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El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen: Fast Track Entry and Guided Visit

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Madrid, Spain
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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

You don't need a car to visit two of the most impressive monuments located just outside of Madrid. Ride a luxury bus from the capital to El Escorial, the former residence and now burial place of generations of Spanish kings. Skip the line to enter the royal monastery, library, basilica, and Pantheon while a guide illuminates centuries of Spanish monarchy. Later, pay tribute to another chapter of history at the Valley of the Fallen, where a church carved into a rock marks the losses of the Spanish Civil War.
  • Walk in the footsteps of kings at El Escorial, one of Spain's most important royal sites
  • Save time with priority entrance to the monastery, basilica, library, and royal tombstones
  • Marvel at the enormous cross at the controversial Valley of the Fallen Civil War memorial
  • Travel to both monuments aboard a comfortable luxury coach
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English & Spanish tour guide on the bus
Children under 7 years old are free of charge
Fast track entry to the El Escorial Monastery
Fast track entry to Valley of the Fallen
The duration of the tour includes the round trip to the destination
Please note this is a bilingual tour held simultaneously in English and Spanish
Food and drinks
Tips (optional)
Any not specified service
Plaza de España, 7, 28008 Madrid, Spain

Departure Time

11:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • The best round trip and the best market price
  • Careful attention and tour guide in the bus
  • Children under 7 years old are free of charge
  • Expert English & Spanish Guide
  • Guided tour with tickets included the Royal Monastery El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Madrid Bus Vision

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen: Fast Track Entry and Guided Visit?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen: Fast Track Entry and Guided Visit.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen: Fast Track Entry and Guided Visit?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen: Fast Track Entry and Guided Visit.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen: Fast Track Entry and Guided Visit?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen: Fast Track Entry and Guided Visit.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen: Fast Track Entry and Guided Visit?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen: Fast Track Entry and Guided Visit.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen: Fast Track Entry and Guided Visit?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen: Fast Track Entry and Guided Visit.

Traveler Tips


  • "I recommend going to these two sites but make sure you are meeting at Calle de San Nicolas so that you are going with the excellent company, Julia Travel." See review
  • "I think we could get more time in The Valley of the Fallen, and cut the lunch time, 1hour and 15 minutes is too much, And the English wasn't clear," See review
  • "Overall, this was a very good tour and worth the visit." See review

