Combine two tours in one and see the best of the Spanish capital with a visit to El Escorial Monastery and a sightseeing tour of Madrid. This day trip takes you from the Renaissance grandeur of El Escorial Monastery and poignant Valley of the Fallen to Madrid’s famous squares, and it includes free time to explore the city and enjoy a complimentary drink at the Hard Rock Cafe. Take advantage of the discounted price when you buy these two tours in combination.
- All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
- Comprehensive tour of the city
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
Morning Tour: El Escorial Monastery and Valley of the Fallen
Departing from the central Plaza de España, begin your exploration of Madrid and its environs with a trip to El Escorial Monastery. Also known as the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo El Real, it was built by King Philip II in the 16th century to house the remains of his parents, Charles I and Isabella of Portugal. Today the palatial complex is renowned for its collection of European art. Your guided tour highlights pieces from the collection and includes visits to the Pantheon of Kings and the basilica.
Next stop is the poignant Valley of the Fallen basilica, six miles (9.5 km) from El Escorial Monastery. Erected by dictator General Franco, the basilica was built into the side of the mountain, topped with a massive cross, as a monument to the dead of the Spanish Civil War. Your visit includes a guided tour of the basilica, as well as time to enjoy the expansive valley views.
Afternoon Tour: Panoramic Madrid Sightseeing Tour
Returning to Madrid, you’ll have free time to explore and have lunch (own expense) before boarding a comfortable air-conditioned coach for your panoramic tour of Madrid. Highlighting the city’s major sights, the tour is an ideal introduction to Madrid and its layout for first-time visitors. Take in Madrid’s majestic Gran Via boulevard, enjoy a guided walk around Plaza de la Villa and Plaza Mayor, tour the city’s historic districts and visit the famous parks Casa de Campo and Parque del Buen Retiro.
This seven-hour panoramic day tour concludes at Colon Square in central Madrid, where you are invited to enjoy a complimentary drink at the Hard Rock Cafe.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Infants aged 5 years and under are free of charge, provided they do not occupy a seat
- Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- Entrance fees
- Local guide
- 1 drink at Hard Rock Cafe
- Transport by air-conditioned coach
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
Central Madrid, near the Plaza de España
Concludes at Colon Square, in Central Madrid
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday