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Enhance your experience of two top Madrid attractions on this 5-hour tour of El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen (Valle de los Caidos) from Madrid. Delve into the opulent beauty of El Escorial, a palatial and monastic complex home to a striking basilica and a marble pantheon, and then marvel at the Valley of the Fallen’s colossal cross, dedicated to lives lost in the Spanish Civil War. Hotel pickup in Madrid is included on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.
Your tour begins at your Madrid hotel, where you’ll board an air-conditioned vehicle between 8 and 9am. During the 1-hour drive to El Escorial, your guide details the 500-year-old history of the palatial and monastic complex, commissioned by King Felipe II.
On arrival at El Escorial, you’ll embark on a guided tour and visit architectural highlights including the marble Pantheon de los Reyes, the final resting place of many Spanish monarchs, and the elegant basilica.
The next stop is the Valley of the Fallen, a tomb and basilica complex featuring a striking monument dedicated to the lost lives of the Spanish Civil War. The memorial is surrounded by controversy due to the nature of its creation: your guide reveals the fascinating story during a tour.
After absorbing spectacular views of the valley from a mountaintop perch, return to your vehicle and relax during the drive back to your Madrid hotel.
Although It was raining . We enjoyed the tour . The Tour guide is very informational and excellent English .
The tour delivers exactly as advertised - visits to Escorial and Valley of the Fallen. It would have been too complicated to try to figure out public transportation to these places. Enough time was given to explore each location. The guided tour of Escorial was informative.
This is a magnificent tour. Highly recommend it, such great royalty history. I am so grateful for this tor tour, would do it over again..
Was very good and interesting tour. Our guide was extremely good. Unfortunately do not remember his name. El Escorial an amazing place. Definitely great destination
A wonderful day. So very interesting. Only drawback was that our guide spoke Spanish and English, so everything had to be said in two languages. This meant that it was slow going and we missed some of the tour as a result. The tour itself was wonderful and definitely not to be missed. Would highly recommend it and give it a 5 rating. Hotel pick up was nice but end of tour drop-off point was quite a distance away and necessitated taking a cab back to the hotel. Overall, a wonderful experience.
and you get back in Madrid just about the time restaurants have opened for lunch! It was great to see the environs a little north and west of Madrid, much greener that one would expect from seeing the city only - lots of pines. Anyway, you tour a small part of this huge structure, but the most important points including the pantheon, the chapel, and what were the private quarters of Phillipe II. Note, it is very austere by design of Phillipe II, so don't expect a lot of ornamentation and furnishings, but I care more about the architecture personally. The Valley of the Fallen was beautiful as observed from the elevation of the Basilica in which Franco is currently buried. The Basilica was also architecturally interesting. Note the Spanish Parliament has voted to exhume and move Franco's body to a location - as yet to be determined as of this date - by the family. I wanted to see his first resting place before the remains are moved - this is not a sign of support for his behaviour. The guide was good, could have been a little more energetic. The biggest negative was that the audio boxes you hang around your neck and plug in earphones seemed to be of poor quality. I'd highly recommend that Trapsatur, the local tour operator of this tour, check them out. There was a tremendous amount of popping and crackling going on that interfered with the audio. I think this was emanating from the guide's handset. This by no means ruined the trip and I'd still recommend it. The one thing missed on the trip was what must have been gardens as you could see them from the windows, but we did not visit them. Perhaps these are restricted as this is still an active Monastery.
El Escorial was a lot of steps - up and down so if steps are an issue be very aware there are a lot.
The Valley of the Fallen was the highlight for me as it was amazing when you get inside - I just thought it was a memrial outside with the amazing cross and the buildings but wait until you enter - It was not expected and it was fantastic.
Really worth the trip.
This was a good tour. Only takes about a half a day. El Escorial is very interesting and the crypts are the star of this tour. So interesting and very beautiful. Unfortunately there is a library that is very decorated and beautiful, but it was not open the day we were there. The Valley of the Fallen is also very interesting and rather grand in scale. Highly recommend this tour.
If you are an English-speaker like me, maybe you should go over other options before taking this tour. The one guide we had was “bilingual”, but I felt that the English explanations were often not as detailed as the Spanish ones. (I understand basic Spanish though not enough to go on Spanish tours)
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