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El Escorial & Valley of the Fallen Half-Day Trip
Activities in Madrid

El Escorial & Valley of the Fallen Half-Day Trip

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Good impression and overview of two totally different decades of Spanish history- worth visiting.
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  • English
  • 5 hours

Take a half-day trip from Madrid and head to El Escorial, symbol of Spain’s power during the sixteenth century, and visit the Valley of the Fallen, a basilica and memorial designed by the Spanish dictator, Franco.


Board an air-conditioned coach at 8:45am and relax while you drive through the Sierra de Madrid until you get to El Escorial.

The first stop will be the Royal Monastery, listed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, an imposing building began in 1563 and completed in 1584. It is a symbol of the country’s power during the sixteenth century. It was established to commemorate the Battle of Saint Quentin against the French and is where the remains of Charles V lie. You will visit the most interesting part of the complex including the Palace, the Mausoleum (Panteón de los Reyes e Infantes), the Basilica and the chapterhouse.

After visiting the complex that is commonly referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World, you will climb back on the coach and head to Valley of the Fallen, only 9 KM distance from El Escorial.

The Valle de los Caídos (Valley of the Fallen) is an enormous basilica built into the rocks and a memorial in the shape of a huge 100-meter-tall cross visible from 40km away. Commissioned by the Spanish Dictator, Francisco Franco, it was built between 1940 and 1959 to commemorate those who died during the Spanish Civil War, but to this day, this monument is still very controversial. Inside is buried Franco and 33.872 soldiers who died during the war.

After completing the tour, you will head back to Madrid at around 2 pm.


Adults Seniors over 65 years old Children 6-15 years old Children less than 6 years old
US$ 67
US$ 55.5
US$ 46.5
  • Adults

    US$ 67
  • Seniors over 65 years old

    US$ 55.5
  • Children 6-15 years old

    US$ 46.5
  • Children less than 6 years old


More information


5 hours.

Language English

The tour includes an English speaking guide, but the tour can sometimes be carried out in two languages.


Return transportation by air conditioned coach.

Official English speaking guide.

Entrance to the various monuments you visit during the tour.

When to book?

Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.

You can book up until the same day (7:00 local time) if there are still places available.


Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you still have more questions, check out our section on frequently asked questions. If you need help to book an activity or have any enquiries, please contact us.


No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).

US$ 67
No hidden fees or surcharges

Meeting point

San Bernardo, 7.


Free! Free cancellation up to 12 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.

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