The third season of the 'Philip II train' has arrived, a tourist train that will take you to discover the cultural heritage of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Together with the existing travel packages, this year and as a novelty, the town of El Escorial can be visited in the afternoon. Are you up for this adventure?
In 2017, began a new tourism initiative promoted by the Region of Madrid, National Heritage, the Ferrocarriles Españoles Foundation, the City of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, the City of El Escorial and ALSA, this is the 'Tren de Felipe II' (Philip II Train), which on 22 March kicked off its third edition.
On board a convoy made up of four Series 5000/6000 cars built in 1940, towed by a diesel locomotive ALCO 321, you will be able to travel back in time as well as explore these towns located in the heart of the Sierra de Guadarrama.
You will be able to choose between several alternatives, on the one hand the imperial pack with which after finishing the tour by train, you will participate in a guided tour of the Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial and its Monastery; on the other hand, the legends pack that includes a panoramic tour, a visit to San Lorenzo, and a visit to the gardens of the Casita del Infante and the Monastery, there is an alternative to this pack, which also includes the entrance to the Monastery, the pack real legends; or if you prefer, the tour pack that includes the trip, or the real tours pack, that the previous one includes the entrance to the Monastery.
This year and as a novelty, on Saturday afternoons the travellers will have the opportunity to make an excursion to El Escorial called "Tarde de leyendas. El origen de El Escorial" (Afternoon of legends. The origin of El Escorial). This activity offers travellers a guided visit with characters characterized by the Escorial Association DEVERDE. The visit will depart from the bus station in San Lorenzo de El Escorial and will make a walk down through the gardens of the Casita del Príncipe, through the town centre and ending at the Church of San Bernabé.
The departure will take place from Príncipe Pío Station every weekend of the year, national and Region of Madrid public holidays, and Thursday at 10:20am, being the return from San Lorenzo de El Escorial Station at 6:24pm.
Don't think twice and get on this unique train to discover the history of the region in a different way!
More info: Tren Felipe II
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