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El Escorial & Valley of the Fallen Half-Day Trip
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El Escorial & Valley of the Fallen Half-Day Trip

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The tour guides were very good. The bus was comfortable. The time spend at the Valley of the Fallen was way too short. That need to be fix.
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  • English English
  • 5 hours

Take a half-day trip from Madrid and head to El Escorial, symbol of Spain’s power during the sixteenth century, and visit the Valley of the Fallen, a basilica and memorial designed by the Spanish dictator, Franco.

El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Trip

Board an air-conditioned coach at 8:45 am and relax while you drive through the Sierra de Madrid until you get to El Escorial.

The first stop will be the Royal Monastery, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, an imposing building began in 1563 and completed in 1584. It is a symbol of the country’s power during the sixteenth century. It was established to commemorate the Battle of Saint Quentin against the French and is where the remains of Charles V lie. You will visit the most interesting part of the complex including the Palace, the Mausoleum (Panteón de los Reyes e Infantes), the Basilica and the chapterhouse.

After visiting the complex that was for many years known as the Eighth Wonder of the World, you will climb back on the coach and head to Valley of the Fallen, only 9 KM from El Escorial.

The Valle de los Caídos (Valley of the Fallen) is an enormous basilica built into the rocks and a memorial in the shape of a huge 100-meter-tall cross visible from 40km away. Commissioned by the Spanish Dictator, Francisco Franco, it was built between 1940 and 1959 to commemorate those who died during the Spanish Civil War, but to this day, this monument is still very controversial. 33,872 soldiers from both sides who died during the war.

After completing the tour, you will head back to Madrid at around 2 pm.

El Escorial Trip

From Madrid, we'll head directly to the Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial (known as the Royal Monastery of El Escorial), where we'll enjoy a guided tour around this UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the tour, we'll visit the Palace of the Austrias, the Mausoleum, the Chapterhouse, the basilica and of course, the famous library housing hundreds of historical books. 

After the guided tour you'll have some free time where you can wander around the monastery and discover the beautiful gardens. Then, at the scheduled time we'll meet again to head back to Madrid.

Price

El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Trip
Adults Seniors over 65 Children 6-15 years old Children under 6 years old
US$ 70.70 US$ 64.10
US$ 64.10 US$ 57.50
US$ 53 US$ 47.50
Free
El Escorial Trip
Adults Seniors over 65 Children 6-15 years old Children under 6 years old
US$ 54.10
US$ 48.60
US$ 40.90
Free

El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Trip

  • Adults

    US$ 70.7 US$ 64.1
  • Seniors over 65

    US$ 64.1 US$ 57.5
  • Children 6-15 years old

    US$ 53 US$ 47.5
  • Children under 6 years old

    Free

El Escorial Trip

  • Adults

    US$ 54.1
  • Seniors over 65

    US$ 48.6
  • Children 6-15 years old

    US$ 40.9
  • Children under 6 years old

    Free

* The price increases on the 31 March

More Information

Duration

5 hours.

Language English

The tour includes an English speaking guide, but the tour can sometimes be carried out in two languages.

Included

Return transportation by air conditioned coach.

Official English speaking guide.

Entrance to the various monuments you visit during the tour.

Not included

Food and Drink.

When to book?

Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.

You can book up until the same day (8:00 AM local time) if there are still places available.

Ticket

Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - Is luggage permitted on the tour?

    A - Yes, you can leave luggage in the bus.

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you still have more questions, check out our section on frequently asked questions. If you need help to book an activity or have any enquiries, please contact us.

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US$ 54.10
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the service starts

Meeting point

Calle San Nicolas, 15

Cancellations

Free! Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.