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$86.35 Day Trips & Excursions

El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen

Departing Madrid by air-conditioned coach, travel to the Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, the Spanish monarchs’ historical residence and royal monastery, 28 miles (45 kilometers) northwest of Madrid. Your guided tour reveals the history behind this massive, regal complex of buildings, celebrated for their architectural perfection and a striking symbol of 16th-century Spanish power.Your tour of the World Heritage-listed royal complex takes you to the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo El Real, built by King Philip II to house the remains of his parents, Charles I and Isabella of Portugal. The tour guides you through the monastery’s basilica, with its important religious relics, highly decorated altar and Baroque dome inspired by St Peter’s in Rome.Your guided tour of El Escorial also takes you to the austere but grand palace and the royal mausoleum known as the Pantheon of Kings, home to the marble tomb of Charles V, the first king of Spain. For insights into the construction of El Escorial, browse the Architecture Room’s collection of architects’ and builders’ equipment dating back hundreds of years. Visit the Weapons Room to see ornate armaments, and admire painted frescoes in the highly decorated library.Your tour continues from El Escorial to the Valley of the fallen, 6 miles (9.5 kilometers) to the north. Admire the vast basilica built into the side of a mountain, topped by a gigantic granite cross that towers 150 meters (500 feet) high and dominates the landscape. The monument was built by the Spanish dictator General Franco to commemorate the dead of Spain's Civil War.Take a guided tour inside the austerely modern basilica, with its vaulted crypt and sculpted angels, then look out from the surrounding esplanade of arches to admire the spectacular valley countryside surrounding the complex.Relax on the scenic return journey to Madrid, where your tour ends in the early afternoon, or where you'll continue your day of sightseeing on a guided 2.5 hour city tour highlighting Madrid’s famous monuments and landmarks (if upgrade option selected).

$63.68 Tours & Sightseeing

El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Half-Day Tour from Madrid

The Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, commonly known as El Escorial, is a historical residence of the King of Spain about 45 kilometers (28 miles) northwest of the capital, Madrid. It is one of the Spanish royal sites and functions as a monastery, royal palace, museum, and school. The Escorial comprises two architectural complexes of great historical and cultural significance: the royal monastery itself and a royal hunting lodge and monastic retreat about five kilometers away. El Escorial was, at once, a monastery and a Spanish royal palace. Originally a property of the Hieronymite monks, it is now a monastery of the Order of Saint Augustine. In 1984 UNESCO declared The Royal Seat of San Lorenzo of El Escorial a World Heritage Site. It is a popular tourist attraction, often visited by day-trippers from Madrid. The visit include the Monastery, the Cloister of the Four Evangelists, the Palace of Philip II, Pantheons of the Royal Family, the Chapterhouses, and the Basilica. The Valley of the Fallen is a Catholic basilica and a monumental memorial in the municipality of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, near Madrid, conceived by Spanish General Francisco Franco to honor and bury those who fell during the Spanish Civil War. It was claimed by Franco that the monument was meant to be a "national act of atonement" and reconciliation. Located in a beautiful valley in the Mountains of Guadarrama, this impressive work has a colossal cross over 150 meters (492 feet) high, and the Basilica and Crypt excavated in the hard rock under the mountain. This tour includes the entrance to the Valley and the visit inside the Basilica. After this visit you will return to Madrid.

$96.51 Cultural & Theme Tours

El Escorial Monastery and Madrid Sightseeing City Tour

Following morning hotel pick-up, travel from Madrid to The Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, commonly known as El Escorial. A historical residence of the King of Spain, it is one of the Spanish royal sites and functions as a monastery, royal palace, museum, and school. The El Escorial comprises two architectural complexes of great historical and cultural significance: the royal monastery itself and a royal hunting lodge and monastic retreat about five kilometers away. It is a popular tourist attraction, often visited by day-trippers from Madrid. The visit include the Monastery, the Cloister of the Four Evangelists, the Palace of Philip II, Pantheons of the Royal Family, the Chapterhouses and the Basilica. The Valley of the Fallen is a Catholic basilica and a monumental memorial in the municipality of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, near Madrid. Conceived by Spanish General Francisco Franco to honor and bury those who fell during the Spanish Civil War, it was claimed by Franco that the monument was meant to be a "national act of atonement" and reconciliation. Located in a beautiful valley in the Mountains of Guadarrama, this impressive work has a colossal cross over 150 meters (492 feet) high, and the Basilica and Crypt excavated in the hard rock under the mountain. This tour includes the entrance to the Valley and the visit inside the Basilica. By the afternoon, discover Madrid during a 2.5-hour sightseeing tour, where you will see the most important buildings, avenues and squares. Get to know the main monuments and its history, from the old Habsburg and bourbons quarters to the present modern city. During the tour of Madrid, you will see places such as the Gran Vía, Plaza de España, University, Moncloa, Calle Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Puerta de Alcalá, the bullring, Columbus square with a brief stop at Madrid Hard Rock Café for a complimentary soft drink refreshment.Board the bus after the break and continue along the Paseo de la Castellana and the Real Madrid stadium Santiago Bernabéu, Plaza Castilla, fountain of Cibeles.

