El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

Duration: 5 hours
Destination: Spain, Comunidad de Madrid, Madrid
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  • 5 hours
  • Madrid
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  • Cancellable

Overview

Experience the grandeur of Spain on a guided half-day visit to El Escorial monastery and the Valley of the Fallen monument from Madrid. Discover why the Baroque-style El Escorial complex was considered the eighth wonder of the world, and admire the poignant sculptures of the Valley of the Fallen monument, erected in memory of the millions who died in the Spanish Civil War. You’ll gain insights into Spain's intriguing history at these symbolic monuments, reflecting the Spanish monarchy, church and 20th-century conflict, and have the option to include a half-day city tour of the highlights of Madrid.

Highlights

  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
  • Tour is wheelchair accessible
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • All entrance fees included

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Av Juan de Borbon y Battemberg, 28200 San Lorenzo de El Escorial Spain

We will start our visit at El Escorial, symbol of the Spanish power in the XVI century that commemorates the battle of St. Quentin. It is also mausoleum for Charles V. Due to the symmetry and balance of its construction, according to the humanist Renaissance style, for years it had been considered for years the eighth wonder of the world. The visit includes the Habsburg Palace, the Kings and Princes Mausoleum, the Chapter House and the Basilica.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Valley of the Fallen, Carretere de Guadarrama, 28209 San Lorenzo de El Escorial Spain

Located 9 km away from El Escorial, this enormous monument was built between 1940 and 1959 to honor the fallen during the Spanish Civil War. The basilica (*) is carved into the mountain at 1350 meters of altitude, where an impressive 150 meters high cross places itself over the magnificent landscape of Madrid’s mountain range.

Duration: 2 hours

Inclusions
  • Bilingual Office guide
  • Local guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Radio-guide system
  • Entrance to the Royal Monastery of El Escorial
  • Entrance to the Valley of the Fallen and the Basilica
  • Entry/Admission - Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial
  • Entry/Admission - Valley of the Fallen

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infants aged 5 years and under are free of charge, provided they do not occupy a seat
  • Operated by a bilingual guide in Spanish and English
  • Please keep in mind that the excursion includes several visits on foot, comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • The duration of the tour includes the round trip to the destination
  • Royal Monastery of El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen Basilic visitors are kindlyrequested to respect the instructions of the Security: Photography and filming are not permitted inside the exhibitions.
  • Please, note that guiding inside the Basilica of the Valley is not allowed.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Failure to show up at the established check-in time may entail losing the tour
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
Departure Point

Calle de San Nicolás, 15, 28013 Madrid, Spain


Return Details

Plaza de Oriente, 28013 Madrid, Spain

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

5 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

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Jose L

Very knowledgeable and friendly tour guide. Answered all questions. Bus ride was comfortable. Would recommend to others.

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Mepseto

We enjoyed the amazing history of Spain as explained by our guide. The Kings and Queens of Spain resting place is very impressive.

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Robert C

The guide was brilliant and very well informed and the trip was well worth the effort ...not too rushed and a chance to do something different and learn more about the Spanish Civil War

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Helen S

The tour was very well orginized, well planned. Tour guide was knowledgeable and attentive. I would recommend to take this tour to anyone who is interested in history on Spain.

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Saffron A

This was an excellent tour. Our bi-lingual guide Manuel was great entertaining, interactive and informative all the while switching between Spanish and English. The Monastery with its Mausoleum was fascinating, the tour was a decent length and unhurried. When we got to the Valley of the Fallen we were only there for about an hour, which may seem short but we felt it was enough time. It's well worth a visit.

User's Picture Gallery

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Valle de los Caidos

Valle de los Caidos - very impressive.

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Large view of Valle de los Caidos

Together at el valle de los caidos.

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From the church, across the rest of the memorial, to Guadarrama mts beyond

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parte arquitectónica del Monasterio del Escorial.

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Luis Valiente con el templo del Valle de los Caídos de fondo.

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Luis Valiente y Elisa de Valiente posando en la mezquita de Córdoba.

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Main entrance to El Escorial

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The Valley of the Fallen

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El Escorial

Jardines

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Valle de Los Caidos

Excelentes vistas en un dia totalmente diàfano

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Entry to Valle de los Caídos

The impressive view of the Valley of the Fallen on the drive in.

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The Valley of the Fallen

The photo is of the entrance of the Valley of the Fallen

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March 2011

A blustery cold day in the hills north of Madrid

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El Escorial in February 2010

Photo taken during my February visit in El Escorial.

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El Escorial Monastery

El Escorial Monastery

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Valley of the Fallen

Valley of the Fallen

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Valley of the Fallen

Valley of the Fallen

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Valley of the Fallen

Breathtaking and even the mountain looked sculpted.

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Valley of the Fallen

The cross was huge

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Valley

The view from the top was beautiful.

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Picture from bridge

The tour stops for about 30 seconds on this bridge and only people on the right side of the bus can get it.

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Valley of the Fallen

I framed it so that you couldn't see the scaffolding at the front of the basilica.

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Full view

Unfortunately, couldn't place anything in front of the Basilica...

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