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Royal Monastery of El Escorial, Valley of the Fallen and Royal Site of Aranjuez

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Be yourself immersed in the history of kings and people during an unforgettable day. Discover three emblematic places on the outskirts of Madrid

Highlights

  • The Royal Monastery of El Escorial is an architectural complex built in the 16th century. Is a ‘must see’ to visit the Hapsburg Royal Palace, the Kings and Princes Mausoleum and the Basilica. All built following the Renaissance style.
  • The Valley of the Fallen was built to commemorate the combatants who died during the Spanish Civil War. The Basílica de la Santa Cruz del Valle de los Caídos is carved into the mountain.
  • Work on The Royal Site of Aranjuez was begun by Felipe II and was completed by Carlos III. It stands out the Throne Room and the Prince’s Garden.

Included

  • Air conditioned motor coach.
  • Bilingual Official guide.
  • Entrance to the Royal Monastery of El Escorial.
  • Entrance to the Valley of the Fallen and the Basilica.
  • Entrance to the Royal Palace of Aranjuez.

Excluded

  • Lunch, beverages or other services not specified.
  • Hotel pickup and Drop-off.

Please Note

  • This tour is bilingual and will be in English and Spanish.
  • Comfortable shoes are recommended.

Restrictions

  • The Museum of Royal Feluccas won't be visited during October due to technical reasons.

Essential Information

  • This tour starts from Julià Travel Gray Line Spain office at Calle San Nicolás, nº 15 (corner Plaza Ramales) and ends at Plaza Oriente.
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the tour begins.
  • Julià Travel Gray Line Spain contact: 0034 91 559 9605 / incoming@julia.net
  • Cancellation policy: a 100% cancellation penalty applies if cancelled 24 hours or less prior to travel date or in case of no-show

Royal Monastery of El Escorial:
We will start our visit at El Escorial, a symbol of the Spanish power in the XVI century that commemorates the battle of St. Quentin. It is also a mausoleum for Charles V. Due to the symmetry and balance of its construction, according to the humanist Renaissance style, for years it had been considered the eighth wonder of the world. The visit includes the Habsburg Palace, the Kings and Princes Mausoleum, the Chapter House and the Basilica.

Basilica of the Valley of the Fallen;
Located 9 km away from El Escorial, this enormous monument was built between 1940 and 1959 to honour the fallen during the Spanish Civil War. The basilica is carved into the mountain at 1350 metres of altitude, where an impressive 150 metres high cross places itself over the magnificent nature reserve of Madrid mountain range.

Royal Site of Aranjuez:
Royal Site of the Crown of Spain to 46 km south of Madrid, situated in a fertile valley on the banks of the River Tagus (Tajo), known for its Royal Palace, its numerous gardens and for have been the inspiration to the composer Joaquin Rodrigo to create the Concert of Aranjuez. UNESCO declared Aranjuez Cultural Landscape a World Heritage Site in 2001.
The Royal Palace, where we will appreciate the variety of decorative styles and emphasizing the China Chamber Porcelain and the Throne Room of Elizabeth II, The Prince's Gardens, the Parterre and the Island is characterized by great variety of vegetation and tree species.
The Museum of Royal Feluccas (a type of long and narrow light boats, used in ports and rivers) was built in 1963 and exhibits the boats used by the royal family to navigate the Tagus river.
These include a gondola belonging to Philip V, although the ship actually dates to the reign of Charles II, and the boats of Charles IV, Ferdinand VII and Elizabeth II.

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