Royal Monastery Of El Escorial + Toledo Half Day Afternoon Tour

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 10 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    8:45 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

Pay less and get more on this Madrid Super Saver tour, which combines a visit to El Escorial Monastery with a half-day tour of Toledo. Spend the morning at El Escorial monastery and the Valley of the Fallen monument, erected in memory of the millions who died in the Spanish Civil War. Gain insights from your guide, who will accompany you all day, into the significance of these landmarks, which reflect the Spanish monarchy, church and 20th-century conflict. In the afternoon, youll travel to Toledo, Spain's medieval capital and a treasure trove of architecture and El Greco art. The best part? By combining these two half-day tours, youll enjoy a 10% discount compared to purchasing the tours separately.

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Led by a local guide
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city

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Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial, San Lorenzo de El Escorial

We will start our visit at El Escorial, symbol of the Spanish power in the XVI century that 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. The visit includes the Habsburg Palace, the Kings and Princes Mausoleum, the Chapter House and the Basilica.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Valle de los Caidos, San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Located 9 km away from El Escorial, this enormous monument was built between 1940 and 1959 to honor the fallen during the Spanish Civil War. The basilica is carved into the mountain at 1350 meters of altitude, where an impressive 150 meters high cross places itself over the magnificent landscape of Madrids mountain range.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Catedral Primada, Toledo, Province of Toledo, Castile-La Mancha

Toledo Cathedral

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Iglesia de Santo Tome, Toledo, Province of Toledo, Castile-La Mancha

"The Burial of the Lord of Orgaz", masterpiece of El Greco

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Synagogue of Saint Mary the White, Toledo, Province of Toledo, Castile-La Mancha

Synagogue

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, Toledo, Province of Toledo, Castile-La Mancha

Monastery

Duration: 1 hour

Itinerary:

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

Located six miles (9.5 km) north of El Escorial lies the Valley of the Fallen, a 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 valley surrounding the complex.

Next, if you have chosen this tour with the lunch option your guide will take you to a traditional Spanish restaurant in Madrid. Alternatively, enjoy free time to wonder around the city at your own leisure, or grab a snack at a local cafe (own expense).

Afternoon Tour: Toledo
In the afternoon, travel to Toledo and enjoy a walking tour of the city, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of wonderful architecture, churches and museums. Toledo is known for its art and history, and it has a landscape that combines Arabic, Mudejar, Gothic, medieval and Renaissance architecture.

A highlight of your visit will be the sight of The Burial of the Count of Orgaz, the famous painting by 16th-century master El Greco, located in the Church of St Tome.

See the exterior of the 13th-century Cathedral of Toledo, the medieval castle, Santa Maria la Blanca Synagogue, Mosque of El Cristo de la Luz; demonstration of the famous technique of damascene (incrustation of precious metals in steel),  San Juan of the Kings Monastery and the Victorio Macho Museum.

Inclusions

Local guide

Air-conditioned vehicle

Entrance to the Royal Monastery of El Escorial

Entrance to the Valley of the Fallen and the Basilica

Entrance to Church of St. Tom

Entrance to Synagogue of Santa Mara la Blanca

Entrance to Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes

Individual radioguided system

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

Entry/Admission - Valley of the Fallen

Entry/Admission - Catedral Primada

Entry/Admission - Iglesia de Santo Tome

Entry/Admission - Synagogue of Saint Mary the White

Entry/Admission - Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes

Exclusions

Gratuities

Food and drinks, unless specified

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

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

Infants must sit on laps

Most travelers can participate

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

Royal Monastery of El Escorial, the Valley of the Fallen Basilic and St Tom Church visitors are kindly requested to respect the instructions of the Security: Photography and filming are not permitted inside the exhibitions.

