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From Madrid: El Escorial Tour

Product ID: 230917
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Visit the Royal Monastery of El Escorial, an impressive complex that served as a royal palace and religious center during the 16th century. Marvel at a grandiose architectural feat that today is regarded as the eighth wonder of the world.
About this activity
Duration 5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the Royal Monastery of El Escorial
  • Admire the Renaissance-style architectural design of the massive complex
  • Visit the complex's most well-known sites and enjoy a stroll through its gardens
Full description
Journey just a half hour from Madrid to reach the Royal Monastery of El Escorial, a massive complex containing a monastery, basilica, royal palace, library, museum, school, and hospital. Built in just 20 years, El Escorial served as a symbol of Spanish power, both religious and secular, in the 16th century. 

Acquaint yourself with a site that remains one of the world's most impressive architectural feats. Learn how architect Juan de Herrera drew on the Renaissance principles of symmetry and balance to create a structure known for its geometrical severity and the harmonizing predominance of horizontal lines.

During your guided tour, you will visit the Habsburg Palace (formerly the residence of Spanish King Phillip II), the Kings and Princes Mausoleum, the chapter houses, the basilica, and the library. Following the tour, enjoy free time in the gardens and check out the palace of the Borbon family at your own pace. After your day of exploration, hop on a bus at the arranged time to travel back to Madrid.
Includes
  • Transportation by air-conditioned bus
  • Bilingual guide
  • Entrance to the Royal Monastery of El Escorial
  • Individual radio-guided system
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch, beverages, or other services not specified above
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off.

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet at the local supplier's office on Calle de San Nicolás, 15, 28013 Madrid, Spain (close to Plaza Ramales).

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Cameras
  • Smoking
Know before you go
• Please keep in mind that the excursion includes some walking, so comfortable shoes are recommended
• The duration of the tour includes the round-trip transportation
• Photography and filming are not permitted inside the exhibitions
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.5 / 5
based on 4 reviews
Review summary
Service
4.5/5
Organization
4.0/5
Value for money
4.3/5
Safety
5.0/5

Organized by

Julia Travel Gray Line Spain

Product ID: 230917