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Madrid 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour

1. Madrid 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour

Get a new perspective of the Spanish capital as you discover the city's best landmarks with a local guide. Madrid's many contrasts are symbols of its rich history, with medieval façades and architecture standing alongside slick modern buildings.   Meet at the activity provider's office and kick off the experience with a 1-hour walking tour through the streets of the historic city center of Madrid. Then board an air-conditioned bus for a ride through the city. Leave Plaza de Oriente and head to the magnificent Puerta de Toledo. Marvel at the famous gate that dates back to the Napoleonic era. Then, see the oldest bridge in Madrid and drive along the Manzanares River from where you'll take in incredible views of the Royal Palace and the Almudena Cathedral. 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 del Sol on your drive to Paseo del Prado. Marvel at the most picturesque streets in the city and see the Prado Museum. Drive by Cibeles Fountain, where Real Madrid fans celebrate the team's victories. Do not miss Puerta de Alcalá, the most famous of the five ancient gates into the city. Stop for pictures at Las Ventas bullring, where your guide will share some insights on the monument. To conclude, return to the coach and finish of the tour by exploring Santiago Bernabéu stadium and the important streets of Paseo de la Castellana and Gran Vía, also known as the Broadway of Madrid. Starting March 1, 2020, this tour will begin with a 1-hour guided walking tour.

Madrid: Half-Day Alcalá de Henares Tour

2. Madrid: Half-Day Alcalá de Henares Tour

After gathering at the Monument to Felipe IV in Plaza de Oriente, depart from Madrid in the direction of Alcalá de Henares. Once there, begin to explore the native city of Miguel de Cervantes, the greatest writer of Hispanic Literature. Alcalá de Henares, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to many secrets of this famous character. Through its streets you can also find elements of the different cultures that have been part of Spain throughout the centuries. Learn how the rich historical and artistic heritage of this city is reflected in its imposing monuments, among which you will see the Cathedral of the Holy Children, the Palace of Laredo, the picturesque Calle Mayor, or the centennial University of Alcalá. This guided trip is a perfect option to spend half a day, a mere 20 minutes away from Madrid.

Madrid Royal Palace Guided Visit

3. Madrid Royal Palace Guided Visit

Immerse yourself in the history and of the majestic Royal Palace of Madrid, accompanied by an expert local guide. Take a guided visit to the beautifully furnished and decorated Royal Palace of Madrid, the former residence of the Spanish kings. Admire the reception rooms, the museum area, the Royal Chapel, 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 guide. Admire the exclusive works of art by Giordano and Goya, as well as historical articles such as historic tapestries, suits of armor, and ornate swords. Take a look of the private rooms of King Carlos III and Queen Isabel II before ending the tour.

Madrid: Local Tapas Walking Tour and Flamenco Show

4. Madrid: Local Tapas Walking Tour and Flamenco Show

Experience Madrid through its food culture on a tapas walking tour through various bars in the center of Madrid. Together with a culinary expert guide, you’ll discover authentic signature cuisine, gourmet products, and a vast amount of culinary culture, nowadays hidden in the reformed markets of San Miguel and La Cebada in the La Latina neighborhood of Madrid. Start the tour at the famous San Miguel Market, where you’ll taste the famous pintxos of Bilbao. After the San Miguel Market visit, head to La Latina and enjoy traditional Croquettes in the renowned street Cava Baja. Continue the tour through different bars in the center of Madrid, where you’ll taste delicious Spanish omelet and cod tapas, mushrooms tapas accompanied by a glass of wine or cider. After your tapas walking tour, experience another side of Spanish culture. Flamenco, declared Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2010, is the most authentic and popular expression of Spanish culture. Enjoy an intimate flamenco show surrounded by the fantastic atmosphere of The Tablao Flamenco, a hidden treasure in the center of Madrid. Enjoy a complimentary drink during the show.

Madrid Highlights Tour and Entrance to the Royal Palace

5. 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.

Madrid Walking Tour and Prado Museum Skip the Line Ticket

6. 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.

