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

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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
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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. Skip the long entry lines here and set off exploring the palace. Wander inside the remarkable library that features beautiful frescoes on its ceilings. Continue onward to the Pantheon of Kings, where you’ll find tombs of the great Spanish monarchs.

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

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Inclusions

  • Round trip transfers to and from Madrid
  • Expert bilingual guide
  • Entrance to the Royal Monastery of El Escorial, the Valley of the Fallen and the Basilica
  • Individual radioguided system.
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Exclusions

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

Ticket Information

In the next step of your booking, choose the desired variant to the ticket:

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

Discounted Tickets

  • Ages 0-5yrs go free
  • Children aged 6-15yrs and seniors aged 65+yrs enjoy reduced ticket pricing (carry a valid photo ID)
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Important Information

  • The tour is bilingual and will be in the selected language and a second language
  • 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
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Super Flexible Cancellation Policy

Get a full refund on canceling this ticket up to 24hrs before schedule

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My Tickets

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you shortly
  • 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. Students must show their valid student IDs
  • 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
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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

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