Madrid Guided tours

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Madrid: Royal Palace Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

1. Madrid: Royal Palace Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Embark on a guided 2-hour tour of Madrid's Royal Palace. Admire art pieces by Giordano and Goya while exploring the palace at a peaceful time of day alongside an expert guide with in-depth knowledge about the home to Spanish Royals past and present.  Start at the Opera Metro Station in Plaza de Isabel II, home to the Teatro Royal, where you will meet your guide. After a picturesque walk through Plaza de Oriente, enjoy skip-the-line privileges before entering the palace. Relish visits to the Throne Room, Banquet Hall, and Private Royal apartments. Be amazed as to how these rooms are brought to life in an engaging and fascinating way by your professional guide. Marvel at exclusive works of art by Giordano and Goya, as well as historical articles such as historic tapestries, suits of armor, and ornate swords. Take in in the building's 19th-century design and beautiful floral layout, which serves as an excellent backdrop for memorable photos. After the guided visit, feel free to take a relaxing stroll on your own through the Royal Gardens and visit other highlights such as the Royal Armory and Pharmacy.

From Madrid: Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen

2. From Madrid: Escorial Monastery and the Valley of the Fallen

Embark on a guided tour to the Monastery of San Lorenzo del Escorial and enjoy skip-the-line entry. Explore the Basilica of the Valley of the Fallen and hear the history behind each turn from your guide. Leave Madrid in the morning and travel 50 minutes to San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Visit the baths upon arrival and then begin the tour of the San Lorenzo Monastery. Learn the long history of Spain, specifically the reign of Felipe II. See the building that best summarizes the ideological and cultural aspirations of the Spanish “Golden Age” and is named a World Heritage Site. See places like the Patio de Reyes, Cloister, Chapter Rooms, The Basilica (except on Sundays), The Pantheon of Kings and Infants, and the Royal Rooms. Travel to the Valley of the Fallen located in the Peña de Cuelga Muros after leaving San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Visit its surroundings and the basilica carved into the rock, and the burial place for 33,847 people who died in the Spanish Civil War. Be amazed by the great granite cross that is visible from kilometers away.

Madrid: Guided Walking Tour of Monasterio de las Descalzas

3. Madrid: Guided Walking Tour of Monasterio de las Descalzas

Explore the Monastery of Descalzas Reales Monastery on a guided tour and learn the stories and legends of what was once the richest convent in all of Europe. Allow your guide to take you through history, as you admire impressive paintings, staircases, and the many rooms within the building. Meet your guide at the Plaza de las Descalzas, right in front of the entrance door to the Monastery to begin the tour. Arrive at the entrance of the Monastery of the Descalzas Reales and listen to an explanation of its facade and exterior, before entering inside. Admire important areas of the building's interior, such as the cloister, through which passes the Procession of the Holy Burial that takes place every year on Good Friday. Then, contemplate the main staircase, considered by many to be the true jewel of the monument. On the walls, take in the mural paintings created during different periods that adorn the walls. In particular, look up at the ceiling to discover the impressive painting attributed to Claudio Coello. Through the tour, access the Tapestry Room, the Choir Room, and find Plateresque doors, countless works of art of enormous value, and paintings by some of the greatest painters in history such as Zurbarán, Antonio Moro or Luca Giordano.

Madrid: Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Guided Tour

4. Madrid: Skip-the-Line Prado Museum Guided Tour

Discover masterpieces of art on a skip-the-line guided tour of the Prado Museum and explore the galleries of Spain's national art museum, located in the museum district of central Madrid. Widely considered to have one of the world's finest collections of European art from the 12th to the early 20th century, the Prado Museum also boasts the single best collection of Spanish art in the world. Founded as a museum of paintings and sculptures in 1819, it was enlarged by the addition of short pavilions at the rear of the magnificent building between 1900 and 1960. See masterpieces by Francisco Goya, Hieronymus Bosch and Peter Paul Rubens, along with acclaimed paintings by El Greco, Titian and Diego Velázquez. Journey through the story of Spanish and European art through the centuries and get expert explanations along the way. If you select the tapas tasting option, following the tour of Prado Museum, you will then walk through the city to one of the most important bars in Madrid where you will have the opportunity to taste several tapas of Spanish food. Spain is internationally renowned for its gastronomy and is proud of its rich culture and culinary history. Discover the traditional tapas of Spain and experience the food culture of Madrid like a local. Here your tour will finish, leaving you with the opportunity to walk through the center of Madrid.

Madrid: Prado Museum Guided Tour

5. Madrid: Prado Museum Guided Tour

Meet your guide at the Goya Statue outside the Prado Museum and begin your guided tour of its vast collection.  See the work of a variety of great European artists such as Velázquez, El Greco, Goya, Tiziano, Rubens, and El Bosco. Discover some of the collections on display, which date from the Romanesque period to the 19th century. The museum contains more than 8,000 paintings, 9,000 drawings, 5,500 prints, and over 900 sculptures. See some of the 1,300 works currently on display in the main building. Learn about the history of European art, and the story behind some of the works on display.