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

Traveler Reviews

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  • 25-Oct-2017

    Both locations are fantastic but in future I would do the tours separately. Toledo is a gorgeous BUT it is a quite
    a challenge to climb it especially when you are trying to keep up with the guide.
    I was really impressed with the way the local ground operator, Julia Travel, handled all the people meeting at the
    office at the same time for various tours.
    Lunch was included in our tour, in-between the two tours. It was a nice little restaurant and the food was good,
    only wish we had had enough to time to enjoy it. We had to rush through it and constantly remind our servers that
    we had a tour to catch. Luckily the office was just down the block, but we still barely made it.

  • 15-Apr-2017

    Although it is essentially 2 separate trips undertaken in one day, a long day, we enjoyed the day very much and felt it well worth it. We were blessed with beautiful weather and saw El Escorial at it's very best. A really interesting building being both a palace and a church. There are some lovely original paintings that have not yet been removed, I am thinking particularly of a stunning Titian in a small chapel. I found the Royal Family's apartments especially interesting.
    The Valley of the Fallen was a revelation, especially the church, I felt I was walking through the Channel Tunnel! It is beautifully situated with a panoramic view.
    Toledo is not to be missed, a lovely old town with narrow steep streets and lots of interesting buildings. There is a wonderful El Greco painted on a church wall.
    We had a different guide for each trip. I would like to mention the gentleman who led the Toledo trip, Manuel, he was knowledgeable and good humoured and was especially helpful and attentive to all.

  • 30-Jan-2017

    Very nice excursion, worth it. The guides were very knowledgeable and helpful. I would not include lunch next time, very poor food choice and quality. You do not have much time between 1 excursion and another, but it is better to have a quick sandwich than the lunch provided.

  • 26-Sep-2016

    Both morning and afternoon trips went well. The morning English guide was very nice, she spoke clear English and always willing to help and explain. As for afternoon trip to Toledo, we didn't expect spending so much time on the road for shopping including waiting for others returned, the shopping agenda wasn't listed in the trip instruction, we don't like that.

  • 18-Jul-2016

    Good tour

  • 30-May-2016

    A wonderful tour but a very moody and rude guide. She even engaged in a confrontation with a tourist from another group. Don't let this discourage you. This trip is worth every penny.

  • 23-May-2016

    the places were good the tour director was just okay

  • 22-May-2016

    Guide was very well informed. Bus trips were comfortable. Opted for lunch included and it was delicious.

  • 14-Feb-2016

    The morning started off poorly. We were supposed to meet at the Julia travel office in Madrid by 7am. We were there at 6:45. We were a party of 3 with a senior citizen. There were staff inside the office, but they would have rather we waited outside in the cold and in the dark. They simply refused to let us warm up in their office. We really didnt understand why as we had to be leaving their office 15 minutes later.
    The morning tours at El Escorial Monastery started OK. The female guide made an effort to explain things in English despite having a predominately Spanish speaking tour group.
    The lunch included in between the tours was actually quite good. There we met another senior couple from Venezuela who were kind enough to translate on our behalf. The gentlemen was 87 years old.
    The afternoon tour at Toledo was when it all fell apart. This guide was different than during the morning tour. Whilst still having a predominately Spanish speaking tour group, when explaining things, he almost never translated anything back into English. The task was left to the Venezuelan gentlemen to explain to us what was said.
    But this isnt the worst of it. Whilst walking around in Toledo, the guide would walk quickly from point to point. At this time I had 2 seniors with me. My own 68 year old mother, and the 87 year old gentlemen. The guide would be rushing us, and at one point went on ahead and left the group of 5 of us behind. Only after 15 minutes he came back to look for us when he walked ahead with the rest of the group back towards the bus. Come on, you know you have a couple of seniors in tow, at least slow down a bit for them. If we cant make it to the metal carving factory then so be it.
    Although I had a good experience with Julia tour services in Barcelona, their Madrid personnel were down right unprofessional. I really dont remember the guides name who took us to Toledo, but Viator really needs to vet their tour operators a little better.

  • 15-Dec-2015

    The trip was amazing, I liked it very much and the guide was very good. Really I enjoyed this day. but Toledo part was with limited time that we didn't take our time to enjoy this amazing city.

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