Discover Spanish History during our San Lorenzo de El Escorial Royal Monastery and Segovia day tour, two important landmarks outside of Madrid . We will pick you up in Madrid with an accessible vehicle to visit these two UNESCO World Heritages, El Escorial and Segovia, in a private full day tour, starting with El Escorial, located around 1 hour drive from Madrid.
San Lorenzo de El Escorial Royal Monastery is an imposing building built as a symbol of strength of the Spanish Empire in the 16th Century and commemorates the San Quintín Battle. It is also king Carlos V’s mausoleum. It is a mix of Italian and Flemish artistic styles by two master architects: Juan Bautista de Toledo and Juan de Herrera, that described Felipe II’s style. Grouping many functions in a single building, it began as a monastery for monks of the Order of San Jerome. The college and seminary complete the religious function of the Monastery and they added the Library for these three centres. There is also a palace for accommodating the king. The visit includes access to the Basilica, the huge Royal Library, the impressive Battle Room, Austrias’ Palace, Borbones’ Palace, the Kings’ Patio, the Old Church, the Architectural Museum and the Painting Museum. After the visit, we will have a lunch break to refresh and taste the local gastronomy.
After this break, we will continue for 45 minutes to Segovia, a historical city with plenty of important buildings and monuments. Once there, we will discover the Aqueduct of Segovia, one of the best preserved Roman aqueducts in Europe. We will take stroll along the old city to see historical monuments such as the Episcopal Palace, the Jewish Quarter or the district of Canonjías. Then we will visit Segovia’s Cathedral, known as the Lady of the Cathedrals because of its height and beauty. It is an awesome work of architecture with elements such as huge stained-glass windows, beautiful chapels or exposition halls. Our tour includes entry to the Alcázar of Segovia, the Artillery Academy and Museum. From the outside the palace looks like it has been picked from a fairytale, while on the inside the different architectural styles of the kings that were active here are reflected. Late afternoon we return to Madrid, a 1.5 hour drive away.
This tour does not require a high amount of walking or wheeling, and it can also be completely tailor-made based on each person preferences. The itinerary also avoids steps and it follows a mostly flat path along the Tour. Some rooms at El Escorial are not wheelchair adapted but 90% are (Museums, the Palace of the Habsburgs and the main cloister are accessible. A hydraulic elevator makes it possible to visit the second floor where the Battle Gallery, the Palace of the Bourbons and the Royal Library are located. Likewise, different ramps have been installed to access the main entrance to the Basilica and the Monastery).
Most streets in Segovia are very old and they have cobble stone irregular pavement, so it’s recommended that some people depending on their level of mobility are accompanied. Segovia’s cathedral has ramps to reduce the level difference and that makes almost every hall of the cathedral accessible. At the Artillery Academy in Segovia almost all the visit is on the ground floor and there are ramps to access all the halls.
Meeting point: Hotel Pick-up or other
Starting time: Flexible
Duration: 8 hours aprox.
Return: We recommend allowing time for a Lunch break to sample typical local cuisine and wine at one of our suggested Restaurants, equipped with an adapted toilet.
No penalty if cancelling at least 14 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure
50 percent fee if you cancel between 7 and 14 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure
100 percent fee if you cancel within 7 day(s) of the scheduled departure