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El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

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Get to know the history of the Spanish emperors by visiting the place from where they ruled the world for three centuries, and the place where they are buried.

With the extensive walking tour inside the Monastery of El Escorial, totally explained by a professional guide, get a better understanding of a long part of the World history.
Also visit the impressive Valley of the Fallen, and get amazed by the views from its Basilica, raised in the heart of the mountain, and by its Christian cross, the largest in the world.
  • Skip-the-line access to El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen from Madrid
  • Benefit from a professional guide’s commentary
  • View famous features, including the pantheon and the colossal cross
  • Round-trip transportation from a central meeting point
What to Expect
Meet your guide for the drive out to the Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, and listen as your guide shares insights into the historic landmark. On arrival, admire the wall paintings in the Pantheon de los Reyes, tour the monastery facade, and visit the Gothic basilica of San Lorenzo el Real. Next, head to the Valley of the Fallen, located in a preserved national park. Learn about the site’s history and explore the memorial’s crypt and basilica, before taking in spectacular views of the valley and the 490-foot (150-meter) cross itself. Return to your vehicle and relax on your journey back, as the tour concludes with drop-off in central Madrid.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Calle de San Bernardo, 7, 28013 Madrid, Spain
Departure Time
8:45 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Pick-up at selected hotels. Tell us the name of the hotel to check the expected pick-up time
  • Professional guide
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • tickets to monuments
  • Entry/Admission - Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial
  • Entry/Admission - Valley of the Fallen
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • WiFi on board
  • Restroom on board
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 52 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed this half day tour visiting the tombs of Spanish kings. Carolina our guide was well-informed and funny. Be careful on the steep steps going to the basement. Overall it was worth the visit!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank BBG2003
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

El Escorial has a lot to see, but unfortunately this part of the tour is very rushed. You don’t have time to take everything in, especially not all the paintings and maps. The Valley of the Fallen part of the tour was somewhat dissapointing because...More

Thank DzejDzej
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent half day tour of El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen. Our tour guide, Rafael, was brilliant. He spoke excellent English and was very knowledgeable, answering any questions we had. I would not hesitate to recommend this trip.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Shona G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

El Escorial is great castle, although not many original pieces still there. But you can see royal burials, almost all Spanish kings. Valley of the Fallen was closed - we didn't go there. Spanish socialist government wants to remove Franco from there and bury him...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank AlexandMila
Reviewed 11 September 2019 via mobile

Sara was simply amazing, she spoke in both English and Spanish and was very passionate about the history. I would highly recommend this tour!!

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18 March 2019|
Response from Mateo0333 | Reviewed this property |
We went directly to the Julia travel office near the royal palace from there by bus to El Escorial
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