Enjoy two of the top attractions near Madrid, El Escorial monastery and the picturesque town of Toledo, for one great price during this 11-hour Super Saver tour. Check out El Escorial in the morning, visiting its Valley of the Fallen monument commemorating the dead of the Spanish Civil War, and hearing insights into Spain's monarchy and 20th-century history from your guide. Continue in the afternoon to the gorgeous hilltop city of Toledo, the country's medieval capital, where you'll view priceless art by El Greco. Best of all, you'll save 10% by combining these two half-day tour options. This Super Saver tour also includes all entrance fees, coach transport and optional lunch upgrade.
Madrid Super Saver: El Escorial Monastery and Toledo Day Trip from Madrid
Enjoy an in-depth tour of two of the top attractions near Madrid for one low price on this Super Saver tour combining two half-day excursions to El Escorial and Toledo. These two attractions, offering a wealth of insight into Spain's monarchy, medieval art and the country's Civil War, are a must for any history-loving visitor to Spain's capital city.
Start your day at 8:45am in Madrid near the Plaza de España, after which you'll spend your morning visiting El Escorial Monastery. This sprawling complex, built by King Philip II as a burial site for his parents, offers a wealth of beautiful architecture and art. You'll also have the opportunity to visit the Valley of the Fallen, a religious site built by Spanish general Francisco Franco into the side of a mountain and topped by an enormous cross. Those that have selected the lunch upgrade will stop at a traditional restaurant back in Madrid following the Valley of the Fallen visit.
Continue your excursion In the afternoon in Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed town with a wealth of beautiful architecture, art and churches. During your visit you'll have time to admire the paintings of famous Spanish painter El Greco, including his work "The Burial of the Count of Orgaz," along with the beautiful Cathedral of Toledo and the town's medieval-era castle. Full itinerary details are listed below.
Morning Tour: El Escorial Monastery
Start your day trip with a visit to the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo El Real, built by King Philip II to house the remains of his parents, Charles I and Isabella of Portugal. The austere Renaissance complex combines a palace and monastery, and features a wonderful collection of art. Follow your guide on a tour of the complex, including the Pantheon of Kings and basilica.
Located six miles (9.5 km) north of El Escorial lies the Valley of the Fallen, a basilica built into the side of a mountain and topped by a gigantic granite cross. The monument was built by Spanish dictator General Franco to remember the casualties of Spain's Civil War. Take a guided tour inside the basilica, and admire the valley surrounding the complex.
Next, if you have chosen this tour with the lunch option your guide will take you to a traditional Spanish restaurant in Madrid. Alternatively, enjoy free time to wonder around the city at your own leisure, or grab a snack at a local cafe (own expense).
Afternoon Tour: Toledo
In the afternoon, travel to Toledo and enjoy a walking tour of the city, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of wonderful architecture, churches and museums. Toledo is known for its art and history, and it has a landscape that combines Arabic, Mudejar, Gothic, medieval and Renaissance architecture.
A highlight of your visit will be the sight of The Burial of the Count of Orgaz, the famous painting by 16th-century master El Greco, located in the Church of St Tome.
See the exterior of the 13th-century Cathedral of Toledo, the medieval castle, Santa Maria la Blanca Synagogue, San Juan of the Kings Monastery and the Victorio Macho Museum.