Madrid Combo: El Escorial Monastery And Aranjuez Royal Palace Day Trip - San Lorenzo De El Escorial

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 9 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    8:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Calle de San Nicolás, 15, 28013 Madrid, Spain
  • Return Details :
    Plaza de Oriente, 28013 Madrid, Spain
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

The Madrid Super Saver combines two best-selling tours at a discounted price becoming a fantastic day out. Experience the grandeur of El Escorial monastery, and visit the poignant Valley of the Fallen monument, erected in memory of the millions who died in the Spanish Civil War. Gain insights into Spain's intriguing history at these symbolic landmarks, reflecting the Spanish monarchy, church and 20th-century conflict. Then take a trip to Aranjuez, a beautiful World Heritage-listed royal city. Youll be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide all day. The best part? By combining these two half-day tours, youll enjoy a 15% discount compared to purchasing the tours separately.

Highlights

Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city

Includes free admission to top local attractions

Informative, friendly and professional guide

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Morning Tour: El Escorial Monastery and The valley of the fallen
The Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo El Real was built by King Philip II to house the remains of his parents, Charles I and Isabella of Portugal. The Renaissance complex combines a palace and monastery, and features a wonderful collection of art. On your visit, follow your guide on a tour of the complex, including the Pantheon of Kings and the basilica.

Six miles (9.5 km) north of El Escorial lies The valley of the fallen, a vast basilica built into the side of a mountain and topped by a gigantic granite cross. The monument was built by Spanish dictator General Franco to remember the casualties of Spain's Civil War. Take a guided tour inside the basilica and admire the spectacular valley landscape surrounding the complex.

Before you continue to Aranjuez, have free time to grab lunch (own expense) and relax before the second part of your day trip.

Afternoon Tour: Aranjuez
Continue your trip to Aranjuez, a town of beautiful architecture and a regal atmosphere that lies 28 miles (46 km) south of Madrid.

Your guide will lead you the Palacio real (Royal Palace). The palace is a Spanish Royal Site the spring residence of Spanish kings since the late 1800s. Admire the decorative styles and see the Throne Room of Elizabeth II, the Prince's Gardens, the Parterre and the Island.

Inclusions

Local guide

Air-conditioned vehicle

Individual radio-guided system

Entry/Admission - Royal Palace of Aranjuez

Entry/Admission - Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Entry/Admission - Museo de Faluas Reales

Exclusions

Gratuities

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Food and drinks, unless specified

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Wheelchair accessible

Infants aged 5 years and under are free of charge, provided they do not occupy a seat

Operated by a bilingual guide in Spanish and English

Please keep in mind that the excursion includes several visits on foot, comfortable shoes are recommended.

The duration of the tour includes the round trip to the destination

Visitors are kindlyrequested to respect the instructions of the Security Staff: Photography and filming are not permitted inside the exhibitions.

Please, note that guiding inside the Basilica of the Valley is not allowed.

Stroller accessible

Near public transportation

Infants must sit on laps

Transportation is wheelchair accessible

Most travelers can participate

Traveler Reviews

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  • 06-Jul-2017

    Two very interesting sites to visit.

  • 26-Jan-2017

    nice trip out of the city of madrid

  • 05-Oct-2016

    Julia tour guides are very bad. with very few exceptions

  • 05-Sep-2016

    It's am unexpected combination of two independent half-day tours into one, with different groups, buses, guides. Very inconvenient and tour senseless. But the worst thing is multi-lingual group and multi-language narrative. It's not a guide problem, but tour in three languages pronounced fast and mechanical is a big problem.

  • 05-Oct-2015

    Poor quality, disorganized, no time for pics, it was always running from this to this to that, do not book tours with this particular local tour operator, horribleeeee

  • 26-Sep-2015

    El Escorial is a beautiful structure.
    The Valley of the Fallen is something you have to see to understand the scale of the place, it is enormous.
    It is hard to think of the majesty of the setting and the grander of the basilica, and know that it was all done on orders of Franco, for his mausoleum, and was done with concentration camp labor. Truly a place to see and to contemplate.
    The Aranjuez place is magnificent

  • 28-Aug-2015

    The places were definitely worth the visit. Poor communication at Julia's travel. Guide did her best to work with a large group. We were the only couple who spoke English and part of the on- time minority. Most of the communication was in Spanish.

  • 12-Jul-2015

    The sights are fascinating. The guide also knew her stuff. However she was very impersonal and fairly patronising and condescending to the tourists

  • 14-Jul-2013

    Two problems. First, I booked a full day tour that was supposed to included lunch, only to discover at noon that my wife and I were not to be given lunch and would have to find a place to eat by ourselves. Second, the guide at Aranjuez was bored and boring, and responded with dismissive and annoyed arrogance to a very simple question (I looked up the answer myself after our return home, and found that I was right and the guide was wrong.)

  • 08-Sep-2012

    This trip actually is a two-part excursion provided by two different guides in two different buses. El Escorial itself is impressive but they take straight into the building. The scale of the building is so immense that it can be viewed only from some distance. The tour operator should adjust this visit to give tourists full impression this grandiose monument. Aranjuez is a jewel for those into baroque and palace architecture although the premises of the palace are run down.

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