Castile and León, Spain Bus & minivan tours

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From Madrid: Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen

1. From Madrid: Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen

Embark on a guided tour to the Monastery of San Lorenzo del Escorial and enjoy skip-the-line entry. Explore the Basilica of the Valley of the Fallen and hear the history behind each turn from your guide. Leave Madrid in the morning and travel 50 minutes to San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Visit the baths upon arrival and then begin the tour of the San Lorenzo Monastery. Learn the long history of Spain, specifically the reign of Felipe II. See the building that best summarizes the ideological and cultural aspirations of the Spanish “Golden Age” and is named a World Heritage Site. See places like the Patio de Reyes, Cloister, Chapter Rooms, The Basilica (except on Sundays), The Pantheon of Kings and Infants, and the Royal Rooms. Travel to the Valley of the Fallen located in the Peña de Cuelga Muros after leaving San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Visit its surroundings and the basilica carved into the rock, and the burial place for 33,847 people who died in the Spanish Civil War. Be amazed by the great granite cross that is visible from kilometers away.

From Madrid: El Escorial and Basilica of the Valley Day Trip

2. From Madrid: El Escorial and Basilica of the Valley Day Trip

After meeting with your guide, get away from the bustle of the city on a comfortable air-conditioned coach. At the first stop, enjoy a guided tour through the Royal Monastery of El Escorial, an architectural ensemble declared World Heritage site by UNESCO. Built in the 15th century, it is a symbol of the power of the government at the time. Learn about the impressive Royal Mausoleum and the story behind the 21 years of construction time. Marvel at the symmetry of the Renaissance-style building. Listen to your guide's commentaries as you explore the Habsburg Palace, the Chapter House, the Basilica, and the remarkable library.  Then, board your bus again for a short drive to the Valley of the Fallen. The site is located 9 kilometers away from El Escorial, in Sierra de Guadarrama. This enormous monument, built between 1940 and 1959, is carved into the mountain, 1,350 meters up. An impressive 150-meter-high cross stands over the magnificent nature reserve of Madrid’s mountain range, which can be seen from miles away.

Madrid: Private 12-Hour Tour to Ávila and Segovia

3. Madrid: Private 12-Hour Tour to Ávila and Segovia

Enjoy the Avila and Segovia private tour from Madrid. It is a full-day experience that lasts 12 hours and it starts by picking you from your hotel in Madrid with a private luxury vehicle. Discover Segovia, declared a World Heritage by UNESCO. See the famous Aqueduct of Segovia, the alcazar of Moorish and Christian architecture, the cathedral, and more. Enjoy lunch and then venture onto Avila. Avila, another city of Castile and Leon, is also a World Heritage Site. Find medieval places to visit and admire. Enjoy its sites in a private guided tour of two hours, discovering the city walls, the Basilica of San Vicente, the real Monasterio of Saint Tomas, and the Cuatro Postes.

From Madrid: Avila, Segovia & Toledo Private Tour

4. From Madrid: Avila, Segovia & Toledo Private Tour

Immerse yourself in the history, architecture, and cultural delights of Avila, Segovia, and Toledo on this private guided tour from Madrid. After a pickup from your hotel, travel to Ávila, a city located in Castile and Leon declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the iconic Medieval walls, the Gothic cathedral, the basílica of San Vicente, and the church of San Pedro. Your second visit of the day will be Segovia, where you'll appreciate the Roman architecture and art that surrounds the place. Admire the 2000-year-old Roman aqueduct, the Alcázar fortress, the Medieval walls, and the Gothic cathedral. Finally, go to Toledo, the former Imperial capital with plenty of cultural influences of Christians, Muslims and Jews. Have the opportunity to visit important places like Puerta de Alcántara, the cathedral, and the plaza Zocodover while you wander the streets. Once you finish, your private chauffeur will drive you back to your hotel in Madrid or place of preference inside the city.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 2,372 reviews

Me parece que es una visita obligada si visitas Madrid. El Escorial y el Valle de los Caídos esta a menos de una hora de camino y vale toda la pena. El pueblito es mágico, limpio, ordenado, lleno de vegetación. Las vistas son muy lindas. El Escorial te transporta en el tiempo. El Valle de los Caídos es también muy bello, desde el autobús se vislumbra la imponente cruz que yace en una roca en medio del bosque de pinos. La guía fue excelente, Christina se llama. Lo redimiendo sin duda !

Well organised from the meeting point, the drive, tour guide and time at both venues. There are a lot of steps in the monastery which need consideration for those less mobile. Otherwise a great trip we would recommend.

Excellent Tour and worth the money. Christina (our tour leader) provided valuable information on-site and during travelling.

Beautiful monastery and scenery. Valley of the fallen very poignant.

Knowledgeable guide. Close to Madrid. Beautiful places