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San Lorenzo de El Escorial Private Tour: The Royal City

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from US$ 152.52 per person pp

Key Highlights

  • Visit the UNESCO-listed El Escorial Monastery, a historical residence of the King of Spain
  • Tour some of the monastery’s major highlights
  • Take a walk in the old town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial and visit one of the royal palaces
  • Your guide will share the historical background and interesting insights about the places you see
  • It’s a private tour – keep your questions ready for the guide
  • Gain insights into the gay community in Madrid and some of the favourite LGBTQ spots
  • Both printed or smartphone vouchers accepted
  • Overview

    Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, El Escorial and tour its surroundings with this 4-hour private tour from Madrid.

    You will meet your guide at the hotel doorstep and head to the Monastery of El Escorial, the historical residence of the King of Spain. This wondrous complex combines a Monastery, Palace, Museum and School. El Escorial is a symbol of the Spanish Power in the 16th century and commemorates the San Quintin Battle. It is also a mausoleum for Charles V. During your visit, your guide will also visit the Hapsburg Palace, Kings and Princes Mausoleum, Chapter House and the Basilica.

    Continue your tour to San Lorenzo de El Escorial villa and see the different palaces and buildings that line the streets of the old town of the city. Your guide will also take you to Casita de Arriba gardens, which is one of the royal family’s palaces.  

    During the course of the tour, you guide will also tell you about the LGBTQ community in Madrid focusing on its history, lifestyle and nightlife.

    About the Supplier: Rainbow Gay Tours bring the avant-garde side of Barcelona to the fore. Their private tours are conducted by gay tour guides who will give you all the detailed information on what you see. The entire Rainbow team is LGBTQ and insider experts in LGBTQ culture in Barcelona. They will not only discuss the city’s culture and history during the tours but also about the LGBTQ lifestyle, history and much more.

  • Activity Schedule & Itinerary

    Activity Schedule

    When does it run?



    4 hours approx

    Start time

    April to October: 9am and 4pm | November to March: 9am and 2pm

    Meeting Point

    Good news!  You can get picked up from your hotel, just give us the details at the time of booking.  Don’t worry if you havn't booked your hotel yet, you pass them onto the operator when you are ready.

    Ending Point

    Madrid city centre

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Hotel pick up
    • Private tour guide
    • A welcome pack with a bottle of water, a city map
    • A fruit juice or a snack
    • Public transport tickets
    • Return transport to Madrid by bus or train


    • Hotel drop off (you will be out and about)
    • Entrance fees, unless specified
  • Please note

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give them a call at least 24 hours before your organised activity to reconfirm.

    Voucher information: No need to print! You can show your voucher on your smartphone or other devices. (But if you’d rather print a copy – that’s fine too!).

    Slip on some comfy footwear – This tour involves a fair bit of walking.