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

El Escorial & Basilica of the Valley 5-Hour Guided Tour

Product ID: 1573
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Experience the grandeur of the Royal Monastery of El Escorial, a World Heritage Site and a symbol of 16th-century Spanish power. Visit the Basilica of the Valley of the Fallen, carved into the mountain in the Sierra de Madrid, and marvel at the views.
About this activity
Duration: 5 hours
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Spanish, English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Visit the Monastery of El Escorial and tour the Habsburgs Palace
  • See the Kings and Princes Mausoleum
  • Marvel at the enormous Basilica of the Valley of the Fallen
Full description
Visit the spectacular El Escorial Monastery on this 5-hour guided tour from Madrid. A symbol of Spanish power in the 16th century, it commemorates the victory in the Battle of St. Quentin. It is also the site of the mausoleum for Charles V.

Built in the Renaissance Humanist style, it was considered the 8th wonder of the world for some time. See the Hapsburgs Palace, the Kings and Princes Mausoleum, the Chapter Houses, the Architecture Room, the Weapons Room, the Library, and the Basilica.

Afterwards, you’ll visit the Basilica of the Valley of the Fallen, conditions permitting. This enormous monument, built between 1940 and 1959 is carved into the mountain, 1,350 meters up. An impressive 150-meter-high cross stands over the magnificent nature reserve of Madrid’s mountain range.

After your guide’s commentary, you’ll have free time to admire the wonderful views of the Sierra de Madrid.
  • Air-conditioned motor coach
  • Bilingual guide
  • Audio headset
  • Entrance to the Royal Monastery of El Escorial
  • Entrance to the Valley of the Fallen and the Basilica
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point

Tours depart from the local partner's office at C/ San Nicolás 15 (next to Plaza de Ramales).

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
• Comfortable shoes are recommended.
• The duration of the tour includes the round-trip transfers.
• It is kindly requested that visitors do not take photos or film inside the exhibitions.
• Please note, the guide is not permitted to provide commentary inside the Basilica of the Valley of the Fallen.
• Please note that the itinerary is subject to change
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Julia Travel Gray Line Spain

Product ID: 1573