Madrid Sightseeing Tour and Prado Museum Guided Visit

7. Madrid Sightseeing Tour and Prado Museum Guided Visit

Enjoy a combined 5-hour sightseeing tour of Madrid’s historic neighborhoods and fabled Prado Museum, home to one of the world’s greatest collections of art. Take a journey through history and explore Madrid's medieval origins, seeing sites such as the Arabic fortress from the days of Muslim rule and the Art Deco buildings of Gran Via. See the Renaissance and Baroque buildings of Calle Mayor, Plaza Mayor, and Plaza de la Villa from the Hapsburg Madrid of Felipe II. Learn about the Bourbon layout laid down under Carlos III, and see the ostentatious Royal Palace, Cibeles Fountain, and Puerta de Alcalá. Discover a more contemporary side to Madrid at the emblematic Ventas Bullring and Santiago Bernabeu Football Stadium. Experience Paseo del Prado (Walk of Art: Thyssen, Prado & Reina Sofía Museums), Royal Botanic Gardens of Madrid, Cibeles Square, Alcalá's Gate or Gran Vía Street. Then, skip the line and explore Madrid’s Prado Museum and see some of the world’s great masterpieces. Start with the works of Bosch, including The Garden of Earthly Delights, and continue through rooms devoted to Greco and Velázquez, and end with Goya’s portait of the family of Carlos IV and the masterful Third of May 1808.

From Madrid: Private Day Trip to Alcalá de Henares

8. From Madrid: Private Day Trip to Alcalá de Henares

Travel to the ancient city of Alcalá de Henares on this private tour of Madrid. Visit the UNESCO's world heritage site-listed historical center with guide on a 4-hour tour. Learn about the Roman roots of this facinating city. Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Madrid. Relax on the ride to Alcalá de Henares. Stop in the historical old town to meet your local guide. Find out where the author of 'Don Quixote' was born at the Cervantes Birthplace Museum. See the garden surrounding the Laredo Palace. Admire the unique brick styling of this neo-Mudejar building. View the past home of Castilian monarchs and the current home of the Diocese of Alcalá de Henares at the Archbishop’s palace. Marvel at the well-preserved medieval fortifications that still enclose the Archbishop's palace. Watch as your guide shows you the 16 remaining towers. Return to your accommodation in Madrid.

Madrid: City Bus Tour and Thyssen Museum Entrance Ticket

9. Madrid: City Bus Tour and Thyssen Museum Entrance Ticket

Explore the history and culture of Madrid, the majestic capital city of Spain, on a 2.5-hour bus tour. Accompanied by a local expert guide, the tour begins at Calle Ferraz.   The tour includes sightseeing of places such as Gran Vía, Plaza de España, Calle Mayor, Puerta del Sol, and Puerta de Alcalá as far as the bullring. You will also see Columbus Square, Paseo de la Castellana, Santiago Bernabéu Stadium and much more.   This tour also includes a fast lane entrance ticket to visit one of Madrid's most important galleries, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. Here you will discover one of the most complete private collections of modern art.

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We had an exceptional guide Francesca she was knowledgeable and hilarious she had a way for you to learn the history as well as the meaning the artist was trying convey I recommend this agency and your for the art lovers that don’t fully understand it the plus perk to this was we walked right in while there was a General Admission line with people standing that was as long as a line for a Disneyworld line at space mountain

Excellent attention from the guide who received us at the meeting point, (Ana) extreme punctuality, comfort, cleanliness of the vehicle and responsible handling of the journey. Ms. Nieves is a magnificent guide at the destination, super attentive, cordial and professional. The highly recommended tour, Alcala de Henares a destination without waste! Operator service is highly recommended.

Great historic stroll through the streets of Madrid, with discoveries of tapas and their history! our guides Juan Carlos and Cynthia were very nice, ready for all the explanations and detours... end of the evening with the discovery of the original Flamenco! We recommend, thanks again to them.

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

Great Tour! Specially if it’s your first time in Madrid really like our tour guide