El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

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El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid
from USD $71.07
Marvel at the Royal Monastery of El Escorial, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Accompanied by a local guide, dive right into Spanish history. See the Hapsburg’s Palace, the Kings Mausoleum and the Basilica. Visit the Valley of the Fallen, an underground church topped with a 152-meter cross.
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In Brief

Madrid, Spain
5 hours
Daily, except Monday
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Stop At: Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Av Juan de Borbon y Battemberg, 28200 San Lorenzo de El Escorial Spain

Check in at our office in central Madrid 15 minutes in advance of your tour. Leave the city aboard one of our comfortable air-conditioned coaches.
Enjoy a guided tour through the Royal Monastery of El Escorial, an architectural ensemble declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Built in the 15th century, it is a symbol of the power of the government at the time. Learn about the impressive Royal Mausoleum it contains and the story behind the 21 years it took to build the site. Of Renaissance style, you will marvel at the building symmetry. Listen to your guide explanations as you walk along the site visiting the Habsburg’s Palace, the Chapter House, the Basilica and the remarkable library.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Valley of the Fallen, Carretere de Guadarrama, 28209 San Lorenzo de El Escorial Spain

Board your bus again at the end of the guided tour for a short drive to the Valley of the Fallen. The site is located 9km away from El Escorial, in Sierra de Guadarrama. You will be able to see it from far away thanks to the monumental cross built above the site. The monument is an underground church built into the mountain. The same is topped by the World’s Largest Cross, which can be seen from miles away.

Duration: 2 hours


  • Bilingual Office guide
  • Local guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Radio-guide system
  • Entrance to the Royal Monastery of El Escorial
  • Entrance to the Valley of the Fallen and the Basilica
  • Entry/Admission - Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial
  • Entry/Admission - Valley of the Fallen


