EL ESCORIAL AND THE VALLEY OF THE FALLEN HALF DAY TOUR. HISTORY OF SPAIN

Important events of the History of Spain occurred in El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen. Get to know them all in a personalized tour, with licensed guide.

Travelers rate our private Escorial and Valley of the Fallen half day tour as one of best day trips from Madrid and, at the same time, an unavoidable Madrid travel experience.  

Hernan A. Satt, licensed guide and founder of Madrid Museum Tours will introduce to you the fascinating personality of King Philip II and his greatest life achievement, El Escorial.

El Escorial is, all in one :

  • Spain’s most important counter-reform monument.
  • A breathtaking Royal Pantheon.
  • An impressive Royal Palace.
  • An amazing Royal Library
  • A spectacular Renaissance Basilica
  • A unique opportunity to learn on spot the XVI century History of Spain, when it was the most powerful Empire in the World…
  • The Truth about King Philip II, an authentic Prince of the Renaissance.

Mr. Hernan A. Satt will pick you up at your hotel and then drive you on a luxury Van to El Escorial.

This spectacular historical wonder of Renaissance Architecture presides over North Madrid Sierra, with its 4 corner towers of 45 meters high each. It comprises an area of 39.858 square yards which is contained within an architectural complex enclosing 2600 windows (296 of them facing outwardly) – 1200 Doors – 86 staircases – 88 fountains – 16 patios – 15 cloisters and other interior 9 towers built under the guidance of Juan de Herrera, a genius of Renaissance architecture.

El Escorial is an astounding proof of architectural, artistic and historical brilliance, which unravels the psychology and world view of the monarchs of the Spanish Habsburg Dynasty. It should be noted that the monastery was also a convent which was used as the home of 100 priests belonging to the order of Saint Jerome. It also served as a Royal Palace with a Royal Library, a Royal Basilica and a luxurious Royal Pantheon where the remains of the Kings of Spain (except Philip V and Ferdinand VI), from Charles I, onwards rest in peace.

The Valley of the Fallen is a highly controversial concept of power, reflected in a monumental work of twentieth-century architectural engineering. A huge granite cross measuring 191 yards, the highest in the world, overlooks a forest of 1,365 acres. A 546 yards tunnel, dug deep into the hard rock, contains the grave of José Antonio, a falangist leader assasinated at the early stages of the civil conflict and thousands of others killed on both sides in the bloody Spanish Civil War.  After our private Escorial and Valley of the Fallen half day Tour you will have understood the reasons why a monument, created for national reconciliation after Spain’s civil war, has become a controversial and repulsive object for some people of progressive ideology.

As you can see, our El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen Half day tour is one of the best day trips from madrid and an unavoidable Madrid travel experience.

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TOUR PRICES

1 – 3 persons SMALL VAN 503 €
4 – 5 persons SMALL VAN 617 €
6 – 8 persons BIG VAN 704 €

*Prices in euros per tour, not per person (21% VAT to be added)

Less than 7 days before the Tour: 100% cancellation cost.

TOUR OBSERVATIONS

Length: 5 hours – daily, except Mondays – in Private Car or De Luxe Coach.

Price: includes tickets to the Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen.

Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish.

Pick up / Drop off: Your hotel in Madrid.

Driver: Your driver is licensed guide of Madrid and Art Historian.

Cancellations: before 8 days of the tour: NO penalization.

  • Less than 7 days before the Tour: 100% cancellation cost

Book this tour: Please fill in the contact form and we will contact you within 24 hours to confirm it.

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