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Madrid: 3-Hour Highlights Bike Tour

1. Madrid: 3-Hour Highlights Bike Tour

Pick up your bike and listen to a short explanation of how to ride the bike safely. Embark on your 3-hour cycling tour which encompasses convenient cycle paths, pedestrian zones, and parks so you won't have to navigate dangerous traffic. Begin the tour by heading to the literal center of Spain at the Puerta del Sol where you will see the 0km sign. Then, cross into the Malasaña neighborhood in the direction Plaza de España. Pass by the statues from the book Don Quixote written by Cervantes. There will be various stops to take photos and take a break to have a drink. The guide frequently stops at places of interest and will tell you stories or anecdotes behind what you see. The guide will also share his personal experiences of his time living in Madrid. Next, cycle into Parque del Oeste to see the Egypt Templo Debod. Here you can enjoy great views over the west side of Madrid and you might even be able to see the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range in the distance. Continue on towards the oldest part of Madrid, Plaza de Oriente where you see the Royal Palace and the impressive statue of the Habsburg King Philip IV. Peddle past San Nicolas Church and Plaza de la Villa in the direction of the Plaza Mayor. After that cross Plaza Santa Ana into the Las Letras neighborhood where you will find the Caixa Forum and Prado Museum. Finally, end the tour by exploring Retiro Park, a beautiful and well-maintained park in the center of the city which is a must-see for all visitors to Madrid. After the tour, be inspired to return to places you would like to visit again and to which tapas bars or restaurants you want to try out for a well-deserved bite to eat.

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Madrid: Day Trip to Cuenca and The Enchanted City

2. Madrid: Day Trip to Cuenca and The Enchanted City

Experience Cuenca and the Enchanted City with an expert local guide on this full-day tour. After taking the bus to the Castilla La-Mancha region, stop at a wine cellar before continuing on to the Enchanted City, where the group will enjoy a walking tour through this magical place. Marvel at the unique natural structures and spectacular scenery. Continue on to the city of Cuenca, and stop in at the Devil's Window, a well-known viewpoint with amazing views. After enjoying free time for lunch, take a panoramic tour through the sickle of the Huécar River and before going to the highest part of the city, El Barrio del Castillo. Descend on foot to visit the most emblematic corners and many monuments of the Medieval quarter of the city. Finally, arrive at the Parador, where the bus will be waiting to return the group to Madrid.

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From Madrid: Day Trip to Guadarrama National Park

3. From Madrid: Day Trip to Guadarrama National Park

Depart from Madrid and travel 40 minutes before arriving at the Guadarrama National Park. Discover a serene natural environment of extraordinary beauty as you take a guided walking tour of the park. Be accompanied by an expert local guide who will show you the most prominent highlights such as La Pedriza, Puerto de Navacerrada, Puerto de Cotos, and Puerto de la Morcuera. The Guadarrama National Park is the fourth largest national park in Spain and home to 11 distinct ecosystems. Learn about some of the 1,280 animal species who live in the park, including deer, wild boar, Iberian wolf, roe deer, fallow deer, mountain goats, badgers, several mustelids, wildcats, foxes, and hares. The park also hosts more than 1,500 native plants and thirty different types of vegetation.

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Madrid: Retiro Park Guided Tour and Tapas Tasting

4. Madrid: Retiro Park Guided Tour and Tapas Tasting

Embark on a route through El Retiro's most famous sites such as the Crystal Palace and the Philip IV Gate, as well as some places that are not listed in guidebooks. Pick up insight from your knowledgeable guide along the way. El Retiro has more than 19,000 trees of 167 different species, a lake, and a variety of different sculptures, important buildings, and gardens that make the park one of the most famous in the world and one of the main attractions in Madrid. Then, enjoy a tapas tasting in one of the most important restaurants in Madrid. You will have the opportunity to taste several tapas typical of Spanish cuisine. 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 Madrid's unique food culture like a local.

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Madrid’s River Side & Casa de Campo Electric Bike Tour

5. Madrid’s River Side & Casa de Campo Electric Bike Tour

Get ready to travel from Madrid’s city center to the countryside in a matter of minutes. Begin in the heart of the old city, close to Plaza Mayor, and make your way to Plaza de Oriente, from where you can admire the colossal Royal Palace and Opera House. Glide past the beautiful Sabatini Gardens and take the long and steep San Vicente Hill. In a few minutes you will find yourself by the Manzanares river, which you will cross to reach Casa de Campo. Once a forest reserved for kings and noblemen, who would enjoy hunting on its premises, the Casa de Campo is now a very popular place amongst locals. The small lake which you will see during the tour fills with madrileños during the weekends, rowing boats, and having barbecues. With the assistance of the e-bike’s engine climb a hill where you can take a few minutes to rest and admire the skyline of the city. Then begin the descent towards the river and get a great view of the Cathedral and the Royal Palace from the Huerta de la Partida before returning to the center of town. With your electric bicycle you will enjoy this wonderful tour without effort, in an eco-friendly vehicle and whose battery assist the pedal to make the route completely comfortable.

