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Madrid: 4-Hour Bus Tour with Royal Palace Admission

1. Madrid: 4-Hour Bus Tour with Royal Palace Admission

Explore Madrid’s past and see its contemporary side as well on a comprehensive sightseeing bus tour, which ends with a guided visit to the Royal Palace.  Leave Plaza de Oriente and head to the magnificent Puerta de Toledo. Pass by Plaza Mayor, once the center of Old Madrid and now the oldest square in the city. Spot significant sights such as the Puerta de Sol on our way to Paseo del Prado. Marvel at the most artistic street in the city and look at the Prado Museum. Drive by Cibeles Fountain, where Real Madrid fans celebrate the team victories. Do not miss Puerta de Alcalá, the most famous of the five ancient gates into the city. There will be stop for pictures at Las Ventas bullring where your guide will share some insights on this famous monument. The last sights you will see on the first part of the tour are the Santiago Bernabéu stadium and the important streets of Paseo de la Castellana and Gran Vía, well-known as the Broadway of Madrid. But no trip to Madrid would be completed without a visit to the Royal Palace. Thus, a local guide will pick you up from our office for a guided visit to the same. Skip the lines and dive right into the history of this beautiful palace.  Build in an Italian baroque style, it was the former residence of the Spanish Monarchy from 1766 to 1931.  Once your guided visit finishes, you can stay inside the Palace and go to the Royal Armory on your own. Make sure not to miss the views from the viewpoint of the Armory square.

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Madrid Highlights Tour and Entrance to the Royal Palace

2. Madrid Highlights Tour and Entrance to the Royal Palace

Discover the main sights of Madrid on a 2.5-hour orientation tour, and visit the most important monuments, squares and commercial avenues. Learn the history of the Spanish capital, from the old Habsburg and Borbon quarters, to the contemporary developments of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Discover the art deco buildings of the Gran Vía. Go to Plaza de España at its western end to see 2 of the city’s most impressive skyscrapers. Venture into Ciudad Universitaria (University City) to see the Palace of Moncloa, official residence of the Prime Minister of Spain since 1977. Continue down Calle Mayor to Puerta del Sol, where you will discover the clock with the bell that marks the traditional eating of the “Twelve Grapes” on New Year's Eve. Marvel at the monumental gate of Puerta de Alcalá, and go to Plaza de Colón (Columbus Square) for a complimentary soft drink at the Hard Rock Café. Continue along the wide Paseo de la Castellana to the Real Madrid stadium of Santiago Bernabéu. See some of Madrid’s most striking contemporary architecture in Plaza de Castilla, including the Caja Madrid Obelisk. Then, go inside the Royal Palace, former residence of the Spanish kings, and look at the opulent furnishings of the official reception rooms, Royal Chapel, Throne Room and private rooms of King Carlos III and Queen Isabel II.

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Madrid Walking Tour and Prado Museum Skip the Line Ticket

3. Madrid Walking Tour and Prado Museum Skip the Line Ticket

Immerse yourself in the history and culture of this majestic city. Walk through the medieval streets and the majestic squares of the Old Town accompanied by your friendly local guide. The tour begins at Debód Temple and heads to Puerta del Sol square. Along the way, see the Royal Palace of Madrid, the Plaza de Oriente, the outside of Sabatini's Gardens, the Almudena Cathedral, the Plaza de la Villa, the core of Medieval Madrid and the winding streets around it, San Miguel Square and the famous market, Arco de Cuchilleros, and Plaza Mayor.  Then, you have the chance to visit one of the most important galleries in the city, the Prado Museum. The Magnificent 18th-century building holds masterpieces by Spanish masters including Velazquez, Goya, El Greco, Ribera, and Murillo. It also displays works by important foreign painters including Raphael, Rubens, Bosch, and Titian.

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Madrid: Cibeles Palace & Retiro Park Walking Tour

4. Madrid: Cibeles Palace & Retiro Park Walking Tour

Start your tour with a visit to Cibeles Palace. This beautiful building, located at the intersection of Paseo del Prado and Calle Alcalá, was built in what at that time was known as the Jardines del Buen Retiro. Enter the building with your guide and get to know the opulent interiors. Then, head up to the rooftop for incredible views over Madrid and the Gran Vía.  After this, continue your tour by walking up Alcalá Street to enter Retiro Park. Find out how, in the 17th century, the Count-Duke of Olivares designed a space for the recreation of the king and his court, giving rise to the Jardines del Buen Retiro. Learn about how in 1868 the park became a municipal space and since then many elements have been added to its heritage. Listen as your guide explains the historical context behind the park's most outstanding attractions. Marvel at the size of the Big Pond and be dazzled by the beauty of the Crystal Palace.  Finally, contemplate the Fountain of the Galapagos or discover the legend of the statue of the Fallen Angel. At the end of the tour, you can stay in the park to discover more of its hidden corners, or sit down on the lawn and take a peaceful break away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Alternatively, upgrade your tour to include a guided visit to Prado Museum with an expert guide by selecting the relevant option when booking.

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Madrid: Private Guided Night Tour by Car

5. Madrid: Private Guided Night Tour by Car

Join this private tour with a live guide and see Madrid light up at night. Discover the hidden face of the city as the sun goes down, visiting its most iconic places in a different way, all in the comfort and safety of a private vehicle that will pick you up and drop you off at your accommodation in Madrid. Your official guide will accompany you at all times and will detail the secrets and history of the most emblematic places of Madrid. Admire everything from the monument to Philip IV, to the most remarkable modern buildings in the recent history of the city. and then to some of the imperial and classical musts, each of them with its own style and history. See sights such as the Almudena Cathedral, Teatro Real, Plaza de la Villa, Metropolis Building, Puerta del Sol, Plaza de Cibeles, Congress of Deputies, Royal Palace, Plaza del Dos de Mayo, Temple of Debod, and Alcala Gate. At the end of your tour, get dropped off back at your hotel or at the location of your choice.

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What people are saying about Alcala Gate

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 43 reviews

Great tour of Madrid

A very good way to get to know where things are in Madrid .. stops for photos and a drink in Hard Rock cafe too .. excellent information from our guide Carmen .. very knowledgeable about the Royal Palace which was part of our tour .. would definitely recommend it.

Excellent introduction to Madrid

As it was our first visit to the city, the bus tour gave us a great introduction to its many tourist sights and attractions. The guide proved to be invaluable as we visited the Royal Palace, explaining in detail the history as we entered each room.

I loved the tour. Well organized and our guide Barbara was great. Her comments throughout the tour were very interesting. Thank you very much

The venues were jam packed but the tour guide skillfully managed to pierce through for us. All-in-all though it was wounderfull

Macarena is an excellent guide. We had a bespoke tour with her and enjoyed every minute.