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Madrid: 1 or 2 Day Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

1. Madrid: 1 or 2 Day Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing 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. 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 • Templo de Debod • Teatro Real (temporarily suspended) • Palacio Real (temporarily suspended) • Puerta de Toledo • San Francisco el Grande (temporarily suspended) • Catedral de la Almudena (temporarily suspended) • Plaza Mayor (temporarily suspended) • Puerta del Sol (temporarily suspended) • Círculo de Bellas Artes (temporarily suspended) • Museo Thyssen (temporarily suspended) • 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 (temporarily suspended) • 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

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

2. 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.

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: Sunset Walking Tour with Optional Flamenco Show

4. Madrid: Sunset Walking Tour with Optional Flamenco Show

Visit Madrid’s iconic Royal Palace to admire this important landmark and take photos of its exterior at sunset. Another fascinating site on this 3-hour tour is the Gran Via, where you'll walk along the most famous street in Madrid and join in the nightlife of the city’s residents. On your walk along this important thoroughfare, be sure to look up and take in the lavishly decorated buildings that are all around you. Some of the most eye-catching of these are the Edificio Metrópolis or Metropolis building and the Telefónica building, a skyscraper built for the Spanish telecommunications company in the 1920s. The ending point of the tour is the Plaza Major, one of the oldest squares in the city. Located in the center of Madrid, it is just a few meters from the Puerta del Sol. Take a leisurely walk past the main restaurants and bars and stop to enjoy some great food and drink after the tour as you continue enjoying the night in Madrid.

Madrid: Cibeles Palace & Retiro Park Walking Tour

5. 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.

Madrid: Soccer, Food, and Bernabéu Stadium Walking Tour

6. Madrid: Soccer, Food, and Bernabéu Stadium Walking Tour

Discover the most emblematic locations related to Madrid's soccer culture on this guided walking tour. Afterward, sample local dishes on a food tour then explore the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium on a guided tour with entry included. Soccer TourJoin a specialized guide for a tour designed for soccer lovers. Start the route at Puerta del Sol, where you will learn about the square's importance in Madrid's soccer history and gain an overview of its architecture and history. Continue through the Barrio de las Letras and Plaza del Ángel to Plaza de Santa Ana, where you can see the façade of the Teatro Español, an artistic symbol of the capital. Stroll along the central boulevard to see one of the cultural jewels of Madrid, the art triangle with the Prado Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza. Continue along the Paseo del Prado to the imposing Plaza de Cibeles with the Madrid City Hall and the Bank of Spain on both sides. Food Tour Enjoy a gastronomic route through Madrid while discovering some of the most iconic places in the capital, such as Puerta del Sol, Barrio de las Letras, and the Prado Museum. Sample two tapas dishes each served with a drink in Casa Larra, one of the capital's most iconic bars, and Bocata de Calamares in Plaza Mayor. Santiago Bernabéu StadiumImmerse yourself in the history and secrets of Real Madrid CF on a guided tour of Santiago Bernabéu Stadium with access to restricted areas and entry tickets included. Start the visit with a panoramic view of the stadium before visiting the museum. Take a unique photo with photomontages of the players for a souvenir of your action-packed day.

Madrid: 4-Hour Bus Tour with Royal Palace Admission

7. 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.

Private Tour: Lookout Points & Círculo Bellas Artes

8. 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.

Madrid: 1-Way Luxury Transfer between Airport and Hotels

9. 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.

Madrid Football Walking Tour with Civitas Metropolitano Tour

10. Madrid Football Walking Tour with Civitas Metropolitano Tour

Enjoy this unique experience created by Bstadium. If you are a football lover this plan is perfect for you as it combines the culture, history and football tradition of Madrid with a visit to one of the best stadiums in the world. 1. 'MADRID & FOOTBALL' TOURIST ROUTE Bstadium has exclusively designed an amazing themed tour around Madrid for football lovers. Walk around the most emblematic places and learn about the most surprising stories linked to the main clubs in the capital. Led by a specialised guide who will reveal fascinating anecdotes and stories related to football and sport, get to know Madrid in a totally original way. The route starts at Puerta del Sol, at the foot of the mythical statue of the Bear and the Strawberry Tree, with an explanation of the square, its symbolism, the Presidency building, the clock, its traditional signage, etc. We will continue through the Barrio de las Letras, Plaza del Ángel to the beautiful Plaza de Santa Ana, where we will come across the façade of the Teatro Español, an artistic symbol of the capital. We will advance along Calle del Príncipe to the Teatro de la Comedia and arrive at the recently refurbished and luxurious Plaza Canalejas. We will then continue on to the Congreso de los Diputados and from there we will reach the Plaza de Neptuno. From there and through the central boulevard we will enjoy part of one of the cultural jewels of Madrid, the art triangle with the Prado Museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza. We will continue along the Paseo del Prado to the imposing Plaza de Cibeles with the Madrid City Hall and the Bank of Spain on both sides. To end this amazing tour, we will enter Gran Vía to enjoy the most hectic and modern shopping area of Madrid. 2. WANDA METROPOLITANO TOUR Tour the new Atlético de Madrid stadium on a visit that will reveal all the club's secrets and culminate in a visit to the Museum. Get to know the history of your team, all the corners of the stadium, the anecdotes of the day to day and everything you don't know about the team. Territorio Atleti is a place of more than 1,400 m² located in the Wanda Metropolitano, which allows every visitor to enter fully into the world and the red and white culture from our foundation in 1903 to the present day. Buy your Museum + Tour ticket and immerse yourself in the red and white history like never before. IMPORTANT: The booking starts at 10:00 and will end with a visit to the Wanda Metropolitano stadium at 16:00. We are waiting for you!

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We really Enjoyed the 2 day Madrid hop on and hop Off experience. The staff were excellent and really informative. The buses were also really clean and we would definitely do this again.

Excellent service, wonderful panoramic tour not to be missed. We were in a group and we chose the two routes to do in two days

very nice walk to discover Madrid. the most is to be able to go down and up at will

I thought amazing. It is an experience to know everything in a single day.

It is a good way to see the City if it your first time buses are regular