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.

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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

  • Entrance to Royal Monastery of El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen and the Basilica

  • English-speaking guide
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Royal Monastery El Escorial & Valley of the Fallen Half Day Trip from Madrid

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 / / English-speaking guide

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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

  • (For Check-In) Julia Travel Office (Calle San Nicolás, 15, Madrid, Spain) Time: 08:30:00

  • (For Check-Out) Plaza de Oriente (Plaza de Oriente, Madrid, Spain) Time: 13:45:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Julia Travel Office (Calle San Nicolás, 15, Madrid, Spain) Time: 08:30:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Plaza de Oriente (Plaza de Oriente, Madrid, Spain) Time: 13:45:00

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Notes

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • Walking shoes

  • Comfortable clothing

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Reviews

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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  • Any cancellations made within 1 business days of your activity (after 08:45:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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