Private tour to a World Heritage Site. Skip the line!
El Escorial is a historical residence of the king of Spain, about 45 kilometres (28 miles) northwest of the Spanish capital, Madrid. It is one of the Spanish royal sites and functions as a monastery, royal palace, museum, and school.
Philip II engaged the Spanish architect, Juan Bautista de Toledo, to be his collaborator in the design of El Escorial. Juan had spent the greater part of his career in Rome, where he had worked on the basilica of St. Peter's, and in Naples. Philip appointed him architect-royal in 1559, and together they designed El Escorial as a monument to Spain's role as a center of the Christian world.
On November 2, 1984, UNESCO declared The Royal Site of San Lorenzo of El Escorial a World Heritage Site. It is an extremely popular tourist attraction, often visited by day-trippers from Madrid - more than 500, 000 visitors come to El Escorial every year.
I am a licensed guide of the Escorial Palace
MONDAYS IT IS CLOSE.
I will meet you at your hotel and we will take the underground to the bus or train station. There are to public buses /trains going to The Escorial , it takes about 1 hour (depending on the trafic). I will guided you in a wonderful trip back to the 16th century when the Palace was built up to discover its secrets and peculiarities. Then we take the bus back to Madrid. We can go by taxi to the Escorial .
Close to the Escorial, there is the Valley of the Fallen ( if you want to go as well, we can include it in a customized tour)
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will meet you at your hotel in Madrid city center
End location: At the bus or train station
Duration: 5 hours
It is considered that the time count from the moment we meet
The private guided tour of the Escorial ( Palace, Monastery, Library, Basilica
Please check what is NOT included!
Estimated Local Cash Needed
25 Euros - You will need 10€ to pay the entrance ( my entrance is free as a license guide) and 15€ for the public transport( local bus)
Souvenirs, personal items and food or drinks.
25 € per person to pay the bus and the entrance fee
I am a licensed guide and will be able to guide you inside the historical monuments.
I am not a driver . I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.
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Mayte was great, very informational and patient. would highly recommend her