Guided tour

From Madrid: El Escorial and Valley's Basilica Half Day Tour

From Madrid: El Escorial and Valley's Basilica Half Day Tour

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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, and tour the basilica.

About this activity

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English


  • Learn about the history of Spain and the Spanish monarchy
  • 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
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.

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
  • Tour guide
  • Entrance and guided visit to the Monastery
  • Entrance to the Valley of the Fallen and the Basilica
  • Audio headset
  • Meals and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Entrances to not specified monuments
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Checking Time: 20 minutes before tour departs. Please, redeem your ticket (mobile or printed)at the front desk of VPT Tours office before bording. Meeting point: inside VPT Tours Office Address: 3, Ferraz street, 28008 Madrid Closest Metro stations: Ventura Rodriguez (line 3) or Plaza España (lines 3 and 10) If you come by taxi or walking, please advise that number 3 of Ferraz street is almost in front of number 28.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Flash photography
  • Video recording

Know before you go

  • It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 120 reviews

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Excellent tour and the guide Miss Maite did an exceptional job. She was also attentive to our older adult mother who for a moment felt a bit agitated and she gave a few minutes to be able to continue with the walk. Thank you very much and highly recommend this tour.

March 7, 2020

All right

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

It was a very well organized excursion. Our only criticism is that English was spoken so fast that we could barely follow it. And we missed a short drinking break. We had already left the hotel at 8am heading to the meeting place and were back at 2pm.

September 23, 2022

Product ID: 44414