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EL ESCORIAL: Declared Human Heritage, it is a symbol of the Spanish Power in the XVI century and commemorates the San Quintin`s Battle. It is also a mausoleum for Charles V. Due to the symmetry and balance of the construction, according to the humanist Renaissance style, it was considered the eighth wonder of the world for a long period of time. The visit includes the Hapsburgs Palace, the Kings and Princes Mausoleum, the Chapter Houses, the Architecture Room, the Weapons Room, the Library and the Basilica.
BASILICA OF THE VALLEY: This enormous monument built between 1940 and 1959, is located 9 km away from El Escorial. It is a Basilica excavated in the mountain at 1350 m of altitude above sea level where an impressive 150 m high cross places itself over the magnificent nature reserve of Madrid mountain range. There, after the explanations of our guide from the outside, customers will have free time to admire the wonderful views of the Sierra de Madrid and take pictures.(*) This stop will be effected as long as the conditions and acts make it possible.
Sightseeing tour: Madrid shows the onlooker multiple faces that history has left behind, such as its medieval origins as an Arab-fortress characterized by its ancient buildings and the smell of the taverns. We’ll drive through the courtesan district of the Hapsburgs characterised by Phillip II and his Renaissance and Baroque style buildings like those in the Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Villa. We will visit the Madrid of the Bourbons and the complex town planning schemes of Charles III, the Royal Palace, Cibeles and Neptuno Fountains and the Puerta de Alcalá. We will admire the works of José Bonaparte in the XIX century, such as the elegant Plaza de Oriente and The Prado Museum. We will discover contemporary Madrid with avenues such as Gran Vía, Castellana, the district of Salamanca, Plaza de Castilla, Parque del Oeste, University Campus, commercial and financial zones of Modern Madrid, the emblematic Las Ventas Bullring and the Santiago Bernabéu Football Stadium. During the tour, we will stop at the famous Hard Rock Café, where you will be offered a drink.
Departure & arrival from: Plaza de España, 7
Closed: Jan 01, 05 & 06; Oct 08 & 09; Sep 09; Dec 24, 25 & 31
Period: Apr 01 – Mar 31
Frequency: Daily departures, except on Mondays
Languages: English & Spanish, Daily
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