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Madrid: Toledo and El Escorial Full-Day Coach Tour

Madrid: Toledo and El Escorial Full-Day Coach Tour

From US$ 109.40 per person

Explore 2 historic sites in 1 day on a 10-hour tour of Toledo and El Escorial. Learn about the coexistence of 3 religions in Toledo’s labyrinth of streets, and marvel at El Greco masterpieces. Then, spend the afternoon at the Escorial monastery complex.

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Duration 10 hours
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  • Explore the historic coexistence of Jews, Muslims, and Christians in Toledo
  • Go to the monastery complex of the Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial
  • Admire works by El Greco in the Church of Santo Tome
  • See the Hapsburg Palace of the Spanish monarchy
  • View the final resting place of royal princes, princesses and consorts
  • Marvel at the world's largest free standing cross at the Valle de los Caidos
Full description
Begin your tour in El Escorial. This was the symbol of the Spanish power in the 16th-century and commemorates the battle of St. Quentin. It is also mausoleum for Charles V. Due to the symmetry and balance of its construction, according to the humanist Renaissance style, for years it had been considered for years the eighth wonder of the world. Explore Habsburg Palace, the Kings and Princes Mausoleum, the Chapter House, and the Basilica. Next, 9 kilometers away from El Escorial, discover an enormous monument built between 1940 and 1959 to honor the fallen during the Spanish Civil War.  The basilica is carved into the mountain at 1,350 meters where an impressive 150 meters high cross places itself over the magnificent landscape of Madrid’s mountain range. Discover the City of the Three Cultures, 70 kilometers from Madrid. Toledo is a beautiful city-museum and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the oldest towns in Europe and has great artistic beauty with buildings from almost all periods in history including Arabian, Gothic, Mudéjar, Renaissance, and Baroque style. Visit the outside of the Cathedral and the interior of the Sto. Tomé Church with The Burial of the Lord of Orgaz, a masterpiece by El Greco. Explore the interior of the Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca and the interior of the incredible monastery of San Juan de Los Reyes. Go to see a demonstration of the famous technique of damascened, inlay of precious metals in steel and forging of swords. Finish your tour with a panoramic sightseeing tour of Toledo and stop at a viewpoint for breathtaking views of the city where you can take the best pictures of Toledo.
  • Transportation by air-conditioned bus
  • Guide
  • Entrance fee to the Santa Maria la Blanca, Church of St. Tomé, Royal Monastery of El Escorial, and Valley of the Fallen and Basilica
  • Tour of the Monastery of San Juan de Los Reyes
  • Individual radio-guided system
  • Food or drink
  • Drop-off at your accommodation
  • Additional services
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point

Calle de San Nicolás, 15, 28013 Madrid. This is next to Plaza de Ramales.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Video recording

Know before you go

  • This tour is not available on 10 August, 14 September, 24, 25, or 31 December
  • Photography and filming are not permitted inside the Royal Monastery of El Escorial, the Valley of the Fallen Basilic, and St Tomé Church
  • Please note that guided tours are not permitted inside the Basilica of the Valley
  • It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk
  • The duration of the tour includes the round trip to the destination
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 /5

based on 28 reviews

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Lorena fue nuestra guia. Muy simpatica, con la voz dulce, una sonrisa inolvidable, aun cuando el malo guarda de la basílica le hablo muy mal a ella. Cristina era muy simpática también, pero estaba en el grupo español, cuando estuvimos en el inglés. Fue excelente, mejor que el tour de la tarde in Toledo, con ese guía Jorge, arrogant, antipático y aburrido por su trabajo. Will be a fenomenal contrast between the mañana and the delay. No nos dio el gusto de Toledo. What a pena!

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January 4, 2020

Escorial a must and Toledo second

The visit to the Escorial and the crypt where the kings and royal families rest is of incredible beauty. The San Lorenzo site, Valle de Los Caidos and its monolithic chapel a gem. Toledo is to be seen but the visit would benefit from taking a panoramic tour for photo enthusiasts. The circuit focuses solely on history. Many panaromic views are ignored in this guided tour.

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June 14, 2017

Wonderful tour with very knowledgeable tour guides

The combination ticket is ideal. In the morning El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen. In the afternoon then Toledo. In between, a one-hour lunch break in Madrid, where you have time to strengthen yourself and possibly buy provisions for the bus trip. For both destinations, the travel companion was extremely friendly and told them knowledgeably about the respective story, one after the other, first in Spanish (because many participants came from South America) and then in the best English (for Germans, among others). Inquiries were possible at any time and we also had nice conversations. In Toledo you stop in a souvenir shop on arrival and departure where clean toilets are available free of charge. This is practical and offers a good breather. The walk in Toledo is incredibly interesting, and the walking distance is also challenging, especially when it's hot. Overall, I can warmly recommend this tour without reservation. It was a wonderful experience! Again any time!

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August 29, 2016

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