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Madrid: Horse Riding in Sierra del Guadarrama National Park

1. Madrid: Horse Riding in Sierra del Guadarrama National Park

Following a pickup from the meeting point north of Madrid, head towards the Sierra del Guadarrama National Park. Then enjoy a trail ride in the beautiful park offering an array of wildlife, historic monuments, and stunning mountain scenery. No matter if you're a beginner or an experienced rider, the horse riding adventure is suitable for all levels. Located in the countryside, you will come across unspoiled settings, hotels, and restaurants where you can rest and recover your strength after the horse ride. Get off the beaten track and discover breathtaking sights along the way, such as the Monastery of El Escorial, La Granja de San Ildefonso or the city of Segovia.

Madrid: 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour by Electric Bike

2. Madrid: 3-Hour Sightseeing Tour by Electric Bike

Climb aboard a comfortable electric bike with pedal assistance and journey through the history of Madrid with ease. Learn the story of the Spanish capital, from the days of the Habsburgs through to the 21st century. Discover attractions, such as the Plaza de Puerta Cerrada at the site of a Christian wall built in the Middle Ages. Depart from Plaza San Miguel and glide along the narrow streets to Calle Toledo and Plaza del Conde de Barajas to find a number of artisan shops. Discover one of the city’s gastronomic centers at the ornate San Miguel Market, and then navigate the cobblestones of Plaza Mayor at the heart of the 17th-century city center. Marvel at Casa y Torre de los Lujanes, the oldest civilian building in the city. Get an amazing view of Plaza de Oriente between the Royal Palace and Royal Opera Theater. Go to Plaza de la Armeria to see the main entrance of the palace and Almudena Cathedral. Visit the Sabatini Gardens in the palace complex, and see the glorious flora of the Campo del Moro. Escape the traffic and journey along the banks of the Manzanares River. Enjoy the tranquility of the area and the freedom to ride where you please. End at the Templo de Debod, gifted to Madrid by the Egyptian government following the construction of the Aswan High Dam.

Madrid: Royal Palace Guided Tour with Skip-the-line Ticket

3. Madrid: Royal Palace Guided Tour with Skip-the-line Ticket

Get the most from your visit to the Royal Palace, by joining a tour conducted by a professional guide and skipping the long ticket lines. Learn about the building’s history and its large collection of artworks. A visit to the palace is a must for any visit to Madrid. The Royal Palace has a total area of 199,000 m² and consists of 3478 rooms, being the largest royal palace in Western Europe. It was ordered to be built by King Felipe V on the remains of the Royal Alcazar, which was destroyed by a fire in 1734. During this tour you will learn about the palace’s collection of musical instruments, among which the Stradivarius Palatinos is one of the most important. The Royal Palace hides many years of stories and secrets that the guide will tell you during this guided tour. You’ll also see many impressive paintings, sculptures and upholstery that have been well preserved.

Madrid: Spanish Inquisition, Ghosts & Legends Evening Tour

4. Madrid: Spanish Inquisition, Ghosts & Legends Evening Tour

At dusk, when the sun sets over Madrid, shadows from the past stretch out like ancient ghosts to veil the city in the black of night, with only lanterns leading the way. During this walk through alleys and squares, you will explore hidden corners and hear facts and ghost stories, superstitions and old beliefs, as well as stories of hatred and persecution. This tour presents the dark side of the city and the folklore of the Los Madriles, told by an elegant narrator who will share with you the most intimate and atrocious aspects of the Spanish Inquisition. 

Madrid: Zoo Aquarium Madrid Ticket

5. Madrid: Zoo Aquarium Madrid Ticket

Explore the continents of the world at the Zoo Aquarium Madrid. Learn about flora and fauna from Europa, Asia, Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. See dolphins, sea lions, exotic birds, and birds of prey demonstrate their natural abilities at exhibitions, and get your children excited about protecting the Earth. Take a trip through the planet's oceans and discover how much life lives in the deep blue. Break up your day of learning with a delicious lunch or snack at one of the many restaurants throughout the Zoo.

Madrid: Warner Park Entry Ticket

6. Madrid: Warner Park Entry Ticket

Jump into the cinematic world of your favorite cartoons, superheroes, and villains at Warner Park in Madrid (Parque Warner Madrid). Spend the day enjoying all of the theme park’s attractions, whether you are going as a family, as a couple, or with friends. Madrid’s Warner Park consists of five thematic areas, all revolving around the worlds of your favorite cartoons and movies: DC Super Heroes World, Hollywood Boulevard, Cartoon Village, Old West Territory, and Movie World Studios. Visit cities like Gotham City or Metropolis in DC Super Heroes World. Feel like a movie star in Hollywood Boulevard or delve into a cartoon episode of the Looney Tunes in Cartoon Village. Experience the American West up close in Old West Territory. Or, if you feel like stepping into the life of a star for the day, take center stage on a movie set in a real California film studio at Movie World Studios. Take a break at the Theater of Specialists, an open-air auditorium with covered bleachers, and watch the action-packed Crazy Police Academy show ("Loca Academia de Policía"). See tricks and unparalleled stunts involving up to ten vehicles of different sizes and types. A must-see for Looney Tunes fans is the Looney Tunes dance contest show, perfect for the whole family. Watch a dance battle between the most famous stars of the Looney Tunes and take part in choosing who deserves the award for best dance. With this pass for Madrid’s Warner Park, the possibilities of your day are endless.