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Madrid: 2-Hour Private Off-Road Segway Tour of Casa de Campo

6. Madrid: 2-Hour Private Off-Road Segway Tour of Casa de Campo

During this 2-hour Segway tour, explore Madrid's largest park, Casa de Campo. You won't be riding a regular Segway, however. Feel the adrenaline as you go off-road on a Segway x2, which allows you to explore Casa de Campo's various types of terrain. Perfect for groups of 12 people or more, this is a tour you can enjoy with the whole family, a big group of friends or other travelers looking for an exciting experience in Madrid. And with your expert guide riding alongside you the whole time, enjoy a more personalized and informative experience in one of Europe's largest parks.

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Madrid: City and El Retiro Segway Tour

7. Madrid: City and El Retiro Segway Tour

Come and enjoy the newest and safest model of Segway, the "Genuine i2 Segways". Always in the safety hands of your guide, in this experience you will discover how to use your authentic Segway in a magical atmosphere that only the Madrid skyline can create. Your tour will be adapted to your skills levels. If this is your first time, you need only 5 to 10 minutes to become an expert. After the training, you will be shown the Madrid you want to see, including the main sights and secret nooks known only to the locals. Examples are the vantage point of the Mirador del Factor with its stunning panoramic views of the Almudena Cathedral and the Royal Palace, where the mountains make the perfect background. The tour will continue to the Almudena Cathedral. You will admire the temple and discover that it holds the title of being the last Spanish cathedral to be completed, and is one of the few cathedrals in Spain to suffer the ravages of the civil war, before being finally consecrated less than 25 years ago. You will travel through Habsburg Madrid, the oldest part of Madrid, containing beautiful narrow streets reminiscent of Madrid's most ancient times. If you like longer tours, the Retiro park is a perfect setting to feel how a perfect urban combination is created by the blend of city and nature. Glide through a green path of forests, historic gardens, parks and many more places to be discovered with the best guides on this Segway tour. Have fun and feel unique in your experience in a Premium Small Group tour.

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Madrid: Secrets of Retiro Park 2-Hour Walking Tour

8. Madrid: Secrets of Retiro Park 2-Hour Walking Tour

Meet the professional guide at Puerta de la Independencia and embark on a journey through the 290-acre park, learning the history of the statue of Alfonso XII, the Crystal Palace, the Great Pond, the Parterre, the Felipe IV Gate, the Royal Astronomical Observatory, and the Artichoke Fountain along the way. You will also see the San Isidro ruins from the Romanesque period and contemplate architectural, sculptural, and landscape ensembles constructed between the 17th and 21st centuries. Learn how the Retiro was used as an urban park in 1767 when Carlos III agreed to use it for recreational events and in 1868 was taken under the ownership of the Madrid City Hall. During the French invasion, a big part of the original layout was destroyed and vestiges from the 17th and 18th centuries still remain.

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From Madrid: Sierra de Guadarrama Hiking Day Trip

9. From Madrid: Sierra de Guadarrama Hiking Day Trip

Get picked up either at Barajas Airport or Madrid’s center and drive around an hour to arrive at your destination in the mountains. You’ll be amazed at what awaits you less than an hour from your city hotel. Discover incredible nature at just 50 km from the city center at “Sierra de Guadarrama” National Park! In this 150.000 acre large mountainous National Park you will experience pure outdoor enjoyment. It doesn’t have to stop there: you can combine this active experience in the mountains with a visit to the 2,000 years old Roman city of Segovia, filled with historical marvels and culinary surprises.

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Madrid: Trail Running Day Trip

10. Madrid: Trail Running Day Trip

Enjoy this unique opportunity to see more of what the Madrid area has to offer runners and adventurers! You will be picked up from your Madrid area hotel and transported 45 minutes from the city-center into the beautiful Spanish landscape, including and not limited to the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park. You will be able to discuss your preferences before, and a trail route that fits precisely to your experience levels and desires will be arranged.  Trail options closer to Madrid are also available. For example, the beautiful year-round forest and low mountain areas of El Pardo are a mere 10-minute drive from the city center, and are a wonderful option for runners of all types. Don't hesitate, try some trail running as part of your Madrid experience!

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What people are saying about Madrid

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Lovely experience. Our guide, Eva, was not only nice, but also knowledgeable. With the help of her tips I could enjoy even more what was around me. The other thing that deserves praise is the place where she led me to try authentic tapas. Fantastic place and delicious food. Recommended experience!

A good way to get closer to what this national park is, discover spectacular corners, and visit many iconic places, with a good and friendly guide. Highly recommended as an alternative day plan to the city if you visit Madrid.

A great experience with two guides Antonio and Viktor, they did their best to make all attendants feel comfort. well organized, have Tony breaks for quick snacks or using the toilet. in addition 1.5 hours for a lunch break.

The tour was really nice. The guide had a very good knowledge about the city, was extremely friendly and could explain things well. Bikes are very good and pretty new. All was functioning.

Javier is a great guide. Very professional, funny and nice. He explained many things with passion and answered all questions with patience. I had fun and recommend this tour very much!