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Royal Monastery El Escorial & Valley of the Fallen Half Day Trip from Madrid

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Discover Spain's history by visiting El Escorial, which houses the Mausoleum of Spanish Monarchs, and the Valley of the Fallen, a tribute to those who sacrificed their lives during the Spanish Civil War.

Description

Royal Monastery of El Escorial

Visit one of the Eight Wonders of the World, an imposing 16th Century edifice. King Phillip II ordered the construction of the Royal Monastery of El Escorial and it owes most of its design to its main architect, Juan Herrera. Many of the best artisans of that period contributed to its construction and the Monastery houses the Mausoleum of the Spanish Monarchs.

El Escorial, a symbol of the Spanish power in the XVI century that commemorates the battle of St. Quentin. It is also a 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 the eighth wonder of the world. The visit includes the Habsburg Palace, the Kings and Princes Mausoleum, the Chapter House and the Basilica.

Basilica of the Valley of the Fallen

The Valley of the Fallen is a monument built as a memorial of those who died during the Spanish Civil War in 1936. Located in a beautiful valley in the Mountains of Guadarrama, this impressive work has a colossal cross over 150 meters high, and the Basilica and Crypt excavated in the hard rock under the mountain.

This tour includes the entrance to the Valley and the visit inside the Basilica.

Includes

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  • Bilingual Guide (English/Spanish)

  • Transportation fee

  • English-speaking guide
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Royal Monastery of El Escorial & Valley of the Fallen - AM

Duration: 5:30 hour(s)
Available: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat and Sun
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Entrance to Royal Monastery of El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen and the Basilica / / Bilingual Guide (English/Spanish) / / Transportation fee / English-speaking guide

Schedule

  • 08:30

    Check in at Julia Travel Office

  • 08:45

    Depart Madrid

  • El Escorial

    Admire the symmetry and balance of the El Escorial's architecture, declared as UNESCO World Heritage site. The visit includes the Hapsburgs Palace, the Kings and Princes Mausoleum, the Chapter Houses and the Basilica.

  • Basilica of the Valley of the Fallen

    Enjoy a tour at the Basilica of the Valley of the Fallen located 9 km away from El Escorial. It is a Basilica carved into the mountain at 1350 metres of altitude, where an impressive 150 metres high cross places itself over the magnificent nature reserve of Madrid mountain range.

  • 13:45

    Tour Ends at Plaza de Oriente underground parking

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Upgrade: El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen and Toledo - Tour without Lunch

Duration: 10:30 hour(s)
Available: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat and Sun
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Entrance to Royal Monastery of El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen and the Basilica / / Bilingual Guide (English/Spanish) / / Admission fee to the Church of St. Tomé, Synagogue of Santa Maria la Blanca and Mosque of El Cristo de la Luz in Toledo / Transportation fee / English-speaking guide

Schedule

  • 08:30

    Check in at Julia Travel Office

  • 08:45

    Royal Monastery of Escorial

    Begin your tour at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed monastery known for its Renaissance design and was a symbol of the Spanish power. Visit remarkable places like the Habsburg Palace, Pantheon of the kings and princes and the basilica where a collection of religious relics are stored.

  • Basilica of the Valley of the Fallen

    Continue to the Valley of the Fallen, built to honor and serve as a memorial to those who died during the Spanish Civil War. Admire its location which is in a beautiful valley in the Mountain of Guadarrama.

  • Free time (approx. 1 hour)

  • Toledo

    Immerse yourself in the wonders of Toledo. This ancient city holds historical Spanish monuments, Gothic and Renaissance buildings which makes Toledo a declared World Heritage City and a National Monument. Marvel at the view and shop souvenirs like the popular bladed weapons the city is known for.

