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Guided Tour of Royal Monastery of El Escorial

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Visit one of the most beautiful architectural constructions from the Spanish Golden Age, the Royal Monastery of El Escorial. Enjoy a refreshing mix of architecture and history along with an expert guide on this day tour from Madrid!

Highlights

  • Convenient transfers from Madrid in a luxury air-conditioned bus
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of El Escorial
  • Skip the lines and explore the library, the Royal Pantheon and the colorful frescoes inside the monastery-palace
  • Get an understanding of Spanish culture and history from your expert English or Spanish guide
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Your Experience

Aboard a comfortable air-conditioned bus from Madrid and set off towards the Royal Monastery of El Escorial. Built in the 16th century, the fortress-palace is an impressive sight, with a fascinating history to match. King Felipe II had commissioned the building of the palace in 1563 after Spain’s victory over France at St. Quentin. It took over 21 years to build the monastery and reflects both the king’s reserved nature as well as his religious devotion.

Once considered the 8th wonder of the world, the Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial has walls lined with beautiful tapestries and colorful frescoes that depict scenes from classical history. Explore the beautiful barrel-vaulted library here, and see the collection of over 40,000 books that cover everything from philosophy to theology and politics. Visit the Royal Pantheon, a quiet, domed space that served as the final resting place of many Spanish monarchs and far too many of their infant children. At the end of the guided tour, you will have some time to explore the gardens and the surrounding areas, before catching the bus back to Madrid

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Inclusions

  • A comfortable air-conditioned bus ride to and from El Escorial
  • Expert bilingual guide
  • Individual radioguided system
  • Entrance to the Royal Monastery of El Escorial
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Exclusions

  • Food and beverages
  • Hotel transfers

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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Know Before You Go

Important Information

  • Please wear comfortable shoes as there is a moderate amount of walking involved
  • Carry sunscreen and water if you are visiting during the summer
  • The tour is inclusive of the round trip to the destination
  • Photography and filming are not allowed inside the exhibitions
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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 your mobile voucher 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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