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$66.92 Day Trips & Excursions

El Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen from Madrid

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).

$68.08 Tours & Sightseeing

El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen 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 28 miles (45 kilometers) northwest of the capital, Madrid. It's 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. 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.

$86.22 Cultural & Theme Tours

El Escorial Monastery and Madrid Sightseeing City Tour

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, Paseo de la Castellana and the Real Madrid stadium Santiago Bernabéu, Plaza Castilla, fountain of Cibeles.

$91.15 Day Trips & Excursions

Escorial & Valley of the Fallen and Segovia with Optional Lunch

Starting from our headquarters, we’ll drive for approximately one hour to San Lorenzo de El Escorial to show you the inside of the Monastery, built in the sixteenth century under the command of Felipe II, the Royal Palace, Pantheon of the Kings and the Infantes, Chapter Rooms, Cloister of the Four Evangelists and the Basilica. After about ten minutes by bus, we’ll go to the Valley of the Fallen, where you will appreciate the colossal cross over 150 meters high, the Basilica and Crypt excavated in the rock of the mountain and of course, we will enjoy spectacular views of the Sierra Madrileña. Return to Madrid for a short break and lunchtime (lunch available as an option) Then we’ll continue to Segovia, visit the Plaza del Acueducto, Town Hall Square, the exterior of the Gothic Cathedral and of course the interior of the Alcázar of the 12th century, former fortified residence of the kings of Castile, plus a walk on foot through the city, all accompanied by our expert guide. Upon our arrival in Madrid, the activity ends at Plaza España with Gran Vía.

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Escorial and Valley of the Fallen Tour with Flamenco Show

Enjoy 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.

$32.32 Cultural & Theme Tours

San Lorenzo de El Escorial Train Tour from Madrid

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 ')

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