Excursion to El Escorial

The tour for royalty, history, and military buffs.

It’s incredible how the final resting place of Spanish royalty could make so many visitors come to life. But that’s the affect of this half-day tour of El Escorial. You’ll travel in round-trip comfort by bus from Madrid and arrive to a guided walking tour of the Habsburg Palace, the Royal Mausoleum, and the Basilica in the monastery complex. This breathtaking basilica is one of the largest in the world, featuring a 500-foot memorial cross that is the world’s tallest. You’ll also see the Chapter House with its 15th, 16th, and 17th century paintings. And you’ll have free time at Valley of the Fallen, a monument literally carved out of the mountain as a tribute to the victims and heroes of the Spanish Civil War. You can choose to visit General Franco’s burial site, or simply enjoy the peaceful beauty of the architecture and the landscape.

Here’s what’s included:

    • Half Day Excursion to El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen
    • Round-trip travel from Madrid in an air-conditioned bus.
    • Guided walking tour at El Escorial which includes the Habsburg Palace, Royal Mausoleum, Chapter House and Basilica.
    • Free time at the Valley of the Fallen.
    • English, Spanish (offered Tuesday - Sunday), French ( offered Thursday) and Italian ( offered Tuesday & Saturday) commentary. Subject to change



    • Tour will depart and return to the Plaza de Oriente 8, Madrid (in front of Madrid Royal Palace).
    • Voucher must be exchanged within 6 months of purchase.
    • Travelers should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to their tour departure and present their Rail Europe Voucher upon arrival.
    • Tour operates Tuesdays - Sundays.
    • Tour depart at 8:45am and last approximately 5 hours. 
    • Tours do not operate on January 1 and 6, May 1, July 17, August 10, September 14, December 24 - 26.
    • Child rates are valid for children ages 5 - 15 (inclusive).
    • Prices are subject to change.
What sights will I see on my Excursion to El Escorial?

  • Habsburg Palace, the official residence of Philip II.
  • Royal Mausoleum is the tomb and final resting place of the Spanish royalty.
  • Chapter House is a collections of paintings from the 15th, 16th and 17th century
  • The Basilica is a central part of El Escorial and in built in the form of a Greek cross.
  • The Valley of the Fallen is a monument carved out of the mountain to honor the victims and heroes of the Spanish Civil War.