From Madrid: Old Town Toledo Tour with Optional Activities

7. From Madrid: Old Town Toledo Tour with Optional Activities

Stroll through the medieval streets of Toledo on a guided walking tour. Spend some free time roaming the streets. Add on a skip-the-line bracelet to access up to 7 of the city’s iconic monuments or choose the option with a ziplining adventure.  Board the tour bus in Madrid at midday and embark on the journey to the historic city of Toledo. Take in panoramic views of the outskirts of the city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Listed Site and has a history dating back to 59 BC.  Be welcomed by your guide then set out on a guided walk through the city's picturesque Old Town. Visit some of the main streets and squares of the city as you learn about Toledo’s vast history from your guide. Explore the city at your own pace after the walking tour and discover the sites and attractions that appeal to you most. Admire the Gothic architecture at the Cathedral of St. Mary, see the Synagogue of Santa Maria l Blanca, or head to the Old Moorish Mosque of Cristo de la Luz. Enhance your trip with the option for a thrilling zip-line adventure. Add some excitement to the day and soar like a bird on the longest urban zip-line in Europe, which provides unparalleled views of the city.  Select the option of a skip-the-line bracelet to access up to 7 of the city’s iconic monuments, including the above-mentioned religious sites. Return to your meeting point in Madrid by bus at the end of your tour. 

Madrid: Day Trip to Cuenca and The Enchanted City

8. 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.

Madrid: Reina Sofía Museum Tour

9. Madrid: Reina Sofía Museum Tour

Meet your bilingual guide at the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid, officially inaugurated in September 1992 and named for Queen Sofía. Dedicated to Spanish art, highlights of the museum include superb collections of Spain's 3 great 20th-century artists - Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró. Get a close look at Picasso's "Guernica" mural-sized oil painting, regarded by many as one of the most powerful anti-war works of art in history. Get explanations in English and Spanish about 20th-century art movements, such as abstract art, cubism, surrealism and modernism. See important works by principal artists in a beautiful museum that was formerly an elegant hospital building. Take a look at the vaulted hallways, and enjoy a walk in the gardens to admire the building from the outside. Explore the hallways and galleries of the museum with your guide, and learn how and why the talented artists on display created their art. End inside the museum, where you are free to stay and explore independently. Along with stunning works from Spain, the museum puts on temporary exhibitions by international artists in its many galleries, making it one of the world's largest museums for modern and contemporary art.

Madrid: Private Sightseeing Segway Tour for 1, 2, or 3 Hours

10. Madrid: Private Sightseeing Segway Tour for 1, 2, or 3 Hours

An easy and fun way to meet the most emblematic places of Madrid is a tour by Segway. Visit the Old Madrid, New Madrid, Retiro Park or all. It is a one-hour tour which will pass through places as well known as: The Almudena Cathedral. The Royal Palace. Templo Debod.The Opera Square. Puerta del Sol or The new city as Prado Museum, Pza Santa Ana, Pta Alcala, Church of Jeronimos, etc or one hour in Retiro Park. For 3 hours, your guide suggests that you enjoy the Segway by designing your own ride. The fatigue will be minimal, with maximum fun thanks to the great Segways! You will go accompanied by an expert guide.

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What people are saying about Madrid

My family of four with two adults and two children thoroughly enjoyed our tour with John! Three hours was the perfect amount of time to see the city and hear all of John’s wonderful insights and stories. The tuk-tuk was comfortable to ride in, with great visibility for all passengers! Highly recommend!

It was a brilliant trip & a great way to see some of the major sites & learn a little of the history of this fascinating city. Madrid has such a story to tell & our driver, Alvaro, definitely knows his stuff & the best routes to take. Would definitely recommend

I went on the 25th of December and there weren't many people and with that the waiting time in the queues was normal and we were able to walk and see everything calmly and there was even time to repeat some attractions that we liked.

Fernando was very knowledgeable at the park and the city. This tour had a nice amount of walking and the hanging houses were beautiful. Would definitely recommend wearing outdoor gear.

Informative tour and great guide Laura, a great orientation to Madrid