Guided tour

From Madrid: Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen

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Guided tour

From Madrid: Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen

Activity provider: Fun and Tickets
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Take this excursion to visit the Royal Monastery of El Escorial and the Basilica of the Valley of the Fallen. Travel through the time of Felipe II to today, and learn about the Spanish Civil War.

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Duration 5 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Audio guide included
Spanish, English


  • Discover the Basilica of the Valley of the Fallen
  • Experience the only guided tour to the Monastery of San Lorenzo del Escorial
  • Enjoy a journey through history from the reign of Felipe II to the Present Democracy.
  • See a World Heritage Site
  • Learn about the Spanish Golden Age through its buildings
Full description

Embark on a guided tour to the Monastery of San Lorenzo del Escorial and enjoy skip-the-line entry. Explore the Basilica of the Valley of the Fallen and hear the history behind each turn from your guide.

Leave Madrid in the morning and travel 50 minutes to San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Visit the baths upon arrival and then begin the tour of the San Lorenzo Monastery.

Learn the long history of Spain, specifically the reign of Felipe II. See the building that best summarizes the ideological and cultural aspirations of the Spanish “Golden Age” and is named a World Heritage Site.

See places like the Patio de Reyes, Cloister, Chapter Rooms, The Basilica (except on Sundays), The Pantheon of Kings and Infants, and the Royal Rooms. Travel to the Valley of the Fallen located in the Peña de Cuelga Muros after leaving San Lorenzo de El Escorial.

Visit its surroundings and the basilica carved into the rock, and the burial place for 33,847 people who died in the Spanish Civil War. Be amazed by the great granite cross that is visible from kilometers away.

  • Round-trip transportation by air-conditioned bus
  • Wi-fi in bus
  • Guide
  • Skip-the-line entry ticket to Monastery de San Lorenzo
  • Skip-the-line entry ticket to Valley of The Fallen
  • Headset
  • Tips
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Arrive 20-25 minutes before the activity starts - Outside the Commercial Gallery

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable clothes
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Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 245 reviews

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It would be difficult to visit these two sites by public transit, and not worth it to rent a car for a day. As a result this is a very convenient and efficient way to get to them. The disadvantage, as always, is that you are on someone else's schedule and may not have the time to explore that you might like. On the whole we were happy to have chosen this tour.

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November 21, 2022

Absolutely, Great!! These 2 historical sites., paired… of “The Valley of the Fallen, is very impressive. it’s history is unbelievable and the Escorial Aqueducts system is a true site of the Roman Empire. Too top that off.. Our Guide “Cristina”was AMAZING, super informative and very well educated on the history of the kings, and their heirs history.. she made all the information flow and fun. we walked away with tons of information. Loved the tour highly recommend it.. it was worth the time. And they stick to their schedules, very reliable and punctual. We loved our guide “Cristina” ty for a great day. Barbara Ortiz

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November 7, 2022

Escorial and Valley of the Fallen is a tour you need to take in order to understand the spanish history. I didn't like the fact that it was bilingual, because it is difficult to analyse facts when you have to translate at the same time. We only had 20 minutes of free time, in which we could explore the Basilica, visit the gift shop and admire the exquisite view of the valley from the yard. It was too short.

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October 17, 2022

Product ID: 409590