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El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

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  • Stress-free tour of El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen
  • Eliminate the hassle of car hire or public transportation
  • Ideal for history buffs and first-time visitors to Madrid
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El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid
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El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid with a bilingual English and Spanish-speaking guide
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Tour only in English & Other
El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid with a bilingual English and Spanish-speaking guide
From US$81,74
Overview
If you’re a history buff, no visit to Madrid is complete without ticking off the UNESCO-listed El Escorial. This hassle-free tour makes visiting the monument easy, and includes access to the Valley of the Fallen (Valle de los Caidos). Exploring with a guide means you’ll hear insider commentary, while an early morning departure leaves you time for more sightseeing afterward. Upgrade to add an afternoon Madrid sightseeing tour.
What to Expect
Your half-day tour begins in central Madrid in the morning. Following a 1-hour journey from Madrid, you’ll embark on a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, considered a striking symbol of 16th-century Spanish power.

Inside the basilica, you’ll admire religious relics and a Baroque dome. See the marble tomb of Charles V and the final resting place of Isabella of Portugal before exploring the Pantheon of Kings and the Weapons Room.

Then, continue to the Valley of the Fallen, home to a colossal granite cross and a basilica carved into the mountain’s side. Learn about the effects of the Spanish Civil War and descend to a vaulted crypt.

Your tour concludes with drop-off at your original departure point in the afternoon.
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1 - 5 of 9 reviews

Reviewed 26 April 2018
Don't miss Valle de los Caidos

We took this tour as the only other way to get to Valle de los Caidos is by renting a car. El Escorial is certainly worth seeing. The guide, Marta, was very informative and managed to keep a good balance between Spanish and English. While...More

1  Thank msjg
Reviewed 5 April 2018
One day tour. Do on your own

Many tours are offered but I recommend taking one day and doing it on your own. Trains from Atocha (Madrid) depart every hour and the same for the return. Train is cheap and reliable. From the train station you can walk for 20min or take...More

4  Thank Jose Vicente D
Reviewed 31 March 2018
Valle de los Caidos was the highlight of our vacation!

We headed out of Madrid early in the morning, and the drive was beautiful with the snow falling. It was the middle of March, so that was an added bonus. El Escorial is imposing and grand. The tour guide was informative and entertaining, and kept...More

1  Thank Guzmanes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Response from msjg | Reviewed this property |
El Escorial involves a great deal of walking and many stairs. The Valley of the Fallen has some stairs, but can be toured at your own pace if you prefer on this tour.
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