Join us on an exciting trip on board a 20th century train and learn about history and El Escorial’s wealth of monuments through this magical experience. A marvellous tour of the heritage of the Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial.
King Philip II (the Spanish King who ruled from 1543 to 1551) will be waiting at Príncipe Pío station, on Platform 7, to welcome passengers to the historical Train that bears his name. For 55 minutes, we will enjoy the pleasant journey to El Escorial station, at the feet of the Sierra de Guadarrama mountains. During this journey, we will discover the way people travelled by train in the 40s and get the chance to admire the powerful Diesel ALCO (American Locomotive Company) engine. Once we arrive in El Escorial, buses will be waiting to take us from the train station to the town centre of San Lorenzo de El Escorial (a 5-minute ride), where we will be offered a free drink. Shortly after, we will start our guided tour of the Monastery of El Escorial (Declared World Heritage by UNESCO) and the town that surrounds it. This way, we will learn all about how people lived in those times in which Spain was called the Empire on which the sun never sets. The tour takes about 2 hours. At the end of the tour, you can eat at one of the restaurants that offer us special discounts. Then you will have free time to appreciate the wonderful setting of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Once again, the buses will take us back to the train station to catch the train back to Madrid. PROGRAMMING DEPARTURE: Madrid-Príncipe Pío train station (10: 20h.) RETURN: El Escorial train station (18:20 p.m.) Historical Train + Guided Tour of the Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial and its Monastery 09.50 Reception and entertainment at the Station Prince Pio (track 7) 10.10 Closing of boarding 10.20 Departure from the Felipe II train to El Escorial (50 min) 11.15 Transfer by bus to the center of San Lorenzo (Bus station)* 11.25 Guided visit to the historical complex of San Lorenzo de Escorial (45 min) 12.10 Guided visit to the Royal Monastery of El Escorial (1h 30 min) 14.10 End of guided tour. Start of free time 15.50 MEETING POINT at the Station Buses of San Lorenzo. Docks 19-21 ** till 2018 March 23rd or 17.55 MEETING POINT at the Station Buses of San Lorenzo. Docks 19-21 ** Since 2018 March 24rd Remind travelers who have a free drink at the Exit Restaurant of San Lorenzo (coffee, water, soft drink or beer) (**) If you wish, you can go to the El Escorial train station walking through of the Gardens of the Casita del Principe (20 ')