  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks

Departure Point

Calle de San Nicolás, 15, 28013 Madrid, Spain

Returns To

Plaza de Oriente, 28013 Madrid, Spain

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infants aged 5 years and under are free of charge, provided they do not occupy a seat
  • Operated by a bilingual guide in Spanish and English
  • Please keep in mind that the excursion includes several visits on foot, comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • The duration of the tour includes the round trip to the destination
  • Royal Monastery of El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen Basilic visitors are kindlyrequested to respect the instructions of the Security: Photography and filming are not permitted inside the exhibitions.
  • Please, note that guiding inside the Basilica of the Valley is not allowed.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Failure to show up at the established check-in time may entail losing the tour
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Our guide, Anoria, was an awesome guide. Her English was excellent! She took her time explaining everything that we were looking at El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen. We were not permitted to take pictures inside of either place but there are inexpensive guide books available for both that give additional information. Our bus ride was very comfortable. I recommend this tour as an easy way to get between both of these places.
• Submitted 27 Jan 2020
Very knowledgeable and friendly tour guide. Answered all questions. Bus ride was comfortable. Would recommend to others.
• Submitted 21 Oct 2019
We enjoyed the amazing history of Spain as explained by our guide. The Kings and Queens of Spain resting place is very impressive.
• Submitted 12 Aug 2019
The guide was brilliant and very well informed and the trip was well worth the effort ...not too rushed and a chance to do something different and learn more about the Spanish Civil War
• Submitted 05 Aug 2019
The tour was very well orginized, well planned. Tour guide was knowledgeable and attentive. I would recommend to take this tour to anyone who is interested in history on Spain.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
This was an excellent tour. Our bi-lingual guide Manuel was great entertaining, interactive and informative all the while switching between Spanish and English. The Monastery with its Mausoleum was fascinating, the tour was a decent length and unhurried. When we got to the Valley of the Fallen we were only there for about an hour, which may seem short but we felt it was enough time. It's well worth a visit.
• Submitted 01 Aug 2018
As a couple interested in royalty and history, this tour was great for us. It’s not too far away from Madrid (45 mins one way). Easier to just take a tour than to figure out how to get from El Escorial to the Valley of the Hidden. The cathedral in the monastery is beautiful! Unfortunate though that the funicular going up to the cross at the Valley of the Hidden is no longer functioning. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and switched back and forth between speaking in English and Spanish. The tour didn’t give us much time to have lunch so make sure you have a heavy breakfast before going. They also will not allow you to eat (even snacks) in the bus. All in all it was a fun tour!
• Submitted 09 Jul 2018
Great Tour Guide and Great Tour, well worth the money loved that our Tour guide had patience with the group and also asked if we all spoke Spanish that way she did not repeat more then once the history portion the guide also made sure of making sure her group was together!
• Submitted 09 Jun 2018
Our guide for El Escorial Monastery was very knowledgeable and entertaining. He gave us a wealth of information about the monastery, its contents, and Spanish history. The Valley of the Fallen was a sobering experience and represented an entirely different historical period.. All-in-all, the day left us with a better understanding of Spain and its past.
• Submitted 20 May 2018
Great, but thought we could use a little more time.
• Submitted 18 May 2018
Very nice experience in half a day and tour guide was excellent!
• Submitted 19 Mar 2018
Love the tour
• Submitted 04 Mar 2018
Very nice tour of the monastery followed by Valley of the Fallen. It is easy to get to the tour office by bus/taxi. They run everything professionally and on time. The tour guide was well-informed. There is a little walking to get to both places from the bus parking lot. So if you are going in winter like we did, be careful of the snow and ice on the footpaths. Other than that, you should have a great time.
• Submitted 02 Mar 2018
Excelente tour. La guía que nos llevó Beatriz nos brindó una magnífica explicación y muchos detalles de ambos lugares. Quedamos muy complacidos de la visita. Muy recomendable.
• Submitted 27 Feb 2018
Very nice and educational tour. We could have a overview of main kings of Spain buried in Escorial! Very impressive!
• Submitted 08 Jan 2018
Very well run tour with clear instructions as to where one should be and timings. Coach good quality, language skills of staff faultless, and the technology used for communication worked well. El Escorial very impressive, in terms of its size, artwork, and history. The majority of the Hapsburg and Bourbon royalty are entombed there, and one visits the royal crypt with its intricate marble carvings. King Phillip's rooms, where he may well of reflected on how his Armada was doing, brought home the nature of this man. Paintings by Titian and El Greco, as well as many others, and beautiful frescos, adorn the walls of the cloisters and the church. A simply beautiful alter. The contrast with Spain at the height of empire, El Escorial, and at its lowest ebb, empire lost and subject to facist dictatorship after a bloody civil war, the Valley of the fallen, works well. The memorial is huge in scale, set in a beautiful mountain valley, and is magnificent. The tour guide does not shy away from the controversy of having the tombs of facist leaders so prominent, or that the memorial was effectively a prison work camp for Republicans after the war. In all, beautiful, thought provoking, informative, helped one understand modern Spain, nice to get up into the mountains, and half a day well spent
• Submitted 04 Jan 2018
Anyone who visits Spain for the first time would not want to miss this attraction. The Monastery is essential to understanding the reign of Philip II and Spain's period as a global power. Going from there to the Valley of Fallen introduces you to the dramatic period of instability and the rise of fascism in Spain and other European nations. We were completely satisfied with this tour and would highly recommend it.
• Submitted 11 Dec 2017
We had Carmen as a guide on our trip, who was excellent very well organised, very well presented tour information. She spoke 1 sentence in Spanish and then in English which kept everyone listening and interested. A very knowledgeable lady who made our trip special. A word about the bus, it seemed to be brand new, very clean, very compfortable and quiet.
• Submitted 27 Nov 2017
An excellent experience that saved a lot of hassle. The tour guide was great, and the price reasonable. If there was any criticism, it would be that the experience at El Escorial was slightly rushed...
• Submitted 15 Nov 2017
Excellent trip and excellent tour guide.
• Submitted 29 Oct 2017
Excellent tour, well managed and led by a very interesting, informative guide. Ideally, we would have liked to spend longer at El Escorial, either being guided or visiting independenty, but what we did see was wonderful. Visiting the sinister Valley of the Fallen was a welcome, if disconcerting bonus.
• Submitted 25 Oct 2017
Great tour. Took 3 tours from Madrid handled by Julia tours and have one suggestion for improvement. The drop off point should be clearly stated and provided prior to departure. We were dropped off at different places each time. Although we did finally figure out that all three places were within close proximity to each other, we felt that we were abandoned. For tourists who do not speak the language, this was an uncomfortable feeling especially at the end of the day.
• Submitted 23 Oct 2017
This tour was excellent! Be prepared to walk over cobblestones and up and down stairs! Full of history with detailed narrative by the tour guide. Very professional and a great way to see this historical site.
• Submitted 15 Oct 2017
This would have to be one of the all time best day tours ever! El Escorial Monastery is unbelievable and a must see. Our large group was split into Spanish and English on arrival, and the lady that took the English group was superb. Did a great job moving us through the big crowds and was a fountain of knowledge. The huge tomb? carved into the mountain at the Valley of the Fallen was also incredible, even though it is only a monument to one mans ego! I believe it is actually a consecrated cathedral? Well worth seeing. I would highly recommend this tour. The operator's, Julia Travel are like a well oiled machine, and meeting place was only about a 10 minute stroll from our hotel which was a big bonus.
• Submitted 13 Oct 2017