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Madrid City Tour (Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour)

1. Madrid City Tour (Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour)

Take some time getting to know Madrid while riding through the city aboard an open-top double-decker bus. With one ticket, you will be able to hop on and off the bus all day along the route of your choice, or change to another, admiring the architectural and cultural magnificence of Madrid. Commentary is available via a headphones audio system in 14 different languages (Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, Catalonian, Euskera, and Galician). Route 1 • Museo del Prado • Puerta de Alcalá • Barrio de Salamanca • Plaza de Colón • Plaza de Cibeles • Gran Vía, 14 • Gran Vía, 30 • Gran Vía, 54 • Plaza de España • Princesa esq. Alberto Aguilera • Plaza de la Moncloa • Teleférico • Templo de Debod • Puerta de San Vicente • Puente de Segovia • Puento de Toledo • Teatro Real • Palacio Real • Puerta de Toledo • San Francisco el Grande • Catedral de la Almudena • Plaza Mayor • Puerta del Sol • Círculo de Bellas Artes • Museo Thyssen • Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía • Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid Route 2 • Plaza Neptuno • Plaza de Cibeles • Plaza de Colón • Museo Esculturas • Museo de Ciencias Naturales • Nuevos Ministerios • Santiago Bernabéu • C.S.I. Científicas • Museo Lázaro Galdiano • Serrano • Museo Arqueológico • Puerta de Alcalá • Alcalá • Puerta del Sol • Plaza de las Cortes • Plaza de Neptuno High Season: March to October 9:00 AM - 10:00 PM Low Season: November to February 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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Madrid: City Tour by Electric Tuk-Tuk

2. Madrid: City Tour by Electric Tuk-Tuk

Embark on an electric tuk-tuk tour of Madrid and discover some of the main monuments of the city. Enjoy the perfect introduction to Madrid as your expert guide recommends places to visit during your stay. Admire the exterior of some of Madrid's most iconic landmarks including the Royal Palace, the Almudena Cathedral, and Plaza Mayor. Ride through the charming neighborhoods of Las Letras and La Latina and see the House of Cervantes and the La Latina Theatre. See the Palacio de las Cortes, the Church of Los Jerónimos, and the facades of the museums of Paseo del Prado. Explore the Salamanca neighborhood, ride through Plaza de Colón, and discover the National Library.

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Madrid: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Santiago Bernabéu Stadium Tour

3. Madrid: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Santiago Bernabéu Stadium Tour

Explore Madrid in comfort and convenience on a hop-on hop-off double-decker bus. Discover Madrid's historic landmarks and its modern attractions in detail with a single ticket. Hop-on and hop-off the bus as many times as you wish and enjoy the city at your own pace. There are two routes available: Blue Route: Historical Madrid • Museo del Prado • Puerta de Alcalá • Barrio de Salamanca • Plaza de Colón • Plaza de Cibeles • Gran Via  • Plaza de España • Templo de Debod • Teatro Real • Palacio Real • Puerta de Toledo • San Francisco El Grande • Catedral Almudena • Plaza Mayor • Puerta del Sol • Círculo Bellas Artes • Museo Thyssen • Museo Reina Sofía  • Jardín Botánico Green Route: Modern Madrid • Plaza Neptuno • Plaza de Cibeles • Plaza de Colón • Museo Esculturas • Museo de Ciencias Naturales • Nuevos Ministerios • Santiago Bernabéu Stadium • C.S.I. Científicas • Museo Lázaro Galdiano • Serrano • Museo Arqueológico • Puerta de Alcalá • Alcalá • Puerta del Sol • Plaza de las Cortes Santiago Bernabéu Stadium Tour Hop-off at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium to take a tour of the iconic home of Real Madrid. Relive more than a hundred years of Real Madrid history as you explore the interactive museum and audiovisuals displays which tell the story of this footballing giant. Step into the press room, the dressing rooms, and walk along the Player’s Tunnel until you reach the pitch, where global superstars have showcased their skills for decades. Take an interactive journey aboard a replica of the official first team bus. See the wide collection of trophies that the club has accumulated over the years. Access the presidential box, the most exclusive area of the venue, and get an exclusive VIP perspective on the stadium which can hold more than 80,000 spectators. Enjoy an interactive experience which is suited to football fanatics and those with a passing interest alike.

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Madrid Sightseeing Tour and Prado Museum Guided Visit

4. 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.

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Madrid: 1-Way Luxury Transfer between Airport and Hotels

5. Madrid: 1-Way Luxury Transfer between Airport and Hotels

Sit back and relax in a Mercedes E class sedan on this 20-minute transfer between the Madrid airport and the city center. Your experienced, English-speaking driver will be waiting for you in the exit hall, holding a sign name with your name on it. As you make your way into the city, the driver will be happy to answer any questions you may have. You’ll find this transfer, priced for a group of up to 3 passengers, both reliable and convenient. Services operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Whether you require a transfer from the airport, for a special occasion, or for business, you’ll experience top-quality service at an affordable price. You’ll have bottled water and an English-language newspaper available during your ride, and, if you like, the driver can take a route that enables you to see sites such as El Retiro, Puerta de Alcala, Plaza de Cibeles, or Paseo de Castellana.

