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  1. Spain
  2. Community of Madrid
  3. Madrid
  4. El Escorial

Escorial & Valley of the Fallen 5-Hour Tour from Madrid

Product ID: 44414
Travel to Escorial from Madrid for a tour of the Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial and the historical royal monuments. You'll also visit the Valley of the Fallen, a memorial to those who perished during the Spanish Civil War, and tour the basilica.
About this activity
Duration: 5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Take a tour of the Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial
  • See the Cloister of the 4 Evangelists, the Palace of Philip II, and the Royal Pantheon
  • Visit the Valley of the Fallen and see the interior of the basilica
  • Learn about the history of Spain and the Spanish monarchy
Full description
On this 5-hour tour from Madrid you’ll begin with a visit to the Monastery of El Escorial. It was built under the reign of powerful King Philip II as a residence for Spanish kings, a monastery, and a royal pantheon.

It became a symbol of the great power of the Spanish Empire at that time. The monument was declared to be of artistic and historic importance and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You’ll visit the Monastery, the Cloister of the 4 Evangelists, the Palace of Philip II, the Royal Pantheon, the Chapter Houses, and the Basilica.

The Valley of the Fallen was built in 1936, about 9 kilometers from Escorial, as a memorial to those who died during the Spanish Civil War. Situated in a beautiful valley in the Guadarrama Mountains, this impressive work features a cross standing more than 150 meters high, as well as a basilica and crypt built into the hard rock under the mountain.

The tour includes admission to the Valley as well as a visit to the basilica’s interior.
  • Transportation between El Escorial and Valley of the fallen
  • Tour guide
  • Entrance fees
What’s Not Included
  • Meals and drinks
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Calle Ferraz, 3 (bus terminal) Bus: Line 74 Metro: Plaza España station (lines 3 & 10), and Ventura Rodriguez station (Line 3), Madrid

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Flash photography
Know before you go
• It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 49 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.2 / 5
  • Organization
    4 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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Cecilia has been a very pleasant and generous guide with information and guidance. However, the company that organizes the VPN Tour was disorganized about the different Tours and to whom each one corresponded. It also does not clarify that the guidance is both in Spanish and English which makes the route somewhat dense.

May 22, 2019

November 3, 2019

Unfortunatelly we were dissatisfied. It was a bilingual tour ( mostly Spanish, less English), which means during the same time we got less information than if it was only in English. We feel we did not get any extras, the guide seemed to be not happy to work on Saturday. We tried different tours in Madrid with different companies but I have to tell you it was the weekest one. Wouldn’ t reccommend it. I’m sorry

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October 27, 2019

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Product ID: 44414