Reviews

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27 Reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers
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My First visit to Madrid
salvadorosegueda
, Dec 2019
The tour guide was very friendly and informative. The tour and tour bus was hard to find, there was no identification.
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Tour operated by Madrid Bus Vision
TravelBuffs123
, Nov 2019
Booked three day trips out of Madrid, two were with Julia Travel, which departs from Calle de San Nicolas. These tours were excellent. This tour with Madrid Bus Vision departed from Plaza de Espana. There was no organization or information provided when the guides arrived. The tour left late and dropped people off at the shopping center of Las Rosas which made it even later. One guide did the tour in both Spanish and English and spent a very long time in each room of El Escorial which left us little time to see the library and the Hapsburg Palace parts. I recommend going to these two sites but make sure you are meeting at Calle de San Nicolas so that you are going with the excellent company, Julia Travel.
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Not bad! But...
A9536OAmikek
, Nov 2018
The places are amazing! Loved it! I think we could get more time in The Valley of the Fallen, and cut the lunch time, 1hour and 15 minutes is too much.... And the English wasn't clear....
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A big disappointment
travelmuse1
, Sep 2018
We booked this Viator excursion for a day trip from Madrid to El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen. We have used Viator in the past so we expected an experience similar to a previous one which was very good. The day got off to a bad start when, as we gathered at the meeting place, there was no communication with the group about why there was a delay. Finally the crowd began following the woman who appeared to be in charge (she had not introduced herself or communicated with us at all). We moved to a new location and waited and waited. Finally she told us that we were waiting on a bigger bus because our group would not fit into the bus. We were supposed to meet at 10:45 and depart at 11:00; we did not depart until 11:25! Once we departed, there was no apology; a few people on the bus were upset and the guide was very defensive. She really lacked any hospitality training. About 30 minutes later, we pulled into what we later learned was an outlet and the guide said something that was unclear about who was to get off the bus. After a few people got off, the bus began to pull away and some people in the back began to yell because a man had gotten off by mistake. It turned out that the man did not understand what the guide said and thought he was supposed to get off at that stop. The visits to both El Escorial and the Valley of the Fallen were very interesting. Unfortunately we were unable to visit the Basilica at El Escorial due to a wedding. We wondered if we had left on time if we would have been able to see the basilica. The group was divided into two smaller groups for El Escorial and the group that had mostly English speakers got to wear headphones. The other group did not and that guide had to talk loud to make herself heard. We were told there were not enough headphones for both groups. At the Valley of the Fallen we were one large group and the guide spoke in English and then in Spanish or vice versa. The guide Arancha's English skills are not developed well enough for English groups. She lacks the vocabulary to accurately describe what needs to be described. For example rather than saying a martyr died at the stake, she said that he was barbecued. As we returned to Madrid, the guide made an announcement that there were some road closures and that the bus could not drop off some people at location that had previously been designated for them. There was almost a revolt among some very angry people. More poor communication. Not a good day.
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El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen
Sunshine260669
, Sep 2018
This was a very good tour. Would highly recommend. Our guide was knowledgeable and very informative.
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My group and I enjoyed this tour...
japouh85
, Jun 2018
My group and I enjoyed this tour. Both places were beautiful and worth visiting and seeing. The tour guide was competent and pleasant. She did a good job. If I had to change one thing it is to shorten the El Escorial visit and lengthen the Valley of the Fallen visit because it seemed we were pressed for time at the Valley of the Fallen site. I wish we had another 30 minutes there. Overall, this was a very good tour and worth the visit.
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NEFASTA.
marss1601
, Oct 2019
Cuando ya otras agencias habían corregido sus webs y quitado valle de los caídos de sus tours, Viator no lo hizo (así garantizaban más clientela y con devolver 10€ sobre el total les compensaba, cuando en otras agencias era más económico sólo el tour del Escorial y ponen de excusa el precio de su tour individual para devolver sólo 10€ sobre los 54,30€ por persona ) y los turistas que aún no lo sabíamos, "picamos". Cuando reclamas te tienen de uno a otro y no te solucionan nada. Además, aunque en la reserva te dicen un punto de recogida, por teléfono te plantean otro más cercano y te quedas esperando y acabas cogiendo un taxi porque te dicen que allí no recogen (en Gran Vía) y si que recogían pero iban con retraso (descoordinación total entre agencia y los que gestionan web y TripAdvisor). y, para rematar, te dicen que cogiste el taxi libremente (a 5 minutos de que saliese un autobús que llegó con 30' de retraso) y no que lo cogí porque me dijeron que no iba a llegar a tiempo y esperaba en el sitio equivocado (que no era cierto). Te responsabilizan de su forma de funcionar y descoordinación. Después de todo esto, a la salida, la guía nos plantea comer en un sitio justo de dónde salía el autobús. Llegamos los primeros. El sitio muy sucio y tardaron en atendernos. Tuvimos que dejar el segundo plato y los postres porque no fueron capaces de esperar unos minutos cuando nosotros si que esperamos media hora más por la mañana y cogimos un taxi sin tener por qué. Y tuvimos que pagar el menú sin terminar de comer. Igualmente con los baños. La guía nos dijo que fuésemos al de la estación y, al decirle que prefería en el monasterio (al acabar la visita) que estarían más limpios, nos dijo que para nada, que los de la estación están siempre limpios y los de la cafetería. Realmente asquerosos es la palabra que define como estaba, tengan cuidado (ni siquiera tienen papel), tanto en la estación como los de fuera de la cafetería dónde comimos.
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