Madrid: Prado Museum Guided Tour with Skip-the-line Ticket

6. Madrid: Prado Museum Guided Tour with Skip-the-line Ticket

On the Guided Tour of the Prado Museum, you will spend your time living an unrepeatable experience in a unique setting full of art and beauty. The emblematic Prado Museum is the center of the beautiful monumental complex known as the "Paseo del Arte de Madrid", a privileged place in the heart of the city surrounded by trees and very close to the Retiro Park. The worldwide recognition of the Prado Museum is due to its vast and invaluable art collection. Here you will find essential paintings by the most famous Spanish and European artists from the 14th to the 19th centuries, including Velazquez, El Greco, Goya, Titian, Rubens, Bosch, Raphael, Tintoretto and Van Dyck, among others. You can see some of the most spectacular collections in the world, such as Velazquez's Meninas, Goya's Black Paintings or El Bosco's Garden of Earthly Delights. You will also be able to admire the works of the best painters from Italy, the Netherlands or Germany, of various styles and periods from the Gothic to the Baroque of Rubens, from the Romanesque to the Renaissance or Neoclassicism, knowing the context in which they developed their different techniques. paintings that were so influential after his artistic periods.

Royal Palace of Madrid Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

7. Royal Palace of Madrid Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

Explore the Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real de Madrid) with a licensed guide, and discover the former official residence of the Spanish Royal Family with your direct entry access. Also known as the "Palacio de Oriente" due to its close proximity to Plaza de Oriente on the east side of the palace, today the building is used exclusively for receptions, ceremonies, and official events. The Palace has an extensive collection of upholstery, porcelain, antique clocks, armor and works of art including paintings by Goya and Velázquez. You can also stroll through some of the private rooms where royalty lived, the throne room and the royal dining rooms, as well as the mirror room of Charles IV's reign. Admire the rich ornamentations of official rooms, each one revealing its own personality. Visiting the Royal Throne room, the Gala Dinner room and the Royal Chapel.

Madrid: Wine and Tapas Walking Tour

8. Madrid: Wine and Tapas Walking Tour

Go beyond the usual tourist's perspective of Madrid's main sights on a guided tapas tour. Taste tapas like the locals do and discover hidden spots in the very heart of Madrid. Enjoy at least 12 tapas at four different places, as well as a glass of wine at each location. Find something special at each venue, be it a typical dish, a specific type of wine, or the atmosphere. Go to a bar, enjoy your wine and free tapas, order something extra to eat if it catches your fancy, and, once you’ve finished, move on to the next venue. It's as simple as that. Get ready to taste your way around Spain with a range of dishes and wines from various regions of the country. Learn about the origins of the dishes, and hear anecdotes about Madrid from your guide.

Madrid: Royal Palace Tour & Optional Almudena Cathedral Tour

9. Madrid: Royal Palace Tour & Optional Almudena Cathedral Tour

You will be able to visit the interiors of the Royal Palace and optionally the Almudena Cathedral with one of our expert Tour Guides without having to wait in long lines to buy tickets. Visiting the interior of the Royal Palace is already an unparalleled experience, but it is even more so if you are accompanied by an expert Tour Guide who helps you travel back in time visiting the most spectacular places in the Palace. More than 3.000 rooms and a historical and artistic heritage of incalculable value await you in what was the Residence of the Kings of Spain until Alfonso XIII and which is still the Official Residence of the Monarchs even today, although the Royal Family does not use it as their habitual residence. The Holy Metropolitan Cathedral Church of Santa María la Real de la Almudena, better known as Almudena Cathedral, is a cathedral of Catholic worship, dedicated to the Virgin Mary under the name of Almudena, and episcopal seat of Madrid.

From Madrid: Toledo Half-Day Tour

10. From Madrid: Toledo Half-Day Tour

Located just 40 miles (70 km) away from Madrid, Toledo is famous as the 'city of three cultures' – Christians, Muslims, and Jews – as they have lived together in this imperial city for generations. Experience the melding of religion and culture firsthand and see buildings from numerous periods including: Arabian, Gothic, Mudéjar, Renaissance and Baroque style.  Toledo Half-Day Morning Tour itinerary: • Departure at 8:45 AM • Toledo guided tour including admission to the Cathedral • Panoramic sightseeing of Toledo • Free time to enjoy the city at your own pace Toledo Half-Day Afternoon Tour itinerary: • Departure at 3:00 PM  • Outside view of the Cathedral • Church of St. Tomé with 'The Burial of the Count of Orgaz', masterpiece of El Greco • Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca and tour through the Jewish Quarter • San Juan de los Reyes Monastery • Panoramic sightseeing of Toledo

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What people are saying about Madrid

We had a great time on the tour! Our guide David knew a lot about Spanish history, and was able to provide a lot of context about the city of Madrid, while still remaining very interesting and staying on topic about the buildings and other things we saw during the tour. The tour itself covered a lot of ground and was very nice. We were also really content of the bikes and the store, very clean and well kept.

Very good experience to discover Madrid differently ! Nico, our guide, was very good and gave lots of very interesting explanations !!! I would definitely recommend …

Benito is the best guide you can have...his English is top notch, as is his sense of humour Highly recommended

This was a great adventure. Our guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. Long day but worth it.

John did a great job. Really fun! 2 hours was just right. Clean ride and blanket.