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

From Madrid: El Escorial Tour

Product ID: 230917
Visit the Royal Monastery of El Escorial, an impressive complex that served as a royal palace and religious center during the 16th century. Marvel at a grandiose architectural feat that today is regarded as the eighth wonder of the world.
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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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the Royal Monastery of El Escorial
  • Admire the Renaissance-style architectural design of the massive complex
  • Visit the complex's most well-known sites and enjoy a stroll through its gardens
Full description
Check-in at the office in central Madrid at least 15 minutes in advance of your tour. Leave the city aboard an air-conditioned coach and head towards the Royal Monastery of El Escorial. Symbol of the Spanish power in the 16th century, the site was built to commemorate the victory of the battle of San Quintín. Promoted by King Felipe II, the construction took 21 years to complete and was aimed to be the family vault.

Wonder at the architectural design, based on the symmetry and balance according to the humanist Renaissance style. That is the reason why it has been considered the eighth wonder of the world, and still is one of the most singular buildings in Europe. Get to know the building formerly importance and functionality. Visit some of the site highlights, such as the Habsburg Palace, the Royal Library and the Pantheon for both Kings and Infantes. At the end of the guided tour you will have free time to visit the site Gardens and surrounding area.
Includes
  • Transportation by air-conditioned bus
  • Bilingual guide
  • Entrance to the Royal Monastery of El Escorial
  • Individual radio-guided system
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch, beverages, or other services not specified above
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off.

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet at the local supplier's office on Calle de San Nicolás, 15, 28013 Madrid, Spain (close to Plaza Ramales).

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Cameras
  • Smoking
Know before you go
• Please keep in mind that the excursion includes some walking, so comfortable shoes are recommended
• The duration of the tour includes round-trip transportation
• Photography and filming are not permitted inside the exhibitions
• Failure to show up at the established check-in time may entail losing the tour
• The local operator reserves the right to modify or cancel the tour itinerary without prior notice due to force majeure reasons
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 / 5

based on 16 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.5 / 5
  • Organization
    4 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.9 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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March 8, 2020

An impressive experience

November 4, 2019

We only took the tour of the escorial and they left us at the bus stop 45 min, without explanation or apology, and we couldn't know anything else.

October 12, 2019

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Julia Travel Gray Line Spain

Product ID: 230917