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Madrid: 4-Hour Bus Tour with Royal Palace Admission

6. 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: Historic & Modern Panoramic City Tour

7. Madrid: Historic & Modern Panoramic City Tour

Enjoy almost 2-hours in a vintage looking car as you explore the best of Madrid. See the landmarks of Austrian Madrid as well as Bourbon Madrid. Visit the business and shopping areas of this wonderful city, seeing both the old and modern parts of the city. Relax as you travel across the city in style and listen as your audio-guide tells you everything you need to know about Madrid.  The tour itinerary is as follows : Prado Museum Puerta de Alcalá El Retiro Park Plaza de Cibeles Plaza Colon ABC SERRANO Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales Estadio Santiago Bernabéu Museo Lázaro Galdiano Barrio de Salamanca Museo Arqueológico Nacional Gran Via Plaza de España Templo Debod Palacio Real Catedral Almudena Real Basílica de San Francisco el Grande Plaza Mayor Teatro Real Plaza de las Cortes Paseo del Prado Plaza Mayor

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Madrid: Private Custom City Tour with Driver and Guide

8. Madrid: Private Custom City Tour with Driver and Guide

Enjoy this private 4-hour tour with your private official tour guide and get to know Madrid’s most emblematic sights very comfortably in a luxury private vehicle with a separate chauffeur. You can choose between a morning or afternoon departure directly from your hotel or place of choice. This is a completely personalized a la carte tour. Here is an example of a great and complete tour to give you an idea, but your tour will be completely personalized to fit your exact needs. The tour can start off by heading towards the Plaza de España and then head through the Barrio of la Morería and enjoy the sights of the city’s medieval origins. Once you are there and after you have seen this great historical part of the city, you will be able to enjoy an ancient Arabic fortress (Royal Alcazar) as well as the Royal Palace of Madrid. You will then be able to enjoy and admire the great architecture of Madrid, mainly centered in Baroque and Renaissance era and enjoy squares like Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Villa. The tour will then continue towards Cibele’s Fountain, a very important celebration point for the Real Madrid followers. You will also have a chance to enjoy the famous Alcalá Gate where you can just picture the scenery for one of the 80s tits. The tour will also take you the the Gran Vía and the famous Paseo de la Castellana. Once here you will be able to enjoy the Barrio Salamanca and see the difference between the ancient Madrid and the modernist Madrid. Along this ride you will see the Real Madrid Stadium (Santiago Bernabeu) as well as the great bullfighting ring Las Ventas. The tour will continue along to Plaza Colón and enjoy the great and emblematic Parque del Retiro. When the tour is finished, your private vehicle will take you back to your hotel or place of choice.  You will be able to personalize this tour and go down and take impressive pictures whenever you want. This is a completely personalized unique tour for you and your party. During the private city tour, you will be able to visit amongst others: -       Panoramic view of the Santiago Bernabeu -       Retiro park -       Plaza Colón -       Gran Vía -       Paseo de la Castellana -       Barrio de Salamanca -       Bullfighting ring Las Ventas -       Cibeles Fountain -       Alcalá Gate -       Barrio de la Morería -       Plaza de España -       Royal Alcazar (Royal Palace of Madrid)

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Panoramic Madrid and Bernabeu Stadium Tour

9. Panoramic Madrid and Bernabeu Stadium Tour

During a panoramic tour of the Spanish capital you’ll see the most important buildings, monuments, squares, and avenues, and hear about Madrid’s history from the old Habsburg and Bourbon quarters to the modern-day city. On this 2.5-hour program, you’ll take in the Gran Vía, Plaza de España, Moncloa, Calle Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Puerta de Alcalá, and more. See Columbus Square, making a brief stop at the Hard Rock Café for a complimentary soft drink refreshment, before heading to the Real Madrid stadium, Santiago Bernabéu. You can customize your visit of the Bernabéu, seeing all the hidden corners and legendary places you’ve only seen before in pictures. Explore the stadium at your own pace, for as long as you wish, on any day of the year. Every Madridista’s dream can now come true thanks to the Stadium Tour.! Look around the stadium with no limits, and experience the tunnel to the locker rooms, the bench, the pitch, and even the presidential box. To round it off, you’ll visit the new museum, where the story of the Real Madrid legend is told.

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Private Tour: Lookout Points & Círculo Bellas Artes

10. Private Tour: Lookout Points & Círculo Bellas Artes

Experience Madrid from above with a visit to three unique panoramic terraces, which you won’t find in any travel guide. Discover the contrasts between the modern side of the city and its past on the Gran Via, one of the main streets in the city. You can also enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Madrid. At the first terrace you can enjoy a fantastic view of Plaza de España as well as a fascinating view of the Royal Palace on the other side. The second terrace offers a bird's-eye view of Plaza del Callao on the Gran Via, the Chamberí district, and the bustling north. Admire the third largest Christian dome of San Francisco El Grande Basilica in the La Latina district, where the famous El Rastro flea market is located. Here you will have the opportunity to enjoy a drink (included in the tour). You’ll finish the tour at an impressive panoramic point that clearly presents the proportions of the city. See the Buen Retiro Park, the Prado Museum, the Salamanca district, Chueca, and the Madrid Atocha railway station.

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What people are saying about Gran Via

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 3,177 reviews

Our driver, Felipe, gave us a wonderful tour. He was informative and kind. He shared local information that was very helpful for us.

We really enjoyed our guided tour. Thank you Bruno for such a great experience. Definitely recommend it if your in Madrid.

Be we was a wonderful guide, and we saw a lot more with this tour than we did from our first day of just walking around.

Great. !!! But the tikets on the mobile were not read and we had to make arrangements at the kiosk.

we enjoyed it! my kids love the ride and thank you for the blanket!!