El Escorial Monastery and Madrid Sightseeing City Tour: including a visit to The Valley of the Fallen

Enjoy complimentary hotel pick-up prior to departure, and begin your morning in Escorial and Valley of the Fallen. Follow with an evening tour of panoramic Madrid visiting the most important monuments and avenues.

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Following morning hotel pick-up, travel from Madrid to The Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, commonly known as El Escorial. A historical residence of the King of Spain, it is one of the Spanish royal sites and functions as a monastery, royal palace, museum, and school. The El Escorial comprises two architectural complexes of great historical and cultural significance: the royal monastery itself and a royal hunting lodge and monastic retreat about five kilometers away. It is a popular tourist attraction, often visited by day-trippers from Madrid. The visit include the Monastery, the Cloister of the Four Evangelists, the Palace of Philip II, Pantheons of the Royal Family, the Chapterhouses and the Basilica.

The Valley of the Fallen is a Catholic basilica and a monumental memorial in the municipality of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, near Madrid. Conceived by Spanish General Francisco Franco to honor and bury those who fell during the Spanish Civil War, it was claimed by Franco that the monument was meant to be a “national act of atonement” and reconciliation. Located in a beautiful valley in the Mountains of Guadarrama, this impressive work has a colossal cross over 150 meters (492 feet) high, and the Basilica and Crypt excavated in the hard rock under the mountain. This tour includes the entrance to the Valley and the visit inside the Basilica.

By the afternoon, discover Madrid during a 2.5-hour sightseeing tour, where you will see the most important buildings, avenues and squares. Get to know the main monuments and its history, from the old Habsburg and bourbons quarters to the present modern city.
During the tour of Madrid, you will see places such as the Gran Vía, Plaza de España, University, Moncloa, Calle Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Puerta de Alcalá, the bullring, Columbus square with a brief stop at Madrid Hard Rock Café for a complimentary soft drink refreshment.

Board the bus after the break and continue along the Paseo de la Castellana and the Real Madrid stadium Santiago Bernabéu, Plaza Castilla, fountain of Cibeles.

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