the Basilica at Valle de los Caidos for some political prescription, but there were another guide tour inside.
6. They did not give us time to walk around the gardens of El Escorial, which seems to be beautiful
7. The visit inside El Escorial was too fast, we were almost running. She kept repeating that we needed to be back in MAdrid because some passengers needed to go to some lunch before their tour to Toledo.
The Aranjuez tour was much better, the guide was a nice laid back guy, with better attitude and a lot of humor.
La visite à Aranjuez a été trop court du fait que nous partions de Madrid seulement à trois heures.
Quant à celle de l'Escorial , trop courte aussi .Ce serait primordial d'inclure la bibliothèque dans cette visite.
La Vallée et la Basilique Mausolée de Franco offre très peu d'intérêt à mon avis.