  • Free time (approx. 1 hour)

  • 18:45

    Tour ends at Plaza de Oriente

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Upgrade: El Escorial, The Valley of The Fallen and Royal Site Of Aranjuez

Duration: 9:30 hour(s)
Available: Tue, Thu and Sun
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Bilingual Guide (English/Spanish) / / Admission fee to the Royal Monastery of El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen, the Basilica and Royal Palace of Aranjuez / Transportation fee / English-speaking guide

Schedule

  • 08:30

    Check-in

  • Royal Monastery of Escorial

    Visit the UNESCO-listed monastery which was built to commemorate the battle of St. Quentin. Visit the Habsburg Palace, the Kings and Princes Mausoleum, the Chapter House and the Basilica.

  • Basilica of the Valley of the Fallen

    See the chilling tourist attraction of Spain built to commemorate those who died during the Spanish Civil War. Marvel at the towering cross and visit the basilica which contains an enormous crypt.

  • Return to Madrid

  • 15:00

    Aranjuez

    Continue to the city of Aranjuez. Its cultural landscape was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001 because of the city's architecture and landscape design.

  • The Royal Palace

    Head to the Royal Palace and gaze at the monument and see impressive interior designs like Throne Room of Elizabeth II and The Prince's Gardens, the Parterre when you visit the royal residence.

  • The Museum of the Royal Feluccas

    Delve into Spain's naval history when you visit the museum that exhibits several boats used by the royal family to navigate the Tagus River such as the gondola of Philip V and the boats of Charles IV, Ferdinand VII and Elizabeth II.

  • 17:45

    Tour ends at Plaza de Espana

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 a good pace with the group. But the best part was the Valle de los Caidos. A befitting monument to the casualties of the Spanish Civil War. We knew it was hallowed ground at first sight. The cross in the middle of the white snow covered mountains was impressive, but the cathedral inside blows you away, both in size and significance. A befitting monument to the fallen of the Civil War. The equivalent of Gettysburg in the US.

Liliana

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Notes

Required Items to Bring & Attire
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  • Walking shoes

  • Comfortable clothing

Additional Note(s)
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  • This tour conducted by a bilingual guide who will be speaking in two languages (English and Spanish) at once depending on the group of the day

Upgrade: El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen and Toledo - Tour without Lunch
  • Children under 6 years old are free but lunch is not included.

Upgrade: El Escorial, The Valley of The Fallen and Royal Site Of Aranjuez
  • The Museum of Royal Feluccas will not be visited during October due to technical reasons.

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Reviews

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 a good pace with the group. But the best part was the Valle de los Caidos. A befitting monument to the casualties of the Spanish Civil War. We knew it was hallowed ground at first sight. The cross in the middle of the white snow covered mountains was impressive, but the cathedral inside blows you away, both in size and significance. A befitting monument to the fallen of the Civil War. The equivalent of Gettysburg in the US. more

Liliana

Yes,I will recommend to others

Allan

Great tour overall! It started off a little odd, as our group was small and we rode on a bus with a different tour to be dropped o...ff and merged with another doing ours as well. I was the only english speaking person and that wasnt communicated well initially. Weather wasnt the best for visual at Valley of the fallen, but that is mother natures doing. You cant take pictures inside either of these, but that is what has kept the colors so vibrant. more

Nicole

My tour was book up and was rapidly handle. *** responded inmediatly and find a solution. I could not be more happy to choose you...r company. I am please with the professionalism that you work. i will certainly recomend you to my family and friends. Keep the good work and looking forward to make bussiness with you in my next trip. more

Eigna

Amazing!

FLAVIA

Absolutely beautiful, just wished for more time to see the gardens of El Escorial.

Nery

This was a great tour with a most knowledgeable guide. We definitely would not have been able to see these two places - representi...ng two very different pieces of Spanish history - without the tour. more

Ellen

The tour to El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen was very interesting and enjoyable. It was well run and the allotment of ti...me at both locations was sufficient. Also the bus was comfortable with a good driver. more

Myrna

We really enjoyed this tour, especially the very knowledgeable guide. Sights we would not have been able to see without going on t...his tour. more

Ellen

I did not know how controversial the Valley of the Fallen is among Spanish citizens due to dictator Franco being buried at the sit...e. The site is beautiful. El Escorial was also beautiful and we'll worth the effort to see it. Lots of walking up and down stairs at El Escorial. more

Patrick

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