$124.44 Shows, Concerts & Sports

Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Tour with Flamenco Show

Enjoy a 9am pickup from Madrid hotel, then Your day begins at the Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, commonly known as El Escorial. It is a historical residence of the King of Spain and about 28 miles (45 km) northwest of the capital, Madrid. It functions as a monastery, royal palace, museum, and school. Originally a property of the Hieronymite monks, it is now a monastery of the Order of Saint Augustine. In 1984 UNESCO declared The Royal Seat of San Lorenzo of El Escorial a World Heritage Site. The visit include the Monastery, the Cloister of the Four Evangelists, the Palace of Philip II, Pantheons of the Royal Family, the Chapterhouses, and the Basilica.The Valley of the Fallen is a Catholic basilica and a monumental memorial in the municipality of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, near Madrid, conceived by Spanish General Francisco Franco to honor and bury those who fell during the Spanish Civil War. Located in a beautiful valley in the mountains of Guadarrama, this impressive work has a colossal cross over 492 feet (150 m) high, and the Basilica and Crypt were excavated in the hard rock under the mountain. This tour includes the entrance to the Valley and the visit inside the Basilica.In the evening, go by your own to the Tablao Flamenco Torres Bermejas. Opened in 1960, it is one of the most important and unique in the world of flamenco shows. It is home to some of the most famous Flamenco singers and dancers. Enjoy the ambience and see a magnificent night of Flamenco songs and dances, including a drink.

$62.22 Day Trips & Excursions

Segovia Half day from Madrid with Optional Toledo or Escorial visits

Discover Segovia, located in Castilla & Leon region is one of the fifteen Heritage of Mankind cities in Spain. Walk through the old city and admire the Roman Aqueduct, the outside of the Gothic Cathedral and enjoy a guided visit inside the Alcazar fortress, one of the most spectacular castles in Spain. Optional Toledo half day tour starting at 9am, We’ll drive for around an hour to Toledo. Once in the city, the experience begins with a walking tour through the old quartersincluding explanation and two  monuments entrances.  We’ll  also visit a Damasquino hand craft workshop accompanied by our guide until the moment to return to Madrid for a lunch time. (lunch is optional) Optional El Escorial & Valley of the fallen tour starting at 9am. Located in Srerra de Guadarrama, We’ll drive for around an hour to San Lorenzo de El Escorial to see the Monastery of El Escorial built under the reign of King Philip II to be a residence for the Spanish Kings. Countinuing to The Valley of the Fallen, we'll see the monument built as a memorial of those who died during the Spanish civil war.

$118.09 Day Trips & Excursions

El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Half-Day and Madrid Segway Tour

The Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, commonly known as El Escorial, is a historical residence of the King of Spain about 45 kilometers (28 miles) northwest of the capital, Madrid. It is one of the Spanish royal sites and functions as a monastery, royal palace, museum, and school. The Escorial comprises two architectural complexes of great historical and cultural significance: the royal monastery itself and a royal hunting lodge and monastic retreat about five kilometers away. El Escorial was, at once, a monastery and a Spanish royal palace. Originally a property of the Hieronymus monks, it is now a monastery of the Order of Saint Augustine. In 1984 UNESCO declared The Royal Seat of San Lorenzo of El Escorial a World Heritage Site. It is a popular tourist attraction, often visited by day-trippers from Madrid. The visit include the Monastery, the Cloister of the Four Evangelists, the Palace of Philip II, Pantheons of the Royal Family, the Chapter houses, and the Basilica. The Valley of the Fallen is a Catholic basilica and a monumental memorial in the municipality of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, near Madrid, conceived by Spanish General Francisco Franco to honor and bury those who fell during the Spanish Civil War. It was claimed by Franco that the monument was meant to be a "national act of atonement" and reconciliation. Located in a beautiful valley in the Mountains of Guadarrama, this impressive work has a colossal cross over 150 meters (492 feet) high, and the Basilica and Crypt excavated in the hard rock under the mountain. This tour includes the entrance to the Valley and the visit inside the Basilica. After this visit you will return to Madrid. This attractive tours is complemented by an extensive 90 minutes segway tour conducted by a professional guide and visiting the most important places of Madrid City Center, Gran Vía, Plaza España, Temple of Debod, Cathedral of Almudena, Royal Palace, Royal Theatre, Iglesia de Santiago, Plaza de la Villa, Mercado de San Miguel, Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Monasterio de las Descalzas Reales and Plaza de Callao.Segway tour starts at 10 Escalinata St. Your guide will take you there walking from the meeting point.

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