San Lorenzo de El Escorial
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  • San Lorenzo de El Escorial: Monastery and Site Guided Tour

    1. San Lorenzo de El Escorial: Monastery and Site Guided Tour

    Visit the Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial and travel through the history of Spain to the reign of Philip II. Admire this Renaissance marvel and learn from your local guide the ideological and cultural aspirations of the Spanish Golden Age. Discover the interior of this imposing building built in the 16th century. Explore the basilica, the Battle Hall, the pantheon, the palatial rooms, and other essential places of the monument. Also, visit the famous library of the Royal Monastery whose volumes were collected by Philip II to expand his humanistic knowledge. After two hours of unveiling the mysteries of this grill-shaped monastery, finish the guided tour next to the entrance.

  • Escorial & Valley of the Fallen 5-Hour Tour from Madrid

    2. Escorial & Valley of the Fallen 5-Hour Tour from Madrid

    On this 5-hour tour from Madrid you’ll begin with a visit to the Monastery of El Escorial. It was built under the reign of powerful King Philip II as a residence for Spanish kings, a monastery, and a royal pantheon. It became a symbol of the great power of the Spanish Empire at that time. The monument was declared to be of artistic and historic importance and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Valley of the Fallen was built in 1936, about 9 kilometers from Escorial, as a memorial to those who died during the Spanish Civil War. Situated in a beautiful valley in the Guadarrama Mountains, this impressive work features a cross standing more than 150 meters high, as well as a basilica and crypt built into the hard rock under the mountain. The tour includes admission to the Valley as well as a visit to the basilica’s interior.

  • El Escorial, Valle de los Caidos and Toledo Full-Day Tour

    3. El Escorial, Valle de los Caidos and Toledo Full-Day Tour

    Begin your full-day tour with a morning visit to the Monastery of El Escorial, built under the reign of powerful King Philip II as a residence for Spanish kings. See the Monastery and Pantheon of the Royal Family at this site that was declared a monument of Artistic and Historic Interest, and Mankind Heritage. Your tour includes the Monastery, the Cloister of the 4 Evangelists, the Palace of Philip II, the Pantheon of the Royal Family, the Chapterhouses, and the Basilica. The Valley of the Fallen is a memorial to those who died during the Spanish Civil War. Situated in a beautiful valley in the mountains of Guadarrama, this impressive work features a colossal cross standing over 150 meters high, and Basilica and Crypt excavated in the rock under the mountain. This tour includes admission to the Valley and a visit inside the Basilica. On arrival in Toledo you’ll take a panoramic walkin...

    El Escorial is a must see place. The arrangements were very good but the guide was in a mighty rush and was walking well ahead of the group, mostly talking to herself. A little more patience on her part would have left a much better impression on all in the group.

  • Madrid: Toledo and El Escorial Full-Day Coach Tour

    4. Madrid: Toledo and El Escorial Full-Day Coach Tour

    Begin your tour in El Escorial. This was the symbol of the Spanish power in the 16th-century and commemorates the battle of St. Quentin. It is also mausoleum for Charles V. Due to the symmetry and balance of its construction, according to the humanist Renaissance style, for years it had been considered for years the eighth wonder of the world. Explore Habsburg Palace, the Kings and Princes Mausoleum, the Chapter House, and the Basilica. Next, 9 kilometers away from El Escorial, discover an enormous monument built between 1940 and 1959 to honor the fallen during the Spanish Civil War.  The basilica is carved into the mountain at 1,350 meters where an impressive 150 meters high cross places itself over the magnificent landscape of Madrid’s mountain range. Discover the City of the Three Cultures, 70 kilometers from Madrid. Toledo is a beautiful city-museum and a UNESCO World Heritage Site...

    The tour was in Spanish and English. First part of the day Escorial, one hour break and Tolido in the afternoon. I didn't like the shopping stop (isolated store with very expencive items) at the end of the day for about 1 hour, which was not mentioned anywhere.

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What people are saying about San Lorenzo de El Escorial

I liked everything about this tour, all the places we have visited are beautiful and worth the money (and the fatigue). As it is a full day tour, being prepared to go a lot on foot is the most important thing in addition to enjoying the beauty of the monuments visited. Other travelers should know that the part when going to Toledo is the noon tour, which means that there is not that much time to visit everything that is in this beautiful city. The panoramic view of Toledo (El Greco “Vista de Toledo”) in this tour is not done, but hey is a reason to come back again.

Very satisfied with the reservation made

The duration of the tour was a bit short because there was no time to take pictures of the exteriors, since within the Escorial and Valley of the Fallen it is not allowed

The tour to Escorial, Valley of the Fallen were nice unlike Toledo .

The tour in Toledo was very short-1 hour walking tour and one hour into jewelry factory in Toledo. I did not pay money for commercial tour to jewelry store.

Nice ride from Madrid. Clean and comfortable coach. Breathtaking views.

Escorial sensational

Toledo forget Worst than Torremolinus Only vieuw,frm far