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Guided Tour of Royal Monastery of El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen

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5 hrs
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Dive straight into Spanish history at the Royal Monastery of El Escorial, one of the country's most beautiful architectural structures! Combine your trip with a visit to the Valley of the Fallen, where you can see the largest cross in Europe.

highlights

  • Spend a day exploring the royal palace and former monastery of El Escorial
  • Skip the lines and see the famous barrel-vaulted library and admire its beautiful frescoes
  • Go to the Valley of the Fallen to see General Franco’s memorial to the Civil War
  • Soak in the rich history and culture of Spain with an expert bilingual guide

inclusions

  • Entrance to the Royal Monastery of El Escorial
  • Entrance to the Valley of the Fallen and the Basilica
  • Air-conditioned bus
  • Official bilingual guide
  • Individual radio guide system

exclusions

  • Food and beverages
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

your experience

Hop aboard a comfortable air-conditioned bus and head straight to the former royal residence and monastery of El Escorial, considered by many to be the 8th wonder of the world. Commissioned by King Felipe II, this vast palace became a symbol of the greatness of the Spanish Empire in the 16th and 17th centuries. Upon arrival, your guide will give you an explanation from the outside, after which you can set off exploring the palace on your own. Wander inside the remarkable library that features beautiful frescoes on its ceilings. You can also visit the Habsburg Palace and the Chapter House.

Board your bus again at the end of the guided tour for a short drive (about 9 kilometers) to Sierra de Guadarrama, where you can see the Valley of the Fallen. You’ll be able to see it from far, far away thanks to the gigantic 500-foot cross (the largest cross in the world) built over the site. The monument was built by General Franco to commemorate those who lost their lives in the Spanish Civil War.

know before you go

Ticket Information

This ticket has the following options you can choose from:

  • Bilingual Guided Tour - English Preferred
  • Bilingual Guided Tour - Spanish Preferred

Important Information

  • The tour is bilingual and will be in the selected language and a second language.
  • The visit is carried out entirely on foot. Wear comfortable shoes as there is a fair amount of walking involved.
  • The tour is inclusive of the round trip to the destination.
  • Photography and filming are not permitted inside both exhibitions.
  • Please note that guiding is not allowed inside the Basilica of the Valley.
  • Carry sunscreen and water if you are visiting during the summer.

Discounted Tickets

Infants aged 0-5 can go for free. Children aged 6-15, as well as seniors aged 65 and above, enjoy reduced ticket pricing (carry a valid photo ID).

my tickets

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.
  • Please display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID to your guide.
  • If you have purchased reduced-price tickets, please carry your valid photo ID proof for verification.
  • Kindly ensure that you arrive 10-15 minutes before the start time of your tour to avoid any delays.

Meeting Point

  • Meet your tour guide at Julià Travel Tours & Tickets (Calle de San Nicolás, 15, 28013 Madrid, Spain).
  • To locate the meeting point on Google Maps, simply search for - Julià Travel Tours & Tickets.
    Get Directions to the Meeting Point

Getting There

By Metro

  • The nearest metro station is Opera.
  • It is located about 5 minutes from the meeting point.
  • Line 2 (red line) and Line 5 (green line) will get you here.

By Tram

  • The nearest tram stop is Plaza De La Villa.
  • It is located about 5 minutes from the meeting point.
  • Tram #3 and N16 will get you here.

Validity

This ticket is valid on the date and time selected during checkout.

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