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Half day tour - El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen - MS

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This tour from Madrid enables you to discover two of Spain´s important historical sites: the San Lorenzo de El Escorial Palace (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and Valley of the Fallen & Basilica – Franco´s final resting place. You will discover a wide collection of Renaissance paintings at the El Escorial Royal Palace and get to see its stunningly-decorated interior. This tour includes superb views of surrounding green mountainous area (whilst visiting the Valley of the Fallen) - offering an exceptional and exciting experience

Highlights

- Visiting a UNESCO World Heritage Site (Royal Escorial Palace)

- Valley of the Fallen (resting place of Franco)

- Art from the Renaissance by renowned Spanish & Italian artists

- Spectacular views of mountain range

Included

  • Transportation in a coach
  • Highly knowledgeable English & Spanish-speaking guide
  • Entrance ticket for El Escorial Palace
  • Entrance ticket for the Valley of the Fallen including the Basilica

Excluded

  • Lunch/ other beverages
  • Anything not specified under ´Included´ section

Restrictions

Please note Please wear comfortable shoes as there will be a lot of walking

Departure to the picturesque El Escorial Royal Palace, on the outskirts of Madrid (45 km away), will be at 08:45 AM. The coach will leave from Calle San Nicolás 15 in Madrid (located next to Plaza de Ramales) however it is necessary to check in 15 minutes before the departure. As the coach makes it way out of the city centre you will begin to notice the lush scenery consisting of mountains and forest in the distance.
This tour of the Royal Escorial Monastery has much to offer from discovering the marble tombs (Royal Pantheon) containing the remains of Spanish Kings from centuries ago to viewing exquisite artwork from the Renaissance Period. The expert bilingual guide with escort you through other rooms in the Escorial Monastery including the Weapon and Architect Room – ultimately giving you insight into 16th-Century Spanish history. There is much to discover in this palace and you will be fascinated by its impressive interior.
The next part of the tour will be visiting General Franco´s final resting place: Valley of the Fallen – built from 1940 until 1959. You will notice the impressive, gigantic holy cross perched on the rock of Sierra de Guadarrama as you approach. Valley of the Fallen is considered one of Spain´s most controversial site to visit but why? The first reason would be that it was built by a dictator (for himself) and the second that war prisoners were used for its construction. There are several other interesting stories about this memorial that your tour guide will fill you in on during the tour. Besides its controversial aspects, the site is visually-stunning, and walking underneath the giant cross to get to the tombs offers the visitor an exciting experience. Once having finished the tour of the Valley of the Fallen, you will enjoy a relaxing coach ride back to Madrid.

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